the tinker weekly: may 26

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the Mayor of Toronto has been caught on tape smoking crack cocaine. who taped him, and how it involves his family, is the weird part of the story

the "Waffle House Index" is a thing. a real thing, that's used to assess the damage done by natural disasters. it's used by FEMA. read on...

the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case this week that will probably nuke separation of church and state

despite their reputation for equality, Sweden has been experiencing violent riots for nearly a week 

how PBS quietly killed a documentary about Citizens United - because one of the Koch brothers was a donor to the channel (no really, it happened)

Orthodox Christian protesters, lead & organized by Priests, have brutally attacked gay rights activists in Georgia. “All this crowd, like zombies, they simply wanted to kill us. Not beat or humiliate, they simply wanted to kill us"

apparently Bose, the premium audio company, makes automobile suspension - and it's some of the best anyone's ever seen

"This is Obama’s America! It’s like the Soviet Union. He said he would change the country. He said it. And a lot of people voted for him. And if you see any of those people today, do me a favor, punch them in the face.”

mandatory minimum nightmare: the average sentence for a first time, non-violent drug offender is longer than the average sentence for rape, child molestation, bank robbery or manslaughter

how old are the apples you buy at the supermarket? most likely about 14 months old

how America's national security apparatus -- in partnership with big corporations -- cracked down on dissent

and finally, Los Angeles is going after a Las Vegas hospital accused of dumping more than 1500 patients across state lines, including a "paraplegic, still dressed in his hospital gown and connected to a catheter bag, found dragging himself along a gutter"

Posted on May 26, 2013 .

the tinker weekly: may 19

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the IRS was doing their job, and doing it well: there was an enormous influx of 501(c)(4) "social welfare organization" applications from right-wing groups, all of whom donated to campaigns

Swaziland has made it illegal for a witch to fly a broomstick above 150m. seriously, it's a law

why politicians and car dealers are trying to make it illegal to buy an electric car in North Carolina

the greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate. this effect is independent of divorce, 'southern-ness,' poverty, or gun availability

a Russian man was brutally tortured and killed in Volgograd (Russia) for being gay; media silence ensues

no, really: Saudi Arabia is working to reverse decades of favoring religious over scientific studies in schools and universities

the 182 percent loan: how installment lenders put borrowers in a world of hurt

wealthy Manhattan moms are hiring handicapped tour guides so their kids can cut lines at Disney World

Christianity could be facing a catastrophic collapse in Britain, according to official figures suggesting it is declining 50 percent faster than previously thought

4th-grader Zachary Maxwell snuck a camera into his school's lunchroom for 6 months to document how lousy it was. The resulting film will be screened at the Manhattan Film Festival

Pope Francis has completely denounced Capitalism, calling it a "cult of money" that he says is tyrannizing the poor 

84 percent of NYC fast food workers report wage theft in a new survey

Texas police issued 300,000 misdemeanor tickets to school children in 2010 for "classroom behavior" like spraying perfume or leaving the lunch table dirty

Posted on May 20, 2013 .

the tinker weekly: may 12

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A comprehensive, understandable introduction to BitCoin, the world's first open source digital currency

A law on the books since 2010 aimed at rooting out tax cheats who stash their money in overseas banks is being vigorously fought-- by that bastion of civil rights, Rand Paul.

In Afghanistan, a Chinese mining company threatens to destroy the remains of an ancient Buddhist city, which archaeologists are now racing to excavate

What you are looking at is a practice known as 'metzitzah b'peh'-- an Orthodox Jewish ritual that involves a man sucking the freshly-circumcised penis of a baby. yes, this is completely legal. yes, herpes is a problem.

Not that this really comes as a surprise, but private colleges are really screwing over low-income prospective students in favor of wealthy prospective students.

Stephen Hawking has joined the academic boycott of Israel due to its treatment of Palestinians

3D printed guns: "I recognize that this tool might be used to harm people. That's what it is: it's a gun. But I don't think that's a reason to not put it out there."

an ad with a secret anti-abuse message visible only to children

Approximately 25% of US workers earn $10.50 or less, and 66% of these low income earners work for large corporations

When was the last time someone was beheaded for Sorcery and Witchcraft in Saudi Arabia? Why, last year

Nearly one in three commercial honeybee colonies in the United States died or disappeared last winter, an unsustainable decline that threatens the nation’s food supply

Incredibly convincing charts tell the story of why 99% of us just aren't doing very well economically

Posted on May 12, 2013 .

the tinker weekly: may 5

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A physics teacher bikes through the Large Hadron Collider while wearing Google Glass to show his students some SCIENCE

Exact replicas of Western cities are popping up all over China, called "Copy Towns"

Denmark's fixing rooms, where addicts can inject safely, have lowered the crime rate and made the streets safer.

Happy Anniversary! Guantanamo Bay prison is costing the U.S. $900,000 per inmate per year

Clear Channel, Rush Limbaugh's network, is losing tons of money since last year's protests against him started

"You know the Age of Enlightenment and Reason gave way to moral relativism. And moral relativism is what led us all the way down the dark path to the Holocaust."

Mitt Romney's advice to college grads: start having babies as soon as possible-- for "Children are a heritage of the Lord, & the fruit of the womb is His reward."

A principal fired his elementary school's security guards, and hired art teachers-- and transformed his students in the process

Exxon Pegasus Pipeline leaks again, one month after Mayflower, Arkansas rupture

Posted on May 5, 2013 .

the tinker weekly: april 28

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Frontline's incredible doc on Syria.

Senator Told Shooting Victim’s Mother He Supported Background Checks, Then Voted Against Them

The second enormous financial scandal of the year appears frighteningly similar to LIBOR, and bares all of the marks of a genuine big-bank conspiracy

it turns out that alcoholic drinks made with diet soda get you drunk faster than ones with regular soda

the texas fertilizer plant that blew up lied to the EPA about what it was holding. shocking, i know

u.s. senator: "who wouldn't use torture on this punk?"

By using a tactic called the 'double Irish,' Facebook paid about .3% tax on $1 billion worth of foreign profit

a school principal discouraged a teen girl from reporting her sexual assault because it could ruin her attacker's basketball career… and then he raped someone else

a proposed law in iowa would reduce the pay of the judges who ruled in favor of gay marriage

watch as the CEO of Nestle explains how water is a commodity that should be privatized, not a basic human right

a lovely practice called 'medical repatriation' allows hospitals to deport immigrants without involving the government, or any oversight at all

there's a town in pennsylvania that will evict you from your apartment if you call the police on your abusive spouse too often

confirmed: racism and conservative ideology are actually indicative of lower IQ

george w. bush's presidency in 24 charts

the bp oil spill was way, way worse than anyone has said

"the upper 7 percent of American households saw their average net worth increase 28 percent, while the wealth of the other 93 percent declined"

most likely the best segment on gun control you'll ever see

Posted on April 22, 2013 .

the tinker weekly: april 21

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these guys are attempting to become the world's first drone-based food delivery company. seriously.

Senator Ball, on the Boston Marathon bombing suspect: "Who wouldn't use torture on this punk?"

America's New Math: 1 Wall Street Hour = 21 Years of Hard Work For the Rest of Us

The Koch brothers are now trying to buy up as many newspapers as they can.

Posted on April 22, 2013 .

the tinker weekly: april 14

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the graduate student who singlehandedly disrupted the global austerity movement here's the link to the study

excellent read on the future of smartphones

DNA is going to reveal how ancient fish learned to walk

here's why basically every locksmith on google or in the yellow pages is a scam

"I am the senator. You are the citizen. You need to be quiet."

it's official: circumcision lowers the risk of HIV. here's how

in Tanzania, the Masai people are being completely evicted from their land

Posted on April 20, 2013 .

the tinker weekly: april 7

watch as the CEO of Nestle explains how water is a commodity that should be privatized, not a basic human right

the Haiti cholera epidemic has been genetically traced back to Nepalese U.N. workers

Sweden ran out of garbage. you heard that right. They're importing their garbage now.

so, that whole 'prosecuting the perpetrators of the financial crisis' thing? yeah, turns out there's a statute of limitations, and it's almost up...

Germany's got the world's first algae-powered building up and running

billionaire Saudi prince says his country should probably go ahead and let women drive

"I will not eat until they restore my dignity. I’ve been detained at Guantánamo for 11 years and three months. I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial."

Posted on April 20, 2013 .

the tinker weekly: march 31

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gay man who refused to leave partner's bedside arrested

reverend: allowing women to vote 'one of the greatest mistakes america made' 

the invisible bike helmet that's going to change riding forever

why chemotherapy that costs $70,000 in the united states costs $2,500 in india

the article every liberal needs to show a conservative

transparent brains are helping to clarify connections in neuroscience

the state with the highest pregnancy rate just axed sex ed

this is how wealth is distributed in america

Posted on April 17, 2013 .