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'We should have called them education camps.'

Late in the evening, early in the morning, really, on this day, at just about this time, 72 years ago, Norbert Masur, a Swedish volunteer from the World Jewish Congress sat down to talk to Heinrich Himmler in hopes of freeing and bettering treatment of Jews still remaining in concentration camps. Himmler was meant to arrive on the evening of the 20th, but was held up late celebrating Hitler's birthday and did not arrive until 2:30AM on the 21st. This is his first-hand account.
posted by maryr to MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 3:46 PM
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Build a Better Monster

The correct way to play Pac Man, of course, is to consume as much as possible while running from the ghosts that relentlessly pursue you. This was a valuable early lesson in what it means to be an American.
posted by bashism to MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 11:47 PM
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Yessiree, just your average ordinary week of healthy eating.


What bullets do to bodies

The gun debate would change in an instant if Americans witnessed the horrors that trauma surgeons confront every day.
24 hours with Dr. Amy Goldberg, Chair of Surgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
posted by Rumple to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 7:47 PM
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“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.”

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Creates a Chilling Man’s World [The New York Times] “In Hulu’s spectacular “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Ms. Moss is Offred, a baby-making slave in the Republic of Gilead, which is what part of the United States (New England, roughly) has become after a fertility crisis and a theocratic coup. It’s set in a near future that looks like the 1600s. “Mad Men” may have resonated with today, but it gave viewers the comfortable vantage of history, the reassurance that we had come a long way, baby. “The Handmaid’s Tale” argues — with an assist from current events — that progress is neither automatic nor irreversible. “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel, is a cautionary tale, a story of resistance and a work of impeccable world-building. It is unflinching, vital and scary as hell.”
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 9:12 AM
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Full of sound and fury/ Signifying, umm, what?

This weekend the Trump Administrations will mark 100 days in office, with little of substance, but plenty of activity and noise, often breaking (or seriously bending) Trump's own promises in the process. Lots of goalpost-moving in just the last 24 hours, so shall we wade in?
posted by martin q blank to MetaFilter on Apr 27 at 12:11 PM
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The Struggles of Writing About Chinese Food as a Chinese Person

Our food is still largely looked on upon from the sidelines as a mysterious cuisine of antiquity. Only certain dishes like noodles, dumplings, kebabs, and rice bowls have been normalized. The majority is still largely stigmatized because, bluntly put, white people have not decided they like it yet. Clarissa Wei writes 2500 words for Vice.com's Munchies section.
posted by cgc373 to MetaFilter on Apr 25 at 3:15 PM
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"Hello land dog, I am water dog."

Start the weekend off right with this collection of charming animal memes.
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 7:49 AM
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Super Collier shares the gist of why he's so precocious

Jacob Collier discusses harmony and music theory. The jazz wunderkind shows off his ridiculously precise perfect pitch by, among other things, singing the super-ultra-hyper-mega-meta lydian scale PERFECTLY.
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 3:53 PM
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No I Can't Even Is Just The Beginning

Weirdly, thinking about Graham’s number has actually made me feel a little bit calmer about death... On coming to grips with g_64.
posted by klausman to MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 11:59 PM
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A large but weak web.

The Republican Lawmaker Who Secretly Created Reddit’s Women-Hating ‘Red Pill’. An investigation by The Daily Beast has discovered a trail of posts and aliases linking a Republican New Hampshire state representative to the creation of Reddit's misogynist RedPill sub. Subreddit Drama thread. r/politics thread. r/TheRedPill itself, for those unfamiliar with the topic. (content warning for all of the above reddit threads, especially the last.)
posted by soundguy99 to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 6:23 AM
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0x100 bytes, no filler

A Mind Is Born is a C64 demo with a driving hypnotic soundtrack. The program is 256 bytes long. How it works: A Mind Is Born
posted by scruss to MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 7:18 PM
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baby llama hums a tune hums a tune tune

Llama llama
red pajama
feels alone
without his mama
J. Cruz, the host of The Cruz Show has been asking rappers to freestyle the words to the popular children's book Llama Llama Red Pajama (previously) "for my kids." Ludacris' version this week may be the best one yet.
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 11:15 AM
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Even more deadly than The House on Pooh Corner

In the University of Michigan library, they have the most dangerous book in the world: Shadows from the Walls of Death. Eighty-six pages long, it has no words.
posted by dances_with_sneetches to MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 1:18 PM
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Signs From The March For Science

CNN has a slideshow (doesn't reload entire page for each image) of 11 signs from the March For Science. WaPo has their own single page picture set. Time has a decidedly anti-Trump editorial selection. Boston gets really nerdy, which is sort of expected.
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 1:52 PM
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Scritch your birdos.


The Shipping News: Containers (Podcast)

Oakland, California. The war in Vietnam. Global trade. Logistics, then and now. The thread that links them over time and space? Containers, the subject of an 8-part audio documentary hosted by Alexis Madrigal. "Throughout the documentary, Alexis uses a collection of anecdotes to explore how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. In doing so, he provides an insightful, in-depth perspective regarding the role that global trade has had in shaping capitalism, ushering in the world of commerce as we know it today."
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 5:18 PM
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Adoption Is A Feminist Issue, But Not For The Reasons You Think

In their efforts to cure what they see as a moral crisis infecting our nation, the anti-choice movement has historically thrown their power, money, and influence behind their two favorite antidotes to abortion: abstinence-only education and adoption. In any era when reproductive rights are being rolled back, as they are now, feminists need to get stronger and clearer about where we stand and what we’re fighting for. We all know, both from data and from common sense, that abstinence education is not only a failure but wildly detrimental to the health and safety of young people. But there doesn’t yet seem to be a broader understanding, even in the mainstream feminist and pro-choice movements, that promoting adoption has its problems too.
posted by Blasdelb to MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 9:12 AM
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I think that a lot of the men who are successfully seduced by this nonsense might have benefited instead from treatment for the social anxiety and depression that was likely making them so unsuccessful with women. This is a really charitable interpretation, and it's one I used to believe. But I really, really don't feel that's the case... [more]
posted by corb to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 8:23 AM
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I said: "Me too! Old Millennial, Nokia 2000 series cohort or Old Millennial, Nokia 3000 series cohort?" He said: "Old Millennial, Nokia 3000 series cohort." I said: "Go crawl into your safe space in hell, you coddled little punk!" and pushed him off the bridge. [view]
posted by Behemoth to MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 11:02 AM
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Oh look. A bunch of men managed to turn a thread about a violent, rapey leader of a modern misogynist hate group turning out to be an elected official into a thread about male pain, rather than the pain this hate group and its ilk inflicts on women, which is at least several orders of magnitude greater. What, the founder of a misogynist hate... [more]
posted by schadenfrau to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 9:42 AM
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Good lord y'all type fast. Here's some slow thoughts for a fast-moving thread. I teach at an art school, I work on aesthetics and philosophy of art, and I teach courses on the visual in relationship to violence. So I've had a lot of conversations about this painting, and a lot of colleagues who want to pin me to an assertion about whether the... [more]
posted by felix grundy to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 7:40 PM
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This latest verse same as the first: Men are afraid women will laugh at them, women are afraid men will kill them. My giveafucks for men afraid that women are laughing at them are in vanishingly low supply (especially because HEY GUESS WHAT men laugh at women too and I have a whole adolescence full of male mocking and rejection of my own, thanks)... [more]
posted by soren_lorensen to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 9:06 AM
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My first job after I graduated from college was at a local Planned Parenthood clinic. I started as a Family Planning Specialist. We FPSs did all the front office medical stuff (making appointments, taking payments, answering the phones, etc.) plus we counseled women and men about birth control options, STDs, safer sex, and yes, pregnancy counseling.... [more]
posted by cooker girl to MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 9:57 AM
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Every Sunday morning at hangover o'clock someone was buzzing my intercom and not answering when I pick-up. Like a prank phone call. On the third weekend in a row of this I threw off the covers, yanked on some jeans and raced outside to confront the phantom asshole. And they were still there! Fucking around with the intercom. She didn't even notice... [more]
posted by adept256 to MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 12:35 AM
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From St. Paul: "This march would be twice as big if the control group didn't have to stay home" [view]
posted by Flannery Culp to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 2:07 PM
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In re the Strange Fruit example - I think we tend to forget that times change and cultural production changes, and representation changes. Like, in the seventies and eighties in science fiction writing, very few white writers wrote characters of color at all - even left wing writers. And there were many fewer SF writers of color than... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 5:46 PM
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I know I should get my own blog, but I think this little anecdote may relate to this post: I blew up at work today and I will probably be in trouble come Monday. A large group of lower enlisted (miltary) folks and civilians were having a very excited conversation just outside of my office about how awesome it is that we're finally going to... [more]
posted by snsranch to MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 7:15 PM
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Fuck Kalanick, fuck Uber, fuck the fucking "gig economy" and then fuck Kalanick again because fuck him, that's why. [view]
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Apr 23 at 12:49 PM
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I think the one thing all millennials have is being a digital native - growing up with computers and being comfortable with them in a way older people aren't. This persistent myth causes problems at my mother's university every year, as some new process becomes entirely managed online and a bunch of incoming students just don't know... [more]
posted by the agents of KAOS to MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 11:15 AM
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@realDonaldTrump (early this morning): "Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!" I know these sorts of comments are the new normal now, but it's amazing how not at all normal this is. This is the President of the United States embracing... [more]
posted by zachlipton to MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 11:08 AM
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why can't we acknowledge both? I don't feel like "the plight of the boy who wants to date the prettiest girl in school" is particularly unexamined at this point. [view]
posted by KathrynT to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 8:50 AM
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Virginia Hefferman, This Is What Makes My Head Spin. (in its entirety): The president is not a moral figure in any idiom, any land, any culture, any subculture. I’m not talking about the liberal enlightenment that would make him want the country to take care of the poor and sick. I mean he has no Republican values either. He has no honor among... [more]
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 9:55 PM
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I posted this link back in January, but it's relevant to the current discussion: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It describes how President Obama went to Newtown two days after the shootings and worked his way through room after room of grieving families, listening to them, hugging them, being there for them. Not... [more]
posted by zachlipton to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 11:03 PM
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This comment from the /r/politics thread is pretty funny: "how did new hampshire elect a sentient fedora" [view]
posted by Pendragon to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 6:47 AM
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Angela Merkel reportedly had to explain the 'fundamentals' of EU trade to Trump 11 times President Trump did not understand that the US cannot negotiate a trade deal with Germany alone and must deal with the European Union as a bloc, a senior German official told The Times of London. "Ten times Trump asked [German chancellor Angela... [more]
posted by futz to MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 11:58 AM
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I think the one thing all millennials have is being a digital native I think a defining characteristic of being an old millennial is that you lived on both sides of the digital divide. You were old enough to remember and participate in the analog world, yet grew up alongside and feel comfortable in the digital one. [view]
posted by mpbx to MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 11:07 AM
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The problem with the "oh, won't somebody think of the assholes and the trauma they had to endure in order to become assholes" argument is that it ignores all the trauma that women also endure, not only from the same forces that supposedly radicalized the redpillers but from the redpillers themselves. [view]
posted by KathrynT to MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 8:41 AM
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