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He's been up all night listening to Mohammed's radio...


Rebellion has its roots in government's indifference and incompetence.


Lifetime Not Guaranteed

They Used to Last 50 Years
Now refrigerators last 8–10 years, if you are fortunate. How in the world have our appliances regressed so much in the past few decades? ... Now, many appliances break and need servicing within 2-3 years and, overall, new appliances last 1/3 to 1/4 as long as appliances built decades ago. ... Why is this happening, and what’s really going on?

posted by ZeusHumms to MetaFilter on Mar 21 at 8:55 AM
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ooOOOoohheeeerrrrRRrrRrrrRRah aha ha hannnnnnngg

Make some weird noises through manual speech synthesis, with the utterly goddam wonderful Pink Trombone. (via waxy.)
posted by cortex to MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 10:22 AM
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49 satin wedding gowns... one in each state's boxcar

The Merci Train was a train of 49 French railroad boxcars filled with tens of thousands of gifts of gratitude from French citizens sent to the US in 1949. They were showing their appreciation for the 700+ American boxcars of relief goods sent to them by Americans in 1948 via a project calledFriendship Train. Each of the 48 American states at that time received one of the gift-laden box cars. Many of those boxcars still exist.
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter on Mar 23 at 2:53 PM
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Irony doesn’t negate sexism, it just helps it dodge accountability.

Emma Pittman's article, Ironic Sexism: the Male Gaze of Hipster Spaces, discusses the ways that hipster spaces try to rebrand sexism as ironic and therefore acceptable.
posted by bile and syntax to MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 9:26 AM
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I think the secret to doing things is just doing things

Day 87 of Mark Baumer's vlog and blog of walking across the country barefoot is laugh out loud funny. Two months ago, on day 101 of his walk to raise awareness about climate change, the day after the presidential inauguration, he was struck by an SUV and killed. "We would have been better off electing a barrel of burning tires," read the inscription on the photo he had posted to his website the previous day, the last photo he would ever publish.
posted by GregorWill to MetaFilter on Mar 21 at 10:47 AM
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Service ADVISOR

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware - A dive into the thriving black market of John Deere tractor hacking.
posted by timshel to MetaFilter on Mar 22 at 5:52 AM
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This Article Won’t Change Your Mind

In one particularly potent example of party trumping fact, when shown photos of Trump’s inauguration and Barack Obama’s side by side, in which Obama clearly had a bigger crowd, some Trump supporters identified the bigger crowd as Trump’s. When researchers explicitly told subjects which photo was Trump’s and which was Obama’s, a smaller portion of Trump supporters falsely said Trump’s photo had more people in it.
The facts on why facts alone can’t fight false beliefs
posted by AFABulous to MetaFilter on Mar 18 at 6:23 PM
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"The future is here, it just hasn't finished melting yet."

Utopia in the Time of Trump - "Written before Trump's election and released just after his inauguration, [Kim Stanley Robinson's] New York 2140 stands as the first major science fictional artifact of the Trump era, anticipating even in its articulation of the conditions of victory the fragility of progress and the likelihood of reversal." (via) [previously]
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 12:12 AM
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But you didn't say what type of beans are on the plate!


Gene-mapping Dreamtime

Over the last decade, bearing out what archeological evidence already implied, several DNA studies (previously) have established that Australian Aboriginal peoples belonged to a single migrant group who departed Africa around 72,000 years ago, arriving in Sahul about twenty millenia later. Now a new study of mitochondrial DNA maps out the philogeography of this first peopling of Australia, showing the group rapidly encircling the continent - and then essentially staying put, each subgroup in their area... for fifty thousand years.
posted by progosk to MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 12:07 PM
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Coffee rust and Panama disease: the problems with monocultures

What started as a drink for social gatherings of nobility and the wealthy spread, and by the 1800s, the British were big fans of coffee with densely planted plantations in Ceylon satisfied their desires for caffeine. But then came coffee rust (previously), and soon after, so did a Scotish grocer, Thomas Lipton, who had Camellia sinensis shrubs planted to replace blighted Coffea trees. Given such a notable history, you would imagine other produce empires might learn some lessons from reliance on a monoculture, but not so the United Fruit Company, who replaced the popular but Panama disease-plighted Gros Michel with the look-alike Cavendish. Around a decade ago, the Cavendish first faced a similar threat to the Gros Michel: humans made the perfect banana, and soon it'll be gone.
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Mar 20 at 9:18 AM
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home is wherever I'm with you

Charlie Peck records a duet cover of Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: between himself on the first day of testosterone treatment and himself 9 months later.
posted by divabat to MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 4:06 AM
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John despises his Alabama town.

From Serial and This American Life comes a seven-part podcast, S-Town. Arriving March 28.
posted by mr_bovis to MetaFilter on Mar 23 at 2:47 PM
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And so it went.

NBC News Overnight, a live one-hour news program, aired for about seventeen months starting on July 5, 1982. Its debut coincided with a lunar eclipse, and despite science reporter Robert Bizel’s disappearance during the live broadcast (he went for some coffee), it was a success from the first night. It was probably the best-written, best-executed news program ever produced. It never talked down to its viewers because, from day one, it never assumed that the lowest common denominator was the way to go. Entirely the opposite, in fact. The writing was crisp, witty, and smart. Overnight closed its doors in the first week of December 1983, after NBC management dropped it because of low ratings. -- Never mind Jon Stewart, I still miss NBC News Overnight
posted by Room 641-A to MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 12:27 PM
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"People talk of Utopia in the present tense when they discuss it."

British conspiracy thriller Utopia [ previously / fanfare ] aired from 2013-14 and won an International Emmy for Best Drama. The Media Experiences project recently released the results of their production & audience research [pdf] into the cult drama. Drawing on over 70 interviews, the report highlights the show's transgressive aesthetics and its moral questions as appealing to an international audience that's remained in ongoing conversation with the show and its themes. In illustration, fanmade video essay "Utopia: Reinventing Onscreen Violence" analyzes how the show disrupts usual cinematic narratives of violence and stokes anxiety by disorienting binaries. (Links contain graphic violence & spoilers for the entire show.)
posted by mixedmetaphors to MetaFilter on Mar 20 at 9:17 AM
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Sticks Please!

5 American teenagers showcased their drum skills in their high school talent show-- (slyt) Teen walks onstage for talent show. When friends join, routine is unlike anything you've likely seen.
BOOM Baby!
posted by shockingbluamp to MetaFilter on Mar 20 at 10:00 PM
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Why'd you eat that leaf?

Kirby, an ode to a kitten by rap artist Aesop Rock, for his 2016 album The Impossible Kid, featuring clever rhymes, winsome puppetry, and an unbelievably cute kitten. The Impossible Kid on Genius.com.
posted by merriment to MetaFilter on Mar 18 at 11:25 AM
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Accessibility isn't free, and we need freedom to make things accessible

The University of California at Berkeley recently removed 20,000 videos of lectures from YouTube in response to a lawsuit brought by two students from another university under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The videos lacked closed captions and alternative formats for visual information and were therefore not accessible to some users with disabilities.
posted by xylothek to MetaFilter on Mar 18 at 9:12 AM
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If somehow this all causes Paul Ryan to lose his speakership I will be so happy and it will not be schadenfreude because there will be nothing shameful about it. I am avoiding sugar during Lent but if Paul Ryan steps down I will declare it a feast day and I will bake a celebratory cake and I will write Go to Hell Paul Ryan with icing in lovely... [more]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to MetaFilter on Mar 24 at 7:59 AM
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shouldn't the republicans be forced to bring the bill to term [view]
posted by prize bull octorok to MetaFilter on Mar 24 at 12:42 PM
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Sen Udall (D-NM), other Ds, intro bill requiring disclosure of visitor logs at the WH and other locations Trump regularly conducts business. (unlike in the Obama admin, the WH visitor logs have not been posted online since 1/20) The bill is called the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act [view]
posted by melissasaurus to MetaFilter on Mar 24 at 10:01 AM
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yay, the white house is leaving nunes to twist in the wind: Rep Swalwell "as I sit here tonight we have still NOT seen the evidence that Nunes took to WH first. We are DEMANDING to see it by tomorrow" -- @aliasvaughn Somewhere Nunes is realizing, when you're at the table with Trump, look for the Chris Christie. If you don't... [more]
posted by murphy slaw to MetaFilter on Mar 24 at 8:19 AM
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Here's hoping that today is the first concrete victory we've gotten since the depressing failure that was November 8. I want to remind us all of the MAJOR victory we succeeded in getting around the Muslim ban. We did that. We took to the airports. We (attorneys) sat at the airports all night arguing with CBP. We (protesters) fed and... [more]
posted by Sophie1 to MetaFilter on Mar 24 at 8:28 AM
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The cake is finished, and I'm eating my words even as I type this. I must remind you, do not click on the following link to the cake pictures unless you are willing to endure seeing the worst cake writing you will ever see, and that's including stuff you see on cakewrecks.com. Really, my cakewriting skills are at the level of an excited six year... [more]
posted by sotonohito to MetaFilter on Mar 24 at 7:41 PM
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Hey Republicans, don't worry, that burn is covered under the Affordable Care Act -- Senator Bob Menendez (D) NJ [view]
posted by murphy slaw to MetaFilter on Mar 24 at 1:01 PM
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Of course, at this point talking about the Supreme Court, investigations, or Comey, or whatever seems kind of like whistling past the graveyard to me. I'm very close to convinced that we're now inevitably on track to major wars, major disruption of trade, and the massive humanitarian crisis that will involve. I'm pretty sure that even if Trump was... [more]
posted by sotonohito to MetaFilter on Mar 20 at 8:36 AM
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my name is duck and wen its nite and the pond is algae blight and all the men haf gon to bed I swim out late I lik the bred [view]
posted by nubs to MetaFilter on Mar 23 at 10:33 AM
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They struggle with the federal budget deficit, and they like the idea of personal responsibility Oh bullshit. If they struggled with the deficit they would've become lifetime Democrats when George W. Bush turned an all-time record surplus into a then all-time record deficit. [view]
posted by kirkaracha to MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 3:32 PM
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I'm at the grocery store right now buying a cake mix and some frosting to write with. Pictures to follow soon. Also, apparently my inability to be right in any political prediction continues unbroken. Hmmmm..... I confidently predict that Trump will not resign! Mark my words he will still be president in six months! Let's see if I can... [more]
posted by sotonohito to MetaFilter on Mar 24 at 1:48 PM
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“People in this community are very conservative. They struggle with the federal budget deficit, and they like the idea of personal responsibility,” said Phil Ennen, the president and chief executive of Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, which has a 75-bed hospital in Bryan. “But at the same time, we have a lot of friends and family and... [more]
posted by Joey Michaels to MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 3:28 PM
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No deal on Gorsuch -- Schumer just announced on the Senate floor that he's voting no on Gorsuch and that McConnell will need to get 60 votes or get rid of the filibuster if he wants Gorsuch confirmed. Paraphrase: "Our goal is not to change the rules, it's to change the nominee." [view]
posted by melissasaurus to MetaFilter on Mar 23 at 7:17 AM
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[lurking intensifies] [view]
posted by Existential Dread to MetaFilter on Mar 24 at 10:01 AM
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Here is what I try to bear in mind: we have had presidents who were in favor of open, widespread chattel slavery. We have had presidents who were vocally indifferent to widespread lynching. And before we do that whole "but the police, but the prisons, don't you know that the present is just as bad as the past" - back in those days the... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaFilter on Mar 22 at 2:50 PM
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There should be a word in German for how much I'm enjoying schadenfrau's birthday. [view]
posted by kelborel to MetaFilter on Mar 23 at 11:03 AM
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Has it ever happened that a Supreme Court nominee, during his confirmation hearing, has one of his decisions thoroughly slapped down by a UNANIMOUS decision of the Supreme Court? Well, it has now. [view]
posted by darkstar to MetaFilter on Mar 22 at 10:42 AM
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Can someone explain why a bipartisan investigation can't happen now? I'm not connecting the dots. The fundamental purpose of the House Intelligence Committee -- which was created in 1975; that's technically wrong but essentially correct for the purposes of this discussion -- to conduct oversight of the executive branch (specifically, of... [more]
posted by cjelli to MetaFilter on Mar 22 at 1:36 PM
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Al Franken continuing to impress with his hard-hitting questioning of nominees. Watch Al Franken shut down Gorsuch’s cruel decision in the ‘Frozen Trucker’ case. “What you’re talking about here is the plain meaning rule. Here is what the rule means. When the plain meaning of a statute is clear on its face, when its meaning is obvious, courts... [more]
posted by triggerfinger to MetaFilter on Mar 21 at 3:24 PM
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>WHY THE HELL IS HEALTHCARE SO EXPENSIVE IN THE FIRST PLACE? > because of end-of-life care being really expensive ... Bullshit. Americans spend roughly twice as much per capita as citizens of every other developed country in the world, with no better outcome. Now Republicans would say we just spend too much money on old... [more]
posted by JackFlash to MetaFilter on Mar 24 at 1:59 PM
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