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One in ten of New York‘s public school students is homeless

114,659 of New York‘s public school students is homeless, bouncing from shelters to relatives‘ beds: homelessness is a predictor of poor academic performance for all the obvious reasons, including very long commutes to school (some students‘ families have ended up at shelters that are two boroughs away from their schools). It‘s the largest number and proportion of homeless students in the history of homelessness statist

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High school dance team performs highly choreographed ‘Harry Potter‘ for their pep rally

This is what the kids are up to these days, at least the kids in the dance program at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona. You may remember last year when they performed a dance version of The Wizard of Oz for their homecoming pep rally. This year, they‘ve performed a dance based on Harry Potter. Good stuff! (Geekologie) Read the rest

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The growth of Jamaican phone-scamming caused a crime-wave and martial law in Montego Bay

In the late 2000s, Jamaican authorities launched a crackdown on drug dealers, extraditing the country‘s most notorious crime-bosses to the USA; the power-vacuum was filled by telephone advance-fee fraud (419/Spanish Prisoner/etc) scammers who targeted American victims, bringing an estimated 300,000,000 to Montego Bay and its region, the epicenter of the scam. The crime syndicates that run the scams are in open war with one another; three

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Dancing robot dog

They‘re figuring out what we really want from a 21st Century deathbot: moves. That said, when was the last time a human was seen in one of these videos? Perhaps in the next one we‘ll see a human crawling on all fours over ice, making loud engine noises between terrified whimpers, only for a perfectly stable bipedal robot to lunge in from off-screen and kick it. Then we‘ll know what has become of the fleshbags at Boston Dynamics

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Charles Phoenix‘s outrageous Cherpumple dessert concept will be a parade float

Charles Phoenix‘s famous Cherpumple concept (stacked CHErry, PUMpkin, apPLE pies baked in a layer of cake) is being made into an epic parade float. Former Disney Art Directors Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily are crafting a 10-foot-tall Cherpumple wedge -- which Charles, the Ambassador of Americana himself, will be seated on -- for the Anaheim Halloween Parade on October 27. To see it for yourself, the fun starts at 6 PM in downtown Anaheim. He

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Skateboard shop has a skateable sandwich board

To make it clear that it‘s run by skateboarders for skateboarders, East Vancouver‘s Drive Skate Shop put a skateable sign in front of its store. The two-sided wood veneer "sandwich board" is not only skateable but looks great too. (Web Urbanist) Read the rest

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Epson is teaching the internet not to install security updates

More on the story of how Epson tricked its customers into installing a fake "update" to their printers so that they would stop accepting third-party and refilled ink cartridges: not only does this force Epson customers to pay more for ink, but it puts everyone on the internet at risk, by teaching people not to update their devices. If you were affected by this scam, please get in touch with your state, phone number, and whether you saved the o

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A dating website for Trump supporters leaked its customers‘ data ON DAY ONE

Donalddaters.com is an app for people who want to have sex with white supremacists; it launched today and promptly leaked all 1600 of its users‘ data: "users‘ names, profile pictures, device type, their private messages - and access tokens, which can be used to take over accounts." The data was accessible from a public and exposed Firebase data repository, which was hardcoded in the app. Shortly after TechCrunch contacted the app

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, RIP

Paul Allen, billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, philanthropist, science fiction fan, and founder of Seattle‘s Museum of Pop Culture (formerly the Experience Museum Project), has died from complications of non-Hodgkin‘s lymphoma. He was 65. "From technology to science to music to art, I‘m inspired by those who‘ve blurred the boundaries, who‘ve looked at the possibilities, and said, ‘What if...? In my own

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Fendi accidentally made a ‘vulva‘ scarf

Fendi is taking a beating online after creating a pink scarf that resembles female genitalia, bush and all. The Italian luxury fashion brand took down their 750 vulva-like "Touch of Fur" shawl after the internet got wind of it (blue and red versions are still available). It get really real when you flip it over pic.twitter.com/eqfNVeoru0 Eartha Kitten (@ginandtectonica) October 13, 2018 The Guardian humorously notes, it "makes you look lik

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Watch when Lyft passengers find out their driver is actually Chance the Rapper

There‘s nothing more fun than a prank that brings great laughter to its victims, and this is what Chance the Rapper does when he becomes an undercover Lyft driver for a day. He drives unsuspecting passengers around Chicago and chats with them about all sorts of things, including rappers. It takes a while, but these passengers finally realize who they‘re really talking to, and their reactions are priceless (especially the last woman,

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Booze in a ‘juice‘ box

In Japan, you don‘t have to drink your sake from a cup or a glass or even a bottle. If you‘re in the mood for a little imbibing on your walk home from work and don‘t want to worry about having to recycle a bottle or a can, or maybe you would just rather sip your booze from a straw, then these neat, one-serving cartons of sake are for you. Onigoroshi (Demon Slayer) is the brand I find in every convenience store I‘ve ever

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Just Be Best: Randy Rainbow sings about Melania

One of the "most bullied" people in the world -- Melania Trump, of course -- gets the Randy Rainbow treatment in "Just Be Best." It‘s the best. (Hey! Randy Rainbow is on tour.) RR previously on BB Read the rest

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Watch frisky puppy knock 11 soap and shampoo bottles into a bathtub

This playful puppy has made it his mission to knock every shampoo and soap bottle into the tub 11 bottles in all. His excitement is contagious. To see more of this guy, check out his Instagram page, little_leo_the_cavapoo. Read the rest

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Printer refuses humor magazine because "Christian owners" want to protect "the kids"

Solderer writes, "Old-school humor Magazine The American Bystander was dropped by its printer, citing prurient content (i.e. humor). Publisher Michael Gerber describes the ongoing situation in terms that would doubtless please Benjamin ‘Fart Proudly‘ Franklin." When the guy picked up, he was as nice as pie. "I gotta tell you," he said, "this magazine looks great. Really funny, too." "Thanks," I said. "We have some wonderful folks

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Climate change will make beer much more expensive

Over the next century, higher temperatures and an increased number of droughts will hit the global barley supply, pushing beer prices way up. University of East Anglia economist Dabo Guan and his colleagues developed multiple scenarios based on several climate and economic models. Nature: The researchers then simulated the effect of these droughts and heat waves on barley production by using software to model crop growth and yield on the bas

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Parkland kids‘ Rube Goldberg machine illustrates the aftermath of school shootings

Alex Little writes, "The Parkland kids created a rube goldberg machine that shows the predictable domino effect of responses from politicians and media after every school shooting." Kesha and her younger brother Sage teamed up with March for Our Lives activists to create ‘The Most Vicious Cycle,‘ a music video for the single, ‘Safe‘, depicting the endless gun violence in America. To stop this cycle, we must vote for c

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Printer refuses humor magazine because "Christian owners" want to protect "the kids‘

Solderer writes, "Old-school humor Magazine The American Bystander was dropped by its printer, citing prurient content (i.e. humor). Publisher Michael Gerber describes the ongoing situation in terms that would doubtless please Benjamin ‘Fart Proudly‘ Franklin." When the guy picked up, he was as nice as pie. "I gotta tell you," he said, "this magazine looks great. Really funny, too." "Thanks," I said. "We have some wonderful folks

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A sensible, free guide to negotiating book contracts

The Authors Alliance is a nonprofit that advocates for authors, libraries, readers and scholars (I‘m on their advisory board); they‘ve done a ton of great work, notably a tool for authors to claim their copyrights back from publishers, even when the original contract specified that the rights were signed away "in perpetuity." The latest Authors Alliance project is The Authors Alliance Guide to Understanding and Negotiating Book Pub

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Trump joins past Republican presidents in new version of The Republican Club painting

Andy Thomas, the artist who creates wonderful paintings depicting historical presidents from each party hanging out, has updated The Republican Club to include Donald Trump. It was spotted on the White House wall during an interview with the president on CBS News. The artist, who lives in Missouri, United States, was "ecstatic" to discover his art displayed in the White House, he told Time. Republican congressman Darrell Issa reportedly gave it

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Coca-Cola, trying to mix Maori with English, accidentally puts "Hello, death" on vending machine

In an attempt to blend English with Maori, Coca-Cola stamps a brilliant blooper onto one of their New Zealand vending machines: "Kia Ora, Mate!" Translation: "Hello, death!" When the languages dont mix well. pic.twitter.com/3piZIoptAE Waikato Reo (@waikatoreo) October 14, 2018 What makes this so funny is how on the mark the message really is. According to The Guardian: New Zealand has one of the highest rates of obesity in the developed world

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Wannacry ransomware cost the British National Health Service 92m (121m)

The Wannacry ransomware epidemic was especially virulent, thanks to its core: a weaponized vulnerability in Windows that the NSA had discovered and deliberately kept a secret so that they could use it to attack their adversaries. Despite the incredible havoc Wannacry wreaked around the world, it made a pittance for its wielders: they walked away with a mere 140,000 in 300 payouts for unlocking the systems that were hijacked by a self-spreading

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What would a "counterculture of AI" look like?

Shitty math kills: shitty math "proved" that being selfish produced optimal outcomes and torched the planet; shitty math rains hellfire missiles down on innocents; in the 1960s, shitty math drove the "hamlet pacification program," producing 90,000 pages a month in data about the endless hail of bombs the US dropped on Vietnam. The Spirit of 68 -- a wave of rebellions and uprisings around the world -- rallied around a rejection of shitty math a

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New David Bowie documentary in production at BBC

BBC Studios Production is completing a new feature documentary, David Bowie: The First Five Years, to air next year. Its the third in director Francis Whately‘s trilogy that has included "David Bowie: Five Years" (2013) and "David Bowie: The Last Five Years" (2017). The film will cover the Bowie‘s formative years as an artist, starting in 1966 up until the birth of Ziggy Stardust. According to the BBC, the 90-minute doc "traces his in

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