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Florida Power and Light lobbyists made it illegal to use solar during outages

Florida Power and Light‘s grid did not fare well under Hurricane Irma, despite the company‘s assurances that it had spent billions hardening its systems after 90% of its customers lost power to 2005‘s Hurricane Wilma. (more)

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Good deal on one of my favorite pocket magic tricks

For 5 the Crazy Cube is a great trick and small enough to carry in your pocket. The spectator puts a die into a small plastic canister, remembering the side that is facing up. The smaller canister is placed into a larger canister. You are able to tell the spectator which side is facing up.

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Fantastic t-shirt: The Cure meets The Exorcist

Perfect execution by the folks at Wear Dinner: CureExorcist t-shirt

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California Democrats sell out online privacy in the dead of night

California AB 375 was a bill to restore the online privacy rights that the Republican Congress stripped away in March when they passed a bill that allowed your ISP to spy on you and sell data about your online activities. (more)

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Not one single human left on the island of Barbuda after Hurricane Irma

The island of Barbuda has lost its civilization not one human is left on the island after Hurricane Irma devastated it. With 95% of the islands structures completely destroyed, all 1,800 residents have evacuated to nearby Antigua, and now live in shelters or with relatives. The only living creatures left on Barbuda are pets and livestock, which the non-profit group World Animal Protection are trying to feed and rescue. According to Mashable:

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Diagnose household issues with this wireless endoscopic camera

When you stumble upon a mysterious water leak or a strange rattle coming from inside an appliance, getting a better view of the problem usually requires some laborious disassembly, or a desperate call to the nearest handyman. If you embrace the DIY spirit, however, this 1080p HD Waterproof WiFi Wireless Endoscopic Camera makes it easier to see what‘s wrong inside tight spaces.This tiny camera is affixed to a flexible 3 meter line, and is ra

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Trump‘s space death ray, Hillary Clinton‘s liberation, and alien mummies, in this week‘s tabs

Is President Trump feeding stories to the ‘National Enquirer‘? The magazine boasts an ‘exclusive‘ story this week claiming that the Pentagon has developed a space laser that ‘could zap North Korea off the map‘ by focusing the sun‘s energy into a ‘beam of pure destructive power.‘ At first glance it‘s just another fact-challenged ‘Enquirer‘ sci-fi fantasy, and yet the magazi

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Alleged murderers claim they are living in The Matrix as their defense

Remember the "Truman Show Delusion" in which someone is convinced they are starring in their own reality TV show? In a similar delusional vein is the "Matrix Defense" used in the last few years in courts by accused murderers who either truly believe (or pretend to believe) that they are living in The Matrix and so their heinous crimes were not "real." (Of course, many people do think we may be living in a simulation, but they don‘t kill oth

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New super-glue inspired by slug slime

Surgeons close internal incisions with stitches and staples but they, and their patients, would benefit from a glue that stays stuck even to wet tissue and organs. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal are making progress with a powerful new glue inspired by the the sticky slime secreted by scared slugs. Science News surveys the state-of-the-art in adhesives that take inspiration from marine worms, mussels, and geckos: Using the (slu

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Automated pat-on-the-back machine

The Morale Raiser, invented in 1950, would be the perfect gift for those people in your life who require a steady stream of attaboys. Devised by a retired army colonel in the UK, the Morale Raiser made its debut at the Festival of Britain‘s "eccentrics‘ corner." (Weird Universe)

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Man grabs live rattlesnake at his kid‘s party and tries to pose with it but it bites him in the face

A gentleman in Arizona was throwing a birthday party for his kid when he spotted a rattlesnake in his yard. Rather than staying clear of the venomous snake, 48-year-old Victor Pratt thought it would be a good idea to grab the snake and throw it on the BBQ, but first he wanted some photos. He began to pose with the live snake in his hand when the snake got the better of him and bit him twice once on the chest and once on the face. Fortunately,

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How prosthetic eyes are made

"If only you could see what I‘ve seen with your eyes." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBaXd7dz404

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Dieselgate kills 5,000 Europeans per year

In Impact of excess NOx emissions from diesel cars on air quality, public health and eutrophication in Europe, published today in Environmental Research Letters, researchers from Norway, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands estimate that 5,000 early European deaths per year attributable to diesel emissions are caused by Volkswagen‘s Dieselgate crime, in which cars were designed to sneak lethal levels of toxic emissions past regulatory check

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Man recycles flip-flops into fantastic action figures

"A Filipino man makes and sells these action figures made out of worn out flip flops," according to Goal1‘s post on /r/pics.

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Hedge fund manager fails to beat the market, owes Warren Buffett a million bucks

Ten years ago, Warren Buffett bet celebrated hedge fund manager Ted Seides of Protg Partners that an investment in a low-cost S&P 500 index fund would outperform an investment in Seides‘s "fund-of-funds," a basked of five funds managed by his firm. (more)

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U.S. Justice Department opens criminal investigation into Equifax stock sales

Three high-ranking Equifax executives are being investigated for selling shares of Equifax shortly after the company was hacked, but long before Equifax admitted it had been hacked. They are Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble, President of U.S. Information Solutions Joseph Loughran, and President of Workforce Solutions Rodolfo Ploder. Equifaxdisclosed earlier this month that it discovered a security breach on July 29. The three executiv

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In California‘s foreclosure valley, rents soar thanks to hedge fund landlords

California‘s Inland Empire was hit hard by the 2008 crisis, with disproportionate foreclosures on poor and working-class families, leaving neighborhoods blighted by empty, vandalized homes. (more)

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Republican State Rep Aaron Bernstine eager to drive through "thug" protestors with his car

Pennsylvania State Rep. Aaron Bernstine, a Republican, wrote on Twitter that he would drive through protestors who got in his way. Linking to an article about protests in St. Louis, where a white police officer was acquitted of murder after killing a black man, Bernstine called the protestors "thugs" and made clear his willingness to do likewise. The remarks come barely a month after a white supremacist killed Heather Heyer, and hurt twenty

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Survey: Canadians are increasingly denying science, climate and vaccines

43% of Canadians believe "science is a matter of opinion," 47% think the science of global warming is "unclear"; 24% of Canadian millennials are anti-vaxxers, all according to a Leger survey of 1,514 Canadians. (more)

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Republican State Rep Aaron Bernstein eager to drive through "thug" protestors with his car

State Rep. Aaron Bernstine, a Republican, wrote on Twitter that he would drive through protestors who got in his way. Linking to an article about protests in St. Louis, where a white police officer was acquitted of murder after killing a black man, Bernstine called the protestors "thugs" and made clear his willingness to do likewise. The remarks come barely a month after a white supremacist killed Heather Heyer, and hurt twenty others, by dr

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Turkish high school students will no longer be taught "controversial" evolutionary theory

Evolution is one of 170 topics that have been purged from the high-school curriculum by the Erdogan regime as part of its efforts to cozy up to the reactionary religious right that has backed its extreme authoritarianism. (more)

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Celebrities have a gas with Sean Spicer at Emmy Awards

Sean Spicer, the former Trump press secretary who said Hitler didn‘t use chemical weapons, was a surprise guest at last night‘s Emmy Awards. Welcomed by Stephen Colbert, he was even given a kiss by a British comedian whose name escapes me but who everyone already hates because he was once a dick to Patrick Stewart. Colbert has spent the entirety of Trump‘s time in office railing against the president‘s hypocrisy, his exc

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Downtown LA: high vacancy rates and catastrophic homelessness

Downtown LA‘s vacancy rate is 12%, which is the highest it‘s been since 2000 and triple the overall rate for LA -- and downtown LA is also the site of LA‘s skid row, whose population surged by 20% last year, thanks to a dramatic increase in homelessness among veterans and under-24s. (more)

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Bjrk: The Gate

Lovely new video from Iceland. For the first release from her forthcoming new album, co-produced by Arca, Bjrk has teamed up with a super-troupe of contributors to create a hallucinogenic new video. Artist Andrew Thomas Huang lends his tech-savvy hand to envision a kaleidoscopic world inhabited by the singer-songwriter, who is clad in an iridescent otherworldly garment designed by Gucci‘s Alessandro Michele. Read more no NOWNESS - htt

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