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Hearts and minds

Calling a truce in the political wars. According to the experts who study political leanings, liberals and conservatives do not just see things differently. They are different—in their personalities and even their unconscious reactions to the world around them. ...“These are not superficial differences. They are psychologically deep,” says psychologist John Jost of New York University, a co-author of the bedroom study. “My hunch is that the capacity to organize the political world into left or right may be a part of human nature.” [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 10:05 AM Feb 3 2017 - 129 comments [207 favorites]

The Trump roundup

"Yes, all this happened." NPR's good, brief summary of the events of each day of Trump's first two weeks in office. There's a flurry of news and discussion about the new president, and I appreciate efforts to streamline and make sense of it. So here's three. #2: On Reddit, there is a good overview of how critics would respond to the question, "What's so bad about Donald Trump?"--broken down by category. #3: The Summary section of Indivisible is the best overview I've seen of methods for concerned US citizens to become politically active in this new era. [more inside]
posted by Sleeper at 4:12 AM Feb 5 2017 - 3011 comments [193 favorites]

Pictures From Women’s Marches on Every Continent

Crowds in hundreds of cities around the world gathered Satuday in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington. New York Times compiles photos from a LOT of marches into a single page illustrating the vast numbers and global reach of the sea of pink hats. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 8:04 AM Jan 22 2017 - 305 comments [163 favorites]

An interesting week of politics has occurred in a former British colony

Exactly a week after attaining power, the 45th and popular vote-losing President of the 240 year old United States of America continues novaturient actions and promises such as a wall, to rescind other things, and to investigate things which may not exist. While allegedly refractory, he also allegedly has size "issues", fulminating at the numbers involved in the global and extremely well attended Women's March in comparison to his less impressive inauguration, while his initial approval rating craters. His press secretary, in between struggling with a basic 140 character service, angrily amplified his bosses grievances. Yesterday T(h)eresa May, the Prime Minister of Her Majesty's realm on an unbipartisan trip, addressed Republicans; today, she meets the current POTUS. Meanwhile, vote suppression and electability continue, with less than 22 months to the crucial midterm elections.
posted by Wordshore at 9:00 AM Jan 27 2017 - 3234 comments [142 favorites]

Team of Revileds

The cabinet of new U.S. President Donald J. Trump is largely up for confirmation this week, and each nominee has a hefty portfolio to handle if confirmed. [more inside]
posted by saturday_morning at 1:46 PM Jan 30 2017 - 3437 comments [139 favorites]

We are Condemned to be Free

Shows like Rick and Morty and Bojack Horseman are explicitly existential in their philosophy and others such as Black Mirror and Westworld dip their toes in the water. Is it fair to say that society itself might be going through a kind of existential crisis? [more inside]
posted by Glibpaxman at 2:57 PM Feb 7 2017 - 60 comments [135 favorites]

Tyrants v. the endurance of those whom they oppress.

The second week of the Trump administration is wearing Trump out, it seems, and triggering him during liasions with long-standing, key allies. In more positive news, he implied that Frederick Douglass is still with us, and this was confirmed by his Press Secretary. The nation awaits his reappearance with bated breath. [more inside]
posted by Coventry at 12:41 PM Feb 2 2017 - 2172 comments [125 favorites]

We Are Only One Menstrual Cycle in and There Is Blood in the Water

Here we go. Good afternoon, everyone. As you just saw, the President was honored to host a press conference just a short time ago. [more inside]
posted by Talez at 1:00 PM Feb 16 2017 - 2410 comments [122 favorites]

“Weakness and ignorance are not barriers to survival, but arrogance is.”

A Brief Introduction to Chinese Science Fiction by Regina Kanyu Wang [Mithila Review] “Chinese science fiction has remained largely mysterious to the outside world until recently. In 2015, Liu Cixin (刘慈欣) [wiki] won the first Hugo Award for Asia with his novel The Three-Body Problem (《三体》) and in August 2016, Hao Jingfang (郝景芳) [wiki] won the second with her novelette Folding Beijing (《北京折叠》) — both translated by Ken Liu [wiki], a Hugo-winning Chinese-American author. Ken Liu’s multiple award-winning short story, “The Paper Menagerie,” [io9] (2012) explores the conflict between the narrator’s Chinese and American cultural identities. Now, as more and more Chinese science fiction is translated into English and other languages, it is the perfect time to explore its history.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 9:50 PM Feb 6 2017 - 60 comments [116 favorites]

"Kellyanne, that makes no sense."

10 unanswered questions after Michael Flynn’s resignation: #1: What, if anything, did Trump authorize Flynn to tell the Russians before his inauguration? Today is day 26 of the Trump presidency; this morning, Matt Lauer eviscerated Kellyanne Conway on the Today show regarding the resignation of General Michael Flynn, which Paul Ryan is now claiming President Trump asked for. The AP is reporting that the North Korea leader's brother, Kim Jong Nam, was slain at airport in Malaysia, and Fox News is reporting that a Russian spy ship is patrolling off the East Coast of Delaware. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:46 AM Feb 14 2017 - 2859 comments [112 favorites]

Spoiler: There’s a lot of Warp

The dispute is over! Pitchfork has done it! They’ve assembled the positively, most-definitive, entirely indisputable list of the 50 Best IDM Albums of all time! (50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-1.) Surely no one will have contrasting opinions.
There’s a Spotify playlist! There’s an Apple Music playlist! And there’s an explanatory video if you don’t want to read things. All fifty entries inside, with some links to reviews from Pitchfork at the time (note humorous contrasts and hagiographic rewrites!), Wikipedia articles, and streaming audio. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 1:57 PM Jan 26 2017 - 97 comments [110 favorites]

The Invisible Workload That Drags Women Down

Like much of the feminized work done more often by women than men, thinking, worrying, paying attention, and delegating is work that is largely invisible (warning: autoplay video), gets almost no recognition, and involves no pay or benefits. [more inside]
posted by Fish, fish, are you doing your duty? at 5:44 PM Feb 8 2017 - 114 comments [106 favorites]

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A logician approaches two men, knowing that one always tells the truth, and one always lies. She does not know which is which.
She asks the man on the left "Would your fellow tell me that Raymond Smullyan has died?"
The man replies "no."
The logician weeps.
Raymond Smullyan (1919–2017) [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 at 3:36 PM Feb 10 2017 - 58 comments [106 favorites]

Demoralizing and disheartening times.

Almost three weeks into his presidency, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, has allegedly been telling senators that comments that attack judges are "demoralizing" and "disheartening." This morning, the president "[told] airline CEOs they—& govt.—are using “obsolete” equipment “the airports give you.” Trump says his pilot, “a smart guy,” told him." This evening, the Senate will vote on Trump's nomination for HHS Secretary, Tom Price. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:27 AM Feb 9 2017 - 2940 comments [105 favorites]

Bannon now on National Sec. Council; professionals demoted to make room

Steve Bannon has been elevated to a position on the National Security Council, while the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence have been demoted. They will attend NSC meetings only when "issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed." Bannon is an radical ideologue; his position in a place where decisions about war and peace are made could be the beginning of something major.
posted by Sleeper at 1:44 PM Jan 29 2017 - 304 comments [104 favorites]

Green thumbs up!

How To Buy Plants And Keep Them Alive. "Plants are great. You’re going to want to own a plant and keep it in your apartment. Why? They can clean the air, increase productivity and most importantly, they will cheer you up. Honestly, when has a plant ever made you feel grumpy? Yeah, exactly.​ But even though they’ll never run away, cry or make a mess — plants are still a handful. It’s not always clear which ones to buy, where to put them or even how to keep them alive. Thankfully, within the last 10,000 years or so, humans figured out how to care for plants. And Christopher Satch, the in-house plant specialist at The Sill, is here to pass along that knowledge to you. "
posted by storybored at 6:20 PM Feb 9 2017 - 39 comments [104 favorites]

That's just how you negotiate with a Nazi. Ask your grandfather.

On Friday a white man wearing black punched American white nationalist Richard Spencer in the face on camera. While discussions of ethics and history have been springing up, the Internet has also decided that this needed to be set to music. Tim & Eric have also composed a piano ballad about the events. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax at 7:57 AM Jan 22 2017 - 676 comments [102 favorites]

Building a Cabinet

If President Trump’s Cabinet nominees are confirmed, women and nonwhites will hold five of 22 cabinet or cabinet-level positions, a smaller percentage than the first cabinets of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George Bush. Politico sat down with Press Secretary Sean Spicer after his second press briefing today; the newly announced Skype seats in the press room seem to have been suggested... last week, by NBC's Chuck Todd. Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said today that President Trump somehow "forgot that he was president of the United States" when he gave a speech at the CIA on Saturday. The former Executive Director of Anti-Immigrant Hate Group FAIR joined the Trump Administration today as chief of staff at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In Germany, Angela Merkel advisors say Germany has 'given up' on Donald Trump acting like a President. Today is the fourth day of the Trump Administration.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:20 PM Jan 23 2017 - 3104 comments [101 favorites]

Cheat Sheet for the Brain

The Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet. Derived from the wiki article, the cheat sheet consolidates and classifies 175 biases into four groups. "Every cognitive bias is there for a reason — primarily to save our brains time or energy. If you look at them by the problem they’re trying to solve, it becomes a lot easier to understand why they exist, how they’re useful, and the trade-offs (and resulting mental errors) that they introduce. [The] four problems that biases help us address: Information overload, lack of meaning, the need to act fast, and how to know what needs to be remembered for later." [more inside]
posted by storybored at 1:58 PM Jan 24 2017 - 20 comments [99 favorites]

Introducing Open Access at The Met

All 375,000 images of public-domain works in The Met collection are now available to use, share, and remix—without restriction.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:36 AM Feb 8 2017 - 21 comments [98 favorites]

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