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if the men find out we can shapeshift, they're going to tell the church

Contouring 101 (SLYT)
posted by Four String Riot at 4:17 PM Nov 15 2017 - 59 comments [149 favorites]

"...and now the facts are pouring out. DO SOMETHING!"

Day 284: Over the weekend, it was revealed that an indictment resulting from the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to be made public today.

[this is your U.S. politics thread] [more inside]
posted by lalex at 10:19 PM Oct 29 2017 - 2745 comments [138 favorites]

"Mr. President, I rise today to say: Enough."

Day 278: Alert the daycare staff. [this is the U.S. politics thread] [more inside]
posted by lalex at 1:46 PM Oct 24 2017 - 1861 comments [122 favorites]

It's a great day for America, everybody!

Day 295: the light at the end of the tunnel is visible, as the Democratic wave starts sweeping elections across America, including the Deep South. Attention turns to the special senate election in Alabama next month, where jerk-off Republican candidate Roy Moore is facing unexpected allegations of child predation. As of posting, Trump is currently touring Asia, representing America and definitely not getting orders from Putin in a secure, untraceable manner how could you think that there is no collusion. [This is your catch-all U.S. politics thread, for things not related to the recent elections or Roy Moore.] [more inside]
posted by Merus at 5:53 PM Nov 10 2017 - 2463 comments [113 favorites]

Bastards stole their power / from the victims of the Us v Them years

One year after perhaps the most disastrous electoral result in the history of the United States, tomorrow America returns to the polls for Election Day.

With a mixed record this year of surprising victories in state-level legislative special elections, but several disappointments in Congressional ones, the Democratic party is hoping to turn the historic low approval ratings of the president into electoral victories in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere across the nation. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 10:59 AM Nov 6 2017 - 1169 comments [103 favorites]

Neo-Feudal Political Division

Finance isn't just an industry. It's a system of social control - "A system for constraining the choices of other social actors." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 11:12 PM Nov 7 2017 - 15 comments [103 favorites]

the first cut won't hurt at all

Day 287: Cut, Cut, Cut. [this is your U.S. politics thread] [more inside]
posted by lalex at 11:29 AM Nov 2 2017 - 2724 comments [100 favorites]

The Taika Waititi Fan Post

Taika Waititi is a New Zealand film director, writer, actor, painter, and comedian. While you may soon be watching Waititi's latest film - Thor: Ragnarok - it's worth checking out what convinced Hollywood to bank on him. [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert at 5:15 AM Oct 25 2017 - 54 comments [92 favorites]

Please, my cat Pierogi, she’s very missing

Grace Spelman has a new apartment, and a small white cat who likes to explore and hide. Can you help her find Pierogi? [more inside]
posted by figurant at 10:42 AM Oct 23 2017 - 67 comments [87 favorites]

Men, get ready to be uncomfortable for a while

The Unforgiving Minute | We have built entire lives, families, and communities around the absence of this conversation. And yet here we are, having it anyway. So let’s deal with some common queries, the very first of which is: how do we handle what we know now about how women have been treated for so long? (Laurie Penny on Longreads)
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 9:11 AM Nov 8 2017 - 53 comments [85 favorites]

Everybody's got a little gaslight under the sun

The trouble is that masculinity tells us all – whatever our gender – that women do not know what we are talking about. We live in a world that does not want women to trust themselves. Maybe, as a man with his own abusive tendencies told me not long ago, “even good men don’t really want women to trust themselves, because that would give back some of the power and control that patriarchy gives men.” ‘Good men’ can destroy a woman’s sanity, if they have not seriously, seriously worked on this.
posted by crunchy potato at 12:01 PM Nov 2 2017 - 32 comments [84 favorites]

[sarcastic waltz figure]

Pianist Nahre Sol improvises Mary Had A Little Lamb in the style of Bach, Rameau, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Messiaen, Schoenberg, Glass, Reich, and herself. (SLYT)
posted by theodolite at 2:23 PM Nov 10 2017 - 26 comments [84 favorites]

California bans salary history requirements

The new law, banning employers from asking about salary history, goes into effect Jan 1, 2018. AB 168 also requires employers to provide the pay scale on request - no more, "tell us what you made before, and we'll tell you if you might be a candidate for the position." [more inside]
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 3:27 PM Oct 19 2017 - 108 comments [81 favorites]

Posh and repressed, or repressed and posh.

Nearly three hours of David Mitchell (previously 1, 2). being hilarious on the BBC show, Would I Lie To You: Posh and repressed?; Barbigerous Harbinger of Exuberance; Mitchellian rants and outbursts.
posted by Room 641-A at 4:52 PM Nov 5 2017 - 82 comments [80 favorites]

Lord willing and the creek don't rise

After cathartic Democratic gains on Tuesday, 2017 awaits one last big federal contest -- Alabama's December 12th special election to fill A.G. Jeff Sessions' seat in the U.S. Senate. The normally determinative Republican primary was riven by divisions, with the controversial theocratic ex-judge Roy Moore defeating establishment-backed Luther Strange. The Democrats, meanwhile, nominated respected US attorney Doug Jones, best known for successfully prosecuting the Klansmen behind the horrific 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Still, Moore was widely seen as the narrow favorite... until today's bombshell WaPo story in which multiple conservative women independently confirmed Moore sexually harassed them in the 70s -- some as young as 14. While the Moore campaign rejects the story as "fake news", GOP senators are abandoning him in droves, with talk of mounting a write-in campaign for primary loser Luther Strange. With just a month until election day, could deep-red Alabama elect a progressive Democrat for the first time in more than twenty years? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 12:37 PM Nov 9 2017 - 1320 comments [79 favorites]

Piano Quintets

Do you like string quartets? And piano music? How about combining these flavours in the form of a Piano Quintet? If you’re unsure (or haven’t much time), try dipping a small spoon into the bowl with the second movement of Antonin Dvořák’s 1881 Piano Quintet. If this kind of thing is already to your taste, or if you have all day & nothing better to do, then see within for a whole lot more... [more inside]
posted by misteraitch at 2:24 AM Nov 9 2017 - 25 comments [77 favorites]

July 26, 1965--A Love Supreme Live

The surviving footage of the only time Coltrane performed of A Love Supreme live. (Previously, 6 yrs ago, broken link)
posted by OmieWise at 5:54 AM Nov 9 2017 - 14 comments [76 favorites]

The Taylor Compressor

The Taylor Compressor relies solely on the energy inherent in falling water. It is a machine that uses no moving parts, does not require any fuel to operate, and is completely self perpetuating as long as there’s an adequate supply of water. The hydraulic compressor at Victoria was able to supply enough compressed air to run the entire operation, including the hoists, rock crushers, drills, and even the mine’s short line railroad.
posted by Bee'sWing at 6:29 AM Oct 23 2017 - 32 comments [72 favorites]

Kill List

The Unseen – A Guide to Recent Lesser-Known Horror Films
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:12 AM Oct 25 2017 - 100 comments [71 favorites]

Timbuktu's learned history and legacy

Timbuktu has long been Africa's El Dorado. Located on the southern edge of the Sahara and north of the Niger river (Google maps), what was initially a small river-side settlement bloomed as a trading hub for salt, gold, slaves, ivory and later, books. While its academic prominence has never returned to its peak of centuries past, it is still a treasure trove of ancient manuscripts from western Africa, maintained and protected through the years by families who have kept these works safe from numerous regime changes. These are the lost (and found) libraries of Timbuktu (hour long documentary on Vimeo from documentary producer; more info from BBC Four and stream if you're in the UK). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:36 AM Nov 16 2017 - 23 comments [71 favorites]

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