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We Are Only One Menstrual Cycle in and There Is Blood in the Water

Here we go. Good afternoon, everyone. As you just saw, the President was honored to host a press conference just a short time ago.
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"Kellyanne, that makes no sense."

10 unanswered questions after Michael Flynn’s resignation: #1: What, if anything, did Trump authorize Flynn to tell the Russians before his inauguration? Today is day 26 of the Trump presidency; this morning, Matt Lauer eviscerated Kellyanne Conway on the Today show regarding the resignation of General Michael Flynn, which Paul Ryan is now claiming President Trump asked for. The AP is reporting that the North Korea leader's brother, Kim Jong Nam, was slain at airport in Malaysia, and Fox News is reporting that a Russian spy ship is patrolling off the East Coast of Delaware.
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The Russian Thread Reset


Allahu Akbar

The Meaning of Allahu Akbar, by Mehreen Kasana. "While sauntering through the woods during her daily walks in Virginia, my mother recorded a video of a deer with her youngling. They seemed calm looking at mama and continued enjoying the verdant surroundings. A few seconds into the video, you can hear my mother whisper 'Allahu Akbar' with love."
posted by Greg Nog to MetaFilter on Feb 13 at 7:59 AM
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Tradition is based on religion; religion is based on tradition

How did Indonesia and Malaysia become majority-Muslim when they were once dominated by Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms? This extensive (with citations!) answer by PangeranDipanagara on r/AskHistorians is worth every gold star it received.
posted by cendawanita to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 12:27 AM
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Where on earth has your Member of Congress gone?

In the past three months, the newly energized American left has been taking the advice to contact their local members of Congress with great gusto. Between phone campaigns that tie up phone lines and fill up voicemails, postcard campaigns, and most recently several Republican members of Congress who are outright refusing to hold town hall or public meetings, many angry constituents are meeting with a slightly unexpected problem. Elected officials who bravely claim to the media that the angry callers are paid provocateurs appear to have decided that actually facing local crowds is too intimidating. Consequently, the Indivisible Guide (previously) has published a helpful guide on what to do if your members of Congress appear to have gone into hiding rather than meet with you.
posted by sciatrix to MetaFilter on Feb 13 at 8:37 AM
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What Do You Do After Surviving Your Own Lynching

On August 7, 1930, three black teenagers were lynched in Marion, Indiana. James Cameron was one of them. He lived.
Cameron, the only known survivor of an American lynching, lived to 92 and committed his life to antiracism work, including founding the American Black Holocaust Museum. (Cameron previously on MetaFilter.)
posted by Etrigan to MetaFilter on Feb 16 at 12:53 PM
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4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump

In which Dale Beran traces the rise of 4chan and how a bunch of lulz-loving guys in their parents' basements seized on the loser-winner Trump as the ultimate prank on an outside world they had long abandoned. Long, but full of insights and well-worth the read. Ends with a challenge and note of hope for the left.
posted by criticalbill to MetaFilter on Feb 17 at 10:02 AM
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This question of library handwriting is an exceedingly practical one

In September 1885, a group of librarians spent four days discussing major issues for libraries, including handwriting. Though typewriters had been commercially available for over a decade, librarians were still handwriting their catalog cards to catalog their expanding collections, but their writing was without consistency . Thomas Edison was cited for his described handwriting style for telegraph operators (paywalled source), and from this, Melvil Dewey and his crew of “a dozen catalogers and librarians” hashed out the rules of library hand, a precise, almost mechanical style. If you enjoy that summary, you may enjoy The (Lengthy) Context and History of Library Hand, with ample notes and references.
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Feb 17 at 11:43 AM
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Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump


It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

The Web Field Manual is a curated list of resources focused on documenting only the best knowledge for designing experiences and interfaces on the web. It is an ever-expanding collection of knowledge and inspiration for web designers, by web designers.
posted by unliteral to MetaFilter on Feb 12 at 6:00 PM
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Nothing would make us happier than going out of business

"As hard as polio is, malaria is harder. As hard as reproductive health is, nutrition is harder than that. As hard as it is to save children under five, saving newborns is the hardest test of all. Still, we’re optimistic. Polio will soon be history. In our lifetimes, malaria will end. No one will die from AIDS. Few people will get TB. Children everywhere will be well nourished. And the death of a child in the developing world will be just as rare as the death of a child in the rich world." Bill and Melinda Gates respond to Warren Buffet's request for an update on the work of the Gates Foundation, ten years after the biggest single gift anyone ever gave anybody for anything. Profusely illustrated and hand-annotated, a rare uplifting moment for your 2017.
posted by RedOrGreen to MetaFilter on Feb 16 at 9:36 AM
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Revenge of the Lunch Lady

How an unassuming bureaucrat outsmarted Jamie Oliver and pulled off an honest-to-god miracle in one of America's unhealthiest cities. One West Virginia turns her school lunch program around; plus a brief history of school lunches in America featuring the National Frozen Pizza Institute.
posted by Hypatia to MetaFilter on Feb 13 at 11:06 AM
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Leave offerings - cream cheese packets or whipped cream vodka or butter


Good Good Goofs

The first episode (content warning: tarantulas) of the TV Show based on the podcast My Brother, My Brother And Me has dropped. What's MBMBAM, other than "an advice show for the modren era"? Well there's this long and very thoughtful meditation on the McElroy Brothers' brand of goofy kind humor. Or you could find out from the fans directly. Or just listen to some classic bits like Amelie, I Hate You, Ron, or Tim McGraw's Krav Maga.
posted by kmz to MetaFilter on Feb 16 at 1:49 PM
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The Anton Chekhov-George Saunders Humanity Kit

A little over three years ago I asked George Saunders whether I could sit in on one of his MFA classes at Syracuse, and, flabbergastingly, he said okay. In an effort to transmit the benefits of the taking the class to readers more widely, Maria Bustillos put together the Chekhov–Saunders Humanity Kit.
posted by AceRock to MetaFilter on Feb 17 at 6:54 AM
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"Al is unique. There’s nothing like him in the history of funny music."

WaPo: Was ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic the real star all along? After nearly 40 years of parodying celebrities, the accordion-playing nerd has become a legend in his own right.

"Pac-Man," a spoof of The Beatles' "Tax Man" from the new Weird Al box set, Squeeze Box.
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European Tree of the Year

"The purpose of the European Tree of the Year is to highlight the significance of old trees in the natural and cultural heritage that deserves our care and protection. Unlike other contests, the European Tree of the Year doesn't focus on beauty, size or age but rather on the tree's story and its connection to people. We are looking for trees that have become a part of the wider community."
Get your votes in now for the 2017 European Tree of the year!
The current leader is The Brimmon Oak of Wales, a beloved tree that has been in a family for generations - although a fierce contender is an 800-year old Lime tree that guards a Czech village. Past winners include an Oak tree that lives in the middle of a football field in Estonia and an old Lime tree in Hungary which is said to protect the forest with its magic power.
posted by vacapinta to MetaFilter on Feb 13 at 11:38 PM
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“Without stories, we wouldn't be human beings at all.”

Philip Pullman Unveils Epic Fantasy Trilogy The Book of Dust [The Guardian] “The as-yet-untitled first volume of The Book of Dust [Amazon], due out on 19 October, will be set in London and Oxford, with the action running parallel to the His Dark Materials trilogy [wiki]. A global bestseller since the first volume, Northern Lights, was published in 1995, Pullman’s series has sold more than 17.5m copies and been translated into 40 languages. Pullman’s brave and outspoken heroine, Lyra Belacqua, will return in the first two volumes. Featuring two periods of her life – as a baby and 10 years after His Dark Materials ended – the series will include other characters familiar to existing readers, as well as creations such as alethiometers (a clock-like truth-telling device), daemons (animals that are physical manifestations of the human spirit) and the Magisterium, the church-like totalitarian authority that rules Lyra’s world.” [Previously.]
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter on Feb 17 at 2:48 PM
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Numerosity: The Baker Segments

Numerosity was one of the earliest series of filmed segments to appear on Sesame Street. "The first batch of ten were all in the same style. They began with Jim’s hand-drawn animations accompanied by children singing to a melody by Joe Raposo [PREVIOUSLY]. Examples of the given number were revealed, ranging from body parts and shapes to toys and animals, and each film ended with the dramatic entrance of a baker, played by Alex Stevens, carrying the appropriate number of cakes, pies, or ice cream sundaes. In Jim’s voice, he announced what he was carrying and immediately tumbled down the stairs. While these films aired on the early seasons, they were eventually deemed to be too violent and dropped from the rotation."[via]
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I had the first face to face meeting with my therapist since the election yesterday (I'd been trying to get an appointment since November). As she usually does, at the start of the session, she asked me what I hoped to leave the session with. She's very oriented towards finding tools to help me cope with shit. Anyhow, I told her that since the... [more]
posted by Joey Michaels to MetaFilter on Feb 16 at 1:05 PM
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Allow me to introduce you to Aramark. Oh, I've spent enough of my life in Philly to know them very well indeed. Have you met their European cousin Sodexho? okay adamgreenfield, we need the full story of how you ate vending-machine lunch with Donald Trump. OK, that's a fair cop. I see I left myself open to this. Moderators... [more]
posted by adamgreenfield to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 10:27 AM
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To Trump, this kind of compromise and deal making where you need to reach mutually acceptable arrangements instead of winner take all ones must be totally baffling. He can't even fire federal employees unless theres a damn good reason! Sad, right? The President really is super powerful. But it requires subtle, persuasive, institutional,... [more]
posted by Tarumba to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 10:51 AM
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My arguments with my "traditionalist Catholic" mother have led me down a path I never would have expected. Bannon is not some lone nutcase who came up with all this crazy stuff on his own. He represents a (currently out of favor!) faction within the Catholic church. And in a sense, what is happening right now is Catholic church... [more]
posted by OnceUponATime to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 8:13 AM
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I want to expand on the "Trump is mentally not-OK" thing because I think there's a common thread of evidence here worth considering. Today at his press conference, Trump lied, again, about the size of his Electoral College victory. He's done this before. This is one of those "WTF are you doing" kind of lies, where it's... [more]
posted by 0xFCAF to MetaFilter on Feb 16 at 3:13 PM
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"I hope the CIA and the Pope can save us" -- 2017 everybody, wubba lubba dub dub [view]
posted by prize bull octorok to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 8:16 AM
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Alexandra Petri at WaPo The Trump administration is doing exactly what I do when I try to assemble Ikea furniture, in the sense that it has clearly not consulted any instructions and now before it has finished its cabinet a big piece has fallen off. [view]
posted by murphy slaw to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 8:50 AM
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Some or all of us might yet not survive it, but I thank providence every day that when the fascist regime finally came to the USA, it was the stupidest one of all fucking time. [view]
posted by Rust Moranis to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 9:37 AM
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I kinda wonder how many proud Republicans named their baby girls Kellyanne in the last few months and are starting to call them by their middle names now. "Look, we just decided your middle name sounded prettier, Riefenstahl" [view]
posted by Greg Nog to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 8:28 AM
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The rule that allowed these incompetent cabinet secretaries to waltz in on a 50+1 vote? That was instituted by Democrats, not Republicans, who thought checks and balances and needing to find compromise was inconvenient. "Inconvenient" might not fit the description of what was going on, and this deserves a closer look by anybody... [more]
posted by wildblueyonder to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 1:17 PM
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On refugees: "We've let thousands of people iInto our country, there was no documentation, there was no nothing." Below is the text of something I wrote up for a friend, who asked me for info about the refugee vetting process so she could go back to her father armed with facts. I typed out the info I saw in an infographic on... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Feb 18 at 3:27 PM
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From a Facebook post: I can't believe I'm saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making America great again. Just look at the progress made since the election: 1. Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement. 2. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google. 3. Millions... [more]
posted by triggerfinger to MetaFilter on Feb 19 at 3:59 PM
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Casting a permanent Conway is tricky. Perhaps the way to go is to make the Conway role itself a rotating guest spot, with different actors all the time (like Catwoman or Bobby Draper), which you could then compare and contrast against some Platonic ideal of Conway impersonations. A rotating guest spot within the same sketch,... [more]
posted by cjelli to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 8:27 AM
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So this was mentioned upthread but I wanted to emphasize this and give it some context: Alexander Acosta, when he was a prosecutor, cut Jeffrey Epstein a sweetheart deal to allow him to avoid Federal charges of child rape for his notorious sexual parties. Federal charges would almost certainly have allowed much more in-depth investigation of... [more]
posted by KathrynT to MetaFilter on Feb 17 at 12:06 AM
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Had an interesting, hour-long chat with a senior staffer in Senator Isakson's (R-GA) office yesterday. She's 70, and has been in politics since Reagan. We had a very candid and pleasant conversation, and I appreciated her experience and her taking the time to talk to me. Here are the high points of our conversation: I asked her if she,... [more]
posted by staggering termagant to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 9:14 AM
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Not that it needed an extra wrinkle of horrible, but the other fun fact about the picture of the five year-old in cuffs is that the child in question is a kindergartener from Maryland and a goddamned US citizen. The other other fun fact is that after he was released, after being detained for five hours as a security risk, when he was... [more]
posted by DirtyOldTown to MetaFilter on Feb 17 at 8:55 AM
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Just for fun, I went back to Obama's first press conference in 2009. Here are our two most recent Presidents talking about the auto industry and jobs; see if you can figure out who said what: A new Rasmussen poll, in fact — because the people get it — much of the media doesn’t get it. They actually get it, but they don’t write it. Let’s put it... [more]
posted by 0xFCAF to MetaFilter on Feb 16 at 1:21 PM
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This is a new level of humiliation. Christie says Trump made him order the meatloaf at meal together New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says President Donald Trump made him order meatloaf when they dined together at the White House this week. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, joined Trump at the White House on Tuesday. The Republican governor said... [more]
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I still want Iggy Pop to play KellyAnne [view]
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My god, we're only in week four. [view]
posted by darkstar to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 7:48 AM
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