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March 6

It's Never OK

Today, the Ontario Government released a video called #WhoWillYouHelp (TW; potentially triggering scenes in video relating to sexual assault) as part of the $41-million It's Never OK action plan to end sexual assault and harassment within the province. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:30 AM - 0 comments

Fostering Profits

“You feel the pressure. You have to make those targets,” said a former worker whose name, due to a signed nondisclosure with Mentor, could not be used. “I went there because I care about services for kids. I eventually became a machine that cared about profits. I didn’t care about kids.” (SL Buzzfeed News Investigation. trigger warning: descriptions of sexual abuse and assault against children)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:15 AM - 4 comments

B4-XVI

beforesixteen - Highlighting an invisible conversation between hip hop and art before the 16th century. (SLTumblr)
posted by Uncle Ira at 10:02 AM - 1 comment

Who better to host a nature show about animals than a Dogg?

Last year Jimmy Kimmel teamed up with Snoop Dogg to produce the nature series, Plizzanet Earth. In the latest episode, Snoop Dogg tackles Otters vs. Crocs. (Mostly bleeped but probably NSFW for a few people.) [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 9:54 AM - 4 comments

Another tale of an idiosyncratic lawman

Swery65 is a game designer known for the cult class Deadly Premonition. Deadly Premonition was distinguished by its quirky Twin Peaks inspired storyline, lovingly rendered American small town gameworld, memorable characters, and unique gameplay. Swery's new series is an atmospheric mystery game, D4 (Dark Dreams Don't Die). D4 notably ditches the somewhat tacked on combat of Deadly Prem. in favor of a series of investigation mini-games more in line with old-school point and click adventures. Noted Let's Player SuperGreatFriend has been working his way through the game as it's released, and you can follow along to get a taste of Swery's latest unique creation.
posted by codacorolla at 9:50 AM - 0 comments

The Discipline of Blending In vs. Independence and Self-Confidence

How Do You Discipline a Child in the Post-Hitting Era? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 9:47 AM - 7 comments

Why Don’t Americans Know What Really Happened in Vietnam?

For a little perspective on the 50th anniversary, consider this: we’re now as distant from the 1960s as the young Bob Dylan was from Teddy Roosevelt. For today’s typical college students, the Age of Aquarius is ancient history. Most of their parents weren’t even alive in 1965 when President Lyndon Johnson launched a massive escalation of the Vietnam War, initiating the daily bombing of the entire country, North and South, and an enormous buildup of more than half a million troops.
posted by josher71 at 8:58 AM - 36 comments

Fathers have given their daughters to monsters before.

The Beauty and the Beast. The Children's Stories Made Horrific series at The Toast has always been nightmare fuel, drawing out the horror inherent in many children's stories, but the latest installment might be the most trenchant yet.
posted by kmz at 7:42 AM - 23 comments

Mercury, the sweetest of the transition metals!

Mercury is such a dense liquid that cannonballs float in it. Humans float on it too (you'll have to scroll down a bit for the picture), but it's probably not a good idea. If you just can't resist hopping in the mercury vat, elemental mercury is less likely to kill you than mercury compounds. It used to be sold as a laxative (officially branded Dr. Rush's Bilious Pills but colloquially known as "thunder clappers"); Lewis and Clark's campsites can sometimes be identified by the mercury they deposited along the way.
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 7:38 AM - 33 comments

"...the odds in all our games favor the lottery."

"It was the first step to uncovering what he says is a $134 million scam by the Oregon Lottery." Once upon a time, Oregon resident Justin Curzi was playing video poker on a Jacks or Better machine. He was playing draw poker, which allows you to discard cards. However, the game's "auto-hold" feature recommended that he discard a different card than he was considering--which he thought was terrible advice and would cut his chances of winning. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:19 AM - 39 comments

Butt Bat Girl

When Manga, public art and slapstick comedy collide [more inside]
posted by Megami at 7:09 AM - 7 comments

How should we describe the sexuality of historical figures?

It's a discussion that flared up recently at the house of Jane Addams. "Let’s start with an art history mystery. In 2006, a lifetime after Jane Addams passed away, Lisa Yun Lee took up the position of Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. One day she came across a fetching painting of a brunette in the museum's back offices. But, Lee says, “As soon as I started asking ‘Who is that person in the painting,’ there were hushed tones and confusion. And people said, ‘Well, some people say that it’s Jane Addams’ partner.’ Other people say it’s her biggest business supporter. Other people said, ‘Well, of course. It’s her lesbian lover.’” "
posted by sciatrix at 7:09 AM - 33 comments

"I wanted to make like a mini-movie."

Adam Ant - Stand & Deliver: The Documentary 2006. [SLYT]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:44 AM - 12 comments

Keep mining!

911 Metallurgist believes asteroids can save mankind [more inside]
posted by slogger at 6:31 AM - 16 comments

"I thought of it as an enterprise software problem I could solve."

Your new kidney is in the cloud. When former software developer David Jacobs was fortunate enough to get a kidney transplant eleven years ago, it occurred to him that there had to be a better way to match recipients with potential donors... so he bankrolled a company, and designed the cloud-based software needed to do it. As a result, thanks to paired kidney exchanges, a single kidney donation in San Francisco is saving six lives over the next few days... and will soon be saving a total of twelve lives, while removing people from the kidney waiting list, reducing the organ wait time for patients who don't have the time to spare.
posted by markkraft at 5:28 AM - 6 comments

Cooking by supercomputer

The robot cookbook: can a supercomputer write recipes? Watson, IBM’s supercomputer, has (with help from the Institute of Culinary Education) written what IBM's Florian Pinel calls "the first specimen of a new generation of smarter cookbooks". Do the unusual ingredient combinations work, or is plum pancetta cider really as disgusting as it sounds? IBM sent a food truck to SXSW to (ahem) road-test the recipes. Reports are, the Bengali butternut BBQ sauce is delicious. Of course, there's a TED talk.
posted by Lexica at 3:54 AM - 21 comments

Ready Rock

How did we get from the glorious battles of the Civil Rights Movement to the devastation of the crack plague? From the police crackdown on the marchers on the Selma bridge to the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner? From the nonviolence movement of courageous civil rights activists to the gang violence that has made homicide the number one cause of death for young black men? And finally from the impassioned eloquence of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” to the drug kingpin’s “I have a life sentence?” The War on Drugs.
Marc Levin writes about Freeway Rick Ross’s connection to Selma and a generation of prisoners.
posted by mannequito at 1:32 AM - 10 comments

March 5

The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi

As a Marine Captain in Iraq, Elliot Ackerman lost men fighting jihadis, but then he found himself breaking bread with a former adversary in a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:31 PM - 10 comments

Why I've posted 27,000 times to one online forum

Facebook and Twitter are indifferent to your conversation, as long as you’re having it on their platform. A veteran of the Rotten Tomatoes forums laments the decline of online forums in the age of social media.
posted by emelenjr at 9:31 PM - 53 comments

"My name comes out of my mouth in English."

The Right Words to Say: On Being Read as White (SLToast/Butter)
posted by kagredon at 9:16 PM - 36 comments

A man may have been kidnapped by Mexican drug cartels for his IT skills

A telecommunications worker has disappeared, and there seems to be evidence that drug cartels are responsible. Missing man Felipe del Jesús Peréz García is one of about 40 IT professionals who have been taken in the region, possibly to maintain communications infrastructure for drug lords.
posted by averysmallcat at 9:00 PM - 15 comments

Get ready to rumble, if you are furry and nurse your offspring.

That's right - it's time for Mammal March Madness! "Battle outcome is a function of the two species' attributes within the battle environment. Attributes considered in calculating battle outcome include temperament, weaponry, armor, body mass, fight style, and other fun facts that are relevant to the outcome. These are one on one- head to head combat situations- um except for the mythical mammals that have multiple heads. Some random error has been introduced into calculating battle outcome & the amount of that error is scaled to the disparity in rankings between combatants. Early rounds, the battle occurs in the better-ranked species' habitat (home court advantage). BUT once we get to the ELITE EIGHT, battle location will be random: forest, semi-arid desert, intertidal zone, or snowy tundra." Action kicks off on March 9 with the wildcard match up between the pygmy jerboa and the bumblebee bat (Kitti's Hognosed Bat). You can follow the action on twitter using the hashtag #2015MMM or on the blog Mammals Suck. In the meantime, start filling out your brackets - common names or binomial nomenclature.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:18 PM - 13 comments

To survive on this shore

To survive on this shore: Photographs and interviews with transgender and gender variant older adults is a joint project of photographer Jess Dugan and professor Vanessa Fabbre. It combines photographs of transgender and gender variant people over the age of fifty with interviews about their life experiences of gender, identity, age, and sexuality.
posted by Stacey at 7:07 PM - 9 comments

Roller Coaster Tycoon

Carowinds Amusement Park just released a video of the very first test run of their brand new "Fury 325" roller coaster, which they claim is the biggest and fastest in the world. The initial hill rises to a height of 325 feet and the first drop is 81 degrees. Top speed is 95 MPH. The video was shot by a camera mounted on the front of the train.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:45 PM - 25 comments

It’s like a barn-raising for the 21st century

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers “I think when you work in social justice and economic justice, it’s not your first thought that you want to benefit the small business community, but actually the small business community is so important,” says Watson. “Any structure we can put in place that helps them be stronger and more resilient is good for all of us.”
posted by Michele in California at 5:24 PM - 8 comments

Punished thirty years on

Adam Crapser was adopted from Korea to abusive parents who were arrested on multiple counts of child abuse and rape. Over thirty years later, one last sting of neglect from his parents came back to bite him: he has been served deportation papers because his adoptive parents failed to complete his naturalization process.
posted by divabat at 5:20 PM - 58 comments

A Giant Picture of Snow Across the United States [New York Times]
These composite satellite images compare the snow cover in February of 2013, 2014 and 2015. This year, much of the Northeast, including the New York metropolitan area and New England, received more than a foot of extra snow than in an average February.
Each image is a composite of about 60 satellite pictures taken between Feb. 1 and March 5 of each year. Whiter areas indicate greater snow cover.
posted by Fizz at 5:10 PM - 31 comments

Observe how the light affects the fabric in the video

Anrealage AW15016

More information about Kunihiko Morinaga, and also some of his past work with cellphone-resistant clothing.
posted by oceanjesse at 4:58 PM - 6 comments

I'm still not totally sure who Kate Upton is

You might have noticed that there were three advertisements for video games aired during February's Super Bowl. All three were for free to play mobile games (1 2 3). Bloomberg Business explores how you make that kind of money (warning, super excessive design) while Giant Bomb plays the actual games. Also, just who are these people spending all that money?
posted by selfnoise at 4:52 PM - 33 comments

Mrs. Christie, You Write Great Books

Fan Letters To Agatha Christie show how her works reached across the world to bring entertainment and solace to a wide variety of people, from prisoners to school children.
posted by purplesludge at 4:44 PM - 20 comments

An Einstein supernova in the sky

Astronomers using the Hubble space telescope have discovered four images of the same supernova arranged in an Einstein Cross. They've released pictures and a video to explain what we're looking at. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel at 3:12 PM - 38 comments

Hey Dad, I can't see real good- is that Bill Shakespeare over there?

This is where Norris has chosen to live while he tries to win a job in the Blue Jays' rotation: a broken down van parked under the blue fluorescent lights of a Wal-Mart in the Florida suburbs.
posted by stinkfoot at 2:23 PM - 29 comments

My Father, the Philosopher

Emily Adler remembers her father:
If your father is a philosopher, then you should expect to lose many arguments. You will never lose “because life isn’t fair,” or because your dad “says so.” You will always lose on strict logical grounds… If your father is a philosopher, your premises must support your conclusion. Then, maybe once or twice in a childhood filled with lost arguments, you will win. When you win, you win big.
posted by anotherpanacea at 2:22 PM - 21 comments

Orwell: Some of his satirical writing looks like reality these days.

John Pilger describes a 'Faustian Pact' that allows the suppression of a modern fascism in the West and its reliance on propaganda as news, and the beckoning of a war that rarely speaks its name. A follow on from War by media and the triumph of propaganda.
posted by adamvasco at 2:15 PM - 19 comments

A glimpse into the past of the Dirty Dirty.

Photo sets of Atlanta neighborhoods from 1940s to the 1990s (Midtown, Cabbagetown, Ponce de Leon, Auburn Avenue).
posted by Kitteh at 1:24 PM - 16 comments

That’s how you medal

...One night in October 2012, while Mary Cain was in bed, the house phone rang. Cain’s mother answered. A man claiming to be Alberto Salazar, the legendary runner and coach, was on the line. At first she thought the call was a prank. But then Salazar explained that he’d recently reviewed the video of her daughter’s Barcelona run. An obsessive about form, Salazar said that Cain’s lower-body mechanics were excellent, good enough to make her the best in the world, but that her upper body needed work. In particular, if she wanted to reach her potential, she needed to keep her left elbow closer to her body, swing it straight, front to back, instead of out and across her torso. He referred to the elbow as her “chicken wing.”
posted by growabrain at 1:21 PM - 33 comments

You Know Who Wears Sunglasses Inside?

We know that light affects our circadian rhythms and vitamin D levels. The wavelength or color of light matters at different times of day, as well as the amount we receive overall. But now we know that blue-blocking glasses really do help increase melatonin levels if worn at night before bed. Dr. Mariana Figueiro, program director at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, says that they "need to remove transmission of light below 530 nm" to be effective. [more inside]
posted by wendyfairy at 12:37 PM - 32 comments

Head Out on the Highway

Rock Stars On Motorcycles Just what it claims to be. Photos of Bo. Bob. Jimi. Keith. Mick. Elvis. Jerry Lee. etc. (via Nitro-Retro)
posted by LeLiLo at 12:36 PM - 17 comments

"Fishfucker turned out to be a really nice dude."

Your Internet Friends Are Real: A Defense of Online Intimacy, by Kyle Chayka for TNR:
The perception that online relationships are somehow less real than their physical counterparts exemplifies what Nathan Jurgenson, a New York-based sociologist and researcher for the messaging platform Snapchat, calls "digital dualism." Contemporary identities and relationships are no more or less authentic in either space. "We're coming to terms with there being just one reality and digital is part of it, not any less real or true," Jurgenson said. "What you do online and what you do face-to-face are completely interwoven."
(Keep an eye out for a brief in-article cameo from our once and always fearless leader!) [more inside]
posted by divined by radio at 11:28 AM - 55 comments

"I think my job is ...numbers"

Lil Friendys - a chthonic office-sitcom puppetshow about Alma, a recent hire to the underworld bureaucracy. By Mefi's Own Greg Nog. [via mefi projects]
posted by The Whelk at 11:22 AM - 31 comments

The Strange Lives of Andrew Blake

"Blake has owned up to much of what he’s done, both publicly and in an extensive interview session with the Kernel. He has admitted to spending a full decade of his life claiming the ability to channel the souls of fictional and real people, allegedly up to 168 different beings at once, including Hollywood actors and World War II veterans." (Kernelmag) [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 11:20 AM - 33 comments

Indifference helps me across all the mountains of rubbish.

Thomas Bernhard's correspondence with his publisher. [more inside]
posted by kenko at 11:15 AM - 5 comments

"I got this book for free. I hate it."

"What the hell is 'Wild Animus'? It's a book with a story big enough that I could write an entire column about it without describing a single plot point. With the exception of religious texts, has anyone, ever, given away this many copies of a book in physical form?" [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:20 AM - 54 comments

Two Outcomes, Similar Paths

Two Outcomes, Similar Paths: Radical Muslim and Neo-Nazi. "Religious ideology plays a central role in the radicalization of young Muslim Europeans currently being lured to join the Islamic State or kill in the group’s name at home. But the psychological process underlying radicalization is remarkably universal, terrorism experts say." (previously)
posted by twirlip at 10:12 AM - 29 comments

"There's something special about each and every Disney villain."

A japanese artist designs perfume holders based on villains from 19 Disney films.
posted by erratic meatsack at 9:30 AM - 21 comments

Hungry? How about a nice tarantula?

Fried spider is a regional delicacy in Cambodia. It is not clear how this practice started, but some have suggested that the population might have started eating spiders out of desperation during the years of Khmer Rouge rule, when food was in short supply. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:20 AM - 72 comments

I once was (color) blind, but now I see!

Are you color blind? Not for long! Six percent of men and .4% of women are color blind because of the genes they've inherited from their parents. The most common color blindness interferes with the ability to see red and green. While playing a game of ultimate Frisbee a decade ago a scientist discovered that glasses he and colleagues had created for use by doctors performing laser surgery allowed a color blind friend to see the colors he had been missing all his life.
posted by mareli at 8:49 AM - 44 comments

Where does a song come from?

Led Zeppelin’s Gallows Pole was released in 1970 on Led Zeppelin III. Written/arranged by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, The song finds its antecedents in traditional European folk songs filtered through American lenses. [more inside]
posted by julen at 8:47 AM - 27 comments

cronch cronch snort cronch nom nom cronch snort nom nom nom nom nom

Tiny pigs eating an apple. Tiny pigs eating grapes. Tiny pigs eating mixed veggies. Tiny pig eating oatmeal.
posted by phunniemee at 8:22 AM - 44 comments

Confidentiality Guaranteed (Unless You Sue The School)

When a female student sued the University of Oregon over their manipulation of the punishment of three basketball players for gangraping her in order to allow them to compete in the NCAA Tournament, the university came up with a novel defense strategy: they released her records from the campus health center from when she sought therapy after the rape to their legal team. Without either consent from the student or a legal order opening the records to discovery. The scariest part: they may very well be in the legal clear. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 8:15 AM - 68 comments

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