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Meet the Krazy Klown Kavalcade of racists, homophobes, islamophobes and transphobes serving as appointed South Carolina magistrates

Meet the Krazy Klown Kavalcade of racists, homophobes, islamophobes and transphobes serving as appointed South Carolina magistrates

South Carolina's system of appointed magistrates allows the state senate to appoint "judges" with no legal training, some of whom cannot pass a basic competency test on the first try, to hear over
Sale on the Voyager Golden Record LP and CD sets and The Family Acid: California photobook!

Sale on the Voyager Golden Record LP and CD sets and The Family Acid: California photobook!

After producing the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition, my buddy Tim Daly and I launched a record/publishing label, Ozma Records, to publish creative works at the intersection of science,
Someone has finally broken the Guinness World Record for long-distance throwing of a hot dog sausage in a bun

Someone has finally broken the Guinness World Record for long-distance throwing of a hot dog sausage in a bun

It's kind of remarkable that the Guinness Book of Records has managed to secure such a prominent place in our culture, considering it was literally invented to encourage people to argue over inane
Woman calls cops on black UPS driver because "walking around with a bunch of packages" makes her "nervous"

Woman calls cops on black UPS driver because "walking around with a bunch of packages" makes her "nervous"

In this video posted to instagram, a woman calls the cops on a UPS driver because "I don't understand why you're walking around with a bunch of packages". This woman legit called the cops on a Black
That time Charlton Comics published a trans sci-fi story in 1953

That time Charlton Comics published a trans sci-fi story in 1953

Back in September, a rare print edition of Space Adventures #7—originally published by the new-defunct Charlton Comics in 1953—sold for $1,800. The comic book speculator market isn't normally the kind
The Secret World newsletter

The Secret World newsletter

The excellent first edition of Matthew Braga's new Secret World newsletter looks at exactly who you're calling when you use a satellite phone or Garmin emergency beacon to call for help: It turns out
Baby Yoda amigurimi, a crocheted cutie by Allison Hoffman

Baby Yoda amigurimi, a crocheted cutie by Allison Hoffman

Artist Allison Hoffman, aka Crafty is Cool, is an absolute master of pop culture amigurimi ("a portmanteau of the Japanese words ami, meaning 'crocheted or knitted,' and nuigurumi, meaning 'stuffed
"Start Wearing Purple" as sung by Sesame Street's Count

"Start Wearing Purple" as sung by Sesame Street's Count

This. is. amazing. Purple Count singing Gogol Bordello's "Start Wearing Purple" — the entire song! Someone spent a long time making this mashup video but we don't know who exactly. Their YouTube
Watch the kabuki version of The Last Jedi

Watch the kabuki version of The Last Jedi

Rennosuke and the Three Light Sabers adapts to kabuki the story of Kylo Ren from the end of The Force Awakens through the end of The Last Jedi. It opens with the destruction of Starkiller Base: The
Score an extra 20% off these gadgets with this Black Friday sale

Score an extra 20% off these gadgets with this Black Friday sale

Whether you are looking for an upgrade or searching for a gift, Black Friday is always a good time to go shopping for new tech. Finding the best discounts can be a challenge, so we decided to do the
This portable duster blows traditional canned air devices away

This portable duster blows traditional canned air devices away

Canned air is a big help in dusting tight spaces, particularly keyboards, shelves or servers. But the first thing you should know about canned air is that it's not air at all. More likely, what's
Get Black Friday pricing on these next-gen totally wireless earbuds

Get Black Friday pricing on these next-gen totally wireless earbuds

Whether we're on a long commute or marathon workout, the right soundtrack makes all the difference. And with all the thought we put into our playlists, the kind of earbuds we play it on is worth at
Save over 90% on 5TB of cloud storage with this Black Friday deal

Save over 90% on 5TB of cloud storage with this Black Friday deal

Many of us rely on a single hard drive to store precious files. This strategy is risky, but many alternative backup solutions are pretty expensive. Polar Cloud Backup breaks the mold, providing secure
Three women independently accuse Gordon Sondland of repeated acts of highly similar sexual misconduct

Three women independently accuse Gordon Sondland of repeated acts of highly similar sexual misconduct

Three separate, named women have independently accused Trump's EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland of repeated acts of sexual misconduct while he was in a position of physical, financial and professional
How to take macro photos on your phone of bugs and other tiny things in your back garden

How to take macro photos on your phone of bugs and other tiny things in your back garden

Andrew Hoyle has a terrific tutorial article on Cnet on how to take macro photos on your smartphone using a macro lens. The article includes tips on how to use Photoshop or other image editing
This Thanksgiving, don't have a political argument, have a "structured organizing conversation"

This Thanksgiving, don't have a political argument, have a "structured organizing conversation"

Union organizers don't have arguments with workers, they have "structured organizing conversations" -- conversations in which the organizer asks someone to think about what change they want to see,
Profile of Mariana Mazzucato, the economist who's swaying both left and right politicians with talk of "the entrepreneurial state"

Profile of Mariana Mazzucato, the economist who's swaying both left and right politicians with talk of "the entrepreneurial state"

Mariana Mazzucato (previously) came to prominence after the publication of her 2013 book The Entrepreneurial State, which described the way that robust state spending on large-scale R&D was
A layperson-friendly introduction to MMT, a heterodox school of economics that could finance a Green New Deal

A layperson-friendly introduction to MMT, a heterodox school of economics that could finance a Green New Deal

Modern Monetary Theory (AKA MMT) is the latest incarnation of a long-running current in economic thought, once called Chartalism, which has gained prominence in recent years as an alternative to
Just look at these decorated ruckus-causing lunchtime bananas

Just look at these decorated ruckus-causing lunchtime bananas

Just look at them. (Thanks, Marion!) My son’s teacher has banned me from decorating my son’s bananas as they were causing too much of a ruckus in class & honestly... knowing my art caused a class
South Carolina's magistrate judges are a clown-car of corrupt cronies, but they get to put people in jail

South Carolina's magistrate judges are a clown-car of corrupt cronies, but they get to put people in jail

South Carolina's magistrate judge system is a holdover from aristocratic England, where landowners would appoint someone with "common sense" to hear legal cases, without any legal training or