WA Grandmother fends off attacking river otter, saves 8 year old

Via KENS5 Eyewitness news, "The family says that they were swimming in the water when a four-foot otter attacked their 8-year-old boy. Thankfully the grandmother was right next to him and saved him from potentially severe injuries. Both the grandmother and boy are hospitalized." Read the rest

Pseudonyms deleted from U.S. Senate CIA torture report

The Obama administration is said to have deleted a bunch of fake names from "the public version of a long-awaited report" on the CIA’s use of torture on war-on-terror detainees, McClatchy reports. Read the rest

Our Boing Boing Flickr Pool passes the 100,000 photo milestone!

A cool milestone for us: as of today, readers like you have shared a total of more than 100,000 photos in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Read the rest

Dery on disease and art

Over at Thought Catalog, BB contributor Mark Dery goes deep into the pathological sublime with Richard Barnett, author of "The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration": Read the rest

Never Mind The Bollocks (kinda) by Los Punk Rockers

Los Punk Rockers' infamous 1978 Spanish Sex Pistols covers album "Los Exitos De Sex Pistols," consisting of bad playing and mostly nonsensical lyrics, has just been reissued on vinyl. Read the rest

Uhura and Obama

And in other Nichelle Nichols news today, this Tweet from Phil Larson at the White House: Read the rest

The Far Shores: Book 3 in Zachary Rawlins' The Central Series

Zachary Rawlins' The Far Shores may be my favorite book so far this year. I almost dropped this series after the first entry The Academy--but with books two and three, I became hopelessly addicted.

A few years back I wrote a review of The Academy, a book in which teens discover they have special powers and belong to a special society fantasy series. I thought Rawlins' world-building and technology were fantastic, but I found his focus on an angst-ridden teen protagonist hard to bear. The series matured fantastically in the second installment, The Anathema, and I was eagerly awaiting more. With The Far Shores, Rawlins has knocked it out of the park. I can't stop recommending it!

The Academy focused heavily on world-building and teen angst. In that novel, The Academy is a learning center for humans who show an affinity for using an ethereal energy source, known coincidentally as Ether, to power nano-technology that allows them various pseudo-magical strengths. This story revolves around teens being trained. Teenagers written realistically are hard for me to sympathize with. In the second and third installments Rawlins really opens the playing field and shows us how the socio-economic structure of Central and how all these Ether-using, nanite-powered Operators inter-relate.

The characters grow and deepen in wonderful ways. The plot twists and turns in ways I would not predict, and often leaves you guessing. Rawlins writes about loyalty, family, and a sense of obligation to society through each character's unique worldview. Read the rest

New York hospital treating patient with Ebola-like symptoms

Officials at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City say doctors there are treating a patient who may have Ebola. The patient is reported to have recently traveled to West Africa, where the viral disease has killed more than 800 people, by some estimates.

"All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff. We will continue to work closely with federal, state and city health officials to address and monitor this case, keep the community informed and provide the best quality care to all of our patients," the hospital wrote in a statement.

The US Centers for Disease Control have published an udpated page with information about public health resources for Ebola in the United States. Read the rest

The amazing Renaissance Art GIFs of James Kerr, aka Scorpion Dagger

Scorpion Dagger, aka James Kerr, makes these fantastic GIFs more or less every day. "They're digital collages made mostly from northern and early renaissance paintings," he says. Read the rest

'Meantime,' Bill Domonkos: short film crafted from archival footage

A short film by San Francisco-based artist, GIF-crafter, and filmmaker Bill Domonkos. Read the rest

Coca-Cola, wonder solvent cleans my BMW tools

I'm so far along in fixing up my 1975 R75/6 that I decided to clean its tool kit. Read the rest

Lt. Uhura and MLK, Jr.

In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr urged Nichelle Nichols to stay in her post as Lt. Uhura on Star Trek because she was an important and all-too-rare positive TV role model for black people. From CNN:

As the startlingly beautiful and fiercely intelligent Lt. Uhura on the hit 1960s TV series, Nichols was a revolutionary figure at a time when the only African-American women you saw on U.S. TV were usually playing servants.

Indeed, Star Trek was reportedly the only program Martin Luther King Jr would let his children stay up late to watch.

When Nichols was considering leaving the show to pursue a career on Broadway, King Jr personally implored her to stay, saying she was a powerful role model for black people across the country -- and the world. "That was the greatest thing," says Nichols. "That was greater than anything else, to be told that by Dr. Martin Lurther King, because he was my leader.

"So I stayed and I never regretted it."

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Experimental drug 'likely saved' first two Americans with Ebola

CNN reports that an experimental treatment for Ebola known as ZMapp was "flown into Liberia last week in a last-ditch effort to save two American missionary workers who had contracted Ebola." So far, it has worked: both are still alive. Read the rest

Bowie's "Heroes" outtake cover photos

David Bowie's Heroes cover art could have been one of these other photos by Masayoshi Sukita. Read the rest

Parrot mini-drone, $100, reviewed

"The latest quadcopter from toy 'drone' maker Parrot is the palm-sized $100 Rolling Spider," writes Wilson Rothman for the WSJ. Read the rest

FLDS pedophile Warren Jeffs' compound is a B&B

The Hildale, Utah compound built for jailed FLDS Church pedophile polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs and now owned by his former bodyguard has just opened as a hotel, called America's Most Wanted Suites and Bed & Breakfast. From NBC News:

(Willie) Jessop, who once served as a spokesman for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), said he refused to defend his former boss when he found out what Jeffs had done and was excommunicated. He bought the compound for $3.6 million at an auction last year after winning a lawsuit against church leaders...

Jessop wanted to convert Jeffs’ private residence, which was built adjacent to the main building, into a museum but decided instead to use it for housing for locals in need. It’s now home to a family whose house burned down, he said.

Here's what appears to be the hotel's Web page.

For more on Jeffs, pre-arrest, and the darkness of Mormon Fundamentalism, check out Jon Krakauer's fantastic book "Under The Banner Of Heaven: A Story of Violet Faith." Read the rest

African leaders attending summit with Obama in US first screened for Ebola

Heads of state attending The US-Africa Leaders Summit, held today through August 6, will first be screened to make sure they don't test positive for Ebola. Read the rest

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