Leaked docs detail Big Oil and Big PR's plans for a opinion-manipulation platform

The leaked slides were prepared by Edelman, the largest PR company in the world, at the behest of Transcanada, and they constitute a blueprint for tracking and influencing platform that spies on its participants in order to psychologically profile them and nudge them into becoming advocates for the oil industry.

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That's quite a bowel movement.


GIF: Care Bear Care Package

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“Care Package,” by James Curran, 2014.

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GIF: cross-section of human body, top to bottom

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GIF of this video from Touch of Life Technologies: cadaver imaged head to toe with MRI and CT-scan on August 5th, 1993, for The Visible Human Project. [via Asylum Art]

Dad riding motorcycle suspended from a rope: Either an idiot or best dad ever

This video is a good example of why men tend to have shorter lifespans than women.

[via Reddit]

Chewbacca rugs

Princess Leia apparently decided the "walking carpet" should just become a carpet: it comes in 6'x3' or 8'x4', for $100/$150.

Georgia to execute man whose actively alcoholic lawyer botched his case

Robert Wayne Holsey during a death row visit with nieces and a nephew.

Robert Wayne Holsey during a death row visit with nieces and a nephew.

Mike Mechanic from Mother Jones says,

Georgia just set a date (Dec. 9) to execute a prisoner named Robert Wayne Holsey, whom Philly death penalty lawyer and essayist Marc Bookman describes as "a low-functioning man with a tortured past." Yeah, we've heard that before, but here's the thing: Andy Prince, the lawyer the court appointed to represent Holsey was a fucking unbelievable mess--a chronic, severe alcoholic who was stealing from his clients and had been arrested for threatening a black neighbor with a gun, saying, "Nigger, get the fuck out of my yard or I'll shoot your black ass." (Prince was white, and Holsey is black.)

It gets worse. Prince hired an inexperienced co-counsel and gave her no direction whatsoever. He failed to hire a mitigation specialist for the sentencing. That's the person who digs up evidence to support the argument that the client, although guilty, deserves to live. The court provided money for this, but Prince was unable to account for where it went. He failed to do even the most basic gumshoe work. And then, during the trial, he knocked back a quart—a QUART—of vodka every night. He botched it badly.

In this meticulously written essay, Bookman holds our hand through Prince's downward spiral and demonstrates just how hard it is for a person to win a resentencing—even under jaw-dropping circumstances such as this.

We first published this in April, but given the update, totally worth reading.

This Man Is About to Die Because an Alcoholic Lawyer Botched His Case” [Mother Jones]

RFID Blocking Passport Case

Travelon RFID Blocking Passport Case

For years I have been pretending this RFID blocking passport case is protecting me from a phantom menace.

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A Shareable Future: Creative Commons at 12 years

Twelve years ago, Creative Commons made a big bet. We saw that the internet had transformed the ways in which people create, distribute, and consume content. And we believed that what it meant to be a creator was going to shift in a big way.

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Make guitar picks from any flat plastic

As an amateur guitar player, this is a fantastic tool that allows me to achieve the following:

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Photo of a monstrous hole swallowing a neighborhood

This giant hole is the result of water flowing into a salt mine in Russia. When the soil started shifting in 2005, the government shut off power to the area to encourage residents to leave.

On Tuesday, the mines were evacuated due to shifting earth, and the hole opened up on Tuesday evening. Russian authorities are studying the scene and performing air quality tests to determine whether noxious gasses are being released.

There Goes the Neighborhood

Utah may cut off NSA's water in protest of mass surveillance

An aerial view of the NSA's Utah data center, taken by activists with the Electronic Frontier Foundation .

An aerial view of the NSA's Utah data center, taken by activists with the Electronic Frontier Foundation .

In Utah, where the largest National Security Agency data center is located, a state legislative committee will soon consider a bill that could cut off millions of gallons of water for the NSA facility south of Salt Lake City.

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Firefox switches default search from Google to Yahoo

In some ways, it's the inevitable outcome of Google's increased focus on Chrome and Yahoo's increased focus on getting anyone, anywhere to care about it before it runs out of money.

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Motion picture legend Mike Nichols, 1931-2014.


Entertainment icon Mike Nichols died suddenly Wednesday at the age of 83. He is best known as the director of films including “The Graduate” (1967) which won an Academy Award.

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