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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 [161 favorites (125 in the past 24 hours)]

The crafting phenomena of the Montgomery County Fair

The Vietnam veterans who became the crafting kings of the county fair "The first time Rod won a blue ribbon at the Montgomery County Fair, in 2010, it was Nathan who had secretly submitted Rod’s handmade blanket. After that, Rod submitted entries on his own every year. He had never mentioned anything about entering his final project at the fair. But seven months after he died, Nathan decided to do it anyway."
posted by halcyonday at 1:13 AM Sep 19 2017 - 31 comments [57 favorites]

Pox across the water

As the 1800s dawned, 22 orphans boarded a Spanish ship, under the care of their orphanage director and a team of doctors and nurses. As they set sail across the Atlantic, the plan was set in motion: they infected one of the children with cowpox. Over the following months, they passed the virus from one child to the other, in carefully spaced succession, to create a living transmission chain that would reach the Americas. They thus carried the smallpox vaccine to the new world in what became known as the Balmis Expedition.
posted by Cobalt at 9:15 PM Sep 18 2017 - 23 comments [49 favorites]

Bodies Like Oceans (VERY NSFW)

Shoog McDaniel, is a southern, queer, non-binary, fat photographer and artist living in Gainesville, Florida. "My work is about highlighting bodies and lives that are often overlooked by popular society. I enjoy photographing fat bodies, trans bodies, and queer bodies. People`with gap-toothed smiles and missing buttons. I capture images of my friends. With little exceptions, I have a connection with the humans in my photos and I intend to show that through the intimacy of my portraits. I strive to connect the viewer of each photo to beauty within themselves, through understanding the brilliancy of diversity, by showing them that there are many ways to be beautiful." (ALL LINKS VERY NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 8:48 PM Sep 18 2017 - 16 comments [43 favorites]

NARRATOR: it wasn't.

What if colonialism.... was good?[PDF] Bruce Gilley makes The Case For Colonialism. A nice timeline at The Daily Nous of some responses, as well as how the original piece failed peer review. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:50 PM Sep 18 2017 - 64 comments [39 favorites]

White Americuh

"September 1997: Kid Rock had just landed a major-label record deal. Little-known Eminem was about to catch Dr. Dre’s ear and land his own. The face-painted duo Insane Clown Posse was grabbing headlines and hitting the charts amid controversy. Within 15 months, all would be household names in the wider music world, a strange bit of synchronicity that sparked magazine essays, cultural analysis and no small amount of head-scratching: Detroit had not only managed to produce three white rap acts. It had produced three of the most prominent of all time."
20 years in, Kid Rock, Eminem and ICP are politically relevant — and culturally divided [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 4:07 PM Sep 18 2017 - 68 comments [47 favorites (34 in the past 24 hours)]

Astronomy photographer of the year

Beautiful images from the Astronomy Photographer of The Year awards.
posted by smoke at 8:12 PM Sep 18 2017 - 8 comments [25 favorites]

Broadcast Wagstaff School News revisited

Deadspin: There’s no use trying to skirt around this, so let’s cut straight to the chase: A Colorado Springs woman has been taking big craps in front of someone’s house for a few weeks now. They’re calling her the Mad Pooper and she won’t stop. The cops are involved. It appears to be some sort of revenge pooping. I hope you enjoy this report from local CBS outlet KKTV as much as I did. [more inside]
posted by rewil at 11:37 AM Sep 19 2017 - 111 comments [22 favorites]


66 year old Bodybuilder William Reed sees color for first time (slyt)
posted by A Terrible Llama at 3:28 PM Sep 18 2017 - 36 comments [23 favorites (21 in the past 24 hours)]

When a gene-edited butterfly flaps its wings, evolution evolves

Scientists Can Now Repaint Butterfly Wings - "Thanks to CRISPR, scientists are studying animal evolution in ways that were previously thought to be impossible." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 3:11 AM Sep 19 2017 - 26 comments [19 favorites]

CCleaner Hiding Malware

The popular disc cleaning software CCleaner's most recent version is a payload for malware. Bleeping Computer has more detail.
posted by codacorolla at 6:53 PM Sep 18 2017 - 22 comments [16 favorites (15 in the past 24 hours)]

But don't add glitter to your vote

Australians are receiving a special postal survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The survey asks one simple question that can only be answered yes or no: "Do you support a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to marry?" The postal survey is a first for Australia - and not only is it not mandatory to vote in the survey, the results will not be legally binding. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel at 11:28 PM Sep 18 2017 - 72 comments [15 favorites]

Kirk Fu works best against more powerful enemies

Kirk vs. the Gorn is one of the all-time great fight scenes. Therefore, it starts with the future's greatest offensive hand-to-hand maneuver: the double-punch.
posted by Etrigan at 11:15 AM Sep 19 2017 - 50 comments [15 favorites]

But if you do and you survive, let us know how they taste?

Don't eat the random melons growing in the middle of Amsterdam Avenue. That is all.
posted by Mchelly at 2:12 PM Sep 19 2017 - 50 comments [15 favorites]

The Magic Comes After The Gracelessness

"There are lots of reasons why a person might decide to wear a chest binder; chiefly, I think, you should try it if the idea of wearing a chest binder, even once, appeals to you. I fear this may sound more facile than gently encouraging, which is not my intention." - Product Review: When Every Bra Size is Wrong by Mallory Ortberg
posted by I'm Not Even Supposed To Be Here Today! at 9:50 AM Sep 18 2017 - 49 comments [28 favorites (11 in the past 24 hours)]

You hear their influence everywhere. Yet they're not anywhere.

In search of Les Rallizes Dénudés: A writer's search for more information on the enigmatic Japanese psychedelic noise-rock collective, who released no official studio recordings (going into semi-seclusion in the 1970s after their bassist hijacked a plane to North Korea and emerging to play the occasional secret gig, years apart) and are known mostly from a variety of live bootlegs with liner notes of varying reliability.
posted by acb at 6:25 AM Sep 18 2017 - 14 comments [31 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

Prepare to add a very heartfelt dot, everyone

R.I.P., the man who saved the world. Cold War hero Stanislav Petrov died at 77. Previously.
posted by doctornemo at 11:11 AM Sep 18 2017 - 116 comments [28 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

These are truths. Guard them, because you worked so hard to find them.

Casey Johnston, writer and Swole Woman, writes about disordered eating, dealing with a friend's thoughtless comments, and the pernicious idea that "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." [more inside]
posted by coolname at 12:07 PM Sep 18 2017 - 23 comments [25 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

Meet the Transgender NCAA Swimmer from Harvard

Schuyler Bailar is a decorated swimmer who was recruited to Harvard as a female, but has found peace after transitioning to a male. (SLYT)
posted by The Minotaur at 3:05 PM Sep 18 2017 - 5 comments [14 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

the brownie comment

“This has been my go-to brownie recipe for 30 years. In the ’80s, an acquaintance in Germany to whom I brought some of the brownies, and who considered herself a great cook, asked for the recipe but was never able to get it to work. She kept asking me what she was doing wrong and I was never able to solve her problem. Eventually, she moved to the U.S. and stole my husband!” The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
posted by everybody had matching towels at 4:42 PM Sep 19 2017 - 20 comments [10 favorites]

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