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It's not rocket surgery

A malaphor is a Blend of malapropism +‎ metaphor. Examples: "We'll burn that bridge when we get to it"... "Even a blind squirrel is right twice a day"... "If a bear shits in the woods, does it make a sound?"... "An apple a day leaves the whole world blind" [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 2:51 PM Oct 17 2018 - 127 comments [81 favorites]

The Fascist Creep

“In Germany in 1933, Wilhelm Reich, in analyzing how a society chooses fascism, rejected the all-too-easy notion of the duped masses. He insisted that we take seriously the fact that people, en masse, genuinely desired fascism. Ignorant masses weren’t manipulated into an authoritarian system they do not actually want.” No Joke (Real Life) “And that brings me to the point of this little essay. How did America end up so hilariously, amazingly, spectacularly stupid, it couldn’t even figure out when fascism, comic-book fascism, in fact — replete with cartoon dictator, demonization, scapegoating, camps, bans, and so on — was rising right in front of its eyes?“ Why America Didn’t See Fascism Coming (Medium) Republicans Are Adopting the Proud Boys ( Daily Beast). “The past three years have seen a proliferation of such groups: organized reactionaries of various political tendencies seeking out ideological enemies (mostly, but not exclusively, on the anti-capitalist left) to beat to a bloody pulp.” Boys To Men (Baffler)
posted by The Whelk at 10:17 AM Oct 17 2018 - 61 comments [80 favorites]

Some 41

The dawn of television promised diversity. Here's why we got "Leave It to Beaver" instead. [more inside]
posted by Arson Lupine at 12:34 AM Oct 16 2018 - 16 comments [79 favorites]

"Game on, Tiny"

Last Sunday's “60 Minutes” aired an interview by Lesley Stahl with Donald Trump, who informed her, twice, "I'm not a baby." (Transcript) Among other highlights, Trump, bobbing and weaving to avoid the truth, tried to cast blame on China when pressed about Russian interference in the 2016 campaign election, declared he knew more about NATO than Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation), suggested climate change will "change back again", and let slip, "I don’t trust everybody in the White House". The AP reports 11.7 million viewers tuned in to watch, just over half the audience that Stormy Daniels had on the CBS newsmagazine last spring. CNN tracks 11 noteworthy moments from Trump's '60 Minutes' interview. [more inside]
posted by Doktor Zed at 5:19 PM Oct 18 2018 - 57 comments [78 favorites]

libraries change lives

Of course libraries can be a temple of books. I love nothing more than a well-stocked bookshelf and a leather armchair, but if, like me, you are into that sort of thing, you probably have the benefit of a literate upbringing. You were probably never in danger of being left behind. But we need to be careful of our romantic mistake, because a "temple of books" can be a very easy target for those looking to cut costs. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet at 5:00 AM Oct 12 2018 - 29 comments [74 favorites]

An Amazing Obituary

If you work in one of the many institutions through which addicts often pass—rehabs, hospitals, jails, courts—and treat them with the compassion and respect they deserve, thank you. If instead you see a junkie or thief or liar in front of you rather than a human being in need of help, consider a new profession. One family's amazing, heartbreaking, and educational obituary for a loved one who died too soon.
posted by Bella Donna at 3:18 PM Oct 16 2018 - 32 comments [71 favorites]

Matreon: The Patreon platform for emotional labor

"Hello and thank you for attempting to engage in an unsolicited conversation with me! In order to ensure our interaction is productive and enriching for both parties, I invite you to join my Matreon. For just a few dollars a month, you can continue to approach me with whatever the hell is on your mind regardless of context or appropriateness, and I will continue to do the emotional labor required to respond without calling you a privileged, myopic dipshit.
posted by Thella at 11:17 PM Oct 12 2018 - 35 comments [67 favorites]

Art and technology meet in Stargazing: A Knitted Tapestry

Australian software engineer Sarah Spencer hacked a 1980s knitting machine to create a massive star map. [more inside]
posted by Iris Gambol at 11:49 PM Oct 17 2018 - 17 comments [66 favorites]


STET is a new short story by Sarah Gailey, written “entirely out of spite” and published online by Fireside Magazine. Don’t skip the footnotes.
posted by Zonker at 9:49 AM Oct 16 2018 - 66 comments [64 favorites]

Wave and ripple

A Meji-era design book of waves and ripple designs is now available for download. The three book series, titled Hamonshū, was created by artist Mori Yuzan. Direct link
posted by PussKillian at 12:09 PM Oct 12 2018 - 9 comments [61 favorites]

I should’ve gone to therapy but instead I came back to Mississippi.

Bim Adewunmi on Kiese Laymon and his new book, Heavy. I write the way I write because my mother and my grandmother encouraged me not to write that way most of my life... But also, I listened to them talk to one another. And sometimes in private, I would hear my mother and my grandmother and my aunts talking in a way that I had never...just nothing I had read sounded like that. Maybe some Toni Morrison sounded like it, but I just heard them reckoning in a way that I wanted do in my art. I know English. I know all the rules. I read damn near all the books. I mean, I literally have to read all the books! So if I wanna fuck around with the language, I can do that. Because my mama created a fucking reading machine.” [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 5:27 AM Oct 17 2018 - 14 comments [60 favorites]

In Every Way Shopping Reinforced Hierarchy. Until Sears.

The catalog undid the power of the storekeeper, and by extension the landlord. Black families could buy without asking permission. Without waiting. Without being watched. With national (cheap) prices! How the Sears Catalog Undermined White Supremacy in the Jim Crow South -- a catalogue of fascinating articles curated by [MetaFilter's Own™] Jason Kottke
posted by chavenet at 1:13 AM Oct 17 2018 - 24 comments [58 favorites]

When Asian Women Are Harassed for Marrying Non-Asian Men

The men who harass me know three things: I’m Chinese-American, my husband is white, and our son is multiracial. You hate Asian men, they insist; you hate your own child. You hate yourself. [more inside]
posted by cynical pinnacle at 1:07 PM Oct 14 2018 - 97 comments [56 favorites]

قل كلمتك … وامش

Jamal Khashoggi (twitter), is a Saudi Arabian-born journalist [Al-Jazeera English] and opinion[Washington Post] writer[Al-Arabiya]. A critic[MidEastEye] of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman[aka MBS][AJE] and his policies[WaPo], he left Saudi Arabia for Turkey last year. On October 2, he was called to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul[MEE] on what was apparently a routine paperwork matter.
He has not been seen since[AJE]. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:21 AM Oct 12 2018 - 112 comments [54 favorites]

Mmm, pie

Lauren Ko makes pies with geometric designs. [more inside]
posted by cellar door at 4:30 AM Oct 14 2018 - 27 comments [54 favorites]

Walk this way

A Step-by-Step Guide for Fixing Badly Planned American Cities, an excerpt from Jeff Speck's new book, Walkable City Rules -- 101 Steps to Making Better Places
posted by Room 641-A at 1:14 PM Oct 15 2018 - 20 comments [53 favorites]


Training compassion ‘muscle’ may boost brain’s resilience to others’ suffering. "It can be distressing to witness the pain of family, friends or even strangers going through a hard time. But what if, just like strengthening a muscle or learning a new hobby, we could train ourselves to be more compassionate and calm in the face of others’ suffering?" Compassion Is Like a Muscle That Gets Stronger With Training: Loving-kindness meditation and compassion training boost empathic resilience. [more inside]
posted by homunculus at 10:40 AM Oct 17 2018 - 11 comments [48 favorites]

& as I went to grab her buttcheeks she screams "NO MY GLASSES!"

please tell me about a time you laughed so hard you cried. (SLTwitter) Currently best viewed via the user's timeline, since she's retweeted the best ones, but I made the original tweet the main link for posterity. Also, I am deceased. Happy Friday!
posted by sunset in snow country at 12:26 PM Oct 12 2018 - 65 comments [42 favorites]

Suss "feels a movie soundtrack that got bored ... and left the theater"

What would it sound like if Brian Eno had produced the Western film scores of Ennio Morricone? We don't know, but it might sound like Suss, who make ambient country, "the new folk music." "There is no chair! It's a new thing every time" (Facebook video; also on YouTube). Those and more musings are from member the musicians behind Suss, who released their album Ghost Box (YouTube playlist) last February, and they're putting out an expanded version via Bandcamp. More audio/visual chaos from Bob Holmes (on mandolin, guitar, and harmonica): Canyonlands (Return to Wichita) live; Rain, live @ Secret Theatre, NYC 2/4/18; Rain (studio audio/ mixed media video); and Late Night Call (clip).
posted by filthy light thief at 12:10 PM Oct 16 2018 - 24 comments [42 favorites]

It's close to midnight...

Wayne Brady joins Postmodern Jukebox for a seasonally appropriate cover of Michael Jackson's Thriller. [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar at 4:18 PM Oct 14 2018 - 41 comments [40 favorites]

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