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A blind and opaque reputelligent nosedive

Data isn't just being collected from your phone. It's being used to score you. - "Operating in the shadows of the online marketplace, specialized tech companies you've likely never heard of are tapping vast troves of our personal data to generate secret 'surveillance scores' — digital mug shots of millions of Americans — that supposedly predict our future behavior. The firms sell their scoring services to major businesses across the U.S. economy. People with low scores can suffer harsh consequences."[1] [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 2:46 AM Aug 2 2020 - 33 comments [180 favorites]

Tired of the view out your windows?

Check out the view from a window in a random home somewhere else in the world.
posted by COD at 2:30 PM Jul 12 2020 - 68 comments [164 favorites]

Mind the Gap: A Handbook of Clinical Signs in Black and Brown Skin

Malone Mukwende, 20, is a second-year medical student at St George’s, University of London. “On arrival at medical school I noticed the lack of teaching in darker skin. We were often being taught to look for symptoms such as red rashes which I was aware would not appear as described in my own skin,” he told BME Medics. “When flagging this to tutors it was clear that they didn’t know of any other way to describe these conditions on patients of darker skin tones and I knew that I had to make a change to that.” (Atlanta Black Star, July 9, 2020) The result is "Mind the Gap: A Handbook of Clinical Signs in Black and Brown Skin." [more inside]
posted by Iris Gambol at 1:49 PM Aug 5 2020 - 16 comments [161 favorites]

4K nature sounds & scenes

2 hours of ambient jellyfish. 2 hours of colorful Macaw parrots. 1 hour of arctic wildlife. 1 hour of Canadian birds and wildlife. 8 hours of desert wind sounds. 4 hours of a rushing mountain river & birds. 10 hours of tropical waterfall. 3 hours of tropical rain forest. 12 hours of white sands and blue water waves. 9 hours of autumnal river. 3 hours of mountain lake. 2 hours of snow gently falling. 10 hours of glacier and falling snow. 10 hour tropical storm. 4 hours of grassland & birds.
posted by Fizz at 8:23 AM Apr 4 2020 - 19 comments [143 favorites]

A man who sits at his computer and makes a MetaFilter post.

Japan's Best Boring Halloween Costumes [Kotaku] “ this annual event in Japan, participants are trying to do something far simpler—boring, even. This event is called “Jimi Halloween” (地味ハロウィン), with jimi (地味) meaning “mundane,” “plain,” or “subdued.” [...] Here are some of the best mundane costumes: Someone who cannot get a seat at the food court in the mall. The costume of a person wearing black clothing that has played with a cat. This woman is dressed as a person who is taking a photo of a meal. The person who cleans the escalator’s handrail. Someone about to win Old Maid. This man is dressed as a right-handed person. A person who is drinking a hot beverage. This is a costume of a person who would get mistaken as store staff at an eyeglasses shop. A person who has just purchased an umbrella the moment it stops raining. A guy who can’t find where his seat is at the baseball stadium.”
posted by Fizz at 8:25 AM Oct 28 2019 - 69 comments [142 favorites]

"For some reason I never considered this possibility."

A scorpion, not knowing how to swim, asked a frog to carry it across the river. (SLTumblr)
posted by cosmic owl at 12:40 PM Apr 27 2020 - 80 comments [141 favorites]

Need a safety sign?

Need an ANSI Z535-compliant safety sign? Sure you do. Here's a convenient sign generator in case you need to let people know that something is dangerous.
posted by GuyZero at 2:51 PM Aug 18 2020 - 133 comments [139 favorites]

market socialism/inclusive prosperity

The Secret Code of Capital and the Origin of Wealth Inequality - "Capital is not a thing, but a social relation enforced by the law and the state. With the right legal coding, any object, claim, or idea can be turned into a wealth- or capital-generating asset. In her new book, Katharina Pistor analyzes the evolution of capital over the past 400 years." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 5:43 AM Oct 10 2019 - 19 comments [137 favorites]

The best way to say “hello” to modern classical music is to listen to it

A beginner’s guide to modern classical music
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:27 PM Jan 28 2020 - 47 comments [136 favorites]

Private Riches, Public Squalor

Study: A year is too short for a U.S. worker to earn middle-class life - "The widening gulf... between what American life costs and what American jobs pay is a central fact of American political economy that the public appears to have understood long before economists." [The New Midlife Crisis] [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 3:33 AM Feb 22 2020 - 49 comments [135 favorites]

What one fool can do, another can.

The fools who write the textbooks of advanced mathematics — and they are mostly clever fools — seldom take the trouble to show you how easy the easy calculations are... Being myself a remarkably stupid fellow, I have had to unteach myself the difficulties, and now beg to present to my fellow fools the parts that are not hard. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 10:12 AM Oct 28 2019 - 54 comments [132 favorites]

Godmother of Rock and Roll

Rock-n-Roll was invented by a queer Black woman born in 1915 Arkansas. Your disordered hardcore punk rock was sanctioned by a kinky-haired Black girl born to two cotton pickers in the Jim Crow South. The electric guitar was first played in ways very few people could have ever imagined by a woman who wasn’t even allowed to play at music venues around the country. The Patron Saint of rock music is Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The original punk rebel from which we were all born, SRT is muva.
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posted by peeedro at 10:17 PM Nov 23 2019 - 19 comments [130 favorites]

'So passes Denethor, son of Ecthelion,' said Gandalf

A historian’s look at the Siege of Gondor in Peter Jackson’s Return of the King.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:13 PM Nov 30 2019 - 53 comments [130 favorites]

50 Nights of Protest: Portland Under Siege

After 50 nights of sustained protest in Portland, Oregon, President Donald Trump has sent in federal police agencies to “quell violence”. The response has been immediate, with protestors and passers by being “disappeared” into unmarked vans by militarized federal police forces. [more inside]
posted by gucci mane at 12:20 PM Jul 17 2020 - 457 comments [130 favorites]

"This has to stop."

This afternoon, the District Court of Southern Mississippi confirmed the qualified immunity for Police Officers in the case of Jamison v. McClendon, where the black plaintiff suffered an hours-long roadside ordeal at the hands of a white officer who had pulled him over for the temporary tag on his newly-purchased Mercedes being too hard to read. But the opinion itself is a thing of tragic, righteous beauty.
posted by Navelgazer at 4:59 PM Aug 4 2020 - 79 comments [129 favorites]

The Wørd: Truthiness In Action

At the beginning of 2020, reports of a 'pneumonia outbreak' spurred the CDC to action. When asked, Trump implied everything was under control and downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus threat while US intelligence reports warned of a likely pandemic. Those reports and other warnings spurred some to action (Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC; Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-GA). Trump downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus, and implied that the Trump administration had things well in hand. [more inside]
posted by ZeusHumms at 9:31 AM Mar 21 2020 - 2217 comments [128 favorites]

Having a daughter doesn’t make a decent man.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) Responds to Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) A powerful speech from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the inexcusability of dehumanizing language against women and not accepting non-apologies.
posted by toastyk at 8:34 AM Jul 23 2020 - 129 comments [128 favorites]

Quarantine Cooking

Mefi's Own beijingbrown misted up my spectacles with his comic for the New Yorker Finding Relief from Coronavirus Anxiety.
posted by Mrs Potato at 1:56 PM Feb 29 2020 - 32 comments [118 favorites]

The chickenization of everything

How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism (thread) - "Surveillance Capitalism is a real, serious, urgent problem... because it is both emblematic of monopolies (which lead to corruption, AKA conspiracies) and because the vast, nonconsensual dossiers it compiles on us can be used to compromise and neutralize opposition to the status quo."[1,2,3] [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 4:44 AM Sep 16 2020 - 18 comments [117 favorites]

A better world than this is possible

The Republican Choice - "How a party spent decades making itself white." [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 4:26 AM Jun 27 2020 - 22 comments [115 favorites]

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