March 22, 2016

Legalize It All: How to Win the War on Drugs

"We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” - John Ehrlichman, a senior aide to Richard Nixon. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:43 PM PST - 66 comments

Another whirl on the Sovereign Citizen carousel?

On March 21, a court unsealed the last name on the Malheur indictments: Jake Ryan, who is charged with digging a latrine trench through sacred Paiute grounds. [more inside]
posted by tavella at 6:28 PM PST - 194 comments

An animal that looks like a food or a food that looks like an animal?

Duckling or plantain? Labradoodle or fried chicken? (The first viral one.) Puppy or bagel? (The most viral one.) Sheepdog or mop? Chihuahua or muffin? Shiba Inu or marshmallow? Parrot or guacamole? Kitten or ice cream? Shar pei or towel? Sloth or chocolate croissant? Trump or dead chicken? Pita bread or my cat? Cat or pancake? Pomeranian or pancake? Dalmations or ice cream? BBQ chips or Fall leaves?
The Oregonian and The Portland Mercury briefly profile Karen Zack, the meme’s creator. Additional coverage from NPR, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, Tech Insider, and BuzzFeed.
posted by Going To Maine at 5:05 PM PST - 36 comments

Andrew S. Grove, Intel Chief Who Spurred Semiconductor Revolution, Dies

Andy Grove, former CEO and chairman of Intel, died yesterday at age 79.
Also at Ars Technica
posted by thewumpusisdead at 4:10 PM PST - 37 comments

Sowing the seeds of (self)-love

Today, Nebraska unveiled a new license plate design to commemorate the state's 150th anniversary. It's a simple design, particularly when contrasted with past plates. The sole design feature is that of The Sower, the statue that's mounted on top of the State Capitol in Lincoln. Being the Internet, there's already reaction to the new design, particularly as to what The Sower appears to be doing with his hand.
posted by stannate at 3:47 PM PST - 55 comments

Beyond the languages I claim as my own

Jalada, a pan-African writer's collective, has just published their first Translation issue. Thirty three writers from across fourteen African countries came together to create this work of art, an entire issue showcasing a previously unpublished story by Ngugi wa Thiong’o. (Previously) [more inside]
posted by infini at 2:35 PM PST - 7 comments

The Augustus Countdown

If we can’t make our republican system of government work, eventually the people will clamor for a leader who can sweep it all away "The historical model I keep invoking is the Roman Republic, which didn’t fall all at once when Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon or his nephew Octavian became the Emperor Augustus, but had been on such a downward spiral of norm-busting dysfunction for so long (about a century) that it was actually a relief to many Romans when Augustus put the Republic out of its misery. In “Countdown” I pointed out the complexity of that downward trend: about half of the erosion in Rome was done by the good guys, in order to seek justice for popular causes that the system had stymied." [more inside]
posted by OnceUponATime at 12:47 PM PST - 107 comments

post-traumatic stress and the expansive anatomy of empathy

"...parrots, among the oldest victims of human acquisitiveness and vainglory, have become some of the most empathic readers of our troubled minds. Their deep need to connect is drawing the most severely wounded and isolated PTSD sufferers out of themselves. In an extraordinary example of symbiosis, two entirely different outcasts of human aggression — war and entrapment — are somehow helping each other to find their way again." What Does A Parrot Know About PTSD? [NYT] [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets at 11:28 AM PST - 26 comments

Speeding up your favorite Brum news website

The Birmingham Mail, a tabloid newspaper covering England's second city, has an 'online news portal' with a reputation for being a bit slow. Not to fear, Brummie news addicts! A Chrome Extension, announced by a local alternative media website, now usefully blocks some of that deeply annoying slowing-down-the-browser content. With data, they explain why.
posted by Wordshore at 11:14 AM PST - 9 comments

More info about screws than you could possibly require

When is a Phillips not a Phillips?
posted by Itaxpica at 10:43 AM PST - 77 comments

“the tear is an intellectual thing”

The Luxury Of Tears by Matthew Sweet [1843: The Economist] The old idea that people in developed countries suppress their emotions is being overturned. As Matthew Sweet discovers, we cry more as our societies get richer.
posted by Fizz at 9:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Rob Ford Dead at 46

Toronto Councillor and former Mayor Rob Ford died today after battling cancer. [more inside]
posted by thecjm at 8:20 AM PST - 167 comments

Procrastinating Metafilter Post

Art Of The Title - Deadpool
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:46 AM PST - 40 comments

Brussels Under Attack

Brussels explosions: Many dead in airport and metro terror attacks BBC: "Many people have been killed or seriously injured in terrorist attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station, Belgium's PM says. Two explosions hit Zaventem airport at about 07:00 GMT, and another struck Maelbeek metro station an hour later. The government has not confirmed casualty numbers. Brussels transport officials say 15 died at Maelbeek and media say up to 13 died at the airport. Belgium has now raised its terror threat to its highest level. The attacks come four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main fugitive in the Paris attacks, was seized in Brussels."
posted by marienbad at 4:51 AM PST - 323 comments

Supersonic flight - from a startup

Startup aerospace company Boom is hoping to bring back civilian supersonic transport. Faster and cheaper than the Concorde at $5,000 for Mach 2.2. [more inside]
posted by zanni at 4:05 AM PST - 69 comments

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