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Tuesday April 16, 2019. 06:08 PM
Wow. We weren't expecting this to happen, but here it is. Attorney General William Barr has provided Boing Boing with an early advance copy of the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's entire report on Donald Trump's shady shenanigans. We were told to wait...
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Star Wars Celebration 2019 in Chicago has come to close. One of the best things about this massive convention is the cosplay. From camera-ready, professional-looking costumes by veteran cosplayers to creative DIY outfits and makeup from newbies, this year's Celebration...
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MTV has announced RealityCon, a reality TV fan convention to take place next summer. No word yet on whether they will also launch a RealityCon reality show about what happens when people stop being polite and start producing a real convention about reality shows. If only...
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Frank Sidebottom was a peculiar stage character defined by his enormous papier-mache mask, immortalized in countless UK TV appearances and a fictionalized biopic produced after the 2010 death of creator-performer Chris Sievey (previously at Boing Boing). Sievey included...
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In February 1943, hundreds of German women joined in a spontaneous protest in central Berlin. They were objecting to the roundup of some of the city's last Jews -- their husbands. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll describe the Rosenstrasse protest,...
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Monday April 15, 2019. 10:36 PM
The Dutch activist/journalists Follow the Money and Platform Authentieke Journalistiek -- last seen revealing the dark money funding thinktanks that backed the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership -- have a new project: the #ShellPapers, a deep, crowdsourced...
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Firefighters call airdrops 'CNN Drops' because they're often useless, but politicians order them in order to produce a TV-friendly spectacle that reassures voters that Something is Being Done. The use of airdrops is spiking the cost of fighting wildfires: up to $296m from...
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In February 2018, Denmark's Ministry of Environment and Food published its Life Cycle Assessment of grocery carrier bags, which looked at the overall embodied energy, materials and labor in different grocery bags, and also evaluated the environmental impacts of different...
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Umair Haque (previously) writes about how the last days of the Soviet Union were filled with 'forced apathy' (an inability to care about what was going on because just surviving took everything you had) and 'self-referentialism' (an obsession with domestic affairs to the...
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Dave Maass from the Electronic Frontier Foundation writes, 'Facebook’s practice of taking down these individual accounts when they learn about them from the press (or from EFF) is insufficient to deter what we believe is a much larger iceberg beneath the surface. We often...
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Apple pioneered the use of dirty tricks and lobbying to kill Right to Repair legislation, but they're not the only tech player who's putting lobbying muscle into ensuring that you can't decide who fixes your stuff (and when it is 'unfixable' and must be sent to the...
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This ain’t it, chief. Previously: Fire at Notre Dame cathedral UPDATE: Ryan Broderick points out the plain fact: YouTube's little truth widget is algorithmically-generated fake news. I'm not sure there's a better metaphor for the state of the tech industry right now than...
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As workers at companies from Kickstarter to Gimlet to Vox vote to unionize, and as traditional labor organizers call on game devs and others to organize, Silicon Valley is a lot more friendly to pro-labor policies than ever before. That's partly because tech companies can...
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A fire at Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral was reportedly started by accident, and is related to ongoing work, according to France 2 News which cites police. The Paris bureau chief for Reuters said the news “is terrible and a hideous blow to the symbolic heart of the city.” ...
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A consortium of Facebook investors led by Trillium Asset Management and controlling $3B in shares has put a proposal before the shareholders to fire Mark Zuckerberg for his mishandling of a string of ghastly scandals; they will lose, however, because Facebook's share...
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Alistair Wooldrige's MacBook Air died after a drop. So he popped it in the oven. With confidence high and the bake nearly finished, for the final 60 seconds I thought I’d go off-piste and crank up the temperature to 180 °C - I wanted to make sure things were cooked...
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Carol Monahan writes, 'In the summer of 1996, James Ernest began his quest to bring happiness and joy to all the people of the world, by creating clever tabletop games and selling them really cheap. He named his company Cheapass Games, and now he's writing a book about it.' ...
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Torrentfreak published an article disclosing the fact that screeners of American Gods had leaked online ahead of their air date (they did not make the screeners available, nor did they link to any of the places where the screeners could be downloaded from) and they tweeted...
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Gene Wolfe, author of more than 30 books including classics like The Book of The New Sun, has died at the age of 87. Wolfe was kind enough to give me a blurb for my third novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, and to make references to it in his later work,...
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Last September, the French Directorate of Military Intelligence prepared a 'highly classified' report on the Saudi war in Yemen to brief the 'restricted council' of cabinet-level officials; the report has been obtained by the French media organization Disclose, which has...
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