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Dept. of Justice Notifies NC it is in Violation of Title IX
Riiiiight Oonnnnnn
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 2:18 PM on May 4, 2016

The Savior of the Great American City
Awesome. You can extend her legacy with Jane's Walk - citizen-led walks in neighborhoods around the world.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:04 AM on May 4, 2016

Why European Children Are So Much Quieter Than Yours
If this thesis is true, it should hold true in places like New York City, and I'm not sure it does. Like Pravit, I do think New Yorkers are much better at sharing public space than suburban and rural Americans, but i don't notice that extending to playground behaviors, though admittedly I don't hang around playgrounds in NYC .
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:08 AM on May 4, 2016
It's an aggregate, not individual, phenomenon.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:12 AM on May 4, 2016

“Watching them feels wicked meditative.”
I ran across them a couple years ago. I think what I love about them is their methodical procedure and attention to detail. It's like, we're going to put in the love to recreate every bit of this process, even though we can't quite represent every phase of real food cooking.

Miniatures are soothing to people because of the sense of control they give. It's the same thing with train layouts and Christmas villages.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:59 PM on May 3, 2016

Contact! Let's make contact!
When I think back to the children's TV shows I watched in the late '70s/early '80s (Sesame Street, 3-2-1 Contact, Big Blue Marble, Mr. Dressup, Zoom), I realize how inventive and progressive they were. I'm sure they are part of why I became the earnest leftie I am today.

I was thinking about how much things have changed with educational children's TV, and that sent me looking for articles. I found one that called them "MOOCs for kids,"… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 2:51 PM on May 3, 2016

Dance around a flowery pole, or topple the capitalist war machine!
It does require practice.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 12:15 PM on May 1, 2016
Related [Seattle] and Related [LA]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:53 AM on May 2, 2016

Manly Health
That's a good critical reminder, but I'm swayed by how the qualities of health he recommends here are the same ones you see him celebrating in his poetry.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 1:29 PM on April 29, 2016
That was an enjoyable read, GeorgeBickham, but by far the best part is the detailed comparitive crotch diagram with the circles and arrows.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 11:11 AM on April 30, 2016
"back, and to the left"
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 10:21 AM on May 1, 2016

and they shall beat their swords into plowshares

May we follow your example.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 5:42 PM on April 30, 2016

Can't we all just get along?
Compromises are great! Look at that Missouri one we did. Worked out well.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:28 AM on April 29, 2016

"Most of them hit ninth grade thinking, 'It's not for me.'"
About 30,000 students from poor families score in the top 10 percent on the SAT or ACT college entrance exams and yet don’t go to selective schools. And nearly a quarter of low-income students who score in the top 25 percent on standardized tests never go to any college.

So wrong.

I was a first-generation student, too, at a time when there was very little consciousness about it, and no special programs or services. It was… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 11:33 AM on April 26, 2016
'm also treated like I've "betrayed my roots" by doing so... I had no idea what it would cost me in terms of my connections to my past, family, and background.

This is a very important notion, too. I have an acquaintance (who ironically I met in the private liberal arts college we both finally managed to land in) who has studied this issue extensively through the lens of his own experience coming from poor communities in Philadelphia and… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 12:02 PM on April 26, 2016

It's Not The Dark That Kills You
Heard some about this yesterday. Very sad.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:33 PM on April 23, 2016

Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20
Seems like a good place for the Drunk History episode on Harriet Tubman, one of my favorite installments.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 10:10 AM on April 20, 2016
According to the U.S. Treasury, "Treasury Department records do not reveal the reason that portraits of these particular statesmen were chosen in preference to those of other persons of equal importance and prominence."

It is so hard to believe there's not documentation of this somewhere. A cursory tour around Google Books and Historical Newspapers hasn't helped.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 12:19 PM on April 21, 2016
Yes, the Jackson centennial is very likely a major factor, but I'd really like to read the rhetoric of the time about why he was being venerated - particularly at that super-nativist moment in American history.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 3:08 PM on April 21, 2016
The main thing that pops out to me in terms of how he's remembered in 1910-1916 is that his role in the Seminole Wars keeps coming up, again and again.

It's interesting in that that's the period just after the NAACP was founded, Birth of a Nation came out, eugenics was peaking, and overall it was the nadir of race relations, and Seminoles are a tribe formed relatively recently from a variety of Southeastern bands and absorbed hundreds of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:19 PM on April 22, 2016

The scientific way to train white people to stop being racist
and this White lady too.

I mean, you're trying to argue that a racist effect can come from an environment of no racial bias (for some reason that really does call your good faith into question), but your example undermines your point. Of course, the generational effects of racial bias in lending practices - such as the lack of access to collateral assets or familial assistance that could secure debt and prevent collections activity - and their continuing effects are… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:23 AM on April 18, 2016

לעולם לא לשכוח
Nicholson Baker's Human Smoke: The Beginning of World War II and the End of Civilizationis a similar project in which he searched newspaper stories, speeches, diaries etc. to trace the discourse around how Americans perceived the events that led to WWII and the Holocaust.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:27 AM on April 18, 2016

Roll the Old Chariot Around
It's "chariot along"
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:07 PM on April 14, 2016
Also, if you enjoy being part of a big
Group of people drawn into a massive collective chorus of 4 through 8 part harmony singing sea songs, please, immediately put onto your calendar the annual mystic seaport sea music festival - second full weekend in June - at which you can have 84+ hours of this sort of singing experience led by artists like David coffin and his peers worldwide. See you there!
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:14 PM on April 14, 2016
Here's the link! Sorry, tricky on mobile. Epicenter of sea music in the US.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:39 PM on April 14, 2016
It's an enormous topic. Yes, they're all part of the sea music tradtiion - the world's first global music. From the middle eastern gulf ports to the caribbean to the south pacific to the arctic, every maritime community had maritime song, and it all traveled and mixed. It's a bigger topic than I can treat here now. BUt if you're interested, start digging.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 10:54 PM on April 14, 2016

How to Read a Neighborhood
Most of us know how to do this for a period we lived through, and do it automatically when watching a movie set in the recent past and the set dressers get something wrong. "Why is that American kid wearing Doc Martens in 1972?"

I used to work in a place where I taught a lot of maritime history, and would tell people that had we lived there in the 19th century, by the age of five we'd have no problem telling a bark from barkentine from a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 11:02 AM on April 13, 2016
You should have shared this months ago, Miko!

I just found it! Someone on Facebook posted an intriguing photo of my hometown and people were trying to figure out when it was taken. I found myself mulling over when fire hydrants and curb cuts and so forth were introduced. It's a great resource, though, and as you say teponatzli, I gave short shrift to its usefulness for dating photos of people, too.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:30 AM on April 14, 2016

So, *that's* why we have 4-H.
I can't get behind people who demonize small farms without contextualizing the evils of the alternative.

I get where you're coming from. I'm involved in Slow Food and active in local food/farm issues and absolutely agree that the industrial system has done ills to our environment and society that are almost impossible to calculate. At the same time, as a scholar, I am wary of the tendency to over-romanticize small farming, and especially at the way… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 12:17 PM on April 10, 2016
I always thought that's exactly what the Lumberjack song was about. In a clumsy way.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 12:19 PM on April 10, 2016
"fraught with risk to her soul"

The mention of soul (as opposed to body) would suggest to me some of the stuff in the article - a lot of drinking, maybe fighting or gambling, flirting. Weddings, of course, could be a scene.

I'm in my 40s and I have a good friend whose parents each had a sibling married to the other's sibling - it's not that far in the past, especially in the rural South. So his cousins are called "double cousins," cousins on both sides.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 2:44 PM on April 10, 2016
She was very concerned that exposure to these terrible elements would infect her and her family with sin

And where did all those sinners come from? At least some were the children of farms in outlying areas. I think both sides of this picture reflect reality.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 4:35 PM on April 10, 2016
Great comment, mumimor. As a scholar of some 19th century and Progressive Era topics, reading this makes me appreciate all the more the efforts many people and organizations made to remediate the miseries of rural life. The Grange, churches, ladies' organizations, model farms, cooperative extensions and things like the Rural Electrification Project - as well as 4H, whose origins I had never given a thought to before reading this - were all aimed at improving the rural experience and increasing… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 1:38 PM on April 11, 2016
My maternal grandmother was "adopted" - likely by someone in the family;

Another common pattern is that an unmarried teenage daughter would become pregnant, and the family would pass the baby off as the youngest sibling, raising them as sisters rather than as daughter and granddaughter.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 3:27 PM on April 11, 2016
I tend to think crime rates were not phenomenally inconsistent with what they are now, though the mix has probably changed. I think rape is a crime even though there were times it was legal. The crimes committed against people under slavery (setting aside the legality of slavery itself) are uncounted. And the abuse that happened to your uncle was criminal even if it was not addressed in law. As was the common-as-dirt sexual predation and "dirty old man" incidents that all of my older… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 5:39 AM on April 12, 2016
Akenfield is a famous set of interviews of lots of the people in the small rural town Akenfield in the 1950s or 1960s

I am SO glad you made that comment. I heard about that study on a radio podcast sometime in the last 6 months, but I was out running or something while it was on, and I told myself I'd look it up when I got home and, of course, totally forgot. I'm so glad it resurfaced. Looking forward to digging into that sometime.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 5:06 PM on April 12, 2016

The Voyeur's Motel
It's like Nicholson Baker and Paul Auster collaborated on a story.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:43 PM on April 10, 2016
just read the Slate piece. I haven't decided how I feel about this whole thing (besides it being an absolutely gripping story) but I think at least part of what's going on is that journalistically, Talese sees himself as being after some very big quarry: essentially, the factors that contribute to surveillance culture, writ large. He gestures to that in the piece, but the end of the Slate piece (his response) gives some sense of what apparently may be the scope of his book. If that's right, then… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:13 PM on April 10, 2016
Yep, I understand that point of view but just don't find it that simple. Personally, I don't think there is an easy conclusion here, and I'm going to wait to see what the ambition of the book is.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:24 PM on April 10, 2016
That piece was an interesting read. Still, I think it was sort of missing the point on most of it. There are different kinds of research. A psychologist studying human sexuality, of course, does have to use the IRB process and record data consistently and behave constantly in an aboveboard way. But of course, Foos' meets no one's concept of a psychologist studying human sexuality. He is a 'researcher' only to himself, and Talese presents the idea of Foos' framing it as 'research' as a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 2:28 PM on April 12, 2016

Fallout (disambiguation)
Just great.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:56 AM on April 11, 2016

Most (and least) meaningful jobs
Fantastic. The top 20 list is a really instructive picture of what "meaning" looks like.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:23 PM on April 10, 2016

Inside America’s Auschwitz
Previous discussion around the NYT link.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:36 AM on April 9, 2016
Wikipedia has no equivalent page for memorials and museums about slavery in the United States.

That'd be an absolutely great project for somebody.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 1:03 PM on April 9, 2016
My personal feeling is that comparisons are odious. The evils of slavery are bad enough to be shocking all on their own. No hierarchy of oppression, and all that. It's really giving the New Orleans mayor's comment much too much weight.

I wish we could be using this space to talk about slavery and the Whitney Plantation's interpretation.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:54 PM on April 9, 2016
My cynical side wonders how much security the place has.

Most sites like this, especially such well-funded ones, have a pretty sophisticated security plan and have done risk analysis. There are consultancy firms that do this kind of planning. They usually recommend not foregrounding/bragging about how good your security planning is, because that can incite certain weirdos to test you. The people who work in them are also aware that their sites can… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 5:39 AM on April 10, 2016

3 Glasses Later
“Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl's clothes off.” – Raymond Chandler

Well, he sure sounds like a great lover.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 3:23 PM on April 9, 2016

There’s no such thing as free information
I feel the same. I've never clicked on a Facebook ad. Advertising is manipulative at heart, and there are plenty of ways to research the things I want and need without being baited by companies constantly.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:40 AM on April 9, 2016
Ha! I totally agree, hippybear. While we were talking about the "Facebook knows alllll about you" boogeyman, I was telling some friends about how I was shopping for blue shoes for my wedding, then bought some. For months afterward Facebook ads were showing me blue shoes - apparently unaware that (a) I had bought them a long time ago and (b) there was a giant wedding event posted on my account that was receding into the past. It doesn't take a genius to associate "blue shoes =… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 1:44 PM on April 9, 2016

Film Dialogue from 2,000 Films
This is great. I love things like this that render uncontroversially visible what most women feel to be true based on personal experience.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:29 AM on April 9, 2016

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