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"Don’t shoot me"
Dude, it wears me out that people feel they need to defend "black rage". What this country could use a little more of is black rage, if you ask me.

This whole country's motto ought to be "a boot stamping on a human face forever", because that seems to be what everyone does the minute they get a bit of power.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:20 PM on August 12, 2014

Tamale Recipes, Sweet and Savory
It's a good thing that I don't have three wishes, because otherwise I'd wish I had some tamales right now and either the goblins would come and take me away or I'd start some horrible monkey's paw cascade of awful, because I really wish I had some tamales right now.

Although maybe the goblins have tamales.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:14 AM on August 12, 2014

Like Ouroboros
So okay, I don't Facebook and have never really looked at it - but I always thought that the point of Facebook was to keep up with friends and get invited to things, at least that's the way people explain it to me. But this guy is describing it as...more of a replacement for interacting with the regular internet? So he's just getting, like, a Facebook curated selection of news and commercial content instead of visiting news websites or reading blogs or something? Is that how it works now?
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:06 PM on August 11, 2014

Beyond menswear and womenswear
I assume that the actual woman tailor in the doc is interested in making gender-neutral clothes that do fit bodies with large breasts and hips - that's what her quotes sounded like. But it's certainly true that the ideal gender-neutral body is white/thin/young and sort of transgressively sexualized, like, sexy in a "cutting edge" way, not just an ordinary body that is gender neutral.

There already exist many ways to wear… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:38 PM on August 11, 2014
In fact, actually, I think the current media focus on "gender neutral" clothing isn't really about "gender neutral" clothes at all - it's about recuperating non-cis/gender-non-conforming bodies into a fucked up discourse about sexuality and sexual availability. There are lots of ways to be gender non-conforming, but if Chad and Madison don't find you sexy, then you're doing something wrong.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:40 PM on August 11, 2014
I mean, I think there's all kinds of stuff to parse out here:

1. Fad - we're having kind of a nineties moment, and it's the nineties moment of that Calvin Klein gender-neutral perfume and bowl haircuts, plus "androgyny" becomes fashionable every so often, and the fashion system needs novelty. The fashion system always claims that there has been some kind of permanent significant change underpinning whatever is currently fashionable.

2.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:33 PM on August 11, 2014

Fair Feast.
The whole point of the fair is that you go to the fair and do fair things. What, next you're going to complain that the butter sculpture is a waste of time because it's not a Donatello bronze? That you could be doing pilates instead of riding the ferris wheel? That you'd be better off settling down with some Lacan instead of visiting the university extension pavilion to look at the fruit varietals?

One goes to the fair and rides… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:39 PM on August 10, 2014

duunnn dunnn... duuuunnnn duun...
I am choosing to believe that this is a shark with significant privacy concerns and that this is the shark equivalent of punching someone when they break out google glass.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:03 PM on August 8, 2014

Catalogs of the Old Republic
I think the BR transition happened in the 1990s, late 1990s maybe... When they realized that people wanted the gap for work.

No, there was BR in more or less its contemporary form in 1992, and it wasn't new then. I remember because I spent part of my Christmas money on a very nice, simple black crepe skirt.

What I've noticed is that BR has become more mid-market in its aesthetics - the stuff I got there (on clearance) when… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:19 AM on August 8, 2014
On a related note, what I really remember from the early/mid-nineties was all the post-Cold War gear flooding the military surplus and caters-to-college-kids-with-vintage-and-secondhand type stores. Tons and tons of heavy wool coats from Eastern Europe, tons of combat boots, all these military bags. Because I was young and had never even been in a military surplus shop before, I thought that was just the way of the world, and was devastated, some years on, to realize that the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:23 PM on August 8, 2014

"Offender-funded" Justice
This is exactly what you'd expect. Exactly. The minute - the fucking minute - that there's any movement against throwing people in jail, these assholes move right on to "how can we keep making our money". It's like moving a factory the minute there's a union - it's just the powerful using their power to keep on screwing the weak, no matter what the weak do.

And it's obviously pulling more people into… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:02 AM on August 8, 2014
Or like the Detroit Water Project.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:03 AM on August 8, 2014

A Thing That Exists
I think it's worth reading the "Foucault's Freedom" interview. The book discussed therein - Foucault, Politics and Violence - sounds like it would be of interest to many mefites. Also, I find her argument about state violence as governmentality really intriguing. This sounds like a slight oversimplification of her thesis:

Practices of state violence are not just instruments for upholding sovereignty and for enforcing the law. They have increasingly… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:18 AM on August 5, 2014

Poking the Jazz Hive
I dunno, "black artist really isn't an intellectual, is naive 'natural' performer who doesn't understand the value or meaning of his own work" isn't exactly a new or particularly funny narrative. I love Sonny Rollins and I get that this is amusing precisely because he's so amazingly accomplished and brilliant, but I think the toxic history of this kind of writing about artists of color is such that it would have been better not to.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:37 AM on August 5, 2014

The New Face of Hunger
so the government will subsidize those a punitive, half-assed, still-insufficient way that allows their cronies to skim off the top and justifies endless invasive "nudging" of the lives of the poor.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:43 PM on July 29, 2014
Altho, I found the graphic about what your $10 gets you a bit disingenuous. You need a kitchen to cook that shit. Like a knife, pots, pans, a working stove and or microwave, maybe aluminium foil or saran wrap, and the know how. You need to pay for those things.

What struck me about the "what $10 gets you" is...well, first off, that's not what $10 gets you around here, for sure. You'd need more like $12 or $13, and the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:05 PM on July 29, 2014
Also, sometimes you just get sick of what you can afford. Things are (hopefully temporarily) quite tight at home, and every once in a while I just snap and get something that's off-budget because I'm really tired of the stuff I eat day in and day out. In general, I feel that my meals are tasty (lots of sweet potatoes, lots of sauteed vegetables, home made whole wheat bread, various tofu dishes) but you just get tired of them sometimes.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:09 PM on July 29, 2014
What if we had a conversation about this stuff that didn't strive to pin a social problem on a particular generation? Especially because it so quickly becomes ridiculous - there are so many "large post-WWII baby cohort" people that there are large groups of any of them who hold any given position. There are lots of Boomer leftists. There are lots of Boomer yuppies. There are lots of queer Boomers. Trying to say "yes, this is all the fault… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:56 AM on July 30, 2014
However, people whose moral compass was formed during that particular time period have a very very very different view of humanity, the economy, and the social contract than the rest of us.

That brief period of time undid generations of learning that began with the end of the age of monarchies, namely, that kleptocracy is a bad idea.

Oh yeah? I'll see you and raise you Allen Berube, Karen Clark, Valerie Miner, Samuel Delany,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:59 AM on August 4, 2014

terrible consequences . . . the execution of an innocent man
When you think about it there's this whole machine of ruin around this case - someone decides they can lean on an already-immiserated rape-victim petty criminal to get him to inform, which then destroys him; apparently various prison personnel knew this was all bullshit but had to go along with it; and then there's that slug Pearce, intervening with his money and his time just because it seems like an interesting way to fill an empty, wealthy life.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:26 AM on August 4, 2014

"Two girls can often do what one on her own cannot."
That is an extraordinary story. I wish it were possible to know more about the woman they rescued who the Granta writer interviewed in her old age.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:36 AM on August 1, 2014

Everything is upside down.
Okay, the American ruling class chooses option B. Now what?

The American ruling class will undoubtedly choose option B, because it is cheaper and much, much more psychically satisfying to hire a bunch of heavily armed cops and private security, disinvest from the public sector such that more people become more miserable and die sooner and then sit around in their ultra-luxurious communities congratulating themselves on being special and reassuring… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:49 AM on August 1, 2014

R.I.P. Harun Farocki
Critics first took notice of Farocki with Inextinguishable Fire (1969), an agit-prop film pamphlet concerning the West’s involvement in Vietnam and the vicious effects of napalm. Rough around the edges, the film opens with the director himself, sitting at a table in a bare room, all alone, reading the testimony of a napalm victim. There are no images to shock the audience. “If we show you an image of napalm injuries, you will close your eyes. First you will close your eyes to the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:08 PM on July 31, 2014

Bush-era wimp heroes
Wait, we liked 'Garden State' in 2004?

I enjoy this kind of article, so thanks for posting - I'm just amused by how contemporary history figures the "we" of only a few years ago.

(Just like this month's New Inquiry is horribly, horribly focuses for reasons that escape me on Lana del Rey and how she's like all deep and transgressive, and there's no mention of her getting repeatedly and publicly… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 4:53 AM on July 31, 2014
On further reflection, the linked article would just be a lot stronger if it could be framed as "in 2004 I experienced this movie as [things]; this was my response to the state of the world. Now I notice that people thing [things] about this movie, and I reflect on what the movie seems to have come to symbolize in [some] parts of popular culture". I can absolutely believe that the writer felt that Garden State was a sort of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:27 AM on July 31, 2014

No stakes, not relatable. I think I'm realizing: Shakespeare sucks.
But I think what this is getting at is a lot of people would say "of course Shakespeare does not suck" without actually having any kind of developed reasoning or experience about why they feel that Shakespeare does not suck. [for this purpose, let's leave out "Shakespeare was influential on other writers" - mere influence does not necessarily equate with "does not suck".]

I mean,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:58 AM on July 30, 2014
In this situation, isn't that sufficient, though? His work has stood for centuries and is still enjoyed around the world. Surely there must be something there that speaks to people and causes them to continue to have a genuine response to his plays or else they would have fallen by the wayside long ago like so many others.

I don't know, though. I think the question is about "how people think about and talk about writing" rather than… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:15 PM on July 30, 2014

Feminism, stereotypes, and Nicki Minaj's album cover (NSFW)
She already has one of the biggest selling singles of all time, a song that surely was mainly purchased by pre-teens (did anyone here purchase 'Starships'?

I actually did, but I needed it as part of a playlist for something. I thought it was cute.

I would personally like to live in a world where "display your body in a submissive and feminine way to sell records while engaging in lots of body maintenance/body… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:56 AM on July 30, 2014

"If you care about WisCon, rebuild it."
What this says to me is that a well-intentioned organization has to have their ducks in a row before there's a call for a policy to be put into effect.

I could easily see my younger, more naive self become very focused on "how can we reintegrate [the offender] into the community after he has [done an unlikely thing to prove that he has changed]". I could see myself doing this in the face of evidence that suggests that most… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:31 AM on July 29, 2014
Call the fucking cops and have him charged.

The thing is, very often people don't want to call the cops - they don't themselves want to go through the awfulness and publicity of a trial, they don't want to introduce cops into their community, they feel that though something was totally assholish it is not best dealt with by the legal system, etc. That's why it's so important to have a robust non-cop system. Your choices should not… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:11 AM on July 29, 2014

"Shiny Happy Voters"
Here's a direct link to the podcast of this episode, which is worth the listen just to hear Roman Mars stand up for Murmur at the end.

Wait, people have to stand up for Murmur? What's wrong with it? It was rather highly praised at the time, apparently, although I didn't hear it until, like, 1994, but really - what's not to like? "Radio Free Europe" is overplayed, but what about "Moral Kiosk" and… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:10 AM on July 28, 2014
Also, Murmur is mumblecore now? I think I've been understanding the term wrong.

Lifes Rich Pageant is the best REM album, though.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:12 AM on July 28, 2014
The Green through Automatic for the People era has a lot of the band's best music. Anyone who thinks the band should have turned down tens of millions of dollars to remain somehow "pure" or I.R.S. has probably never faced a big monetary decision themselves and/or has no idea some of the good R.E.M. did with a lot of that money.

I just don't like anything from Green onward. I feel like their sound does change (now watch the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:45 AM on July 28, 2014
"I Am Superman" is a fun cover of an obscure 60s nugget by The Clique. How is that "posturing"?

I think it's kind of a dumb song, honestly. The impression I got (of the REM version! Remember that I was listening to all this stuff back before the internet, and mostly on copies of other people's tapes, so I did not generally have liner notes) was that we're supposed to feel all deep about how the singer is deluding himself/consoling… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:24 PM on July 28, 2014
Not snarky, I have never thought this.

I can't listen to the song right this instant - and my musical vocabulary would make a cat laugh - but I feel like the song and the vocals are sort of melancholy, and in particular the way "You don't really love that guy you make it with, now, do you
I know you don't love that guy 'cause I can see right through you" line is contrasted with "I can do anything" - I assume the reading… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:35 PM on July 28, 2014
"Voice of Harold" is terrific. I hadn't even listened to that one in years and must immediately upon my return home. I always found it incredibly soothing, like it promises a world that is incomprehensible yet none the less benign.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:46 PM on July 28, 2014

Cages, craniums, and giant scary eyes
"useful in many therapeutic settings" will be the title of my memoir.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:03 PM on July 28, 2014

Shocking news: personality doesn't matter when dating online
Weirdly, when I briefly had an OkCupid profile, I got a number of inquiries (from queer women - queer women and gender non-conforming people being the desired demographic) although I had not posted photos. I didn't have any - really, I don't generally have my photo taken - and I figured I'd just write the damn thing while I felt inspired and add pictures later, assuming that the profile would sink to the bottom of the pool and no one would even read it. But lo, they did! None of them seemed… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:27 AM on July 28, 2014

"the how of politics is as important as the what of politics"
Or consider a May 2014 report from 2020health, another thinktank, proposing to extend tax rebates to Britons who give up smoking, stay slim or drink less. "We propose 'payment by results', a financial reward for people who become active partners in their health, whereby if you, for example, keep your blood sugar levels down, quit smoking, keep weight off, [or] take on more self-care, there will be a tax rebate or an end-of-year bonus," they state. Smart gadgets are the natural… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:57 AM on July 28, 2014

But then I suppose we have all read the reviews. We can talk about those
Honestly, I think a 23,000 (not including ebooks! That doesn't make much sense as a metric, though, since people who read seriously are more likely to have an ereader IME, not that I have one myself) initial US sale of a notoriously rather difficult novel called, for fuck's sake, My Struggle...that is rather a success.

And I'd infinitely rather read something called after Hitler-In-Translation on an ereader,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:35 PM on July 25, 2014

Our nation’s preschool-to-prison pipeline
What is suspension actually supposed to fix? Can kids that age really perceive consequences for their actions? Or is it just a day home with mom and/or dad?

My suspicion is that it's mostly to punish the parents, who have to scramble to find alternative arrangements or miss work. This would be especially hard, I assume, if you were a single parent (unlike the writer) or if you were poor and in a lousy job.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:16 AM on July 25, 2014

Ever wonder what it feels like to be old?
Speaking as someone in his early fifties, the forties are when many people start to notice the aging process on a daily level (decrease in stamina, eyesight decline, minor health issues cropping up left and right, more frequent deaths of loved ones in the previous generation) and freak out about the process of getting old, even though they are not obviously old yet.

Amusingly, my parents have been obsessed by telling me that I am aging, that I am… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:45 AM on July 25, 2014

Big Hair is like so 1770s
Angela Carter has this very interesting short essay about Rousseau and corsets - she discusses the contemporary critique of tight-lacing (which was similar to the critique of big hair only angrier) and talks about how tight-lacing both disguised pregnancy and was believed to make miscarriage more likely, and that for women, particularly single women who were sexually vulnerable, tight-lacing was a strategy as well as a fashion. Rousseau, who hated tight-lacing, she… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:08 AM on July 25, 2014
(I still would not want hair full of powder and grease, no matter how "healthy" it was when I cleaned it off. Re-enactment sounds like a fascinating and non-alienated job, though.)
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:09 AM on July 25, 2014

Time magazine explains it all to you.
It depresses me - speaking as a white person - that white people are apparently unable to deduce meaning from context clues. That Time article was kind of creepy and patronizing, as well.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 3:25 PM on July 24, 2014

'I wanted to put a stop to it'
Anderson wasn't sure where to start. He'd never heard of a priest raping a child

This keeps getting reiterated in these stories, and it seems so weird to me. I mean everybody knew, when I was growing up, that priests (and ministers) abused kids, and the general consensus [among non-expert children and teens talking about this stuff] was that with Catholics they abused mostly boys, and with Protestants it was girls as often. It was… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:19 PM on July 24, 2014

You want a juicy industry to disrupt? How about your own?
That "hoops" quote from Levchin might be the most WTF thing I've read on the Internet today.

Back in the day, when Salon had a chat thing (Tabletalk, I think?) there was this woman who was some kind of high-falutin' hiring exec in the tech industry, and she was running her mouth about how she wouldn't hire anyone who wore nylons (wouldn't fit in with the "team"), wouldn't hire anyone whose clothes looked "vintage" in any… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:01 PM on July 22, 2014
I think that "I would line up to dance on her fingers" is pretty blatently hyperbole. But she struck me as a truly vile human being.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:08 PM on July 22, 2014

I think that "I would line up to dance on her fingers" is pretty blatently hyperbole. But she struck me as a truly vile human being.

And just to clarify: she struck me as a truly vile human being because her ideas about what made a good employee were bigoted and stupid and she flattered herself on them, meanwhile exercising a great deal of power (and making a good deal of money, as far as I could tell) making sure that her… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:16 PM on July 22, 2014

Bloggers review the It-bag of the moment: the Michael Kors Selma handbag
If someone would like to spend a mint of money on a US-made leather bag, may I recommend Village Tannery? Admittedly, my Village Tannery bag was an entirely random secondhand score back before eBay rationalized the thrift store market around here, and I don't expect to be kicking down for a new one any time soon, but they're lovely bags, really nicely made. The one I have, which is a classic style small messenger bag, will almost certainly outlast me, and I'm not forty yet.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:49 AM on July 22, 2014

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