Friday Night Kraken Massacre: Trump campaign loses a bunch of election cases all at once, womp womp

WOMP, and truly I cannot emphasize this enough, WOMP. The campaign of outgoing President Donald J. Trump just lost a slew of election-related lawsuits, and all of the losses were announced within t… | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Federal judge restores DACA, orders DHS to accept first-time applications from immigrants who arrived in US as children

A federal judge on Friday ordered the administration of outgoing president Donald Trump to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which offers undocumented immig… | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Trump-led Pentagon is blocking Biden transition team from visits to military spy agencies

The outgoing administration of Donald Trump is refusing to permit members of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team to meet with officials at Pentagon-controlled U.S. intelligence agencies. Th… | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Six Bay Area regions — San Francisco, Santa Clara, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda counties, and Berkeley — to enact stay-at-home order starting Sunday

• It’s official: The SF Bay Area locks down on Sunday, December 6• Health officers in most of the San Francisco Bay Area on Friday issued new stay-at-home order as hospitals and ICU beds reac… | Continue reading | 8 hours ago

Trump orders Pentagon to pull nearly all U.S. troops from Somalia, where for 13 years they fought against local al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab

Outgoing and impeached U.S. President Trump on Friday ordered the Pentagon to pull nearly all U.S. troops out of Somalia, the East African nation where for the last 13 years they have been fighting… | Continue reading | 8 hours ago

Lynx climbs up to get a better look at this human

A guy who works as a logger in Alberta, Canada captured this amazing wildlife encounter earlier this year. He says: I was stopped on the road with my skidder and looked back and to my great surpris… | Continue reading | 8 hours ago

Good deal on Contigo water bottle

Our family has two of these Contigo water bottles. We like them because they are made of stainless steel, keep cold water cold, and can be opened with one hand. They are on sale for a great price o… | Continue reading | 8 hours ago

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft all set to deliver Ryugu asteroid samples to Earth Sunday, December 6

IMAGE: A computer graphic simulation provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows the Hayabusa2 spacecraft above the asteroid Ryugu. Japan’s space agency said Friday they a… | Continue reading | 8 hours ago

Trump toadies Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie added to Defense Business Board after Pentagon purge

Donald Trump and his administration have effectively enacted a purge in the Defense Department, in the last 45 days of his term. On Friday, the Pentagon announced that two of Trump’s longtime… | Continue reading | 8 hours ago

Trump campaign paid $9 million in failed bid to overturn election, including $2.3 million on Kraken lawyers Jenna Ellis, Rudy Giuliani, et al

Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign has so far paid an estimated $9 million in its failing bid to overthrow election results which declared Trump the loser and Joe Biden the winner, a r… | Continue reading | 8 hours ago

Fauci said 'yes right on the spot' to Biden

On Thursday, we reported that President-elect Joe Biden said he asked infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci to stay on in the new administration, and lead the government’s fight against… | Continue reading | 9 hours ago

Close call for these reindeer on an icy road

They’re so beautiful, and wow that ice looks like slippery stuff. [ViralHog] | Continue reading | 9 hours ago

House votes to federally decriminalize marijuana

Even people like Matt Gaetz are calling out the war on drugs as a disaster. When will the rest of the GOP (and six Democrats!) realize it’s time to legalize cannabis? From ABC News: “My… | Continue reading | 9 hours ago

Interview with a late 1800s circus worker

[The following is from my newsletter, The Magnet] When I was in high school, I worked on a carnival that traveled around rural Colorado and Wyoming. I manned a basketball game, which was called “Mi… | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

Time names its first "Kid of the Year"

Congratulations to 15-year-old inventor Gitanjali Rao, who was selected at Time magazine’s first-ever Kid of the Year! “Observe, brainstorm, research, build and communicate.” That is what the… | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

Barack Obama asked about UFOs: can't confirm but won't deny

“It used to be that UFOs and Roswell was the biggest conspiracy,” President Obama told Stephen Colbert. “And now that seems so tame, the idea that the government might have an ali… | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

Who did it better — Mussolini or Rick Santelli?

Rick Santelli is good at the supercilious nod/shut eyes/fold arms move, but how does he compare to the master of the move, Benito Mussolini? Judge for yourself! | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

When Kimmel extracts all lies from Trump's 45-min rant, it turns into great 45-second speech

Earlier this week, Trump uploaded a long-winded, 45-minute rant against election fraud on Facebook. In the usual Trump fashion, it was loaded with lies and misinformation. So loaded, in fact, that … | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

A clear and powerful story about the racial disparity of COVID-19, presented in comic form

Over at Journalist’s Resource, comic artist Josh Neufeld has a great piece of visual journalism called A tale of two pandemics: A nonfiction comic about historical racial health disparities. … | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

Queen down to last corgi

Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and fifteen other realms, is down to her last corgi following the death of Vulcan, a corgi mix in her companionship since 2007. Now only Candy remains by h… | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

Official COVID-19 high school wrestling rule: you can wrestle but no shaking hands

In Ohio, high school wrestling season began with some questionable new rules set by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Notably, reports WLWT5, “Student-athletes are permitted to wrest… | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

U.K. trash talk aimed at Dr. Anthony Fauci

In a statement that hearkens back to the age old case of my dad v. your dad the U.K.’s Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, bragged that the British medical regulators are R… | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

Trump's star witness has a computer crime record

Mellissa Carone, the former Dominion contractor who told Michigan’s state assembly that she witnessed instances of voter fraud at her job, is a convicted computer criminal, reports The Daily … | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

Man sells wife's clothes to populate miniature Christmas village

“I sold my wife’s clothes,” write Richard Kelly Kemick, “to build a Christmas village in my parents’ basement.” Gaze on the world I’ve created. Just past my restaurant is my… | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

NBA suspends random marijuana testing for 2020-21 season

The NBA has officially suspended random marijuana testing for the 2020-21 season, reports the New York Times’ Marc Stein. Said NBA spokesman Mike Bass: “Due to the unusual circumstances in co… | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

Microsoft releases Windows 95 ugly Christmas sweater

Microsoft has released a line of ugly Christmas sweaters with retro Windows themes. Along with Windows 95 graphics, there are also Windows XP and MS Paint designs. Microsoft says that for every swe… | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

MORE ACT PASSES: House votes YES bill to decriminalize marijuana at federal level, goes to Senate next

Cannabis history has been made today in the USA. The House voted on the most significant federal legislative development on marijuana policy in 50 years. The U.S. House of Representatives today pas… | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

How to make a pocket-sized Jacob's Ladder electrical arc generator

Jacob’s Ladders are the classic arc generators seen in mad scientists’ labs. As a kid, we’d make them using high voltage transformers scavenged from neon signs. (Not safe, donR… | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

The music of the Verrazzano

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island, makes beautiful yet unsettling music in the wind. | Continue reading | 11 hours ago

Biden on jobs report and $900 billion relief package: 'Congress and President Trump must get a deal done for the American people'

President-Elect Joe Biden, in a statement on the November jobs report released Friday, says he is “encouraged by the bipartisan efforts in the Senate around a $900 billion relief package.” He adds:… | Continue reading | 12 hours ago

Listen: Miley Cyrus covers Hole's "Doll Parts"

Miley Cyrus continues her stream of killer covers with Hole’s “Doll Parts” on the Howard Stern Show. “There’s nothing like covering Hole at 6 am in a Plasmatics sleepy tee c… | Continue reading | 12 hours ago

5G conspiracy theorists are selling Faraday cages to put your router in. But there's a problem.

Faraday cages for Wi-Fi routers are the latest 5G conspiracy grift, writes Matthew Gault at Vice. The metal cages “block up to 95% EMF RF waves”, the ‘blue smog’ feared by claimed radio-sensitives.… | Continue reading | 13 hours ago

Fake delivery spam was the most rampant scam of 2020

Last year, I wrote about BeenVerified’s analysis of scam phone calls. Using data from more than 200,000 reports across the US, they determined that Social Security scams were 23 times more co… | Continue reading | 13 hours ago

Google AI researcher Timnit Gebru fired after complaining of "aggressions and harassments"

Timnit Gebru, an AI ethics researcher at Google, was fired this week after sending an internal email complaining that marginalized voices at the company were being silenced. Google, for its part, c… | Continue reading | 14 hours ago

How a 2020 Grammy-nomination reunited two elementary school friends

A new Fiona Apple album is always a treat, and 2020’s Fetch The Boltcutters did not disappoint. The title track may have even incidentally felt more resonant, thanks to the *gestures at every… | Continue reading | 14 hours ago

Cartoonist with ALS uses eye gaze-tracking technology in order to continue creating.

I discovered Athens-based cartoonist Patrick Dean through Devlin Thompson, owner of the celebrated mainstay comics shop and weirdo refuge Bizarro Wuxtry. I became an instant fan of Patrick’s … | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

The deadly temptation of the Oregon Trail shortcut

Imagine you are in your car, trying to get somewhere in an area you’ve never been. You pull up a map, spot a shortcut, and decide to take it, since it appears that you’ll save a lot of … | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

Dinosaurs thrived in the snow

Dinosaurs were reptiles, and so we often think of them as big lizards, soaking up the sun in tropical or at least temperate regions. But scientists are always learning more about dinosaurs, and fin… | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

Spotify's "Wrapped" data doesn't add up. Here's how to convert to Bandcamp.

On the first Friday of every month, the music distribution site Bandcamp waives its personal cut of music purchases, so 100% of the profits (minus credit card processing fees) go to the artist. Tha… | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

Lip-reading game becomes hilarious with magnified mouths

A board game where you compete to read someone’s lips is an intriguing idea. But the real fun of Mega Mouth is that you hold a magnifying sheet over your mouth when you mouth the words! While… | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

Names reported in Trump bribery-for-pardon scheme: Elliott Broidy, Abbe Lowell, Sanford Diller, Hugh L. Baras

• Now we know who was behind those redactions, and a lot of newly minted apostrophe experts on Twitter might want to delete their tweets. • NYT: ‘A billionaire San Francisco real estate devel… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Biden says he asked Fauci to be a chief medical adviser for incoming administration

President-elect Joseph R. Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday that he spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci today and asked him to stay on and also be his “chief medical adviser.” No word at this… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Chonker cat oddly enjoys standing on two legs

Says the parent of this cute chonker cat, “Riggs is 5 1/2 years old he’s a domestic cat that we rescued when he was a baby. He’s a very happy loving cat loves playing with his other cat friend and … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Federal agents guard Fauci so 'nobody tries to break in [to my home] and, as Steve Bannon would like, have somebody behead me'

This is America. In a Huffington Post “Day in the Life” profile of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert says Federal agents “drive me to work, they stay here, they make sure that nobody… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

California Governor Newsom orders new limits based on ICU capacity, as COVID-19 soars

• Regional stay-at-home orders go into effect when a region’s ICU capacity falls below 15%• Bars and personal care services must close for 3 weeks• Schools, reduced capacity retail and restaurant t… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Wisconsin Supreme Court declines to hear Trump's "case"

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court, which has conservatives in the majority, today declined to hear Trump’s challenge to the election results. The defeat on a 4-3 ruling was the latest in a string of … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Good deal on a 5-pack of Lightning Cable

These inexpensive Lightning cables are advertised as being MFi-certified. I just bought a pack after my newish Lighting cable made by Apple suddenly stopped working. Why won’t Apple make phon… | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Mysterious genitalia sculpture swapped in Bavarian mountains for bigger phallus

While the chaos that is the monolith mysteries in Utah, California and Romania rages on, a giant dick enigma presents itself in Germany. Atop the Gruenten mountain in southern Germany appeared a 7-… | Continue reading | 1 day ago