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Syria conflict: US urges 'grace' as Aleppo's fall nears

BBC UK Ed. - Sat, 2016-12-10 11:18
The US calls on Syria and Russia to "show a little grace" in Aleppo as they close in on the rebels.
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Toxic Avenger creator on why we need net neutrality

BoingBoing - Sat, 2016-12-10 11:13

Robbo writes, "Lloyd Kaufman is best known as the uber super epic producer/director who runs Troma Films, creators of such cinema icons as 'The Toxic Avenger' and 'Surf Nazis Must Die.' Lloyd is also a die-hard advocate for Net Neutrality and he has posted an article to the Huffington Post entitled: Innovation And Our Better Future Depend On Preserving Net Neutrality - and it's a good read by a passionate and intelligent individual - who also happens to make movies like 'Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead.'" (more…)

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Gove: Friendship with Camerons 'strained' over Brexit

BBC UK Ed. - Sat, 2016-12-10 11:08
Michael Gove admits his decision to back Leave in the EU referendum put "a significant strain" on he and his wife's friendship with David and Samantha Cameron.
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Strange wooden drawstring boxes

BoingBoing - Sat, 2016-12-10 11:07

These strange wooden boxes by Paolo del Toro have whimsical designs that open at the mouths to reveal a secret compartment. Just loosen the drawstring and add whatever you'd like. (more…)
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Watches made from obsolete 1" mechanical hard drives

BoingBoing - Sat, 2016-12-10 11:07

French watchmaker Jean Jerome created the HDD Watch in 2014 with a successful Indiegogo campaign, recycling 1" hard drives for the movements. (more…)

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A British film fan proposes to his girlfriend in closed Ghostbusters fire station

BBC UK Ed. - Sat, 2016-12-10 11:06
A British movie fan proposes to his girlfriend inside the Ghostbusters fire station, despite it being closed for renovations.
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Peter Van Buren: Freedom’s Just Another Word

Antiwar.com blog - Sat, 2016-12-10 10:46

Here’s what’s left of democracy in America.

We had an election, and the candidate favored by Washington, media, and many business elites did not win. Here’s what happened next.

  • CIA unambiguously but without documentation or evidence presented says, via anonymous leaks, that Russia interceded in the election to help elect Donald Trump.
  • Democratic Congresspeople, alongside several media outlets, have called for investigations into whether or not Trump colluded with the Russians to influence the election. That would be an impeachable offense, a criminal offense, treason.
  • The underlying message is that the Russians believe Trump as president will so favor them (for some reason) that they risk war, or a cyber version of war, to see him in power. Trump’s legitimacy is now undermined, and his every action toward the Soviet Union Russia will be tainted.
  • Meanwhile, Jill Stein, as proxy for Hillary Clinton, raised $7 million over a long weekend after claiming the vote count in three key states was wrong and/or the counting machines (not connected to the web) were hacked and cannot be trusted. A recount could have sent Clinton to the White House.
  • Clinton supporters continue to try and get the Electoral College to do something it has never done in some 220 years, select a candidate who did not win the most electoral votes.
  • Hillary Clinton has re-emerged, making speeches and public appearances, concurrent with all of the above.
  • Democrats as a group continue to insist winning the popular vote entitles Clinton to… something.
  • Clinton supporters earlier claimed the FBI interceded in the election to defeat Clinton.
  • Candidate Clinton claimed during a debate the now president-elect is a stooge working on behalf of Putin, literal treason.

This is banana republic crap, people, that looks to negate the votes of some 62 million Americans. We no longer believe in our own system. When the candidate many people did not support wins, the response is to seek to negate the democratic process, via accusations that make McCarthy in the 1950s look like a sad amateur.

What we have are anonymous voices at an intelligence agency supposedly dedicated to foreign intel saying the Russians helped elect our next president. That says the process is flawed and cannot be trusted, and that Trump will owe a debt to the Russians and can’t be trusted. It will keep alive the idea that Clinton should have won if not for this meddling and undermine for his term the legitimacy of Trump. Via the classification process, the CIA will only need to make public the snippets of info that support its contention.

This is an attempted coup as sure as it would be if there were tanks on the White House lawn. The CIA might as well have tried to shoot Trump during his next trip to Dallas.

To date, all of these accusations have been based on anonymous sources and leaks. The president of the United States remains silent.

America, our goose is cooked. You worry about an autocracy? It doesn’t have to be in one man. It can be via an Agency.

Peter Van Buren blew the whistle on State Department waste and mismanagement during Iraqi reconstruction in his first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. His latest book is Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent. Reprinted from the his blog with permission.

Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Minnesota Flickr - Sat, 2016-12-10 10:42

jterry618 posted a photo:

Canadian Pacific's 2016 Holiday Train

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Holiday Train at SPUD

Minnesota Flickr - Sat, 2016-12-10 10:42

jterry618 posted a photo:

Canadian Pacific's 2016 Holiday Train

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CP Holiday Train at St. Paul Union Depot

Minnesota Flickr - Sat, 2016-12-10 10:42

jterry618 posted a photo:

Canadian Pacific's 2016 Holiday Train

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CP 2246 - Holiday Train

Minnesota Flickr - Sat, 2016-12-10 10:42

jterry618 posted a photo:

Canadian Pacific's 2016 Holiday Train

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Boy, 4, dies after being hit by car in Thame

BBC UK Ed. - Sat, 2016-12-10 10:35
A four-year-old boy dies after being knocked down by a car in Oxfordshire.
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These gloves will make your phone winter-friendly

BoingBoing - Sat, 2016-12-10 10:26

These days, there's definitely no shortage of touchscreen gloves available, but the key is finding ones that consistently work well. These iGloves Touchscreen Gloves are super reliable, and are on sale for just $11.99.

Super comfortable and functional, these gloves will keep your hands warm and still let you use any touchscreen, from phones to tablets. The iGloves' design allows for pinpoint accuracy, so you can even respond to emails without exposing your fingers to the elements.

The iGloves come with a no-slip palm that improves your grip. So you could actually text while snowboarding or skiing if you ever feel the need to. The iGloves Touchscreen Gloves retail for $48, but you can get them today for just $11.99.

Also check out the Boing Boing Store's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide to treat yourself or someone close to you.

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London pub labelled 'Britain's most festive' on social media

BBC UK Ed. - Sat, 2016-12-10 10:14
A London pub's Christmas display earns it the title 'Britain's Most Festive Pub' on social media.
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Not just Trump

BBC UK Ed. - Sat, 2016-12-10 10:08
Apart from Donald Trump, which other Apprentice hosts have gone into politics?
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Brave new Workshop 20161203-_DSC4911

Minnesota Flickr - Sat, 2016-12-10 10:08

POV Heartland posted a photo:

Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

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Doctors call for ban on diesel engines in London

BBC UK Ed. - Sat, 2016-12-10 09:58
A campaign led by medical professionals is calling for all diesel cars to be banned from London.
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Nobel Peace Prize: Santos calls for 'rethink' of war on drugs

BBC UK Ed. - Sat, 2016-12-10 09:49
Colombia's president receives the Nobel Peace Prize and calls for a "rethink" on the war on drugs.
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Jet drilling bit 1

Minnesota Flickr - Sat, 2016-12-10 09:46

James St. John posted a photo:

Jet drilling bit. (public display, Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm, Minnesota, USA)

This type of drill bit was used to drill into hard iron ores (mostly taconites) in the iron ranges of Minnesota.
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From museum signage:
"Jet Drill

How to make hundreds of holes in hard rock, big enough for 500 pounds of explosive? Burn them! A jet drill is like a super-size welding torch. Mixing oxygen and fuel oil, its flame cuts a nine inch hole in taconite at about 20 feet per hour.

Jet drills were developed on the Iron Range and were used on the harder taconite of the Eastern Mesabi. They have been replaced by the faster-cutting rotary drills that can bore 16 inch holes, 30 to 45 feet deep in the taconite.

Jet drills don't actually melt the rock; the high heat causes it to spall or "chip", and the chips are blown out of the hole with a steam jet.
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Jet drilling bit 2

Minnesota Flickr - Sat, 2016-12-10 09:46

James St. John posted a video:

Jet drilling bit. (public display, Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm, Minnesota, USA)

This type of drill bit was used to drill into hard iron ores (mostly taconites) in the iron ranges of Minnesota.
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From museum signage:
"Jet Drill

How to make hundreds of holes in hard rock, big enough for 500 pounds of explosive? Burn them! A jet drill is like a super-size welding torch. Mixing oxygen and fuel oil, its flame cuts a nine inch hole in taconite at about 20 feet per hour.

Jet drills were developed on the Iron Range and were used on the harder taconite of the Eastern Mesabi. They have been replaced by the faster-cutting rotary drills that can bore 16 inch holes, 30 to 45 feet deep in the taconite.

Jet drills don't actually melt the rock; the high heat causes it to spall or "chip", and the chips are blown out of the hole with a steam jet.
"

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