Toronto! I’m at the Metro Reference Library tonight at 7PM with my new book RADICALIZED! Next up: Chicago, San Francisco, Portland/Ft Washington…

Toronto! I’m at the Metro Reference Library tonight at 7PM with my new book RADICALIZED! Next up: Chicago, San Francisco, Portland/Ft Washington…

We had a hell of an event last night at The Strand in NYC, and I’m about to head to the airport for my flight to Toronto for tonight’s event at the Metro Reference Library, hosted by the Globe & Mail’s Barry Hertz; then it’s Chicago’s C2E2 festival and then to Berkeley for an event with the writer and photographer Richard Kadrey, and then the Revolutionary Reads program at Fort Washington’s Clark College (just outside of Portland, OR); and then the tour takes me to Seattle and Anaheim! I hope…

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The Best of Europe’s Web Went Dark Today. We Can’t Let That Be Our Future.

The Best of Europe’s Web Went Dark Today. We Can’t Let That Be Our Future.

We’re into the final days before members of the European Parliament vote on the Copyright and the Digital Single Market Directive, home of the censoring Article 13, and the anti-news Article 11. Europeans are still urging their MEPs to vote down these articles (if you haven’t already, call now, and stepping up the visibility of their complaints in this final week. The first salvo drawing attention to the damage the directive will cause has come from the European Wikipedias. German Wikipedia has gone completely dark for today, along with the…

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Sweet Samoyed dog loves gentle strokes on his floofy head

Sweet Samoyed dog loves gentle strokes on his floofy head

Aww, so soothing to watch this sweet Samoyed get loving pats on his fuzzy floofy head, from his human. This dog’s name is Teddy, and you can find him on Instagram at @samoyedteddybear. He and his human are based in Michigan, where I imagine a Samoyed fits right in with all the ice and snow and cold. What wonderful dogs. Don’t stop the pets! [Instagram video link] View this post on Instagram My hearts exploding #wheredidyourearsgo #slowblink #dogsofinstagram #samoyed A post shared by TEDDY (@samoyedteddybear) on Nov 8, 2018 at…

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Angelina’s boozing, Prince Charles’ divorce, and college entry cheat Lori Loughlin “tells all,” in this week’s dubious tabloids

Angelina’s boozing, Prince Charles’ divorce, and college entry cheat Lori Loughlin “tells all,” in this week’s dubious tabloids

Do tabloid editors even read what their reporters write? It’s hard to imagine, given the disconnect between headlines and the barely-detectable trace elements of facts contained in the stories beneath them. “Alex Trebek — Lung & Liver Surgery” reports the cover story of this week’s National Enquirer. But he’s had neither surgery according to the story on the inside pages about the beloved host of TV’s Jeopardy, who recently admitted having stage four pancreatic cancer. Is Trebek even poised to undergo such surgeries? Not according to the Enquirer, which says…

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Border Patrol detains 9 year old U.S. citizen for 36 hours after falsely accusing her of lying about her identify

Border Patrol detains 9 year old U.S. citizen for 36 hours after falsely accusing her of lying about her identify

In San Diego, the United States Border Patrol grabbed a girl who is 9 and a U.S. citizen and on her way to school, accused her of lying about her identity, then detained her for 36 hours. Many families in the San Diego-Tijuana area cross the border routinely for work, school, and shopping. The child and her mother live on the Mexico side, and school is on the U.S. side. They were reunited after the kid had been held away from her parents for 36 hours, when the Mexican consulate…

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Antivax GOP Kentucky governor exposed his kids to chickenpox on purpose so they’d get sick

Antivax GOP Kentucky governor exposed his kids to chickenpox on purpose so they’d get sick

Kentucky’s antivax Republican Governor Matt Bevin said in a radio interview today that he exposed his children to chickenpox intentionally so they would catch the highly contagious disease, and become immune.  Bevin was on Bowling Green radio station WKCT earlier today, and revealed that his kids were “miserable for a few days” after they got chickenpox, and “they all turned out fine.” Bevin and wife Glenna have nine children, four of whom are adopted. Governor Bevin said parents who fear their children will contract chickenpox and want to have their…

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Trump wants Bob Kraft at White House despite despite prostitution sting

Trump wants Bob Kraft at White House despite despite prostitution sting

President Donald Trump has told White House aides that he wants New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who was at the center of a Florida prostitution sting just last month, to come to the Patriots’ Super Bowl celebration at the White House. “The situation’s causing problems for those planning the event,” writes Gabby Orr at Politico. From Politico’s story: President Donald Trump wants Kraft to join his players at the White House this spring for a celebration of their January Super Bowl victory, a prospect that has White House aides…

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Auschwitz asks visitors to stop balancing on rail tracks for photos

Auschwitz asks visitors to stop balancing on rail tracks for photos

The rail tracks at Auschwitz, where more than a million Jews, Poles and other victims of the Nazi regime were murdered, have become a popular spot for selfies and other photos. “Balance beam” poses are especially popular. The museum would appreciate it if this would stop happening. The BBC: The official account for Auschwitz Memorial said on Tuesday: “There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam than the site which symbolises deportation of hundreds of thousands to their deaths.” One respondent, Francesca, wrote: “This is…

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The wasabi you think you’re eating isn’t wasabi

The wasabi you think you’re eating isn’t wasabi

Real wasabi, Wasabia japonica, is apparently one of the most expensive vegetables to grow. That green stuff you’re eating? Ground horseradish, Chinese mustard, and, you guessed it, green food coloring. Yum. According to The Atlantic, “Worldwide, experts believe that this imposter combination masquerades as wasabi about 99% of the time.” Above, meet Shigeo Iida, 75, whose family has grown real wasabi for eight generations. (via NextDraft) image: HK 北角 North Point 和田 Wada Japanese Restaurant 放題 Buffet dinner 山葵 green Wasabi Mar-2013Read full story

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