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Hook up to clean energy with this digital power company

There's overwhelming support for clean energy, and the planet is giving us more reasons to invest in renewable power sources with every passing year. Even in the most inhospitable areas, wind and solar can provide a good chunk of our power, if not all of it. So why aren't we all taking advantage of it? As with most things in our society, it takes a good business plan. And Arcadia Power might just have one. Simply put, they do the legwork of finding renewable energy sources in your area. They the...
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Taco Bell is recalling 2.3 million pounds of ground beef for metal shavings

Taco Bell issued a press release announcing that it was recalling 2.3 million pounds of seasoned beef from its restaurants and distribution centers. The recall was prompted when a customer said they found a metal shaving in their food. The problem was discovered when a customer reported they found a metal shaving in their menu item. To ensure the safety of our guests, the company immediately partnered with the supplier to shut down the supply chain, remove the product from restaurants and distri...
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A new copyright bill would be a disaster for how regular people use the internet

[My EFF colleague Katharine is back with a very important message about a singularly stupid and dangerous legislative proposal that is steamrolling through Congress; even by the standards of stupid and dangerous Congressional copyright rules, this one is an exception -Cory] Every year, for a couple of years now, Congress has debated passing some version of the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act). It’s supposed to be the answer to artists’ prayers: a quicker, cheap...
Tags: Post, Activism, Case Act, Copyfight, Eff, Invitation To Mischief


Four years later, and I am still using my magnetic tool holder every day

I bought this wall-mounted magnetic strip in 2015 to have easy access to tools I need for simple household tasks: opening packages, hanging pictures, assembling furniture, tightening loose nuts, installing door locks, measuring things, simple plumbing repairs, etc. It's much better than keeping the tools in a kitchen drawer, because I can instantly find the tool(s) I need. The magnet is very strong, so I don't have to worry about a tool falling off. The strips come in various lengths. The one I ...
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American are being hit with "zombie debts" from government benefits in the 1980s

The US government has enlisted the aid of high tech companies to find and hound people it allegedly overpaid decades ago for food stamps and other assistance benefits. The letters inform recipients that they have no right to contest or appeal the alleged debts (often for thousands of dollars) because they were incurred over thirty years ago and the time period to appeal expired long ago. If the recipient of the letter doesn't pay, the state will tell the Department of Treasury to withhold tax r...
Tags: Post, Institutional Cruelty


EFF is hiring a community organizer!

One of the coolest initiatives of the Electronic Frontier Foundation is the Electronic Frontier Alliance, a network of autonomous community groups that work on local issues with support from each other and EFF: everything from getting facial recognition banned in their communities to forcing local police departments to seek public comment on new surveillance tech initiatives. EFF is currently hiring a community organizer to run the EFF side of this effort: the gig involves traveling around ...
Tags: Post, All Politics Are Local, Community Organizing, Eff, Electronic Frontier Alliance, Employment, Happy Mutants, Help Wanted


The Office's Pam and Angela have a new podcast about The Office

Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, aka The Office's Pam and Angela, are launching a new podcast together about The Office. Listen to the trailer below. Titled “Office Ladies,” the podcast will feature the two actresses, who are real life best pals, rewatching every episode of the TV series and bantering about it. It premiers tomorrow! From an interview in the New York Times: So where did the idea for the podcast come from? KINSEY I was going through my garage, and I have all of these Rubberm...
Tags: Post, Bears Beets Battlestar Galactica, Funny, TV


Trump on Twitter: "Impeach the Pres."

Finally, Trump tweeted something this morning that I can agree with: "Impeach the Pres." This came at the end of a longer tweet filled with the usual brags and exaggerated claims. Just out: MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME IS AT THE HIGHEST POINT EVER, EVER, EVER! How about saying it this way, IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY! Also, MORE PEOPLE WORKING TODAY IN THE USA THAN AT ANY TIME IN HISTORY! Tough numbers for the Radical Left Democrats to beat! Impeach the Pres. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump...
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Check out this killer Yoshitomo Nara graffiti in NYC bar

In 2009, Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara was hanging out with his business manager Tim Blum in the Manhattan bar Niagrara. Nara pulled out a marker and drew some of his fantastic figures on the walls. (Later that night, he did the same thing at a subway station and was promptly arrested.) Last week, one of Nara's paintings sold in a Sotheby's auction for $24.9 million, driving up the value of his other work including this graffiti. According to Blum though, Nara doesn't want anyone to pull out t...
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The rich poop different: measuring inequality with sewage

In Social, demographic, and economic correlates of food and chemical consumption measured by wastewater-based epidemiology, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, a group of researchers in Australia and Norway present their analysis of a 2016 Australian sewage census, which sampled 22 waste-water treatment facilities and looked for 42 biomarkers. The findings reveal that inequality can be detected in sewage. Wealthy people's shit has biomarkers for digested fresh f...
Tags: Post, Auspol, Australia, Epidemiology, Inequality, Late Stage Capitalism, Opioids, Scholarship


1 in 14 Trump appointees is a former lobbyist, four times the rate under Obama

Trump Town is a Propublica/Columbia Journalism Investigations interactive database of everyone working in the Trump administration; the latest revision reveals that Trump has hired 281 former lobbyists to regulate the industries that used to sign their paychecks. That's one in every 14 political appointments, quadruple the peak rate of lobbyist hiring under Obama, which arrived six years into his presidency. In many cases, these lobbyists are working directly in senior oversight roles for ...
Tags: Post, A Fox For Every Henhouse, A Gator For Every Swamp, Corruption, Epistemological Crisis, Lobbyists, Revolving Door, Swamp Creatures, Thanks Obama, Trump, Trumpism


Samuel Delany's 1977 Star Wars review: why is the future so damned white and male?

Samuel Delany (previously) is one of science fiction's titans, a pioneer who was the first openly gay writer in the field, as well as one of the first Black science fiction writers to attain prominence. In 1977, Delany saw a press preview of Star Wars on assignment for Cosmos Science Fiction and Fantasy; Delany's assessment of what made the film so tremendous contains shrewd observations about the many ways in which Lucas stitched together different filmmaking techniques and homages to film...
Tags: Post, Afrofuturism, Film Theory, Happy Mutants, Old school, Science Fiction, Star Wars


Watch: OpenAI enabled a one-handed robot to solve a Rubik's Cube

OpenAI Inc. demonstrated a one-handed robot solving a Rubik's Cube. Apparently the real breakthrough in this milestone was teaching the system to do the task in simulation. “While the video makes it easy to focus on the physical robot, the magic is mostly happening in simulation, and transferring things learned in simulation to the real world," writes Evan Ackerman in IEEE Spectrum: The researchers point out that the method they’ve developed here is general purpose, and you can train a rea...
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The first-ever mandatory California drug price report reveals Big Pharma's farcical price-gouging

In 2017, California passed a state law mandating disclosure of wholesale drug prices, something the Big Pharma companies fought tooth and nail. Now, the first of those disclosures has taken place, and it reveals spectacular levels of price-gouging from the pharmaceutical industry's greediest monopolists: an overall rise of 25.8% in the median drug price since 2017. But the median obscures the incredible increases in the prices at the top end: generic liquid Prozac went up by 667%, generic A...
Tags: Post, Amneal pharmaceuticals, Big Pharma, Business, Calexit, California, Guanfacine, Health, Pharma, Price Gouging, Shkrelic Tendencies Everywhere


Police databases contain the faces of nearly half of Americans

"Right now, most Americans are in a perpetual police lineup because they got a driver's license," says Clare Garvie, a Washington DC privacy expert. In this New York Times video, Garvie says that driver license photos are scanned and translated into a "face print" that face recognition software can use to compare photos and find matches. "Now any police officer can run searches against your face for any reason." Image: New York Times
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Police databases contain the faces of nearly have of Americans

"Right now, most Americans are in a perpetual police lineup because they got a driver's license," says Clare Garvie, a Washington DC privacy expert. In this New York Times video, Garvie says that driver license photos are scanned and translated into a "face print" that face recognition software can use to compare photos and find matches. "Now any police officer can run searches against your face for any reason." Image: New York Times
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City of San Antonio to pay $205,000 after cop searches woman's vagina on a public street

The city of San Antonio agreed to pay a woman $205,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that a police detective pulled down her shorts in public and conducted a drug search in her vagina in front of other male officers. The detective accused of conducting the illegal vaginal cavity search, Mara Wilson, was never reprimanded by the police department. She has since retired. From San Antonio Current: According to the allegations in the suit, Wilson, a 32-year force veteran, slid down [the woman's] shor...
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The far right is dominating the information wars through "keyword signaling"

It's an old story: someone searches Google for a common keyword -- "jews," "women," "black people" -- and gets back a bunch of far-right conspiracist/genocidal garbage; Google gets embarrassed, twiddles some search-weighting knobs, and the results change. This is a problem, if you're a dark search-engine optimizer trying to hasten the end-times race-war. You put all this effort into link-farming and other sleazy tactics, only to have your work wiped out at the stroke of a keyboard. But th...
Tags: Post, Crisis Actors Etc Etc, Disinformation, Google, Information Warfare, Keyword Signaling, Search Syntax, Web Theory


Former Trump advisor John Bolton: "I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up.”

The New York Times reports that John Bolton, Trump's former national security advisor, might turn out to be the loudest whistle of all in the case of Rudy Giuliani's demented efforts to get Ukrainian officials to help Trump win a second term as President. Mr. Bolton got into a tense exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democr...
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Save 25% on this streaming service that hosts over 2,000 documentaries

Hey, we love Netflix and Hulu, but let's face it: The whole setup doesn't exactly encourage active viewing. For all the binge-watching we've done, it's tough to expand our horizons or learn anything new - except for how many episodes of "The Office" it takes to make us fall asleep. It was only a matter of time before a streaming service would come along that actually welcomes and challenges curious minds. With a library of over 2,000 documentaries, CuriousityStream lets you binge to your heart's...
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Save 25% on this streaming services that hosts over 2,000 documentaries

Hey, we love Netflix and Hulu, but let's face it: The whole setup doesn't exactly encourage active viewing. For all the binge-watching we've done, it's tough to expand our horizons or learn anything new - except for how many episodes of "The Office" it takes to make us fall asleep. It was only a matter of time before a streaming service would come along that actually welcomes and challenges curious minds. With a library of over 2,000 documentaries, CuriousityStream lets you binge to your heart's...
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Will your Purification Grave be ready by Halloween?

From 2009 to 2011, Radboud University in the Netherlands featured a "purification grave" as a place of meditation: Good news, the purification grave is once again available, as announced in this cheerfully macabre video: Per Google Translate: Students and staff are welcome to spend time in the grave during office hours and to reflect on their lives, their choices, their questions and doubts. Register here if you want to participate. We will then give you a mat and pillow and you will recei...
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David Harbour riffs on Joaquin Phoenix on Saturday Night Live

I currently live three hours away from a movie theater. A six-hour toot in our jeep just to watch Joker? Not going to happen. Happily, David Harbour and the cast of Saturday Night Live goofing on Joaquin Phoenix's turn in Joker feels like more than enough to give me the gist of the flick until it pops up on streaming services.
Tags: Post, Video, David Harbour, Joaquin Phoenix, Joker, Oscar The Grouch, Saturday Night LIve, Sesame Street


Advent calendars for cats coming to Trader Joe's

Santa Paws is coming to town. Trader Joe's is making the countdown to Christmas more fun this year by offering an advent calendar for fur babies. An episode of the Inside Trader Joe's podcast made the reveal last month. "Last year we came out with the dog advent calendar, which seemed pretty odd until we got out in the stores and there was quite a following for it, reports Colin Fields, vice president of merchandising for the grocery chain, "And we heard from our feline, loving customers that w...
Tags: Post, Advent Calendar, Cats, Fur Babies, Fur baby, Holidays, Internet of Cats, Santa Paws, Trader Joe's


Medallion Status: comparison is the thief of joy, and John Hodgman is the thief-taker

John Hodgman's last book, Vacationland, was a kind of absurdist memoir of a weird kid who'd grown up to the kind of self-aware grownup who really wanted to dig into how he got to where he was, with bone-dry wit and real heart (I compared it to Steve Martin's Cruel Shoes, but for adults who'd outgrown it); in his new book, Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms, Hodgman offers something much more uncomfortable (if no less funny), a series of vignettes that explore the hollowness of pri...
Tags: Post, Aviation, Books, Funny, Gift Guide, Happy Mutants, Memoirs, Privilege, Reviews, Scouring Self-reflection


London police arrest man dressed as broccoli

Reuters reports, without offering any context, the fact that a man dressed as a giant broccoli was arrested yesterday in London. While being detained, he yells "give peas a chance." London police arrest protester dressed as broccoli pic.twitter.com/3VSLb1jz2f — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 14, 2019
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Vintage Asteroids costume is surprisingly terrifying

Costumes in the early 80's were little more than decorated plastic bags. And before Disney's IP came to dominate Halloween shops, costume makers had to come up with creative ways to let kids embody concepts like an Asteroid or Rubik's Cube. The resulting costumes may have lacked padded muscles, but made up for it with surprisingly disturbing masks: Someone made the call that it was worth spending resources to make a costume based on the cyclops from Krull: You can find more costumes from the ...
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John Bolton warned White House lawyers about 'hand grenade' Giuliani and Mulvaney, aide reportedly testified

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton was so alarmed by a White House-linked effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrats, he told aide Fiona Hill to alert the National Security Council's chief lawyer, Hill told House impeachment investigators in her 10-hour deposition on Monday, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal report. Specifically, Bolton told Hill, the top NSC staffer on Russia and Eurasian affairs, to notify White House lawyers that Rudy Giuliani, White House ...
Tags: Post, News, Washington Post, White House, Russia, America, European Union, Ukraine, House, New York Times, National Security Council, State Department, Bolton, Times, Rudy, Giuliani


'MURDER' — Aaron Dean, former Fort Worth TX police officer, charged with murder for fatal shooting of black woman

“This man murdered someone,” the victim's brother, Adarius Carr, said at a news conference. “He should be arrested.” Aaron Dean, the former Fort Worth Texas police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson this weekend while she was playing a video game with her nephew, resigned hours before he was going to be fired. Dean was charged with murder on Monday and booked into jail without bond, per Tarrant County jail records. Aaron Y. Dean, the officer, had resigned earlier on Monday, hours bef...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Crime, News, Police Brutality, Black Lives Matter, Blacklivesmatter, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Fort Worth Texas, Jefferson, Dean, Kraus, Fort Worth TX, Aaron Dean, Rob Beschizza


Podcast: False Flag

In my latest podcast (MP3), I read my Green European Journal short story about the terrible European Copyright Directive which passed last March, False Flag. Published in December 2018, the story highlights the ways in which this badly considered law creates unlimited opportunities for abuse, especially censorship by corporations who've been embarassed by whistleblowers and activists. The crew couldn’t even supply their videos to friendly journalists to rebut the claims from the big corpor...
Tags: Post, Copyfight, News, Podcasts, Censorship, Eu, Incentives Matter, Agata, EUCD, Article 11, Article 13, Green European Journal, Article 17