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I Have A Very Good Brain And I've Said A Lot Of Things

It's the 122nd day of the Trump Administration and his whirlwind diplomatic tour continues, moving on from the Middle East to … Israel? Israel, which, the President clarified, is definitely not a word that he said when meeting with Russian officials last week. Meanwhile, a sinkhole has formed in front of Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort which is almost certainly not a metaphor for his presidency. Unless it is. In which case, Vox makes the argument that there is no one to blame except Donald Trump.
posted by murphy slaw on May 22 at 10:23 AM - 872 comments

Thanks, Betsy.

Trump's budget could eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness....the proposed budget would reportedly cut funding in half for the federal work-study program, and would sharply reduce grants focused on career and technical education. The most drastic change, however, may be the budget’s proposed elimination of the public-service loan forgiveness program, which was initially designed to benefit people who work in the public interest.
posted by onecircleaday on May 18 at 9:23 AM - 59 comments

Tragedy in Manchester

Twenty-two people were killed and sixty-four injured in suicide bombing at Manchester Arena on Monday night. Nine victims (including an eight-year-old girl) have been named so far. The bombing occurred after a concert by Ariana Grande that was attended by many children and teens. In response, the government has raised the threat level to Critical. The name of the attacker, who is thought to not have been acting alone, was released by police after it was first leaked by US officials. The leak of the attacker's identity has put a strain on US-UK intelligence sharing, since it may have hampered further investigations.
posted by klausness on May 24 at 3:05 AM - 26 comments

Brains for teething pain.....

Got a rabbit handy? A child of a friend was cutting multiple teeth at once, the parents were unable to ease it's suffering. The neighbor, an older Appalachian man told them he could help. He went to their rabbit hutch, killed and butchered a rabbit, put the brains in a handkerchief and applied it to the child's gums. The next day all the teeth had popped through. True story. Apparently this cure has been in use for a loooooooong time....
posted by haikuku on May 24 at 5:31 AM - 1 comments

the Education Gig

"The idea that incorporating a gig economy structure to education would result in freedom and active employment of previously untapped talents is laughable. The charter school’s yearly contracts did nothing but create a toxic, anxious environment. As the end of every school year loomed, we would whisper in passing around the copy machines, counting off on our fingers all of those we knew were most disliked by the administration. Even if we hadn’t squared off with an administrator, there were always those who walked out of the office having been told their jobs were reduced to part time the following year. No one was ever safe, secure. Long-term plans were always at risk.

Substitute teaching with a third party contractor has turned me into a ghost."

--The Teaching Gig Economy. by @rebeccaheckyea
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 24 at 4:42 AM - 2 comments


Epic Grinds are... meat sculptures. SLTumblr.
posted by BuddhaInABucket on May 23 at 2:22 PM - 13 comments

Stay out of Boyle Heights, Lebowski!

The 'Artwashing' of America: The Battle For The Soul of Los Angeles Against GentrficationDefend Boyle Heights has targeted 10 new art galleries on South Anderson Street, a formerly industrial strip along the desolate eastern bank of the Los Angeles River. Activists say the galleries are a proxy for corporate interests, especially those of high-end real estate. After the galleries will come the coffee shops and bars, and after that, the restaurants that serve bacon in cocktails. After that, unkempt lots empty for decades will be boxed in construction plywood, and then there will be many hollow promises of affordable housing. And then it really will be time for “fucking Victorville.” [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 23 at 9:42 AM - 59 comments

Ancient battle-scarred feral cat meets tiny kittens

Mason is old and ill and grumpy. One day some new kittens came into his foster home. 2m40s to a better day.
posted by hippybear on May 24 at 1:51 AM - 11 comments

Bigger on the outside

A gentle polemic from Grist against green consumerism, off-gridding, and individualism with respect to ecology.
posted by clew on May 23 at 5:59 PM - 4 comments

“You can either grow old gracefully or begrudgingly. I chose both.”

Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies at 89. [The Guardian] “He was the epitome of the suave English gent, quipping sweatlessly in a bespoke three-piece suit, who enjoyed an acting career spanning eight decades. On Tuesday, Roger Moore’s children announced his death at the age of 89 in Switzerland, saying: “he passed away today ... after a short but brave battle with cancer”. Moore was best known for playing the third incarnation of James Bond as well as his roles in hit shows The Saint and The Persuaders. He also devoted a lot of his time to humanitarian work, becoming a Unicef goodwill ambassador in 1991.”
posted by Fizz on May 23 at 7:03 AM - 93 comments

Yes, Sand is in Everything and Gets Everywhere

There are more types of sand than most of us know, and it can come from anywhere. For instance, normal beach sand isn't exactly right for volleyball, and horse-show sand is very specific. This article also discusses the destruction of the seabed to maintain the barrier islands of the US east coast. People have become very complacent about hurricanes and their effects on the sand of the barrier islands. Only two of the top 20 storms in Wilmington NC, for instance, have occurred since 2000.
posted by MovableBookLady on May 23 at 8:00 AM - 11 comments

"If you want to die, stay at the ranch"

"In this oral history, a former sheepherder describes the loneliness and medical hardship he experienced while tending sheep in California’s Central Valley. The stories of the more than 800,000 men, women, and children working in California’s fields—one third of the nation’s agricultural work force—are rarely heard. The new book Chasing the Harvest compiles the oral histories of some of these farmworkers." (via Longreads)
posted by primalux on May 23 at 8:18 PM - 3 comments

Talk Obama To Me

Do you miss hearing President Obama? Try this Obama speech generator and hear him in your own words.
posted by roaring beast on May 23 at 7:03 PM - 31 comments

The Unchosen Ones

The Unchosen Ones is a project by R.J. Kern featuring photographs of non-winning sheep and their exhibitors from 2016 Minnesota county fairs. Project Statement.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage on May 23 at 1:12 PM - 36 comments

“That’s a really nice bag,” I said, taking a sip of my light bill.

If Every Day Is a Rainy Day, What Am I Saving For?
posted by BeBoth on May 21 at 1:50 PM - 79 comments

Hot Damn! It's the Loveland Frog!

In 2016, amidst the Pokemon Go frenzy, a young couple wandered into the woods near Ohio's Little Miami River and glimpsed a four foot tall humanoid frog, known locally as the Loveland Frog. Several artists have tried to capture what the Loveland Frog must look like, with wildly varying results. The Wikipedia gives perhaps the most sobering idea of what a bipedal frog the height of a small child might look like lumbering over a highway guardrail. [more inside]
posted by Copronymus on May 23 at 8:17 AM - 35 comments

The only sanity is a cup of tea. / The music is in minors.

Poems of Protest, Resistance, and Empowerment
Pithy and powerful, poetry is a popular art form at protests and rallies. From the civil rights and women’s liberation movements to Black Lives Matter, poetry is commanding enough to gather crowds in a city square and compact enough to demand attention on social media. Speaking truth to power remains a crucial role of the poet in the face of political and media rhetoric designed to obscure, manipulate, or worse.
[more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 23 at 1:43 PM - 9 comments

(Bootstraps Not Included)

What's Your American Dream Score?
A new project from GALEWiLL and funded by the Ford Foundation, called the Your American Dream Score, deflates that idea that success–or lack thereof–is purely one’s own doing. The calculator is a part of a larger initiative, Moving Up: The Truth About Getting Ahead In America, which comprehensively examines the factors that contribute to mobility in America, and why changing one’s circumstances is far more difficult than the folklore leads up to believe[…]The reasons are myriad: wide disparities in educational quality, access to resources like healthy food, and social and familial support are just a slice. But too often, McKinnon says, when someone “makes it out”–like him–the only reason offered up is: “He worked hard.” When someone doesn’t make it out, the reason is: “He didn’t work hard enough.”
[h/t MeFi's Own Miss Cellania]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on May 22 at 9:45 AM - 52 comments

Things cats don't like

This compilation reveals one of the many true natures of cats [ambient sounds, occasional music].
posted by Johnny Wallflower on May 23 at 12:59 PM - 29 comments

Ask not what your wife can ask for you to do

Mental Load: why women still do most of the work at home.
posted by jacquilynne on May 22 at 11:31 AM - 191 comments

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