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Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.

Put Nutella on everything

Nutella on everything.

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What ethnic group is mostly likely to be shot by police in the USA?

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Spoiler: Native Americans.

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Egypt sentences 3 Al Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison

Baher Mohamed, a journalist with Al Jazeera English, in the court room on Saturday in Cairo. Credit Asmaa Waguih/Reuters


Baher Mohamed, a journalist with Al Jazeera English, in the court room on Saturday in Cairo. Credit Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

A judge in Egypt today delivered a verdict in the trial of three news reporters from Al Jazeera English. They are sentenced to three years in prison, on charges widely believed to be politically motivated and otherwise baseless.

From the New York Times account:

The verdict on Saturday was especially stunning because Egyptian officials had repeatedly signaled that they viewed the trial as a nuisance that had brought unwanted scrutiny of the government. The families of the journalists, Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste, said they had expected that the men would either be exonerated on Saturday or sentenced to time already served.

But instead, the judge, Hassan Farid, upheld what human rights advocates said was among many baseless accusations leveled during the journalists’ long legal odyssey: that they had “broadcast false news” about Egypt on Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison in Egypt” [nyt]

Outrage at the verdict is widespread, and sparked a flood of social media condemnation.

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney (who is also the wife of actor George Clooney) represented Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, one of the three jailed reporters. The men were first charged in 2013 for allegedly being a part of the Muslim Brotherhood, and airing faked footage with the intent of harming national security.

"The verdict today sends a very dangerous message in Egypt," said Clooney after the ruling. "It sends a message that journalists can be locked up for simply doing their job, for telling the truth and reporting the news."

Russian software security firm Kaspersky threatened to 'rub out' rival, email reveals

Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, listens to a question during an interview in New York March 10, 2015. REUTERS


Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, listens to a question during an interview in New York March 10, 2015. REUTERS

A tech intrigue story from Joe Menn at Reuters on alleged dirty-doings between the software security firm Kaspersky and its rivals.

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Little girl not really sure why she covered baby brother in peanut butter

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Sometimes these things just happen and no one is sure why.

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Power outage shuts down San Francisco freeway. Roving mariachi band appears.

Nope. Not one bit surprised that this happened in San Francisco.

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Pope Pong

Just two dudes (actually probably bishops?) playing Pong.

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Great book covers as animated GIFs

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Wonderful literary GIFs by Javier Jensen of Santiago, Chile.

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GIF of greatness: Pug escapes Mexican blanket

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Watch Usain Bolt get run over by a photographer on a Segway (everyone's fine)

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If they can keep up with Usain Bolt, I guess Segways can go kind of fast after all.

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Politely show the world you have no time for anyone's bullshit with one weird sticker

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“Curation is the key to happiness,” says the creator of these nifty stickers, Elizabeth Simins. And man, these stickers really do celebrate the one thing that makes Twitter and Facebook still usable for me.

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Baratunde joins The Daily Show

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Baratunde Thurston

It's so exciting to see our community finally be represented in the television business by one of our own. And by that, I mean a true nerd.

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Photo: In Guatemala's national day of protest today, Anonymous is a Mayan woman

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Just one of the many stunning images hitting social media today from the protests around Guatemala. An unprecedented number of Guatemalans of all economic, ethnic, and social backgrounds have united in the streets, calling for an end to corruption and the impeachment of president Otto Perez Molina.

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Guatemala national strike demands president linked to corruption and mass murder step down

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina talks to reporters after an event in Zacapa, in this handout photograph released to Reuters by the Guatemala Presidency on August 21, 2015.


Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina talks to reporters after an event in Zacapa, in this handout photograph released to Reuters by the Guatemala Presidency on August 21, 2015.

Democracy Now did a great interview today with journalist Allan Nairn, on the unprecedented protests taking place today in Guatemala.

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Magician Neil Henry proposes to his girlfriend with alphabetty spaghetti trick

Worth staying until the end of the video.

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Cat Hospital: A feline YouTube telenovela

Sex, intrigue, and catnip, in this cat-themed soap opera YouTubed by Mark Douglas.

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China: police detain financial reporter for “spreading false information” about stock market

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A respected journalist in China who reported an important story about that nation's stock market fluctuations was held by police, who say he was “spreading false information.”

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