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I think I might have to get me some of these

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I am starting to amass a small collection of Whale related items…I saw these on Boing Boing…I might just have to get some. I don’t think there is an Orca knife though.

These whale-shaped Kujira knives were created by Japanese blacksmith Toru Yamashita, who was asked to make a knife for children to sharpen pencils with. The result is a slightly blunt, kid-friendly tool that’s whimsical, hand-forged and gorgeous. And as Core77′s Kat Bauman points out, US residents can get this shipped in time for Christmas from Hand Eye Supply if they order by noon 

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Labour’s new strategy – The Reverse Donut

With all of Labour’s new remits that are being passed with gay abandon I was searching for a metaphor to replace Trevor’s Stealing Underpants strategy.

Then on Boing Boing, as is often the way, something caught my attention that summed it up perfectly.

The Reverse Donut Strategy.

The comment on the video is perfect:

Guy parked to switch drivers and the car slipped into reverse and started going crazy!!

And it took a guy in a gay red shirt to stop it.

Killer Cows

Cows kill more people than sharks.

Between 2003 and 2008, 108 people died from cattle-induced injuries across the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 27 times the whopping four people killed in shark attacks in the United States during the same time period, according to the International Shark Attack File. Nearly all those cow-related fatalities were caused by blunt force trauma to the head or chest; a third of the victims were working in enclosed spaces with cattle.

Boing Boing think there is a valid argument to have a Cow Week given the reputational bias against sharks in the media.

I found out yesterday that August 12 through August 16 is Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. So I thought I’d provide a nice counterbalance here. From now through August 18 I will provide you with one example of cow-related killings every day.

Watch out for little Fonterra and Federated Farmers PR flacks as they run campaigns to counter this evidence through local schools with the handing out of free milk. Tell the kids not to sip on the white kool aid and ponder the statistics on the killer nature of the cow.

Buying protection

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With all the fuss over our Fat Jolly German friend this is amusing:

This anonymously funded movie satirizing the corruption of the copyright system in the USA has been viewed more than 10,000,000 times. The creators, who maintain the website political-prostitution.com, explain that “the U.S. Government is making a major push to enforce its laws abroad with complete disregard for sovereignty of other nations in order to extradite so-called ‘criminals’ to the US where they will be tried for their ‘crimes’ in American court.”

Are Your Politicians For Sale? from Political Prostitution on Vimeo.

How to polish your shaft

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This guy is in trouble. I just bet he is against marriage equality:

Jack Schaap was the pastor at the largest church in Indiana until he was fired last week for having sex with a 17-year-old congregant (the FBI is looking into it). Here he is in 2010 at a youth conference showing the audience how to properly polish a staff. (Via CN)

You are Here

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This is for a couple of my readers who are either battling cancer or know someone fighting cancer. It is about fighting battles:

Woody Roseland lives to laugh, to dream, and to be HERE. From his story, it wouldn’t seem like he has anything to laugh about. As a sophomore in high school, he experienced a pain in his leg that wasn’t just a bruise, it was cancer. Since, he has overcome cancer five times, and through it all has discovered the most important aspects of life. In this engaging and moving talk, Woody tells his serious story with humor, and asks us to participate in loving life and understand the weight of ‘You Are Here’.

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Walking on the Moon

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On July 20 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Boing Boing has found a previously unreleased video of that momentous occasion:

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Makers

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Dale Dougherty is the founder of MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire. He believes in a simple idea: that we all have potential to be makers. He is passionate about creating a generation who are creative, innovative, curious, and making things to improve our world.

Dale Dougherty, Maker — PART 1 from THE NEXT LIST on Vimeo.

What causes brain freeze

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The warm weather, the icy beverages and the splitting headaches you get from drinking them too fast. In this episode, Scientific American editor Ferris Jabr explains how brain freeze occurs and how best to avoid it.

If you are going to insult a minority at least do it properly

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Ashton Kutcher get pwnd by Hasan Minhaj:

 “You have a shitty accent. You’re not even being racist correctly. If you’re gonna be racist, come correct with your racism.”—Hasan Minhaj.