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Updated 2017-05-24 23:26
Trumpcare would leave 23 million fewer insured by 2026, CBO forecast of GOP health bill shows
The plan Donald Trump and the GOP released to dismantle "Obamacare," the Affordable Care Act, will increase the projected number of people without health insurance by 14 million next year and by 23 million in 2026, the Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday. The long-awaited "CBO report" you've been hearing about in the news was finally released today, weeks after The American Health Care Act, or "Trumpcare," narrowly passed the House. The 10-year figure of 23 million people losing their insurance coverage is slightly less than originally estimated, but still completely insane.(more…)
Whatever happened to Alfalfa from Little Rascals
p>This is a good homebrew documentary about Little Rascals' Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer. He was born in 1929. As an adult he held a variety of odd jobs such as dog trainer, bartender, and hunting guide. He was shot to death in 1959 during a drunken confrontation over $50 at a movie cowboy's house in Mission Hills California. He was 31.
Animated interviews with "futurists" Ayn Rand, Kurt Vonnegut, and Aldous Huxley
The first law of futurism is that there are no facts about the future, only fictions.(Blank on Blank)
'Bad' Russian intel may have influenced how FBI and Comey handled Clinton email investigation, helping Trump win
But his intel.The Washington Post has a bombshell report out today on how the Russians may have hoaxed former FBI director James B. Comey into his public statement on the Hillary Clinton "but her emails" investigation, which helped swing the election in Donald Trump's favor.(more…)
TSA to require some electronics out of bags at 10 U.S. airports starting Memorial Day weekend
The TSA will be testing out expanded screening for carry-on electronics larger than a phone and certain food items at selected airports around the country. The new rules come just two days after a major terrorist attack in Manchester, UK, and stepped-up security in response.The TSA says they're “testing security screening procedures for carry-on bags at 10 U.S. airports” only, and “There are no changes to nationwide procedures.”(more…)
Game of Thrones season 7 trailer
♫ Enemies to the west of me, enemies to the east, here I am, stuck in the middle with you ♪The seventh and final season of Game of Thrones starts July 16.
Watch the beauty of a Lego Porsche 911 crashing in slow motion
Who knew a slo-mo car crash could look so celestial? Of course it helps that the car, going about 29 mph, was made of Lego pieces.From YouTube:
Neil Gaiman agrees to read entire Cheesecake Factory menu, with a catch
Neil Gaiman has just agreed to do a dramatic reading of the Cheesecake Factory menu, which is nearly the size of a Bible. But there's a catch – the Coraline author will only do the reading if $500,000 has been raised for a charity of his choice, which happens to be the United Nations Refugee Agency.It all started with a tweet from comedian and author Sara Benincasa:"Dear @neilhimself: for $500K to the charity of your choice would you read the Cheesecake Factory menu in its entirety onstage pls advise."To which Gaiman replied a few hours later:I have said Yes. If she makes it happen, for charity, I will do this thing.According to Los Angeles Times:
When the TSA got suspicious of a scientist's 3D-printed mouse penis
Sometimes, in the course of his work, University of Florida molecular geneticist Martin Cohn must travel with unusual items like a 3D-printed mouse penis. Similarly, University of Massachusetts biologist Diane Kelly totes around anatomical models like a mold of a dolphin vagina. They're not alone in the odd science-related items they must fly with, from bottles of monkey piss to a stash of 5,000-year-old human bones. At The Atlantic, Ed Yong explores what happens when objects of science meet airport security:
A beer cooler that follows you around
This week on Cool Tools' Maker Update: Kitty Grabs Gold, a beer cooler that follows you, the Circuit Playground Express, Adafruit and Microsoft, Other Machine Co. and Bre Pettis, Tinkercad Lego export, a great kit for gadget and toy hacking, and Maker Faires. Our featured Cool Tool is the iFixit Electronics Tool Kit.Check out the show notes.
Legalize it? We think so!
Boing Boing proudly welcomes our new sponsor, LIWTS!One of the positive trends sweeping the nation appears to be marijuana legalization! Regardless how you feel about the state of the world, it is nice that marijuana is becoming more and more available to help you cope with whatever ails you.Marijuana, THC and CBD are fast becoming recognized as very effective in treating pain, appetite, anxiety, insomnia and even cancer, but there is a lot of quackery out there. Where do you look? Who do you trust? Who really knows what is what in the world of weed?LIWTS is looking to become your source for news, reviews and stories about this budding new world!Full of reviews of the latest, and greatest, vaporizers, strains, oils, edibles and awesome snacks, Legalize It We Think So has dedicated itself to being the go-to site for your marijuana and THCrelated content. There are forums for discussion and advice, a head shop full of toys and tools, and news about legalization efforts around the world. A quick glance at the entertainment sections shows everything from specialty weed to enhance female orgasms, to which cheese grants you a pot-like high. LIWTS covers all the bases.You can also use their strain database to find out more about that flower you wanted to grow, or if that indication will put you out instead of just make the couch really comfortable.Unlike myriad other MMJ/THC sites, LIWTS treats their audience as marijuana enthusiasts who want to be informed, rather than raging stoners thrilled every time someone flies a cannabis leaf flag! A little bit of respect goes a long way, their product and strain reviews are amongst the most entertaining, and useful, we've seen!If you are looking for a marijuana portal that takes you, and your weed smoking seriously Legalize It We Think So is the site for you!
Fine art with modern commentary is hilariously illuminating
My friend Robert Dowling has turned snarking about art into, well, an art. On his Instagram Art Slut, he re-imagines the context for famous paintings, giving each one a distinctly modern flair. The posts all start with “TFW” for “That feeling when.” Here are some of my favorites:https://www.instagram.com/p/BUHUr2xgfDL/https://www.instagram.com/p/BT4QU2VgU9_/https://www.instagram.com/p/BUZZdV8g-nK/https://www.instagram.com/p/BTuANwEAgRZ/https://www.instagram.com/p/BR8_E8_AhY8/https://www.instagram.com/p/BUE-VYGAgst/https://www.instagram.com/p/BS8puK2ggQC/https://www.instagram.com/p/BTJYcs2goHP/https://www.instagram.com/p/BTeaO8uAo4w/https://www.instagram.com/p/BSOU3xFgJmx/https://www.instagram.com/p/BSwmX7vAfCq/https://www.instagram.com/p/BSyUkH3g9cp/You can find more photos on Art Slut, and you can also follow Dowling on his personal Instagram right here.
This pilot takes astonishing aerial nighttime storm photographs
Ecuadorean pilot Santiago Borja Lopez makes the most of his downtime at work, taking stunning photos of dramatic storms, often lit by the moon. (more…)
Kim Jong Un is a 'madman with nuclear weapons,' Trump says in leaked call to Duterte of Philippines—whom he praises
President Trump’s recent phone call with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte wasn't released in detail by the Trump White House, but someone else leaked it. Trump praises Duterte on the call for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem,” which consists of Duterte literally murdering people in extrajudicial street executions.(more…)
Listen: a conversation with Jeff Vandermeer about his weird biotech novel Borne
David sends us "My in-depth (and lengthy) conversation (MP3) with Jeff Vandermeer about Borne, about storytelling in the age of climate change, about biotech and personhood, and about why weird fiction is so well-equipped to address the crises we find ourselves in as a species, just went live "
Best Instagram account about Russians and bears
I was directed to the Instagram account of svetlanko69, and was not disappointed. It's nothing but photos and videos of bears (both cubs and full-grown giants) often interacting with humans.Fake bear/human fight:
Man invents chopstick-making kit for home use
https://youtu.be/fUkFKO69xK0The Chopstick Master costs $195. It makes perfectly tapered chopsticks and puts a diamond-shaped finial on the end. It includes a bottle of "food grade chopstick oil."Rain Noe of Core 77 says: "If that sounds pricey to you, consider that if you brought it to any kind of fair or festival and set up a make-your-own-chopsticks booth at $10 a pop, I bet you'd pay the thing off in a single day easy."
Melania rejects Trump's hand once again with new maneuver
Yesterday, when Trump tried to hold Melania's hand on the tarmac in Israel, she was quick to swat it away.(more…)
Lovely, simple $7 brass compass
This brass compass is so plain, it is elegant.I lost my old flat Silva map compass. I decided I'd rather have something with a bit more character, and a bit less plastic. I also didn't want to spend any money on something I really rarely use. This lovely compass should do the job nicely.Over time the cheap brass housing will tarnish up just right. Like any compass, it'll generally indicate magnetic north when I'm hiking, camping, or just wandering around my living room.1.75" Classic Pocket Antique Style Camping Brass Compass via Amazon
I'll just dip my bike in the water to clean it. What could go wrong?
There are only three of these turtles left
This is the Yangtze giant softshell turtle, one of the most endangered species on Earth. There are two at China's Suzhou Zoo and one in the wild in Vietnam's lake Dong Mo. Conservationists really need to find a fourth to aid their efforts to rebuild the species. National Geographic spoke with Aimin Wang, director of the China division of the Wildlife Conservation Society, about the group's efforts to find another elusive Yangtze turtle:
Why peeing on a jellyfish sting is actually a terrible idea
Acidic solutions can help neutralize the toxins from a jellyfish sting so why shouldn't you try to piss the pain away? (Reactions)
Why motorcyclists crash
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recently funded a Virginia Tech study on why motorcyclists crash. Hundreds of cameras were placed on bikes, recording a wide variety of riders every move.We drop our bikes more than we'd like to admit.The folks at Revzilla read the 20 page report and summed it up nicely.Via Revzilla:
Ja Rule on the Fyre Festival debacle: “False advertising, maybe — not fraud.”
There's lots of juicy, behind-the-scenes details in this New York Times expose about the Fyre Festival - a promised lavish music event in the Bahamas that was cancelled after people who paid thousand of dollars arrived by plane and discovered crappy tents on a gravely beach with little food or security and no performers. Fyre Festival co-founder Billy McFarland, 25, is accused of not paying workers and contractors. McFarland and his partner, Ja Rule, are blaming others for the calamity. Aggrieved parties are serving lawsuits by the dozen. And federal authorities are "looking into possible mail, wire and securities fraud," according to the Times.Snip:
How do you know the Earth isn't flat?
It sure feels flat, right? (Life Noggin)
Watch: Cool typographic metaphors using vintage typewriter come to life
https://youtu.be/xdTaSgOIh9oIllustrator Greg Condon uses a Smith Corona Galaxie Deluxe typewriter to give metaphorical shape and movement to words in this awesome short, "disillusionment of ten point font."Thanks Colossal!
Rare albino orangutan rescued from cage in Borneo
A few weeks ago, this five-year-old albino orangutan was rescued from a remote village on Borneo where it was kept in a cage. The animal is now under the care of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. Orangutans are critically endangered and the foundation says they aren't aware of any albino orangutans reported anywhere else, ever. From National Geographic:
Trump places hand upon mysterious glowing orb in opening ceremony for Saudi anti-terror center
In this photo from the Saudi Press Agency, U.S. President Donald Trump is joined by Egyptian dictator Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz at the opening of the so-called "Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology." The three men ceremonially "activated" the building by placing their hands upon a mysterious glowing orb and making wishes, or something. The internet is perplexed and fascinated by the event's perfect strangeness.
What if every human ever born came back to life today?
The YouTube channel RealLifeLore uses the unusual thought experiment, “What if every human ever born came back to life today?” as a springboard for examining world populations, historical life expectancy, and much, much more.
The infuriating ways Fox News handles a Trump scandal
Vox’s Carlos Maza breaks down the ways in which Fox News spins Trump scandals and misleads millions of Americans in the process.
The FCC will not disregard anti-Net Neutrality comments left by identity-stealing bots
Before the FCC stopped taking comments on its plans to destroy Net Neutrality (but after so many people rallied to tell it not to that its site crashed and the agency manufactured a fake denial of service attack to avoid admitting how much America hated its plans), the FCC's comment form was flooded with 128,000 identical comments sent by bots that used an alphabetical series of stolen names and addresses, possibly taken from an old voter registration data breach. (more…)
Get a 'crash course' in coding with this programming bundle
Learning to code is a perfect way to grow your technical sophistication, and open up a host of new career options. But since most “learn to code” initiatives focus heavily on web development, it can be tough to find good resources for general-purpose computer science outside of a 4-year degree program. To get a broad overview of programming topics in a variety of widely-used languages, take a look at the Crash Course Coding Bundle, offered in our Boing Boing store.You’ll get familiar with low-level systems by learning how to write code for internet-of-things devices, as well as high-level language features offered in languages like Python and Java.This bundle includes the following courses:
The arctic seed bank that was going to save us all is flooding
Strategically placed to survive any natural disaster, this winter's rains flooded the arctic seed bank. The bank wasn't destroyed, but it shows how fast things are a changing.The Guardian:
Burbank: I'm coming to you today on the Walkaway tour! (then Oxford, London, Liverpool...) (!)
I took great advantage of my 36 hour hiatus from the Walkaway tour, but I'm back at it today, with a 2PM appearance at Burbank's Dark Delicacies, before I go straight to the airport to fly to the UK for my British tour. (more…)
Russia criminal investigation expands to include senior WH official close to Trump: WaPo
"The intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks."(more…)
A university librarian explains why her zine collection's catalog is open access
Marta Chudolinska is Learning Zone Librarian at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, which hosts a huge zine collection founded in 2007 Alicia Nauta, then a student. (more…)
By sabotaging the 2020 census, Republicans make it harder to fight gerrymandering
The best way to fight gerrymandering is to prove to courts that electoral districts have been unfairly formed, a tactic that's been used successfully in places like North Carolina; but for this to work, you need good demographic data to show that the district is unfair, and for that, you need an accurate census. (more…)
Pleasing patterns in 'Geek Tree Dee'
Via Myoshka. This is a lovely collection.
Evaluate home renovations digitally before you make them with Live Home 3D
Live Home 3D Pro for Mac gives you powerful modeling tools to create floor plans and renderings for interior and exterior design projects.Whether you’re a contractor planning an extension on a client’s house, or just need to visualize how a new couch will fit in your living room, Live Home 3D helps you clarify your design vision with its intuitive editor. This app simplifies the drafting process to give you accurate architectural layouts quickly, for any size building. It provides a variety of structural angles, to help you account for elevation and window views.Additionally, it imports furniture models from SketchUp and simulates a variety of lighting, materials, and textures.Live Home 3D Pro for Mac is currently available in the Boing Boing Store, and includes all minor updates.
Paint names selected by neural network
We can't be far off a time where we can order buckets of paint by punching in RGB color values. The big paint companies could obviously do this, but right now all they seem to offer are elaborate, bloated interfaces wrapping their own marketing-driven color schemes. And I'll grant that the paint pigment gamut might have some very weakly-covered areas, lightfastedness issues, and so on. I hope whoever eventually does this (brand suggestion: LATHEX) also creates a robust API for it and a affiliate program, so that Paint Colors Invented By Neural Network can be tested and refined against thousands of actual purchases.
Here's the Ozzy-Earth Wind and Fire mashup you never knew you needed
DJ Cummerbund noticed that the world needed a mashup of "Crazy Train" and "September," and the world became a better place. The mashed up video is icing on the cake. (more…)
Trippy fractal of classical architecture set to classical music
Depths of Antiquity is Julius Horsthuis' hypnotic slow-motion dive into fractals generated from images of churches, castles and other imposing edifices of yesteryear. It's perfectly complemented by Beethoven. (more…)
Minimalist tattoos drawn with one continuous line
Berlin-based artist Mo Ganji creates deceptively simple tattoos using a continuous line. (more…)
Comey was so creeped out by Trump, he tried to hide in curtains to avoid Donald's weird hug
James B. Comey may once have tried to hide behind curtains to avoid Donald J. Trump, but the former FBI director's investigation could mean curtains for the Trump presidency.(more…)
A brief history of goths
Given my own penchant in the 1980s for black clothing, black eyeliner, and Bauhaus, I was delighted by Dan Adams's TED-Ed video "A brief history of goths."And if you find yourself in that delightfully dark place, please enjoy these classics:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U1SiIWuZeEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AJjbm96Orwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58XbwXgIcYghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSSlxp0FAS8
Save some water, the Guzzle Buddy attaches right to your bottle of wine
It’s not weird to drink milk or orange juice straight from the carton. (Right?) But for some reason, sipping wine right from the bottle is usually met with disapproving glowers. Whether they’re worried about germs, or wanton displays of low-class behavior, you can make those who aren’t attuned to your relative brand of etiquette a bit more comfortable with the Guzzle Buddy.This wine bottle attachment adds a stemless glass to any bottle, letting you sample your beverage in casual style. Although it won’t prevent against the inevitable backwash, the Guzzle Buddy makes it easy to share your drink so you won't have to waste water washing a whole bunch of glasses.It fits on most beer, soda, and cider vessels as well, so you don't have to feel left out if wine isn't your thing. Pick up the Guzzle Buddy here for $19.99.
King of Netherlands has a double-life as a commercial pilot
For 21 years, King Willem-Alexander has been flying unwitting commercial airlines passengers twice a month on the Dutch airline KLM. The 50 year old monarch says being a pilot is a "relaxing" hobby.From Sky:
Blackout curtains perforated with nighttime scenes
HoleRole created some nice blackout curtains using an age-old design trick: perforating them with patterns, in this case cities at night. Choose from London, New York, or night sky. (more…)
Are pop lyrics getting more repetitive? (hint: yes)
Colin Morris at The Pudding analyzed the repetitiveness of a dataset of 15,000 songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1958 and 2017. It's true: pop music lyrics are increasingly repetitive. (more…)
The abysmal information security at Trump properties has probably already compromised US secrets
Propublica and Gizmodo sent a penetration-testing team to Mar-a-Lago, the Trump resort that has been at the center of series of controversial potential breaches of US military secrecy (for example, loudly discussing sensitive information about the North Korean missile launch in the club's full, public dining room); they discovered that it would be child's play to hack the Mar-a-Lago networks, and that indeed, the networks have almost certainly already been hacked. (more…)