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He's been up all night listening to Mohammed's radio...

Nuclear arms tests by Pyongyang / ICE is deporting everyone that they can / Israel’s ambassador says that Jews are Nazis / And President Bannon does whatever he please / Looks like another threat to world peace / Caused by the POTUS [more inside]
posted by jferg at 7:53 AM Mar 24 2017 - 3097 comments [149 favorites]

Did you see the politics? It made me angry.

The President and his party continued their path of destruction, announcing a new travel ban, suspending new visas for citizens of six majority-Muslim countries and all refugees, along with a poorly-received new health-care plan, amid a string of unforced errors, including the President's explosive no-evidence wiretapping tweets (which we shouldn't take too literally), his staff's scramble to try to defend their boss's latest mess, and the continuing efforts to investigate Russia's role in the campaign and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for providing false testimony. [more inside]
posted by zachlipton at 12:48 AM Mar 8 2017 - 2309 comments [126 favorites]

None of us are fully immune to the ideas of the past we grew up with

For over two centuries, American slaveholders, the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Nazi Germany, and today’s white supremacist self-styled “alt-right” have all promoted a twisted idea of the Middle Ages that props up their white-supremacist fantasies. And unfortunately, their view of the Middle Ages has trickled into the groundwater of the broader popular historical consciousness.
But the truth is, these Middle Ages are not the Middle Ages: in response to fascist abuse of Medieval history, The Public Medievalist has published a series of essays explaining the real Middle Ages and their ideas about race. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 4:39 AM Mar 15 2017 - 48 comments [125 favorites]

We're Going to Build a Wall (No Guarantee It Will Hold)

Roughly an hour after President Donald Trump said he had "total" confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sessions recused himself from present and future investigations of the Trump campaign. Sessions repeated his assertion that his meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were done in his capacity as Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, but then the Wall Street Journal revealed that he had used campaign funds to pay for the trip to Cleveland, contradicting the claim he was there on official business. The standard line seems to be that nobody recalls meeting with Kislyak. [more inside]
posted by fedward at 12:18 PM Mar 3 2017 - 2642 comments [119 favorites]

You will probably like this. (p<.05)

Seeing Theory is an amazing interactive introduction to statistics and probability. Though the visualizations and interactive toys are really great, the concepts can get complicated quickly. If you are confused, you may be interested in the free Open Intro to Statistics textbook or the video series by the same authors. For a gentle introduction, consider watching this BBC documentary on statistics by the late, great Hans Rosling.
posted by blahblahblah at 11:42 AM Mar 2 2017 - 10 comments [109 favorites]

Monopoly Cost Disease

The Misunderstanding at the Core of Economics - "In a system where virtually all resources are available for a price, economic power can be translated into political power by channels too obvious for mention. In a capitalist society, economic power is very unequally distributed, and hence democratic government is inevitably something of a sham." [1,2] (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 2:01 AM Mar 11 2017 - 21 comments [109 favorites]

Appraising the Brady Bunch Art Collection

Pork Chops and Apple Sauce: Appraising the Brady Bunch’s Art Collection. A very comprehensive examination of the art on the Brady Bunch home, and of mass produced mid-century modern art.
posted by Capt. Renault at 5:31 AM Mar 9 2017 - 83 comments [94 favorites]

How to make nuts secure

The New York Public Library has digitized 100 "how to do it" cards found in cigarette boxes over 100 years ago. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 11:02 AM Mar 25 2017 - 54 comments [93 favorites]

Leeloo Dallas. Multipass.

Michael Moreci looks back at The Fifth Element on as it approaches its 20th anniversary. "The more I think about The Fifth Element, the more I realize it’s a movie that shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does." [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 2:09 PM Mar 9 2017 - 266 comments [92 favorites]

Rebellion has its roots in government's indifference and incompetence.

The Big Deal this week is Neil Gorsuch's nomination hearings. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has trouble understanding why its revised immigration ban was blocked (it also has trouble distinguishing praise from satire). [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:32 PM Mar 19 2017 - 2505 comments [92 favorites]

Lifetime Not Guaranteed

They Used to Last 50 Years
Now refrigerators last 8–10 years, if you are fortunate. How in the world have our appliances regressed so much in the past few decades? ... Now, many appliances break and need servicing within 2-3 years and, overall, new appliances last 1/3 to 1/4 as long as appliances built decades ago. ... Why is this happening, and what’s really going on?
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posted by ZeusHumms at 8:55 AM Mar 21 2017 - 178 comments [92 favorites]

Glitch: Web Development For the Rest Of Us

Glitch (née Gomix, née Hyperdev) is a new service/community from Fog Creek Software "where anybody can build the app of their dreams." [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:31 AM Mar 27 2017 - 48 comments [91 favorites]

The Trump administration dons a tinfoil hat

A Washington Post Op-Ed today states: It’s hardly just coincidence that the Trump executive branch is rife with beliefs that are wholly disconnected from reality. The Congressional Budget Office today projected that 24 million Americans will lose health insurance in 10 years. And a late-breaking Politico scoop: the executive branch analysis forecast that 26 million people would lose coverage over the next decade,. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:15 PM Mar 13 2017 - 2683 comments [90 favorites]

State of a divided union

Does Trump know he’s president? Tonight, President Trump will address Congress; "GOP lawmakers want guidance on how to handle Obamacare and tax reform." Trump's guests for his address: Scalia's widow, a private-school success story, three people who lost someone to an illegal immigrant. This morning, an interview with the president aired on Fox & Friends, where Trump discussed the leaks coming out of the White House, slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who died in the Yemen raid, and the protests around the country that he believes President Obama is behind. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:27 AM Feb 28 2017 - 2700 comments [88 favorites]

"The flatter the landscape, the flatter the accent"

Our understanding of Edwardian Britain is dominated by images from flickering footage and formal family portraits. But a remarkable discovery has been made which for the first time gives voice to the Edwardians. Hundreds of recordings have come to light which reveal the accents and dialects of British Prisoners of War held in German camps and recorded during World War One. This archive presents a unique glimpse into the way ordinary men spoke at the time.
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posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 3:20 PM Mar 12 2017 - 11 comments [85 favorites]

How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids

Journalist Jancee Dunn examines the inequality in her own family and does something about it. She documented it for everyone. Dunn, mostly known for her work in Rolling Stone, has a new book How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids. This is a "self-help" book, but better because it is funny and well-researched. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 1:30 PM Mar 26 2017 - 40 comments [84 favorites]

"Maybe you should have some newfound respect for Duran Duran"

In which Christian James Hand breaks down Duran Duran's song Rio, examining it track by track and sort of blowing your mind. [18m12s]
posted by hippybear at 8:21 AM Mar 11 2017 - 60 comments [82 favorites]

Why didn't gay rights cure gay loneliness?

The challenges of masculinity get magnified in a community of men. “For years I’ve noticed the divergence between my straight friends and my gay friends. While one half of my social circle has disappeared into relationships, kids and suburbs, the other has struggled through isolation and anxiety, hard drugs and risky sex.”
posted by jopreacher at 5:04 PM Mar 2 2017 - 109 comments [80 favorites]

O: Good

My life with Oliver Sacks: ‘He was the most unusual person I had ever known’
posted by Joe in Australia at 4:18 AM Mar 26 2017 - 20 comments [80 favorites]

Completely Meat Chocolate Pie

Research scientist Janelle Shane has been training a neural network to generate cooking recipes, based on 30 MB-worth of recipes. The results thus far have been interesting, to say the least. Would you perhaps like to try Beef Soup With Swamp Peef And Cheese? Or maybe Salmon Beef Style Chicken Bottom? Or maybe some delicious Star * ? [more inside]
posted by yasaman at 4:04 PM Mar 28 2017 - 66 comments [79 favorites]

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