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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. [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 2:20 PM May 15 2018 - 30 comments [84 favorites]

The U.S. Deep Poverty Problem/Why the Great Society Worked

...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 [more inside]
posted by y2karl at 8:08 AM May 14 2018 - 49 comments [76 favorites]

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 at 1:10 PM May 16 2018 - 66 comments [75 favorites]

"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 at 10:54 PM May 16 2018 - 89 comments [72 favorites]

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 at 7:56 AM May 17 2018 - 81 comments [58 favorites]

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.”
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posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:20 PM May 17 2018 - 81 comments [58 favorites]

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. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:34 AM May 18 2018 - 300 comments [58 favorites]

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) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 3:33 AM May 16 2018 - 16 comments [52 favorites]

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 at 11:40 PM May 17 2018 - 23 comments [52 favorites]

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 at 5:59 AM May 18 2018 - 51 comments [49 favorites]

"The Gig Economy" by Zero HP Lovecraft

"The Gig Economy" by Internet user Zero HP Lovecraft - a short horror of occult techno-economic acceleration.
posted by save alive nothing that breatheth at 10:22 AM May 19 2018 - 27 comments [47 favorites]

"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. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 3:34 PM May 18 2018 - 17 comments [46 favorites]

"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." [more inside]
posted by SageLeVoid at 4:15 AM May 16 2018 - 13 comments [45 favorites]

The Art of Conversation

The Studs Terkel Radio Archive collects decades of work from Chicago journalist and interviewer Studs Terkel as he addressed some of 20th Century America’s most pressing issues and concerns Notable topics include - Work, labor and economy, LGBTQ Culture & Rights, The Great Depression, Race Relations, and More [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 10:01 AM May 17 2018 - 6 comments [45 favorites]

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." [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 7:30 PM May 13 2018 - 28 comments [66 favorites (44 in the past 7 days)]


15,000 and more years ago, North America had lions, cheetahs, camels, mammoths, giant sloths[previously], short-faced bears, giant beavers and sabretooth salmon. Barring enormous advances in cloning technology, none[previously] of those magnificent beasts will walk the earth again.
But we can replicate the effects they had on the ecosystem, with Pleistocene Rewilding! [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:46 PM May 14 2018 - 30 comments [40 favorites]

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 at 2:47 PM May 18 2018 - 24 comments [40 favorites]

Well, hello, Mrs. Alabama Worley

A grindhouse is an American term for a theater that mainly shows exploitation films. This theater type was named after the "grind policy", a film-programming strategy dating back to the early 1920s which continuously showed films at cut-rate ticket prices that typically rose over the course of each day. WTvF! Movies is a Youtube channel that features 7,000 exploitation films, including 1,800 Full Kung-Fu and Martial Arts Movies and 4,100 Full Grindhouse, Exploitation and Drive-In Movies
posted by growabrain at 7:59 PM May 19 2018 - 11 comments [40 favorites]

"They asked me to be a guinea pig, and I’ve been donating ever since"

On Friday, Harrison made his final trip to the blood donation center. At age 81, he had already passed the age limit allowed for donors, and the blood service had decided Harrison should stop donating to protect his health, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. For six decades, ‘the man with the golden arm’ donated blood — and saved 2.4 million babies. (non-paywalled link here)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:27 AM May 14 2018 - 39 comments [38 favorites]

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posted by cjorgensen at 11:49 AM May 15 2018 - 46 comments [38 favorites]

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