Company suspected of blame in Office of Personnel Management breach will help run new clearance agency

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In 2014, the US Office of Personnel Management was hacked (presumably by Chinese spies), and leaked 22,000,000+ records of Americans who'd applied for security clearance, handing over the most intimate, compromising details of their lives (the clearance process involves disclosing anything that could be used to blackmail you in the future). This didn't come to light until 2015. Read the rest

The OktoberFIST

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Evidently on sale at an Oktoberfest someplace. Unattractive at any price. Via Imgur.

I've always had a weird thing for women in a dirndl. Kinda the costume of the oppressor, I guess. Read the rest

Wells Fargo started demanding fraud of its employees in 1998; Illinois cuts Wells off from state business

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Wells Fargo made a habit of firing employees who didn't make unrealistic sales targets, turning a blind eye to the fraud they had to commit in order to keep their jobs (and firing the whistleblowers who reported the fraud). Read the rest

Your next DDoS attack, brought to you courtesy of the IoT

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The internet is reeling under the onslaught of unprecedented denial-of-service attacks, the sort we normally associate with powerful adversaries like international criminal syndicates and major governments, but these attacks are commanded by penny-ante crooks who are able to harness millions of low-powered, insecure Internet of Things devices like smart lightbulbs to do their bidding. Read the rest

Start listening to audiobooks with 60 days of free Audible

Amazon's Audible is hands-down the most popular place to find audiobooks. With its library of over 180,000 books, Audible has the biggest audiobook selection in the world, and a membership gets you a free book each month. You can sync Audible across multiple devices, so you’ll never lose your spot whether you're on your computer or your phone.

This limited time offer lets you try Audible for a fully 60 days, free of charge. You’ll get two free audiobooks of your choice—to keep for life, whether you continue with your subscription or not. You'll also get discounts on unlimited audiobooks.

After the 60 day trial, you’ll pay $14.95 per month, and you can cancel your subscription anytime. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to try out a great new way to read books.

[Mark here: I highly recommend The Wayward Pines trilogy. I'm listening to the series on Audible now!]

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Here's the Donald Trump sex tape (sort of)

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GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump made a grotesque little cameo appearance in a Playboy softcore porn video released back in 2000. Do not worry, the appearance was very brief and he kept his clothes on. Because Jesus loves you.

“Beauty is beauty, and let’s see what happens with New York,” Trump says in the Playboy video.

You can watch it right here.

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Trump can't stop lying about Cuba, or threatening the truth-tellers who expose him

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a Hispanic Town Hall with supporters in Miami, Florida, on September 27.
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Kurt Eichenwald writes today in Newsweek: “The response of Donald Trump and his staff on September 29 to the revelation that one of his companies illegally violated the Cuban trade embargo during Fidel Castro’s presidency has exposed a growing problem for the Republican nominee: His campaign operation is disorganized and shares Trump’s disdain for facts.”

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There's a "Garbage Pail Kids" Topps card set for the 2016 Presidential Race, and it's pretty great

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Topps has released a 2016 Presidential campaign themed "Garbage Pail Kids" edition. They're updating the series pretty quickly! There's already a Donald Trump vs. Alicia Machado card.

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Mystery man smashes up Apple store

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This video depicts a man in the Dijon Apple store smashing up phones and laptops with a metal ball. Everyone just lets him get on with it, presumably for legal reasons or corporate policy. By the time a mall cop arrives, he's already done.

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Everything Change: free anthology of prizewinning climate fiction

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Arizona State University's Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative held a short story contest to write "climate fiction," judged by Kim Stanley Robinson and others; now the best stories have been collected in a free downloadable ebook that includes a forward by Robinson, and an interview with Paolo Bacigalupi. Read the rest

Minimalist leather slim front pocket wallet

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It's time for me to get a new wallet. I just ordered this "minimalist leather slim front pocket wallet" for $5.59 (using coupon code 5TEE8S7P on Amazon). I don't know when the code will expire. I'll give this a proper review after I've used it for a while. Read the rest

Woman Rebel – Peter Bagge's graphic bio of the controversial founder of Planned Parenthood

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge Drawn and Quarterly 2013, 104 pages, 6.8 x 9.1 x 0.7 inches (hardcover) $15 Buy a copy on Amazon

When I think of Peter Bagge, I think of his work in Hate or Neat Stuff, both comics about teenage angst and living in suburban malaise. Therefore, when I saw he wrote Woman Rebel, a biography of Margaret Sanger (the woman responsible for Planned Parenthood), I was curious. Once I started reading, it made perfect sense. Discontent, anger, and frustration with the status quo translate perfectly to the life of Ms. Sanger. Margaret Sanger is most famously known as the founder of Planned Parenthood and for her endless fight for women’s access to birth control in the early 20th century. The book highlights key moments in Sanger’s life – it starts with her childhood (she was born in the 1880s to Irish immigrants) and takes us through her early work as a nurse, mother, and eventual activist.

What makes this biography unique are Bagge’s illustrations. His faces, especially the contorted, frustrated ones that work in Bagge’s earlier work (say, on his teenage anti-hero Buddy Bradley) cross over really well. There is a lot of sadness and anger in Sanger’s life, whether it was her mother (who had 18 pregnancies in 25 years) or Sanger herself facing the many smug and misogynistic critics attempting to halt her progress. There is a lot of emotion in this book, the same that made Sanger persevere. Read the rest

Man accidentally launches carbonated beverage bottle

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Watch what happens when this gentleman throws a carbonated beverage bottle on the concrete.

Wait for it...

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When you grow a pumpkin inside a plastic mold, this is what happens

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“What happens when you grow a pumpkin inside a plastic mold,” shared by IMGURian "WuTangClams."

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What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Sept 30

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Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today's edition. Read the rest

Finally got my Emacs setup just how I like it

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JWZ has discovered the greatest Google Image search. Read the rest

R2-D2 French press pot

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Thinkgeek's $40 R2D2 French press coffee-pot starts shipping in early November, in time for Xmas delivery. Holds 32oz, BPA-free, and the carafe is dishwasher safe. Read the rest

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