Tamil pulp fiction is basically totally amazing

On Strange Horizons, Rachel Cordasco reviews the latest Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction, the third such volume, and makes a compelling case for exploring the amazing world of Tamil pulp, expertly translated into English.



Trump building in Panama carried “deep ties” to Russian mafia, drug trafficking

An NBC News and Reuters joint investigation found deep ties between investors of the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City and the Russian mafia, organized crime, and drug traffickers. The Trump Organization issued a statement disavowing any knowledge or involvement with the criminals who financed the property. Even if that’s true, it doesn’t meant they are innocent, however.

“The Trump Organization was not the owner, developer or seller of the Trump Ocean Club Panama project,” the statement said. “Because of its limited role, the company was not responsible for the financing of the project and had no involvement in the sale of units or the retention of any real estate brokers.”

From The Hill:

Still, legal experts contacted by Reuters for the story said Trump should have asked those questions.

Because Panama is “perceived to be highly corrupt,” said Arthur Middlemiss, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan and a former head of JPMorgan’s global anti-corruption program, those who do business there should perform due diligence on others involved in their ventures.

If they fail to do so, he told Reuters, they risk being liable under U.S. law of being found having turned a blind eye to wrongdoing.

Photo of Trump: Flickr/Gage Skidmore


The Deepest Dive of My Dreams

I was kerplotzing around the internet today and upon seeing this video had the craziest thought: I’ve been in this place.

Now since it involves free diving in the world’s deepest pool, in Italy, there’s no way I’ve even seen the place. Also can’t hold my breath for squat. Tried that recently while watching my friend David Blaine hold his breath for almost 11 minutes in a tank of water. I was really glad that he was in the tank and not me, since I was gasping at the 90 second mark.

David Blaine Photographed by Asi Wind

Thinking about the imagery in the video (below), it occurred to me that I was remembering a dream I’ve had many times about swimming underwater in a pool almost identical to this. A creepy feeling. What is it about this pool that seems like a dream … or a nightmare?

On a single breath of air, Guillaume Néry explores the deepest pool in the world in Italy: Y40. The action is filmed on breath hold by his wife Julie Gautier.

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Snag the FRESHeBUDS today at a special deal

The FRESHeBUDS Pro wireless headphones make a perfect workout companion, and you can get them in the Boing Boing Store today for a special $23.95 price (normal: 29.95 / MSRP: $199.95) as part of doorbusters week.

To prevent you from accidentally losing half of your stereo sound when you’re out on a run, the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Headphones feature a tethered design. When not in use, they easily snap together with integrated magnets – and pair automatically with your device when you pull them apart.

These earbuds also resist sweat and water, and stay securely in your ears with help from some flexible silicone hooks. They get up to 6 hours of battery life on a single 90-minute charge, so you can keep your music playing nearly all day long.

The Boing Boing Store usually stocks the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Headphones for $30, but you can get them for $23.95 today only as part of our Doorbusters week.


Pentagon retweeted “Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency” today, then deleted it

Today a Twitter user who goes by @ProudResister tweeted:

“The solution is simple… Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress. Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It’s a crime as is your hypocrisy.”

And then oops, the Pentagon retweeted it:

They immediately recognized their mistake and deleted the tweet.

According to Politico:

Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning issued a statement explaining that an “authorized operator” of the account “erroneously re-tweeted content that would not be endorsed by the Department of Defense.”

He added that “the operator caught this error and immediately deleted it.”

The mistake clearly made someone happy:


Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren reimagined as an 80s pop star

Renowned for her sparkling wit and deep insight, commentator Tomi Lahren is considered to be the William F. Buckley Jr. of the millennial generation. She also has the ability to laugh at herself, so I’m sure she loves Super Deluxe’s new video, which takes snippets of Lahren’s bon mots, runs them through Auto-Tune, and edits them into a 1980s pop hit.



NASA simulation of this year’s hurricane season

NASA published an animation depicting this years’ rough hurricane season in two smooth minutes. It’s beautifully wispy and liquid, a fascinating contrast to the radar machine-vision we usually get of weather patterns. From the press release:

How can you see the atmosphere? By tracking what is carried on the wind. Tiny aerosol particles such as smoke, dust, and sea salt are tranpsorted across the globe, making visible weather patterns and other normally invisible physical processes.

This visualization uses data from NASA satellites, combined with mathematical models in a computer simulation allow scientists to study the physical processes in our atmosphere. By following the sea salt that is evaporated from the ocean, you can see the storms of the 2017 hurricane season.

During the same time, large fires in the Pacific Northwest released smoke into the atmosphere. Large weather patterns can transport these particles long distances: in early September, you can see a line of smoke from Oregon and Washington, down the Great Plains, through the South, and across the Atlantic to England.

Dust from the Sahara is also caught in storms sytems and moved from Africa to the Americas. Unlike the sea salt, however, the dust is removed from the center of the storm. The dust particles are absorbed by cloud droplets and then washed out as it rains.

Advances in computing speed allow scientists to include more details of these physical processes in their simulations of how the aerosols interact with the storm systems.