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January 9, 2012
Matthew Yglesias on how the Federal Reserve works
Fed Up. Matthew Yglesias explains how the Federal Reserve System works, and why progressives should care. A more recent column: What is "Austrian economics"? (And why is Ron Paul obsessed with it?) And the Economist has a roundup of heterodox economic theories: Austrian economics, neo-chartalism/MMT (previously), and market monetarism.
posted by russilwvong at 10:17 PM PST - 34 comments

The Hobbit 1966
The Hobbit a twelve-minute animated film by Gene Deitch from 1966 [more inside]
posted by Sailormom at 10:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Sometimes when you are fishing, weird things happen
53 year old Donna Chen was out walking her dog when she was struck and killed by 22 year old Blake Talman. Her dog, a vizsla, ran off despite his injuries. He was rescued by a fisherman quite some distance away - and more than half a mile at sea.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 9:12 PM PST - 49 comments

Nigerian General Strike
Some context for today's general strike, the Occupy Nigeria movement, and growing frustration over government corruption in Nigeria.
posted by latkes at 7:04 PM PST - 21 comments

Read all about it
Hubii is a map based newspaper browser. Filter by category, language, time or region or use the heatmap. [blog]
posted by unliteral at 6:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Doug Wimbish! Doug Wimbish!
Doug Wimbish plays bass.
posted by Trurl at 6:25 PM PST - 22 comments

The Secret Life of Books
"After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago, my wife and I decided to take it to the next level. We spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto. Everything you see here can be purchased at Type Books."
posted by Toekneesan at 5:04 PM PST - 38 comments

The girl with the most cake
On June 3, 1995, Courtney Love played "Doll Parts" and "Softer, Softest" in what may be the only true solo performance of her career.
posted by Houyhnhnm at 3:33 PM PST - 118 comments

Outside Magazine on Livestrong - Valid criticism or concern trolling?
Outside Magazine on Livestrong - Valid criticism or concern trolling? [more inside]
posted by Argyle at 2:30 PM PST - 80 comments

Fish protection finally
"Probably the most important conservation statute ever enacted into America’s fisheries law".. as of 2012, all 528 federally managed fish species now have imposed catch limits. The US is arguably the first country in the world to do it. This means every species has a hard limit of how many fish can be taken - not just how many per-boat or angler - an absolute cap on the total number (actually by weight). The law was enacted in 2006 under a policy forged under President George W. Bush and finalized with President Obama's backing.(previously)
posted by stbalbach at 1:35 PM PST - 51 comments

American sentenced to death in Iran for espionage
Iran announced today that it had sentenced Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, 28, to death on charges of spying for the CIA. Hekmati, an American of Iranian descent who formerly worked as a translator for the U.S. military, claims that his trip to Iran was to visit his grandmother. Hekmati is the first U.S. citizen to be sentenced to death by Iran since the 1979 Revolution and has been imprisoned since August. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 1:21 PM PST - 60 comments

The Longest Game of Hide and Seek Ever
Extinct Galapagos tortoise may just be hiding [more inside]
posted by quin at 12:41 PM PST - 32 comments

Notes From Guantánamo
My Guantánamo Nightmare. Lakhdar Boumediene was imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for seven years without explanation or charge until his case made it to the Supreme Court, leading to a decision which bears his name and his release ordered by a federal judge. The NYTimes has his and another account from another former detainee: Notes From a Guantánamo Survivor. [Via]
posted by homunculus at 12:41 PM PST - 64 comments

*=*=* TOTALLY PLANNED *=*=*
Battlestar Galactica RPG contains spoilers for Battlestar Galactica (the good one).
Game of Thrones RPG contains spoilers for Game of Thrones (season one).
Man vs Wild RPG contains spoiled meats.
Jersey Shore RPG spoils our cultural legacy.
Previously, RPG Heroes are Jerks.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 12:26 PM PST - 19 comments

This is forever.
"THIS STATION IS …NOW…OPERATIONAL." At The Drive-In reunites. [more inside]
posted by naju at 11:35 AM PST - 60 comments

Montana Supreme Court takes on the US Supreme Court
Last week Montana's Supreme Court ruled 5-2 to essentialy ignore Citizens United. Even Justice James C. Nelson one of the 2 dissenters had this to say about the Citizens United decision:
"Corporations are not persons. Human beings are persons, and it is an affront to the inviolable dignity of our species that courts have created a legal fiction which forces people — human beings — to share fundamental, natural rights with soulless creatures of government,"
Of course the prediction is an overturn of the Montana ruling, but some hope that now given the real world examples of the modern SuperPac Justice Kennedy will at least revisit some of his earlier justification. (the ruling in question: Western Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Attorney Generalpdf)
posted by edgeways at 11:30 AM PST - 150 comments

Dave, it's your Father
All of the "voicemails" on this site are reenactments and reinterpretations of [my father's] calls including actual subjects and topics broached in his recorded messages and wholly fictional scenarios that would fall squarely in his wheelhouse. Enjoy.
Topics include being on the lookout for a package, trying to find hidden goods, and spousal abuse.
posted by secretdark at 11:26 AM PST - 13 comments

wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle yeah
A dramatic reading of "Sexy And I Know It" by Ira David Wood. (Slightly NSFW original video by LMFAO.)
posted by flex at 10:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Fus Rooooooooooh YEAAAAAAH!
Although the Creation Kit mod development platform for Skyrim (previously) is still a few days from being released, intrepid modders have been working with edited game files to achieve mixed results. One of those results is the "Macho Dragon Mod" (download link). [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 10:02 AM PST - 81 comments

Julius Neubronner: apothecary, inventor, and a pioneer of amateur film and (pigeon) photography
Julius Neubronner, born in Germany in 1852, was the son of Wilhelm Neubronner. Wilhelm carried on the family-run pharmacy and had introduced rapid medicine delivery by way of carrier pigeon (Google books). Julius continued the family practice, including pigeon-delivery. As a young boy, Julius was interested in the then-newly invented cameras, and his hobby and his career merged when a once-punctual pigeon took was waylaid a month. Interested to find the source of the delay, Julius placed a miniature camera on the pigeon to see where it went. The effort was successful, and he improved upon the design, patenting a panoramic pigeon-carried camera that resulted in novel photos. Julius is also distinguished as an early German experimenter in amateur silent film. His recordings, including daily life, historic events, and film magic, were restored in 1996 (Google Quickview; original PDF).
posted by filthy light thief at 10:02 AM PST - 16 comments

"I want to report a rape"
Few audience members, except film buffs, realized that the recent silent film THE ARTIST used Bernard Hermann's score from Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO as the soundtrack for its climactic scenes. But Kim Novak, Jimmy Stewart's co-star in the older film, sure did. Oh, boy, did she ever.
posted by unSane at 9:53 AM PST - 87 comments

Atomic Toys
The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab (Geiger counter sold separately) was one of many rad atomic toys available for inquisitive young minds living in the US.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:51 AM PST - 22 comments

No future
Punk's Not Dead. The revival of punk in couture fashion and elsewhere
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:07 AM PST - 113 comments

Everything Is Ruined 5.0
The as-yet-unnamed fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons is on its way.
posted by griphus at 7:12 AM PST - 347 comments

"When I was a child, I went hiking and found a lake."
An analysis of the design of the first dungeon in The Legend of Zelda.
posted by Edogy at 7:09 AM PST - 40 comments

"These were the freaks of nature, the Barnum and Bailey of nature."
"Birds with teeth, snakes with fingers, and humans with apelike hair - these are ancestral traits that pop up regularly in nature," Abouheif explained. "But for the longest time in evolutionary theory, these ancestral traits were thought to go nowhere - slips in the developmental system that reveal things from the past." In other words: make way for the SUPER-SOLDIER ANTS. [more inside]
posted by obscurator at 6:58 AM PST - 29 comments

Seriously? Shit.
Who's your favourite? (SL-interrogation-of-cute-babies-YT.)
posted by Phire at 6:30 AM PST - 11 comments

The Good, the Bad, and the Billy Joe Tolliver
Carles of Hipster Runoff discusses the relationship between mediocre quarterbacks and office jobs:
The most intense forms of competition, stress, conflict, and insecurity that most of us will ever feel take place at work. We embrace mediocrity as a safety net to alleviate our minds from these uncomfortable thoughts, and hide from the idea of heightened accountability and expectations. Instead, we choose to live vicariously through other people we don't know who are actually 'special.' Athletes, technological entrepreneurs, and other people who are recognized for being legitimately 'gifted and talented' serve as our daily inspirations and escapes. While society tends to praise greatness and unique achievement, the public ceremony of 'exposing' mediocrity provides us with the opportunity for humor and hyperbole that inspires a dark breed of empathy and fan interest.
posted by Copronymus at 6:30 AM PST - 47 comments

Priorities, priorities
The Photographs of Your Junk (will be publicized!) (SLYT) Masterful modern social commentary.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 5:45 AM PST - 37 comments

She sounded like Saturday night on a Sunday morning.
"She sounded like Saturday night on a Sunday morning. Patsy on Jesus. Elvis without the pelvis." is how the liner notes for The Glory Road, the Numero Group's 2005 reissue of Fern Jones' classic album Singing a Happy Song start. When her album was recorded, the session musicians had just played Elvis's 1958 sessions. Later, Jimmie Davis and Johnny Cash both covered one of Fern's songs (I Was There When It Happened(YT)). Much of the information on the web, including this brief piece from The Oxford American about Fern, these images from her revival days, and other history comes from the website maintained by her daughter. Fern's daughter is interviewed about her mother here (mp3), with musical clips included. NPR reviewed the reissue in 2005 when it came out. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 5:40 AM PST - 9 comments