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"There's a good chance I may have committed some light...treason."

More shocking developments have come to light (Matt Shuham and Allegra Kirkland, TPM) in the on-going investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged efforts with the Russian Government to undermine the integrity of United States Presidential election and the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Republican effort to undermine health insurance for tens of millions people, has met with resistance from all parts of the political spectrum. [more inside]
posted by Excommunicated Cardinal at 10:10 AM Jul 11 2017 - 3601 comments [150 favorites]

88 Lines About The 45th President

Democratic lawmakers have filed a "no-confidence" resolution against Donald Trump, listing 88 reasons why he's not fit to be President. Speaking to the New York Times, Trump provides many additional reasons. And speaking of things that no one likes that refuse to go away, Senate Republicans are back to work on a putative health care bill.
posted by murphy slaw at 6:44 AM Jul 20 2017 - 626 comments [132 favorites]

What football will look like in the future

Something is terribly wrong. Jon Bois (previously) starts a new series on the future, football and the future of football.
posted by creade at 12:20 PM Jul 5 2017 - 251 comments [122 favorites]

It's day 162 with POTUS45, marking another helluva week in US news

CBO released their review of the Senate's version of Trumpcare, titled Better Care Reconciliation Act, forecasting 22 million people without insurance in 2026, and Medicaid spending 35% lower in 2036. Just 12% of Americans support the Senate Republican health care plan, and the Senate is taking a break, delaying the vote and regrouping, while Trump teases that there's a "big surprise" in store, which may be the plan to bypass the congressional conference committee and ram the revised Senate plan through the House. But we haven't even gotten to Trump's latest inflammatory tweets, or the already contested plan to implement the newly semi-approved travel ban. What the f**k just happened today?
posted by filthy light thief at 8:00 AM Jun 30 2017 - 2991 comments [120 favorites]

The tyranny of work

The American workplace is an unaccountable, near-dictatorial private govenment with sweeping powers over our lives. Why can't Americans see this? And what should be done about it? [SLVox] Philosopher Elizabeth Anderson makes this argument in her book Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It), based on her 2015 Tanner Lectures in Human Values. She elaborates on these themes in an interview in Jacobin. But Miya Tokumitsu, writing in the New Republic, warns that "[i]n reality, the employment landscape is even more dire than Anderson outlines." (Related previously: F*ck Work!)
posted by informavore at 4:06 AM Jul 19 2017 - 82 comments [113 favorites]

Trevor Noah's best Daily Show segment yet.

"What they're basically saying is: 'In America, it is officially reasonable to be afraid of a person just because they are black'." Trevor Noah's June 21 address to camera on the Philando Castile verdict was stark, heartfelt and undeniable in its hard truth. It matches the very best of what Jon Stewart was able to achieve with the show.
posted by Paul Slade at 5:02 PM Jun 23 2017 - 160 comments [101 favorites]

“Yeah” he said with slight irritation “that’s me.”

A Big Dumb Button.
posted by loquacious at 10:58 AM Jun 29 2017 - 35 comments [96 favorites]

"...we're correcting you. XOXO Science."

Dr. Jen Gunter is an MD who is a board-certified OB/GYN and also an active blogger. She recently took on Gwenyth Paltrow's Goop empire in a blog post where she examined a number of its fraudulent medical claims, citing concern for how, when taken seriously, these claims can negatively affect her patients. In a follow-up post, Gunter has called their response to her science-based criticism "a mansplaining, misogynistic hit job." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 11:49 AM Jul 15 2017 - 92 comments [89 favorites]

“This is harassment, pure and simple.”

Anita Sarkeesian's astounding 'garbage human' moment. [Polygon] “The panel's first question drops. It’s about why feminism — online and in games — is an issue worthy of discussion. Sarkeesian notes Benjamin's presence and begins speaking. "If you Google my name on YouTube you get shitheads like this dude who are making these dumb-assed videos," she says. "They just say the same shit over and over again. I hate to give you attention because you're a garbage human. These dudes just making endless videos that go after every feminist over and over again is a part of the issue of why we have to have these conversations." The crowd gives her a positive response, with some whoops and cheers.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 4:31 PM Jun 29 2017 - 136 comments [87 favorites]

Happy 18th you big blue beast

Cat-Scan.com is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why. [more inside]
posted by cortex at 9:15 AM Jul 14 2017 - 138 comments [87 favorites]

Here, I uploaded a bunch of free maps for you. Wooo!

National Parks Maps - 1,704 of them. Free to download! The National Park Service publishes tons of great free maps; Matt Holly has collected them all for you. On his website NPMaps you’ll find hundreds of PDF and image files of any U.S. national park map; you can view all parks alphabetically and sort by state. [more inside]
posted by pjsky at 5:09 PM Jul 2 2017 - 7 comments [86 favorites]

We Know the Way: The Art of Polynesian Wayfinding

How did the Polynesians sail the Pacific 3,000 years ago, without GPS or even sextants or compasses? The Polynesian Voyaging Society and its ship, the Hōkūleʻa, have set out to answer that question through research, oral history, and practical experimentation. Learn the star compass; know your winds and currents; read the swells; look for clouds and birds; forecast the weather; and estimate your position. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 12:16 AM Jul 10 2017 - 19 comments [83 favorites]

Free Language Resources

Language Links Database - a collection of links to free online study resources for many languages of the world.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:36 AM Jul 2 2017 - 11 comments [80 favorites]

FOR ADULTS ONLY

355 issues of sci-fi golden age magazine Galaxy are now available at The Internet Archive [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:44 AM Jul 18 2017 - 21 comments [76 favorites]

The philosophy behind the throne

Unfettered capitalism or democracy. You cannot have both.
Six months on and six ways Trump is 'dismantling' the US.
This is the playbook, as George Monbiot explains, of James McGill Buchanan - A despot in disguise: one man’s mission to rip up democracy.
Then there are are the men behind the cutain; Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties.
What Is the Far Right’s Endgame? A Society That Suppresses the Majority.
posted by adamvasco at 8:36 AM Jul 19 2017 - 41 comments [75 favorites]

THE 100 GREATEST PROPS IN MOVIE HISTORY, AND THE STORIES BEHIND THEM

They're found on dusty warehouse shelves; buried under flea market knick-knacks; Googled, Ebayed, begged for; commissioned from blacksmiths, painters, and model makers for one-time use; and constructed out of whatever $5 can buy at the local craft store. They are sketched out, improvised, or placed in scenes by the fate of logic, existing to serve the performances or action around them. But while iconic movie props make us laugh, gasp, scream, and/or sit in absolute silence, they rarely start iconic; as a property master will tell you, the best on-screen objects go unnoticed, silently winning you over with truth.
posted by DynamiteToast at 12:38 PM Jul 10 2017 - 79 comments [73 favorites]

5 Self-Care Strategies That Aren't Mani-Pedis

When we create systems of self-care for ourselves, we are dismantling the facets of patriarchy that dictate that emotions are weak and tenderness is inferior. But these systems aren’t built solely on the popular media’s portrayal of self-care: manicures, pedicures, and massage. In order to be sustainable, self-care systems need to be more than just a quick-release valve. They require scaffolding our lives so that when things get truly awful, we have the fortification to weather the shitstorm. So how can we practice sustainable self-care? Here’s what I’ve learned that works for me. Kate McCombs provides practical tips for reflective feminist self-care at Continuum Collective. (Note: Title in link may be NSFW.)
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:10 AM Jul 10 2017 - 54 comments [70 favorites]

What have the Romans ever done for us?

Back in 2014, a research team led by Marie D. Jackson of the University of California at Berkeley showed how the recipe for Roman concrete—a mixture of volcanic ash, lime, and seawater combined with a volcanic rock aggregate—produced a chemical reaction that resulted in super-strong concrete. Trouble is, Jackson’s team wasn’t entirely sure how the Romans managed to facilitate this complex reaction.

In a follow-up study, published this week in American Mineralogist, the researchers have learned that it wasn’t the Romans who facilitated this chemical reaction—at least not directly. Rather, the strengthening process was caused by the steady filtering of corrosive seawater through the concrete over time, which triggered the growth of rare, interlocking minerals that made the material even tougher.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:52 AM Jul 6 2017 - 23 comments [69 favorites]

what a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing

how to do nothing, a talk given at EYEO 2017 by artist Jenny Odell.
posted by panic at 6:20 PM Jul 1 2017 - 16 comments [68 favorites]

I mean every word.

"The bombing of the little girls in Alabama and the murder of Medgar Evers were like the final pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that made no sense until you had fitted the whole thing together. I suddenly realized what it was to be Black in America in 1963, but it wasn’t an intellectual connection…it came as a rush of fury, hatred and determination." Nina Simone's husband and manager, intervened. "You can’t kill anyone. You are a musician. Do what you do." An hour later, Nina Simone had composed a song called Mississippi Goddam.
posted by ChuraChura at 5:57 AM Jul 14 2017 - 6 comments [68 favorites]

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