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Violence in Tijuana keeps spiraling: 1,744 homicides in 2017, officials say

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After spiking to unprecedented levels last year, the bloodshed in Tijuana has continued at an unrelenting pace in the first days of the new year as two powerful drug trafficking organizations battle for control of the city’s lucrative street drug sales: The long-established Sinaloa cartel and a…

Source: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/border-baja-california/sd-me-homicides-tijuana-20180102-story.html

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Congressional Democrats have so little faith in Trump’s leadership that they’ve awarded him the power to conduct limitless, warrantless mass surveillance of Americans

When Congress voted last week to renew the NSA’s controversial Section 702 powers, which gives the spy agency the power to conduct mass, secret, warrantless surveillance on Americans, they also voted down a bipartisan amendment that would have limited the president’s ability to abuse these powers, injecting the barest minimum of accountability and proportionality into a system that Republican and Democratic presidents alike have abused for decades.

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Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/14/primary-those-fuckers.html

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101 Freeway, overwhelmed by Montecito mudslide, to remain closed indefinitely

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As authorities continue to search for those missing in the deadly Montecito mudslide disaster, officials announced that U.S. 101 would remain closed indefinitely.

The 101, a key north-south route in California, was tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, but cleanup efforts have proved more…

Source: http://www.latimes.com/la-me-montecito-mudsides-101-story.html

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‘Plunder Me, Baby’: One artist’s wild, defiant stand against the oppression of indigenous people

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Kukuli Velarde’s work – outraged and deliciously outrageous – tweaks the traditions of ancient ceramics to declare Velarde’s own manifesto about identity and integrity. The jolting pieces are on view at the American Museum of Ceramic Art.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/la-et-cm-kukuli-velarde-review-20180113-htmlstory.html

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Desktop dumpsters

Fashioned after real full-sized galvanized steel dumpsters, these miniature desktop Dumpsty’s stand in at just 10 inches tall and 11 inches wide (which is big enough to hold magazines). The blank models come in a variety of body and lid colors and are ready to be customized (or not).

Priced at $195 each, they ain’t cheap. But, wow, what a cool conversation piece.

Beautifully pre-designed one-of-a-kind editions are available too, like this one by street artist Jimbo Phillips ($495):

Or this one by Burn353 ($395):

Check out their Instagram for more inspiration.

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Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/12/desktop-dumpsters.html

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Gal Gadot Gives Powerful Speech at Critics Choice Awards About Uniting for Equality

As Diana Prince in Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot plays a character who fights for equality and what’s right, putting herself on the line to protect the disenfranchised. In real life, Gadot seems to be following a similar path, speaking out about the importance of standing up for the less empowered.

At Thursday night’s Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Gadot was honored with the #SeeHer prize “pushing boundaries” and “changing stereotypes” while portraying a character onscreen. Introduced by her Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, Gadot spoke about the parallels between the world of her superhero character and the role of an actor, tying in the goddess’s mission with that of more recent events in Hollywood.

“As artists, and as filmmakers, I believe it’s not only our job to entertain, but our duty to inspire and educate for love and respect,” she said. “In the past weeks and months, we’ve been witnessing a movement in our industry and society, and I want to share this award with all the women and men who stand for what’s right: Standing for those who can’t stand or speak for themselves. My promise and commitment to all of you is that I will never be silenced, and we will continue to band together to make strides, uniting for equality.”

Wonder Woman was one of 2017’s top-grossing films, and Gadot and Jenkins are already signed on for the sequel.

Source: http://time.com/5100811/gal-gadot-critics-choice/