Russia bans apples from Poland due to health regulation violations.
Ukrainian cornmeal and McDonalds are also on the hit list. Russia has a pattern of banning the products of countries it has disputes with — under the guise of sanitary violations — in order to impose political pressure. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 11:30 AM - 12 comments
Putting on a brave face.
It isn’t easy to do without, but to do without while giving the impression that little has changed offers necessary courage to one living in an otherwise terrifying situation. Women had no power over the volatile state of the world, and after conscription was introduced, they also lost control over which jobs they held and where these jobs took them; if they could succeed in appearing strong and unruffled on the outside, perhaps on the inside they might also feel capable of succeeding in the midst of the uncertainty that had become their lives
posted by ellieBOA at 11:19 AM - 1 comment
was the first
, and, so far, only, female mayor of Chicago,
serving from 1979-1983. [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch at 11:09 AM - 2 comments
VanillaReview.com provides reviews of online vanilla bean sources.
If you want to give homemade vanilla extract
to your friends and family this Giftmas, now's the time to get started. But don't stop there -- you can also learn about vanilla frost
, vanilla bean grading
, vanilla growing
, and even vanilla tattoos
, which are used to prevent vanilla rustling. [more inside]
posted by pie ninja at 10:35 AM - 11 comments
On the 25th of May, 2014, Martin Sonneborn of Die PARTEI became the first member of his party to enter the EU parliament.
Currently using the slogan, "Inhalte überwunden
" or "Overcome substance", the
Partei für Arbeit, Rechtstaat, Tierschutz, Elitenförderung und basisdemokratische Initiative (Party for Labour, Rule of Law, Animal Protection, Promotion of Elites and Grassroots Initiatives) was founded in 2004 by the staff of Titanic
, a satire magizine. [more inside]
posted by frimble at 10:27 AM - 6 comments
Inside the Internet’s Craziest Destination for Blogger Hate
"I just like to point and laugh at the absurdity of personal blogging as a career," A. continues. "I mean, people quit well-paying jobs to become personal bloggers. They get book deals so they can put their ramblings in print. They make hundreds of thousands of dollars per year through sponsorships and partnerships. It's all so insane to me, and my only motive is to point, shrug and go, 'WTF?'" [more inside]
posted by danabanana at 10:10 AM - 47 comments
If the true measure of an ad's popularity is the afterlife it enjoys through parody and satire, then this
1989 LifeCall ad — featuring Mrs. Fletcher and her infamous line, "I've fallen and I can't get up!"
— may be the best-loved commercial of all time
posted by Mchelly at 10:03 AM - 34 comments
is a 20-year-old photographer from Los Angeles who takes gorgeous, color saturated, studio composed photographs of herself
, most often her girlfriend Chloe (NSFW)
. Buy her photozine
, see photos from an exhibition
, or read her text blog
. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:54 AM - 5 comments
Every Upworthy video ever
in just over two minutes. (SLYT)
posted by gman at 9:28 AM - 4 comments
posted by cjorgensen at 8:35 AM - 45 comments
30 Bisexual Women Discuss Their Long-Term Relationships With Men.
Even though more people self-identify as bisexual
than gay and lesbian, there is a widespread belief that those who identify as bi are either in a transitional stage or are lying to themselves or others.
posted by showbiz_liz at 7:40 AM - 85 comments
electrifying vocal harmonies, beats and funky basslines. [more inside]
posted by asok at 6:50 AM - 3 comments
is the latest Long Player by R&B singer and songwriter King avriel.
Linked is an interview with her and a soundcloud stream of her new album.
posted by zoo at 6:50 AM - 1 comment
Try the foster kitten cams
. Currently eighteen different kittencams are available on one page.
posted by MartinWisse at 6:30 AM - 25 comments
The Adobe Illustrator Story
. Watch the Illustrator
story unfold, from its beginning as Adobe’s first software product, to its role in the digital publishing revolution
, to becoming an essential tool for designers worldwide
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:57 AM - 32 comments
Why Everybody Hates 'Garden State' in 2014.
"When they burst forth in 2004, simply being non-masculine was a bit of a political gesture. It imagined itself as a refusal to play the game of (party) politics. But now it literally looks like guys standing around thinking. Watching any of those films, we’re right to ask ourselves: Why was this supposed to mean anything to us? The culture has shifted since 2004." See also, "In Defense of Garden State
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:40 AM - 149 comments
Dr Google always thinks it's cancer, except when it's lupus. So how do you find reliable health information online? The (US) National Institute on Aging has some good rules of thumb
, and the National Library of Medicine has a simple tutorial
. Many of us, though, might prefer a list of general trustworthy resources. Here are some of my favorites, including some Australian and UK resources that American MeFites might not know. [more inside]
posted by gingerest at 1:33 AM - 16 comments
Simon and Martina, of the joint blog Eat Your Kimchi
, are a married Canadian couple that moved to South Korea in 2008. They have a YouTube series called "TL;DR" in which readers can submit questions about living in Korea, and they will answer them to the best of their ability. In short: "You ask questions. We make videos answering them!
" Here's a couple: The Threat of North Korea
, Korean Food Etiquette
. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:06 PM - 9 comments
Cracked interviews a NK escapee, an ambassador to NK's grandson, and a journalist covering NK.
Want more, without any humor (Cracked is pretty restrained for their piece)? BBC on the people smuggling
industry, Yeonmi Park on growing up
in North Korea, the Guardian on an ordinary day in Pyongyang
, Al-jazeera explains how the Kims rule with an iron fist
and some recent photographs of ordinary people
in North Korea.
posted by viggorlijah at 10:17 PM - 11 comments
The Center for Investigative Reporting conducted a year-long investigation into the problem of teens held in solitary confinement and chronicles what it found in the short documentary “Alone
.” [more inside]
posted by drlith at 6:48 PM - 18 comments
A 10-Part Series By Alan Taylor.
"One hundred years ago, in the summer of 1914, a series of events set off an unprecedented global conflict that ultimately claimed the lives of more than 16 million people, dramatically redrew the maps of Europe, and set the stage for the 20th Century."
posted by Librarypt at 5:20 PM - 11 comments
If you've walked along Broadway between 15th Street & 17th Street in downtown Oakland recently, your eye may have been caught by the colorful zodiac animals
and enigmatic faces painted on the sides of two utility cabinets in front of 1542 Broadway
. They're the work of Oakland-based artist
and musician Thailan When
. 2010 interview
posted by Lexica at 5:17 PM - 3 comments
Deaths in the Iliad
is an infographic by Laura Jenkinson
presenting every death in Homer's Iliad
. In her book of poetry Memorial
Alice Oswald did something similar, writing about all 213 named men who die in the epic poem. You can read excerpts of the poem and listen to her read these excerpts at the Poetry Archive (1
). Or you can listen to her discuss Memorial on the Poetry Trust podcast (iTunes
posted by Kattullus at 4:48 PM - 17 comments
Janet looks at 89 dicks. (SLYT)
Janet, who has never seen a dick pic, is presented with a slideshow of 89 such pictures. This video is of Janet's reactions. (SFW visuals-wise, but contains close to four minutes of Janet saying "dick" and describing "dicks" over and over.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:10 PM - 62 comments
"How High the Moon":
Drag duo CoLo and Desarae Demuir warm up to Ella Fitzgerald.
posted by mykescipark at 3:56 PM - 6 comments
Kind of like Engrish. Only from the Netherlands. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 3:24 PM - 36 comments
, lost 80% of his hearing in West Cost Avengers #1
. When a 4 year old boy refused to wear his hearing aids since no super hero wore them, this was used to help convince him
. Matt Fraction
has revived this story element and has dedicated the issue to Leah Coleman
of Signing Time
posted by plinth at 1:57 PM - 30 comments
It’s a standardized room.
"Like Diet Coke or iPhones, American rooms are a kind of product, built as quickly and cheaply as possible to a standardized specification. " Article describing the standard American room as viewed through youtube videos.
posted by amitai at 1:48 PM - 50 comments
, buildings are constructed from the letters that make them up. Construct buildings by typing words like "HOUSE," "OFFICE," or "PARK."
posted by Iridic at 12:40 PM - 70 comments
The Hanwha Eagles, a much beleaguered South Korean major league baseball team have introduced Fanbots
, jersey-clad robots who lead cheers, display messages (and selfies where the robot would otherwise have a blank screen) sent in from fans at home, and generally stand in for fans who aren't there. [more inside]
posted by julen at 12:17 PM - 13 comments
Ira Glass tweeted
that John Lithgow was "amazing" as King Lear in Central Park
, but added, "Shakespeare: not good. No stakes, not relatable. I think I'm realizing: Shakespeare sucks." Then ProPublica reporter Lois Beckett had an idea
: This American Lear
posted by Etrigan at 11:24 AM - 228 comments
There's a lot of tragedy in the world lately. Please enjoy a video of DMX on an amusement park ride.
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 10:57 AM - 27 comments
Sean-nós singing: a bluffer's guide.
While the future
of the Gaeltacht is in question
, sean-nós singing is alive and well in Ireland and beyond. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants at 10:32 AM - 21 comments
Motherhood is not all sunshine and jellybeans, and sometimes you do it badly. Bad Mothers Anonymous
is a collection of confessions. [more inside]
posted by Grlnxtdr at 8:53 AM - 84 comments
Going Deep with David Rees
(yes, that David Rees
) is a TV series about mundane things examined in a far from mundane manner. Episodes to date have explained how to tie one's shoes
, how to make ice
, and how to dig a hole
, among other things. In an interview
in The Atlantic
, Rees explains his philosophy for the show: There are NO fake facts in our show. The humor comes from my interactions with the experts, who have all been incredibly good-natured and (sometimes) silly without compromising the integrity of the information they're sharing with me. That's important to us, because we really do want this show to be a celebration of everything that's right under our noses—and for that mission to succeed, we need to honor the topics by not bullshitting our way through them.
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:14 AM - 32 comments
In 2000, Argentina defaulted on international debt, and then renegotiated with most of its bondholders. Some of the rest of the bonds were snapped up by hedge funds at deep discounts. Recently a U.S. district court judge, Thomas Griesa, ruled that Argentina couldn't pay the renegotiating bondholders
-- and no bank or other agent could help
it pay them -- without paying the hedge funds, too, in full
. The 2nd circuit affirmed, the Supreme Court denied appeal, and the ruling could have a major impact on the future of sovereign debt and on the role of the U.S. as a world financial center
. If a solution is not found, Argentina will default again today
posted by shivohum at 7:11 AM - 80 comments
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