"The Pew Research Center’s 2013 Global Attitudes survey
asked 40,117 respondents in 40 countries what they thought about eight topics often discussed as moral issues: extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, premarital sex, alcohol consumption, divorce, and the use of contraceptives. For each issue, respondents were asked whether this is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or not a moral issue."
posted by brundlefly at 11:46 AM - 71 comments
The Color Of His Presidency
A few weeks ago, the liberal comedian Bill Maher and conservative strategist and pundit Bill Kristol had a brief spat on Maher’s HBO show, putatively over what instigated the tea party but ultimately over the psychic wound that has divided red America and blue America in the Obama years. The rise of the tea party, explained Maher in a let’s-get-real moment, closing his eyes for a second the way one does when saying something everybody knows but nobody wants to say, “was about a black president.” Both Maher and Kristol carry themselves with a weary cynicism that allows them to jovially spar with ideological rivals, but all of a sudden they both grew earnest and angry. Kristol interjected, shouting, “That’s bullshit! That is total bullshit!” After momentarily sputtering, Kristol recovered his calm, but his rare indignation remained, and there was no trace of the smirk he usually wears to distance himself slightly from his talking points. He almost pleaded to Maher, “Even you don’t believe that!”
“I totally believe that,” Maher responded, which is no doubt true, because every Obama supporter believes deep down, or sometimes right on the surface, that the furious opposition marshaled against the first black president is a reaction to his race. Likewise, every Obama opponent believes with equal fervor that this is not only false but a smear concocted willfully to silence them. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:22 AM - 171 comments
Why We’re in a New Gilded Age
Paul Krugman reviews Capital in the Twenty-First Century
by Thomas Piketty, and discusses the renewal of the importance of capital in preserving inequality across generations.
posted by jaduncan at 6:13 AM - 118 comments
A book about human reaction to insects
I have trouble in the summer because I am usually suppressing the urge to scream and freak out due to the imaginary bugs that are crawling on me.
posted by Yellow at 5:09 AM - 39 comments
The Nordic Society for Invention & Discovery
has brought never-before-seen and totally exclusive technologies into the world, such as the Aaltopuck
(an ice hockey puck modeled after Alvar Aalto's Savoy Vase
), the Flower Shell
(a shotgun shell that shoots seeds into the ground
), the Wall of Sound
(an 8000-watt iPod dock
) and No More Woof
(a device that wraps around your dog's head and translates his or her brain waves to computerized speech
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:28 AM - 11 comments
In order to combat public defecation in India, the UN has created an anthropomorphic cartoon turd
with a tune that's catchy as hell.
posted by gman at 4:22 AM - 46 comments
Flickr user Harvezt brings you The Dark Side of the Covers
, which recreates 33 rock album covers as seen from the OPPPOSITE direction. Some of the covers are iconic, others are obscure, some of the interpretations are simple and obvious, others are creative and... interesting. (And some are NSFW, but then, some of the original covers were NSFW).
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:41 AM - 15 comments
The Supreme Court of India directed the Indian Government to include a new gender category to include people who don't identify as the traditional male or female. My head spins as I write this. A combination of being woken up suddenly from heavy sleep and a sudden jerk of pleasant shock has left my head spinning. I am humming some sweet songs in celebration! Hurray!
Supreme Court ruling grants transgender recognition
and OBC status
* in India. [more inside]
posted by infini at 3:34 AM - 18 comments
Do you lament the loss of the terrible real estate agent photographs that were curated at It's Lovely, I'll Take It
)? Or it's later extension as a wing of the Cheezeburger
Well, fret no more!
Tumblr Terrible Real Estate Agent Photographs
is here to continue the fine tradition of suggesting that some real estate agents may lack even the most basic sales skills.
posted by Mezentian at 1:57 AM - 38 comments
"The thinking mind is like a perpetually-running chainsaw that thinks everything is a tree. It will use any excuse to rev up and start shredding something. Its purpose is to solve problems, so it wants everything to be a problem." How to stop your mind from talking all the time.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 1:06 AM - 95 comments
Murder Dog Magazine
has served as the voice of underground hip hop for over twenty years, printing unfiltered interviews with up-and-coming artists from regional scenes on their way to national prominence. The magazine's founder and editor, the Sri Lankan immigrant Black Dog Bone, shares the improbable story of how a boy from the jungle championed the voice of inner city youth in the U.S.
posted by chrchr at 9:04 PM - 1 comment
Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain.
"The pain of women turns them into kittens and rabbits and sunsets and sordid red satin goddesses, pales them and bloodies them and starves them, delivers them to death camps and sends locks of their hair to the stars. Men put them on trains and under them. Violence turns them celestial. Age turns them old. We can’t look away. We can’t stop imagining new ways for them to hurt." [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 7:30 PM - 59 comments
- one of the last standing lodging houses in New York City has been home for more than a generation of immigrant Chinese laborers who work at construction sites and kitchens throughout Chinatown.
Today, dozens of individuals are left sharing the fourth floor - each occupying a 64-square-foot cubicle." [more inside]
posted by pravit at 6:07 PM - 9 comments
13 Gods of the Internet
Featuring Listikles, Faprodite, Poseodon...
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:34 PM - 25 comments
For those of you who prefer your science isolated with a side of moody furniture, I give you Lonely Chairs at CERN
posted by Diagonalize at 5:27 PM - 18 comments
Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig's Untold Journey to the Dodgers
For close to a year Puig had been trying to force an answer, to extract himself from Fidel Castro’s state-run sports machine, which paid him $17 a month, and sneak across the tropics to a mythical north, where even benchwarmers lived like kings. Two, three, four times, maybe more, he had risked everything and fled, only to be detained by the Cuban authorities or intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard—each failure making the next attempt more urgent. Finally, in June 2012, the 21-year-old outfielder left his home in Cienfuegos, on Cuba’s southern shore, and set off by car for the northern province of Matanzas, just 90 miles from Florida. He was traveling with three companions: a boxer, a pinup girl, and a Santeria priest, the latter of whom blessed their expedition with a splash of rum and a sprinkle of chicken blood.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 4:36 PM - 19 comments
Meet the majestic American WoodEch.
posted by Evilspork at 3:47 PM - 12 comments
An interesting look
inside the Ordain Women movement seeking the priesthood in the LDS Church. This group of women are seeking the priesthood... not the priesthood that a Catholic bishop holds but a lay priesthood that would allow them to be on the same footing as their 12-year-old sons.
posted by timpanogos at 2:47 PM - 22 comments
Giancarlo Volpe, the showrunner for the short-lived but critically acclaimed
Cartoon Network program Green Lantern: The Animated Series
, has posted a minicomic
about his bad experience when the studio ran focus testing on the show. Executive producer of GL:TAS and creator of Batman: The Animated Series
Bruce Timm shows up in the end to provide some perspective. [more inside]
posted by Small Dollar at 2:47 PM - 20 comments
45 years ago today at Montreal's Jarry Park
, outfielder Mack "The Knife" Jones
hit a 3-run homer and a 2-run triple to lead his Montreal Expos
to an 8-7 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the first Major League baseball game ever played outside the US
(home opener coverage starts at 4:28 of the CBC video). [more inside]
posted by rocket88 at 2:21 PM - 12 comments
Górecki's 4th Symphony
premiered this past weekend. Left unfinished, but near completion, at his death, it has been now been finished by his son, Mikołaj Górecki, who describes the work as "very different from its immediate predecessor … and is closer to monumental works like Symphony No 2
or Beatus Vir
and to later pieces with Tatra folk influences such as the Little Requiem
." The immediate predecessor, Symphony No 3
, was hugely successful, selling over a million CD copies. The Guardian hosts the video
of the performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and tells the story behind the posthumous premiere.
posted by Kattullus at 1:08 PM - 11 comments
The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service
for their reporting on the widespread domestic spying by the US National Security Agency.
A full list of the mentioned articles can be found here for the Washington Post
, and here
for the Guardian.
Edward Snowden, who supplied the journalists with the leaked information, today said
: "Today's decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government. We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation, including the forced destruction of journalistic materials, the inappropriate use of terrorism laws, and so many other means of pressure to get them to stop what the world now recognises was work of vital public importance." [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 12:42 PM - 24 comments
Animator Adam Brown took two Calvin and Hobbes comics as keyframes and animated the pair in motion, with some sound: dancing in the forest
; GIF without the background
) and a fireside tiger attack
). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:41 PM - 51 comments
Pop/ska duo The Monroes
had a big hit in Norway with Sunday People
in 1983. Perhaps the tallest musical duo ever they were often referred to simply as 4 meters of pop
. Sadly, last year they both
died of cancer. Their second hit was Cheerio
posted by sidra at 11:54 AM - 3 comments
The approximate moment when grumpiness kicks in for men is around age 70.
Researchers found that as men grow older — from, say, 50 on — they have fewer obstacles and annoyances to worry about in life and, furthermore, they are more equipped to deal with adversity. But around age 70, life — or at least the perception of happiness — begins to go downhill. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal at 11:02 AM - 97 comments
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
, by Hunter S. Thompson, published in Rolling Stone
, November 11, 1971.
It was almost noon, and we still had more than 100 miles to go. They would be tough miles. Very soon, I knew, we would both be completely twisted. But there was no going back, and no time to rest. We would have to ride it out. Press registration for the fabulous Mint 400 was already underway, and we had to get there by four to claim our soundproof suite. A fashionable sporting magazine in New York had taken care of the reservations, along with this huge red Chevy convertible we'd just rented off a lot on the Sunset Strip ... and I was, after all, a professional journalist; so I had an obligation to cover the story, for good or ill.
The sporting editors had also given me $300 in cash, most of which was already spent on extremely dangerous drugs. The trunk of the car looked like a mobile police narcotics lab. We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers ... and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.
All this had been rounded up the night before, in a frenzy of high-speed driving all over Los Angeles County – from Topanga to Watts, we picked up everything we could get our hands on. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:52 AM - 67 comments
Harrison Harrison Ford, correspondent for Showtime's Years of Living Dangerously
), answered questions on Ask Me Anything
(slreddit). You may also recognize Mr. Ford as Dr. Indiana Jones.
posted by Dashy at 9:46 AM - 41 comments
In honor of National Library Week
, Oxford University Press is making all of its non-journal products available online for free
for the week of April 13th-19th, 2014. This includes the Oxford English Dictionary and the Oxford Handbook series. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 8:23 AM - 20 comments
The Boston Globe visits the Richard family
, on the eve of the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Richard's youngest son, Martin, was killed, and their daughter Jane, is still recovering, learning to navigate with her prosthetic leg.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:46 AM - 9 comments
War! What was it good for?
Quite a lot, argues historian and archaeologist Ian Morris. Over thousands of years humans used war to build our societies, then turned it against itself. With luck our newly acquired habits and forthcoming robots will keep the world from returning to older levels of bloodshed.
posted by doctornemo at 7:45 AM - 23 comments
We know you love your library! Ever wonder what it would be like to become a book? Where would you be in the library? Which Dewey Decimal [hundred] number would you be given? Take this quiz to find out!
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 1:05 AM - 57 comments
Twenty Seven pieces of artwork that defy comprehension
; not because of the quality of work, which is amazing, but for the quality of work performed in the mediums used. [more inside]
posted by quin at 6:35 PM - 50 comments
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