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If you're worried about identity theft...

This is an amazingly detailed and smart overview of what to do in the face of identity theft.
(pre,viou,sly posts on business and programming from kalzumeus)
posted by spbmp to MetaFilter on Sep 18 at 4:00 PM
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What Happened?


The crafting phenomena of the Montgomery County Fair

The Vietnam veterans who became the crafting kings of the county fair "The first time Rod won a blue ribbon at the Montgomery County Fair, in 2010, it was Nathan who had secretly submitted Rod’s handmade blanket. After that, Rod submitted entries on his own every year. He had never mentioned anything about entering his final project at the fair. But seven months after he died, Nathan decided to do it anyway."
posted by halcyonday to MetaFilter on Sep 19 at 1:13 AM
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the loneliness of the long-haul mover

My destination is the ultrarich haven called Aspen, Colorado. This makes perfect sense because I’m a long-haul mover at the pinnacle of the game, a specialist. I can make $250,000 a year doing what is called high-end executive relocation. No U-Hauls for me, thank you very much. I’ll take the movie stars, the ambassadors, the corporate bigwigs. At the office in Connecticut they call me the Great White Mover. This Aspen load, insured for $3 million, belongs to a former investment banker from a former investment bank who apparently escaped the toppled citadel with his personal loot intact.
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 12:56 PM
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How to develop resilience as an adult

Or, help me kick my own ass. Please.
posted by switcheroo to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 18 at 9:43 PM
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Bodies Like Oceans (VERY NSFW)

Shoog McDaniel, is a southern, queer, non-binary, fat photographer and artist living in Gainesville, Florida. "My work is about highlighting bodies and lives that are often overlooked by popular society. I enjoy photographing fat bodies, trans bodies, and queer bodies. People`with gap-toothed smiles and missing buttons. I capture images of my friends. With little exceptions, I have a connection with the humans in my photos and I intend to show that through the intimacy of my portraits. I strive to connect the viewer of each photo to beauty within themselves, through understanding the brilliancy of diversity, by showing them that there are many ways to be beautiful." (ALL LINKS VERY NSFW)
posted by Grandysaur to MetaFilter on Sep 18 at 8:48 PM
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Pox across the water

As the 1800s dawned, 22 orphans boarded a Spanish ship, under the care of their orphanage director and a team of doctors and nurses. As they set sail across the Atlantic, the plan was set in motion: they infected one of the children with cowpox. Over the following months, they passed the virus from one child to the other, in carefully spaced succession, to create a living transmission chain that would reach the Americas. They thus carried the smallpox vaccine to the new world in what became known as the Balmis Expedition.
posted by Cobalt to MetaFilter on Sep 18 at 9:15 PM
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West, Jim West - before he was wicki-wicki-wild, he was a suave spy

Wild Wild West is a American steampunk western action comedy film from 1999, featuring Will Smith as U.S. Army Captain James West and Kevin Kline as U.S. Marshal Artemus Gordon, who together face off against a giant robotic spider and other mechanical menaces. But did you know the movie wasn't (just) an attempt to blend nostalgia for rollicking westerns and a more contemporary fascination with steampunk, but a remake of a TV series that was intended to capitalize on the then-contemporary 1960s spy thriller trend? It's true. Behold: The Wild Wild West, a western series with gadgets that ran on the CBS television network for four seasons, with 104 episodes that aired from September 17, 1965 to April 4, 1969.
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 11:11 PM
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Make way for the skinny men with the determined faces

Two things emerged from the rubble of Mexico City after the devastating 1985 earthquake that killed 30,000 people: the first one is the national spirit of solidarity and compassion that compels every Mexican to drop everything and rush to help those in need. The second one is the Topos.
posted by Cobalt to MetaFilter on Sep 20 at 9:29 AM
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My mom died because she was too poor to afford a doctor


White Americuh

"September 1997: Kid Rock had just landed a major-label record deal. Little-known Eminem was about to catch Dr. Dre’s ear and land his own. The face-painted duo Insane Clown Posse was grabbing headlines and hitting the charts amid controversy. Within 15 months, all would be household names in the wider music world, a strange bit of synchronicity that sparked magazine essays, cultural analysis and no small amount of head-scratching: Detroit had not only managed to produce three white rap acts. It had produced three of the most prominent of all time."
20 years in, Kid Rock, Eminem and ICP are politically relevant — and culturally divided
posted by mannequito to MetaFilter on Sep 18 at 4:07 PM
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Your homework for Bi Visibility Week


“Shooting them will only teach them to use a gun.”

Echo Is A Terrifying Game Where You Teach Enemies How To Kill You by Riley MacLeod [Kotaku] “The Palace is populated by beings En calls Echoes. They are copies of her who form from some black muck in the beginning of the game. As En moves through the Palace, picking up keys or orbs to unlock doors, the Echoes start learning. The Palace moves on a light-dark cycle; when it’s light, anything En does is recorded by the station. Vault over a low wall, for instance, and you’ll leave a brief, blurry ghost behind you that means the Palace has logged your actions. After you’ve performed a few actions, the Palace goes dark, and then reboots. On this round, the Echoes can do anything you did during the last light cycle until another reboot wipes the slate. Between the light and the reboot is a brief period of darkness.” [YouTube][Gameplay Trailer]
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 11:56 AM
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"Say, that really DOES whip the llama's ass!"


the brownie comment

“This has been my go-to brownie recipe for 30 years. In the ’80s, an acquaintance in Germany to whom I brought some of the brownies, and who considered herself a great cook, asked for the recipe but was never able to get it to work. She kept asking me what she was doing wrong and I was never able to solve her problem. Eventually, she moved to the U.S. and stole my husband!” The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
posted by everybody had matching towels to MetaFilter on Sep 19 at 4:42 PM
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Imagine a future where 50% of our killer robots are programmed by women

Welcome to Centrism.biz We oppose extremists on the right who want to murder all non-whites, ground their bones into dust and build a perfect Aryan union fueled by a hatred unimaginably pure. We also oppose equally extreme movements on the left who want a higher tax rate on incomes over $200,000.
posted by mediareport to MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 4:50 AM
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Just add blorps and floof.

Updated your mental image of a dinosaur to include feathers? You're probably still not picturing a plausible animal, much less a realistic depiction of a dinosaur. Artist C.M. Kosemen points out that paleoart historically has just "skinned" the fossiled remains, creating improbable creature designs that lack all kinds of soft tissue and features that wouldn't show up in most fossils. To illustrate our collective failures of imagination, he's re-envisioned swans, baboons, elephants, zebras, hippos and rhinos as if they were drawn by future paleontologists working only from fossilized remains.
posted by deludingmyself to MetaFilter on Sep 24 at 12:35 PM
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NARRATOR: it wasn't.

What if colonialism.... was good?[PDF] Bruce Gilley makes The Case For Colonialism. A nice timeline at The Daily Nous of some responses, as well as how the original piece failed peer review.
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter on Sep 18 at 9:50 PM
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Skimmer Scanner

Card skimming (previously) is a practice where thieves will place a secondary card reader over the primary card reader of a gas pump, which will then collect and store the information of any card used at that pump. As this scam proliferates, more and more scammers are using cheap skimmers that they buy off of the Internet, which they do not configure, making them detectable through the Bluetooth capabilities of your average smartphone. An open source (GitHub) app called the Skimmer Scanner (Android only, available through the Play Store) automates this process even further, and its author provides an in-depth tutorial about card skimming, and how to avoid it.
posted by codacorolla to MetaFilter on Sep 20 at 11:31 AM
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"I lived with a ghost, with this child inside me, speaking to me."

The Sorrow and the Shame of the Accidental Killer. How do you live after unintentionally causing a death? There are no self-help books for anyone who has accidentally killed another person. An exhaustive search yielded no research on such people, and nothing in the way of therapeutic protocols, publicly listed support groups, or therapists who specialize in their treatment. But there is AccidentalImpacts.org, a support group site started by social psychologist and educator Maryann Gray, who at age 22 struck and killed a child with her car.
posted by showbiz_liz to MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 1:02 PM
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Update on my meeting with my congressman... I got through my whole power point deck. (He poked gentle fun at me for bringing it, which I accepted as deserved.) I did not cry. I did get the chance to explain the healthcare economics of rare diseases. He mostly just listened politely, which was fine with me. Our only substantive back and forth was... [more]
posted by OnceUponATime to MetaFilter on Sep 20 at 7:22 PM
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If the point is to give your kids the experience of watching a birth and having newborns, why not foster a pregnant mama cat? Most of the folks I know who have had newborns have gotten them that way, and there's always a need for fosters. That way you also have the support of the adoption agency in placing the kittens, and with anything else you... [more]
posted by restless_nomad to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 18 at 9:18 AM
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Also if the dog gets lost off-lead it's most likely dead. Some years ago I mentioned my erstwhile colleague Nick in the context of the shocking craftiness of ravens. He was usually the only staff onsite at a small cluster of cabins deep in Banff National Park; the only other place to stop off the highway anywhere nearby was an RV... [more]
posted by ricochet biscuit to MetaFilter on Sep 18 at 5:42 AM
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I was done with The Clintons when Billy got caught dipping his pen in the company inkwell. Yes, I know she's not her husband. Fair or not - the Clinton name stands for everything that the Democratic Party has done and got wrong over the past ~30 years - and Hillary has made her own contributions to that reputation. No. Not fair. There... [more]
posted by zachlipton to MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 10:25 PM
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@GothamGirlBlue I have come to the inescapable conclusion that peace makes people stupid. Soon you start to believe that bad things *can't* happen. I think about Trump's appeal to the black community during the campaign: "What do you have to lose?" Because we know what loss is. We know what it means not to be able to find work despite... [more]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Sep 20 at 3:45 AM
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I mean, yes, I have actually a lot of sympathy for the pathologies that very rich people develop, and I think the solution is to tax the fuck out of them so that they're not so rich. It's not, in this sense, a very hard problem - no one should have enough money/power to live a life that is radically, radically different from the common life,... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 9:54 AM
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You will never understand How it feels to live your life With no meaning or control And with nowhere left to go. You are amazed that they exist And they burn so bright, Whilst you can only wonder why. Rent a flat above a shop Cut your hair and get a job Smoke some fags and play some pool Pretend you never went to school, But still... [more]
posted by signal to MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 9:49 AM
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I had a revenge pooper for a neighbor in Nice. When I moved into my apartment about a decade ago, I let out mon chat Malo (my cat Malo) and noticed my neighbor in her garden across from mine. "Bonjour !" I said. "Je vais tuer votre chat !" she responded ("I'm going to kill your cat!"). Charming. I... [more]
posted by fraula to MetaFilter on Sep 19 at 12:22 PM
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So this "restored honor" business is a weird aspect of Icelandic law. If you've committed a serious crime, you are barred from certain privileges even after you've served the term of your jailtime. For example, you can't run for office, become a priest in the state church, or serve in court. To get these privileges back you can apply to... [more]
posted by Kattullus to MetaFilter on Sep 18 at 9:35 AM
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Presidents are allowed to have flaws; name one who didn't. There's a difference between someone who has made mistakes and questionable decisions in public and someone who is a human dumpster fire, who has always been a human dumpster fire, and whose so-called administration finds new ways of dumping 10,000 gallons of jet fuel on the fire each and... [more]
posted by Halloween Jack to MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 9:56 PM
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I have a story stimulated by Corb's comment above. The problem is that the flag is a military symbol and technology put to civilian purposes. The UCMJ doesn't apply to civilians either. Anyway about 8 or so years ago I was on a long flight. My seatmate was a woman who worked as a teacher in a preschool on a major military base that sent lots of... [more]
posted by spitbull to MetaFilter on Sep 24 at 9:54 AM
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Hm. I'm not a graffiti artist, but it seems like telling people they can't tag boulders when they're in national parks is a bit much. Surely there's some level of compromise here. [view]
posted by Bahro to MetaFilter on Sep 18 at 12:08 AM
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@koopa_kinte Since “disrespecting the flag” is still the narrative being used, this courtesy of the US Flag Code Chapter 10: Respect for flag. A Thread - Let’s jump right in... US Flag Code: Chapter 10.176C “The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.” [multiple pix of huge US flags being carried flat during... [more]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 5:06 PM
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> She should have just stepped back. Indeed. How dare she not follow the long tradition of losing Presidential candidates disappearing from public life. I really wish CNN would do a "Where Are They Now" program featuring all those losers like Jimmy Carter, Mitt Romney, and John McCain so we can figure out what ever... [more]
posted by tonycpsu to MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 10:23 PM
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Jimmy Kimmel and Juggalos are two allies I did not expect to have in 2017. [view]
posted by tobascodagama to MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 6:30 PM
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Why should people pay for the health and well being of other people? Ugh. If you're a despicable human turd who can't feel empathy, then fine, I'll give you a rational economic reason. Today more than ever, prosperity is tied to human capital: the ability of a population to think, produce, create, collaborate, and achieve. This is why tiny... [more]
posted by Glibpaxman to MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 6:29 AM
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Stealing from a friend: we have found Charmin Sandiego [view]
posted by Etrigan to MetaFilter on Sep 19 at 11:58 AM
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When Nate Silver wrote this I wanted it skywritten in the largest letters possible. I'm going to quote your post quoting Nate Silver quoting Nate Silver for the MFT: a lot of the admonitions that Clinton is getting from the press are about the media pre-empting discussions that could make them look bad and call into question their editorial... [more]
posted by Jpfed to MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 9:50 PM
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I had never called a member of Congress until January. (The Muslim ban got me to make that first call.) Now I have a meeting with my Republican House rep in less than two hours. I'm pretty nervous that I'll lose my cool. I didn't think I would actually get the meeting. It's only 15 minutes, but still. I have decided to try to steer the... [more]
posted by OnceUponATime to MetaFilter on Sep 20 at 3:19 PM
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So I did a quick skim of the Graham-Cassidy bill and below are a some highlights: Section 101: If a person's income unexpectedly changes for the better through the year, they may end up receiving a bigger premium subsidy than intended. Under the current ACA law, people above 400% of poverty level must pay back all of the excess at tax time.... [more]
posted by JackFlash to MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 7:30 PM
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