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Watch this guy strip down and rebuild car engine in mesmerizing stop-motion animation

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“11 Months, 3000 pictures and a lot of coffee.” By Chris Herridge:

Started out as just a collection of snaps as I stripped down an engine bought off ebay.

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Watch the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” 88-second teaser trailer

- The new Star Wars installment, directed by JJ Abrams, will be released Dec. 18, 2015. Play video

John Oliver on Civil Forfeiture

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As always, John Oliver's take on something newsworthy, corrupt, and jaw-droppingly absurd manages to nail it straight through the beating heart.

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WATCH Jay Smooth: Ferguson, riots and human limits

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As you'd expect, Jay Smooth has just about the smartest, best, most empathic take on the civil unrest in Ferguson following the failure of the prosecutor to secure an indictment. He quotes Martin Luther King: "riots are the language of the unheard." (via Waxy)

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WKRP's fantastic Thanksgiving turkey giveaway

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"The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement!"

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Music: "Alice's Restaurant," Arlo Guthrie (1967)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Great treatment of trans characters in Dragon Age Inquisition

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The newly released Dragon Age Inquisition has just about the best handling of transgender issues of any mainstream video-game title, handled with grace through character creation, cut-scenes, and play:

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William S. Burroughs: "A Thanksgiving Prayer" (1986)

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Uncle Bill, it's time for A Thanksgiving Prayer.

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books

The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair

- SS Taylor and Katherine Roy's adventurous YA series continues in a second volume that gets everything right: it's a steampunked alternate history story that's full of intrigue and light-touch, thoughtful critique of imperialism and colonialism, a story that lets you love your pith helmet while still questioning all that it stands for. Cory Doctorow (who loved book one) reviews the second Expeditioners book. Read the rest

KKK leader claims to have spoken to Ferguson law enforcement “off the record”

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On a recent episode of Chris Hayes' MSNBC show, the host speaks with Frank Ancona, Imperialist Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK.

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Watch: The best TV news snow bloopers ever, all in one video

- A lot of dick jokes. Play video

Features

The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair

SS Taylor and Katherine Roy's adventurous YA series continues in a second volume that gets everything right: it's a steampunked alternate history story that's full of intrigue and light-touch, thoughtful critique of imperialism and colonialism, a story that lets you love your pith helmet while still questioning all that it stands for. Cory Doctorow (who loved book one) reviews the second Expeditioners book. Read the rest

Dungeons & Dragons & Philosophy

Ethan Gilsdorf explains why Socrates would have made a good DM and that John Stuart Mill was Lawful Neutral. Catch his talk on Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons tonight in Cambridge, Mass. Read the rest

Is it legal to fly with marijuana?

With the holiday season approaching, travelers likely have lots of questions about the rules set out by the TSA. Is mascara a liquid? Does a cane count as a personal item? Are ice skates allowed on a plane? And most importantly: Can I fly with my legally obtained marijuana? By Caroline Siede. Read the rest

LISTEN: The Secret Dad Society

Mike Evans was a founding member of the touring neo-swing band, Big Tubba Mista, and runs the family fun website, Secret Dad Society. He built a remote control seagull to see what real seagulls thought of it. See the video below! Read the rest