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'We should have called them education camps.'

Late in the evening, early in the morning, really, on this day, at just about this time, 72 years ago, Norbert Masur, a Swedish volunteer from the World Jewish Congress sat down to talk to Heinrich Himmler in hopes of freeing and bettering treatment of Jews still remaining in concentration camps. Himmler was meant to arrive on the evening of the 20th, but was held up late celebrating Hitler's birthday and did not arrive until 2:30AM on the 21st. This is his first-hand account.
posted by maryr to MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 3:46 PM
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10 quadrillion vulgar tongues

Vulgar is a constructed language (conlang) generator for fantasy fiction writing that creates unique and usable constructed languages in the click of a button. Vulgar’s output models the regularities, irregularities and quirks of real world languages; phonology, grammar, and a 2000 unique word vocabulary.
posted by Lexica to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 3:48 PM
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What are the Muppets?

By which I mean, in the Jim Henson Universe, are there any hints/explanations about how Muppets occur?
posted by threetwentytwo to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 7:30 AM
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Build a Better Monster

The correct way to play Pac Man, of course, is to consume as much as possible while running from the ghosts that relentlessly pursue you. This was a valuable early lesson in what it means to be an American.
posted by bashism to MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 11:47 PM
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Yessiree, just your average ordinary week of healthy eating.


Dear Susan - Under Neat That - We will Miss you

I just got bought a book based on the "cake-wrecks" blog - it has brought me so much joy. If I like smbc/xkcd/cakewrecks - what other books would fulfill that niche (that I can just pop them open and laugh) - and that are possibly also based on an internet-project with some backstory (but that's not a necessary boundary condition).
posted by mathiu to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 8:17 AM
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on a plate or in a hill?

Often for lunch I rinse a can of beans and throw them in a container with some other ingredients to make a salad, like chickpeas + lemon juice + Parmesan. It is quick and easy. What other simple can of bean "recipes" should I try? No dietary restrictions.
posted by chaiminda to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 25 at 9:08 AM
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Can I be Sleepy and Dopey too?

The case for being grumpy at work "Research shows that forcing workers to appear more pleasant and more cheerful than they actually feel can lead to a whole host of negative consequences—from emotional exhaustion to withdrawal. And women in particular suffer from the expectation that they should constantly demonstrate happiness." Constantly being expected to smile, or other types of emotional dissonance, can wreak havoc. Other studies indicate that appearing too cheery can actually harm a woman's chances for promotion.
posted by I_Love_Bananas to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 10:45 AM
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"Hello land dog, I am water dog."

Start the weekend off right with this collection of charming animal memes.
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 7:49 AM
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Yr favorite niche podcast

Give me your diamond-in-the-rough podcasts that you've never been able to recommend to anyone because the subject is too specific.
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Grant me the carving of my name

Hey guys, you know about that rule in archeology that says never go looking for a specific thing, and especially don't go looking for famous people because you'll almost NEVER find them?? Well, we think we may have found the grave of Richard III under your car park, maybe under a spot marked “R” on the asphalt. May we excavate?
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 12:03 PM
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0x100 bytes, no filler

A Mind Is Born is a C64 demo with a driving hypnotic soundtrack. The program is 256 bytes long. How it works: A Mind Is Born
posted by scruss to MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 7:18 PM
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Super Collier shares the gist of why he's so precocious

Jacob Collier discusses harmony and music theory. The jazz wunderkind shows off his ridiculously precise perfect pitch by, among other things, singing the super-ultra-hyper-mega-meta lydian scale PERFECTLY.
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 3:53 PM
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Even more deadly than The House on Pooh Corner

In the University of Michigan library, they have the most dangerous book in the world: Shadows from the Walls of Death. Eighty-six pages long, it has no words.
posted by dances_with_sneetches to MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 1:18 PM
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baby llama hums a tune hums a tune tune

Llama llama
red pajama
feels alone
without his mama
J. Cruz, the host of The Cruz Show has been asking rappers to freestyle the words to the popular children's book Llama Llama Red Pajama (previously) "for my kids." Ludacris' version this week may be the best one yet.
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 11:15 AM
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Looks a lot more like it does now than it did before

Boat builder Louis Sauzedde has been crafting a wooden work skiff from raw lumber and documenting the process each week in a series of 36 videos. His Rhode Island accent, complete mastery of his craft, ability to explain both what he is doing and why he is doing it, casual use of nautical jargon, and his general good natured enthusiasm -- combined with excellent production and editing -- makes this series well worth watching.
posted by cubby to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 7:52 PM
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The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal


Signs From The March For Science

CNN has a slideshow (doesn't reload entire page for each image) of 11 signs from the March For Science. WaPo has their own single page picture set. Time has a decidedly anti-Trump editorial selection. Boston gets really nerdy, which is sort of expected.
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 1:52 PM
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Hope


Adoption Is A Feminist Issue, But Not For The Reasons You Think

In their efforts to cure what they see as a moral crisis infecting our nation, the anti-choice movement has historically thrown their power, money, and influence behind their two favorite antidotes to abortion: abstinence-only education and adoption. In any era when reproductive rights are being rolled back, as they are now, feminists need to get stronger and clearer about where we stand and what we’re fighting for. We all know, both from data and from common sense, that abstinence education is not only a failure but wildly detrimental to the health and safety of young people. But there doesn’t yet seem to be a broader understanding, even in the mainstream feminist and pro-choice movements, that promoting adoption has its problems too.
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Cash4Lead: "You can squeeze the Juicero bags with your bare hands ." So it's fully digital? [view]
posted by chavenet to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 10:33 AM
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I said: "Me too! Old Millennial, Nokia 2000 series cohort or Old Millennial, Nokia 3000 series cohort?" He said: "Old Millennial, Nokia 3000 series cohort." I said: "Go crawl into your safe space in hell, you coddled little punk!" and pushed him off the bridge. [view]
posted by Behemoth to MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 11:02 AM
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Good lord y'all type fast. Here's some slow thoughts for a fast-moving thread. I teach at an art school, I work on aesthetics and philosophy of art, and I teach courses on the visual in relationship to violence. So I've had a lot of conversations about this painting, and a lot of colleagues who want to pin me to an assertion about whether the... [more]
posted by felix grundy to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 7:40 PM
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My first job after I graduated from college was at a local Planned Parenthood clinic. I started as a Family Planning Specialist. We FPSs did all the front office medical stuff (making appointments, taking payments, answering the phones, etc.) plus we counseled women and men about birth control options, STDs, safer sex, and yes, pregnancy counseling.... [more]
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From St. Paul: "This march would be twice as big if the control group didn't have to stay home" [view]
posted by Flannery Culp to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 2:07 PM
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Every Sunday morning at hangover o'clock someone was buzzing my intercom and not answering when I pick-up. Like a prank phone call. On the third weekend in a row of this I threw off the covers, yanked on some jeans and raced outside to confront the phantom asshole. And they were still there! Fucking around with the intercom. She didn't even notice... [more]
posted by adept256 to MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 12:35 AM
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Shaun King, NY Daily News: Conservatives hated an uppity negro golfing President The problem wasn't that they hated seeing a President spend the money on golfing. The problem wasn't that they hated seeing a President spend precious time on the golf course. A golfing President never disgusted them. The problem was that few things... [more]
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 1:10 PM
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In re the Strange Fruit example - I think we tend to forget that times change and cultural production changes, and representation changes. Like, in the seventies and eighties in science fiction writing, very few white writers wrote characters of color at all - even left wing writers. And there were many fewer SF writers of color than... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 5:46 PM
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That said, I strongly resent the implication that guests can't be trusted to abide by those requests... Not that I don't think this isn't a weird request but they absolutely cannot. Not even a little. [view]
posted by griphus to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 9:26 AM
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I know I should get my own blog, but I think this little anecdote may relate to this post: I blew up at work today and I will probably be in trouble come Monday. A large group of lower enlisted (miltary) folks and civilians were having a very excited conversation just outside of my office about how awesome it is that we're finally going to... [more]
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Dude, just leave your phone in the car. [view]
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Fuck Kalanick, fuck Uber, fuck the fucking "gig economy" and then fuck Kalanick again because fuck him, that's why. [view]
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Apr 23 at 12:49 PM
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@realDonaldTrump (early this morning): "Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!" I know these sorts of comments are the new normal now, but it's amazing how not at all normal this is. This is the President of the United States embracing... [more]
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I think the one thing all millennials have is being a digital native - growing up with computers and being comfortable with them in a way older people aren't. This persistent myth causes problems at my mother's university every year, as some new process becomes entirely managed online and a bunch of incoming students just don't know... [more]
posted by the agents of KAOS to MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 11:15 AM
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A thread from L. Joy Williams, President of the Brooklyn NAACP. It starts: I don't understand what the F**K is going on. Bernie Sanders was just directly asked if he's a democrat and he said NO. We already knew this, but why the HELL is he on freaking tour to reform a party he doesn't even claim in public??????... [more]
posted by zachlipton to MetaFilter on Apr 18 at 10:00 PM
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I don't see what the problem is with that Bernie exchange. The problem is that when you've agreed to act as an outreach chair for the Democratic Party one thing you NEVER EVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES SAY is that some Democrats are progressive and other aren't. This is in the same way that you don't say that some Democrats are loyal... [more]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 6:58 PM
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I posted this link back in January, but it's relevant to the current discussion: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It describes how President Obama went to Newtown two days after the shootings and worked his way through room after room of grieving families, listening to them, hugging them, being there for them. Not... [more]
posted by zachlipton to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 11:03 PM
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Angela Merkel reportedly had to explain the 'fundamentals' of EU trade to Trump 11 times President Trump did not understand that the US cannot negotiate a trade deal with Germany alone and must deal with the European Union as a bloc, a senior German official told The Times of London. "Ten times Trump asked [German chancellor Angela... [more]
posted by futz to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 11:58 AM
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I think the one thing all millennials have is being a digital native I think a defining characteristic of being an old millennial is that you lived on both sides of the digital divide. You were old enough to remember and participate in the analog world, yet grew up alongside and feel comfortable in the digital one. [view]
posted by mpbx to MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 11:07 AM
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I can't really explain why. They're good words, Splange. [view]
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