General Mills recalls some flours after 38 people become sick with E. coli

General Mills today announced it will voluntarily recall various batches of its Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature flours that federal officials say may be linked to 38 people getting sick in 20 states from a strain of E. coli. Read the rest

Crowdfunding Maximum Plunder, a collection of 1,100 gig posters by Mike King

Chloe from Portland's Reading Frenzy writes, "Mike King has made more concert posters than any designer in America. This book contains more than 1000 of them. Spanning three decades of music, Maximum Plunder gathers together Mike's work into a comprehensive retrospective. A five-year project, the book presents nearly 1,100 of his remarkable posters from every period in nearly every musical genre, from country to death metal, jazz to punk. You'll see striking examples of Mike's work for both internationally famous bands to barely-known local artists." Read the rest

Meet David French, your next president

Move over, Mittens! David French is the man to lead true conservatism to vict--wait, who? Daily Beast explains a pick so offbeat one almost assumes he must be the rumor's source.

And so, as Bloomberg Politics reported Tuesday evening, he appears to be going with the most devastating pick of all: National Review blogger David French. A conservative thinker with such strong name recognition he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page.

He does, however, fit the fan-fiction archetype of a Bill Kristol candidate.

According to his bio, French is a constitutional lawyer who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He lives in solid-red Tennessee with his wife and three kids. He once contributed to a New York Times best-selling book about fighting ISIS.

“To say that he would be a better and a more responsible president than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump,” Kristol recently wrote of French, “is to state a truth that would become self-evident as more Americans got to know him.”

French's obscurity is matched by the bland neoconservatism of his positions: if you're gay, feminist, think Black lives matter or simply a millennial, he's probably got a negative thing or two to say about you. But he's also fabulously insecure, as noted by Politico's Kevin Robillard, insisting that his wife not communicate with men by phone or email lest she encounter the "ghosts of boyfriends past."

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The MPAA lobbyist who wrote SOPA will help draft the Democratic Party platform

"Hollywood" Howard Berman, former-Congressman-turned-MPAA-lobbyist is one of the 15-member panel selected by the Democratic Party establishment to draft the party's platform for this summer's convention. Read the rest

Fun with FriXion pens

Last year my friends and I formed a club for (as Cory puts it) "people who aren't good at magic tricks." (Actually, Cory, John Edgar Park, and I are the only ones in the group who aren't good at magic tricks. The others are pretty accomplished magicians and passed the audition to become members of the Magic Castle.)

At our last meeting Michael Borys introduced me to the FriXion pen. It's an erasable pen made by Pilot. It comes with a small eraser, but you can buy a large eraser, which is a smooth brick of plastic. When you rub a mark made with the pen, the friction creates heat to erase the mark. The cool thing (or bug, depending on your use case) is that the writing will vanish instantly when you apply heat. It's a heat-activated disappearing ink. I read that if you apply ice to the erased writing, the writing will reappear (it will be faded, however).

Amazon sells a 3-pack of the FrXion pen for $4, and a 4-pack of erasers for $6. Read the rest

Televangelist Jan Crouch dead at 78 after massive stroke

The queen of the world's first mega-sized “prosperity gospel” empire has died. Read the rest

Beautiful Birds – Fly from A to Z with dozens of feathered friends

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Beautiful Birds

by Jean Roussen (author) and Emmanuel Walker (illustrator)

Flying Eye Books

2015, 56 pages, 8.9 x 12.2 x 0.4 inches

$17 Buy a copy on Amazon

In Beautiful Birds, author Jean Roussen and illustrator Emmanuel Walker fly through the alphabet with dozens of feathered friends. It begins, of course, with “A is for albatross, the admiral of the skies,” and progresses all the way to “Z is for zos-ter-o-pi-dae…” with details about all kinds of avians in between. The writing brims with clever rhymes and colorful words (ogling orbs, polychrome quills) making it delightful to read out loud. If I had to guess, I’d say Roussen is a fan of E.B. White’s idea that “children are game for anything... They love words that give them a hard time, provided they are in a context that absorbs their attention.”

Walker’s vibrant illustrations give kids all the context they need. His graphic, full-bleed drawings feel like those of mid-century masters Saul Bass and Charlie Harper. As an added bonus, the book’s design is also gorgeous. It’s bound in a neon salmon linen, with patterned endpapers to match. The neon color can be found on almost every page in varying doses, giving the optical effect of spying a ruffle of feathers in the wild.

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Nab the AtmosRX Combo Vaporizer Bundle - now 73% off

Vaping continues to become increasingly popular, meaning there is a growing selection of premium vaping products on the market. Here's one that should get your attention: the AtmosRX Combo Vaporizer Bundle

This top-notch bundle includes the Rx Dry Herb Vaporizer, plus a bundle of accessories and flavors. Grab it now: it's currently 73% off in the Boing Boing Store.

The Atmos Rx, which has garnered strong positive reviews, is a pen-style vaporizer that burns both waxes and herbs, offering a variety of options not often found in a portable pen.

The durable, compact Rx’s ample ceramic heating chamber fires up within 10 seconds and produces huge vapor clouds, allowing you to customize your vaping experience.

In case you’re already a fan of e-liquids, no worries: you’ll also get an e-liquid adapter for your Rx and two e-liquid flavors to try as well.

Find out why everyone’s jumping on the vaping train with the AtmosRx Combo Vaporizer Bundle, now just $59.99, while the deal lasts. Read the rest

Geek Feminist Revolution: Kameron Hurley's measured essays on the importance of rage

Kameron Hurley is first and foremost a talented novelist (see, for example, her critically acclaimed God's War books), but her first Hugo was awarded for an essay, "We Have Always Fought," which is just one of many significant, eloquent, and insightful nonfiction pieces collected in The Geek Feminist Revolution, just published in paperback.

Vaccine could prevent Alzheimer's plaque from building up

Researchers are starting to think that Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by microbial infections that cause plaque to form in the brain. This opens the possibility for a vaccination against Alzheimer's.

Support for the immune defence idea comes from work by Jacobus Jansen of Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Using MRI brain scans, his team has found that people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease have more permeable blood-brain barriers, suggesting that they may have developed the disease because their brains were more vulnerable to attack. “The microbe hypothesis seems plausible,” says Jansen.

If infectious agents are kicking off the formation of plaques, then vaccines could head them off. “You could vaccinate against those pathogens, and potentially prevent this problem arising later in life,” says Moir.

If many microbes are involved, immunising against them all will be hard, says Jansen. “But if the frequency of certain pathogens is quite high, there might be a possibility.”

In the meantime, don't get a brain infection. Read the rest

How to outguess multiple choice tests

Rock Breaks Scissors, by William Poundstone, is a "practical Guide to outguessing and outwitting almost everybody." Here are some some strategies for multiple choice tests and Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Multiple Choice Strategy: 1) Pick B if you have to guess on 4 options 2) Pick E if you have to guess on 5 options 3) Don't pick answers with Always, Never, None, or All 4) Pick answers such as "All of the above"

Rock Paper Scissors Strategy: 1) Pick Paper when against a man 2) Pick Scissors when against a woman 3) When you beat them, switch to what hand would beat the hand you played 4) When you lose, stick with your current hand 5) When they play two of the same hands in a row, expect a different hand the next throw and account for it 6) Tell them you're going to throw something, then ACTUALLY throw it

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Oregon militia leaders complain about no Internet in jail cell

Ammon Bundy, the jailed leader of the armed militia that took over a federal wildlife reserve in Oregon last January, says he needs Internet access. His brother Ryan, also in jail, is upset that he can't bear arms while he is in jail awaiting trial. Read the rest

Juan Gabriel covers Creedence Clearwater Revival with "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"

Absolutely beautiful.

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TSA's Instagram features bizarre items found at checkpoints

The TSA Instagram account is such a trove of high weirdness that I am now thinking of the TSA as a publicly-funded arts organization that I contribute to with taxes and time spent in line as it scans travelers for items to add to this gallery. Read the rest

CA Governor Jerry Brown endorses Clinton in advance of June 7th primary

California Governor Jerry Brown today announced that he is endorsing Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. Brown, known for his 1992 populist run for the presidency, offers Clinton's competitor Bernie Sanders high praise, but feels Clinton is best positioned to end the national nightmare that is Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Via JerryBrown.org:

On Tuesday, June 7, I have decided to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump.

I have closely watched the primaries and am deeply impressed with how well Bernie Sanders has done. He has driven home the message that the top one percent has unfairly captured way too much of America’s wealth, leaving the majority of people far behind. In 1992, I attempted a similar campaign.

For her part, Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda. Voters have responded by giving her approximately 3 million more votes – and hundreds more delegates – than Sanders. If Clinton were to win only 10 percent of the remaining delegates – wildly improbable – she would still exceed the number needed for the nomination. In other words, Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown – by millions of votes – that they want her as their nominee.

But there is more at stake than mere numbers. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, has called climate change a “hoax” and said he will tear up the Paris Climate Agreement.

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"Skin gun" sprays patient's own stem cells on wounds to speed healing

The SkinGun, announced today, was developed by RenovaCare to spray autologous (self-donated) stem cells on patients with chronic wounds and burns.

For patients suffering severe burns and other wounds, the prospect of a quick-healing, gentle spray containing their own stem cells will be a promising alternative to conventional skin graft surgery, which can be painful, prone to complications, and slow-to-heal. Based on preliminary case studies, CellMist System patients can be treated within 90 minutes of arriving in an emergency room; a patient’s stem cells are isolated, processed, and sprayed on to wound sites for rapid healing.

Preliminary investigational use in Europe and the United States indicate the potential efficacy and safety of RenovaCare’s technologies. Clinical observations point to the potential for regeneration of new skin in as little as four days, rather than the many weeks of painful and risky recovery required by traditional skin graft techniques.

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Hey man, is that Freedom Rock?

Well turn it up, man!

While Freedom Rock (1987) is best enjoyed on cassette, the CD is now a collector's item going for $50 on Amazon.

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