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WeChat users in U.S. will not be penalized, says Justice Department

Users who sued claim Trump‘s ban on WeChat prohibits "millions of WeChat users in the United States from using the most popular social media space for Chinese speakers in the world." The Justice Department said on Wednesday that U.S.-based users of the Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat will not face civil or criminal penalties, []

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Why everyone should have a self-healing cutting mat

I have self-healing cutting mats in a few different sizes. One of them is over 30 years old. I used it to help make the zine version ofBoing Boingin the late 1980s. I still use it today. If you have never used a self-healing cutting mat, you don‘t know what you are missing. You can []

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Trump: "If you take the blue states out [of Covid death count] we‘re at a level I don‘t think anybody in the world would be at."

Trump‘s latest attempt to downplay his murderous response to the Covid pandemic is to ignore deaths in "blue states." It‘s not only a stupid thing to say, it‘s not even true:

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No prison time for two men who raped their 12-year-old sister

A Missouri court sentenced two men to write a letter of apology to their Amish community after pleading guilty to sexually abusing their sister when she was 12 and 13 years old. Webster County Prosecuting Attorney Ben Berkstresser explained why he didn‘t seek prison time for rapists: "These two young men would‘ve been eaten alive []

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Mountain Dew and Red Lobster unveil collaborative cocktail; Doomsday clock unchanged

Mountain Dew and Red Lobster have jointly crafted the Dew Garita. The first official Mountain Dew cocktail will soon be available at Red Lobster. The "Dew Garita" will be rolling out to select restaurants in September and expected to be available nationwide by the end of 2020. In a news release Tuesday, Red Lobster and []

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Comic book-style gesture messaging for video conferencing

Do we all have Zoom fatigue yet? So many annoying aspects to living our work and social lives over video conferencing. One of these is the need for everyone having to mute when listening and unmuting when talking, especially just to say "Yes," "No," "Great," "BRB," etc. Engineer Cameron Hunter got tired enough of these []

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Electrical engineering is one of the most stable professions around, and this training can help get you there

When you were a kid, your mom and dad probably told you to grow up and become a doctor or a lawyer. Practical people that they were, your parents probably assumed that if you were able to scale the educational heights of those revered professions, you‘d be handsomely rewarded with a hefty paycheck. While you []

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Percentage of Americans who don‘t know about the Holocaust is "shocking and saddening"

Almost two-thirds of Americans 18-39 didn‘t know that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, according to a survey. From The Guardian: According to the study of millennial and Gen Z adults aged between 18 and 39, almost half (48%) could not name a single concentration camp or ghetto established during the second world []

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Watch the teenage Bee Gees perform "Blowin‘ in the Wind" in 1963

While "Stayin‘ Alive" (1978) and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack was the pinnacle of the Bee Gees‘ mainstream success, real heads know that before they became disco icons, the brothers Gibb were an excellent psych-pop band and, before that, were teen rock ‘n‘ roll celebs in their native Australia, opening for the likes of Chubby []

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Hans Zimmer‘s Pink Floyd cover for the Dune movie trailer

Denis Villeneuve‘s forthcoming Dune recently got its first trailer, with a surprising soundtrack: a cover of the outtro to Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon. A tribute to Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s legendary 1970s effort to film the novel with a full Floyd soundtrack, it was crafted by Hans Zimmer, working remotely with an L.A. choir. []

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Jodorowsky reviews Villeneuve‘s Dune trailer

Given Chilean-French filmmaker and artist Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s storied history with adaptation attempts of Frank Herbert‘s Dune, it‘s natural to want to know what he thinks of the trailer to Denis Villeneuve‘s much-anticipated version of the story. He told French‘s Premier magazine: "I saw the trailer. It‘s very well done," Jodorowsky said. "We can see that []

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Hans Zimmer‘s Pink Floyd cover for the new Dune movie trailer

Denis Villeneuve‘s forthcoming Dune recently got its first trailer, with a surprising soundtrack: a cover of the outtro to Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon. A tribute to Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s legendary 1970s effort to film the novel with a full Floyd soundtrack, it was crafted by Hans Zimmer, working remotely with an L.A. choir. []

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Cyberantics: a book from the year 2172

Stanislaw Mayakovsky- a fictional character from the 1992 comic book seriesAliens: Hive -was a Russian sociobiologist and artificial life expert from the 22nd century who made a tiny autonomous robotic ant and placed it in an ant colony to study social insect behavior. He wrote a book about it, calledCyberantics(published in 2172). In 1992, Dark []

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Man finds large brain wrapped in foil on beach

Jimmy Senda was strolling along a beach in Racine, Wisconsin when he found a package wrapped in aluminum foil with a pink rubber band around it. "Curiosity got to me, so I popped it open and it looked like a chicken breast kind of," he told Fox 6 Now. "It took a little bit []

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Ghostly magical castle appears in the clouds over eastern China

This astonishing video of a magical castle appearing in the clouds reportedly above Jinan, eastern China, has apparently gone viral on Chinese social media. Skeptics insist it‘s a Fata Morgana, but we know the truth. The Fata Morgana phenomenon is named after the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay as her castle was said to hover []

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A 1969 interview with Frank Herbert breaks down DUNE‘s white savior complex

My first exposure to Dune was the David Lynch movie, and then I read the first 4 books in middle school. Being the precocious kid I was, I definitely understood all of the nuances that were going on there, like how the Fremen were obviously an allegory for Native Americans and the coveted spice melange []

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Watch the teenage Bee Gees perform "Blowing in the Wind" in 1963

While "Stayin‘ Alive" (1978) and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack was the pinnacle of the Bee Gees‘ mainstream success, real heads know that before they became disco icons, the brothers Gibb were an excellent psych-pop band and, before that, were teen rock ‘n‘ roll celebs in their native Australia, opening for the likes of Chubby []

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Man loses phone, finds it the next day filled with monkey selfies

Zackrydz Rodzi, a student in Batu Pahat, Malaysia, woke up on Saturday to find his mobile phone missing. He finally located it the following day after hearing it ring in a jungle area behind his home. Zackrydz‘s uncle joked that perhaps there was a photo of the thief on the phone. Turns out, he was []

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How they used to build electrical transmission towers

After watching this 1960s-vintage British Path reel showing how electrical trasmission towers used to be built, I no longer wonder why infrastructure used to be cheap. Hampshire. An item showing the dangerous job of building electricity pylons. Various shots of half built pylons, a man collects his tools and climbs up the side. Part of []

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The One Million Moms hate groups is triggered by fruit bowls

One Million Moms is an anti-LGBTQ organization listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.As we‘ve pointed out before, "the group‘s true size obviously falls far short of its ambitious name, andmay even be the effort of a single personoperating under the broader aegis of the American Family Association." Today, One Million []

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How they used to build transmission towers

After watching this 1960s-vintage British Path reel showing how electrical trasmission towers used to be built, I no longer wonder why infrastructure used to be cheap. Hampshire. An item showing the dangerous job of building electricity pylons. Various shots of half built pylons, a man collects his tools and climbs up the side. Part of []

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Maskless Florida man getting kicked out of Walt Disney World attempts to rouse support by yelling misquotes from A Bug‘s Life

Yesterday, as this gentleman was being booted from Walt Disney World‘s Hollywood Studios theme park yesterday for refusing to wear a mask, he attempted to rouse support from onlookers by loudly misquoting A Bug‘s Life. According to witnesses, the fellow also yelled, "I‘m not crazy! I have a wife and two kids!" (WDWNT)

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Real life duck army helps farmers clean paddies

In this footage, an army of ducks (previously) helps a farmer in Thailand clean out the paddies. After the rice crop was harvested on a farm in Nakhon Pathom province in Thailand, a flock of around 10,000 ducks was released from a pen - and instinctively streamed towards the flooded fields to devour pests such []

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While Carole Baskin dances on TV, family of her missing ex-husband airs ad offering 100K reward

Tiger King‘s Carole Baskin debuted on Dancing With the Stars on Monday. The family of her missing ex-husband Don Lewis aired a plea for information regarding his disappearance during a commercial break of the show. They are offering a 100,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for his death. USA []

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