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One Brain to record them all

Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno turns 70 today. Rolling Stone has a nifty tribute, as does Pitchfork, but I've used my copy of Oblique Strategies to put this together. Don't blame me, blame 15 year old me.
posted by maudlin to MetaFilter on May 15 at 2:20 PM
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The U.S. Deep Poverty Problem/Why the Great Society Worked

Problem:
...The Oxford economist Robert Allen recently estimated needs-based absolute poverty lines for rich countries that are designed to match more accurately the $1.90 line for poor countries, and $4 a day is around the middle of his estimates. When we compare absolute poverty in the United States with absolute poverty in India, or other poor countries, we should be using $4 in the United States and $1.90 in India. Once we do this, there are 5.3 million Americans who are absolutely poor by global standards. This is a small number compared with the one for India, for example, but it is more than in Sierra Leone (3.2 million) or Nepal (2.5 million), about the same as in Senegal (5.3 million) and only one-third less than in Angola (7.4 million). Pakistan (12.7 million) has twice as many poor people as the United States, and Ethiopia about four times as many.
The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter on May 14 at 8:08 AM
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UIs that accidentally preserve memories

Marcin Wichary reminisces about UIs that accidentally amass memories, beginning with "the wi-fi 'preferred networks' pane – unexpected reminders of business trips, vacations, accidental detours, once frequented and now closed cafés." Examples in the ensuing twitter thread (Threadreader) include, Bluetooth pairings, weather app saved locations, Vimeo's profile photo gallery, old Mii avatars, email drafts folder, ~/.ssh/known_hosts file, and User 1's ichat logs. via
posted by not_the_water to MetaFilter on May 16 at 1:10 PM
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"If I go to bed before the hunger hits then half a bagel is enough"

Everyone I’ve ever talked to who has been poor and is not anymore has the same story of the moment they realized they weren’t poor anymore: grocery shopping.

Writer Erynn Brook laid out the difference between being poor and being broke in a Twitter thread and received a lot of confirmatory responses.
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on May 16 at 10:54 PM
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Women going their own way, alone, in the woods

Misadventures Magazine: "I would not have gotten to know myself in the same way if I’d let the fact that I was a woman alone stop me from going out into the wild."
She Explores: "I spend a lot of my time moving at someone else’s pace, trying to accommodate, appease, and appeal. [...] I lose my sense of adventure entirely. I took that back the weekend I spent on the Berg Lake Trail."
On Being a Woman Alone in the Woods: "...being solo in the backcountry is one of the only times in my life that I’ve been able to exist as a body and a person without worrying about how other people might try to claim my body as their own."
posted by AFABulous to MetaFilter on May 13 at 7:30 PM
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The wedding that once upon a time, might never have been allowed

Don't Even Try to Escape the Media's Royal Wedding Feeding Frenzy Once upon a time, a prince would never have been allowed to marry a divorced biracial American actress. Happily, times have changed, and people around the world are celebrating that something like this can finally happen.
posted by jenfullmoon to MetaFilter on May 18 at 7:34 AM
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Your success isn’t down to free will – luck determines everything

Eventually, working backwards, you will reach some starting point that can’t have been your doing. The troubling conclusion is that the person born in poverty, with no parental support, who scrimps to put himself or herself through college, finally achieving success through ceaseless suffering, owes their triumph no less to luck than, say, Eric Trump does. Or, as Strawson pithily puts it: “Luck swallows everything.”

posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on May 17 at 11:20 PM
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The 9.9 Percent

The Birth of a New American Aristocracy
In America today, the single best predictor of whether an individual will get married, stay married, pursue advanced education, live in a good neighborhood, have an extensive social network, and experience good health is the performance of his or her parents on those same metrics.

posted by MythMaker to MetaFilter on May 17 at 7:56 AM
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Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society

A brief(ish) review of 'Radical Markets' - "The most radical thing about their proposal to reform property rights is the notion that private ownership of property is in some way a fundamentally flawed idea, and that progress requires movement toward a new norm: that social ownership of property is more just and efficient." (via)
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on May 16 at 3:33 AM
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Scientists reclaim the long lost economic history of Rome

Ancient Rome’s Collapse Is Written Into Arctic Ice. "Scientists can finally track the civilization’s economic booms and recessions—thanks to the exhaust of its massive coin-making operation, preserved for centuries in Greenland’s ice sheet."
posted by homunculus to MetaFilter on May 17 at 11:40 PM
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Delaware Bans Child Marriage

On Wednesday, Delaware became the first U.S. state to totally ban people from marrying where one (or both) are under the age of 18. There are two reasons usually cited for forcing a child into marriage: if someone is pregnant, or religious reasons. But no major religion promotes child marriage. And in some states, there is no minimum age to marriage. Wedlocked is a Teen Vogue series about child marriage in the United States that examines the history of the practice and its modern realities. Also see: PBS Frontline: Child Marriage in America
posted by zarq to MetaFilter on May 13 at 8:34 AM
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Small goals can be good goals

What small habits/goals/activities do you have for yourself that keep you engaged with life and doing new things?
posted by switcheroo to Ask MetaFilter on May 18 at 11:08 AM
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Squish That Cat!

Pick up a Cat Like a Pro This Friday, let's watch seven minutes of Vancouver vet Dr. Uri Burstyn, wee Claudia, and Shoulder Cat Mr. Pirate as they demonstrate how to pick up a cat, including the Squish and the Football Carry.
posted by Hypatia to MetaFilter on May 18 at 5:59 AM
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How can I incorporate discipline back into my life?

I want to spend my time more wisely like I did in university
posted by winterportage to Ask MetaFilter on May 17 at 9:50 AM
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The Art of Conversation


"it is about vengeance of biblical proportions"

Lingua Ignota, named after the mystical language of Hildegard of Bingen, is a musical project of interdisciplinary artist Kristin Hayter. In it she channels her traumatic experiences into industrial dirges inspired by liturgical chants. "Part of the reason I use tropes of extreme music is because that was my abuser's world, that was his music."
posted by SageLeVoid to MetaFilter on May 16 at 4:15 AM
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"He wrote like he was avenging a death"

In 2012, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, colorful television news reporter, author, future GQ Madman of the Year and Detroit icon Charlie LeDuff golfed through a section of his beloved home city (18 miles. 2,525 strokes,) to highlight its abandonment and urban decay, using hulking industrial relics as his sand traps and everyday Detroiters as his gallery. In the process, he came across a mom trying to find her suicidal daughter, a disgruntled cop and a generous deacon. 6 years later, he's left journalism, written a new book and is "redoing" his life.
posted by zarq to MetaFilter on May 18 at 3:34 PM
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Partnered relaxation rituals

My husband and I enjoy watching TV in the evenings to unwind, usually while we eat dinner. But TV is a time-suck and not how I really want to be spending my time right now (as much as I enjoy it!), so I'm interested in what kind of rituals others have for relaxing with partners on workday evenings. Difficulty level: toddler, and preferably something that takes around 15 minutes.
posted by CiaoMela to Ask MetaFilter on May 14 at 11:13 AM
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Instant Pot recipes. Difficult Level: Sleepless parents + Newborn.

In the home stretch of the third trimester, and trying to think ahead for meals. We need reinforcements. More below the fold.
posted by onecircleaday to Ask MetaFilter on May 15 at 12:59 PM
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Love in a time of multiple equilibria

Thomas Picketty is back with another pot-boiler: Brahmin Left vs Merchant Right: Rising Inequality & the Changing Structure of Political Conflict. Thrill at explanations for how elites in France, UK, and US have captured both major political wings and so prevent the correction of inequality! At 65 pages, this is a quick-for-Picketty read. (SLPSE)
posted by The Gaffer to MetaFilter on May 18 at 2:47 PM
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I called the DC office of my Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to note that the President had said that illegal immigrants were not people but animals, and asked whether the Senator had issued a statement regarding whether illegal immigrants were people or animals. I was informed that he had not. I asked whether the Senator had issued a statement as to... [more]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 to MetaFilter on May 16 at 2:03 PM
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I emailed Markoe, a friend, and asked her why she thinks she may have slipped Letterman’s mind. She wrote back, “Because we were having sex, maybe he remembers me as an intern.” BOOM [view]
posted by saladin to MetaFilter on May 15 at 11:15 AM
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"We're taking people out of the country — you wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals." The historical comparison you're thinking about right now is appropriate. [view]
posted by Rust Moranis to MetaFilter on May 16 at 1:19 PM
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Yep. Showing someone you love them means showing it in THEIR preferred way, not yours. [view]
posted by mochapickle to Ask MetaFilter on May 14 at 11:57 AM
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Field report: My mom just told me the following story about her Pennsylvania primary experience, and I paraphrase it here. "Helen Tai knocked on the door to ask for my vote. I told her that my husband and I were disgusted enough to switch parties, from Republican to Democratic, and that we'd be happy to vote for her in the special election.... [more]
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaFilter on May 17 at 1:11 PM
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it is not your job to plan a present for yourself. at most you might help your kids think of something nice for father's day when they're under 12 or so, and your husband should have done the same with them for mother's day when they were little. but now they're teens. it isn't for you to decide anything unless they ask you what you want, same as... [more]
posted by queenofbithynia to Ask MetaFilter on May 13 at 8:44 AM
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I don't super care about most mandated holidays. My mom SUPER DUPER CARES about all holidays and gift-giving occasions. I have accepted it's not about me, but about her. I set the expectation in my relationships that I don't need gifts on gift-giving occasions, and set reminders in my phone to call my mom if I think I will forget. I consider it... [more]
posted by assenav to Ask MetaFilter on May 14 at 11:54 AM
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Speaking of the way news misleads people, I've spent the last several days with my mom, and she is a "have the TV on all the time" type person. She's 74, has a PhD, and hates Trump. But I see her being constantly misled by what she hears. Like CNN promotes a story: "Is the blue wave going to be more of a blue trickle?" Well,... [more]
posted by threeturtles to MetaFilter on May 15 at 4:44 PM
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ok but if you have to do all the work yourself to get off why not just date a hetero man [view]
posted by poffin boffin to MetaFilter on May 15 at 11:06 PM
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Lachlan Markay (DailyBeast) "Actually, MS-13 gangbangers are still human beings" is not the hill to die on imho William Dailey (Priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Director, Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith & Reason) Retweeted Lachlan Markay Golgotha was the hill to die on, and the fella who did was making that point,... [more]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on May 18 at 4:36 AM
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I saw this thread yesterday and it aligns so very much with my experiences. Going to the grocery store and not leaving things behind that I needed or wanted was something I dreamed about for years--there was a point where for about a year (around 2004/5) I had a grocery budget of $20/month (Cdn). I'd never really been very stable, financially, and... [more]
posted by Fish Sauce to MetaFilter on May 17 at 6:04 AM
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Israel's "Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said on Monday that the death toll in the Gaza protests "doesn't indicate anything – just as the number of Nazis who died in the world war doesn't make Nazism something you can explain or understand." You fucker, an entire generation of Jewish intellectuals who survived the Holocaust... [more]
posted by biogeo to MetaFilter on May 14 at 2:12 PM
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Every single person who was in that room and didn't push back on "These are animals" is complicit and every bit as racist as he is. [view]
posted by Atom Eyes to MetaFilter on May 16 at 1:19 PM
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Changes afoot at Fox News, trying to avoid discrimination lawsuits. Vanity Fair:According to sources, Fox News recently installed a “meditation room” complete with Muslim prayer rugs in Ollie North’s office in the network’s Washington bureau. (Earlier this month, North left Fox to become the president of the National Rifle Association.)... [more]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 to MetaFilter on May 18 at 7:26 AM
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It's linked to in the article, but just to highlight it. This is the case where ICE officers doctored his statement to make it look like he admitted to gang affiliation. This is beyond ICE lying, they fabricated evidence and somebody needs to go to jail for this. [view]
posted by papercrane to MetaFilter on May 17 at 9:00 AM
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Tomorrow is Nakba, the anniversary of the beginning of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. 60 years, and my people are still being murdered in cold blood on the international stage. My family has been in business in Gaza since the Romans were in control. My family's orchards and olive groves have been bulldozed. Their estates and houses were... [more]
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet to MetaFilter on May 14 at 6:56 AM
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President Trump has personally pushed U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the Postal Service charges Amazon.com and other firms to ship packages, according to three people familiar with their conversations, a dramatic move that probably would cost these companies billions of dollars.While I suspect that that will get very... [more]
posted by Nerd of the North to MetaFilter on May 18 at 10:58 AM
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This clip posted above by scalefree absolutely deserves a look. For those who don't/can't get the video, my rough transcript: EDDIE S. GLAUDE (Professor of African American studies and religion): It's important that the foreign policy is generating uncertainty, deep uncertainty, that's cascading chaos... [crosstalk] OTHER COMMENTATOR:... [more]
posted by biogeo to MetaFilter on May 14 at 9:24 PM
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Haley walked out of the UN meeting as soon as representative from Palestine began speaking, but not before claiming that "[n]o country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has." Just your daily reminder that Nikki Haley isn't any sort of iconoclast, she's just another murderous, bigoted monster in an... [more]
posted by zombieflanders to MetaFilter on May 15 at 9:42 AM
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@ddale8: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he told Chinese officials that there is no “mad cow” issue with US beef: Both he and Trump both eat lots of that beef, and “there are no signs of mental instability.” Please make all this stop. [view]
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