Tea Party Pastor: If my son married a man "I'd sit in cow manure, spread it all over my body"


Pastor Kevin Swanson has some unusual tips for parents who attended his "National Religious Liberties Conference." After he interviewed fellow Tea Party darlings Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal, he went on to describe how he would celebrate one of his children getting married to a person of the same gender:

"There are families, we're talking Christian families, pastors' families, elders' families from good, godly churches whose sons are rebelling, hanging out with homosexuals and getting married and the parents are invited. What would you do if that was the case? Here is what I would do: sackcloth and ashes at the entrance to the church and I'd sit in cow manure and I'd spread it all over my body. That is what I would do and I'm not kidding, I'm not laughing."

What a party animal!

He also had advice for parents of children whose minds had been poisoned by Satanic, pro-homosexual propaganda like Harry Potter and How to Train Your Dragon: murder them.

“For tens of millions of parents it would be better that a millstone be hung around their neck and they be drowned at the bottom of the sea.”

In the video above Swanson also screams "don't you dare carve happy faces on open, pus-sy sores!" Darn, there goes my plans for the weekend. Read the rest

Keep cables tidy with 100 adjustable and reusable Velcro ties


Amazon has a great deal on adjustable and reusable Velcro ties. The straps can be permanently looped around a cord or cable so it won't get lost. A pack of 100 costs $5 if you're a Prime member (try Amazon Prime 30-day free trial). Read the rest

Zinc alloy herb grinder for $9


This heavy duty grinder is a must for anyone who purchases culinary herbs as buds. It has a pollen screen to capture all the cumin pollen that falls through it when grinding cumin buds. It also has a magnetized lid, which obviates the need to tax your cumin-fume addled brain into remembering which direction you have to turn a threaded lid to remove it. Use code MLWLXBB3 to get one for $9. Read the rest

Graphic novel version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


Troy Little created a graphic novel version of Hunter S. Thompson's gonzo memoir, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and he is keeping a comic book diary of his book tour. Here are a couple of pages.

Here's the first seven pages:

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Former Police Captain Ray Lewis joins Anonymous at Million Mask March


Meet the Anonycop!

A former Philadelphia police captain, Ray Lewis, joined the Million Mask March Thursday in Washington D.C. Donning the Anonymous mask, Lewis participated in the march from beginning to end. Speaking to the crowd before the march began, Lewis says that his position as a former cop makes him uniquely qualified to spread Anonymous's message to mainstream America.

Lewis has participated in several other activist causes, including Occupy Wall Street and the protests in Ferguson over the death of Freddie Gray.

News2Share has released several videos and photos from yesterday's "Million Mask March" in Washington D.C.

Protestors breaking a window at the EPA headquarters:

Anonymous fighting with security and police at Monsanto HQ:

Anonymous activists pausing march to give food and money to homeless man:

Highlight reel of clashes with police:

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Man interviews himself 38 years later and makes it into an amazing movie


This is wonderful. When Stoney Emshwiller was 18 years old, he filmed himself interviewing his older self. Thirty-eight years later a 56-year-old Stoney completed the interview by answering his younger self's questions. He's funded the production of a movie, called "Later That Same Life." Read the rest

DEA chief: medical marijuana is "a joke." Science: No, it's not.


Chuck Rosenberg, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, is either woefully ignorant, protective of his administration's reckless mission, or both. "What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it's not," Rosenberg said in a briefing. "We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don't call it medicine — that is a joke."

The American Medical Association begs to differ. From Vox:

The best study done to date, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reviewed the research and concluded that pot — again, including its smoked form — can effectively treat chronic pain and muscle spasticity. The study didn't rule out other potential medicinal benefits, but those were the two it found the best evidence for.

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I cooked chicken with a solar powered stove


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I’ve never used a solar cooker, so I didn’t know what to expect when I made a meal with one. The GoSun is a 3.5 pound, portable, folding solar stove/oven that uses reflective metal panels to concentrate sunlight onto a double-walled Pyrex tube that is black on the outside, and a fiery orange-red on the inside.

It was a sunny 88-degree day in Los Angeles when I tried it. First, I chopped up a large butternut squash into one-inch cubes and mixed it with olive oil and salt. I put the cubes into the long cylindrical cooking pan, slid it into the Pyrex tube, took the cooker into the back yard and pointed it at the noonday day. I went into the house for 20 minutes and when I came back and slid out the pan to check, the squash was sizzling. I like my squash well done so I let it cook for another 20 minutes. Oddly, the Pyrex tube was not hot at all. All of the heat was inside the inner chamber. And the squash was nice and browned. (It has a rated maximum cooking temp of 550F.)

Emboldened, I cooked some chopped and marinated chicken next. After 30 minutes it was ready. It was probably ready before that, but I didn’t want to take any chances. My family remarked on how tender it was.

The next day I cooked sweet potatoes. This thing is awesome. I can’t wait to take it to the beach. Read the rest

Why do encryption tools suck?


Mailvelope is a browser extension that is described as the easiest way for mere mortals to send PGP-encrypted messages. Researchers at Brigham Young University brought in a group of people unfamiliar with Mailvelope and observed them try to install it and use it to send an encrypted email. Almost everyone was unable to do it. The researchers concluded that "modern PGP tools are still unusable for the masses."

From the study:

In our study of 20 participants, grouped into 10 pairs of participants who attempted to exchange encrypted email, only one pair was able to successfully complete the assigned tasks using Mailvelope. All other participants were unable to complete the assigned task in the one hour allotted to the study. This demonstrates that encrypting email with PGP, as implemented in Mailvelope, is still unusable for the masses.

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American Apparel founder says he is broke


American Apparel founder Dov Charney still lives in an 11,000 square foot mansion in Los Angeles, but he says he is so broke he can't even afford a lawyer and has to couch surf when he goes to New York.

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Ben Carson admits fabricating West Point scholarship


In his autobiography Ben Carson wrote, "I was offered a full scholarship to West Point." But West Point says he's lying. "When presented with this evidence," reports Politico, "Carson’s campaign conceded the story was false."

The real tragedy is that since Carson did not go to West Point, we'll never know how much grain is being stored in Egbert Ludovicus Viele's pyramid mausoleum there! (Photo Ahodges7/Wikipedia) Read the rest

Best of MAKE, Vol 2: 65 cool DIY projects from the magazine


My favorite part of MAKE has always been the how-to projects, and this second volume of the Best of MAKE contains complete instructions for 65 projects ranging from a sous vide cooker, to a beginners Arduino Robot, to a helium balloon imaging "satellite," to a cigar box guitar (written by yours truly). Most of these projects were published while I was editor-in-chief of MAKE, and it's great to see them available in one low cost volume. The Kindle edition is just $8. The first volume of the Best of MAKE is still in print, too. Read the rest

The CIA's experiments with psychedelic drugs led to the Grateful Dead


"Earlier this year, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead played sold-out 'Fare Thee Well' concerts in Santa Clara and Chicago to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of their band," says Ben Mark of Collectors Weekly. "But Jerry Garcia and company did not start using the name Grateful Dead until December of 1965. The exact date is surprisingly hard to pin down, as my story for Collectors Weekly reveals, but we do know that the Grateful Dead's sound grew out of its experiences as the house band at the Acid Tests of 1965 and 1966, which were organized (if that's even the right word...) by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. And where did Kesey get the idea to conduct experiments on human beings with LSD? In 1959, he was an LSD guinea pig himself in tests conducted by the CIA.

For Garcia, the ability of the Acid Tests to stop the world for a while and then remind you that it was still spinning was one of its key lessons. The Acid Tests, he says in Signpost, were “our first exposure to formlessness. Formlessness and chaos lead to new forms. And new order. Closer to, probably, what the real order is. When you break down the old orders and the old forms and leave them broken and shattered, you suddenly find yourself a new space with new form and new order which are more like the way it is. More like the flow.”

To put Garcia’s formulation in terms a contemporary Silicon Valley venture capitalist might understand, LSD was a disruptive technology, except that instead of upending mere transactions such as hailing a cab or renting a hotel room, the things being disrupted were the basic conventions of society, which is why mainstream America was, and remains, so terrified of the drug.

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This is what a sensible drug policy looks like


This video, which was released last year, was produced by the city of Amsterdam to warn tourists that heroin was being sold by street dealers as cocaine. The city set up signs and offered inexpensive drug test kits so people could test the street drugs they'd purchased and find out if it contained heroin. The video ends with the promise that drug users will not be arrested for using drugs or for reporting the discovery of white heroin, or for seeking medical help in an emergency. Could you imagine something this sensible happening in the U.S.? Read the rest

Watch an Elmo doll get blasted with a jet engine


Here's a fellow who happens to have a jet engine strapped to his truck and an Elmo doll. He didn't have much choice in what he did next. [via] Read the rest

Watch this guy do 50 voice impersonations in 5 minutes

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Nic De Houwer is from Belgium, and it looks like he can sound like just about anybody. Amazing! Read the rest

JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming


JavaScript for Kids is for kids, but also for adults who don't know anything about coding and want to learn. The author, Nick Morgan, is a front-end programmer at Twitter, and he does a great job of clearly presenting programming concepts like data types, control structures, functions strings, arrays, loops. Nothing is dumbed down. You'll also learn jQuery to make interactive web pages, and Canvas to create graphics. Along the way you'll write several computer games.

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