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If you're worried about identity theft...

This is an amazingly detailed and smart overview of what to do in the face of identity theft.
(pre,viou,sly posts on business and programming from kalzumeus)
posted by spbmp at 4:00 PM Sep 18 2017 - 12 comments [194 favorites]

55 of the best free fonts for designers

55 of the best free fonts for designers. Sometimes in the world of free fonts, you get what you pay for. But Tom May (at art and design blog has found the best free fonts by professional designers from a range of countries including Spain, Argentina, Indonesia, Brazil, Sweden, Greece, Latvia, the UK, Uruguay, Finland, the US, Ireland, and Canada. The fonts are arranged into eight categories: serif, sans serif, handwriting, vintage and retro, brush, tattoo, graffiti and "unusual". [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:17 PM Sep 2 2017 - 12 comments [158 favorites]

And I'll go into people's houses at night and wreck up the place!

On Sunday, reports leaked of President Trump's plan to end DACA for hundreds of thousands of immigrants, with likely a six-month phase-in of the enforcement. Rebuking North Korea for their latest nuclear test, he also criticized South Korea for "appeasement" and on trade, and suggested he would cease trade with any country that continued to trade with the DPRK. Meanwhile, the Justice Department just admitted in court that Trump's much-disputed accusation that "Obama wiretapped Trump tower" was indeed false.
posted by darkstar at 10:57 AM Sep 4 2017 - 2605 comments [127 favorites]

And what did you do this week?

The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The Project That Became BRCA1
posted by jjray at 1:04 PM Sep 16 2017 - 51 comments [126 favorites]

the "eldritch energies" of whiteness

"The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy." Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic on Trump and the history of the denigration of blacks to shore up the social position of (especially, poorer) whites. [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 11:55 AM Sep 7 2017 - 95 comments [125 favorites]

You raised my hopes and dashed them quite expertly, sir. Bravo!

It’s Schrodinger’s President! Chuck and Nancy have a deal with Trump on DACA…or do they? Republicans are outraged at Trump’s unilateral caving…or are they? Trump likes to wait for the facts before commenting on a terrorist attack…or does he? Back channels are working on cooling down the North Korea nuclear crisis…or are they? The GOP attempt to repeal the ACA is dead…or is it?
posted by darkstar at 10:34 AM Sep 15 2017 - 2155 comments [119 favorites]

Twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!

Another busy week for the President: on the eve of Hurricane Harvey slamming into the Texas coast, Trump pardoned Arpaio, and banned transgender people from future military enlistment, but has difficulty staying on message as historic flooding threatens Texas. Meanwhile, the Russian collusion probe proceeds apace, as additional subpoenas are issued for testimony, while Gorka wins the weekly White House purge lottery.
posted by darkstar at 6:52 PM Aug 27 2017 - 2237 comments [109 favorites]

Let's talk about pies

While some Brits dining out review (picture) what a pie is or is not (derails: cheesecake, tart, more tart, pizza, and quiche on AskMe, and pies, tarts and flans), other folk rank or make, or just eat, them. Or fight you. Pies can be famous or obscure or filled with bolognese. Elsewhere in pie nation, in Leicestershire Pukka Pies are improving while Melton Mowbray continues to be the world pie capital and the home of winners. Order in a Tipton pub ("all 4lb comes to your reinforced table") - a counterpoint - or in Wales enjoy a pastai, in Sheffield add Hendo's, or in Bristol - anyone for cricket? Further west, Chrissy was disappointed, while State Fair attendees were not surprised. And, as we near Christmas, enjoy the mighty British (and legal) mince pie. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 9:17 AM Aug 29 2017 - 108 comments [104 favorites]

An abandoned resort like you've never seen before.

Abandoned States is a fascinating project by Pablo Iglesias Maurer, who found 1960s matchbooks with images from an idyllic resort in upstate New York. He revisited the condemned site and not only recaptured subjects of original illustrations exactly, but combined them into compelling animated GIFs.
posted by mathowie at 6:55 AM Aug 31 2017 - 64 comments [103 favorites]

Hold My Mead Bro

Hold My Mead: A Bibliography For Historians Hitting Back At White Supremacy A collection of academic articles examining the questions of ethnic and cultural diversity across the ancient Roman and Medieval European worlds.
posted by supermedusa at 6:46 PM Sep 14 2017 - 22 comments [95 favorites]

Subprime borrowers didn't cause the subprime crisis

Multiple groups of academics have come to the same conclusion: Borrowers in the middle and top of the distribution are the ones that contributed most significantly to the increase in mortgages in default after 2007. During the whole time period, even at the height of the housing boom, sub-prime was never more than 20% of the market. And while it’s true that these types of borrowers usually default at relatively higher rates, they didn’t after the 2007 housing collapse. ... It was wealthy or middle-class house-flipping speculators who blew up the bubble to cataclysmic proportions, and then wrecked local housing markets when they defaulted en masse.
posted by clawsoon at 10:02 AM Sep 10 2017 - 67 comments [94 favorites]

What Happened?

Hllary Clinton's book What Happened set sales records amid a mass fake review campaign. She's on tour to support her book. So what did happen? "I understood that there were many Americans who, because of the financial crash, there was anger. And there was resentment. I knew that. But I believed that it was my responsibility to try to offer answers to it, not to fan it. I think, Jane, that it was a mistake because a lot of people didn't want to hear my plans. They wanted me to share their anger. And I should've done a better job of demonstrating 'I get it.'" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:11 PM Sep 22 2017 - 313 comments [93 favorites]

The Tiny Country that Feeds the World

"The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass. How on Earth have the Dutch done it?" [more inside]
posted by storybored at 6:24 PM Sep 5 2017 - 59 comments [92 favorites]

The Sheep Look Up never gets enough recognition

Vulture lists 100 great dystopian novels.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:16 PM Sep 8 2017 - 71 comments [89 favorites]

"We see your dragons and have escaped in this bathyscaphe"

It started with a simple question on Twitter: "Who would win in a staff battle between @sciencemuseum (The Science Museum) and @NHM_London (Natural History Museum) what exhibits/items would help you be victorious? #askacurator"

The Natural History Museum was the first to weigh in: "We have dinosaurs. No contest."
The Science Museum was quick to respond: "@NHM_London is full of old fossils, but we have robots, a Spitfire and ancient poisons. Boom!"

What followed was a donnybrook for the ages. (Or for the Twitter-averse, a recap via the London Evening Standard.)
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:38 AM Sep 14 2017 - 26 comments [87 favorites]

Optimistic nihilism

To live meaningfully in a meaningless universe, you must first make your own meaning. Existential nihilism , the philosophy that life has no intrinsic meaning or value. Optimistic nihilism, the view that, once one accepts that life lacks any intrinsic meaning or value, one can find joy and contentment by attributing their own sense of meaning or value to existence. [more inside]
posted by houseofleaves at 11:16 AM Sep 11 2017 - 86 comments [85 favorites]

Some waves are just not meant to be ridden

A slab, in surfer jargon, is a nearly unsurfable wave that occurs when a swell moves abruptly from deep water across a shallow reef or rock. The result is a fast-moving, immensely powerful tube that breaks below sea level, with a lip that's sometimes 10-foot-thick or more. When a swell is big enough, slabs produce waves that defy imagination, beautiful monsters capable of flinging surfers like toy dolls in a hurricane. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 9:57 AM Sep 15 2017 - 31 comments [84 favorites]

Winning the Archaeological Lottery

A Roman cavalry barracks has been found near Hadrian’s Wall, containing thousands of military and personal items left there some time before 122 AD. The early second century building was built and abandoned before the wall was constructed. So far, the excavation has found pottery, textiles, hair combs, wooden spoons, bowls, and two complete cavalry swords. [more inside]
posted by ALeaflikeStructure at 8:44 PM Sep 10 2017 - 35 comments [80 favorites]

Gaslighting is just another tool in the fascist's psychological arsenal

Decrypting the Alt-Right: How to Recognize a Fascist [slyt]
posted by indubitable at 2:02 PM Sep 1 2017 - 30 comments [75 favorites]

life grips

Watering a Flower (花に水) is a cassette of ambient synthesizer music by Haruomi Hosono, commissioned by MUJI in 1984 for use as store background music. Well, sort of. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 8:14 PM Sep 6 2017 - 32 comments [71 favorites]

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