South Korean lawmakers stage filibuster to protest "anti-terror" bill, read from Little Brother

Since 2001, authoritarians in the South Korean government have been attempting to pass mass surveillance legislation (see also), and they have seized upon the latest North Korean saber-rattling as the perfect excuse for ramming it through the SK Parliament. Read the rest

Watch it Live: Eddie Aikau big-wave surf contest under way in Hawaii, first since 2009

Epic surf is up in Hawaii this week. The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big-surf competition, a contest spoken of on the islands with reverence, is in full swing at Waimea Bay on the island of Oahu.

Conditions need to be just right for the Eddie Aikau competition to be called. Consistent wave faces of at least 30 feet in Waimea Bay throughout the day.

In over 30 years, those requirements have only been met 9 times, including today. The event was last held in 2009.

The competition honors a native Hawaiian surf hero, Eddie Aikau, whose heartbreaking biopic you should watch. Read the rest

CIA recruited a hooker to kill Scalia: National Enquirer

[My friend Peter Sheridan is a Los Angeles-based correspondent for British national newspapers. He has covered revolutions, civil wars, riots, wildfires, and Hollywood celebrity misdeeds for longer than he cares to remember. As part of his job, he must read all the weekly tabloids. For the past couple of years, he's been posting terrific weekly tabloid recaps on Facebook and has graciously given us permission to run them on Boing Boing. Enjoy! - Mark]

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was “murdered by a hooker,” reports the National Enquirer, while Robert Wagner finally gave a “murder confession” admitting to slaying Natalie Wood, according to the Globe.

Only one small detail is missing from these stories. Facts.

They have as much plausibility as the two women who tell this week's Enquirer that they had babies following sex romps with space aliens (expect Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to call for the infants’ deportation), and the 17th century English prophet Thomas Totney’s predictions of space travel reported (belatedly, some might say) in the Examiner.

The facts: Scalia suffered from coronary artery disease, diabetes and other ailments, routinely slept with a breathing apparatus and was propped up on three pillows when he died, according to his family and police, who found Scalia's bedsheets crisp with no sign of a struggle, though a pillow had slipped down over the top of his head, but not enough to obstruct his airway.

But because Scalia’s family rejected an autopsy the Enquirer assumes a cover-up, reporting that a “2,000-a-night” prostitute employed by the CIA "injected Scalia with a needle filled with poison in his buttocks” in a bid to reshape the Supreme Court. Read the rest

Mexico's former president is 'not going to pay' for Donald Trump's 'fucking wall'

Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos interviewed former Mexican President Vicente Fox this week. Fox says he is troubled by the GOP presidential frontrunner's success in the recent Nevada caucus. The ex-Presidente also had a few zingers to let loose about that rhetorical device Trump loves to flog, The Great Wall Mexico is Going To Pay For To Keep Mexican Rapists Out Of Make-America-Great-Again-istan. Read the rest

Ghost holograms gather in Seoul to protest Korea's crackdown on free speech

Protesters gathered in Seoul this week, the night before South Korean President Park Geun-hye's third anniversary in office, to condemn his administration's growing crackdown on free speech. But these protesters were life-size hologram "ghosts," and they marched over a transparent screen facing an old palace gate in the city's historic Gwanghwamun Square. Read the rest

Amazon Bestseller status is meaningless, and can be bought for just a few dollars

Brent Underwood uploaded an ebook, comprising of a photo of his foot, to Amazon. He sold 3 copies and was an Amazon Bestseller. tl;dr: avoid the busy categories. Read the rest

Spider-Man’s first appearance in comic book sells for $454,100

Spider-Man made his debut in Marvel Comics' Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962). This week, a near-mint copy sold for $454,100 at Heritage’s Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction.

A copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the 1962 first appearance of Spider-man, sold at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on Feb. 18, 2016 for $454,100, a record price at public auction for the comic. The Near-Mint, 9.4 CGC copy claimed top lot honors in Heritage’s $5.7+ million Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction.

The copy was purchased in 1980 by New York area collector Walter Yakaboski, a comic book collector, who had the opportunity to buy a handful of key early Marvel comic books for the very tidy sum of $10,000 – a good bit to spend in those days. Among them was the copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the landmark first appearance of Spider-Man. The portion of the trove it is figured today they he spent on Spidey is about $1,200.

This copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 was not known to the collecting hobby before this auction, as Yakaboski kept it almost perfectly preserved in a safe deposit box for 35 years. The book was purchased by an anonymous collector. Another Spider-Man comic from Yakaboski’s collection drew serious attention as a 1963 copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 sold for $110,537.

“It’s a superbly preserved copy of one of the most sought-after comic books in the world,” said Lon Allen, Managing Director of the Comics Department at Heritage. “It’s worth well more than its weight in gold.

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Disney offers to deduct contributions to its PAC from employees' paychecks, to lobby for TPP

In a mass mailing to employees, CEO Bob Iger asked Disney people to make a regular contribution to Disney PAC to help the company lobby for expanded copyright laws, and the Trans Pacific Partnership. Read the rest

See Anastasia Synn at Beyond Brookledge

This video, of Anastasia Synn performing at Scot Nery's Boobie Trap, a fantastic Los Angeles area variety arts review, gives me the willies!

Anastasia's gleeful routine literally had me squirming in my seat doing that peeking-while-fake-covering-my-eyes thing at last year's Beyond Brookledge, a weekend-long magic and variety arts celebration Mark and I have both shared many times. There is something absolutely unique and beautifully twisted in the way Synn draws an audience in. She's clearly having a ball, while poking a skewer through her arm!

I asked Ana what she likes most about performing at Beyond Brookledge, and she told me...

...along with my super talented husband (the Amazing Jonathan), I have been fortunate enough to be part of beyond brookledge since it's premiere. Every year gets better and better as our ideas for installations and performances need to surpass the year before. It is something that challenges me and that I look forward to all year long. This year I'm bringing a bunch of new tricks to the table as well as some good friends and world class performers that will definitely add to the experience. Erica Larsen and Bob Self have created a gem on earth, something I am proud to be part of and as an artist, give my heart and soul to.

Anastasia performs her own stunts, tricks and illusions, as well as working with her husband, the Amazing Jonathan, and the many other performers at Beyond Brookledge.

This is your chance to be immersed in performances, and community, with the most amazing magicians, comedians, and performance artists you'll ever find hanging around a 5 star hotel having a blast. Read the rest

Yet another tech worker rants about being overentitled

Back in the early 90s, I vividly remember the buzz surrounding the fledgling internet industry, everyone trumpeting the paradigm shift that this young industry run by young people would create. I didn't realize that this shift was largely about trumpeting the value of young white guys über alles. Read the rest

Douglas Ell: how an MIT atheist found God through math

This month, has been profiling "noted atheists who experienced dramatic shifts in their views, eventually becoming Christians." This week, it has a story about Douglas Ell, a former atheist who has undergraduate degrees in math and chemistry, and an MA in theoretical mathematics from the University of Maryland.

Using his advanced knowledge of mathematical analysis, combined with the latest science, Ell came up with probability calculations which were incredible: practical proof, he concluded, of a designed and ordered universe. Sitting with his friend Peter Fisher one evening, Ell told him, "You know, someone should write a book about this, because I'm finding modern science strongly supports belief in God." Fisher, who is now head of the physics department at MIT, responded, "Maybe that someone could be you."

Thus inspired, Ell poured out his findings into his book, Counting to God, which takes the more theoretical elements and breaks them down to an understandable level, where Ell hoped to show the beauty he saw in science and math to the eyes of each and every reader.

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Kamasi Washington: free appearance in San Francisco today (2/25)

Kamasi Washington -- the incredible saxophonist and composer who is carrying the spiritual jazz torch pioneered by the likes of John Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders, and Albert Ayler -- is in San Francisco today (Thursday, 2/25) for the Noise Pop Music Festival. You can see Washington interviewed live, FREE, at 3:30pm today at the Swedish American Hall before his two shows at The Independent. (The Independent shows are sold out but you can still get in by purchasing a Noise Pop badge, which also is your entry into dozens of other killer concerts this week.)

Some years ago, when Kamasi Washington was a teenager, Birdman Records owner David Katznelson heard about his band, The Young Jazz Giants, signed them and took them into the studio. The self-titled debut record came out the following year and the four members of the group still play together today, in fact were featured on THE EPIC. The interview would discuss the founding of the Young Jazz Giants, with focus on Billy Higgins, the recording of that record and the path from there to the Epic.

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Fantastic Beasts Where and to Find Them – One of Harry Potter's text books for your Hogwarts library

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

From Acromantula to Yeti, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is a delightful romp through a Hogwarts textbook. JK Rowling fashioned this little edition as if it had just found its way to your Muggle library from Harry Potter’s book satchel. The forward, penned by none other than Albus Dumbledore, indicates this textbook has been reproduced with the owner’s and the author’s permission to benefit charity. Toted as a longtime favorite of Hogwart’s students, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is the accompanying text to “Care of Magical Creatures.” This course was infamously taught at one point by Hagrid, whose affection for beasts of all sort, both dangerous and difficult, is well known.

Hermione would be horrified to discover the book is riffled with amusing graffiti, scribbled in the margins and crowded into the captions. References to dungbombs, Chudley Cannons and Moaning Myrtle are scrawled in a careless hand alongside Ministry of Magic classification keys and instructions on how to care for a Puffskein. It’s as if the reader has been invited into a private joke between Ron and Harry, privy to their cheeky, good-natured ribbing and adolescent pranks. While the textbook itself has entries on each animal beautifully introduced with storybook style lettering and simple pencil sketches, it’s the defacing of this text that immerses us in the world of Hogwarts and makes this book a priceless edition for your own restricted section.

– Kaz Weida

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

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Read: The full run of If magazine, scanned at the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive's amazing Pulp Magazine Archive includes all 176 issues of If, a classic science fiction magazine that ran from 1952 to 1974. Read the rest

Coffee table book about the design of sex toys

Objects of Desire: A Showcase of Modern Erotic Products and the Creative Minds Behind Them by Rita Catinella Orrell is a coffee table book that has photos of 100 design-centric sex toys and interviews with their designers. The cover features Crave's hit Vesper vibrator.

Design website Core77 interviewed the author, Rita Catinella Orrell about Objects of Desire, which out March 28 from Schiffer Publishing. Read the rest

Rosa Parks's papers and photos online at the Library of Congress

The Howard Buffet Foundation owns 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photos of civil rights hero Rosa Parks. They've loaned them to the Library of Congress, who've digitized them and posted them online. Read the rest

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