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1. “Concerned Citizens Turn Out to Be Political Theater

Some of those scripted lines, he says were provided by recent UCLA graduate Adam Swart, CEO of a company called Crowds on Demand, which will stage rallies and demonstrations for any almost candidate or cause.

Swart says he has employed actors to sway city officials in meetings across the country.

2. “A Moscow advert declaring that “smoking kills more people than Obama” has gone viral, becoming the latest in a string of actions condemning the US president as a mass killer.”

3. The time Lance Stephenson smashed his car trying to sneak past the security gate at the Clippers’ practice facility. Link roundup
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1. “Vaping Congressman in the Pocket of Big Vape”

2. One explanation for rural meth addiction.

3. Diver cutting a whale shark loose. Link roundup
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1. “Netrunner: Every deck tells a story

2. “Two executives at a Los Angeles-based real estate development company and two of their employees have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they defrauded government agencies of millions of dollars in funds for housing low-income families.”

ADI’s financial activities first came to light in 2010, as part of divorce proceedings between Karimi and Jannki Mithaiwala, the daughter of the company’s founder. A court-appointed receiver assigned to oversee the company soon informed the divorce court he had uncovered “potential fraud and criminal activity.”

3. Translucent whale sculptures:

In this work, six whales are swimming in a circle; these represents the six stages of Samsara.

Inside each whale encapsulates various objects, such as submarine volcano, sailboat, and a sea of clouds.

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1. “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department failed to properly train deputies before equipping them with a new type of handgun, contributing to a dramatic rise in accidental shootings”

The weapon lacks a safety lever and requires less pressure to pull the trigger than the previous department-issued handgun

2. NYTimes Public Editor:

Mistakes are bound to happen in the news business, but some are worse than others.

What I’ll lay out here was a bad one. It involved a failure of sufficient skepticism at every level of the reporting and editing process — especially since the story in question relied on anonymous government sources, as too many Times articles do.

Here’s the background: A Times article Sunday reported that the U.S. government had missed something that was right out there in the open: the jihadist social-media posts by one of the San Bernardino killers.

3. “How the Mast Brothers fooled the world into paying a bar for crappy hipster chocolate”

But there is evidence that at least some of their early production involved remelting chocolate bought from Valrhona, a commercial French chocolate manufacturer.

Eventually, however, experts believe that Michael and Rick Mast did start making at least some of their own chocolate, and as Scott explains, the quality of their bars dropped. “The change was remarkable and obvious,” Lindley, of the Cacao shop in Portland, says of trying the bars in 2010. “Most of the chocolate was simply inedible, by my standards.”

4. The Disney Infinity Kylo Ren Figure is 36% off at Amazon. Link roundup
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1. The ghost streets of Los Angeles:

That is, that someone’s living room is actually shaped the way it is not because of something peculiar to architectural history, but because of a ghost street, or that the wall of maybe your very own bedroom takes its angle from a road that, for whatever reason, long ago disappeared.

2. Fallout 4 screens by Dead End Thrills.

3. Kate Beaton interview. Link roundup
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1. “Covert dealings, Embiid’s attitude are undermining Philadelphia’s ‘process’

Embiid’s lax approach to his rehab and the circumstances surrounding the second foot surgery he needed this past summer — which appears like it will cost him the entire 2015–16 season — has caused the organization much anxiety. The simple task of getting Embiid to consistently wear his walking boot was a challenge for the franchise

2. “Twitter’s newspapery Moments feature assimilates the content of tweets it aggregates on mobile, but hides the vital link back to the publisher’s website without users even knowing.”

An original tweet with text or a photo and a appears as just text and/or photo in Twitter’s mobile apps. The trail back to the publisher’s site where it could actually earn the money to create more of the content Twitter is aggregating gets buried in the rich media bushes.

If a user even suspected there might be more to the tweet, or wanted to get a deeper look at a story, they better get ready for some finger gymnastics. Here’s how it works in Moments on iOS.

3. “Austria’s Wolf Science Center boasts the world’s longest treadmill, designed to study wolves, dogs, and humans as they run together in pairs.” Link roundup
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