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Unite the Right Descends on Charlottesville, Virginia

On 11 August 2017, alt-right protesters surrounded counter-demonstrators standing in a ring around the Thomas Jefferson statue at UVA in Charlottesville, VA. This was a preamble to the main Unite the Right rally, taking place today. ACLU Virginia is present and posting updates via Twitter.
posted by CMcG to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 9:48 AM
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How one man built a $51m theme park for his disabled daughter

A father from Texas realised there were no theme parks where his disabled daughter could play. So he decided to build one. "We wanted a theme park where everyone could do everything, where people with and without special needs could play," Gordon Hartman says.
posted by Faintdreams to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 5:34 AM
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The Legion Lonely

Over the past few decades, loneliness has reached almost epidemic levels, with men uniquely suffering its effects. How and why has isolation become such a threat? The phrase “No known relatives” appears repeatedly in police reports of the dead men’s homes. Letters of regret were found on floors and in backs of drawers: “I would like to see you if that’s possible, when you come to the city”; “It seems to me that our family should have gotten along.” The single rooms of the deceased are described as “roach infested” and “a complete mess,” indicating few or no visitors. The women...had people who checked up on them and so kept them alive; the men did not. “When you have time please come visit me soon at my place,” read another letter, unsent.
posted by chococat to MetaFilter on Aug 11 at 11:21 AM
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Amazing A Capella by the Beach Boys

Just the vocals of "Wouldn't It Be Nice," showcasing the sophistication of Brian Wilson. There's a lot of info here about the actual construction of the song and the harmonies and the advanced musical methodology used. I've been listening to this song for 40 years or so and was astonished at this a capella version.
posted by MovableBookLady to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 1:44 PM
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Reacting swiftly, Mayor Quimby has declared Mob Rule.

A busy week for the President: a Nazi uprising in Charlottesville, resulting in one dead and several wounded, received a slow response and alarming equivocation from Trump regarding which “side” was worse. Widespread public backlash at his Nazi apologia - across the political spectrum - led to the resignation of several industry and public sector leaders from various advisory councils. Charities began canceling Mar-a-Lago events. One Congressman begin steps to introduce Impeachment. A week into the debacle, key advisor Steve Bannon “resigns”, with possibly more to be purged. Undaunted, Trump is planning another campaign rally in Phoenix, making noises about pardoning convicted criminal ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
posted by darkstar to MetaFilter on Aug 18 at 1:49 PM
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Current female fronted rock

Wolf Alice: Brilliant indie rock, stretching from folk to punk. Watch Yuck Fou and Don't Delete the Kisses, from their upcoming sophmore album 'Visions of a Life', and one of their first songs Fluffy.
posted by signal to MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 7:01 AM
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"You are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor"

Previously on Metafilter, British tech company Nanosystems created VantaBlack, the world's darkest color. As a promotional push, they sold exclusive artistic rights to the material to renowned artist Anish Kapoor. This didn't sit well with painter Stuart Semple and his contemporaries.
posted by The Pluto Gangsta to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 5:18 PM
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Hugos in Helsinki

Women swept nearly every category at the 2017 Hugo Awards - the annual SF award won an award of its own and managed to be largely free of the slating problems of recent years, whose instigators have largely moved on to the Dragon Awards. Worldcon, host of the Hugo Awrds, was without some controversy though, with the withdrawal of A Home for the Old (dropbox PDF) a planned LARP dealing with Alzheimer's disease.
posted by Artw to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 11:59 AM
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HyperCard at 30

August 11 was Hypercard's 30th birthday, and to celebrate, the Internet Archive has made a bunch of stacks available through emulation.
posted by adamrice to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 3:44 PM
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Not a culture fit


The frogurt is also cursed.


Wild Geology of the Pacific Northwest

Nick Zentner, of Central Washington University, lectures entertainingly on the rather exciting geology of the Pacific Northwest in the US. Great Earthquakes of the Pacific Northwest discusses the infamous "everything west of I-5 is toast" New Yorker article. Flood Basalts of the Pacific Northwest explains how the Yellowstone hot spot came to dominate the landscape of the Northwest. Ice Age Floods, Lake Missoula, Bonneville Flood and the Columbia River Basalts describes the catastrophic ice age floods that roared down the Columbia river gorge.
posted by Bee'sWing to MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 11:35 AM
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Is Trauma Genetic?

People who have been subject to repeated, centuries-long violence, such as African Americans and Native Americans, may by now have disadvantage baked into their very molecules. The sociologist Robert Merton spoke of the “Matthew Effect,” named after verse 25:29 of the Book of Matthew: “For unto every one that hath shall be given ... but from him that hath not shall be taken.” Billie Holiday put it even better: “Them that’s got shall have; them that’s not shall lose.”
posted by Bella Donna to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 11:37 AM
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Wedding rings don't grow on carrots, you know. Oh wait, they do.

August 2017: Canadian woman finds long-lost diamond engagement ring on a carrot growing in her garden. November 2016: German man finds long-lost wedding ring on a carrot growing in his garden. November 2011: Swedish woman finds long-lost wedding ring on a carrot growing in her garden.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 12:17 PM
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Eight small things worth your time

The New York Times has a lovely feature looking at 8 short things, very closely. A 90 second scene from Freaks and Geeks that "takes you from melancholy to sheer delight." A pizza being made. An Eddie Murphy joke. An amazing adaptation of the Swan in dance. The erection of a building on the High Line. The 2-second bleat of Law and Order. A lyric from Lil Uzi Vert. A shoe painted by Manet.
posted by blahblahblah to MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 11:02 AM
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Ping! Pop! Poof!


So ignore the news and forget about anything stressing you out today...

Man makes a big ol' cat maze out of cardboard boxes. It's cats playing in a cat maze of boxes. Need I say more?
posted by jenfullmoon to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 3:27 PM
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The only thing I’d be impartial about is what prison this guy goes to.

More than 200 potential jurors were excused during the jury selection process for the trial of Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals. Among the reasons jurors gave for feeling that they could not be impartial: Shkreli disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan, and he kind of looks like a dick. Shkreli was convicted on three of eight counts and says he is "delighted" with the verdict. His sentence has not yet been issued.
posted by xylothek to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 8:27 AM
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In a world where...


UK politicians trying to get their cats wedged into Parliament

With one Member of Parliament not finding vermin amewsing and resorting to bringing her cats to work, the problem of effective pest control in the corridors of power worsens. Costs are rising - nearly £9k was spent on catching moths and £16k was spent on a hawk to control pigeons in 2016/17 - but rule-making officials remain unpurrsuaded and cats are banned. This is viewed as a negative catitude to felines, as nearby Whitehall has five cats: Larry the Number 10 cat, Palmerston the Foreign Office boss, Gladstone the Treasury puss and Evie and Ossie from the Cabinet office. Even a nearby cathedral has a cat with a book deal. Rat-infested politicans who have complained for years are holding out for some pawsitive news.
posted by Wordshore to MetaFilter on Aug 17 at 3:54 AM
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"alt-right protesters" We need to to call them what they are: white supremacists. It was not an "alt-right protest," it was a neo-fascist, white supremacist march. [view]
posted by standardasparagus to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 10:13 AM
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@JuliusGoat Imagine if these people ever faced actual oppression. - Nobody is trying to legislate away their right to marry. Nobody is trying to make them buy insurance to pay for 'male health care.' - The law never: Enslaved their great-grandparents, Robbed their grandparents, Imprisoned their parents, Shot them when unarmed - There is no... [more]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 9:11 AM
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All I’m saying is that if violent acts are happening in your name and endorsed by David Duke and perpetrated by people waving signs with your name on it and wearing hats with your catchphrase on it, after you have asked Jeff Sessions and the department of Justice to stop investigating white supremacist terror groups exactly like this one, and all... [more]
posted by still_wears_a_hat to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 2:52 PM
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Great exchange spotted on Twitter: "If you keep calling people Nazis for months on end, what did you think was going to happen?" "If they weren't Nazis, nothing. Feminists have been called 'Nazis' for for decades and haven't waved a swastika flag yet." [view]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 1:16 PM
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They're at a white supremacist rally. Odds are they're already unemployed. No no no no. Don't pretend these people aren't in positions of power. Those militia members aren't unemployed: Oath Keepers and Three Percenters actively recruit current law enforcement and military members. These are not the people society rejects. They are... [more]
posted by yeoldefortran to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 11:37 AM
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You go outside, turn around three times, curse and spit. I was reminded of this weird MetaFilter spitting curse thing today. I'm in France at the moment, typing this comment in a house that was taken over by the Nazis during the occupation and used as a barracks. This morning I was in the bar/tabac in the village buying fags when an... [more]
posted by jack_mo to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 3:02 PM
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After Nazi Germany surrendered, the Allied powers undertook a massive program of de-Nazifying Germany. It was an effort that included tearing down Nazi monuments, but more critically one that involved including education about the evils of Nazism in German schools and propaganda and legal efforts to prevent a Lost Cause style mythology from growing... [more]
posted by sotonohito to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 7:35 AM
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The idea that white supremacists are poor whites with nothing going on is poisonous and false. Fascism has always been a middle-class phenomenon and Trump's largest base of support is upper-middle-class white people. [view]
posted by Pope Guilty to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 11:33 AM
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My father fought in World War II. Yeah, that makes me old. My father was about fifty when I was born; my mom was in her thirties. I'm now the age my father was when he died; it turns out that cigarette habit he picked up in the war wasn't good for him. I don't remember him, of course. All I have are a few blurry photograhs of him and a book... [more]
posted by MrVisible to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 10:49 PM
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Put another way: I think a lot of people were operating under the assumption that Trump was a kind of Racist Uncle -- someone who's racist, and who brings that up every Thanksgiving oh gosh, but isn't actively out marching in the streets enacting racist violence; that his was a kind of lazy racism driven by ignorance, rather than an embrace of... [more]
posted by supercrayon to MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 9:26 PM
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They said the driver was scared Goddamn, those are the magic words, aren't they? They always say that, police officer and private citizen alike, because that phrase is the cheat code that makes police half-ass their investigation and gives you admin rights over a (carefully selected) jury to secure your exoneration. Meanwhile, women... [more]
posted by lord_wolf to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 12:23 PM
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Judis posits three possible explanations for The Shithead's behaviour: a) That it is all in service of some political strategy of creating some sort of "workers party" based on nationalism, protectionism, and "abandoning political correctness", b) that he is an out-and-out white nationalist/supremacist or c) that he's... [more]
posted by mmoncur to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 6:18 PM
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You know what I can't get over? What's almost as bad as the violence itself? It's looking around me and walking through this country of ours, in and among white people, and wondering which ones are okay with this terrorism. It's why I barely went out in the immediate days after the election. My mental monologue was a constant shrieking litany of... [more]
posted by yasaman to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 1:27 PM
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I headed into the room occasionally used by a clueless right wing relative (note: we are both Canadian) and tore down that stupid fucking Confederate battle flag he has had as one of the wall decorations for years. So, this isn't to specifically call you out ricochet biscuit, because individual situations are complex and you're in Canada,... [more]
posted by threeturtles to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 10:14 PM
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The driver was clearly experiencing economic anxiety. [view]
posted by stet to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 12:12 PM
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Express one's self within the scripted confines, defer to authority and avoid all real challenge or danger. As if ending white supremecism would ever be easy or safe. It was nice that people cared enough to show. I look forward to seeing all of them back in the streets the next time SPD murders another unarmed POC. I'll be over here, holding my... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 7:10 PM
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Let's talk about the United Daughters of the Confederacy! sorry about the JSTOR links. I'll send ya PDFs if you need The organization was founded in 1894 with the express purpose of telling the "true" history of the Confederacy - immediately beginning by calling into question the accuracy of conventional, dominant histories of the... [more]
posted by Miko to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 8:41 PM
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My team found her quietness and her ability to develop sales presentations and connect with each client was very show-off-like Man, what an attention seeker! I can't stand people who quietly do their jobs in a professional and dilligent manner, it's just flamboyant and uncalled for. [view]
posted by Jon Mitchell to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 6:42 PM
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NYT: McAuliffe Counters Critics of Police Response to Charlottesville Violence Asked about the brawling and why police did not do more to control it, Brian Moran, Virginia’s secretary of public safety, said in an interview on Sunday that “it was a volatile situation and it’s unfortunate people resorted to violence.’’ But, he said, “From our plan,... [more]
posted by zachlipton to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 5:12 PM
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Copied from Reddit: So, I was there this morning. I went with my church to counter-protest. We saw a lot of the white nationalists (read: Nazis) making their way to the "demonstration." They had shields and helmets and thick dowel rods that were used as flag poles, but were nothing more than beating sticks. These people did not... [more]
posted by traveler_ to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 4:48 PM
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