SpaceX will build its massive interplanetary rocket in Los Angeles

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SpaceX can start building its "Big Fucking Rocket," now that it has officially found a home in LA. Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced on Twitter that the private space giant "will start production development of the Big Falcon Rocket (the spacecraft's…

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Universal Fan Con suddenly postpones — so attendees organized

A convention built to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness in fandom has been postponed at the last minute, and would-be attendees are channeling their understandable frustration in constructive directions.

Universal Fan Con, which was originally funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, released the bad news on Friday. Just a week before the event, organizers decided to postpone it, citing a “financial deficit.” As of now, it’s unclear when the conference will be rescheduled. The status of attendee’s refunds is also unclear.  

It would be enough under other circumstances to cause well-justified social media uproar. Instead, attendees have used the occasion to organize and help support vendors and artists who will likely suffer a rough financial blow as a result.  Read more…

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WikiLeaks loses access to a key cryptocurrency account

This hasn't been the best week for WikiLeaks, to put it mildly. Coinbase has shut off the WikiLeaks Shop's account for allegedly violating the cryptocurrency exchange's terms of service. In other words, the leak site just lost its existing means of…

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Colin Kaepernick may be exiled from the NFL, but that's also why he keeps winning

Colin Kaepernick may be the most criminally unemployed NFL player in the free agency pool today, but the actions that brought him to this point continue to pay off.

Kaepernick was named Amnesty International’s “Ambassador of Conscience” for 2018 on Saturday. The award recognizes the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s act of kneeling during pre-game national anthem performances, a choice that eventually cost him his job, and likely his NFL career as well.

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The protest action started with a simple intent: Bring attention to racial inequality in America, specifically racially motivated police brutality. It’s been attacked by various critics, including Donald Trump himself, as unpatriotic and wrong. But that willful mischaracterization in and of itself also reinforces Kaepernick’s statement. Read more…

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