October 20

Joe Biden Has a 1967 Corvette

Vroom, vroom! [more inside]
posted by Guy Smiley at 3:20 PM - 2 comments

“So the customer essentially handed the banker a blank check,”

Wells Fargo Fined $185 Million for Fraudulently Opening Accounts [The New York Times] “For years, Wells Fargo employees secretly issued credit cards without a customer’s consent. They created fake email accounts to sign up customers for online banking services. They set up sham accounts that customers learned about only after they started accumulating fees. On Thursday, these illegal banking practices cost Wells Fargo $185 million in fines, including a $100 million penalty from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the largest such penalty the agency has issued. Federal banking regulators said the practices, which date back to 2011, reflected serious flaws in the internal culture and oversight at Wells Fargo, one of the nation’s largest banks. The bank has fired at least 5,300 employees who were involved. In all, Wells Fargo employees opened roughly 1.5 million bank accounts and applied for 565,000 credit cards that may not have been authorized by customers, the regulators said in a news conference. The bank has 40 million retail customers.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 2:57 PM - 12 comments

How to Suppress Women’s Criticism

And in the thoughtless, uncredited, mangled deployment of that phrase — even in praise — Gaiman broke the chain between the two of them; a prominent, living male artist inserted between Russ’ ideas and Jackson’s reality.
On Neil Gaiman, Shirley Jackson, and the importance of not erasing women’s writing by Carmen Maria Machado
posted by MartinWisse at 2:34 PM - 2 comments

The secret behind Italy's rarest pasta

"[I]n a modest apartment in the town of Nuoro, a slight 62-year-old named Paola Abraini wakes up every day at 7 am to begin making su filindeu – the rarest pasta in the world."
posted by SansPoint at 12:44 PM - 31 comments

American gun violence and legislation in the "shelter in place" age

We teach our students that the first move in an argument is often one of definition: gun as tool. Gun as "objective correlative" (T. S. Eliot) of "liberty" (Wayne LaPierre). Gun as "right" that, if left "unexercised," will be lost (opencarry.org). While running for president, Jeb Bush argued that our country is a gun when he tweeted a photo of his engraved handgun with a one-word caption, "America." A gun is a little cannon for killing that we've sentimentalized and normalized. [American Weather]
posted by amnesia and magnets at 12:43 PM - 6 comments

It must have sounded like a tire factory.

In 2008, Iggy Pop asked Jim Jarmusch to make a documentary about Pop's wildly unsuccessful (until recently) but hugely influential band The Stooges. It took 7 years, during which time many of the original members died... but now the film is finished, and it opens in limited release on October 28th. Pop and Jarmusch interviewed each other in Rolling Stone for the release. [more inside]
posted by Huck500 at 12:17 PM - 16 comments

Destination: Anywhere

A walk through Kampala's Taxi Park with animator Duncan Senkuba. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 11:12 AM - 1 comment

Alan Turing law to be passed, pardoning thousands

Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under outdated gross indecency laws are to be posthumously pardoned, the Government has announced, in a “momentous” victory for campaigners‘. Alan Turing law’ unveiled by government will posthumously pardon thousands of gay men convicted of historic offences.
posted by marienbad at 10:48 AM - 17 comments


“We live in China, but we saw Fugazi’s DVD as many times as you guys did in America,” says Xubo, singer and guitarist for the most successful contemporary emo band in China, Chinese Football. “I grew up [on] the late ‘90s and early ’00s pop-punk and emo wave,” he says, “so I loved U.S. bands like blink-182, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, and all the bands from Drive-Thru Records back in high school. As I grew up, I listened to more and more.” - The rise of Emo in Asia
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:37 AM - 4 comments

A look back

From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk' Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "Cameo horns, the Time [keyboards], and 'Party Train' [by the Gap Band] drums."There’s an irony here. Because “Uptown Funk” is effectively a new Bruno Mars single as well, it received instant airplay at top 40 radio, including the “world premiere” treatment from some iHeart Media stations. By comparison, many of the early ‘80s classics referenced were released during the worst period of a "disco backlash" that effectively kept all types of black music, not just disco, off of top 40 for three years, beginning in fall 1979.
posted by josher71 at 9:19 AM - 10 comments

A tiny bit of election relief: Tiny animals in tiny sweaters

72 tiny animals in tiny sweaters!!!!
posted by Room 641-A at 9:05 AM - 17 comments

He's the best at what he does

Hugh Jackman unsheathes his claws one last time to bid farewell to Wolverine AKA Logan AKA James Howett, a role he has played for 17 years. The first trailer for Logan, which borrows some concepts from the grimdark Old Man Logan comics by longtime MetaFilter-favorite Mark Millar, is out. The film is directed by James Mangold, who directed the second standalone film starring everyone's favorite hairy Canuck as well as a little biopic that bears some connection to the trailer's music and title card look. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana at 7:50 AM - 71 comments


After endless speculation and at the tail end of a console that was largely a commercial flop, Nintendo has unveiled the Nintendo Switch. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 7:10 AM - 109 comments

What in the actual duck

Daniel Turducken Stinkerbutt is an emotional support duck that recently flew for the first time. (SLWP) The duck’s human introduced him to their fellow, now-amused passengers: This was Daniel Turducken Stinkerbutt, or Daniel for short. He is a 4 1/2-year-old Indian Runner duck and is her emotional support animal, she explained.
posted by whitetigereyes at 6:18 AM - 30 comments

The End of 'Midshipman'?

The Navy is jettisoning its complex ratings system to make sailors' jobs more understandable and allow them to more easily transfer occupations. This change represents a significant cultural shift and it is recognized that it will not happen overnight, but will take time to become fully adapted. [more inside]
posted by zinon at 5:11 AM - 31 comments

October 19

The teacher that you always wanted

Mr. Wright of Louisville Male High School I found this while I was supposed to be doing homework. This is way more interesting. (Warning: It's dusty in here...)
posted by dfm500 at 8:47 PM - 11 comments

Warning: Dad Science Joke

Q: What do you call a theoretical aurochs-bison hybrid that could only be proven by a scientific hybrid of DNA analysis and ancient cave paintings?

A: The Higgs bison.
posted by Etrigan at 7:49 PM - 10 comments

What Happened to Eastern Airlines Flight 980?

What Happened to Eastern Airlines Flight 980? On New Year's Day in 1985, Eastern Air Lines Flight 980 was carrying 29 passengers and a hell of a lot of contraband when it crashed into the side of a 21,112-foot mountain in Bolivia. For decades conspiracy theories abounded as the wreckage remained inaccessible, the bodies unrecovered, the black box missing. Then two friends from Boston organized an expedition that would blow the case wide open.
posted by mlis at 5:34 PM - 14 comments

♪♫ Oh my God. Tear this dude apart.

With 20 days to go until Election Day, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in their third and final debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas at 9:00 PM Eastern Time. Print out your Bingo cards and tune in to any major network (BBC News and Sky News in the UK) or listen on NPR. Alternately, watch on one of YouTube's channels in English (NBC, PBS, Fox News, the Washington Post, the New York Times, C-SPAN) and Spanish (Univision, Telemundo.) Twitter will stream Bloomberg. Facebook has ABC and PBS. C-SPAN has its own feed (C-SPAN Radio is also streaming.) You can watch in virtual reality (Gear, Rift, or Vive) via AltspaceVR, although that may not be a good idea. If you hurry, you can even watch for free in your local Regal Cinema. [more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:31 PM - 2774 comments

Even Feral Cats have to deal with gentrification

New York city is home to tens of thousands of stray cats and there are around 500 registered feral cat colonies in NYC. The latest real estate boom is also pushing out your local stray cat. Vacant lots, old factories, former warehouses and even shuttered hospitals are being redeveloped, forcing colonies of strays to find new habitats. While the cats help keep the vermin population in check, they can also carry disease, kill backyard wildlife “Outdoor cats obliterate wildlife,” said Robert Johns of the American Bird Conservancy, “and yet they get special treatment. We don’t allow colonies of feral dogs to roam around.[more inside]
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 2:31 PM - 41 comments

The curious case of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome

After years of heavy use, some chronic pot smokers begin to vomit repeatedly and feel nausea and abdominal cramps, and the only source of relief is "stifling hot water... the hottest water I could get. My body was beet blood red afterwards." First described medically in Australia in 2004, the biological mechanism is not known, though the hypothalamus is a prime suspect and compulsive bathing in hot water is a typical symptom. High Times says that the syndrome is very rare, though one Canadian emergency room physician says he personally sees about one case a week. [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 2:20 PM - 38 comments

Bare bones music

Do you want to watch a skeletal puppet duo perform "Oye Como Va?" I thought so. How about a lone skeleton puppet doing "Let's Twist Again?" But if rock isn't your bag, there's always the Walt Disney classic Silly Symphony: "The Skeleton Dance."
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:15 PM - 8 comments

just let it run

Colin Benders, aka Kyteman, in a #Eurorack jamsession:
on a huge synth that's not just noodling (and on twitch.tv [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 1:23 PM - 3 comments

The Team at Clark and Addison

When part-time Cubs meme creator Matt Paolelli noticed the near-rhyme of “Clark and Addison” to a certain hit musical, he knew he’d found fertile ground
posted by pjern at 12:25 PM - 7 comments

One Hundred and Sixty Four Days

It’s the evening of April 30th of this year. I’m sitting on the edge of my bathtub smoking. I smoke almost every day. I am standing on the edge of an abyss. Everything feels wrong and I have no idea why. I’m covered in molasses, dragged to earth. I have strange ideas, strange fantasies. Nothing makes sense. I don’t know why. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse at 10:33 AM - 47 comments

Kickin' your can all over the place

Everyone knows Queen's stomping, clapping epic, "We Will Rock You." In 1977, the band recorded a fast version of the song for the BBC's John Peel. This version sees release November 4th with other rarities on the upcoming Queen on the Air
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:22 AM - 36 comments

Se Ri Pak, South Korean golfer retires and leaves a legacy

Se Ri Pak recently retired from her astonishing 18 year LPGA career, after winning 25 LPGA Tour titles and five majors, two of them during a rookie season in 1998 that "gave women's golf its biggest boost since Nancy Lopez." She was the youngest player to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2007, but she qualified two years earlier, when she was 28 and had to wait to meet the minimum career length rule. Pak won 14 times on the Korean LPGA and captained South Korea's Olympic team in Rio, where Inbee Park won the gold medal. Park is one of the Se Ri Kids, a generation of golfers, mostly South Korean women, many who were inspired by her 1998 performance in the US Women's Open. Parting video: players, friends and fans salute Se Ri Pak as she plays her last LPGA round.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:22 AM - 3 comments

Everybody Hurts

In which a rich Silicon Valley Libertarian decides to build a children's playground.
posted by Scoop at 9:59 AM - 155 comments

The Eyes Have It...

A Pakistani teenager gets a job making tea. One day in the market, in his striking blue shirt, he is suddenly the next big thing!
posted by Oyéah at 9:23 AM - 12 comments

We don't know you like that

"However, our race-based skepticism actually makes us nicer. Because of what we see on TV and movies, we assume all White people are one bad breakup or firing away from becoming a serial killer. I know that’s very prejudiced, but just like how your kin clutch their purses when we pass them in parking lots of Target, Black people will be nice to you for the first three months because they want to be the one person you spare when you go on your shooting spree."-The Caucasian's guide to Black neighborhoods
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:59 AM - 43 comments

a crime not of lust, but of violence and power

Scholars and activists, poets and playwrights have been writing about rape for centuries. What would the conversation around sexual assault, police bias, and the legal system look like if investigators, police officers, and judges read deeply into the literature on sexuality, racial justice, violence, and power? It is in view of this question that the following syllabus is offered as a scholarly resource—and object of critical discussion and debate—on "rape culture" in the 21st century. Public Books presents a 13-week Rape Culture Syllabus. [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets at 8:51 AM - 2 comments

Black as Midnight, Black as Pitch. . .

We're all witches now: with our black turtlenecks, our blood-brown lipstick, our crescent moons and evil eyes, our combat boots and girl gangs and moon cycle apps. We've been shimmering like mood rings for a while now. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 8:49 AM - 14 comments


The octopus hunters of Zanzibar (photostory)
posted by infini at 8:47 AM - 6 comments

Nottinghamshire rough sleepers threatened with fines

BBC: Rushcliffe Borough Council said rough sleepers had been "causing a nuisance" in West Bridgford, a suburb of Nottingham nicknamed Bread and Lard Island because of its large houses. Campaign group Liberty said the fines were "cruel" and called on the government to scrap powers allowing them. Rushcliffe Borough Council said the fixed penalties were a "last resort". If people fail to pay the initial £100 fixed penalty notices they may be prosecuted, with the maximum fine being £1,000. [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 8:32 AM - 11 comments

Good for both Mental Illness Awareness Month and Halloween

Illustrations of mental illness.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 8:21 AM - 24 comments

Swings and Roundabout

The government sentced former Swiss banker Bradley A. Birkenfeld to three years in prison for abetting tax evasion. They also paid him $104 million dollars for blowing the whistle on tax evasion. (SLMedium)
posted by Diablevert at 7:02 AM - 14 comments

Accio! Gesundheit!

Hey, Harry Potter fans! Do you want to know when and how often each magic spell was cast in the Harry Potter novels? Sure you do. Link to full chart.
posted by Literaryhero at 5:56 AM - 10 comments

In The Dark

APM Reports, the investigative journalism effort from American Public Media, has just released the eighth and final episode of In The Dark, a podcast looking into the abduction and investigation of the 1989 Jacob Wetterling kidnapping which coincidentally debuted a week after a courtroom confession was made solving the 27-year-old mystery. [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 1:33 AM - 12 comments

October 18


ShowTime has released a teaser video for the new season of Twin Peaks, with cast members describing their experience on set. There is no firm release date yet, however. Mark Frost's Secret History of Twin Peaks was also released today. It is a detailed account of the world that surrounds the show, and may tide you over until we finally get to see what Coop has been up to in the 25 year hiatus since the end of the show. A large, large number of previouslies await your perusal.
posted by codacorolla at 10:44 PM - 43 comments

Initiative 732

There’s a carbon tax on the ballot in Washington this November, meant not just to put the state on the path to its climate targets but to serve as an example to other states. The measure, called Initiative 732, isn’t just any carbon tax, either. It’s a big one. It would be the first carbon tax in the US, the biggest in North America, and one of the most ambitious in the world.

And yet the left opposes it. The Democratic Party, community-of-color groups, organized labor, big liberal donors, and even most big environmental groups have come out against it. Why on Earth would the left oppose the first and biggest carbon tax in the country?
posted by Chrysostom at 8:18 PM - 55 comments

That monkey clearly loves his snowball

The finalists for the 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced.
posted by Etrigan at 7:01 PM - 49 comments

1 in 10

Nearly one in 10 New York City schoolkids was homeless during the school year that ended last June, representing a 22% jump in homelessness over the year before. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:33 PM - 18 comments

The end of satire

Is satire dead? (SLGuardian)
posted by turbid dahlia at 4:07 PM - 78 comments

The Truth About Flint

Don’t believe the hype that you hear about the water being fixed. That water’s not fixed. This shit ain’t over. Just because it isn’t being talked about doesn’t mean it’s over. Light still needs to be shone on this.
-- Rasheed Wallace in The Players Tribune on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
posted by lkc at 1:41 PM - 33 comments

A first date at the fancy-pants Brandy Library

"A mixologist is just a bartender with fresh ginger on hand who will wait five minutes longer to punch you the fuck out." A nice story well told.
posted by Hot Pastrami! at 12:42 PM - 35 comments

Fear of a Feminist Future

A future shaped, at least in part, by women poses such a profound identity threat as to be unthinkable to many ordinary joes.
posted by Lycaste at 10:38 AM - 79 comments

A LARP where everyone forgot their character sheets

Westworld is a good TV show about a terrible video game [more inside]
posted by Artw at 9:44 AM - 113 comments

Digging and living below Naples: buried history of Bourbon Tunnel

An aqueduct, an escape route, an air raid shelter, and an impound lot. Naples Bourbon Tunnel descends 30 meters into the bowels of Monte Echia and travels through 500 years of Neapolitan history. But since the 1970s, these tunnels were forgotten, until local geologists Gianluca Minin and Enzo De Luzio were told about them by a man who had sheltered in them during World War II. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:33 AM - 6 comments

How the Grinch Stole IoT

How the Grinch Stole IoT — Level 3 Threat Research Labs reports on the Mirai malware, which has spawned numerous botnets, including the one responsible for the distributed denial-of-service attack that took down the popular KrebsOnSecurity blog (previously).
posted by tonycpsu at 9:24 AM - 21 comments

Nano-spike catalysts convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

“Ethanol was a surprise -- it’s extremely difficult to go straight from carbon dioxide to ethanol with a single catalyst.” [more inside]
posted by mrjohnmuller at 8:26 AM - 36 comments

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