Social media "influencer" sent gunman to steal domain name

Rossi Lorathio Adams II, a social media "influencer", built a brand around "State Snaps." Telling people to "Do it for State" became a catchphrase in the comments. The owner of doitforstate.com was not interested in selling the domain, however, so Adams sent his cousin to force the owner to transfer the domain at gunpoint. The owner disarmed the intruder, shot him several times with the weapon, then called the police. Now Adams and his cousin are going to jail.

"Between 2015 and 2017, Adams repeatedly tried to obtain 'doitforstate.com,' but the owner of the domain would not sell it. Adams also threatened one of the domain owner's friends with gun emojis after the friend used the domain to promote concerts," court records show. Then he had an idea: Why not take it by force?

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Human composting may soon be legal in Washington state

On Friday, the Washington state legislature passed a bill legalizing the "recomposition" of human remains, defined as the "contained, accelerated conversion of human remains to soil." If signed by Governor Jay Inlee, the bill will become law next year. From CNN:

Katrina Spade is the CEO of the human composting company, Recompose, and told CNN affiliate KIRO-TV she is hoping her company can be one of the first to build a facility for the practice...

"(The) body is covered in natural materials, like straw or wood chips, and over the course of about three to seven weeks, thanks to microbial activity, it breaks down into soil," she said.

While the dead body is being broken down, Spade said families of the deceased will be able to visit her facility and will ultimately receive the soil that remains of their loved. It is up to the family how they want to use that soil, Spade said.

"And if they don't want that soil, we'll partner with local conservation groups around the Puget Sound region so that that soil will be used to nourish the land here in the state," she said.

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A day working at Rustler Steak House (1977)

"Back in 1976/77, I worked at the Rustler Steak House in Alameda, California," writes Take2MarkTV. "One night, I took my Super 8 camera with me to document a typical shift."

Growing up, my family preferred the local Ponderosa Steakhouse over Rustler, and even Bonanza and Sizzler for that matter. That said, I'm sure the employee experience was similar at all four establishments.

(r/ObscureMedia, thanks UPSO!)

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Elizabeth Warren on Game of Thrones: "It’s about the women."

In a piece for The Cut, Senator Elizabeth Warren (presidential candidate and HBO fan) shares her love for Game of Thrones. It's loaded with spoilers and political metaphors, so proceed with caution if you're not caught up or allergic to allegory.

Dany believes fiercely in her right to rule, but she despises what ruling means in the world she’s grown up in. She doesn’t want to be a slave owner or a dictator — and she definitely doesn’t want to become her murderous father. She tells Ser Jorah: “Slavery is real. I can end it. I will end it. And I will end those behind it.” Before sailing across the sea to Westeros, she frees the enslaved people of Meereen and creates an army that fights because they want to, not because they have to. (Also, she has dragons.)

Senator Warren isn't the only 2020 candidate making Thrones noise. The current occupier of the White House tweeted a GoT meme after the release of the redacted Mueller Report. HBO was less than thrilled. Read the rest

A secret Finnish subculture of women and girls who ride hobbyhorses has come out of the shadows

A once-underground movement of Finnish girls who conduct elaborate dressage routines with toy hobbyhorses has gone mainstream, with coaches, competitions and trainers, and is spreading abroad. Read the rest

Most Republican voters were Trumpists before Trump, and most of the rest have converted since 2016

Josh Quiggin's essay about "Transactional Trumpism" really nailed it for me: if the story is that Republicans chose Trump as their candidate because they were sure that he would enact "the Republican agenda" they didn't get a very good deal: all Trump has managed is the bare minimum that any Republican would have done, putting far-right ideologues on the Supreme Court and handing gigantic tax-breaks to the super-rich. Read the rest

Stop & Shop strike convinces 75% of loyal customers to take business elsewhere

Northeastern grocery chain Stop & Shop has been goosing its profits at its workers' expense, increasing their healthcare costs, reducing company pension contributions, and reducing holiday and Sunday overtime pay; the United Food & Commercial Workers, who organize the Stop & Shop employees called for a strike nearly two weeks ago, and since then, 31,000 workers from 240 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have been off the job. Read the rest

After Notre Dame bailout Yellow Vests urge more Victor Hugo tributes, starting with "Les Miserables"

The Notre Dame fire is a global tragedy, and it's also raising complicated questions about our present moment, including trenchant inquiries into which church fires merit global outpourings and whose sacred sites get mourned when they are destroyed. Read the rest

Redact, rework or sign PDFs effortlessly with this Mac app

Believe it or not, PDF files have been the go-to format for contracts and forms of any type since 1993. And sure, they're easily shareable - but that's about it. When you need to edit or sign a document - and you will - that's when frustration can set in. Luckily, there are workarounds, and PDF Expert for Mac is one of the best out there.

This all-in-one piece of software hacks through all the stubborn aspects of any PDF, allowing you to edit any text, images or links in the document - and that's just for starters. It also allows you to easily fill out forms, redact sensitive pieces of info or annotate portions of a file. You can even merge multiple pages into a single file, then password-protect them or share them remotely across iPhone, iPad, and Mac. If you get even a couple of documents per year, it can save a ton of headaches.

Lifetime access to PDF Expert for Mac is available now for $54.99, more than 30% off the list price. Read the rest

Copyright filters are automatically removing copies of the Mueller Report

During the bitter debate over the EU's Copyright Directive, with its mandate for copyright filters that would automatically censor anything that anyone claimed to be infringing, opponents repeatedly warned that these filters would be trivial to abuse. Read the rest

Noam Chomsky takes ten minutes to explain everything you need to know about the Republican Party in 2019

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now interviewed linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky and asked him to explain Donald Trump; in a mere 10 minutes, Chomsky explains where Trump came from, what he says about the GOP, and what the best response to Russiagate is. Read the rest

Celebrate 4/20 in style with deals on these smoking accessories

It's 4/20! Smoke 'em if you got 'em - and if you haven't got 'em, check out this roundup of deep discounts on pipes and other accessories. They're all on sale, but you can take an extra discount off the final price courtesy of the Boing Boing store by using the online code 420SAVE.

Freeze Pipe

There's nothing like a nice, strong pull on your favorite pipe - until you get the inevitable throat burn. The Freeze Pipe alleviates that with a freezable glycerin coil that cools the smoke on the way in, delivering a smoothness comparable to much bigger water bongs. Originally priced at $120, the Freeze Pipe is now half off at $59.95.

Twisty Glass Blunt

Legions of smokers swear by the Twisty Glass, thanks to the smooth pull of its spiral design and easy setup. Just pack in your tobacco, twist the screw and light up. No rolling, no carb, no fuss. When you're finished, twist it back out again for easy cleanup. You can pick up the Twisty Glass Blunt now for $34.99 - 30% off the MSRP.

The Weed Deck

Think you know your herb? If there were a test for Cannabis 101, this casino-quality deck would be your flashcards. Each one contains trivia and history on everybody's favorite plant, with helpful illustrations throughout. You can get the Weed Deck for $13.50, a 15% discount.

Geeky Grinders

Prepare your favorite herbs with a touch of nerd flair with these miniature grinders, each one inspired by a different geek talisman. Read the rest

This smart sonic toothbrush packs 40,000 strokes per minute

Ever wonder if you're cleaning your teeth well enough? If your last dentist visit has you getting a little more thorough about oral care, it might be time to save yourself some guesswork. A lot of electric toothbrushes promise deep cleaning, but there's a Platinum Sonic Toothbrush that has power plus the simple but effective innovation of a timer to make sure you're brushing for the right amount of time, every time.

And that's the least of the bells and whistles. It charges by USB, which makes it perfect for travel. Plus, the case has a UV sanitizer which kills up to 99% of bacteria on the brush head while it's charging. Turn the power on, and the Platinum Sonic vibrates at 40,000 brush strokes per minute, which not only loosens fine particles from the teeth but is great for the gums. And best of all, there's an Auto Timer that makes sure you're brushing for the ADA-recommended two minutes. It's like having a dentist on the room with you, minus the guilt.

The Platinum Sonic Toothbrush & USB Sanitizing Case are currently $49.99, a full 80% off the MSRP. Read the rest

Elizabeth Warren is first 2020 candidate to call for Trump's impeachment

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is the first 2020 presidential candidate to call for Donald Trump's impeachment as a result of the findings in the redacted Mueller Report released yesterday.

Warren going on the record means every candidate will be put on the spot this weekend regarding impeachment. Things are about to get interesting.

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AOC is going to Kentucky

First AOC gave a great speech about how the Green New Deal was good for workers, including coal workers; then she accepted GOP Rep Andy Barr's invite to visit the coal-miners in his Kentucky Appalachian district; then Barr disinvited him, citing her "incivility" in her response to the racist attacks on Rep Ilhan Omar; then it transpired that Barr has no coal mines in his district, but it doesn't matter, AOC is going anyway: "Luckily, we still have open borders with Kentucky, we are free to travel there. We hope to visit and have a town hall, listen to concerns of workers in Kentucky." Read the rest

Make and share your own GameBoy adventures without learning to code

GB Studio is a "free and easy to use retro adventure game creator for your favourite handheld video game system." Use a modern visual scripting interface to create Zelda-style 2D role-playing games that run on the Nintendo Game Boy or standalone on the web.

· Visual game builder with no programming knowledge required. · Design your graphics in any editor that can output PNG files e.g. Photoshop, Tiled, Aseprite. · Example project included to get started right away. · Make top down 2D JRPG style adventure games. · Build real GB Rom files which can be played in an emulator or on device using USB Carts. · Build a HTML5 playable game that also works on mobile and can deployed to any webserver or uploaded to Itch.io. · Built for macOS, Windows and Linux. · Supports both macOS light and dark mode. · Includes the full tools that were used to build Untitled GB Game, free to play on Itch.io.

It's by Chris Maltby (on Itch, Twitter) and downloads are available for MacOS, Linux and Windows. [h/t Agies] Read the rest

Halifax! I'm speaking at Atlseccon on April 24 (then Toronto, Ottawa, Berlin and Houston!)

I'm coming to Halifax to give the closing keynote on day one of Atlseccon on April 24th: it's only my second-ever visit to the city and the first time I've given a talk there, so I really hope you can make it! Read the rest

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