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California bans salary history requirements

The new law, banning employers from asking about salary history, goes into effect Jan 1, 2018. AB 168 also requires employers to provide the pay scale on request - no more, "tell us what you made before, and we'll tell you if you might be a candidate for the position."
posted by ErisLordFreedom to MetaFilter on Oct 19 at 3:27 PM
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“Unimpressed women who don’t give a shit about you”


Midwestern Girl would very much like to be excluded from this narrative

A man travels from New York to Florida. There’s no reason for Midwestern Girl to be in this story, but there she is in Virginia at a rest stop, gas pump in her hand. Iowa, the man says, looking at her car’s tags. You’re a long way from home.
Am I? she wonders.
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Oct 21 at 7:46 AM
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Please, my cat Pierogi, she’s very missing

Grace Spelman has a new apartment, and a small white cat who likes to explore and hide. Can you help her find Pierogi?
posted by figurant to MetaFilter on Oct 23 at 10:42 AM
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Joni Mitchell: Fear of a Female Genius


Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination.

"...And so it was with a familiar disappointment that Somalis watched as details of the attack failed to headline broadcast news or resonate globally on social media. There was no impromptu hashtag of solidarity, no deluge of television coverage. It was as if the bombing were just another incident in the daily life of Somalis—a burst of violence that would fade into all the other bursts of violence. The lack of public empathy was startling but not surprising."
posted by ChuraChura to MetaFilter on Oct 18 at 1:51 PM
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The Taylor Compressor

The Taylor Compressor relies solely on the energy inherent in falling water. It is a machine that uses no moving parts, does not require any fuel to operate, and is completely self perpetuating as long as there’s an adequate supply of water. The hydraulic compressor at Victoria was able to supply enough compressed air to run the entire operation, including the hoists, rock crushers, drills, and even the mine’s short line railroad.
posted by Bee'sWing to MetaFilter on Oct 23 at 6:29 AM
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The confusion (and history) of Catalonia's efforts towards autonomy

The Catalonian desire for independence goes back almost 400 years, though the siege and ultimate surrender of Barcelona to Philip V, king of Spain was a key turning point. In fact, the Eleventh of September in Catalonia has been synonymous with large demonstrations in support of Catalan independence since 1714, when Barcelona fell to the troops of Philip of Bourbon. Since then, Catalonia has been a part of Spain, but with varying levels of regional independence. It is now facing a very real deadline: Carles Puigdemont, the region’s president, must clarify if the region declared independence by Thursday, October 19, 2017, as Spain is ready to impose direct rule on Catalonia on eve of this deadline.
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Oct 18 at 12:32 PM
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New Atheism's Idiot Heirs or 2nd Wave Internet Skepticism

In the heydey of the internet messageboard, let’s say in the 1990s, a certain species of idiot materialized. He was male, aggressively pedantic, self-professedly logical, committed to the hard sciences, prone to starting sentences with “actually,” and almost always devoted to the notion that his disbelief in God imbued him with intellectual superiority. This archetype’s golden years were the 2000s, a decade that saw George W. Bush’s politicized creationism and the use of web forums peak in unison.
posted by Telf to MetaFilter on Oct 17 at 7:52 PM
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Playing with FIRE

The internet subculture of FIRE (Financial Independence and Retiring Early) is a community of people working to retire (or achieve financial independence) at aggressively young ages using some unconventional methods.
posted by mosst to MetaFilter on Oct 17 at 9:38 AM
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On today's episode of Long Attention Span Theatre: Essays on Directors

Cameron Beyl, creator of The Directors Series has developed an impressive and epic (yet accessable) ongoing series of video essays examing the careers of the Coen Brothers (3.5 hrs in 7 parts), Stanley Kubrick (3 hrs in 5 parts), David Fincher (4 hrs in 5 parts), Paul Thomas Anderson (2.5 hrs in 5 parts), and Christopher Nolan (3.5 hrs in 4 parts.) In addition to the video essays there are many (too many to count) short articles covering everything from Captain Eo to Rob Zombie's CSI: Miami episode, "L.A." (h/t Open Culture)
posted by Room 641-A to MetaFilter on Oct 21 at 5:40 PM
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Lost Mothers

“The U.S. has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed world. Yet these deaths of women from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth are almost invisible.
We were struck by how many perished in the postpartum period, by the number of heart-related deaths, by the contributing role sometimes played by severe depression and mood disorders — and by the many missed opportunities to save lives.”
ProPublica and NPR have spent the last few months searching social media and other sources for mothers who died, trying to understand what happened to them and why.
posted by Grandysaur to MetaFilter on Oct 22 at 7:56 PM
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Fair-Weather Friendly

Affiliate marketing is the seedy underbelly of online product reviews and commerce. That won't surprise anyone, but the extent of these momentary, modern gold rushes might. David Zax receives a free mattress from a reviewer who can't give them away fast enough and decides to peel back a few of the industry's less plush layers.
posted by gilrain to MetaFilter on Oct 17 at 7:38 AM
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all-sequined sheath dresses, ridiculous ruffles, giant fake rhinestones

Tacky is also a way of saying, “That is too much.” It’s a way to say, “Hush.” You’re too loud, too bright, too attention-seeking. You take up too much space. You’re too costume-y. You’re too dramatic. Your excesses are not welcome here. Its antithesis is that old chestnut “flattering,” which, in my experience, applies to any item of clothing that makes you seem smaller than you are, both in personality and in physical size. (See also “tasteful,” which assumes a hell of a lot about whose taste you are trying to please.) An essay on tackiness, by Margaret Eby.
posted by Grandysaur to MetaFilter on Oct 19 at 6:27 PM
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She had become the unwanted mad

Culture profoundly shapes our ideas about mental illness, which is something psychologist Nev Jones knows all too well. David Dobbs writes about her experience at the intersection of culture, mental health, and academia.
posted by Rumple to MetaFilter on Oct 18 at 10:01 PM
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I think I may sneeze.

The complete (so far) Gazorra TNG Edits. Returning to the internet thanks to the deniably plausible youtuber Byron Hussie. A fresh new shelf for a mefi fave (Previously. Very Previously.) Because unceasing suffering needs some laugh breaks.
posted by mrjohnmuller to MetaFilter on Oct 19 at 8:49 AM
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rage

Rageaholic has matched over 200,000 YouTube videos to the last 20 years of ABC1's rage playlists in an easy to use interface. (They also have a free app: Google Play / Apple). The videos are a diverse mix of mainstream and rare music across many genres, including many little-known Australian, alternative and independent bands. (Via.) Also see: The The 30 Best 'Rage' Guest Playlists Ever.
posted by zarq to MetaFilter on Oct 18 at 12:58 PM
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Stuck

If you hold one mental image of [mathematician] Andrew Wiles, he wants it to be this: not the triumphant scholar with the medal around his neck, but the child learning to glory in the state of being stuck. Wiles is famous for cracking Fermat's Last Theorem. He was asked by blogger Ben Orlin what themes he would like to share with a broad public audience. So he talked about being stuck.
posted by storybored to MetaFilter on Oct 20 at 8:51 AM
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It was the early days of the graphic novel

The Bayeux Tapestry - all of it, from start to finish. (SLYT)
posted by 445supermag to MetaFilter on Oct 18 at 9:07 PM
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I think it is our national sin.

Gregg Popovich is head coach of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. At a time when black athletes and even black sports reporters are being targeted by Trump, Popovich has spent much of the past year stepping outside of his normally reserved role to use his white privilege in ways perhaps no white man in sports ever has.
posted by Bob Regular to MetaFilter on Oct 19 at 12:28 PM
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On the topic of John McCain, I'd like to bring up an incident from 1998. For those who weren't politically aware at the time, attacks on Chelsea Clinton by the American right always vicious, misogynist, and frequent. Which is probably why, at a fundraising dinner in 1998, John McCain felt comfortable with the following "joke":... [more]
posted by sotonohito to MetaFilter on Oct 17 at 9:19 AM
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@BFriedmanDC: 1. Let's talk for a minute about "he knew what he signed up for." 2. There's often a misconception among non-veterans that service members sign up with the expectation that they may die. 3. I did two tours in combat as an infantry officer and I never met a soldier who thought dying was a reasonable result of their... [more]
posted by scaryblackdeath to MetaFilter on Oct 17 at 9:46 PM
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Deep upthread someone asked how you win a debate against people who willfully disregard facts and reason. If I have a political project in my participation in these threads, it's in observing the ways that people presume that political disputes are resolved through debate and reason, and then observing how in all of those cases those disputes... [more]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick to MetaFilter on Oct 18 at 9:21 AM
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Here's that Ken Tremendous tweetstorm in a human-readable format: All of this recent Trump stuff reminds me of the parable of the Scorpion and the Frog. A Frog needs to cross a river. The Scorpion says, “Get on my back and I’ll take you across.” The Frog says, “But what if you sting me?” The Scorpion says, “I won’t sting you, I promise.” So... [more]
posted by The Tensor to MetaFilter on Oct 23 at 10:55 AM
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I'm all in favor of repeating "Trump" and "impeachment" over and over again. In case anyone asks "impeached? What for?" Here's that draft list of charges we came up with in some of the earlier threads, again... interested if anyone would add anything to this now. - He is violating the emoluments clause, and as a... [more]
posted by OnceUponATime to MetaFilter on Oct 21 at 4:54 AM
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I was just on Jeopardy! a week and a half ago (lost to Austin the bartender, but I at least gave him a run for his money and was competitive). While I didn't actually miss any questions, I was terrified of having a really stupid answer. When you know you are being filmed and are in a studio on the Sony lot and there are all the lights and people... [more]
posted by Falconetti to MetaFilter on Oct 19 at 6:27 PM
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the babies in the first link were riding in ambulances; the doctor followed on his motorcycle. Well, there goes that amazing mental picture that I had going for a few seconds there. [view]
posted by Halloween Jack to MetaFilter on Oct 18 at 1:19 PM
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Holy SHIT, Kelly is specifically and repeatedly saying that they know what they signed up for. Honestly - we did. At least I did, and the guys I served with did. We were all very aware that we could die, that signing up for the military meant we could die. The closer to combat, the more it was true. Infantrymen never get tired of... [more]
posted by corb to MetaFilter on Oct 19 at 2:05 PM
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Oh my god, yes. My friend likes to point out that Trump was elected by people who’d let him shit in their mouth if a liberal had to smell it [view]
posted by DoctorFedora to MetaFilter on Oct 17 at 5:02 AM
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when Republicans have been running on a platform of outlawing all abortion for 30+ years now with no substantive national policy to show for it. Hi, I would like to speak up for all the women who find it now impossible to get an abortion thanks to laws that require doctors to lie, clinics to close, and costs to go up to say: they've... [more]
posted by emjaybee to MetaFilter on Oct 17 at 10:04 AM
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So instead a white man attacked a black woman to protect his fascist racist boss. It's more than that. A retired United States Marine Corps general and the former head of both the US Southern Command and the Multinational Force West in Iraq and the former Secretary of Homeland Security for the United States of America just... [more]
posted by zarq to MetaFilter on Oct 20 at 8:43 AM
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‘A Soulless Coward’: Coach Gregg Popovich Responds to Trump Coach Pop called me up after hearing the President’s remarks explaining why he hadn’t mentioned the four US soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger. Trump said, “President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s... [more]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Oct 16 at 4:07 PM
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Paul Walkman, WaPo: Trump’s lie about Obama and fallen soldiers shows how he makes America dumber Now here’s why this matters. Yes, many news outlets pointed out that Trump wasn’t telling the truth. But there are probably three interns at Fox News who are now scouring old news reports to find some family member of a fallen soldier who... [more]
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Oct 17 at 3:59 PM
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Also who puts a Renoir on a plane? Well, technically, not Trump. [view]
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A three-star Michelin restaurant shouldn't really have a B- or C-team to begin with, and if they can't provide three star food and service on Bastille Day or any other given holiday they should just close for the day. [view]
posted by Room 641-A to MetaFilter on Oct 22 at 7:13 AM
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Q: Can [General Kelly] come out here and talk to us about this? ... Sarah Sanders: I think he's addressed that pretty thoroughly yesterday. Q: But he was wrong yesterday, talking about getting the money; the money was... Sarah Sanders: If you want to go after General Kelly that's up to you, but I think that... [more]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 to MetaFilter on Oct 20 at 11:29 AM
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I've seen most of the financial independence ideas summarized as "live like you're poor now, so you can live like you're poor for the rest of your life". Having actually lived poor I think I'll pass thanks. [view]
posted by Sternmeyer to MetaFilter on Oct 17 at 9:52 AM
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There is no excuse - none - for some of the missteps noted by the author regarding the staff behavior (cold tea, the nose blowing, unattended coat room) at a fine dining restaurant of that caliber. I don't care if it was a holiday, during a blizzard, and 5 minutes before closing. Part of paying that much for a restaurant experience is the... [more]
posted by brand-gnu to MetaFilter on Oct 22 at 5:35 AM
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Bill Kristol endorses Doug Jones over Roy Moore. Bill. Kristol. This is what NeverTrump really means. It means endorsing and aiding the other candidate that could win. Nothing less was ever sufficient. So good job, Kristol, you are the only true NeverTrumper. And yes, it physically hurts me to agree with you, but we have to acknowledge model... [more]
posted by T.D. Strange to MetaFilter on Oct 18 at 2:59 PM
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I'm trying to keep the conversations in my house Trump-free except for the most egregious incidences (which still take up time every single day Jesus), but last night my husband was like, "Man, Kelly really set people straight!" I ignored this until he didn't then shut up. My husband is a white Southern man who was right-leaning but... [more]
posted by thebrokedown to MetaFilter on Oct 20 at 6:25 AM
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