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Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE. He is editor-in-chief of Cool Tools and co-founder of Wink Books. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects



LA auto dealer beats Donald Trump piñata on TV spot

This TV spot for an Los Angeles auto dealer stars a couple of guys beating a Donald Trump piñata to a pulp (or a pulpier version of pulp).

From Auto News:

The video spot by Van Nuys Nissan features a piñata marketed as a “Donald Trump piñata,” complete with yellow hair and a business suit. The Trumpudo piñata has become a novelty and symbol of protest and outrage in Hispanic communities after Trump's comments.

After store managers hit the piñata, Van Nuys General Sales Manager Martin Cuevas declares, Aqui en Van Nuys Nissan, los Latinos mandan. (Translation: “Here at Van Nuys Nissan, Latinos rule.”)

Nissan North America released the following statement about the TV spot:

“We find these advertisements to be neither responsible or respectful, and we do not condone what they represent. We expect our dealers to establish advertising that is responsible and respectful and represents the best interest of the Nissan brand.”

Nissan added that it “respects the right of both individuals and private businesses to practice free speech in a responsible and respectful manner.”

(Thanks, Todd!)

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Meowijuana Catnip Buds

One of life's simple pleasures is watching your kitties get blissed out on catnip. Most store-bought catnip is ditchweed, though. If you really want your cat to pretend to love you, give her 100% organic Meowijuana Catnip Buds available on Amazon.

Cop who killed Samuel DuBose during traffic stop has been indicted for murder

A grand jury indicted University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing on a murder charge for fatally shooting Samuel DuBose in the head during a traffic stop.

“This is the most asinine act I've ever seen. This does not happen in the United States,” said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. From the New York Daily News:

Tensing shot and killed Samuel DuBose on July 19 after the officer pulled him over near the university campus for a missing front license plate.

In a police report, Tensing said he was “dragged” by DuBose, forcing him to shoot.

But Deters said video from the stop showed no such thing: instead DuBose slowly pulled away from the stop, and Tensing "fell backward after he shot (DuBose) in the head," the prosecutor said.

Tensing "purposely killed" DuBose, Deters said, adding that the cop "should have never been a police officer."

The video of the shooting was released to the public just a few minutes ago.

Former Navy Seal says CIA operatives turned on him because he is gay

Brett Jones, a former Navy Seal and an openly gay member of the CIA’s paramilitary Global Response Staff (GRS), told ABC News that other staff members harassed him so much that he feared for his life.

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Oklahoma governor must move daughter’s mobile home from mansion grounds

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Christina Fallin, the 28-year-old daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, lives in a trailer on the grounds of the governor’s mansion. Taxpayers have started to gripe that the trailer is connected to the mansion's power supply, and the governor has responded by saying, "we’re gonna remove the trailer by this Sunday and she’s going to make other living arrangements.”

KFOR TV has more:

The governor’s office told us, by phone, they believe it is perfectly acceptable for Christina Fallin to live with her mom and for one of her step-brothers to be living in an apartment over the garage on the property.

They say Christina’s arrangement is just temporary until she finds a better place. Her step-brother is said to also just temporarily be living there, since he was recently engaged.

We did some digging and found that if this trailer were on any other property in Oklahoma City, it would be a code violation.

Image: KFOR TV video screengrab.

Camille Paglia thinks Trump is the best comedian since Lenny Bruce

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Salon is running part two of a three-day series of interviews with entertaining cultural critic Camille Paglia. She's enjoying Trump's blustering buffoonery as much as I am.

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WATCH: Florida cop treating handcuffed homeless man like hungry zoo animal

A kindly Sarasota, Florida police officer was observed on video feeding a handcuffed homeless man with peanuts tossed on the floor and into the man's mouth. The officer also issued "dog commands" to the homeless man, who rolled around to eat the peanuts off the floor. The incident was recorded on video. As a reward for his kindness to a fellow human being, officer Andrew Halpin was given a paid vacation while an internal investigation team decides what to do. yAprzD

Gallery of infamously altered photographs

National Review, a periodical that Fox News viewers think of as the magazine their literate friends read, published this cover in 2012 showing Obama supporters waving blue signs that said "ABORTION." The signs originally said "FORWARD" before they were altered without attribution by the editors.

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Cambodia legalizes police corruption

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For people contemplating a holiday in Cambodia, take note: starting in January police officers in that country will personally receive a 70% commission on traffic fines they issue. This new rule, says the Cambodian government, will reduce corruption. It seems like it legalizes corruption, but whatever.

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Dan Pauly's charming Storybook style shacks

I love Storybook architecture, so Dan Pauley's whimsical shacks appeal to me.

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How will Sarah Palin fund her lavish lifestyle as her PAC cash dwindles?

So called "leadership PACs" run by past and current elected officials are little more than slop troughs for politicians to poke their snouts into. And Sarah Palin's SarahPAC is no exception. Slate published a list of SaraPAC's recent expenditures:

  • $230,250 on consultants, including $80,500 to longtime aide and PAC treasurer Timothy Crawford
  • $139,932 on direct mail, produced by conservative fundraising firm HSP Direct
  • $128,482 on postage, printing, and related supplies
  • $82,213 on travel and accommodations, including airfare, hotels, car and SUV rentals, travel agents, and taxis. The Waldorf Astoria in New York City ($4,562) and Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas ($797) were two particularly pricy line items. The $3,854 SarahPAC paid a New York–based limousine company came on Feb. 19, right after Palin appeared at the staging of Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special, where she sat in the audience next to musician Taylor Swift.
  • $48,000 on speech writing, mostly to Aries Petra Consulting, a small limited liability company registered in Virginia and based in Los Angeles
  • $37,354 on Internet fundraising through Austin, Texas–based Harris Media LLC, which works for numerous conservative politicians

Less than 4% of SarahPAC's overall expenditures went to candidate contributions, even though the PAC's appeals for funds makes a big deal about how contributions will be used to “fight against the liberals like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders,” or “stop the illegal invasion,” or help “defund and investigate Planned Parenthood.”

Unfortunately for Sarah Palin, her gravy train is grinding to a halt. Fox News did not renew her commentator contract in June, the subscription-based Sarah Palin Channel online video site ($99.95 a year) is shutting down this week, and the SarahPAC bank account is at a low-water mark. Again, from Slate:

While SarahPAC’s $562,000 cash-on-hand figure is better than what most political committees could boast, it’s the PAC’s lowest total since mid-2009, the year Palin founded the operation. Since late 2009, SarahPAC has almost always carried more than $1 million on its books and never less than $800,000.

What scheme will this small-town Lonesome Rhodes hustler cook up next so she can keep riding in limos and staying in fancy hotel suites?

See also: Donald Trump says Sarah Palin is a “really special person” who would be great on his presidential cabinet

Hand-crank lantern, flashlight, USB charger ($15)

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This combination flashlight/lantern/USB charger will reward you with 15 minutes of light for for each minute you pleasure it by turning its crank. Amazon has it on sale for $15.

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Hunter S. Thompson talks with Studs Terkel about the Hells Angels (1967)

“I keep my mouth shut now. I’ve turned into a professional coward.” - Hunter S. Thompson in 1967. This is from PBS's excellent "Blank on Blank" series of animated interviews. It is nice to hear Thompson annunciate his words so clearly and crisply. The times I attended his speaking events in the 1980s, he sounded like his mouth was full of pebbles. [via]

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100 Years of Beauty - Episode 10: Germany

Episode 10 of the "100 Years of Beauty" series looks at German hairstyles and make up from the 1910s to the 2010s.

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TV reporter confronts his alleged identity thief

Steve Noviello, a reporter for Dallas-Fort Worth’s Fox 4 News, learned that someone had checked into his hotel using his credit card number. He called the cops then rushed over to the hotel to confront, Farah Parks, the woman who allegedly used his credit card information to book the room for three days.

The card had the woman's name on it, but Noviello's credit card number. The card was likely to have been manufactured by a criminal enterprise with sophisticated equipment.

Parks remains in Collin County jail on charges of credit card or debit card abuse, records show.

Noviello said Parks used her name on the card to avoid needing Noviello’s information. She allegedly entered his credit card number in manually, knowing her faulty card would fail to swipe.

Parks allegedly racked up hundreds of dollars in charges, although Noviello did not detail exactly how many.

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U.S. home ownership rates drop to lowest level in 48 years

U.S. homeownership rate is 63.4%, the lowest since 1967. Bloomberg blames it on a combination of "stringent mortgage standards and wage growth that hasn’t kept up with surging home prices." As a result, rental vacancy rates a falling and rental rates are increasing.

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Magician, author, and Weekend of Wonder guest Andrew Mayne doing a Twitter Q&A today

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Andrew Mayne, star of A&E's Don't Trust Andrew Mayne and a guest at our upcoming Weekend of Wonder, is doing a Twitter Q&A today starting at 3PM EST. You can use the hashtag #AskAndrew, and ask him about his books, magic, and awesome monkey walking imitation.

Unknown See Andrew Mayne, magician, TV show star, novelist, and inventor, at Boing Boing's three-day extravaganza, the Weekend of Wonder, running Sept. 18-20. A weekend of workshops, tech demons and wild performances, there'll be plenty of fun surprises!

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Interview with Andrew Mayne about his favorite tools on Cool Tools.