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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 - 300 comments [88 favorites (47 in the past 24 hours)]

West, Jim West - before he was wicki-wicki-wild, he was a suave spy

Wild Wild West is a American steampunk western action comedy film from 1999, featuring Will Smith as U.S. Army Captain James West and Kevin Kline as U.S. Marshal Artemus Gordon, who together face off against a giant robotic spider and other mechanical menaces. But did you know the movie wasn't (just) an attempt to blend nostalgia for rollicking westerns and a more contemporary fascination with steampunk, but a remake of a TV series that was intended to capitalize on the then-contemporary 1960s spy thriller trend? It's true. Behold: The Wild Wild West, a western series with gadgets that ran on the CBS television network for four seasons, with 104 episodes that aired from September 17, 1965 to April 4, 1969. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:11 PM Sep 22 2017 - 86 comments [54 favorites (33 in the past 24 hours)]

My mom died because she was too poor to afford a doctor

My mom died because she was too poor to afford a doctor [via mefi projects]
posted by curious nu at 9:01 PM Sep 23 2017 - 22 comments [31 favorites]

Your homework for Bi Visibility Week

100 Must-Read Bisexual Books
15 Must-Read Bisexual Non-Fiction Books
37 Books By, For, or About Bisexual or Otherwise Non-Monosexual People
The Bi-Bibliography
Bi Book Club, which recommends Deadpool, among others.
posted by Grandysaur at 7:55 PM Sep 23 2017 - 9 comments [30 favorites]

Education Can't Solve Poverty

So Why Do We Keep Insisting That It Can? An interview with historian Harvey Kantor, the author, with Robert Lowe, of a 2013 paper on the history of Educationalizing the Welfare State (8.4MB PDF).
posted by clawsoon at 1:23 PM Sep 23 2017 - 31 comments [24 favorites]

Some Tech Bros Think Gender Equality Has Gone Too Far

Mr. Altizer is part of a backlash against the women in technology movement. While many in the tech industry had previously dismissed the fringe men’s rights arguments, some investors, executives and engineers are now listening. Though studies and surveys show there is no denying the travails women face in the male-dominated industry, some said that the line for what counted as harassment had become too easy to cross and that the push for gender parity was too extreme a goal. Few were willing to talk openly about their thinking, for fear of standing out in largely progressive Silicon Valley. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 12:39 PM Sep 23 2017 - 99 comments [23 favorites]

1956 Hugo Nominee List Rediscovered

"When the Received Wisdom is Wrong" by Mike Glyer: "This month fanhistorians were turned on their ears when a previously unknown shortlist of 1956 Hugo nominees came to light ... As the official Hugo Award site explained when they updated the entry for 1956 – 'We thank Olav Rokne for bringing to our attention an article on page 15 of the 1956 Worldcon Progress Report 3 ...'" Several previously unacknowledged fiction nominees are available online. [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet at 6:33 PM Sep 23 2017 - 11 comments [14 favorites]

The Linguistics of AAVE

The Linguistics of AAVE - Linguist enthusiast Xidnaf breaks down why African American people (sometimes) have a very different accent from non-African American people, despite growing up in the same area. Note that this accent is not always the same everywhere you go.
posted by Slap*Happy at 4:47 PM Sep 22 2017 - 65 comments [35 favorites (12 in the past 24 hours)]

If you are not paying for it...

Note that the company’s knowledge about its users isn’t used merely to target ads but to shape the flow of news to them. Since there is so much content posted on the site, the algorithms used to filter and direct that content are the thing that determines what you see: people think their news feed is largely to do with their friends and interests, and it sort of is, with the crucial proviso that it is their friends and interests as mediated by the commercial interests of Facebook. Your eyes are directed towards the place where they are most valuable for Facebook.
-You Are the Product, John Lanchester for the London Review of Books
posted by joedan at 10:33 PM Sep 22 2017 - 38 comments [24 favorites (12 in the past 24 hours)]

I only saw the ocelot smile once, the day it escaped

The foundation that administers the .cat domain for Catalonians just got raided by the Spanish police, but all the media wants to talk about is cats. The office was raided because Catalonia hopes to hold a referendum on October 1 to decide if it should secede from Spain, and in an effort to quash the referendum, the government of Spain ordered puntCat to “block all .cat domain names that may contain any kind of information about the forthcoming independence referendum,” according to a press release from the foundation.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:28 AM Sep 23 2017 - 27 comments [13 favorites (11 in the past 24 hours)]

"I lived with a ghost, with this child inside me, speaking to me."

The Sorrow and the Shame of the Accidental Killer. How do you live after unintentionally causing a death? There are no self-help books for anyone who has accidentally killed another person. An exhaustive search yielded no research on such people, and nothing in the way of therapeutic protocols, publicly listed support groups, or therapists who specialize in their treatment. But there is AccidentalImpacts.org, a support group site started by social psychologist and educator Maryann Gray, who at age 22 struck and killed a child with her car.
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:02 PM Sep 22 2017 - 38 comments [40 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

Santa's dead

British PM Theresa May has finally made her big speech on Brexit... to little acclaim. Best coverage, as it often is, comes from Marina Hyde. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:28 AM Sep 23 2017 - 44 comments [10 favorites]

They are glowing with affection

Please Do Not Pet the Radioactive Puppies of Chernobyl.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:27 PM Sep 23 2017 - 37 comments [9 favorites]

“Shooting them will only teach them to use a gun.”

Echo Is A Terrifying Game Where You Teach Enemies How To Kill You by Riley MacLeod [Kotaku] “The Palace is populated by beings En calls Echoes. They are copies of her who form from some black muck in the beginning of the game. As En moves through the Palace, picking up keys or orbs to unlock doors, the Echoes start learning. The Palace moves on a light-dark cycle; when it’s light, anything En does is recorded by the station. Vault over a low wall, for instance, and you’ll leave a brief, blurry ghost behind you that means the Palace has logged your actions. After you’ve performed a few actions, the Palace goes dark, and then reboots. On this round, the Echoes can do anything you did during the last light cycle until another reboot wipes the slate. Between the light and the reboot is a brief period of darkness.” [YouTube][Gameplay Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 11:56 AM Sep 22 2017 - 50 comments [48 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

"Why throw it away just because the author has died?”

Well, it happened again. When Lillian Ross died earlier this week, the New York Times ran an obituary written by someone who was also dead. It's not a secret that celebrities -- especially long-lived ones -- have "advance" obituaries, but the NYT (thanks partially to its rigorous byline practices) is often noted as having obits that seem to be "ghost"-written. Via Kottke. Open NYT links in Incognito or Private mode.
posted by Etrigan at 9:29 AM Sep 23 2017 - 26 comments [7 favorites]

Dammit Jim, beam me over!

Is beaming down in Star Trek a death sentence? In this Ars Technica long read, Xaq Rzetelny looks to Trek's past to suss out specifics of how transporters work.
posted by Room 641-A at 11:52 PM Sep 23 2017 - 44 comments [6 favorites]

“Oh, Mom,” he says with exasperation as she tousles his hair.

Tangs for the Memories
posted by jjray at 4:58 PM Sep 23 2017 - 32 comments [5 favorites]

the loneliness of the long-haul mover

My destination is the ultrarich haven called Aspen, Colorado. This makes perfect sense because I’m a long-haul mover at the pinnacle of the game, a specialist. I can make $250,000 a year doing what is called high-end executive relocation. No U-Hauls for me, thank you very much. I’ll take the movie stars, the ambassadors, the corporate bigwigs. At the office in Connecticut they call me the Great White Mover. This Aspen load, insured for $3 million, belongs to a former investment banker from a former investment bank who apparently escaped the toppled citadel with his personal loot intact. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:56 PM Sep 21 2017 - 35 comments [65 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Don't forget to pick up the passengers

A Short Trip is an interactive illustration by Alexander Perrin. Use left and right arrows to move. Requires WebGL so may not work in all browsers.
posted by gwint at 6:00 AM Sep 24 2017 - 1 comment [4 favorites]

The truth has got its boots on: an evidence-based response to James Damore's Google memo

The truth has got its boots on: an evidence-based response to James Damore's Google memo [via mefi projects]
Mefi's own sciatrix drops science on Damore's unlistening head. Long, dense, and (from where I'm sitting) pretty darn definitive.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 9:43 PM Aug 19 2017 - 95 comments [282 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

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