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How many more must die for this war to end?

Marielle Franco was a queer black human rights activist from Maré favela and a groundbreaking politician — she received more than 46.00 votes, the fifth-most, to become a councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro, the only black female representative and one of seven women on the 51-seat council. Last Wednesday night, after leaving an event called “Young Black Women Who Are Changing Power Structures” she and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes were shot and killed.
posted to MetaFilter by florzinha at 6:02 AM on March 18, 2018 (24 comments)

CT Scan > Laser > Public Domain > Metafilter

Six Degrees Of Wikipedia By Jacob Wenger.
posted to MetaFilter by carter at 8:09 PM on February 28, 2018 (30 comments)

preventing oligopoly from turning into oligarchy

Big Companies Are Getting a Chokehold on the Economy - "Even Goldman Sachs is worried that they're stifling competition, holding down wages and weighing on growth."
posted to MetaFilter by kliuless at 2:34 AM on March 1, 2018 (46 comments)

Go to references for smacking down alt-right online grooming

This Twitter thread was shared in the current US politics megathread, and it made me realize I do not have handy references for explaining to people why, say, Jordan Petersen is a problem. I’d like to fix that.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by schadenfrau at 9:32 AM on February 24, 2018 (20 comments)

Let me steal your family traditions

I'd really like to start some family traditions in my own family, and I'm thinking I need to be more proactive than just saying they will come naturally. I'd love to steal some of yours. What were your favorite traditions you did as a family when you were a kid?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by caoimhe at 12:20 PM on February 17, 2018 (58 comments)

"i see this post more than i see my own family"

"Last Saturday – 12 days ago now – I shared a cringe-worthy video on Facebook: A 6-minute clip of a twenty-something white woman showing off her small, blandly decorated Brooklyn apartment [...] Ever since, this video has been waging a reign of terror over my friends and family, showing up at the top of their feed every single day, over and over and over. They are complaining to me on Facebook. They are complaining to me in real life. They are tweeting me about it and emailing me. Begging me to remove this cursed video that greets them each time they open Facebook.

And of course, they commented on my post. And then people commented on the comments. The more people commented, the more the video showed up on other people's’ feeds. As the rage around this post intensified, so did the comments. Coworkers I sit next to commented. College friends commented. Someone I went to preschool with commented. A vicious, algorithmically delicious cycle."

How I Cracked Facebook’s New Algorithm And Tortured My Friends [Katie Notopoulos, Buzzfeed]
posted to MetaFilter by Atom Eyes at 9:47 AM on February 15, 2018 (75 comments)

Young Angry White Men

“But the dark engine of the movement is reactionary white male resentment. Alt-right propaganda is designed to nourish the precise grievances recited by the disillusioned and indignant young men that dominate its ranks. It provides a coherent—but malicious—worldview. For a recruit, the alt-right helps explain why they don’t have the jobs or the sexual partners or the overall societal and cultural respect that they believe (and are told) to be rightfully theirs. This appeal is resonating at a moment in the United States when economic inequality is worsening and a majority-minority United States is forecasted for 2044—developments exploited by racist propagandists.” The Alt-Right Is Killing People, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s in-depth investigation into the causes, crimes, and online growth of the racist reactionary movement in the US. (CW for all links, hate speech, Nazi ideology, murder.)
posted to MetaFilter by The Whelk at 9:59 AM on February 12, 2018 (298 comments)

Christian pastors and rabbi bless new late term abortion clinic

On Jan. 29, 2018--the same day the Senate rejected the Trump-backed bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks--four Christian pastors and a rabbi gathered to bless Dr. LeRoy Carhart's new Bethesda, Maryland abortion clinic, one of the very few in the United States to offer late-term abortions. Dr. Carhart previously performed abortions at a different clinic, until the owner sold the property to an anti-abortion group in 2017. The staff of the clinic and visitors from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice sang hymns, including the Jewish prayer for healing, “Mi Shebeirach,” in the lobby...“We give honor to all of these women who choose to come to this space,” said [Rev. Cari] Jackson...“We sanctify this space, and we honor this as holy.”
posted to MetaFilter by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:22 PM on February 3, 2018 (9 comments)

Double, double, toil and trouble

'Fame proved toxic for the relationship': when comedy double acts split
posted to MetaFilter by fearfulsymmetry at 6:20 AM on January 28, 2018 (33 comments)

Resisting the Resistance

Candidates Who Signed Up to Battle Trump Must Get Past the Democratic Party First: "The group’s town halls and protests began to draw eye-popping numbers of people and even attracted national attention. With their newfound confidence, Lancaster progressives looked toward local and federal elections. The national press was captivated by the upsets across the state of Virginia in November, but that same night in Pennsylvania, Democrats across the state in local elections knocked Republicans out of seats they’d owned forever. In June, one of their own, Jess King, who heads a nonprofit that helps struggling women start and run small businesses in the area, announced that she would be running to take out Republican Rep. Lloyd Smucker in Pennsylvania’s 16th District... It turned out the Democratic Party had other ideas — or, at least, it had an old idea. As is happening in races across the country, party leaders in Washington and in the Pennsylvania district rallied, instead, around a candidate who, in 2016, had raised more money than a Democrat ever had in the district and suffered a humiliating loss anyway."
posted to MetaFilter by bookman117 at 11:21 PM on January 24, 2018 (117 comments)

Satanic Win for Religious Freedom

The Satanic Temple has successfully challenged part of Missouri's law requiring an ultrasound for abortions - while the case is still being heard, the Solicitor General agreed that the law only requires the woman be given the "opportunity" to hear the fetal heartbeat, and if she declines, no ultrasound is necessary. (The relevant law does not acknowledge that someone other than a woman might seek an abortion.)
posted to MetaFilter by ErisLordFreedom at 11:20 PM on January 25, 2018 (62 comments)

Disaster Tourism - an exploration of "dark travel"

Long form HuffPo (via Highline) article that explores, first-hand, the world of Disaster Tourism. Long, (mostly) well-written article with just enough self-awareness to ask some important questions. Warning - a lot of drunken bro-ness, combined with hungover observations - but how else could one partake of such a trip?
posted to MetaFilter by dbmcd at 11:10 AM on January 26, 2018 (22 comments)

AI-Generated Fake/Revenge Porn is Becoming Increasingly Easy to Do

This VICE article outlines a scary scenario: being able to easily take video footage of a celebrity, and attach their head to a pornstar's body in a porn video clip. "An incredibly easy-to-use application for DIY fake videos—of sex and revenge porn, but also political speeches and whatever else you want—that moves and improves at this pace could have society-changing impacts in the ways we consume media. The combination of powerful, open-source neural network research, our rapidly eroding ability to discern truth from fake news, and the way we spread news through social media has set us up for serious consequences."
posted to MetaFilter by Quiplash at 11:59 AM on January 26, 2018 (176 comments)

#WoYeShi is #MeToo with Chinese characteristics

#MeToo has reached China, sparking a small but growing protest movement within elite universities, concern and censorship from the country’s authoritarian rulers - and self-reflection within the small foreign journalist community regarding its own culture and reporting.
posted to MetaFilter by chappell, ambrose at 11:33 AM on January 15, 2018 (13 comments)

Only the best people

BuzzFeed's Joseph Bernstein tells the story of Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream. Reporting from a cache of Breitbart documents, the story depicts in exhaustive detail how white supremacist thought was laundered through Milo Yiannopoulos and repackaged for Breitbart's audience, with stops along the way to discuss the hidden support Milo received from tech workers and media figures, the role of the Mercer family in backing the entire operation, Nazi-themed passwords, and Steve Bannon, who emails Yiannopoulos to describe mosques as "ALL ‘factories of hate.'" Not to mention the video of Yiannopoulos performing a karaoke version of "America the Beautiful" for well known white supremacists doing Nazi salutes.
posted to MetaFilter by zachlipton at 2:59 PM on October 5, 2017 (234 comments)

Most Inspiring 11th Hour Speech After A Disastrous Dress Rehearsal

Allison Page for Medium: Honest Theatre Awards
posted to MetaFilter by Faint of Butt at 7:55 AM on September 24, 2017 (28 comments)

Policy For The People

Matt Bruenig, creator of The People's Policy Project (a think tank for leftist policy), wrote Common Ownership And The New Antitrust Movement advocating for Market Socialism and common ownership along side stronger anti-trust measures. It stirred debate at Naked Capitalism and Bloomberg, prompting a response: Index Funds Are A Proof Of Concept For Market Socialism. Other PPP posts: The Welfare State Should Be More Than A Safety Net. How the Swedes Addressed Wealth Inequality
posted to MetaFilter by The Whelk at 2:16 PM on August 24, 2017 (12 comments)

Detroit '67

"This July marks the 50th anniversary of the civil disturbance and unrest that erupted in Detroit. [...] As we planned our coverage, we wondered: What would it have been like to witness the summer of '67 with the tools and technologies of today?" As part of its anniversary coverage, on July 23 the Detroit Free Press began posting news reports from the time along with current-day perspective via three social media accounts: Detroit1967 (Facebook), @Detroit_1967 (Twitter), and @Detroit_1967 (Instagram), while the Detroit Historical Society has collected over 400 stories from Metro Detroit residents as part of its Detroit 1967 Oral and Written History Project. [Note: some of the Detroit Free Press links may contain autoplaying content.]
posted to MetaFilter by mandolin conspiracy at 1:49 PM on July 26, 2017 (7 comments)

At Play in the Carceral State

At Play in the Carceral State. Waypoint looks in depth at the intersection of gaming with prisons and prison culture, with a special focus on Gitmo. (Waypoint, previously.)
posted to MetaFilter by kmz at 9:56 AM on July 25, 2017 (6 comments)

Liu Xiaobo, rights activist, 1955 -- 2017

Liu Xiaobo, Chinese professor, political dissident, human rights and civil rights activist, prisoner of conscience, Nobel peace prize laureate (2010, previously), died from liver cancer while under state custody.
posted to MetaFilter by runcifex at 10:50 AM on July 13, 2017 (29 comments)

What comes after The Death and Life of Great American Cities ....

What one book | article | study | blog | film | video | (podcast if you must) has changed how you think about urban planning particularly in relation to holistic urban transportation planning and/or citizen engagement in the planning process?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DarthDuckie at 6:57 AM on July 12, 2017 (21 comments)

Learning through playing and watching and doing

Explorable Explainations are interactive online game/toy/video hybrids that teach complex concepts through interactivity. Some classics (which may have been discussed here before) include the Parable of the Polygons about segregation (by Vi Hart and Nicky Case), an interactive guide to p-hacking (from 538), an intro to digital signal processing, a sentencing simulation by the Marshall Project, and a guide to game design using games by Amit Patel. Just added to this list is a really interesting video/interactive tool on what viruses can teach us about design.
posted to MetaFilter by blahblahblah at 10:30 AM on July 12, 2017 (4 comments)

Conscious Hip-hop for Newbies?

Thanks to my obsession with Hamilton, I've realized that I am sorely ignorant about way too much of the hip-hop and rap history it calls on, and I'd also like to find more recent stuff I'd like.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by rtha at 8:00 AM on February 3, 2016 (39 comments)

men as feminist allies

35 Practical Tools for Men to Further Feminist Revolution: "This list entails suggestions for some practical tools all men can apply in their day-to-day lives to foster equality in their relationships with women, and to contribute to a culture where women feel less burdened, unsafe, and disrespected."
posted to MetaFilter by flex at 8:00 AM on July 3, 2014 (343 comments)

Please recommend more music like some parts of Hamilton?

I don't usually like music with vocals, but it turns out I like large parts of the Hamilton soundtrack. Can the hive mind recommend more like it? I especially liked the first number "Alexander Hamilton", and the Cabinet meetings. I also liked "Ten Duel Commandments," "Satisfied" (Angelica's wedding flashback), and "The Room where it happened" but mostly for the parts with one voice singing a simple melody or speaking rhythmically. (Weirdly, it seems like when there's almost nothing but vocals, I turn out to like vocals.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by d. z. wang at 8:02 AM on September 25, 2015 (11 comments)


"If I could write this shit in fire, I would write this shit in fire." Dominique Christina delivers the fiercest poem you'll ever hear.
posted to MetaFilter by billiebee at 1:07 PM on August 22, 2015 (23 comments)

Where did we go last? And do you remember who paid?

What's the best iOS app for a couple to share their restaurant experiences with each other?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by komara at 12:28 PM on September 14, 2015 (7 comments)

a facsimile of intimacy, a love-shaped house for isolation to live in

"This is one of the ways in which my second adolescence was absolutely faithful to the first: it was so difficult, so emotionally overwrought, so suffused with terror and confusion and embarrassment. It takes a perverse kind of bravery to start over—it's a selfish and deluded thing to do, and you need that courage to deal with what comes next. It's one thing to burn your life down and walk out of the ashes, but nobody tells you the phoenix is born as a tender, featherless baby bird."

A Midlife Crisis, By Any Other Name: an essay by Jess Zimmerman (previously, previouslier) for Hazlitt. [via]
posted to MetaFilter by divined by radio at 11:22 AM on July 20, 2015 (64 comments)


New U.S. government research indicates that female military veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women and at rates nearly equal to that of male veterans -- a finding that surprised researchers because women are generally are far less likely than men to commit suicide. The findings raise questions about the backgrounds and experiences of women who serve in the United States' armed forces.
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 7:01 AM on June 10, 2015 (39 comments)

Jessa-fy my relationship

What fun, romantic, slightly edgy things could I do with my boyfriend? Things are really good between the two of us, and we are not particularly "edgy" people. He is extremely sweet and actually a bit of an introvert. But we often joke that deep down inside, he has a part of him that wants to be wild and carefree, and flirt with danger. We refer to this as his "inner Jessa" after the obnoxious character on the series Girls who lives for the thrills and doesn't care what people think. What surprises could I spring on him that will appeal to his inner Jessa? What have you done for your boyfriend/girlfriend along these lines? It should be something fun, unconventional and maybe slightly transgressing society's accepted boundaries.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by creeky at 5:44 AM on December 29, 2013 (18 comments)

Hey! Let's wear food service hairnets to an art gallery opening!

Please help me compile a list of offbeat things to do with a friend or friends, to serve as a reference for when I'm sick of the same old plans.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Stewriffic at 3:00 PM on March 22, 2009 (28 comments)

What should I read at my sister's wedding?

Looking for suggestions for readings that I can give at my sister's wedding. Specific requirements inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Scientist at 2:15 PM on August 1, 2012 (13 comments)

Give me your best NON-RELIGIOUS wedding readings

I'm looking for a short reading for our wedding that we can ask an athiest friend of ours to read. Other portions of the ceremony will contain religious elements, but we don't want to ask him to read anything that might make him feel uncomfortable or awkward.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by rainbowbrite at 10:26 AM on March 25, 2015 (29 comments)

I was quoting ROMANCE

I would like to bring the mods' attention to a conspiracy that appears to have been operating for a number of years. This is not about me, specifically, but I think it's time that we, as a community, address how it has been affecting me.
posted to MetaTalk by Greg Nog at 2:53 PM on May 23, 2015 (284 comments)

How do I stop judging them?

When my friends allow men to treat them poorly, I begin to lose respect for them. On an intellectual level, I know that it’s heartless and unkind of me to look down on my friends who are struggling, it’s victim-blaming, and I HATE that I feel this way. How can I stop it?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 7:03 AM on September 6, 2011 (39 comments)

What It's Like to Work at Waffle House for 24 Hours Straight

Since Bon Appetit writer Andrew Knowlton was a teen, Waffle House— that particularly Southern institution known for killer hash browns and late-night patty melts—has been there for him. To return the favor, he decided to work a few hours at the grill. Round-the-clock, to be exact.
posted to MetaFilter by Frank Grimes at 6:54 PM on March 8, 2015 (83 comments)

Kathy Sierra draws parallels between skater culture and Silicon Valley

Kathy Sierra talks about the myth of meritocracy in tech and how skater culture broke her heart. You might know Sierra as the unfortunate victim of mega-troll weev, but her concise and touching analysis of her years as a promising skater shows an entirely new side of her.
posted to MetaFilter by averysmallcat at 3:38 PM on February 27, 2015 (29 comments)

Buried in-her-own-mind Treasure

Japanese woman comes to America to search for buried treasure- but it's the fictional buried treasure in the movie "Fargo". She's come to North Dakota's "Siberia" to end her own life and the language barrier and our perceptions of Japanese 'normal' get in the way.
posted to MetaFilter by naight at 5:02 PM on February 27, 2015 (15 comments)

Personality changes with age? Maslow?

I vaguely recall reading that people will tend to change as they get older so as to "balance" their personalities. Extroverts become more introspective, for example. Does this idea have any merit and where can I read about it in more depth?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by egk at 6:04 AM on February 27, 2015 (10 comments)

Internal Promotion Interview----I got NO questions

You know how at the end of an interview they always ask if you have any questions, well I don't have any questions. Snowflake details inside...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by TheLibrarian at 3:16 PM on January 31, 2015 (19 comments)

"discard anything that doesn’t spark joy"

De-cluttering your house with love: "Marie Kondo has built a huge following in her native Japan with her “KonMari” method of organizing and de-cluttering. Clients perform a sort of tidying-up festival: time set aside specifically to go through belongings. Each object is picked up and held, and the client needs to decide if it inspires joy. If it doesn’t, it needs to go."
posted to MetaFilter by flex at 6:52 PM on January 11, 2015 (143 comments)

Something funnier than "Hang in there, baby!"

My guy sent me this cute photo of a cactus when I was nervous about a big presentation. He has a big interview coming up. Do you know of a similarly adorable, quirky, inspirational-ish meme photo that I can send him?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Paper rabies at 11:46 PM on January 8, 2015 (25 comments)

What should I buy from a korean supermarket?

I now live two minutes away from a huge korean supermarket that has an amazing and cheap produce and seafood section. I have no idea what a lot of this stuff is, but I love Asian cooking, so what are some things I should buy, now that I have an opportunity? I'm particularly interested in any recipes that are easy, inexpensive, and depend on 'ethnic' ingredients that you can't find in most grocery stores, or fresh seafood or unusual cuts of meat (pork belly, chicken feet, etc)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 11:34 AM on January 4, 2015 (20 comments)

Being proud of weird kids

Having parents who go the extra mile to show their support can make a big difference. German Ad Doesn't Need Words To Speak Volumes About Supporting Your Kids (Huffington Post) and original ad on Youtube, Sag es mit deinem Projekt (Hornbach).
posted to MetaFilter by Margalo Epps at 2:40 PM on December 5, 2014 (57 comments)

Jackie chan gets hurt. A lot.

1. Start with a DISADVANTAGE
3. Be CLEAR in your shots
4. Action & Reaction in the SAME frame
5. Do as many TAKES as necessary
6. Let the audience feel the RHYTHM
7. In editing, TWO good hits = ONE great hit
8. PAIN is humanizing
9. Earn your FINISH
The 9 Principles of Action Comedy: what makes Jackie Chan's action scenes work, by Tony Zhou. (Previously.)
posted to MetaFilter by MartinWisse at 1:38 AM on December 17, 2014 (81 comments)
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