Negative Publicity: a book of paraphernalia from state kidnappings

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Crofton Black is a British counterterrorism investigator who has spent years tracking down the detritus of extraordinary rendition -- a polite euphemism for the government practice of snatching people, flying them to a distant country, and torturing them. Read the rest

Starve: the best, meanest new graphic novel debut since Transmetropolitan

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The launch of Starve, the new comic from Brian Wood, creator of the landmark DMZ and artists Danijel Žeželj and Dave Stewart, was widely celebrated as a major new comic that started as strong as Warren Ellis's Transmetropolitan.

Space-themed plates and asteroid glasses

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Seletti's "Cosmic Diner" kitchenware is a set of dishes, bowls and plates themed after our solar system's planets, sun and moons, with an accompanying set of asteroid-themed whiskey glasses. Read the rest

Terrifying, realistic "slow zombie" mugs.

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They're sold out, but sculptor Turkey Merck is planning another limited run in February. They're $220 each, one of a kind, made to order, and not dishwasher or microwave safe. (via Crazy Abalone)

Update: Turkey Merck writes, "FYI...the updated versions of the mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe." Read the rest

Bernie is a punk rocker

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Bern the White House remixes classic punk tees to show support for the Bernie Sanders campaign -- the best is the Misfits one, with the Ramones one in close second place. (Thanks, Stuart!) Read the rest

Rings in the shapes of iconic city skylines: SF, NYC, Paris, London, Hong Kong and more

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Ola Shekhtman, a jeweler in North Carolina, produces gorgeous, finely wrought rings cut into the shape of the skylines of major cities: Boston, NYC, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, DC, San Francisco, Stockholm, Charleston and Edinburgh (twice!). Read the rest

Transreal Cyberpunk! Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling's book of annotated, seminal cyberpunk fiction

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Rudy Rucker writes, "Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling's collection of nine jointly written stories is out in ebook and paperback: Transreal Cyberpunk!" Read the rest

Kickstarting an unbelievably cute otter-shaped tea-steeper

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The otter perches on your teacup's rim while the tea steeps, staring adorably at you while it goes. Read the rest

Object Lessons: short, thrilling books and essays about everyday objects

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The Object Lessons project, edited by game theory legend Ian Bogost and cultural studies academic Christopher Schaberg, commissions short essays and small, beautiful books about everyday objects from shipping containers to toast. Read the rest

Book says Daddy Koch built Nazi oil refinery & hired a Nazi nanny for his boys, who blackmailed their gay brother

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New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer has a new book coming out, Dark Money, which chronicles the influence of a small handful of ultra-rich dynastic American families on US politics. Read the rest

Coming Out Like a Porn Star: collected memoirs of sex workers

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Coming Out Like a Porn Star is genderqueer porn star Jiz Lee's new anthology collecting the personal stories of porn stars and other sex-trade workers, in which they describe "coming out" to their friends and family as workers in the trade. Read the rest

Keep your scythe, the real green future is high-tech, democratic, and radical

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"Radical ecology" has come to mean a kind of left-wing back-to-the-landism that throws off consumer culture and mass production for a pastoral low-tech lifestyle. But as the brilliant science journalist and Marxist Leigh Phillips writes in Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-Porn Addicts: A Defence Of Growth, Progress, Industry And Stuff, if the left has a future, it has to reclaim its Promethean commitment to elevating every human being to a condition of luxurious, material abundance and leisure through technological progress.

PEW PEW! Best Star Wars shirt evar

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I spotted a kid wearing one of these yesterday and was disappointed that all he knew was that his dad got it somewhere; luckily it turned out to be a quick search away. Read the rest

3D glasses contacts case

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Kikkerland's $10 3D glasses contact-lens cases get awesome reviews, and are certainly an eye-catching improvement upon the standard plain-plastic version. (via Canopy) Read the rest

Mickey Rat: lovable vermin tee-shirt

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He's the creation of Firebeard, and is available on a solid-blue tee through Neatorama. Read the rest

The Entrepreneurial State: how the "free market" stalls without government-funded innovation

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Mariana Mazzucato's The Entrepreneurial State uses empirical research to demolish the capitalist orthodoxy that holds the state to be a feckless, harmful distorter of markets.

Slideways: if Connect 4 was as sneaky as Go

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Slideways is a tic-tac-toe variant that lets players occupy squares, change their opponents' squares, or move where the squares are relative to one another. It's a strategy game with more sneaky ways to win -- and lose -- than seems possible, at first.

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