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Terrorist attack confirmed in Barcelona

Van driven into crowd in heavily populated area in Barcelona today. Catalonian police confirm a terrorist attack. Updates from Mossos, Guardian, and NYTimes. (Noted this was getting some discussion on the catch-all thread, so starting a separate one here. Mods, if inappropriate, feel free to remove).
posted by stillmoving on Aug 17 at 10:24 AM - 46 comments

The frogurt is also cursed.

While Trump continues to ratchet up threats with North Korea, the military is not actually "fully in place" for such a conflict. After Putin expels 755 U.S. diplomats and technical personnel, , the U.S. President expresses gratitude. Meanwhile, Special Prosecutor Mueller's investigation, having already targeted the short-tenured National Security Advisor General Flynn, has also conducted a nighttime raid on the home of former Trump Campaign Director Paul Manafort and subpoenaed his bank records. Many speculate that Flynn and Manafort are just the first to be broken in an investigation that could lead to bigger fish.
posted by darkstar on Aug 11 at 12:41 PM - 2446 comments

Big Oil Has Never Been Cheaper, Lets Buy It

So, you want to nationalize the US oil industry? Bill Humphrey and Nate at Arsenal For Democracy provide a beginner's guide to a pragmatic government purchase of the US oil and gas industry to wind-down fossil fuel production rapidly in the global public interest (Audio, 51:00) Notes, outline, and sources. (PFD)
posted by The Whelk on Aug 17 at 11:26 AM - 21 comments

A Fully Functioning Furry Fiefdom: A Boozy Badger Update

The Boozy Barrister, AKA Lawyers And Liquor, AKA @BoozyBadger, writes about his experience at Indy Fur Con: The End Result Of A Series Of Bad Decisions. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Aug 17 at 8:45 PM - 8 comments

Off the hook

Walking into the emergency room triage area at the Dryden Regional Health Centre in northwestern Ontario, visitors may notice a wall-mounted display case featuring a number of fishing hooks. What they may not know is those hooks have been pulled out of the bodies of anglers by physicians at the hospital. (SL CBC)
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Aug 17 at 3:22 PM - 46 comments

the kind of dilettantism you hear in first-year critical theory seminars

The alt-right is drunk on bad readings of Nietzsche. The Nazis were too. They don’t understand him. (SLVOX)
posted by beisny on Aug 17 at 11:48 AM - 56 comments

Unite the Right Descends on Charlottesville, Virginia

On 11 August 2017, alt-right protesters surrounded counter-demonstrators standing in a ring around the Thomas Jefferson statue at UVA in Charlottesville, VA. This was a preamble to the main Unite the Right rally, taking place today. ACLU Virginia is present and posting updates via Twitter. [more inside]
posted by CMcG on Aug 12 at 9:48 AM - 1960 comments

The only thing I’d be impartial about is what prison this guy goes to.

More than 200 potential jurors were excused during the jury selection process for the trial of Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals. Among the reasons jurors gave for feeling that they could not be impartial: Shkreli disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan, and he kind of looks like a dick. Shkreli was convicted on three of eight counts and says he is "delighted" with the verdict. His sentence has not yet been issued.
posted by xylothek on Aug 16 at 8:27 AM - 57 comments

Gustatorial pedants unite!

Zagat—the almost 40-year old, Google-acquired institution would like to have a moment of your time to explain the error of your eating ways. Trust them—you have a lot of problems. Yes, you. [more inside]
posted by pixlboi on Aug 17 at 10:19 AM - 39 comments

Jeanne Moreau 1928-2017

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age. [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Jul 31 at 9:07 AM - 27 comments

Technology adoption swerve

8 lessons from 20 years of Hype Cycles looks at how Gartner's predictions of upcoming tech panned out.
posted by Jpfed on Aug 16 at 9:38 PM - 51 comments

Why doesn't banana candy taste like banana?

Why doesn't banana candy taste like banana? Watch banana candies being formed by hand using Victorian techniques and discover why banana candy typically does not taste like what you think a banana should taste like. Also explore the weirdness of the banana plant and the correct way to peel a banana. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Aug 15 at 3:45 PM - 68 comments

Resistance Rising

The 2017 Democratic Socialists of America convention will be held this weekend from August 3-6 at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Over the past year, membership in the DSA has quadrupled to make it the largest socialist organization in America with 25,000 due-paying members. Of course, there's a lot at stake. [more inside]
posted by R.F.Simpson on Aug 2 at 6:16 PM - 178 comments

The Power of Food in Times of Grief

When my husband left me, everything began to taste like glue. The effect was so pronounced that I began to eat things that resembled glue in other ways: Kraft Mac in its bricky blue box, packaged meals with scores of industrial ingredients; raw ramen, crammed into my mouth over the sink, its perfect squiggles like a child’s drawing of the ocean; furtive deliveries from the all-night Chinese joint leaving sauce stains on my empty bed, in the new apartment, in the new room, in the new life I didn’t want, and wanted, increasingly, to exit.
posted by Emmy Rae on Aug 17 at 10:40 AM - 21 comments

"You are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor"

Previously on Metafilter, British tech company Nanosystems created VantaBlack, the world's darkest color. As a promotional push, they sold exclusive artistic rights to the material to renowned artist Anish Kapoor. This didn't sit well with painter Stuart Semple and his contemporaries. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta on Aug 16 at 5:18 PM - 49 comments

Amazing A Capella by the Beach Boys

Just the vocals of "Wouldn't It Be Nice," showcasing the sophistication of Brian Wilson. There's a lot of info here about the actual construction of the song and the harmonies and the advanced musical methodology used. I've been listening to this song for 40 years or so and was astonished at this a capella version.
posted by MovableBookLady on Aug 16 at 1:44 PM - 32 comments

Q: Why did the explorers haul a fruitcake to the South Pole?

A: So they could leave it untouched. For 106 years. And it's ...almost... still edible.
posted by not_on_display on Aug 16 at 6:17 PM - 49 comments

“In the world of The Witness, solving puzzles is its own reward.”

“If The Witness is about anything —aside from, well, doing lots of puzzles —it's about spirituality and science, their parallels, their differences.” [Polygon] “The assumption is that a simple sequence of hundreds of maze puzzles can't be the next project from the creator of Braid, a game in which narrative was so essential that it was inextricable from the mechanics. Surely it can't be that simple. It is. Oh, don't mistake me: There's a beautiful, defiantly colorful world to explore, and plenty of little hints of how it came to be. The Witness is loaded with "plotmosphere," a useful if pat bit of neologism that would probably make Blow cringe. But, mechanically speaking: The Witness is maze puzzles. Full stop.” [YouTube] [Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Aug 17 at 8:53 AM - 44 comments

It Isn't Just Me Then

Brilliant writings on the latent queer aesthetic of Carly Rae Jepsen. Respect between gay fans and the pop music artist is mutual. What is the delineating factor between the headcanon and the truthful reading? Gay publications take notice. What's not to love? Carly puts her money where her mouth is. "Carly Rae Jepsen invented gay people," says a very earnest concert-goer.
posted by lilies.lilies on Aug 16 at 11:59 AM - 18 comments

Misogyny based on flawed/erroneous/outdated social science theories

A software engineer’s 10-page screed against Google’s diversity initiatives is going viral inside the company. The document’s existence was first reported by Motherboard, and Gizmodo has obtained and published it in full. The memo, a lengthy MRA-rant, is the personal opinion of a male Google employee and is titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber." The author argues that women are underrepresented in tech not because they face bias and discrimination in the workplace, but because of inherent psychological differences between men and women. Motherboard has an internal response from Danielle Brown, Google's new VP of Diversity, Integrity & Governance. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 5 at 4:19 PM - 1204 comments

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