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23 Sep 21:11

Celebrate Your Right to Read at Gwinnett Library During Banned Book Week

by Scott Bernarde
Each year, the American Library Association dedicates a week to sponsor events throughout the country to shine a light on censorship.
18 Sep 16:48

Apple's Patriot-Act-detecting "warrant canary" dies

by Cory Doctorow

It's been less than a day since the company published its new, excellent privacy policy -- but Gigaom has noticed that the latest Apple transparency report, covering Jan 1-Jun 30 2014, has eliminated the line that says that the company has received no secret Patriot Act "section 215" requests, which come with gag orders prohibiting companies from discussing them. Read the rest

17 Sep 19:45

Florida schools open their doors to Satan

by Jason Weisberger

To ensure Florida's stupid laws allowing religion to be taught in public schools do not expose kids to just one idea the Satanic Temple is stepping up to provide alternate reading materials.

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12 Sep 18:21

​Deadmau5 Really Is Giving Uber Rides In His McLaren 650S

by Damon Lavrinc

If you're a frequent Uber user in Toronto, keep your eyes pealed for a McLaren 650S and a smiling mouse head. Deadmau5 is officially on the Uber X payroll and he started giving rides this week.


09 Sep 20:06

Fill Yourself With Dread Because The Terror Tractor Is Back

by Raphael Orlove

The turbo Volvo engine-swapped Terror Tractor has returned and it has its own soundtrack.


16 Sep 17:47

WATCH: self-appointed vigilante punishes litterbugs

by Mark Frauenfelder

This Russian motorcyclist throws trash into the windows of litterbugs she comes across.

15 Sep 04:34

Secret Law is Not Law

by Cory Doctorow

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Cindy Cohn is on fire: "Let’s be clear: Under international human rights law, secret “law” doesn’t even qualify as 'law' at all."

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12 Sep 19:40

Burger King's gothburger

by David Pescovitz

Burger King has launched a black burger in Japan made from black peppered-beef, buns and cheese darkened with bamboo charcoal, and a topping of garlic sauce blackened with squid ink. Read the rest

11 Sep 08:50

Elizabeth Warren asks why criminal bankers are too big to jail

by Cory Doctorow

There were 800 convictions in the S&L crisis, but the DOJ hasn't prosecuted a single banker involved in the financial crisis; as Matt Taibbi points out in the brilliant, essential book The Divide, if shutting down a huge bank would impose too many costs on society, then why don't prosecutors insist that the banks be split up as a condition of not dropping the entire C-suite into the deepest dungeon in the nation? Read the rest

12 Sep 00:50

Study: 80% of female migrants who cross US-Mexico border are raped

by Xeni Jardin
How do many migrant women prepare for the likelihood of being raped? They take birth control as their journey begins. Read the rest
08 Sep 16:09

Police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes

by Mark Frauenfelder

Encouraged by departments of Homeland Security and Justice police around the country make use of a private intelligence network to determine which motorists to rob, a Washington Post investigation found.

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24 Aug 17:34


05 Sep 07:30

NYPD arrest human rights lawyer waiting outside restaurant while kids used bathroom

by Cory Doctorow

Yet another example of unprompted brutality by the NYPD.

Chaumtoli Huq, former general counsel for NYC Public Advocate Tish James, attended a rally in Times Square with her family, and afterwards, waited on the sidewalk outside of a Ruby Tuesday restaurant while her husband took their children (10 and 6) to the bathroom. Read the rest

05 Sep 07:01

Being physically unable to commit a crime is no defense against a system that has been fine tuned for prosecution

by Cory Doctorow

Techdirt's Tim Cushing highlights some of the more Kafkaesque moments in modern American justice -- handcuffed men who shoot themselves in the back, men who are arraigned for crimes they allegedly committed while in jail, and comes to this conclusion: Read the rest

07 Sep 04:00


by Jennie Breeden
04 Sep 16:40

This honey will make you hallucinate

by Mark Frauenfelder

"Mad honey," or deli bal as it is call in Turkey, contains a neurotoxin from rhododendrons called grayanotoxin that can cause "low blood pressure and irregularities in the heartbeat that bring on nausea, numbness, blurred vision, fainting, potent hallucinations, seizures, and even death, in rare cases." Read the rest

01 Sep 04:00

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August 18, 2014

02 Sep 21:36

Arby's new Meat Mountain

by David Pescovitz

Arby's, inspired by customers who inquired about a poster in the restaurant depicting a heap of myriad meats, now sells an off-menu "Meat Mountain" piled with various kinds of animal flesh for $10. Here's what's between the buns: Read the rest

02 Sep 19:12

Police arrest North Carolina man for distributing voting rights leaflets

by Mark Frauenfelder

“They said they would charge me for distributing literature...”

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02 Sep 06:59

Fake, phone-attacking cell-towers are all across America

by Cory Doctorow

The towers attack the baseband radio in your phone and use it to hack the OS; they're only visible if you're using one of the customized, paranoid-Android, post-Snowden secure phones, and they're all around US military bases. Read the rest

28 Aug 10:51

Dashcam nails cops who beat man while shouting "Stop resisting arrest"

by Cory Doctorow

"The Bloomfield PD's internal investigations department found no evidence of any wrongdoing by the cops."

Two cops from Bloomfield, NJ's police department have been indicted, and another plead guilty after a suppressed dashcam video showed them beating a man who was facing years in prison for "resisting arrest" (the DA dropped his charges right away). Read the rest

27 Aug 18:07

Judge: SWAT team can't claim immunity after using excessive force

by Rob Beschizza
Police might be able to bash your home's door down and summarily execute you, but that doesn't mean they can use their qualified immunity to escape even the possibility of legal redress. Read the rest
27 Aug 16:35

WATCH: lungs of smoker vs non-smoker

by Mark Frauenfelder
02 Sep 00:00


25 Aug 12:28

Office setup of the day

by Joey deVilla

office setup of the day

It’s an Archer reference:

26 Aug 20:00

Motorcycle pants I actually wear

by Jason Weisberger

Named after the legendary space battleship that saved Earth from the Gamilas, Dainese Yamato Evo pants are far more comfortable, and far less armored.

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26 Aug 00:35

Norman Rockwell does Ferguson, by illustrator Anthony Freda

by Xeni Jardin

A riff on Rockwell's "Runaway," from 1958, done in 2014 by Anthony Freda. [HT: @stevesilberman]

21 Aug 17:52

Why haven't you had kids yet?

by Matthew Inman
19 Aug 15:57

Militarized cops: arms dealers bribed Congress to ramboize Barney Fife

by Cory Doctorow

Follow the money.

The 355 Congresscreeps who voted to continue Program 1033 (through which the military buys war-weapons at full retail, then gives them away free to local cops) accepted 73 percent more campaign donations from defense industry sources than the opposition. Read the rest