“Unknown number of victims” from shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs

An ambulance en route to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday. [Reuters]

At least five police officers have been shot, and an untold number of other people have been injured, in what is reported at the time of this blog post as an “a very active shooter situation” either at or near a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Dog has had quite enough of this Thanksgiving shit

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Gus the dog tries to comprehend a Thanksgiving toy, and gives up.

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Meeting Cow Dog

In this telling short story, Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin meets a homeless neighbor and his big, rambunctious dog. When time is short, sometimes more can be found in companionship and reflection of a simple truth: that the now, in all its peace, beauty and suffering, will pass.

Boko Haram, not ISIS, is the world's deadliest terrorist group

Weapons captured from Boko Haram. [Reuters]

A new Global Terrorism Index annual report claims Boko Haram in Nigeria is the world's deadliest extremist group, with the grim honor of having killed more people than ISIS (or “Daesh”), to which it is linked.

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ISIS threatens NYC and DC

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ISIS, or as they hate to be called, Daesh, released a video online Wednesday threatening an imminent attack on New York City.

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Jewish teacher in France stabbed in anti-Semitic hate crime by terrorism supporters

Trench soldiers patrol in the subway in Marseille, France, Nov. 15, 2015, following the series of deadly attacks in Paris on Friday. REUTERS

In France, police are searching for three terrorism supporters who stabbed a Jewish school teacher at a Jewish school in Marseille.

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Over 100,000 women in Texas have tried to give themselves an abortion, study finds

Pills to induce abortion like Misoprostol (Cytotec) and Mifepristone (RU-486) are legal, cheap, and easy to find in Mexico. KUT NEWS

Hundreds of thousands of women in Texas women may have tried to self-induce abortions, according to a “first of its kind” study from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP).

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Man jailed for a month when cops said his artisanal soap was cocaine is now suing the crap out of them

Soap. Not cocaine.

A New York man who spent a month in jail after Pennsylvania state police mistook homemade soap he was traveling with for cocaine has filed a lawsuit.

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Carnage returns to Nigeria as Boko Haram terrorist attack kills 30, wounds 80 or more


An overnight blast blamed on the Islamic extremist terror organization Boko Haram killed 32 people and wounded 80 Tuesday at a truck stop in northeastern Nigeria.

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Lumio: Multi-function lamp disguised as a hardcover book


Shut up and take my money, Lumio. Just shut right up and take it. Jesus!

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Dazzling video of Northern Lights in Finland, Fall 2015

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A gorgeous Northern Lights video by Markus Kiili from Ylläs, Lapland, Finland in September, 2015.

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Watch this Indian street vendor slice vegetables like a damn boss


I could literally watch this all day.

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Small eel photographed by accident on coral reef is first green fluorescent fish ever recorded

In 2011, a reclusive Kaupichphys eel photobombed David Gruber off Little Cayman Island. Photo: JIM HELLEMN

A new study says that this small eel photographed by accident on a Caribbean coral reef is the first green fluorescent fish ever recorded.

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In-N-Out Burger sues DoorDash, claiming 3rd-party burger delivery is a trademark violation

In-N-Out's burgers are popular for good reason.

Food delivery startup DoorDash is being sued by one of the restaurants it buys food from, In-N-Out Burger.

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Notorious B.I.G. calms down crying baby: “Don't worry, Biggie's coming back.”


An internet classic from 2011. “Don't worry honey, Biggie's coming back.”

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Plane crashes into man's home. He's alive because he'd just left to buy Hot Pockets.

Jason Bartley (from his Facebook page)

A hankering for Hot Pockets saved the life of a man whose apartment was hit by a small plane. Jason Bartley, a 38-year-old factory, worker lost everything in the fiery crash--except his own life.

Nine people were killed.

There's a GoFundMe to help Jason get into a new home, and replace some of what's possible to replace. “Jason had no renter's insurance and is literally left with nothing,” his friends write.

The NTSB is investigating the crash.

From Ohio.com:

Jason Bartley’s spur-of-the-moment purchase of a pizza Hot Pocket and a breakfast Hot Pocket kept him away from his apartment a few minutes longer than he had planned — the apartment that was destroyed in the inferno that erupted during the plane crash that killed nine people Tuesday on the eastern edge of Akron. Precisely 39 minutes before the crash, he had been in the apartment, noodling around on his computer, trying to arrange a vacation to Miami the week after Christmas.

He realized that would take a considerable amount of time, and he wanted to get to the bank before it closed and run some other errands.

The clock read 2:14 as he tossed on a lightweight jacket and headed for the car. He stopped first at Chase Bank on Canton Road, then at the Giant Eagle next door.

Hustling to get home, he noted the time on his car radio: 2:45. Bartley decided to stop at Dollar General for that night’s dinner and the next morning’s breakfast.

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Did the FBI pay Carnegie Mellon $1 million to identify and attack Tor users?


Documents published by Vice News: Motherboard and further reporting by Wired News suggest that a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University who canceled their scheduled 2015 BlackHat talk identified Tor hidden servers and visitors, and turned that data over to the FBI.

No matter who the researchers and which institution, it sounds like a serious ethical breach.

First, from VICE, a report which didn't name CMU but revealed that a U.S. University helped the FBI bust Silk Road 2, and suspects in child pornography cases:

An academic institution has been providing information to the FBI that led to the identification of criminal suspects on the dark web, according to court documents reviewed by Motherboard. Those suspects include a staff member of the now-defunct Silk Road 2.0 drug marketplace, and a man charged with possession of child pornography.

It raises questions about the role that academics are playing in the continued crackdown on dark web crime, as well as the fairness of the trials of each suspect, as crucial discovery evidence has allegedly been withheld from both defendants.

Here's a screenshot of the relevant portion of one of the court Documents that Motherboard/Vice News published:

Later today, a followup from Wired about discussion that points the finger directly at CMU:

The Tor Project on Wednesday afternoon sent WIRED a statement from its director Roger Dingledine directly accusing Carnegie Mellon of providing its Tor-breaking research in secret to the FBI in exchange for a payment of “at least $1 million.” And while Carnegie Mellon’s attack had been rumored to have been used in takedowns of dark web drug markets that used Tor’s “hidden service” features to obscure their servers and administrators, Dingledine writes that the researchers’ dragnet was larger, affecting innocent users, too.

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