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Pollution kills 9 million people a year

Study finds pollution is deadlier than war, disaster, hunger. "Environmental pollution—from filthy air to contaminated water—is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. One out of every six premature deaths in the world in 2015—about 9 million—could be attributed to disease from toxic exposure, according to a major study released Thursday in the Lancet medical journal. The financial cost from pollution-related death, sickness and welfare is equally massive, the report says, costing some $4.6 trillion in annual losses—or about 6.2 percent of the global economy." [more inside]
posted by homunculus on Oct 23 at 10:05 AM - 9 comments

Smartphones Are Killing Americans

In 2016 alone, more than 100 people died every day in or near vehicles in America, the first time the country has passed that grim toll in a decade. Regulators, meanwhile, still have no good idea why crash-related deaths are spiking. ... Collectively, we seemed to be speeding and drinking a little more, but not much more than usual. Together, experts say these upticks don’t explain the surge in road deaths. There are however three big clues, and they don’t rest along the highway. One, as you may have guessed, is the substantial increase in smartphone use by U.S. drivers as they drive. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Oct 22 at 11:29 PM - 191 comments

"He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation"

Day 270: Season of war. [this is the U.S. politics thread.] [more inside]
posted by lalex on Oct 16 at 3:32 PM - 1952 comments

To complain is to be truly alive

Being a person is terrible. And complaining about it is the purest, most soothing form of protest there is. Complaining feels so good. (Samantha Irby on complaining, SL NYT)
posted by stillmoving on Oct 22 at 1:04 PM - 23 comments

When an AI tries writing Slashdot headlines

Slashdot wanted to see what machine-generated headlines would look like. So they asked research scientist Janelle Shane to train an open source neural network on the site's 20 years of tech news headlines -- over 162,000. Shane writes that some "appeared to come from an alternate, much more advanced, somewhat terrifying timeline." [more inside]
posted by destinyland on Oct 23 at 11:59 AM - 14 comments

Please, my cat Pierogi, she’s very missing

Grace Spelman has a new apartment, and a small white cat who likes to explore and hide. Can you help her find Pierogi? [more inside]
posted by figurant on Oct 23 at 10:42 AM - 28 comments

An elegy for Odeon Panton Street

An elegy for Odeon Panton Street [via mefi projects]
posted by ellieBOA on Oct 22 at 11:17 PM - 6 comments

“Bow down, bitches” is a lie

"There is still no occupation in which a woman who works full time earns a lot more than a man, and few in which women have parity. Women have less savings than men, and are less likely to qualify for a mortgage. The cost of living, for everyone, has risen in urban areas. These are the parameters of the psychic vise, for growing numbers of women are the main or sole breadwinners for their families. When a woman delays children and partnership into her 30s to earn money and establish independence and then sees how her paths are blocked, it is perhaps no wonder that something like anguish is the result."
posted by Lycaste on Oct 23 at 10:51 AM - 13 comments

Nationalize The Pubs!

A hundred years ago Britain experimented with state-run drinking establishments to turn rowdy bars into community hubs.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 23 at 12:20 PM - 9 comments

You make me so happy it turns back to sad

Taylor has a new song out. I find it more appealing than LWYMMD. In fact, it's Gorgeous.
posted by hippybear on Oct 20 at 7:56 PM - 87 comments

They who are falling

The mechanics of history, one of a series of kinetic sculptures with acrobats by circus artist Yoann Bourgeois.
posted by Rumple on Oct 22 at 2:33 PM - 6 comments

"Displacement is not beautiful": Vancouver and artwashing

Major Vancouver real estate developer Westbank Corporation has come under fire for its free downtown art exhibit, Fight for Beauty, which contains works by renowned Vancouver artists Fred Herzog, Stan Douglas, Shane Koyczan and Douglas Coupland. Vancouver activist Melanie Ma, however, calls the Westbank exhibit "artwashing," or using "arts and culture as a facade or Trojan horse to go into neighbourhoods and claim it as revitalisation, when in fact it's a profit-driven motive that results in displacement and gentrification of the residents in those neighbourhoods." Ma and other critics in Vancouver's art and activist community have launched their own satirical website, The Real Fight for Beauty. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Oct 23 at 8:06 AM - 9 comments

A thousand fonts, quantified

Anatomy of a Thousand Typefaces is a nifty online tool that helps you find fonts to use by implementing some of the ideas in Cole's Anatomy of Type book. As explained in this post, it uses objective ways to classify fonts by things like the height of the "x" character and the proportions of letters, which make it easier to find similar (or different) fonts. Turn on advanced filters to see the cool area charts.
posted by blahblahblah on Oct 23 at 10:58 AM - 7 comments

Some days you are the moose, some days you are the wolf

Northern Ontario Moose vs Wolf. It begins with a serene autumn scene of a Moose standing alone in a still Northern Lake.
posted by saucysault on Oct 21 at 1:10 PM - 58 comments

Lost Mothers

“The U.S. has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed world. Yet these deaths of women from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth are almost invisible.
We were struck by how many perished in the postpartum period, by the number of heart-related deaths, by the contributing role sometimes played by severe depression and mood disorders — and by the many missed opportunities to save lives.”
ProPublica and NPR have spent the last few months searching social media and other sources for mothers who died, trying to understand what happened to them and why.
posted by Grandysaur on Oct 22 at 7:56 PM - 22 comments

An Anatomy of the Worst Game in ‘Jeopardy!’ History

"...yet still nothing could have prepared us for Tuesday night: the worst game in Jeopardy! history. That, my friends, is the moment that then–two-day winner Manny Abell became a three-day winner with a sum of one (1) dollar, besting his opponents’ combined total of zero (0) dollars. ... Our boy Manny, who entered Final Jeopardy in third, is responsible for the greatest abomination in the long history of Jeopardy!dom. And he will get to come back for more."
posted by Evilspork on Oct 19 at 5:41 PM - 43 comments


Caroline Orrr writes for Playboy: Why Do Women Point Fingers? The Rise of Victim-Blaming in a Country Under Assault
The tendency to blame women for men’s transgressions is nothing new, nor is the inclination to shift blame from the perpetrators of sexual assault to the victims of it. Many of the responses to other recent sexual assault scandals, like those involving Bill Cosby and President Donald Trump, mirror what we’ve seen over the past weeks in response to the allegations against Weinstein. And like we saw with those scandals, the tendency to blame victims of sexual assault and excuse or justify the behavior of the perpetrator is not limited to men. In fact, some of the most intense and vitriolic victim-blaming responses came from those most likely to be victimized themselves: women. At first glance, this seems entirely counterintuitive. Why would women attack other women who are victims of sexual violence, a crime that overwhelmingly affects women?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 22 at 1:05 PM - 14 comments

"Any questions???" An Oral History of David S. Pumpkins

“Gentlemen, I swear I will figure out who this David Pumpkins is by the time it’s on television.” He thought it was insane. When you say it out loud, it’s insane. “Hey Tom, so you play a guy. His name’s David Pumpkins. He’s in a haunted elevator. No one knows who he is and you’re just super confident and cool.”
posted by a fiendish thingy on Oct 23 at 8:28 AM - 36 comments

The whisper network

“[The] news has brought to the surface the private conversations women have been having — the warnings whispered to each other to avoid getting hurt. As women have written in the past few days, these whisper networks are a lifeline...
They have helped keep me safe. But a concern keeps gnawing at my conscience, and I don’t have an answer: What about the women who don’t get this information?
Relying on a whisper network isn’t enough; the current situation is unacceptable, and we need to think about what we can do to change it.”

It’s time to weaponize the "whisper network”
posted by Grandysaur on Oct 20 at 7:39 PM - 98 comments

Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination.

"...And so it was with a familiar disappointment that Somalis watched as details of the attack failed to headline broadcast news or resonate globally on social media. There was no impromptu hashtag of solidarity, no deluge of television coverage. It was as if the bombing were just another incident in the daily life of Somalis—a burst of violence that would fade into all the other bursts of violence. The lack of public empathy was startling but not surprising." [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Oct 18 at 1:51 PM - 36 comments

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