Day: June 29, 2016

Dispute over salsa and chips erupts into chair throwing brawl at Texas restaurant


My San Antonio reports of a fight that took place in a North Dallas restaurant:

In the early morning hours of June 25, Facebook user Isael Rojas shared a 5-minute video of the brawl starting when one woman hurled an object at an opposing party at El Paisano Restaurant Y Taquería at 2911 Lombardy Lane in North Dallas. The offense prompted a flare up of hair-pulling and men attempting to diffuse the situation by separating the women.

“One of the main proponents of the bashing is seen in the video fleeing the restaurant in a souped-up sports car moments before authorities arrive.”

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Japanese porn industry says it's 'very sorry' that actress was coerced to have sex on camera


The Intellectual Property Promotion Association, which represents 80% of Japan’s adult film industry, says it’s very sorry for “coercing” (aka raping) women to have sex in pornographic videos.

From the LA Times:

Police announced Monday that they had arrested the president of Marks Japan and two others on suspicion that they forced a woman into appearing in adult films by threatening to punish her financially. They also threatened to force her parents to pay for “contract violations” if necessary, police said.

The woman, described as being in her 20s, reportedly signed with the company in 2009 as a fashion model and was forced to have sex on camera in more than 100 videos before being able to cancel her contract in 2014, according to police.

The three men arrested, including company President Takashi Kozasu, were charged with breaking laws that regulate temporary employment agencies – specifically, rules that prevent the agencies from sending workers into assignments that violate public morals. The assignment that led to the charges was a film shoot in September 2013.

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Quiz: can you tell which police stops are illegal?


PBS has a quiz that presents a number of different investigatory police stop scenarios. You are tasked with determining which of the scenarios represent illegal stops.

The Indiscriminate Checkpoint

In 1998, police in Indianapolis began setting up vehicle checkpoints around the city in a bid to root out illegal drugs. At each checkpoint, police would stop a set number of vehicles. One officer would conduct an open-view examination of the car or truck from the outside, while another officer would walk around it with a narcotics dog. Stops were designed to last no more than five minutes.

Is it a legal stop?

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I really love my CSA

Dandelion Greens & Kohlrabi

One of the things I enjoy most about living in Muir Beach, California, is the amazing CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) provided to my community by our neighbors at the Green Gulch Zen Center. Their incredible program lands a wide variety of wonderful fruits and veggies in my home, weekly, for half the year.

The CSA doesn’t just provide great, healthy food for my daughter and I. It provides a weekly puzzle; how to use the wide variety of things they send? Check out this week’s list:

Hey Neighbors,

The first Green Gulch Veggie Box of the season will be delivered after 4:15 PM tomorrow!

Inside you’ll find:

  • Two Lettuce: Lollo diVino + Pomegranate Crunch
  • 1 White Vienna Kohlrabi
  • 1 bu. Top Bunch Collard Greens
  • 1 bu. Crocodile Spinach
  • 1 bu. Genovese Basil (what a treat! Basil is hard to grow in cold, foggy conditions)
  • 1 bu. Guardsman Scallions
  • 1 bu. GGF Cilantro
  • 1 bu. Catalogna Special Dandelion (a favorite among the farmers – spicy & delicious)
  • 1 bu. Thyme
  • 1 bu. Assorted Radishes
  • 1 bu. Hakurei Turnips

Click the links above for details on how to make a delicious dinner in under an hour using Kohlrabi and Dandelion 🙂

Enjoy this gorgeous weather!

Pictured above are the dandelion greens and kohlrabi, pretty much as directed in the recipes linked above, with minor changes for my daughters 9 year old tastes. We made salads last night.

Frequently, I find myself with far too much vegetable matter in my fridge. There is a lot more than 1 and a half full-sized humans can eat. I also sometimes get confused about what to do with all of it. I’ll have sauerkraut fermenting, kale chips, and radish salads, and still a mountain of something I’ve made never heard of. That is when I whip out the juicer, or beg Xeni to come stay here for a week or so and help cook it all.

If the volume gets too high, I can always email and they’ll hold off on my delivery for a week.

I really just enjoy the challenge, and I love the incredible variety and quality of the food that arrives. I highly recommend you check out your options for a local CSA.

A huge thank you to the folks at the Green Gulch Zen Center, for the hard, hard work that goes into growing, and organizing these boxes!

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Trump falls to single digits in international poll


The Pew Research Center conducted an international survey between April 4 and May 29 regarding attitudes towards the U.S. and when it came to Donald Trump, the wanna-be president fared miserably. In fact, positive ratings were in the single digits in nearly half the countries surveyed. According to the AP:

In seven of 15 countries outside of the U.S. polled by Pew Research Center, Trump’s ratings are in the single digits. Large majorities in 11 of the countries have little or no confidence in the prospective Republican presidential nominee ability to manage international affairs. That includes 92 percent of Swedes, 89 percent of Germans and 82 percent of Japanese.

Trump did, however, do a bit better in China, where 40 percent polled have zero confidence in him, but 39 percent have no opinion. The survey polled 20,132 people from 16 countries, including Canada, 10 countries in Europe, four in Asia, and the U.S. When compared to Hillary Clinton, “a median of 59 percent in Europe have confidence in the Democratic contender — compared with just 9 percent for Trump.”

Read more details here.

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

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Red, White, and Blue Chicken Nachos

Blue Corn Chicken Nachos

In the mood for some red, white, and blue? How about red, white, and blue nachos, with blue corn tortilla chips!

I’ve always loved blue corn tortilla chips. I don’t know if it’s my mind playing tricks on me, but I think they taste better than regular tortilla chips. Maybe because they’re less industrial and have more flavor than the corn we get these days?

Whatever, the chips taste great and make a delightfully blue canvas for our white cheese sauce and chicken, and (mostly) red fresh pico de gallo salsa.

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3D printable, fully articulated Lion Force Voltron


Holy cow! This is one of the most complex, and amazing, 3D printed objects I’ve seen: Lion Force Voltron! Swedish designer Juri designed and printed this fabulous model of the first Voltron.


The lions all merge to form Voltron, just like you remember!

More photos, and the files so you can build it yourself (ha! ha! ha!) are available free at My Mini Factory!

Are you ready to form Voltron?

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Use borderless cards for three card monte


Everyone should know how to play three card monte. I learned decades ago and it has been immeasurably helpful.

This video by The Card Trick Teacher will teach you the con, and the sleight of hand. It is very simple to learn ‘the throw.’ The thing these internet videos leave out is, don’t use bordered cards! You’ll get caught really, really quickly.

These Bee Club Special playing cards do the trick. The pattern on their backs runs right up to the edge of the card, and it is very hard to see that the throw is happening. They are also made by US Playing Cards, and are the same lovely quality as my beloved Bicycle decks.

Remember, you need a few friends to make this hustle work.

Bee Premium Playing Cards (Colors may vary) via Amazon

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Where's Warhol – A visual needle-in-a-haystack picture book inspired by the Where's Waldo series


Where’s Warhol?

by Catherine Ingram and Andrew Rae

Laurence King Publishing

2016, 32 pages, 9.8 x 13 x 0.5 inches

$10 Buy a copy on Amazon

Andy Warhol was known for both “making the scene,” literally turning “scenes” into improvised art, and for being impressively awkward and shy within those scenes. So, there really is something fundamentally right about the concept of hiding Andy inside of iconic scenes from history, both art history and beyond.

In Where’s Warhol? art historian Catherine Ingram teams up with artist Andrew Rae to create a visual needle-in-a-haystack picture book inspired by the Where’s Waldo? series. In a series of two-page spreads, Andy, in his iconic striped shirt and shock of silver hair, is hidden within massive crowd scenes. The scenes range from actual places where Andy did hang out (e.g. Studio 54) to historical places and events such as the French Revolution and Germany’s Bauhaus art school. The fun is not only in finding Andy, but in trying to identity all of the other historical figures drawn into these scenes. In the back of the book, many of these characters are pointed out with little anecdotes. And other known people are there, but not identified (like Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith). It’s fun to see just how many characters from history you can identity. There is also enough going on here to reward repeat scans of the pages.

This would be a fun gift book to get for anyone who’s a Warhol fan, a fan of art history, or who just enjoys these kinds of visual puzzle books. Everyone who’s seen this on my coffee table has gotten a big kick out of it.

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Moral economy and software development: software without politics is recipe for totalitarianism


Maciej Cegłowski (previously) keynoted the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics conference with a characteristically brilliant speech about the “moral economy of tech” — that is, the way that treating social problems like software problems allows techies to absolve themselves of the moral consequences of their actions and the harms that result.

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Get complete home protection with the 360-degree rotating Amaryllo Security Camera - now 26% off

Folks used to rely on alarms to protect their home – and before that, the family dog. Now, anyone looking to guard their homes can choose from some high-tech options, including the Amaryllo iCamPRO FHD Home Security Camera (now just $219 in the Boing Boing Store).

In fact, this 2015 CES “Best of Innovation” award-winner boasts so many features, it’s like a real sentry protecting your home 24/7/365. Its three motion sensors and 360-degree rotating eye covers your entire home with automatic light adjustment for day and night surveillance.

When the iCamPRO encounters someone, the unit’s face detection system can identify familiar people, offer greetings to friends or warnings to intruders, and record video of any incident to a microSD card for later review.

You can remotely check in on the 256-bit encrypted camera and even sync it with your Google account so it’ll offer you appointment reminders and email alerts.

The Amaryllo iCamPRO offers the ultimate peace of mind for you and your home, and it’s 26% off – so grab this faithful protector while the deal lasts.

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Angry men stamp their adorable little feet after Marines degender job titles

Marines urinating on dead bodies. [Reuters]

After allowing women to serve in combat roles, the United States Marines Corps plans to update various specialty titles to be ungendered. Insecure men are angry about this.

Antitank Missilemen, for example, will now be Antitank Gunners instead. Operations Men will henceforth be Operations Chiefs. Most of the changes just replace the word “man” with the world “marine.” Where a literary barbarism is unavoidable, gendered titles will be kept. For example, it’s still going to be Riflemen, not Rifleperson/Riflemarine. And yet, the rage.

“On one hand, the name changes from ‘man’ to ‘person’ or whatever they want to call it doesn’t really matter. They could call mortarmen bakers for all I care,” said Sgt. Geoff Heath, a Marine rifleman with multiple combat deployments. “But on the other, it’s a direct reflection on society’s crybaby political correctness.”

Marines, though, complain about everything. Infantrymen Basic infantry Marines even more so.

The rage — mostly confined to tweets, Facebook links and comments’ sections — centered on the idea that the Marine Corps was being gutted by political correctness.

Some hover at an epiphany’s edge…

“You know, I was going to [complain] about PC crap … but “Infantry Assault Marine” sounds kinda cool …”

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How Houston's rich kids game the system (Spoiler: with their parents' money)

Abigail Fisher. Photo: Reuters

The Supreme Court recently sided with UT Austin’s use of affirmative action. That plaintiff Abigail Fishers simply lacked the grades for admission was part of the case’s many numbing ironies. But it’s not a joke, according to Jia Tolento, who tutored Fisher in the art of gaming the system. It’s a way of life for second-rate kids in first-class families. (more…)

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Gun nut mom went back for more bullets before executing daughter


Police say that Christy Sheats, the gun nut mom who shot dead her two daughters during a family confrontation that spilled into a Texas street, returned inside to reload before executing her child in view of horrified neighbors. She was still shooting when cops arrived, which is why they killed her.

According to a police press release, [husband] Jason Sheats and both daughters managed to flee through the front door. Madison Sheats, who was shot once, soon collapsed and died. Taylor Sheats ran into the street and Christy Sheats followed, shooting Taylor again, police say. Jason Sheats ran to the end of a cul-de-sac and was uninjured.

A witness told police Christy Sheats went back inside the home to reload the gun, and then returned and shot Taylor Sheats once more. Taylor Sheats was shot three times, police tell Crimesider. She was airlifted to a hospital, where she died.

Police say a deputy with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and an officer from nearby Fulshear Police Department responded. The officers saw the woman shooting one of the girls in the street, police say. They say Christy Shears didn’t obey the Fulshear officer’s demand to drop the handgun and the officer fired once, killing her.

The 911 calls reveal Sheats’ kids begging for their lives.

The witness next described watching the woman, “wearing a purple dress,” stand over one of the female victims with a gun. At one point she appeared to run out of bullets, causing her to go inside, he said.

“Hopefully, she’s not getting any more bullets because it looks like she’s going to need some more bullets,” he says.

There’s a brief pause before his worst fears apparently came to life.

“She’s coming back again … she has bullets now,” he says before describing seeing the shooter firing away once more.

She had 10 guns, just in case Obama took 8 away.

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Republican Mike Huckabee had to pony up $25k for playing Eye of the Tiger

Mike Huckabee [Reuters]

When Mike Huckabee played Eye of the Tiger at a rally for a Kentucky county clerk who refused to marry same-sex couples, it cost him big. Sued by the song’s owners, he forked over $25k to settle the lawsuit.

The failed Republican presidential candidate got the usual settlement gag clause, but decided to list the payment in election disclosures. Huckabee claimed the anti-gay rally was “noncommercial” and that his use of the song met the standards for “fair use,” but…

…that argument fell apart when the songwriter’s lawyer pointed out that Huckabee claimed the rally as a presidential campaign expense.
He is now petitioning the Federal Election Commission to let him start a separate legal defense fund to pay off the settlement. However, the FEC just issued a draft opinion last week saying Huckabee should pay the costs himself.

Republican politicians routinely use Eye of the Tiger at rallies, and are routinely sued for it by Survivor’s publishers, with Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney among the greatest hits.

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