February 17, 2016

Booming Business

Scrapper, directed and produced by Stephan Wassmann, is a film about a group of survivalists, desperadoes, and range runners who risk their lives scavenging scrap metal from exploded and unexploded ordnance from the impact areas of the U.S. Navy and Marines Aerial Gunnery Range in the Chocolate Mountains of southeastern California.
posted by mattdidthat at 8:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Menstrual Pain Is a Public Health Issue

Period pain can be “as bad as a heart attack.” So why aren’t we researching how to treat it? [Via.] [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 8:20 PM PST - 142 comments

I'm all about that golf cart, boss

ESPN's oral history of Marshawn Lynch's post-game celebratory trip in the injury cart after his Cal Bears knocked off the University of Washington Huskies in overtime. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb at 7:11 PM PST - 14 comments

"I’ve eaten the same meal on a plate, it just wasn’t that good"

"Power Bowls" are the newest trend for hot skinny people (are there any other kinds of trends we care about?) [more inside]
posted by vespabelle at 6:55 PM PST - 240 comments

You can jail revolutionaries but you can't jail a revolution

The first feature-length documentary to shed light on the Black Panther Party — and all its reviled, adored, misunderstood, and mythologized history. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is now streaming online. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 6:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Who honeys the guides?

"When Hadza want to find honey, they shout and whistle a special tune. If a honeyguide is around, it’ll fly into the camp, chattering and fanning out its feathers. The Hadza, now on the hunt, chase it, grabbing their axes and torches and shouting “Wait!” They follow the honeyguide until it lands near its payload spot, pinpoint the correct tree, smoke out the bees, hack it open, and free the sweet combs from the nest. The honeyguide stays and watches. It’s one of those stories that sounds like a fable—until you get to the end, where the lesson normally goes. Then it becomes a bit more confusing."
posted by ChuraChura at 6:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Wood for Sheep

Castle Cheese has been found to be doctoring its “100 percent parmesan” with fillers that include wood pulp. Or…more wood pulp than is typically allowed by the USDA. Even more startling, some of the grated "parmesan" included no parmesan at all. “The tipping point was grated cheese, where less than 40 percent of the product was actually a cheese product.”
posted by blurker at 2:54 PM PST - 213 comments

Young Thug is an ATLien.

There’s nothing about Young Thug that’s not a paradox. He wears women’s Uggs but travels with AR-15’s everywhere he goes. He calls his friends, the same ones carrying the AR-15’s, “babe” and “lover” yet is from one of the toughest parts of Atlanta—the south side—where he is at once a hero and an outsider and a leader of the psychedelic fashion movement of rap hippies. Devin Friedman chases music’s most colorful enigma around the streets of Atlanta to answer one question: Exactly what planet is Young Thug from?
posted by gucci mane at 2:45 PM PST - 41 comments

writes Laura Secord erotic fan-fiction

Do you long to be the next big thing in CanLit but suffer from writer's block? Or maybe your ideas are insufficiently Canadian. Never fear, the CanLit premise generator is here to help you, but only after multiple scenes of ice skating.
posted by jeather at 2:44 PM PST - 25 comments

1.21 Gigawatts

The Back to the Future prequel you never knew you wanted.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 2:19 PM PST - 24 comments

The War On Cash

The End of €500 Bills. Larry Summers wants to get rid of the US $100 note. Is it fighting fraud, crime and money laundering or an actual War On Cash? Is it really a plan to simply drive up bank fees? What about the 9.6M US households that are unbanked? When even Monopoly goes all-electronic can anything be done to stop all-electronic banking?
posted by GuyZero at 1:55 PM PST - 116 comments

People in prison drawing people who should be

For over a year, we asked people in prison to paint or draw people we felt should be in prison–the CEOs of companies destroying our environment, economy, and society. Here are the results. Click on the images to see the crimes committed by both the companies and the artists.
posted by louche mustachio at 1:49 PM PST - 20 comments

WEATHER IS HAPPENING

W E A T H E R - I S - H A P P E N I N G | BOSTONS SOURCE 4 NO NONSENSE WEATHER NO GAMES PPL THIS IS IT THIS IS DEFINITELY IT | ABOWT. |
posted by robocop is bleeding at 1:06 PM PST - 29 comments

E-Commerce: Convenience Built on a Mountain of Cardboard

E-Commerce: Convenience Built on a Mountain of Cardboard (sl; nyt) Online shopping is even worse for the environment than traditional retailing, with environmental costs including additional cardboard and other packaging plus emissions from "increasingly personalized" freight services. "Consumers expect that even their modest wants should be satisfied like urgent needs [....]From a sustainability perspective, we’re heading in the wrong direction."
posted by Violet Hour at 11:28 AM PST - 85 comments

"Oh, you an expert?!"

Ever want to see what happens when a trash talking, nimble-fingered Washington Square Park chess hustler unknowingly takes on a chess Grandmaster? (via) This was posted to YT as a bonus clip from The Tim Ferriss Experiment TV show.
posted by mosk at 11:25 AM PST - 50 comments

Sweeeeeeeeet emooooootioooootionnn

EVERY ALBUM IS AEROSMITH - SWEET EMOTION
posted by item at 10:41 AM PST - 26 comments

Tensions over private commuter shuttles in SF

The SFMTA is weighing an appeal that would dismantle the private commuter shuttle program, after the program was approved last November. Yesterday the board approved changes that would keep the program going for another year. [more inside]
posted by j.r at 10:22 AM PST - 132 comments

U.S. Prison Racial Disparities Slightly Better Now

The good news is that the U.S. incarceration rate is dropping. The less-good news is that black men are now only almost six times as likely to be incarcerated as white men, down from more than seven-and-a-half times as likely in 2000; black women are now just twice as likely as white women to be behind bars, where they used to be six times as likely. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Is a Surrogate a Mother?

A battle over triplets raises difficult questions about the ethics of the surrogacy industry and the meaning of parenthood. (slSlate)
posted by crazy with stars at 10:01 AM PST - 18 comments

Cats are cute but sometimes clumsy

Forget checking for hedgehogs on Bonfire Night - Nissan have put together an ad to remind you to knock on your car bonnet in the winter.
posted by mippy at 8:00 AM PST - 42 comments

Rails past and present

Rail Map Online Maps showing all rail lines both past and present. Currently covered areas: UK & Ireland and Western USA.
posted by jontyjago at 7:57 AM PST - 15 comments

useful?

Smell Dating [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:51 AM PST - 43 comments

The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens

"That feeling when you hit a million followers, make more money than your mom, push a diet pill scheme, lose your blog, and turn 16."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:35 AM PST - 60 comments

Luck

David Milch, creator of NYPD Blue and Deadwood, has burned through some $100 million in lifetime earnings, and is $17 million in debt to the IRS, due at least in part to massive gambling losses.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:23 AM PST - 58 comments

Classic Books, and thier punctuaion heat-maps

Can you recognise a well known text via only it's punctuation? "I wondered what did my favorite books look like without words. Can you tell them apart or are they all a-mush? In fact, they can be quite distinct." [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 6:47 AM PST - 32 comments

They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone

Investigations into the San Bernardino attack by the FBI have been potentially impeded by information locked in an iPhone 5c found on one of the perpetrators. A federal court judge has ordered Apple to assist the FBI in defeating any and all security measures built into the device. In a turn similar to Ladar Levison's letter to Lavabit users (previously), Apple has written a letter to end users about the civil rights at stake.
posted by a lungful of dragon at 3:00 AM PST - 538 comments

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