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Two new mods: welcome to travelingthyme and loup!

Please give a hearty hello to our newly-hired members of the MetaFilter moderation team: travelingthyme and loup! I'll let them introduce themselves a bit below, but I wanted to let folks know that they'll both be working part-time as of now so you can expect to see their names around the site.
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Jun 1 at 10:54 AM
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Anti-Racism can’t begin and end with a hashtag

Performative Allyship Is Deadly (Here’s What to Do Instead) "If you recognize yourself in some of these descriptions, know that this doesn’t mean I’m saying you don’t care, or that you’re a bad person, or a racist. Just that you’ve fallen into the trap of thinking that your activism can begin and end with a hashtag. But systemic racism doesn’t care about your hashtags and your outrage. People have been hashtagging #blacklivesmatter for eight years, and young black men are being killed in the street for jogging. It’s critical to realize that if your allyship is performative, you are excusing yourself from engaging with the tough and messy conversations necessary to address the root causes. The conversations that will actually bring about change. And you’re easing your guilt with the empty advocacy of keyboard warrioring when what you really need to be doing is advocating with your actions." Here are four things to do.
posted by stoneweaver to MetaFilter on Jun 3 at 4:06 PM
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The Social Contract

During a week's break from A Daily Social Distancing Show, Trevor Noah has been thinking. He shares his thoughts in an 18 minute video, George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper.
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on May 30 at 5:58 PM
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The Chicago Reader Guide to Police Abolition

Maya Dukmasova has been writing about police abolitionist community organizing since 2016: "It’s easy to dismiss prison and police abolition as unrealistic and out of touch, but if one is seriously interested in figuring out how to keep communities safe while reducing violence and other crime, abolitionists offer a plethora of practical ideas. As many of them have pointed out to me over the years, prisons and police don’t do anything to make many neighborhoods safer and more stable, so here are some stories about other ways we could be using our time and resources."
posted by Ouverture to MetaFilter on May 30 at 5:33 PM
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Stories vs. Reality: Who Are We Without Storytelling?

posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Jun 2 at 1:49 AM
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You can thank me later!

What things do you do to make things easier for future you?
posted by stillmoving to Ask MetaFilter on May 30 at 3:54 PM
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A thank you, and a question for you.

Hi everybody. Yesterday* I posted this question, asking about sending my son to preschool. And today...
posted by bondcliff to MetaTalk on Jun 1 at 8:07 AM
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So let’s take a quick peek beneath the glitter

Rediscovering one of the wittiest books ever written

If you're looking to decolonize your canon, this is a hell of a place to start: Funny, wholly original and unlike anything other than the many books that came after it and seem to have knowingly or not borrowed from it. There’s also a long hallucination involving a hippopotamus. The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas is a 19th century novel by Machado de Assis, the greatest writer of Brazilian literature and “the supreme black literary artist to date” according to some. There's a new English translation by Flora Thomson-DeVeaux just out! (Machado previously)
posted by Tom-B to MetaFilter on Jun 2 at 6:44 PM
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Death and surrender to power in the clothing of men. The evolution of The Punisher, big trucks, and militarized toxic masculinity as an illustrated webcomic.
posted by loquacious to MetaFilter on Jun 3 at 10:40 PM
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Direct Links to Movies Below the Fold

"We are using our streaming platform, the Criterion Channel, to highlight films that focus on Black Lives [and] we’ve taken down the paywall on as many of these titles as we can, so even if you aren’t a subscriber you can watch them for free."
posted by dobbs to MetaFilter on Jun 4 at 7:36 PM
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Abolish Cops Now

Defunding The Police Will Save Black And Indigenous Lives In Canada When victims are not the right kinds of victims, police have utterly failed. When the queer community in Toronto told police there was a serial killer targeting racialized queer men in the Church Street village, the police openly denied there was a serial killer and did not take the threat seriously. This allowed serial killer Bruce MacArthur to get away with murdering at least eight men over at least seven years.
posted by plant or animal to MetaFilter on Jun 2 at 5:44 PM
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Lessons from History

After an Egyptologist Tweeted Instructions on How to Knock Down an Obelisk, Protesters Tried It Out on a Confederate Monument. It Worked. Art history doesn’t usually have much to offer in the way of practical, directly actionable lessons. But Sarah Parcak, a renowned professor of Egyptology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, recently plumbed humanity’s cultural past to offer some very concrete advice. On Sunday, she posted detailed, step-by-step instructions on Twitter (including a helpful diagram) for how to tear down an obelisk, culled from her research into ancient Egypt. (For every 10 feet of monument, you need 40 or more people; use rope attached to a chain; everyone should wear gloves; pull hard in unison from either side.)
posted by plant or animal to MetaFilter on Jun 5 at 8:20 AM
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"Eventually, its long reach may come for us all."

The Thick Blue Line - Patrick Blanchfield reviews Stuart Schraders' book Badges Without Borders, which covers the intertwined histories of policing and counterinsurgency in the United States.
Better remembered today by his nickname, “Bull” Connor was an outspoken white supremacist who believed desegregation was a communist plot; just five years earlier, as commissioner of public safety in Birmingham, he had notoriously unleashed riot police, fire hoses, and attack dogs on nonviolent civil rights protesters. That such a man should have been on the receiving end of America’s first 911 call is fitting. As Stuart Schrader reveals in his new book, Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing, the United States’ 911 system was modeled on an earlier program pioneered by American-funded police forces fighting a Marxist insurgency in Caracas.

posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter on Jun 1 at 2:37 PM
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“that may be alright for Will Self or one of those fellas”

An Occult Psychogeography of Hawksmoor’s London Churches
There was a time when I used to hate London. I thought of it as a compound of tourist hotspots, rude locals and (admittedly quite useful) airports. Back then, I didn’t have much interest in graphic novels, either. My opinion on both has since reversed, and it’s in no small part due to the incomparable work of speculative historical fiction that is From Hell; written by Alan Moore, and brought vividly to life through the artwork of Eddie Campbell. The following tour of London was inspired by the book – a gruelling 45-mile route visiting lesser known occult locations spread across the British capital, and connecting in its path a whole world of mythologies from Queen Boadicea to Jack the Ripper. Make sure you’re sitting comfortably… this won’t be a short post.

posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter on Jun 4 at 9:55 AM
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DIY "Cook's Illustrated" covers

Over the past 20 years, renowned illustrator John Burgoyne has produced more than 150 intricate, hand-drawn illustrations for Cook’s Illustrated magazine. In 1886, the US Government Commissioned 7,500 watercolor paintings of every known fruit in the world. Now, using materials from the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection, you can make your own Cook's Illustrated poster! (Some assembly required.) 2019 OpenCulture article on the collection is here, with great examples and interesting context. My own fave, the pawpaw.
posted by wenestvedt to MetaFilter on Jun 1 at 1:04 PM
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Meander: generating historical maps of rivers that never existed

"My all-time favorite map-based data visualization was created in 1944. Harold Fisk, working with the US Army Corp. of Engineers, mapped the length of the Mississippi River. What sets his visualization apart from others is that he maps the river through time, and manages to do so in a way that is both beautiful and surprisingly effective. I want to pay homage to his series of maps by creating my own system for procedurally generating maps of meandering rivers." With that, Robert Hodgin made Meander, a procedural system for generating historical maps of rivers (plus adjacent roadways and developments) that never existed. [via Mltshp]
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on May 30 at 3:09 PM
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Talking about BLM protests with my white partner

My husband is white; I'm Asian-American. We live in New York City. We are trying to talk about the BLM protests happening in our country. I'm troubled by his responses. I know one of the best things we can do right now is have these difficult conversations with loved ones and confront our own bias and racism--- but I'm struggling and need help.
posted by selene_sophia to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 1 at 12:08 AM
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"Much requested walk around of my 48 square feet of woodshop hacks"

8x6 Tiny Workshop Tour (Youtube): A calming, 15-minute walkthrough of a woodworker's tiny, immaculately organized workshop
posted by not_the_water to MetaFilter on Jun 3 at 9:03 AM
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Resources for Parents on Talking to Children About Racism & Violence

Difficult conversations with children have to happen. A resource list for parents (caregivers, teachers, therapists, etc) around speaking plainly with children about race, racism, and racialized violence.
posted by fairlynearlyready to MetaFilter on Jun 2 at 10:37 AM
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Hi all, I’m travelingthyme, the new Mod! My pronouns are They/Them/Theirs. I am a Queer Womxn of Color in their mid-twenties. I hail from…well, quite a few places. I arrived in the US as a child refugee and have since spent my adulthood relocating between 3-ish countries. At the moment, I’m living somewhere around the Mediterranean sea.... [more]
posted by travelingthyme to MetaTalk on Jun 1 at 10:56 AM
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Hi everyone! I’m loup and I’m one of the new mods! My pronouns are They/Them/Theirs. I’m originally from Costa Rica, so Spanish is my native language, but lived in Germany, Czech Republic, Vietnam, San Francisco and as a nomad while working as a freelancer. I also speak French, Portuguese, and Italian fluently and During my time traveling I... [more]
posted by loup to MetaTalk on Jun 1 at 11:07 AM
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I heartily support the calls on twitter to suddenly turn Brooklyn 99 into a show about a post office, without apology or explanation. [view]
posted by zamboni to MetaFilter on Jun 6 at 8:04 AM
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Just as an unexpected update: My boss was so pissed off on my behalf that went to the head of HR and the head of Diversity and this has gone all the way up the chain to the CEO. It's being reviewed as a contradiction of company policy and I am told I am 100% protected. Ironically, my manager messaged my boss about the reprimand during a leadership... [more]
posted by Young Kullervo to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 4 at 2:15 PM
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You put it in your freezer or fridge and then you wash your hands. Seriously. You don't need to leave your produce sitting out for days. There is currently no evidence of the coronavirus being transmitted on food or food packaging. There was reason to believe it might be possible - and surface transmission is still plausible, say if someone... [more]
posted by Lady Li to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 2 at 12:38 AM
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At face value, it seems comparable to being racist even (judging an entire group of people by the actions of some). That statement is entirely, entirely wrong, and makes me question your understanding of what racism truly is. A cop can always take the uniform off. They can go home, at the end of their workday, take off the... [more]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 3 at 8:03 AM
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It takes a lot of work to keep things chill and so little to fuck it up. It takes a lot of work to fuck it up! The police need to have an arsenal of tear gas, of tanks, of lethal ammunition, of rubber bullets, of riot shields, of body armor, and they need to be paid massive salaries with Guaranteed Immunity, before they begin the... [more]
posted by Greg Nog to MetaFilter on May 30 at 8:40 PM
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Even if your individual cop friends and family are good people, if they are not involved in cleaning up the rest of the system, they are complicit. That's hard to swallow and it hurts but it's true. It's not enough, as people are saying, to "not be racist." It's imperative to be "anti-racist." Opposing "ACAB"... [more]
posted by Medieval Maven to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 3 at 7:56 AM
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If “something called Skyrim” is indicative of your level of knowledge of his interests, maybe try spending some more time actually listening to him? It sounds like you’re actively disdainful of his interests, and I can’t imagine he isn’t picking up on this on some level. [view]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear to Ask MetaFilter on May 30 at 6:21 PM
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you unpack your groceries and put them away as you would normally. you wash your hands afterwards. that's the whole thing. [view]
posted by poffin boffin to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 2 at 12:47 AM
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I was a victim of a violent crime, and I watched four police officers use beanbag guns and physical force to take down and safely capture my assailant. I find this kind of idea an interesting thought experiment - and potentially helpful in reforming how police forces are constituted and trained. But taken too literally, I think it is naive and... [more]
posted by atrazine to MetaFilter on Jun 3 at 1:24 AM
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Here's Frowner, since people asked (which cheered me up!) . We live right in near South. We're sheltering indoors because my partner is high risk for coronavirus and I have a moderate risk factor, so I have actually just been at home, not at the protests. It's scary and I'm pretty depressed, also extremely worried about the coming coronavirus... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaTalk on May 31 at 9:38 AM
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As I posted earlier, please do not think more leadership is what we need THANK YOU I am so fucking tired of this call for more leadership. It is so pervasive. I am not singling out Biden here, just the most recent example, but I tried to start watching some speech or ad by him recently and the first line was something... [more]
posted by lazaruslong to MetaFilter on Jun 3 at 3:50 PM
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I don't believe that ACAB. Of course there are police and even police departments that are trying to be good for their communities. Let's get that out of the way. But, I don't see a lot of value right now in focusing your energy on having a "not all cops" conversation when so much of policing in the U.S. serves the purpose of... [more]
posted by jzb to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 3 at 7:48 AM
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How old is your husband? I think one thing that’s important to remember (I am a WOC whose partner is white) is kind of - that the current way of analyzing race and privilege is very much not the way it used to be /even for people who considered themselves liberal and progressive/. Like: when my own partner was young and learning moral lessons from... [more]
posted by corb to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 1 at 1:15 AM
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Did anyone say pet pics? 🐶🐶😸😸 Here :) [view]
posted by loup to MetaTalk on Jun 1 at 12:22 PM
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Also awesome: Birmingham Mayor Woodfin having the monument removed, even though the state AG will likely sue the city under the ridiculous "Alabama Memorial Conservation Act." Woodfin: “I understand the AG’s office can bring a civil suit against the city and if there’s a judgement rendered from a judge, then we should be held accountable... [more]
posted by dellsolace to MetaFilter on Jun 5 at 8:43 AM
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Is it that people have asked for this very thing nicely in this past and now calling all cops pigs, or whatever, is the only way forward? If this is the case I'd appreciate some more reading on this idea of, I dont know, "extreme" thinking/action leading to meaningful and positive change, if you happen to have any resources like that.... [more]
posted by nebulawindphone to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 3 at 7:55 AM
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Is it just a matter of information-sharing and ignorance? No, it is not. Let me show you by asking: why does he think now is the moment that people - including NBPoC and protesters and Black people - should be acknowledging the struggles of law enforcement officers? If he has legitimate grievances about citizens... [more]
posted by MiraK to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 1 at 5:57 AM
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Ugh, I hate this 'IT'S NOT ENOUGH' knee-jerk reaction EVERY SINGLE TIME. It alienates much more than it inspires folks to do more. I get it, we're all fucking frustrated, and we want more, and it's ridiculous that we're still here, asking. But there's a way to say 'nice first step! Now let's talk about the budget' that acknowledges the effort... [more]
posted by widdershins to MetaFilter on Jun 5 at 10:03 AM
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