The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation publishes several excellent podcasts, notably the As It Happens feed; like every podcast in the world, these podcasts are available via any podcast app in the same way that all web pages can be fetched with all web browsers — this being the entire point of podcasts.
Whether you realize it or not, you’ve spent your entire life being trained to empathize with white men. From Odysseus to Walter White, Hamlet to Bruce Wayne, James Bond to the vast majority of biopic protagonists, our art consistently makes the argument that imperfect, even outright villainous, men have an innate core of humanity.
In the ten years since Idiocracy came out, the film has become more and more of a documentary, so to mark the anniversary, it’s coming back to theaters before the presidential election. Here’s President Camacho’s State of the Union address: Here’s a great interview from the Alex Jones Show with Mike Judge, which discusses Idiocracy and the weird rollout it got from the studio.
Since November 2015, FBI agents have been trying to get Tor developer Isis Agora Lovecruft to meet with them, but they won’t tell her or her lawyer why. Lovecruft is a well know cryptographer who works on the Tor project, Open Whisper Systems, and LEAP.
This fellow has volunteered to make sure the people who use a women’s restroom in Texas look and dress the way he and other frightened jackasses want them to look and dress. From Jezebel: Reporter Eric Nicholson writes that the video was shot by Jessica Rush at the Baylor Medical Center in the suburb of Frisco on Thursday.
An “elite FBI forensic unit” admitted that for two decades, nearly every examiner “gave flawed testimony” (aka lied) about hair sample evidence in criminal trials. And geepers, they sure feel bad about all those people who were executed in prison because of it.
An official New Zealand government bulletin on yesterday’s conclusion of the still-secret Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations accidentally confirmed something we all believed was in there all along: an extension of copyright terms to match the USA’s bizarre, evidence-free, century-plus terms. According to the bulletin, the TPP signatories will have to retroactively extend their copyright terms, giving longer copyrights to works that were created before the agreement was struck, and taking works out of the public domain and putting them back into copyright’s restrictions.
Like most humans with a smartphone and a sense of joie de vivre, I enjoy peppering my communications liberally with emoji. But until today, I could not actually be emoji. All that has changed, thanks to the Emoji Mosaic tool created by Eric Andrew Lewis.
More stunning news about US vaccination numbers. (via KUOW.org)
When Baltimore’s Julie Baker hung some rainbow-colored solar lights in her yard, a helpful neighbor slipped a charming note through her door chastising her for her “Relentlessly Gay” yard, threatening to call the police unless it came into compliance with the “Christian” neighborhood ethic. The lanterns spelled out “Ohana” and “Love.”
Police in Shelby Township, Michigan had an interesting encounter with a pig who escaped from its owner, ran around town for a while, then ended up in the back of a cop car pooping all over the place. “You would never believe it,” Deputy Chief Mark Coil told WWJ’s Pat Vitale.
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Rep John Carter [R-TX] chairs Homeland Security Appropriations and sits on Defense subcommittees, but he only found out that encryption exists when FBI Director James Comey gave bizarre congressional testimony about the coming Bad Times if we’re allowed to know about math.
Scientists may say that brakes save lives, but virtually every car-wreck co-occurs with panicked braking — did you know that in the old days, cars didn’t have brakes? It’s true: engine braking was once the norm. And back then, I’ve heard there were a lot fewer automotive fatalities (and there were none involving brakes, because there weren’t any brakes!).