(Illustration by Rob Beschizza)
Rob Beschizza covered the massive Wikileaks release yesterday of hundreds of thousands of US State Department diplomatic cables—including, as one might expect on Boing Boing, a focus on the weird stuff. In case you missed it:
• US foreign policy gets enhanced patdown: oddities from the leaks
• More from the cables: "9/11 of diplomacy" identifies Putin as Batman and Medvedev as Robin
• Colonel Gaddafi uses Botox to maintain own youth, beauty
• "Global diplomatic crisis" sparked by cables: U.N. spied on; Saudis want US to attack Iran; British royalty misbehaves; military incompetence
Noah Shachtman and the reporters over at Wired Danger Room have a few posts up this morning, the most utterly WTF of which being "U.S. Chases Foreign Leaders' DNA, WikiLeaks Shows."
Also at Danger Room, "WikiLeaks Reveals Iran's Secret, Worldwide Arms Hunt
" and "'Chipped' Detainees, Iran Mega-Missiles And More in Latest WikiLeaks
And, related posts by Xeni:
• Wikileaks under legal assault
• Wikileaks' massive cable leak expected today: Wikileaks.org "under attack," Der Spiegel out early
Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Montana’s congressional election, attacked a reporter from UK newspaper The Guardian, body-slamming him and breaking his glasses. In audio recorded by Ben Jacobs, who covers the U.S. political beat, you can hear Gianforte getting shirty, then, when pressed, the muffled sounds of what Jacobs said was “the strangest thing […]
The best way to fight gerrymandering is to prove to courts that electoral districts have been unfairly formed, a tactic that’s been used successfully in places like North Carolina; but for this to work, you need good demographic data to show that the district is unfair, and for that, you need an accurate census.
James B. Comey may once have tried to hide behind curtains to avoid Donald J. Trump, but the former FBI director’s investigation could mean curtains for the Trump presidency.
The Ticwatch 2 Active Smartwatch is a simpler take on an active wearable that raised over $2m dollars on Kickstarter and is currently offered in the Boing Boing Store.Somewhere in between the single-day battery life and platform-specificity of the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices, there exists the Ticwatch. Instead of trying to shoehorn another […]
Loot Crate is a subscription service that delivers a box of curated pop culture goods to your doorstep. To sample their geeky wares, you can order a single mystery box exclusively from the Boing Boing Store.Each month Loot Crate sends you 6-7 unique items and apparel, including collectibles, books, and t-shirts. Pulling inspiration from all […]
Yes, yes there is. The ultraportable Twisty Glass Mini boasts all of the simplicity of its forebear, while fitting just a little bit better in your pocket.The Mini is perfect for casual smokers, and anyone who doesn’t have the patience or fine motor skill for rolling papers. This piece keeps the convenient design of its older […]