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Full of sound and fury/ Signifying, umm, what?

This weekend the Trump Administrations will mark 100 days in office, with little of substance, but plenty of activity and noise, often breaking (or seriously bending) Trump's own promises in the process. Lots of goalpost-moving in just the last 24 hours, so shall we wade in?
posted by martin q blank to MetaFilter on Apr 27 at 12:11 PM
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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.
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Children's books that encourage questioning everything

There's a new baby in our family, and I'm building a library so he'll have interesting things to read when he's 5, 10, 15... What children's books pack a powerful intellectual punch for their size? I'm looking for ones that make the reader question everything (e.g. social norms, traditions, their identity, even consensual reality). Kind of like a Philip K Dick book but for children. Also good: anything which encourages precociousness (like Matilda). A few that came to mind: 1) Eat Now, Pay Later. Short story I asked about here years ago: 2) The Sneeches, by Dr. Seuss 3) Matilda, Roald Dahl
posted by daniel.poynter to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 8:13 AM
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"You Got This" songs

I'm going through a really tough time at work. I stood up to my boss about something and got threatened with disciplinary action for being "disrespectful". All that to say, I need some music to make me feel better about standing up for myself and taking care of myself. What songs inspire you to feel that?
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What bullets do to bodies

The gun debate would change in an instant if Americans witnessed the horrors that trauma surgeons confront every day.
24 hours with Dr. Amy Goldberg, Chair of Surgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
posted by Rumple to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 7:47 PM
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“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.”

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Creates a Chilling Man’s World [The New York Times] “In Hulu’s spectacular “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Ms. Moss is Offred, a baby-making slave in the Republic of Gilead, which is what part of the United States (New England, roughly) has become after a fertility crisis and a theocratic coup. It’s set in a near future that looks like the 1600s. “Mad Men” may have resonated with today, but it gave viewers the comfortable vantage of history, the reassurance that we had come a long way, baby. “The Handmaid’s Tale” argues — with an assist from current events — that progress is neither automatic nor irreversible. “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel, is a cautionary tale, a story of resistance and a work of impeccable world-building. It is unflinching, vital and scary as hell.”
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 9:12 AM
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Yessiree, just your average ordinary week of healthy eating.


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.
posted by book 'em dano to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 12:47 PM
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The Struggles of Writing About Chinese Food as a Chinese Person

Our food is still largely looked on upon from the sidelines as a mysterious cuisine of antiquity. Only certain dishes like noodles, dumplings, kebabs, and rice bowls have been normalized. The majority is still largely stigmatized because, bluntly put, white people have not decided they like it yet. Clarissa Wei writes 2500 words for Vice.com's Munchies section.
posted by cgc373 to MetaFilter on Apr 25 at 3:15 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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No I Can't Even Is Just The Beginning

Weirdly, thinking about Graham’s number has actually made me feel a little bit calmer about death... On coming to grips with g_64.
posted by klausman to MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 11:59 PM
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A large but weak web.

The Republican Lawmaker Who Secretly Created Reddit’s Women-Hating ‘Red Pill’. An investigation by The Daily Beast has discovered a trail of posts and aliases linking a Republican New Hampshire state representative to the creation of Reddit's misogynist RedPill sub. Subreddit Drama thread. r/politics thread. r/TheRedPill itself, for those unfamiliar with the topic. (content warning for all of the above reddit threads, especially the last.)
posted by soundguy99 to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 6:23 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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Fonts of wisdom


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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The Shipping News: Containers (Podcast)

Oakland, California. The war in Vietnam. Global trade. Logistics, then and now. The thread that links them over time and space? Containers, the subject of an 8-part audio documentary hosted by Alexis Madrigal. "Throughout the documentary, Alexis uses a collection of anecdotes to explore how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. In doing so, he provides an insightful, in-depth perspective regarding the role that global trade has had in shaping capitalism, ushering in the world of commerce as we know it today."
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 5:18 PM
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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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Think Globally; Pod Locally


NaCl

The Single Most Important Ingredient [The New York Times] “James Beard, the father of modern American cookery, once asked, “Where would we be without salt?” I know the answer: adrift in a sea of blandness. Salt has a greater impact on flavor than any other ingredient. Learn to use it well, and food will taste good. Salt’s relationship to flavor is multidimensional: It has its own particular taste, and it both balances and enhances the flavor of other ingredients. Imagine taking a bite of a rich espresso brownie sprinkled with flaky sea salt. The salt minimizes the espresso’s bitterness, intensifies the flavor of the chocolate and offers a savory contrast to the sugar’s sweetness. Does this mean you should simply use more salt? No. It means use salt better.”
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter on Apr 27 at 4:47 PM
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Classics of Japanese Animation Now Online

"The National Film Center in Tokyo is celebrating the centenary of Japanese animation this year...Thanks to funding from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs as part of the National Project for the Sustainability of Born-Digital Cinema, the NFC has selected 64 works released between 1917 and 1941 and made them available for screening online complete with fresh subtitles by Dean Shimauchi (Rosemary Dean and Tetsuro Shimauchi)."
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaFilter on Apr 28 at 7:45 AM
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I think that a lot of the men who are successfully seduced by this nonsense might have benefited instead from treatment for the social anxiety and depression that was likely making them so unsuccessful with women. This is a really charitable interpretation, and it's one I used to believe. But I really, really don't feel that's the case... [more]
posted by corb to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 8:23 AM
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Oh look. A bunch of men managed to turn a thread about a violent, rapey leader of a modern misogynist hate group turning out to be an elected official into a thread about male pain, rather than the pain this hate group and its ilk inflicts on women, which is at least several orders of magnitude greater. What, the founder of a misogynist hate... [more]
posted by schadenfrau to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 9:42 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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Some thoughts on 99 days with Trump: "Nobody knew that...could be so complicated" To me, the "nobody knew?" line is the really insulting part of this entire time [note: this was written before "I thought it would be easier" upthread, but sub in that line instead as the worst]. I expected the grift, the palace... [more]
posted by zachlipton to MetaFilter on Apr 27 at 9:00 PM
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This latest verse same as the first: Men are afraid women will laugh at them, women are afraid men will kill them. My giveafucks for men afraid that women are laughing at them are in vanishingly low supply (especially because HEY GUESS WHAT men laugh at women too and I have a whole adolescence full of male mocking and rejection of my own, thanks)... [more]
posted by soren_lorensen to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 9:06 AM
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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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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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Was it a scam or was it simply incompetence? Sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from scammery. [view]
posted by tclark to MetaFilter on Apr 28 at 9:06 AM
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Run as if your hair were on fire. [view]
posted by DrAstroZoom to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 27 at 1:57 PM
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@aardvarsk: i don't understand, beautiful women luring you with music toward an island has always worked out well in the past [view]
posted by RobotVoodooPower to MetaFilter on Apr 28 at 9:57 AM
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Came across this Sartre quote from 1944 that crystalizes for me the nature of alpha-birther Donald Trump and Infowars and the alt-right movement that has somehow gained such power over our lives. Never believe that anti-Semites are completely unaware of the absurdity of their replies. They know that their remarks are frivolous, open to challenge.... [more]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 to MetaFilter on Apr 27 at 2:13 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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Virginia Hefferman, This Is What Makes My Head Spin. (in its entirety): The president is not a moral figure in any idiom, any land, any culture, any subculture. I’m not talking about the liberal enlightenment that would make him want the country to take care of the poor and sick. I mean he has no Republican values either. He has no honor among... [more]
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 9:55 PM
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Because you (if you're a woman) are probably doing it wrong wrong wrong. Isn't that the default pitch for ... practically anything? [view]
posted by McCoy Pauley to MetaFilter on Apr 27 at 11:47 AM
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[The linked article literally violates the known laws of physics] Metafilter: I think we should keep an open mind. [The linked article describes a moderately weird social situation] Metafilter: 100% fake. [view]
posted by Pyry to MetaFilter on Apr 28 at 4:19 PM
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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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why can't we acknowledge both? I don't feel like "the plight of the boy who wants to date the prettiest girl in school" is particularly unexamined at this point. [view]
posted by KathrynT to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 8:50 AM
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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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This comment from the /r/politics thread is pretty funny: "how did new hampshire elect a sentient fedora" [view]
posted by Pendragon to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 6:47 AM
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