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Great Barrier Reef valued at $56 billion

That's the "total asset value" according to a new Deloitte Access Economics report that calculates the World Heritage site's full economic, social and iconic brand value for the first time.
posted by adept256 on Jun 25 at 2:33 PM - 23 comments

Come, come, whoever you are.

Last week in Berlin, in a rented room at the Protestant Johanniskirche, Seyran Ateş, a 54-year old lawyer, women's rights campaigner and imam-in-training, opened Germany's first inclusive place of worship for liberal muslims, the Ibn-Rushd-Goethe Mosque. [more inside]
posted by progosk on Jun 25 at 7:43 AM - 4 comments

Georgia on My Mind: All Bets are Ossoff

Tonight, the much anticipated results of the GA-06 Special Election will be known. Recent polling has shown Ossoff and Handel to be in a virtual statistical tie. Pro-Ossoff dinosaurs have been seen campaigning around the district and have made campaign signs into glitter bombs (Joan Walsh, The Nation! Here are 6 key things to watch for (Caitlin MacNeal, Talking Points Memo) as the results come in. Here are some resources (courtesy of Chrysostom) for following the results. [more inside]
posted by Excommunicated Cardinal on Jun 20 at 3:54 PM - 1531 comments

My Mother knew words that will never be spoken again.

Sherman Alexie (his website) speaks about his mother and the world. [more inside]
posted by Deoridhe on Jun 25 at 4:24 PM - 9 comments

Operation Tracer

Rear Admiral John Henry Godfrey, the Director of the Naval Intelligence Division of the British Admiralty, suggested that they establish at Gibraltar a covert observation post which would remain operational even if Gibraltar fell into enemy hands. This observation post would be located in a hidden chamber within the Rock of Gibraltar with two small openings to watch for movements on the harbor. Six men were selected to be sealed inside the cave, and while there were enough supplies to last one year, there was to be no way out of the chamber, and if any men were to die they were to be embalmed and cemented into the brick floor. [via Nelson]
posted by Chrysostom on Jun 25 at 2:40 PM - 22 comments

There are roughly 3,738,429 Browns fans for some reason.

Redditor calculates which NFL teams have fewer fans than whatever animal/occupation/mythological creature after which the team is named.
posted by chaoticgood on Jun 25 at 4:36 PM - 24 comments

I may not be a bed book, but I'd like to see you.

This and many more shitty pickup lines are the work of an something something AI. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 25 at 3:07 PM - 48 comments

Did you collect them all?

Hope you managed to cash out of your Pokemon Go gyms this morning, because they've been disabled in preparation for a major overhaul of the game. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jun 19 at 10:26 AM - 40 comments

“...we are now well into the fourth decade of digital Nazi slaughter,”

The Alt-Right are complaining about Nazis being killed in video games [New Statesman] “The he use of minorities as stock villains is something that has plagued entertainment media for years. Now that political correctness has gone thankfully mad, it has become less acceptable to lean on generic brown terrorists, effeminate criminal masterminds or scheming mandarins when finding adversaries for an action hero to plow through. Video games may have lagged behind somewhat but many developers do at least make some effort to to avoid stereotyping. There is one notable exception, however. One beleaguered minority that seemingly has no voice in wider society. Nobody to stand up and say, "Enough. Leave these poor people alone, you MONSTERS." I'm talking, of course, about Nazis.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jun 25 at 11:49 AM - 51 comments

If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end.

These photographs prove that dogs are weird. There's video evidence, too [ambient noise with music]. Sometimes they're weird and jerky to cats.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jun 25 at 1:28 PM - 7 comments

Mayors can’t start nuclear wars.

Red versus blue. Richard Florida calls for devolving American federal power to the cities, so that progressive and conservative urban areas can do their own thing. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo on Jun 25 at 12:54 PM - 44 comments

Muscular Evangelism

'in the midst of the decline of religious affiliation in America, and the rise of isolation and loneliness, many ostensibly non-religious communities are “functioning in ways that look a little bit religious,”' [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 25 at 11:17 AM - 15 comments

Baron Von Thunderclap for Mid Sussex: The 2017 UK General Election

After many leaflets of debatable accuracy, and many parties and 3,303 candidates (post title) of varying likelihood of winning, it's time for a nice cup of tea and another jolly splendid UK election (current map). There's been professional messaging, swearing at schoolchildren (related pitfalls), spaniel smelling, posters, demonstrations (nsfw), polling drama, Moomins and the return of Ed, chips, angry and warmongering and peaceful Brits, fake estate agents, stiff British humour, strong and stable, casual xenophobia and family canvassing. But it's now down to Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn or Nicola Sturgeon or Tim Farron or Mr Fish Finger for UK PM. Elsewhere, the Wessex Regionalists are standing in Devizes, while the Yorkshire Party are standing in 21 seats across t'county... [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Jun 7 at 4:06 PM - 1604 comments

"They were ideal inmates."

Remembering the Murder You Didn't Commit Relating a horrifying tale of psychological manipulation and miscarriage of justice, writer Rachel Aviv recounts the manipulation of suspects and creation of false memories in the case of the Beatrice Six, all convicted for the murder of an older woman, prior to their exoneration on DNA evidence in 2008. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 25 at 7:32 AM - 10 comments

Shell game

In California, millions of dollars' worth of almonds, walnuts, and pistachios are disappearing. Farmers are perplexed, the cops are confused, and the crooks are getting richer. How? The product is easy to move, and the evidence is consumed. Nut theft previously.
posted by mandolin conspiracy on May 27 at 10:56 AM - 8 comments

Leia: "Dantooine. They're on Dantooine." Narrator: "They weren't."

Lord and Miller shot first, but Ron Howard shoots last. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Jun 22 at 9:13 AM - 56 comments

Trevor Noah's best Daily Show segment yet.

"What they're basically saying is: 'In America, it is officially reasonable to be afraid of a person just because they are black'." Trevor Noah's June 21 address to camera on the Philando Castile verdict was stark, heartfelt and undeniable in its hard truth. It matches the very best of what Jon Stewart was able to achieve with the show.
posted by Paul Slade on Jun 23 at 5:02 PM - 145 comments

The master vs. the camera

"Why didn't great painters of the past reach the level of photorealism achieved by many artists today?" asks a curious Ouora user. An insightful answerer explains what the Masters saw that photographs don't show.
posted by chrchr on Jun 24 at 11:10 PM - 67 comments

Inmates Saved Collapsing Guard

Six convicts are getting their sentences shortened after saving a guard who collapsed on duty last Monday in Polk County, Georgia. "As soon as the officer dropped, the six inmates he was overseeing came to his aid. They removed the officer's outer bulletproof vest to help cool him off and took his phone to call 911, according to a statement released by the Polk County Sheriff's Office on Friday"
posted by grobertson on Jun 25 at 6:50 AM - 24 comments

Up a wombat’s freckle

Barry Humphries reviews the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary. "The reader should be warned that there are one or two colloquialisms in this review."
posted by Bigbrowncow on Jun 24 at 3:11 PM - 6 comments

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