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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 …

SNL's Trump/Clinton debate sketch makes Saturday Night great again

We laughed so hard, we woke up the neighbors — if you need any further enticement, look no farther than this endorsement from the pencil-neck Hitler wannabe with a face from Wal-Mart himself: report this ad Sequoia Capital Chairman Michael Moritz and angel investor Ron Conway have donated to San Francisco’s Proposition Q: if passed, “the city would give residents of tent encampments …

Donald Trump performs Mahna Mahna

Donald Trump performs Mahna Mahna / Boing Boing The Elfman score highlights the triggering, abuser body-language and pro-wrestler grimaces but Mahna Mahna deploys Jacob Two Two‘s law: “Monsters can’t abide the laughter of children.” Genius editing, too. report this ad The developers behind the hotly anticipated Shadow Warrior 2 have gone on record explaining why they didn’t add DRM to their new …

Billionaire tech investors back ballot initiative to purge homeless people from San Francisco

Sequoia Capital Chairman Michael Moritz and angel investor Ron Conway have donated to San Francisco’s Proposition Q: if passed, “the city would give residents of tent encampments 24 hours’ notice to relocate to a shelter or accept a bus ticket out of town.” Other San Francisco ballot initiatives propose to build houses for homeless people, which is literally the only proven way to …

Using the science of group conflict to understand Trump's campaign

In Five Beliefs That Propel Groups Toward Conflict, published in American Psychologist, a pair of researchers lay out the five beliefs that, when transmitted by leaders to their followers, creates a “group conflict” that propels the group forward. The five beliefs are: 1. Confidence in one’s superiority 2. Claims of unjust treatment 3. Fears of vulnerability 4. Distrust …

Hillary and Trump skull-stickers

They’re $10 for 12 at Urban Medium, whose awesome designs I’ve been tracking since 2004. report this ad Under Section 1201 of the DMCA, a law passed in 1998, people who fix things can be sued (and even jailed!) for violating copyright law, if fixing stuff involves bypassing some kind of copyright lock; this has incentivized manufacturers so that fixing your stuff means …

Where the #trumpwon trend came from (not Russia)

After the #trumpwon hashtag topped the Twitter trending charts — something Trump gleefully noted, saying it proved he’d won the initial debate with Hillary Clinton — @DustinGiebel’s claim that the trend had originated in St Peterburg, Russia (along with an accompanying map, supposedly from Trendsmap) went viral, with more than 15,000 retweets. But no one else has been able to get …

What it's like to register to vote in states with voter suppression law

Leroy Switlick, a 67-year-old visually impaired man who has voted in every election for the last 40 years may not get to vote this year, because he lives in Wisconsin, where Republican governor Scott Walker passed a voter-suppression law that requires people like Switkick, who’ve never traveled and never held a driver’s license, to show photo ID (like a passport or driver’s license) to …

What has Trump lied about in his "apology", chart edition, Oct 8

Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today’s edition. report this ad Chloe Eudaly, whose zine emporium Reading Frenzy (previously) and publishing makerspace the Independent Publishing Resource Center are PDX institutions, is running for Portland City Council, campaigning on affordable housing for all in a city whose longterm residents are being …

What has Trump lied about today, chart edition, Oct 7

Part of an ongoing series by weird chart-maker Scott Bateman; link to today’s edition. report this ad “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” said a statement today from the Obama administration about a series of cyberattacks on U.S. political figures and organizations. Them’s …