June 29, 2017

How the superrich have funded a new class of intellectual.

The purpose of the thought leader is to mirror, systematize, and popularize the delusions of the superrich: that they have earned their fortunes on merit, that social protections need to be further eviscerated to make everyone more flexible for “the future,” and that local attachments and alternative ways of living should be replaced by an aspirational consumerism. The thought leader aggregates these fundamental convictions into a great humanitarian mission. David Sessions writes 3000 words for The New Republic.
posted by cgc373 at 11:46 PM PST - 58 comments

I decided to give it a name, Pontus

Self-driving potato (SLYT, via hackaday)
posted by ckape at 8:18 PM PST - 23 comments

You lick the guns. They shoot their blanks.

The Tearoom as a record of risky business (NSFW) The Tearoom is a historical public bathroom simulator about anxiety, police surveillance, and sucking off other dudes' guns. In it, you basically cruise other willing strangers for sex, and try to have some fun without getting caught by undercover police. It's heavily inspired by Laud Humphreys' epic Tearoom Trade (1970), a meticulous 180 page sociological study of men who have quick anonymous sex with men in public bathrooms ("tearooms" in US, "cottages" in UK), along with interviews, diagrams, and derived "rules" for participating in the tearoom trade. [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 6:14 PM PST - 15 comments

“This is harassment, pure and simple.”

Anita Sarkeesian's astounding 'garbage human' moment. [Polygon] “The panel's first question drops. It’s about why feminism — online and in games — is an issue worthy of discussion. Sarkeesian notes Benjamin's presence and begins speaking. "If you Google my name on YouTube you get shitheads like this dude who are making these dumb-assed videos," she says. "They just say the same shit over and over again. I hate to give you attention because you're a garbage human. These dudes just making endless videos that go after every feminist over and over again is a part of the issue of why we have to have these conversations." The crowd gives her a positive response, with some whoops and cheers.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 4:31 PM PST - 149 comments

A physician's experience with gender stereotyping

Washington Post: "I’m a young, female doctor. Calling me ‘sweetie’ won’t help me save your life." [more inside]
posted by jazzbaby at 4:22 PM PST - 28 comments

Emma Watson has been hiding copies of The Handmaid's Tale around Paris

Emma Watson has been hiding copies of Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale around Paris, with a handwritten note inside each one. This is a continuation of Watson's previous work with Book Fairies, an international organization that leaves books in public places in 100 different countries for people to find, read, and then pass along to someone else. On International Women's Day this year, in collaboration with Book Fairies, Watson hid copies of feminist books at historical sites around New York City. It also dovetails with Watson's general interest in reading and promoting feminist literature: in January 2016, she launched a public feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf; here is her full list of books for 2016. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 1:18 PM PST - 45 comments

A "Comic Sans" for the 21st Century

Designers et al hate Comic Sans but regular folk like it—so here's a new font for everybody.
posted by MovableBookLady at 1:13 PM PST - 61 comments

I got dibs on Snox Boops

Perhaps someday a neural network will take over cat-naming duties from AskMe.
posted by phatkitten at 12:49 PM PST - 39 comments

China on the Rails

A beautiful data animation shows the unprecedented development of China’s rail system. (Scroll down past the bar graph). [more inside]
posted by storybored at 12:11 PM PST - 13 comments

“Yeah” he said with slight irritation “that’s me.”

A Big Dumb Button.
posted by loquacious at 10:58 AM PST - 38 comments

Japanese Park Playground Equipment

Kito Fujio takes pictures of Japanese playgrounds.
posted by jenkinsEar at 10:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Biobags: welcome, infant overlords

It's possible with lambs. Are people next? Where will science and bioethics take us in the near future?
posted by OneSmartMonkey at 10:28 AM PST - 19 comments

You say "Super Male Vitality", I say "Sex Dust", tomato, tomahto

All the "wellness" products Americans love to buy that are sold on both Infowars and Goop.
posted by Cash4Lead at 9:13 AM PST - 99 comments

First full Inhumans trailer drops, sits up and begs

Then it stumbles through the broken streets of all your hopes and piddles on your foot
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:02 AM PST - 136 comments

The Cross-Dressed Unrest

What happened when a peaceable, devout community in 19th century rural south-west Wales was pushed too far by falling wages, rapacious rentierism, unfair taxation, draconian poverty laws, and official disdain? "The 1840s agricultural unrest known as the Rebecca riots is remembered as having been an unqualified success and, most famously, as having been carried out on horseback at night by men dressed, for some reason, like our grandmothers."
posted by Devonian at 7:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Water protectors build tipi on Parliament Hill

In the middle of the night, a group of Indigenous people and supporters erected a tipi on Ottawa's Parliament Hill, despite police efforts to stop them, immediately before celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Canada's confederation are to begin. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 7:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Did the Molotov cocktails come in sippy cups?

Bouncy castle boss used firebombing campaign to get jump on rivals, court told
posted by jlittlew at 6:47 AM PST - 25 comments

Dogs like Mendelssohn too

At a recent performance in Turkey the Vienna Chamber Orchestra had a special guest. [more inside]
posted by edeezy at 12:57 AM PST - 18 comments

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