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 .