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tradition, pride, religion, and patriarchy: a dangerous mix for women

Located in the heart of the Bible Belt, South Carolina is a deeply conservative state where men have ruled for centuries. The state elected its first female governor four years ago, but men continue to dominate elected offices, judicial appointments and other seats of government and corporate power. In many respects, the state's power structure is a fraternity reluctant to challenge the belief that a man's home is his castle and what goes on there, stays there.
The 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service has been awarded to Charleston, South Carolina's Post and Courier newspaper for their seven-part special investigation on domestic violence and femicide in a state that consistently places in the top ten nationally in the rate of women killled by men: Till Death Do Us Part.
posted by divined by radio to MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 9:05 AM
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Cool natural history poster for bathroom contemplation

We have a big, blank wall over the toilet in one of our bathrooms that several of us naturally spend, over the course of the week, a good number of minutes staring at. I'd like to find a graphically interesting, information-dense poster on some aspect of natural history, cosmology, geology, botany, etc. that I can put up there so that we can put this time to better use.
posted by ryanshepard to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 4:47 PM
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Looking for positive TV shows that are streaming online

I've been trying to find shows to watch streaming (Netflix US or Amazon Prime) that are interesting and entertaining without being cynical, negative, and/or over-the-top violent and gory, after realizing a lot of things I had been watching were pretty dark. Does anyone have any recommendations?
posted by flatluigi to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 12:19 AM
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Christina in Red

A girl at the beach, one year before WWI. In 1913, Amateur photographer Mervyn O'Gorman took beautiful, vivid photos of his daughter using an early color photography process called autochrome.
posted by Alexandra Michelle to MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 5:12 PM
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Litigate, Don't Capitulate

Meet the lawyer taking on Uber and the rest of the on-demand economy. Shannon Liss-Riordan has filed lawsuits against five of the largest "sharing economy" start-ups (Uber, Lyft, Homejoy, Postmates, and Caviar), contending that they pay the people who supply the equipment and manpower that power their businesses like independent contractors, while burdening them with the work expectations of employees. Previously.
posted by exogenous to MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 7:59 AM
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Hair-say

"The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000", reports Spencer S. Hsu for The Washington Post.
posted by MartinWisse to MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 3:44 AM
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The Catastrophe

He had always wanted his suicide to be high drama , but in the end he said nothing to anyone; he simply disappeared from sight and silently returned to the sea. Oliver Sacks looks at the last years of monologuist Spalding Gray's life, and the accident that precipitated a decline before his death. (Previously.)
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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Don't Rape

"But, Coach—we play football!" Inside Amy Schumer does a parody of Friday Night Lights and certain aspects of football culture.
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“Universal love,” said the cactus person.

A short story about DMT by Scott Alexander
“Transcendent joy,” said the big green bat.
“Right,” I said. “I’m absolutely in favor of both those things. But before we go any further, could you tell me the two prime factors of 1,522,605,​027,922,533,​360,535,618,​378,132,637,​429,718,068,​114,961,380,​688,657,908,​494,580,122,​963,258,952​,897,654,000,​350,692,006,​139?”

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"May you always know you are loved," I whispered.

"It's completely alone," I said. That baby, that poor baby. What had it done? "Nobody is coming for it."

Softly she asked, "Would it be OK if we called it 'her'?"

It was then as though my therapist's finger grew very long. It arced through the air, crossing the space between us, and touched my chest, the tip of it pressing into my heart, and my body collapsed around it, folded in on itself from pain, the worst pain I had ever felt because it had no source. I was the pain. I saw that baby on her back, alone, and I understood that she was me. In that moment I was flooded—intellectually, emotionally, physically—by the very knowledge I had so long barricaded myself against: that someone had given birth to me. And worse: that I had not been fit to keep.
A meditation on adoption, heartbreak, and healing, by Sarah Church Baldwin for The Rumpus: Build-A-Bear.
posted by divined by radio to MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 8:06 AM
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A Youth Untouched By Social Media

The Oregon Trail Generation: Life Before and After Mainstream Tech A big part of what makes us the square peg in the round hole of named generations is our strange relationship with technology and the internet. We came of age just as the very essence of communication was experiencing a seismic shift, and it’s given us a unique perspective that’s half analog old school and half digital new school.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter on Apr 23 at 11:21 AM
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We put a chip in it!

It was just a dumb thing. Then we put a chip in it. Now it's a smart thing.
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Why Zev Love X became MF Doom and put on that metal mask

In 1991, Daniel Dumile was part of KMD, a trio with his brother and another kid from their neighborhood, when they released their first album on Elektra, Mr. Hood (YT playlist). Dumile's next album wouldn't come out until 1999, and on an independent label. Operation: Doomsday was not released under the name he used with KMD, Zev Love X, but M(etal) F(ace) Doom, and he only appeared while wearing his metal mask. The transition from an upbeat youth to a cartoon villain was not clear at the time, unless you got your hands on the unreleased (except as a bootleg) second album of KMD, Black Bastards (full album on YT). Here is the story of that transition: KMD's Black Bastards and the Birth of MF Doom, a chapter from Brian Coleman's Check the Technique Volume 2, "more liner notes for hip-hop junkies."
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 9:34 PM
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Turns out, I'm an asshole

It's become abundantly clear that the way in which I lose my temper and the frequency with which I do so is (and it's hard to admit this) abusive. My wife has rightly given me an ulitmatum. I need a plan and I have no idea how or where to begin.
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The Best of Black Punk Rock, in My Humble Opinion


The Skin I'm In

"I’ve been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I’m black." Desmond Cole writes in Toronto Life about his experiences with being carded and harassed by police.
posted by orange swan to MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 11:31 AM
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You Spin Me Round

Here's a neat browser toy where you can play with gravitation interaction and make planetary orbits...or horribly destabilize them.
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Let Them Eat Privilege

The one percent isn’t some amorphous boogeyman inside all of us... It’s a very real class. And we don’t need a list of cultural “symptoms” of one-percent-style privilege to figure out who they are. Just run the numbers. If your household — or to be generous, the one you grew up in — makes an adjusted gross income of at least $343,000, you are, in fact, the one percent. Even if you smoke meth, went to boot camp, and are on your third marriage. Yes, even if most of your friends didn’t finish college and live kinda far from a Whole Foods. Now, if you or the household you grew up in make an adjusted gross income of less than $340,000, you are, technically, the 99 percent.
Let Them Eat Privilege
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 4:23 PM
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semi-judiciously sprinkling some 'fucks' into your web pages

Fuck Shit Up is a Chrome extension that semi-judiciously sprinkles some "fuck"s into whatever web page you're reading. Not enough fucks? Hit the button a few more times. Gets interesting results when applied to news, dry technical stuff, Wikipedia, and Twitter at the least. [via mefi projects]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome to MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 1:43 PM
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BGRGPOOMC, a rainbow of singles

"Lots of people were like “oh, I recorded a car backfiring & pitched it down & combined it with some bees buzzing & 100 plugins to make a kick drum” & I just decided that this was really stupid when you could use a 909 & it would sound way better."
In 2004, Donnacha Costello released the Colorseries, a collection of ten 12-inch singles that became a building block in the rise of minimal techno. In 2007, Costello released a single CD, best-of compilation version to mixed but generally positive reviews; it's crime was being an abridged collection. (2007 interview)
Now, you can stream the entire collection at Costello's bandcamp. Or, for a curated digest, you can listen to Ryan Elliot's 2005 Mix that blends all twenty tracks over the course of an hour.
posted by Going To Maine to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 9:05 PM
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A few days ago Atrios posted this USA Today article about the boycott, specifically to call out this quote: Yet collecting educational data is important for the future of education and can help define the the character of a town, said Nicole Brisbane, state director at Democrats for Education Reform. "Schools are one of the biggest... [more]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 12:45 PM
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gemutlichkeit: "I feel like that is far more reflective of the American "everybody's a winner!" culture than of a truly inappropriately difficult test. " It's really not. It's that they literally close your school if it fails three years in a row. It can be re-opened with entirely new staff, re-opened with 90%... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 1:48 PM
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It's abusive to make someone feel sexual shame or not allow them control of their own thoughts. I'm sorry. We are all entitled to our own meandering private thought world. I would think twice about continuing the relationship but in any case I would stop telling her these thoughts, they were private and werent a lead up to cheating (from how you... [more]
posted by pairofshades to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 1:51 PM
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A tailor in Star Wars. "I have altered your suit. Pray I do not alter it any further." [view]
posted by darkstar to MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 9:47 PM
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They do SO MANY tests now that my kindergartener has already figured out it's over faster if he just answers at random. He's also figured out on the "adaptive" ones that give you harder questions whenever you get one right, that the correct way to end the test is to answer two questions in a row wrong. He was scoring above the 98th... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 1:38 PM
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Man, my blood pressure went up 20 points reading this. Girl, you need to get your head out of the sand. Your husband and so called friend are having an emotional affair, and he is gaslighting you into making you believe you are being unreasonable. It's only a matter of time before the affair becomes physical. Tell him to knock it off with... [more]
posted by pushing paper and bottoming chairs to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 8:55 AM
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So maybe instead of looking for an "oppositional politics", the right thing to look for is a set of constructive policies to mobilize around? ok. let's reinstate glass-steagull and tax capital gains at the exact same rate as wages. that should flush em out. Institute a financial transactions tax. Eliminate the carried... [more]
posted by T.D. Strange to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 4:54 PM
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do all high school football players commit sexual assault? And already we're at #NotAllJocks. [view]
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Funding of schools based on the local property tax base is the greatest trick the devil ever pulled. [view]
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I would like a sports bra with a chip in it so that when bacteria and/or sweat levels reach that certain point when it's about to start itching it vibrates so that I know to let my sweaty boobs free. And then tweet me. "Sorry," I will say, "boob sweat tweet. Gotta let these suckers out!" I would like my dog's shit to have a... [more]
posted by barchan to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 7:02 PM
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I once read a story about Ooka Tadasuke, a legendary Solomon-esque judge from medieval Japan, where a broke student living over an inn would inhale the smell of the innkeeper's cooking food while he ate his rice to make it a little more pleasant. The innkeeper found out, and sued. Ooka ultimately ruled that the student should jangle his coins... [more]
posted by Itaxpica to MetaFilter on Apr 18 at 6:10 PM
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Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth into battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their... [more]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe to MetaFilter on Apr 23 at 11:06 AM
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All of your As would bug me. All of your Bs are great. Being direct is helpful, not bossy, especially in the workplace. [view]
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The criticism of Uber's employment practices here is somewhat insulting to Uber's drivers, who all voluntarily chose working for Uber over working for a cab company, a car service, or not working at all. That is awful logic. It justifies sweatshops, starvation wages, and all kinds of labor abuse because it's "voluntary." A lot... [more]
posted by graymouser to MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 10:01 AM
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I was in criminal court almost every day when the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana came into effect in my state, and the look of total "duh" on the faces of police officers as they learned that the "odor of burnt marijuana" in a police report was no long a sufficient explanation for whatever the hell they did,... [more]
posted by 1adam12 to MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 8:17 PM
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I've been lurking for years, but this FPP finally motivated me to sign up. I worked in a pipe tobacco store for about eight years, and learned firsthand some really interesting things about the way brains handle constant strong smells. Pretty much everyone except the most rabidly ideological of anti-smokers unanimously agreed that this place... [more]
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All the supposed benefits of Uber that are being posted are things that are only economical because the costs are shifted, in a law-skirting way, onto the person who is physically providing you with a service. Their cars aren't cleaner than the taxis because drunk assholes never puke in them, but because they are doing unpaid labor to keep them... [more]
posted by graymouser to MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 9:22 AM
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Just another attempt to put a happy face on the unpleasant reality of job insecurity and increasing demands on those lucky enough to have work and passing on of responsibility for this from employers to employees. It is no longer enough that you your job, you have to be passionate about it and be glad to "invest" more in it,... [more]
posted by MartinWisse to MetaFilter on Apr 18 at 7:24 AM
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roomthreeseventeen: "The first teacher quoted in the WSJ article said that he/she could not answer 25% of the questions on the elementary school test." The questions are of the "When did you stop hitting your wife?" variety. It's like you're in a police interrogation and you may answer A) Six Months Ago; B) A Year Ago;... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 2:09 PM
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If they get every questions right, you have no idea where their knowledge ends. This isn't, like, an IQ test or something where we're trying to rank every living human being from the smartest to the least smart. The point isn't to be able to accurately tell which 11-year-olds are geniuses who've been reading at an adult level since... [more]
posted by Sequence to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 1:15 PM
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