Truth is Much More Amazing Than Fiction

LeVar Burton (RootsReading Rainbow, Star Trek: The Next Generation) shares his secret for not getting shot by the police for being a black man.

Meanwhile, back at Fox Nation, the Trayvon Martin “truthers” struggle to construct ever more desperate conspiracy theories to justify their eroding sense of white privilege.

For nearly 28 years the U.S. government has harbored an increasingly embarrassing secret: A CIA tip to South African intelligence agents led to the arrest that put black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela in prison for most of his adult life.

“Yes, we should say something. Yes, we should tell him he’s a lunatic”: Goblinbooks relays a message from the terrified people sitting next to Pat Robertson.

From Cory at BoingBoing: “Agence France-Presse posted this amazing photo of protesters in Cairo zapping a military helicopter with lasers of varying power and color. As one of my tweeps said, behold the future of drone countermeasures”. Amen, Cory! Amen. High labor costs, but I’m sure a parabolic mirror/diffraction grating, a disco ball and some lasers of diverse wavelengths could be substituted, in a pinch.

The U.K.’s Observer raised eyebrows Sunday for publishing a story alleging the United States had been working with European Union countries and Britain to collect personal communications data, based solely on the allegations of Wayne Madsen, the “Obama is gay”-obsessed conspiracy theorist. Maybe Hillary Clinton will have him “whacked” (yes, a link to the ‘Daily Fail’, for satirical purposes only)!

Robert Krulwich gives us A Beautiful Notion: That Caterpillars Killed Off The Dinosaurs.

The strange story of the man that invented the space gun (aka “mass driver”).

There is nothing new under the sun. “This Misterie of Fucking”: A Sex Manual from 1680. Love the engravings!

Yet another question about the known universe has been answered! Female astronauts wear bras, says an astronaut.

Spill, baby, spill! So far two major lawsuits have been filed against ExxonMobil for their Pegasus pipeline rupture in Mayflower, AR. Although the pipeline was 60 years old and designed to carry light crude, Exxon was pumping highly corrosive tar sands oil (or diluted bitumen, “dilbit”) at a flow-rate higher than it was designed carry, according to one suit. The break contaminated Lake Conway, a tributary of the Arkansas River and the biggest man-made lake in the country, and the ecological hazards of the spill, which the lawsuit says Exxon actively attempted to cover up in wholesale fashion, are nothing short of catastrophic.

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