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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.

Peak Bill O'Reilly: “Confederate flag represents bravery,” not racist hate

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Bill O'Reilly: “You say the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate, and you believe that. For some other people who see it in a historical context, it represents bravery...You know as well as I do that it represents to some bravery in the Civil War, because the Confederates fought hard—”

“That wasn’t the confederate flag!”

“I mean you’re right historically, but in their minds, that’s what it represents. And in your mind it represents hate. And everybody should know what the two sides are believing.”

[MediaMatters via Salon]

Truly bizarre and creepy kids’ masks of the Biblical plagues

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“Boils! Cow Plague! Frogs!”

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Family records for slavery-era black Americans to be made available, free, online

“Group of Contrabands at Foller's House, 1862,” Library of Congress via


“Group of Contrabands at Foller's House, 1862,” Library of Congress via

A million and a half handwritten records from the 1860s about newly-freed slaves will no doubt be invaluable for black people trying to trace their family history.

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Texas governor bans Planned Parenthood from cancer screening program for poor women

Protesters rally in the rotunda of the State Capitol as the state Senate meets to consider legislation restricting abortion rights in Austin, Texas July 12, 2013. Texas on Friday is poised to enact a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, ending a bitter political fight that stirred national debate over what critics see as laws threatening the right to abortion in the United States. REUTERS/Mike Stone


Protesters rally in the rotunda of the State Capitol as the state Senate meets to consider legislation restricting abortion rights in Austin, Texas July 12, 2013. Texas on Friday is poised to enact a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, ending a bitter political fight that stirred national debate over what critics see as laws threatening the right to abortion in the United States. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Low-income women in Texas have it even tougher now, thanks to a new law passed over the weekend.

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Little baby piglet really likes being scratched

Those grunts.

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Watch these Golden Retriever puppies run to their nightly dinner over the course of 9 months

“I've been recording my golden retriever pups running to dinner from 11 weeks to 11 months,” says Redditor disillusioned. “Watch them grow!”

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Pilots, please always remove cats from your plane wings before flight

Romain Jantot, who shot and uploaded this video to YouTube, explains that this cat ended up as a stowaway on a small aircraft flight in French Guyana.

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Bird wedged in car roof is freed and survives, thanks its savior by pooping

Ron Holan, the man who shot and uploaded this amazing video, says:

While driving over the mountains in Norway I saw a bird passing over my front window and assumed it got killed.

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Watch a WWII plane pick up a man and a sheep while flying at full speed

People do weird things for war.

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Beer to be named after Joe Paterno, late coach who enabled Jerry Sandusky sex abuse

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Jerry Sandusky, L, and Joe Paterno, R. [Reuters]

For fans of beer honoring a sex-abuse enabler, this one's for you.

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New idea in iced coffee: the “Draft Latte” has been invented, and we want one

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La Colombe Coffee CEO Todd Carmichael came up with a cool idea, and made it real.

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Google says government forced it to hand over Jacob Appelbaum's data for WikiLeaks grand jury

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Jacob Appelbaum

“Google released another legal disclosure notice related to the United States government’s ongoing grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks,” Kevin Gosztola writes at Firedoglake.

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Kitten-cam captures sleepy kittens exiting their cute little house, one by one

Big Kitten is watching you.

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Springer Spaniel sees squirrel, sings crazy song

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“Our Springer Spaniel Rocco loves squirrels, but when he can't chase after them because he's in the car, he gives us an earful. We like to call it 'the squirrel song.'”

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The moment this Corgi suddenly realized that a rock was in fact a turtle

“Caught the moment when my dog realized he wasn't laying next to a rock,” says Redditor Muffinlette.

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10 wonderful GIFs by Argentinean animator and GIF artist Kidmograph

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Gustavo Torres, aka Kidmograph, has been creating some wonderful work that hearkens back to early 1980s aesthetics: VR 1.0, VHS, arcade games, rainbows, neon, and big fat beige computer workstations.

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The dazzling GIF art of SPYROGIF

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One of the great GIF maestros of our time.

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