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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.

Dude Wipes: best poop-themed, toilet-based TV ad in history

Um, holy shit.

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Mystery megadonor for Ted Cruz campaign outed as cellphone exec

Ted Cruz. So gross.


Ted Cruz. So gross.

Ben Nash, a former Yeshiva student, who co-founded PCS Wireless in 2001 as a teen, has been outed as one of Ted Cruz's biggest and most publicity-averse donors. The Texas Senator's campaign is notable for its reliance on such individuals.

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Man fights off bear attack near Yosemite, then drives himself to hospital

California Black Bear (not the actual bear that attacked the man in this story)


California Black Bear (not the actual bear that attacked the man in this story)

A 67-year-old California man fought off a bear that attacked him on his front porch, scavenging for food in his trash. The man and the bear both live near Yosemite National Park. Both bear and human survived, though the man was seriously injured with many cuts and trauma wounds from the fight, according to Lt. Chris Stoots of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Former Florida cop fired for KKK ties got a new job working in a Florida elementary school

David Borst is now out of a job.


David Borst is now out of a job.

“The South's gonna do it again,” Klansmen in the South who are bitter over losing the War of Northern Aggression are fond of saying.

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CIA boss John Brennan drafted this never-sent apology letter to senators over the CIA hacking

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan.


Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan.

“The CIA accidentally released a document to me under FOIA and then asked that I refrain from posting it,” says VICE's Jason Leopold.

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50th anniversary of the Watts Riots: @wattsriots50's real-time history feed

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Yosi Sergant says,

This week marks the one year anniversary of the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson. It is also the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots.

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Watch Ice Cube respond to Rap Genius interpretations of "Straight Outta Compton”

In honor of his new film, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, Ice Cube revisits the titular song by reacting to the lyric interpretations of Rap Genius.

[YouTube, thanks Joe Sabia!]

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Google shakes its structure up with Alphabet, and Sundar Pichai becomes Google CEO

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REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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On the Official Google Blog, CEO Larry Page said Monday that Google is creating a new holding company that will be called Alphabet.

The big structural change allows the sprawling tech giant to manage its core businesses separately from the more speculative ones -- case in point, Google Plus, a social network which by all accounts failed miserably, and wasn't great for their brand.

Buried lede: Google, the core search business that started it all, will now have a new CEO: Sundar Pichai.

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Greens grown in space are now on Space Station astronaut menu

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NASA

Fresh veggies grown in space microgravity are on the menu for the first time for NASA astronauts on the International Space Station.

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Two female meth heads kept a “special needs“ boy and his sister locked in cages

Photo: WRCB via Murray Co. Sheriff's Dept.


Photo: WRCB via Murray Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Two women in northwest Georgia are facing child cruelty charges after police officers discovered an 11-year-old boy trapped in a makeshift cage in a bedroom.

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Police officer pulls gun on man recording him, and is placed on leave. #fixthepolice

videoA police officer in the Northern California city of Rohnert Park was caught on video pulling his gun on a resident who was recording the cop on his cellphone.

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Small dog loves cheese

Wait for the grin at the end if you doubt our headline.

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#BlackLivesMatter activists are monitored by U.S. Homeland Security and cybersecurity firms

Image: Wikipedia.


Image: Wikipedia.

The ACLU today hosted a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” chat with #BlackLivesMatter activists DeRay McKesson and Johnetta Elzie, and the ACLU’s Nus Choudhury. Together, they discussed policing and police reform in America, and the surveillance of #BLM activists will impact the movement.

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Reddit's new content policy goes into effect, many horrible subreddits banned or quarantined

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Reddit just implemented its new content policy today. Site administrators are now banning and quarantining a number of subreddits. From what we know, tougher rules on so-called "involuntary pornography" are also active, so women whose partners or predators upload intimate images of them to Reddit can know that the site doesn't make such personal violations easy to commit.

The Redditors who frequent affected forums like “Kike Town” and "Watch Niggers Die" are predictably upset.

Redditor Spez writes:

Today we are releasing an update to our Content Policy. Our goal was to consolidate the various rules and policies that have accumulated over the years into a single set of guidelines we can point to. Thank you to all of you who provided feedback throughout this process. Your thoughts and opinions were invaluable. This is not the last time our policies will change, of course. They will continue to evolve along with Reddit itself.

Our policies are not changing dramatically from what we have had in the past. One new concept is Quarantining a community, which entails applying a set of restrictions to a community so its content will only be viewable to those who explicitly opt in. We will Quarantine communities whose content would be considered extremely offensive to the average redditor.

Today, in addition to applying Quarantines, we are banning a handful of communities that exist solely to annoy other redditors, prevent us from improving Reddit, and generally make Reddit worse for everyone else. Our most important policy over the last ten years has been to allow just about anything so long as it does not prevent others from enjoying Reddit for what it is: the best place online to have truly authentic conversations.

I believe these policies strike the right balance.

Which communities have been banned? Spez replies:

Today we removed communities dedicated to animated CP and a handful of other communities that violate the spirit of the policy by making Reddit worse for everyone else: /r/CoonTown, /r/WatchNiggersDie, /r/bestofcoontown, /r/koontown, /r/CoonTownMods, /r/CoonTownMeta.

[Thanks, Andrea James]

Another day, another movie theater shooter in America: Nashville Edition. Open Thread.

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A shooter who entered a movie theater in Nashville during a “Mad Max” showing is reported to have died at the scene.

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'80s Human League dance hit reduced to one lyric: Working as a waitress in a cocktail bar

“You Tuber svantana has reduced the lyrical content of Human League’s 1981 hit 'Don’t You Want Me' to the catchiest and, perhaps, most thematically important line: 'You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar.”

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Homeland Security worker's triple homicide was blue moon ritual killing, says Florida Sheriff

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A Florida Sheriff said today that authorities are investigating a triple homicide in Pensacola as a possible ritual killing connected to the recent blue moon. The suspect was a Department of Homeland Security employee who worked at a local Naval base, with “ties to witchcraft,” whatever that means to the authorities.

There's no talk of terrorism because he was also white.

The sheriff says the suspect was a "Wiccan," but even if you think Wiccans are eccentric weirdos, their well-documented traditions do not involve killing people.

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