Cops pepper-spray 15-year-old girl who fell off her bike

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This is very sad and infuriating. A 15-year-old girl from Hagerstown, Maryland was riding her bike and collided with a car. When police arrived they told her an ambulance was going to take her to the hospital. She didn't want to go. She got back on her bike, but before she could get away, an officer grabbed her from behind. The next thing you know, she was roughed up, cuffed, put in the back of a patrol car, and then pepper sprayed. Instead of taking her to the hospital, the officers took her to the police station for interrogation.

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Nigerian scammer unwittingly donates to food bank

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Reddit user 0039 tricked a Nigerian scammer into donating $20 to a Los Angeles food bank. Read the rest

Shovel delivers instant karma

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Everything went according to plan

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Remote control copper string lights for $12

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I have some solar-powered copper string lights on our front gate. It's a great way for friends and drivers to find us on our unlighted street in the Hollywood Hills. I just bought this AC-powered, remote-controlled string of 100 LEDs on a 33-foot-long strand. It was $12 on Amazon using code JKL3AOUU. Read the rest

St. Louis cop accused of planting gun on black man he shot to death

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“I’m going to kill this motherfucker.” That's what St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was recorded saying to his partner Brian Bianchi while they were chasing drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith in his car. Stockley kept his word. Once they stopped Smith, Officer Stockley shot him five times, killing him.

Now, newly released video shows Officer Stockley rummaging through a duffel bag in the back of his police SUV, then entering Smith's car. Officer Stockley said he found a gun in Smith's car, but the only DNA found on the gun belonged to Officer Stockley.

Officer Stockley was charged with first degree murder.

From NY Daily News

Prosecutors have not accused Stockley of planting the firearm that he says Smith has, and told KTVI "The people of the City of St. Louis have a right to determine whether the State has proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The courtroom is the appropriate forum for this matter."

Stockley has been released on $1 million bail and a hearing for his case is set for Oct. 3.

Smith's daughter reached a $900,000 settlement with the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners in 2013.

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If you vote for Trump, then screw you

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In GQ, writer Drew Magary espouses unkind thoughts about Trump and his supporters.

Trump is human waste. He is the worst of America stuffed into a nacho cheese casing, and he is emblematic of the kind of arrogant, flag-waving, trashy, racist moron that the rest of us have to DRAG kicking and screaming into the 21st century: Cliven Bundy, Sean Hannity, Kim Davis, and on and on and on. Trump voters are the people who have spent the past decade or so voting insipid obstructionists into office, sending death threats to anyone who even mentions the idea of gun control, demanding 100% tax cuts on millions of dollars they can only daydream about making, and getting suckered in by any Oil Party candidate waving a NO GAYS flag. Fuck them. These are needy hillbilly loons who are just as starved for attention as Trump himself. And voting for Trump is their way of emulating him, of saying FUCK YOU to everyone else as a mission statement, with no regard for the fallout.

The old saw is that people get the politicians they deserve, and I’ll be crestfallen if Trump wins and proves this to be true once more. If you vote for him, you’re not making America great again. You are killing it. You are telling the world that America isn’t worth it. You are telling the world that all of our big talk about freedom and unity and ideals is just a load of shit, and that you would prefer a smoldering dystopia where freedom is just a flimsy cover for evildoing, led by a man who believes that strength is measured only in killing people.

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Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton

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Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton from Funny Or Die

Best bit:

Galifianakis: Do you wonder what your opponent might be wearing (at the presidential debate)

Clinton: I assume that he'll wear that red power tie.

Galifianakis: Or maybe like a white power tie.

Clinton: That's even more appropriate. Read the rest

Restaurant owner said his sign was too small to add "extremists" to "Muslims get out"

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The sign in front of Treats Family Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor in Lonsdale, Minnesota advertises its tasty food and also says "Muslims get out." Owner Dan Ruedinger says he means Muslims "extremists" but his sign wasn't big enough to add that part. Folks are flocking to Treats' Facebook page to let Ruedinger know what they think. Read the rest

Truck loads pipes onto unsecured barge, sinks into water

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This truck is loading some large pipes onto a barge. The barge slowly slides away, and the truck and its load slowly sink into the water, as a man on shore slowly captures the accident on his phone. Read the rest

3D photo of Martian moon, Phobos

Image: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

I was looking at photos of the Phobos monolith and I came across this 3D anaglyph of Phobos taken by the European Space Agency's Mars Express space probe. If you have a pair of red-blue 3D glasses, take a gander. It's incredible!

Mars Express HRSC (High Resolution Stereo Camera) image of Phobos taken on 9 January 2011 at a distance of 100 km with a resolution of 8.1 m/pixel. Use red-blue glasses to fully appreciate this image.

Phobos is approximately 27 × 22 × 18 km and orbits Mars at a distance of 6000 km above the planet’s surface, or 9400 km from the centre of the planet.

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Photos of blue powder look 3D

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On Reddit, folks are wondering why these photos of piles of blue powder look like they are 3D. Some don't see the effect, but I do. Read the rest

Trump protected from attack by Satan

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After this, Satan won't be attacking Donald Trump anytime soon. Phew!

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Superman paint-by-number

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Superman Fights Robot.

"Note: For all flesh tones, use orange color no. 5 very lightly."

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Airplane wing gives man an unwanted haircut

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Airplane crashes into another airplane on runway. from WTF

If the plane wing had been an inch lower, or if the pilot would have been an inch taller, this could have been ugly. Read the rest

The first VR film to be directed by an Indigenous person in North America

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What happened when Mike Zuckerman brought his San Francisco culture hacking ethos to the migrant camps in Greece

Mike Zuckerman (striped shirt) with Elpida residents.

In 2013, Mike Zuckerman, a self-described culture hacker, attended the White House’s National Day of Civic Hacking. Inspired by what he’d learned there, Mike returned to San Francisco and founded [freespace], an organization that focuses on sustainability and urban tactical development. In the spring of 2016, Mike went to Greece where he spent four months rehabilitating an abandoned clothing factory in the industrial sector of Thessaloniki, turning it into a humane shelter that he and his colleagues named Elpida. Unlike the official migrant camps in Greece, where refugees have little say in the day-to-day operations of the camp, Elpida put its 140 residents in charge, and the results were remarkable. Not only is Elpida much less expensive to run on a per person basis than official camps in Greece, the residents don’t suffer from boredom, restlessness, and disengagement like they do at NGO-run camps.

As a pilot model, Elpida offers hope and improved living conditions for refugees in a place where no other NGO was able to provide in this kind of support.

Mike has been working with Institute for the Future (where I'm on staff) as an affiliate since 2014 and recently accepted an IFTF fellowship to help uncover and study new paradigms for restoring vulnerable places and space, such as post-disaster sites, informal refugee settlements, and decaying urban neighborhoods.

I spoke to Mike about his work at Elpida in August, 2016, just days after he returned from Greece.

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Iota - fun card game that comes in a small tin box

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The paradox of Iota ($8 on Amazon) is that the cards are small, but you need a decent amount of table space to play the game. You play by adding cards to a grid. There are certain rules for playing cards, depending on how their color, shape, and number matches or doesn't match the neighboring card. We enjoyed playing this game with two players and three players (you can have up to four players).

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