found that black boys
can be seen as responsible for their actions
at an age
when white boys still benefit
from the assumption that children
are essentially innocent." [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 12:09 PM Mar 12 2014 - 33 comments [66 favorites]
"In 1805, a twenty-three year-old Bostonian called Frederic Tudor launched a new industry: the international frozen-water trade.
Over the next fifty years, he and the men he worked with developed specialised ice harvesting tools, a global network of thermally engineered ice houses, and a business model that cleverly leveraged ballast-less ships, off-season farmers, and overheated Englishmen abroad. By the turn of the century, the industry employed 90,000 people and was worth $220 million in today’s terms. By 1930, it had disappeared, almost without trace, replaced by an artificial cryosphere of cold storage warehouses and domestic refrigerators." [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 3:58 PM Mar 12 2014 - 43 comments [66 favorites]
Top-secret documents reveal that an elite unit at the National Security Agency has developed technology allowing it to automatically install malware on millions of computers worldwide in what it calls 'industrial-scale exploitation'.
TURBINE, developed by the NSA's Tailored Access Operations unit (mentioned previusly here),
is a command-and-control suite automating tasks that previously had to be performed manually: Using 'internet chokepoints' and a capability called SECONDDATE, the NSA can perform man-in-the-middle attacks to quietly redirect web browsers to FOXACID malware servers en masse.
posted by anemone of the state at 9:13 AM Mar 12 2014 - 86 comments [41 favorites]
Drowning In Light
n 1996, Yale economist William D. Nordhaus calculated that the average citizen of Babylon would have had to work a total of 41 hours to buy enough lamp oil to equal a 75-watt light bulb burning for one hour. At the time of the American Revolution, a colonial would have been able to purchase the same amount of light, in the form of candles, for about five hour’s worth of work. And by 1992, the average American, using compact fluorescents, could earn the same amount of light in less than one second. That sounds like a great deal.
Except for one thing: We treat light like a drug whose price is spiraling toward zero. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:28 AM Mar 12 2014 - 63 comments [32 favorites]
As it turned out, when I started working in Brooklyn, the most difficult to serve were the ones who wanted—or expected, really—for you to be cool, or at least receptive to a certain projection of hip-and-coolness. It was nice, at first, to have a job that let me swear and show my tattoos, but the pleasure of that freedom waned somewhat when most of my interactions became about the "fucks" and body modifications. If I had a quarter for every time I showed off my expensive liberal arts degree, holding up my end of a conversation about New York’s small presses or the most recent issue of The New Yorker, my tips certainly would have been better.Molly Osberg: Inside the Barista Class
posted by RogerB at 2:10 PM Mar 12 2014 - 134 comments [31 favorites]
Six years ago, PBS's feature documentary program, Frontline
, aired Sick Around the World
, a documentary examining health care systems around the world -- and specifically how all those featured were generally superior to the American system. (2008 MeFi post
Today, the American Senate subcommittee on primary health and aging
brought the debate over single-payer care to Washington. C-SPAN has a fine video of the hearing
, which features seven witness representing health care systems and think tanks from around the US and the world. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 9:06 PM Mar 12 2014 - 38 comments [31 favorites]
Let Me Live That Fantasy.
"In search of Puddles
, the saddest clown
, whose voice — along with Lorde’s music
— made him an Internet star."
posted by homunculus at 10:10 PM Mar 12 2014 - 18 comments [24 favorites]
Use your name
as starting seed in Conway's Game of Life.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:56 AM Mar 12 2014 - 32 comments [23 favorites]
Giovanni Battista d'Antonio Braccelli was a Florentine artist
(PDF*) who was active from 1616 to 1649, and is little known beyond some highly creative works. Finding details on his life can be more difficult due to multiple forms for his names (Giovanbatista, Bracelli, Braccielli, Brazzè, and the nickname "il Bigio" - the gray one) within his own work and secondary sources, and early writers conflated his biography with that of a Genoese painter of the same name. But if you enjoy surreal illustrations
, check out Braccelli's Bizzarie di varie figure
(online view from Gallica - Bibliothèque nationale de France; online and PDF in the US Library of Congress collection
** from Lessing J. Rosenwald
). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:32 AM Mar 12 2014 - 5 comments [22 favorites]
"In 2011, when we blogged about the Shaftesbury Psalter (which may have belonged to Adeliza of Louvain; see below), we wrote that medieval manuscripts which had belonged to women were relatively rare survivals. This still remains true, but as we have reviewed our blog over the past few years, it has become clear that we must emphasize the relative nature of the rarity – we have posted literally dozens of times about manuscripts that were produced for, owned, or created by a number of medieval women." -- For International Womens' Day last week, the British Library's Medieval Manuscripts blog showcases a selection of manuscripts that belonged to some of the most remarkable women of the Middle Ages
. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 8:00 AM Mar 12 2014 - 8 comments [25 favorites (20 in the past 24 hours)]
A Lie Agreed Upon: David Milch's Deadwood
(SLVimeo, NSFW). A video essay by film and TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, narrated by Jim Beaver and edited by Steven Santos, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the show's premiere. [more inside]
posted by zombieflanders at 6:02 PM Mar 11 2014 - 79 comments [58 favorites (15 in the past 24 hours)]
"I had heard about this film through various channels off and on through the years. It had gotten to the point where it was almost apocryphal in my mind.... Nobody knew where it was, nobody had ever seen it, but I was aware it existed. It was like the holy grail
." said Wayne Petersen, director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas program for Mass. Audubon on the archival footage of the extinct heath hen discovered, restored and premiering at the Mass Audubon Birders Meeting this month. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 7:15 PM Mar 12 2014 - 17 comments [14 favorites]
is known for its flashy technology displays like holograms of Will.I.Am
and its glossy map displays
, not everything about the network is so up-to-date: the CNN Interactive: In-Depth Food
website appears to have remained unchanged since 2001. via
posted by Going To Maine at 8:38 AM Mar 12 2014 - 56 comments [13 favorites]
On Aug. 1, 1833 the British outlawed (most) slavery in her colonies. There were, however, still crops that needed tending. Fortunately, Germany had excess people desperate for a better life. Some (as we have seen
) of them wound up in Texas.
Some, willing to sign on as indentured servants, wound up in Jamaica
Jamaica, to be exact. Their descendants can still be found. There is now a documentary
on the subject. (Extended trailer can been seen here
posted by BWA at 7:29 PM Mar 12 2014 - 3 comments [12 favorites]
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