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"Canned beans and ramen noodles night after night"

Budget Bytes is a weblog/recipe collection I use every single week. It has priced-out ingredients for each recipe and often recipes stay under about $1.50/serving, which is nice for those of us on tight budgets. [more inside]
posted by thegears at 12:15 PM Jun 16 2018 - 68 comments [260 favorites]

The Constitutional Crisis is here. It's been here.

The President's lawyers claimed in a secret memo that he's immune from subpoena and on national TV that he can literally murder anyone. Many people are saying this is already a Constitutional Crisis. Then he claimed the power to pardon himself. Others say Trump is speaking from a position of weakness. It's week 71 of the Trump Presidency. [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange at 1:51 PM Jun 4 2018 - 2591 comments [127 favorites]

Feeling Low? Time to Get Happy

Do you feel low? Worn down? Discouraged? Maybe you need a break. Maybe you need a lot of breaks. Here are 25 ways to feel happier in the next 5 minutes because we all could use a little happiness. No good? Perhaps 14 ways to get through tough times is a better fit. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 1:42 PM Jun 18 2018 - 15 comments [125 favorites]

the chickens are coming home to roost... any day now.

"The Clinton Trump foundation is a criminal enterprise!" At least that's what the New York State Attorney General's office is suing him for. Meanwhile Trump made friends over the weekend in Singapore, much to Kim Jong Un's delight. They even made a video to commemorate the historic event. [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn at 4:07 AM Jun 15 2018 - 2528 comments [109 favorites]

I am a woman’s rights.

Sojourner Truth is famous for giving the "Ain't I a Woman?" speech. Only she never gave that speech. A version of the speech she gave at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851, substantially rewritten by a white abolitionist during the Civil War to make Truth sound like a stereotypical southern black slave (even though she was a New Yorker with a Dutch accent), is what most of us know today. The Sojourner Truth Project aims to correct that error, providing side-by-side comparisons of the original speech with the popular version, as well as renditions of the original speech by Afro-Dutch women.
posted by Cash4Lead at 7:11 AM Jun 1 2018 - 41 comments [107 favorites]

Radicalism 101

The Chicago DSA and Midwest Socialist presents Primer Red, introductions to the basics of radical thought and history. Dialectical Materialism (“What are the forces of history?) - Alienation (“The cheaper each worker is, the more they have to work to survive.”) - Class (“What do you sell in order to live?”) - Value (“Why does surplus abundance go to the people who need it least?”) - Praxis (“How do you do things?”)
posted by The Whelk at 6:35 AM Jun 6 2018 - 20 comments [99 favorites]

How Emotional Labor Affects Women's Careers

"In the workplace, the expectation for women to cushion their responses, manage the emotions of their peers and make their workplace “pleasant” can hold them back from doing the work that will help them get ahead." Gemma Hartley, author of the forthcoming book Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward, discusses emotional labor at work. Hartley's upcoming book credits the original MeFi emotional labor thread as an influence on her work. [more inside]
posted by velvet winter at 2:00 PM Jun 9 2018 - 39 comments [97 favorites]

No one ever regretted taking care of the person they loved, at any price

"When I look back on it now, it’s hard to understand how I, a highly educated feminist, ended up devoting myself to Michael to the detriment of my own productivity and financial security."
posted by Lycaste at 1:42 PM Jun 20 2018 - 90 comments [97 favorites]

A priceless haul. A crack team of thieves. A plan that can’t fail.

The 25 Best Heist Movies of All Time [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 8:20 AM Jun 7 2018 - 131 comments [95 favorites]

A story about a shower curtain

On Ask Reddit, a user asked "What really happened in real life that if you saw it in a movie you would say "that's totally unrealistic"?". The top scoring result is a story that presented a baffling mystery to one group of people, a Lovecraftian horror to another, and grand hilarity to everyone else.
posted by the duck by the oboe at 6:17 AM Jun 19 2018 - 57 comments [95 favorites]

Yoko Kanno's genre is "good music".

"She has been described, in some musical circles, as the 'Master of the Mundane' but this is not intended as an insult. It is an attempt to convey her incredible ability to take the viewer (and indeed listener) out of their own world and place them comfortably into a world of her choosing. To make them feel like a bluesy space cowboy, an android moving to a digital beat or a jazz-angry teenager. All without them even noticing that she’s doing it." Yoko Kanno: The Greatest Composer You’ve Never Heard Of [Medium] [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer at 6:12 PM Jun 9 2018 - 37 comments [94 favorites]

We've had Ask vs Guess, and now...

Are you a member of the Church of Interruption? How two conversational cultures collide very badly.
posted by Zarkonnen at 11:55 AM Jun 10 2018 - 279 comments [91 favorites]

We've almost certainly left off your personal favorite.

Thrillist has compiled the 100 greatest YouTube videos of all time, ranked.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:55 PM Jun 19 2018 - 79 comments [91 favorites]

The secrets of a diary written on castle floorboards

When the new owners of the chateau of Picomtal decided to renovate the parquet in some of their upstairs rooms, they made a remarkable discovery. (SL BBC News)
posted by aqsakal at 5:40 AM Jun 5 2018 - 23 comments [89 favorites]

Music to do nothing to

lofi study chill beats radio [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:27 PM Jun 18 2018 - 28 comments [88 favorites]

interrupt me one more time

I ask a bunch of men, "Have you ever interrupted a woman?" [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky at 12:16 PM Jun 18 2018 - 38 comments [83 favorites]

In Search Of Forgotten Colors

Sachio Yoshioka is the fifth-generation head of the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. When he succeeded to the family business in 1988, he abandoned the use of synthetic colours in favour of dyeing solely with plants and other natural materials. 30 years on, the workshop produces an extensive range of extremely beautiful colours. [more inside]
posted by carter at 4:39 AM Jun 16 2018 - 28 comments [79 favorites]

Ya smell that? Somethin’ stupid’s about ta happen!

"A few years back, I worked for a small, questionably honest used car dealership and repair shop. I'm a service writer, which means I'm the interface between customers (who are idiots) and the technicians (who are mostly felons). Think Tom Smykowski from Office Space. I will warn you ahead of time, I am not the hero of my stories, just the protagonist. There are no heroes in the car industry - we are all villains in our own ways." u/36055512 regales r/talesfromtechsupport with stories about Dishonest Used Car Dealership. [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer at 10:00 PM Jun 22 2018 - 49 comments [79 favorites]

A Disgruntled Federal Employee’s 1980s Desk Calendar

"It is not entirely clear what the Kansas scribe was trying to achieve with his nonstop writing—or why it survived. But deep within the deep state, he found a voice."
posted by jjray at 10:29 AM Jun 14 2018 - 80 comments [75 favorites]

♣ ♢ ♠ ♡ your one-stop shop for rounds of cribbage, euchre, gin rummy, hearts, idiot, manni, classic rummy, spades, spit, switch, whist, and more. No bells, few whistles, mostly cards (plus backgammon, checkers, and Yahtzee). [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 1:17 PM May 25 2018 - 57 comments [74 favorites]

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