Secret recording of corporate lobbyist is a dirty-tricks playbook

Richard Berman -- called "Dr Evil" by both friends and enemies -- laid out the dirty tricks (PDF) needed to defeat environmental groups and labor activists to a Western Energy Alliance summit, and was so grossly offensive that one exec recorded him and leaked a transcript. Read the rest

NZ Trade Minister: we keep TPP a secret to prevent "public debate"

The Trans Pacific Partnership is the latest in a series of secretly negotiated sweeping "trade deals" that allow companies to sue governments to repeal environmental and labor laws, expand Internet censorship and surveillance, and a host of other nasties. Read the rest

How Rupert Murdoch could compete with Amazon Video and Netflix

He says major media companies should run their own streaming services, and if you're running your own service, you can do it your way, so why not ditch DRM? Read the rest

WATCH: Handmade stop-motion horror from ABCs of Death 2

"D is for Deloused" by director Robert Morgan contains some of the creepiest handmade horror we've ever seen. A Boing Boing exclusive!

Big Hero 6 jack-o-lantern

John Edgar Park turned a squat white pumpkin into Baymax from Big Hero 6 using a hand brace with auger bit and a saw blade. Read the rest

Things Fitting Perfectly Into Things

Of course there is a Tumblr called Things Fitting Perfectly Into Things! Above: toy food + stacking ring. Read the rest

WATCH: Zaouli dance from Ivory Coast

"According to most people who show interest in cultures and especially in the culture of Gouro ethnic group, Zaouli, a popular mask dance, was created in the fifties. The Gouro ethnic group is the midwestern part of Ivory Coast / Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. According to what people say, there are diverse legends regarding the origin of the Zaouli mask and dance; yet, all come to the agreement that such legends were inspired by a very beautiful girl - 'Dzela Lou Zaouli' - daughter of Zaouli." -- Gouro Culture Read the rest

WATCH: Hypnotic drone footage of Mentawai Islands surfing

This mesmerizing drone footage by Paul "The Bird" Borrud is like a 5-minute vacation. Perfect waves. Perfect locale. Perfect song (Mapusa). Below, some stills. Read the rest

A warm notice from the Star Hotel in China

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Swype, smartphone replacement keyboard, available for IOS 8

Swype, a gesture based keyboard for smartphones, is available for IOS 8. As Android users well know, it is awesome. Read the rest

WATCH: You probably need more hedgehog Vines in your life

File this Pets Universal compilation under "cute" and "headlines that made no sense before 2012." Read the rest

Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming conference, Medford, Mass, Nov 21-23

Gmoke sez, "As someone who lives halfway between Harvard and MIT and has used that opportunity to monitor the scientists on climate change and energy, this is the first time I’ve seen anyone address these issues from the ecosystem perspective." Read the rest

WATCH: Origami expert creates "impossible" computer-generated shape

Mathematician and origami expert Tom Hull created this pleated multi-sliced cone from paper, never before accomplished since Robert Lang designed it via computer. Read the rest

Virgin Galactic test flight crashes, one reported dead

Problems experienced during a test flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo may have resulted in the death of one of its two crewmembers, according to early and unconfirmed reports surfacing on Twitter.

WATCH: FBI has chat with YouTuber for filming in Speedo on plane

YouTube star Jerome Jarre decided to have some fun on a flight to Miami, so he slipped into a silly swimming outfit in the lavatory and filmed the hijinks. After being threatened with jail, he had a little talk with the FBI. Read the rest

Grease Monkey Gorilla Grip gloves: thin, durable, grippy gloves

I ran across these gloves when I did a bathroom remodel around 2 years ago. Basically, they are a thin synthetic knit glove that has a palm and fingertip area that’s coated in a “polymer.” Traditionally, I’ve worn those cheap rubber dipped gloves when working with tile, but these gloves are far superior. The best part of these gloves is that they are really thin and allow for all the manual dexterity that you would have in a nitrile glove, but the Gorilla Grip gloves are much more durable. They’re great for wet work because they let the back of your hand breathe and dry out.

When I did tile work with them, they were really great for using with the wet tile saw. Even though they were wet, they didn’t slide around, get soggy, or come apart – even when soaked in water. I’ve used them as a go to general purpose glove for most home improvements. Just this past week, I used them on a drop ceiling project and an attic insulation project. They were great in that they protected my hands from the ceiling tiles and insulation while allowing me to switch tools and do fine motor tasks while wearing the gloves.

These gloves are the perfect medium between a disposable rubber or nitrile glove and a heavier work glove while being better than other rubber/vinyl dipped gloves. -- Chuck Balog

Grease Monkey Gorilla Grip Gloves ($9) Read the rest

Court rules that Touch ID is not protected by the 5th Amendment

"A Virginia Beach Circuit Court this week ruled that an individual in a criminal proceeding cannot be forced to divulge the passcode to his cellphone as it would violate the self-incrimination clause of the Fifth Amendment. At the same time, the Court held that an individual can be compelled to give up his fingerprint to unlock Touch ID, or any fingerprint protected device for that matter." - The Unofficial Apple Weblog Read the rest

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