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.

Ebola is 'just a plane ride away' from the USA, as outbreak spreads in West Africa

Reuters/Tommy Trenchar.


Reuters/Tommy Trenchar.

The West African nation of Liberia closed most border crossings and mandated strict health measures to try and stem the Ebola virus outbreak that has killed at least 660 people in West Africa since February, and continues to spread.

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Steve Ballmer can buy the LA Clippers, judge rules

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In Los Angeles Superior Court today, a judge gave Shelly Sterling "a sweeping victory," clearing the way for former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's $2-billion purchase of basketball team the LA Clippers.

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NYPD gathering evidence in Brooklyn Bridge flag prank

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Police in New York City are said to be examining some 18,000 license plate numbers, looking through social media, poring over cell phone communications, and possibly collecting DNA in an investigation into who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge late at night to plant two bleached-white American flags.

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Russian militant leader: evidence of MH17 shootdown shopped, he can tell by the pixels

Alexander Borodai, and the GIF that keeps on giving.

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Ex-CIA officials named in US torture report won't get to read it

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"About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement," reports the AP. Then, on Friday, many were told they would not be able to see it, after all."

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Human Rights Watch report: Surveillance is harming democracy

NSA headquarters, photographed by Trevor Paglen, via HRW.


NSA headquarters, photographed by Trevor Paglen, via HRW.

A new, 120-page report from Human Rights Watch "documents how national security journalists and lawyers are adopting elaborate steps or otherwise modifying their practices to keep communications, sources, and other confidential information secure in light of revelations of unprecedented US government surveillance of electronic communications and transactions."

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Feds say court-ordered wiretaps are harder because more now use chat, IM

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"Federal law enforcement and intelligence authorities say they are increasingly struggling to conduct court-ordered wiretaps on suspects because of a surge in chat services, instant messaging and other online communications that lack the technical means to be intercepted," Ellen Nakashima at the Washington Post reports.

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Wonderful photos of Tibetan wildlife, from the Boing Boing Flickr pool

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From the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, "Glover's Pika (Ochotona gloveri)," a lovely photo shared by Paul Jones, who was traveling in the Tibetan plateau when he spotted the little guy.

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Spain pushes for 'Google tax' to restrict linking. Could it kill Twitter and Facebook there, too?

"Linking is not a crime!," say those opposed to Spain's proposed "Google tax."


"Linking is not a crime!," say those opposed to Spain's proposed "Google tax."

MarilĂ­n Gonzalo, an Argentinian blogger and journalist living in Spain, writes in with news about "a terrible bill the Spanish government passed in Congress last week."

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EFF asks judge to rule NSA spying on Internet backbone undermines 4th Amendment

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On Sunday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced: "Yesterday we filed a motion for partial summary judgment in our long running Jewel v. NSA case, focusing on the government's admitted seizure and search of communications from the Internet backbone, also called "upstream." We've asked the judge to rule that there are two ways in which this is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment." Read more about the case here.

Justice Department orders secrecy for files of anti-Iran advocacy group

United Against Nuclear Iran's website.


United Against Nuclear Iran's website.

The US administration "committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government" went to court to keep secret the files of a powerful anti-Iran lobbying group, arguing that the group's documents probably contain "information the government does not want disclosed." The Justice Department has ordered in favor of the White House argument, and the group's files will be protected.

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New York Times editorial board calls for marijuana legalization: "Repeal Prohibition, Again"

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'Repeal Prohibition, Again' says the New York Times editorial board.

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In the Mood for Sex: sexual activity as an electric circuit diagram

'In the Mood for Sex (2014),' Artist and animator Subin Hwang's short film "which describes sexual activity by using electric circuit diagram."

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The lovely looping GIFs of artist Andrew Ohlmann

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Andrew Ohlmann makes "short animated loops and sketches and other stuff as well."

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Otter cuddle puddle

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Shared on reddit/awwww by kilonad. "Asian small-claw otters cuddling at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington."