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Detained German physicists hear about atomic bomb (transcript)

Transcript of Surreptitiously Taped Conversations among German Nuclear Physicists at Farm Hall (August 6-7, 1945) (.pdf) (via @timhwang) [more inside]
posted by hawthorne at 8:30 PM Sep 24 2016 - 65 comments [135 favorites]

something like a cloud of sound

The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time [SL p4k] [more inside]
posted by holmesian at 1:14 PM Sep 26 2016 - 88 comments [131 favorites]

[Election 2016] If you stand for nothing, what’ll you fall for?

In the wake of the first presidential debate Monday night, which was widely recognized as a Clinton win even by the Republicans, polls in swing states have begun to swing back toward Clinton and even Nate Silver is calming down a bit. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 10:14 AM Sep 29 2016 - 950 comments [131 favorites]

Ask him a question: it glances off, he obfuscates, he dances.

Tonight at 9PM Eastern Time, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off at Hofstra University for the first 2016 Presidential Debate. Print out your Bingo cards and tune in to any of the major networks. Alternately, YouTube is partnering with NBC, PBS, the Washington Post, Newsmax, Fox News, Telemundo, and Univision to stream coverage. Twitter is offering Bloomberg coverage and Facebook is streaming ABC and PBS. You can even watch on your Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift via Altspace VR. [more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:14 PM Sep 26 2016 - 3807 comments [117 favorites]

Alabama’s Holman prison guards have joined striking prisoners

The Alabama Department of Corrections has confirmed to local media that Holman Prison guards have joined prisoners on strike.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:31 PM Sep 27 2016 - 27 comments [71 favorites]

Happy Birthday, Ms. Andrea

Today, Andrea Dworkin, "radical feminist" would have turned 70 years old. (Trigger Warning: written depictions of rape, assault) [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 6:39 AM Sep 26 2016 - 27 comments [67 favorites]

Daily life for kids in Japan.

Why Japanese bathrooms are the best. What a Japanese apartment is like. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
posted by Bee'sWing at 8:13 AM Sep 24 2016 - 63 comments [60 favorites]

"It's about more than pho and sombreros"

"Cultural appropriation: It's about more than pho and sombreros." Viet Thanh Nguyen, recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Sympathizer, presents the 101 basics of Cultural Appropriation for a general audience and then addresses how to move forward.
posted by Celsius1414 at 9:42 AM Sep 27 2016 - 37 comments [57 favorites]

That's No Moon -- Okay No Wait That's a Moon

There are 182 moons (and counting) in the solar system orbiting planets; there are a bunch more orbiting planetoids. Read on for all your moon facts. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 1:33 AM Sep 29 2016 - 44 comments [50 favorites]

Boots (borrowed directly from our cowboy friend)

A week ago GQ published a fashion shoot featuring rock climbers (warning: autoplaying video with sound). Outdoor Research offered its own take.
posted by jedicus at 8:50 PM Sep 26 2016 - 34 comments [47 favorites]

Weekend means filesearch comparisons and a drink (drink not provided)

From grep, ag, git grep, ucg, pt, sift comes a New Challenger: ripgrep In this article I will introduce a new command line search tool, ripgrep, that combines the usability of The Silver Searcher (an ack clone) with the raw performance of GNU grep. ripgrep is fast, cross platform (with binaries available for Linux, Mac and Windows) and written in Rust.
We will attempt to do the impossible: a fair benchmark comparison between several popular code search tools. Specifically, we will dive into a series of 25 benchmarks
posted by CrystalDave at 7:06 PM Sep 23 2016 - 30 comments [44 favorites]

“The power of the office is unique and it is a humbling privilege.”

Barack Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Ultimate Exit Interview [Vanity Fair] As his two-term presidency draws to a close, Barack Obama is looking back—at the legacies of his predecessors, as well as his own—and forward, to the freedom of life after the White House. In a wide-ranging conversation with one of the nation’s foremost presidential historians, he talks about his ambitions, frustrations, and the decisions that still haunt him.
posted by Fizz at 8:40 AM Sep 24 2016 - 42 comments [44 favorites]

Completely effin serious

Swearing has been clinically proven to reduce pain. It also is known to be processed by a different part of the brain than other kinds of language. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 12:27 PM Sep 24 2016 - 49 comments [42 favorites]

"Let me ‘splain… no, there is too much. let me sum up."

Why The Princess Bride Is a Perfect Fantasy Movie. Discuss. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:13 PM Sep 27 2016 - 121 comments [42 favorites]

The Haunting of Netflix House 4: The Netflix Master

Comics writer Benito Cereno gives his now traditional guide to "good, notable, or at least interesting horror and horror-adjacent movies available to stream on Netflix" in October *, the spookiest of months. [more inside]
posted by Artw at 2:30 PM Sep 29 2016 - 51 comments [42 favorites]

WINGARDIUM LEVILOSER

Albus Dumbledore Is Not A Responsible Educator [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 3:20 PM Sep 25 2016 - 64 comments [41 favorites]

The Queer Poor Aesthetic

There’s a viral and ironic trend that i’ve been lately noticing in and beyond my TQPOC community: my wealthier friends own everything but their class privilege. I couldn’t “be myself” in a space built for people like me. I couldn’t identify with people I shared identities with. The identity that significantly affects my daily life was erased in a culture that consumes identity politics. The only times my anti-capitalist housemates mentioned class was when it was theoretical and not about them personally, as if being marginalized makes you entitled to know how every kind of oppression feels. It’s easy to hide behind your oppression.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 2:08 PM Sep 28 2016 - 45 comments [40 favorites]

C.R.E.A.M. (Class Rules Everything Around Me)

Why class won't go away (slTheGuardian) [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 8:14 AM Sep 27 2016 - 27 comments [37 favorites]

it is better to speak / remembering / we were never meant to survive

The final week of September comprises the fourth week of the latest iteration of Black Lives Matter: Race, Resistance, and Populist Protest, a 14-week interdisciplinary seminar taught by NYU Professor Frank Leon Roberts. Texts, videos, and reflective writing prompts for each class are being made available online. Next week's readings are Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill and the U.S. Department of Justice Report on the Ferguson, MO Police Department (previously); this week's reading is A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom, and Justice (previously). [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets at 10:40 AM Sep 27 2016 - 6 comments [37 favorites]

High Hitler

German novelist Norman Ohler has written his first non-fiction work, Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany. Drug abuse permeated all levels of the Third Reich, with Hitler himself, enabled by his personal physician Theodor Morell, being one of the most addicted, primarily to Eukadol (Oxycodone) and cocaine. Ohler also argues methamphetamines made the western Blitzkrieg through the Ardennes possible.
posted by Rumple at 7:28 PM Sep 28 2016 - 49 comments [37 favorites]

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