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The frogurt is also cursed.

The Legion Lonely

Over the past few decades, loneliness has reached almost epidemic levels, with men uniquely suffering its effects. How and why has isolation become such a threat? The phrase “No known relatives” appears repeatedly in police reports of the dead men’s homes. Letters of regret were found on floors and in backs of drawers: “I would like to see you if that’s possible, when you come to the city”; “It seems to me that our family should have gotten along.” The single rooms of the deceased are described as “roach infested” and “a complete mess,” indicating few or no visitors. The women...had people who checked up on them and so kept them alive; the men did not. “When you have time please come visit me soon at my place,” read another letter, unsent.
posted by chococat to MetaFilter on Aug 11 at 11:21 AM
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Unite the Right Descends on Charlottesville, Virginia

On 11 August 2017, alt-right protesters surrounded counter-demonstrators standing in a ring around the Thomas Jefferson statue at UVA in Charlottesville, VA. This was a preamble to the main Unite the Right rally, taking place today. ACLU Virginia is present and posting updates via Twitter.
posted by CMcG to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 9:48 AM
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26,000 78s digitised

Through the Great 78 Project, the Internet Archive has begun to digitise 78rpm discs for preservation, research, and discovery with the help of George Blood, L.P. Currently the number digitised stands at 25,989. Four stylii are used to transfer the records – 2.0mm truncated conical, 2.3mm truncated conical, 2.8mm truncated conical, 3.3mm truncated conical – recorded flat and then equalised. The preferred version is then chosen by an engineer.
posted by criticalbill to MetaFilter on Aug 10 at 5:08 AM
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Recommendations for books with beautiful prose.

I'm looking to read books that are beautifully written, that have phrases that have you picking up a highlighter immediately or scribbling down on a post-it note to stick on your wall. Books that paint the world, feelings, humans in many different colours.
posted by liquorice to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 9 at 11:07 PM
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A Hero's Legacy + The Backstory Regarding Trump Campaign Corruption

Beginning just after the 17 minute mark,a remarkable and succinct interview with Bill Browder, author of the book Red Notice, about the murder of his friend and colleague Sergei Magnitsky. If you've been looking to understand this whole "Russia thing" and why meetings about Russian adoptions and why abolishing the Magnitsky Act is so damn important to Putin, invest 30 minutes in this interview. It's the backstory missing from most coverage.
posted by jbenben to MetaFilter on Aug 9 at 8:40 PM
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Current female fronted rock

Wolf Alice: Brilliant indie rock, stretching from folk to punk. Watch Yuck Fou and Don't Delete the Kisses, from their upcoming sophmore album 'Visions of a Life', and one of their first songs Fluffy.
posted by signal to MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 7:01 AM
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Gentrification Is Deliberate, Planned, And Political

"What happened? The explanation is simple enough: Freret was designated a “cultural district” by the state in 2012, allowing new businesses—but not existing ones—to operate tax-free. A slew of restaurants opened in quick succession, turning Freret Street into a “dining hot spot” for young, white, subsidized crowds while long-running businesses like the local barber shop were left to fend for themselves. “It’s not sharing the table,” as longtime New Orleanian Ruth Idakula told Moskowitz. “It’s coming here and shoving our shit off the table and then demanding we eat your shit.”" - How To Stop Gentrification - Colin Kinniburgh
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Aug 9 at 11:49 AM
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I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares

Hugos in Helsinki

Women swept nearly every category at the 2017 Hugo Awards - the annual SF award won an award of its own and managed to be largely free of the slating problems of recent years, whose instigators have largely moved on to the Dragon Awards. Worldcon, host of the Hugo Awrds, was without some controversy though, with the withdrawal of A Home for the Old (dropbox PDF) a planned LARP dealing with Alzheimer's disease.
posted by Artw to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 11:59 AM
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HyperCard at 30

August 11 was Hypercard's 30th birthday, and to celebrate, the Internet Archive has made a bunch of stacks available through emulation.
posted by adamrice to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 3:44 PM
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Not a culture fit

Was he asking for fairness or was he asking me to choose sides?

When Michael Deng, a college freshman, joined an Asian-American fraternity, he was looking for a sense of belonging and identity. Two months later he was dead. [SLNYT] ““Asian-American’’ is a mostly meaningless term. Nobody grows up speaking Asian-American, nobody sits down to Asian-American food with their Asian-American parents and nobody goes on pilgrimages back to their motherland of Asian-America. Michael Deng and his fraternity brothers were from Chinese families and grew up in Queens, and they have nothing in common with me — someone who was born in Korea and grew up in Boston and North Carolina. We share stereotypes, mostly — tiger moms, music lessons and the unexamined march toward success, however it’s defined. My Korean upbringing, I’ve found, has more in common with that of the children of Jewish and West African immigrants than that of the Chinese and Japanese in the United States — with whom I share only the anxiety that if one of us is put up against the wall, the other will most likely be standing next to him.’’
posted by protocoach to MetaFilter on Aug 9 at 10:40 AM
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There are very few good roles for women on television. Tatiana Maslany played nine of them on Orphan Black, which will end its final season tomorrow with its 50th episode. The show never had huge ratings, but it did have #CloneClub and sophisticated portrayals of feminism and femininity. Here is An Oral History of Orphan Black from the Women Who Brought It to Life
posted by zarq to MetaFilter on Aug 11 at 7:48 AM
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I have no willpower! (can't stop eating junk food)

I'm trying to eat more healthfully for all the reasons people often do (improved health and energy, weight loss, etc). Each day I start out eating well but by mid-afternoon my lack of willpower has reared its ugly head and the day is shot. Help!
posted by whitelily to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 10 at 2:38 AM
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Impossible Santa Wife

Another single link of neural-network weirdness: Romance Novels, Generated by Artificial Intelligence. Just titles (for now, that is) but what titles they are.
posted by Countess Elena to MetaFilter on Aug 10 at 1:32 PM
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GIve me Epistolary NOvels

I've been hankering for some stories written in the form of letters, diary entries, and related literary detritus of late. Can anybody recommend good ones? I've read Dracula, lots of Lovcraft, and the Newbury-winning Nothing but the Truth.
posted by Alensin to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 10 at 8:15 PM
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Is Trauma Genetic?

People who have been subject to repeated, centuries-long violence, such as African Americans and Native Americans, may by now have disadvantage baked into their very molecules. The sociologist Robert Merton spoke of the “Matthew Effect,” named after verse 25:29 of the Book of Matthew: “For unto every one that hath shall be given ... but from him that hath not shall be taken.” Billie Holiday put it even better: “Them that’s got shall have; them that’s not shall lose.”
posted by Bella Donna to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 11:37 AM
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Books on the history of housekeeping

I'm reading At Home by Bill Bryson, and it's a pretty fun book, but what I REALLY want is the actual housekeeping side of things rather than the recent history of Western people as told through the house, which is what this book is serving up.
posted by hought20 to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 11 at 8:03 AM
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Wild Geology of the Pacific Northwest

Nick Zentner, of Central Washington University, lectures entertainingly on the rather exciting geology of the Pacific Northwest in the US. Great Earthquakes of the Pacific Northwest discusses the infamous "everything west of I-5 is toast" New Yorker article. Flood Basalts of the Pacific Northwest explains how the Yellowstone hot spot came to dominate the landscape of the Northwest. Ice Age Floods, Lake Missoula, Bonneville Flood and the Columbia River Basalts describes the catastrophic ice age floods that roared down the Columbia river gorge.
posted by Bee'sWing to MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 11:35 AM
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"alt-right protesters" We need to to call them what they are: white supremacists. It was not an "alt-right protest," it was a neo-fascist, white supremacist march. [view]
posted by standardasparagus to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 10:13 AM
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@JuliusGoat Imagine if these people ever faced actual oppression. - Nobody is trying to legislate away their right to marry. Nobody is trying to make them buy insurance to pay for 'male health care.' - The law never: Enslaved their great-grandparents, Robbed their grandparents, Imprisoned their parents, Shot them when unarmed - There is no... [more]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 9:11 AM
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All I’m saying is that if violent acts are happening in your name and endorsed by David Duke and perpetrated by people waving signs with your name on it and wearing hats with your catchphrase on it, after you have asked Jeff Sessions and the department of Justice to stop investigating white supremacist terror groups exactly like this one, and all... [more]
posted by still_wears_a_hat to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 2:52 PM
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They're at a white supremacist rally. Odds are they're already unemployed. No no no no. Don't pretend these people aren't in positions of power. Those militia members aren't unemployed: Oath Keepers and Three Percenters actively recruit current law enforcement and military members. These are not the people society rejects. They are... [more]
posted by yeoldefortran to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 11:37 AM
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Great exchange spotted on Twitter: "If you keep calling people Nazis for months on end, what did you think was going to happen?" "If they weren't Nazis, nothing. Feminists have been called 'Nazis' for for decades and haven't waved a swastika flag yet." [view]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 1:16 PM
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The idea that white supremacists are poor whites with nothing going on is poisonous and false. Fascism has always been a middle-class phenomenon and Trump's largest base of support is upper-middle-class white people. [view]
posted by Pope Guilty to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 11:33 AM
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After Nazi Germany surrendered, the Allied powers undertook a massive program of de-Nazifying Germany. It was an effort that included tearing down Nazi monuments, but more critically one that involved including education about the evils of Nazism in German schools and propaganda and legal efforts to prevent a Lost Cause style mythology from growing... [more]
posted by sotonohito to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 7:35 AM
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My father fought in World War II. Yeah, that makes me old. My father was about fifty when I was born; my mom was in her thirties. I'm now the age my father was when he died; it turns out that cigarette habit he picked up in the war wasn't good for him. I don't remember him, of course. All I have are a few blurry photograhs of him and a book... [more]
posted by MrVisible to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 10:49 PM
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They said the driver was scared Goddamn, those are the magic words, aren't they? They always say that, police officer and private citizen alike, because that phrase is the cheat code that makes police half-ass their investigation and gives you admin rights over a (carefully selected) jury to secure your exoneration. Meanwhile, women... [more]
posted by lord_wolf to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 12:23 PM
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You know what I can't get over? What's almost as bad as the violence itself? It's looking around me and walking through this country of ours, in and among white people, and wondering which ones are okay with this terrorism. It's why I barely went out in the immediate days after the election. My mental monologue was a constant shrieking litany of... [more]
posted by yasaman to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 1:27 PM
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The driver was clearly experiencing economic anxiety. [view]
posted by stet to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 12:12 PM
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Express one's self within the scripted confines, defer to authority and avoid all real challenge or danger. As if ending white supremecism would ever be easy or safe. It was nice that people cared enough to show. I look forward to seeing all of them back in the streets the next time SPD murders another unarmed POC. I'll be over here, holding my... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 7:10 PM
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I headed into the room occasionally used by a clueless right wing relative (note: we are both Canadian) and tore down that stupid fucking Confederate battle flag he has had as one of the wall decorations for years. So, this isn't to specifically call you out ricochet biscuit, because individual situations are complex and you're in Canada,... [more]
posted by threeturtles to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 10:14 PM
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My team found her quietness and her ability to develop sales presentations and connect with each client was very show-off-like Man, what an attention seeker! I can't stand people who quietly do their jobs in a professional and dilligent manner, it's just flamboyant and uncalled for. [view]
posted by Jon Mitchell to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 6:42 PM
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Someone needs to slip Trump a fake phone that can't send out tweets When I was on DelphiForums 15+ years ago, one of their moderator tools was the "bozo" setting: persons designated as "bozo" could post, and see their own posts, but none of the general users could see them, only moderators. It was a tremendously... [more]
posted by ErisLordFreedom to MetaFilter on Aug 11 at 1:20 PM
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NYT: McAuliffe Counters Critics of Police Response to Charlottesville Violence Asked about the brawling and why police did not do more to control it, Brian Moran, Virginia’s secretary of public safety, said in an interview on Sunday that “it was a volatile situation and it’s unfortunate people resorted to violence.’’ But, he said, “From our plan,... [more]
posted by zachlipton to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 5:12 PM
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What's the difference between Sebastian Gorka and the Hindenburg? The humanity [view]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 to MetaFilter on Aug 10 at 8:31 AM
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Copied from Reddit: So, I was there this morning. I went with my church to counter-protest. We saw a lot of the white nationalists (read: Nazis) making their way to the "demonstration." They had shields and helmets and thick dowel rods that were used as flag poles, but were nothing more than beating sticks. These people did not... [more]
posted by traveler_ to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 4:48 PM
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The frustrating thing is that Tump's administration seem to be trying to calm things down, but he keeps saying dangerous, dumbass things. After the "fire and fury" thing Tillerson and the rest tried to calm things down, but then Trump just says something worse. If he would just shut the fuck up it seems like the adults can work through... [more]
posted by Sangermaine to MetaFilter on Aug 11 at 2:24 PM
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When Ted Cruz does infinitely more to condemn white supremacy and calls for the DOJ to "investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism" than the President of the United States, it makes it abundantly clear which side Trump is standing on. THIS IS SO FUCKING EASY EVEN TED CRUZ GETS IT. [view]
posted by zachlipton to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 6:31 PM
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