Tag: picks

But Her Emails: Ivanka Trump used personal email account for messages about her government work

Yes, irony is dead. The Washington Post reports that Presidential Daddy Daughter Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to receive and send emails about her work for the government of the United States. The emails were sent using the domain ‘ijkfamily.com,’ which Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had a tech assistant set up in […]

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Lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested on felony domestic violence allegations: LAPD

Michael Avenatti has been arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence. Avenatti is best known as the spotlight-thirsty and Trump-baiting attorney for Stormy Daniels, a perennial cable news guest, and an apparently aspiring Presidential candidate. He is currently in Los Angeles police custody as of Wednesday afternoon, suspected of beating his estranged wife […]

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California Fires: 83% of Santa Monica Mountains federal parkland burned by Woolsey Fire

In addition to destroying hundreds of homes and claiming human lives, the Woolsey Fire that began last Thursday burned 83% of federal park land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, per Cal Fire. So far, the fire has burned at least 435 homes, and blazed through some 96,314 acres. LAFD says the blaze […]

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California Fires: From space, NASA JPL maps damage from Woolsey and Camp blazes

The Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, created these Damage Proxy Maps (DPMs) that show the areas in California that were probably damaged by the Woolsey and Camp Fires. From NASA JPL: The Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in […]

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Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona Senate. Now Dems have 47 seats to GOP’s 51.

Kyrsten Sinema, the apparent winner in Arizona’s Senate race, is the first Democrat to win that vote for decades. She will become the first woman to ever represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate. She is also the first openly bisexual person ever elected to the U.S. Senate. That’s a lot of firsts. Sinema’s win was […]

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#ProtectMueller protests demand justice, “Trump is not above the law.” (Video, Photos)

Take it to the streets, America. The investigation into Trump’s corruption and likely criminality must not be stopped. Thousands of Americans from Florida to California gathered to defend Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the system of justice he represents. Below, photos and video from the events, shared live. The #ProtectMueller crowd keeps growing! pic.twitter.com/7KvYY0fL5t — […]

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Video shows 1,000+ octopuses in Monterey Bay 🐙

Each of those white dots is an octopus. Here’s a closer view of one of them. And here’s the video and story behind it from NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. [embedded content] Excerpt: What’s better than one octopus?A THOUSAND OF THEM🐙🐙🐙🐙🐙! While diving in the deep waters of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, researchers […]

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‘Bikini airline’ places $6.5 billion order for 50 additional jets

Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, is one of Asia’s richest women. The self-made billionaire, age 47, is the owner of VietJet, Vietnam’s first private airline. In recent years, VietJet has rebranded itself as the bikini airline, featuring women who wear bikinis on some flights. It was fined in 2012 for “hosting a mid-flight dance by bikini-clad […]

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Before Robert Bowers killed 11 in synagogue, on Gab he offered to help a white supremacist hate group dox a journalist

It’s really hard to keep up with how weird every news story is right now. The Huffington Post’s Jessica Schulberg sums her new HuffPo report perfectly: “Before Robert Bowers killed 11 people in a synagogue, he offered to help the League of the South’s Brad Griffin dox a journalist on Gab.” Gab’s CEO Andrew Torba […]

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Worker at Utah DMV wears best #Halloween costume ever for DMV worker

I love this. A guy working at an office of the Utah state Division of Motor Vehicles wore a sloth costume to work today. I salute you, sir, and also, I happen to love sloths. Meanwhile…at…the…Utah…D…M…V… <!– xeni jardin Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing’s in-flight TV […]

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Most Americans are not confident election systems are secure from hacking: Pew Research

Americans are confident local poll workers will run elections smoothly and that votes will be counted accurately, but they are less sure about nationwide elections and worry about foreign hacking. A new report from Pew Research, out just one week before the U.S. midterm elections, indicates that a majority of Americans aren’t confident that our […]

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Trump may ban migrants entering U.S. from Mexico, in stunt to win GOP fear vote

U.S. President Donald Trump is considering issuing an executive order to close the U.S.-Mexico border, as the depleted and ragtag #MigrantCaravan of poor people seeking asylum ambles north from Central America. This sure reads like a crude ploy for GOP votes from racist white people who fear immigrants. From the New York Times report: President […]

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Official: Explosive devices sent to Trump critics are consistent with online bomb-making designs

The FBI is treating the serial bomber who sent explosives to critics of Donald Trump as domestic terrorism. There are a lot of bomb-making HOWTOs on the internet, and instructions for how to make improvised explosive devices have long been available online. Now, a federal agent says the perpetrator behind the 10 “suspicious packages” used […]

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Baking Skullzones, skull-shaped calzones, for Halloween or any time

Awesome baking project for Halloween. Check out the step-by step gallery, from IMGURian swhertzberg. Skullzones (OP Delivers) <!– xeni jardin Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing’s in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. […]

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VA official proudly displays KKK Grand Wizard portrait in his D.C. office, ‘I thought it was very nice’

An official with the U.S. Veterans Administration proudly displayed a lit formal portrait of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Ku Klux Klan’s first Grand Wizard, despite protestations from people who worked for him. ‘I thought it was very nice,’ he said of the official showcased art, which he is sad to have been forced to take […]

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I’m suing the U.S. government for causing the climate change crisis, and I’m 22.

My name is Kelsey Juliana and I’m suing the United States government for causing and accelerating the climate change crisis. I’m 22 years old and I’ve been a climate activist for more than half of my life. I know that young people like me, and others who have yet to be born, have a right […]

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As Brazil prepares to elect ‘Trump,’ Facebook shuts down 68 pages & 43 accounts that got him there

Facebook Inc said Monday it has removed 68 Facebook pages and 43 user accounts linked to a shady Brazilian marketing group, Raposo Fernandes Associados (RFA), for violating the social media network’s misrepresentation and spam policies. Both Facebook and its WhatsApp sister/subsidiary company are under fire for enabling similarly sketchy disinformation campaigns in Brazil that appear […]

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HACKED: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); 75K individuals affected

The United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said Friday it was responding to a data breach that exposed the files of about 75,000 people. Reuters: The agency said it detected anomalous activity in the Federally Facilitated Exchange’s (FFE) Direct Enrollment pathway for agents and brokers. The number of files accessed in the […]

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Twitter kills pro-Saudi “botnet” spreading Khashoggi disinformation tweets

Twitter today pulled down a disinfo bot network that was amplifying pro-Saudi talking points about disappeared journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who is presumed to have been tortured and killed on orders of the government of Saudi Arabia. NBC reports that Twitter became aware of the crisis Thursday, when an NBC News reporter presented the social media […]

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