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At long last, America's racist, crazy tough-on-crime prosecutors are losing elections

Historically, being an elected prosecutor was a sweet gig: operating with “unchecked power and no transparency,” you generally got to run unopposed for re-election, and on the rare instances in which someone did dare to run against the incumbent, the incumbent usually won. Prosecutors are the reason that so many Americans were put behind bars on the basis of flimsy forensic evidence based …

I'm Bored: surreal and weirdly touching comics by Jess Rotter

If the Zap Comix collective hung out in Gary Larson’s basement rolling numbers on psychedelic record covers while giggling about those motivational calendars where you tear off one earnest aphorism each day, and the internal awkwardness that all of us experience, the comix that emerge would likely fit into I’m Bored, the surreal and wonderful new book by illustrator Jess Rotter with a foreword …

WikiLeaks reveals President Barack Obama's personal email address

The stolen emails recently published by WikiLeaks reveal that President Barack Obama’s email address during the presidential transition at the end of the 2008 campaign was bobama@ameritech.net. Five emails sent to or from that email address are in the hacked email files of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton campaign chief, which date back to the 2008 campaign. The hacked emails show the Obama …

80th birthday party for Emperor Norton's Bridge, Saturday in San Francisco

80th birthday party for Emperor Norton’s Bridge, Saturday in San Francisco / Boing Boing Join the Emperor’s Bridge folks for a short adventure and a fun celebration! Help celebrate Emperor Norton’s bridge’s birthday! If you’re in the Bay Area on November 12th, please join The Emperor’s Bridge Campaign for a celebration to wish the Emperor’s bridge a happy 80th birthday — and to show …

Clinton deftly managed Trump into collapse

Ezra Klein has a wonderful piece on Vox, “Hillary Clinton’s 3 debate performances left the Trump campaign in ruins,“ that well describes the master class in managing a bully into hanging himself these general election debates have been. Klein points out how Clinton pushed all Trump’s buttons and practically had him performing tricks on command. Via Vox: Trump’s meltdown wasn’t an accident. …

"Self-control" can be switched off with electromagnetic brain stimulation

University of Zurich researchers used transcranial magnetic stimulation, a noninvasive method of inhibiting activity in parts of the brain, to “turn off” people’s ability to control their impulses. They focused on the temporoparietal junction, an area of the brain thought to play an important role in moral decisions, empathy, and other social interactions. They hope their research could help inform our understanding of …

Nintendo announces new hybrid portable game console

Nintendo’s Switch is a touchscreen tablet with removable physical controls that turn it into a traditional handheld game console. It comes with a chunky dock to hook it up to a TV set for high-definition couch action; also announced is a traditional wireless gamepad to match the squared-off dark gray design. Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, …

Explore the galaxy in 3D with data from the Gaia satellite

Gaia is an interactive 3D map of the galaxy, coded by Charley Hoey and sourced from the eponymous mapping satellite’s data: click, drag and scroll/pinch to change the viewpoint. It took a long time to load even on my desktop PC, but the results speak overwhelmingly for themselves. The Gaia satellite by the European Space Agency is currently orbiting 1.5 million …

Watch traditional Cook Islands tattooing techniques

Croc Coulter works with an apprentice to revive the lost art of tātatau, traditional tattooing done with sticks and bone. So that’s how they made such straight lines in geometric tattoos! From the Loading Docs site: Croc Coulter, a heavily tattooed Englishman living with cystic fibrosis in Rarotonga, teaches his new apprentice the traditional Polynesian art of Tātatau. As with all indigenous art …