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The Democrats‘ tax-credits for job training idea has been discredited for decades

Chuck Schumer is trying to reconcile the neoliberal and left wing factions in the Democratic party by offering a slate of policies that are supposed to appeal to both sides: some (15 minimum wage) are solid, but one recommendation is so face-palmingly dumb that it‘s almost impossible to believe they made the cut. (more)

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A machined, contemporary take on a netsuke/sagemono

Machinist/sculptor Chris Bathgate (previously) continues his run of collaborations on small, gorgeous kinetic sculptures and fidget toys with the "Netsuke Hybrid Vessel Bead," a collaboration with Revolve Makers. (more)

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Swedish transport agency breach exposes millions, from spies to confidential informants

The Swedish Transportstyrelsen (Transport Agency) botched its outsourcing to IBM, uploading its records to IBM‘s cloud and then emailing cleartext copies to marketing managers, unvetted IBM employees in the Czech Republic and others. (more)

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The German auto industry started conspiring on diesel emissions in the 1990s

In the 1990s, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Daimler and other German auto-makers formed a secret pact to price-fix a diesel emissions control substance called AdBlue, according to Der Spiegel, who cites memos from those meetings that VW and Daimler have sent to German competition enforcers. (more)

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The UK unemployment rate is at least three times the official rate

The UK -- like most countries -- excludes "inactive workers" (students, new parents, people who don‘t want a job) from its unemployment figures, but "inactive" is such a slippery concept that it can paper over huge cracks in the labor market. (more)

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Final Draft 10 is the industry standard screenwriting software

Whether you‘re a seasoned entertainment industry veteran or a student working on your first spec script, having the right tool for the job will make a huge difference in your focus and productivity.Final Draft 10 is far and away the world‘s best screenwriting software, used extensively by professional film and TV writers at top production companies like NBC, Disney, and Paramount because it makes drafting screenplays as straightforwar

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Trump gave a weird speech to thousands of Boy Scouts in which he relitigated election & crowd sizes (again)

Trump relitigated the 2016 election, boasted about his inauguration crowds, and told other inappropriate fabulisms to a crowd of children at the 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree today, because nothing matters anymore. ‘The hottest people in New York were at this party. A lot of successful people were there. And I was invited to the party, I was very young...‘ (more)

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SecDef Mattis upset at Pentagon wasting 28 million on Afghan uniforms with wrong camo pattern

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis criticized officials at the Pentagon for spending 28 million on forest camouflage-patterned uniforms for Afghan National Army soldiers. Only 2.1% of Afghanistan is covered by forests. (more)

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Cat enjoys relaxing and playing piano with owner

These videos of a guy in Istanbul playing the piano with his kitty cat are so sweet and genuine. I can‘t get enough of them. His name is Sarper Duman. Play him off, keyboard cat. (more)

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Another Puddles Pity Party appearance on ‘America‘s Got Talent‘

Studio audiences continue to be thrilled by the giant clown with the golden voice.

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Tillerson may quit soon, frustrated with Trump

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former CEO Exxon-Mobil, is thinking about quitting his job because he is fed up with Trump, according to CNN. Tillerson has a growing list of differences with the White House, including a new debate over Iran policy and personnel. His frustration is hardly a secret and it has spilled out publicly at times. But friends sense a change of late. For weeks, conversations with Tillerson friends outside of Washin

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Delightful Fibonacci sequence poem

Poet Brian Bilston wrote this delightful poem above describing, and embodying, the Fibonacci sequence in which each every number after the first two in a series is the sum of the preceding two numbers. (via @pickover)

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FBI surveillance van from the 1980s on eBay

Ginter Senfeldas of Cary, North Carolina, says he purchased this 1989 Dodge Ram 350 "FBI surveillance van" from a government auction site. It‘s apparently outfitted with vintage A/V tech, external microphones, pinholes for cameras, and other interesting modifications. Apparently when he purchased it, there were handcuffs, binoculars, "and even leftover video from an old FBI stakeout" inside. From the auction listing, details of the "inte

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Lightning hits a car going down the street, then it gets creepy

You don‘t want to be in a car that gets struck by lightning in this town. It happened to the the folks in this car, and within seconds a mob of zombies dressed in black surrounded the car and presumably devoured the occupants.

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John Muir‘s ‘adventure with a dog and a glacier‘

One stormy morning in 1880, naturalist John Muir set out to explore a glacier in Alaska‘s Taylor Bay, accompanied by an adventurous little dog that had joined his expedition. In this week‘s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we‘ll describe the harrowing predicament that the two faced on the ice, which became the basis of one of Muir‘s most beloved stories.We‘ll also marvel at some phonetic actors and puzzle over

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Bird regrets opening a box

The scene: a kitchen table. It could be anywhere. A pet bird, possibly a cockatoo, stands next to box made of woven fibers. It flips open the lid of the box, revealing a kitten resting inside. The bird sees something in the box (a loose strand of fiber?), and when it makes an exploratory nip, the kitten boops the bird on the beak. The bird flips the lid back on the box, trapping the kitten inside. The gif ends. Detained for assault from youseein

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Comedian Bec Hill translates Edith Piaf into nonsensical English

I like the way Bec Hill translates Edith Piaf‘s French vocals. She simply assumes Piaf is signing in English, and writes it on a flipboard along with photos. NSFW?

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Life, Death, Ego and Eternity

This week on HOME: Stories From L.A.:The original Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in the hills above Glendale, may be best known outside California for inspiring the sledgehammer satire of the 1965 cult comedy"The Loved One." For tourists and curiosity-seekers, it‘s the gonzo life‘s work of Hubert Eaton, who memorialized himself as The Builder in the park‘s every corner. For the families of the people interred there, though, it&lsq

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John Muir‘s "adventure with a dog and a glacier"

One stormy morning in 1880, naturalist John Muir set out to explore a glacier in Alaska‘s Taylor Bay, accompanied by an adventurous little dog that had joined his expedition. In this week‘s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we‘ll describe the harrowing predicament that the two faced on the ice, which became the basis of one of Muir‘s most beloved stories.We‘ll also marvel at some phonetic actors and puzzle over

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Boing Boing readers among web‘s most educated

Quantcast just released statistics that confirm what we‘ve known all along: Boing Boing readers are super-smart, ranking among the top 25 "highest percentage of web traffic with higher education." (more)

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Experience the Voyager Golden Record at San Francisco‘s Exploratorium, August 3

On August 3 in celebration of the 40th anniversary month of the Voyager interstellar mission, please join me at San Francisco‘s Exploratorium to experience the Voyager Golden Record with two of the brilliant minds behind it -- SETI pioneer Frank Drake and science writer Timothy Ferris. In August and September 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, on a grand tour of the solar system and beyond, into the mysteries of inters

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Watch these adorable rescued sea lions get released back into the wild

Buoy and Canoe were in bad shape when they were rescued, but they bounced back thanks to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Watch this heartwarming footage of the pair getting released back into the ocean. (more)

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For twelve years, this family has let bees nest in their living room

In addition to benefiting from excellent feng shui, the family harvests about 15 kilograms of honey each year from their bee housemates, who showed up on the day of a wedding. (more)

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Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast covers Game of Thrones S7E2, "Stormborn"

HBO‘s Game of Thrones continues its new season, and Boars, Gore, and Swords is here to recap all the talky and fighty events in "Stormborn". Ivan and Red cover extremely gross pot pie transitions, reunions both affecting and not, Daenarys‘s managerial style, and Cersei‘s parallels to other floundering leaders. To catch up on previous television seasons, the A Song of Ice And Fire books, and other TV and movies, check out the

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