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Young Angry White Men

“But the dark engine of the movement is reactionary white male resentment. Alt-right propaganda is designed to nourish the precise grievances recited by the disillusioned and indignant young men that dominate its ranks. It provides a coherent—but malicious—worldview. For a recruit, the alt-right helps explain why they don’t have the jobs or the sexual partners or the overall societal and cultural respect that they believe (and are told) to be rightfully theirs. This appeal is resonating at a moment in the United States when economic inequality is worsening and a majority-minority United States is forecasted for 2044—developments exploited by racist propagandists.” The Alt-Right Is Killing People, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s in-depth investigation into the causes, crimes, and online growth of the racist reactionary movement in the US. (CW for all links, hate speech, Nazi ideology, murder.) [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 9:59 AM Feb 12 2018 - 284 comments [105 favorites]

Fresh politics thread.

ICE cracks down in LA, meanwhile immigration legislation progress isn't looking great. [more inside]
posted by Emmy Rae at 8:54 AM Feb 15 2018 - 509 comments [90 favorites]

Doesn't take much to rip us into pieces

Tori Amos turned the narrative upside down when her 1992 sophomore album Little Earthquakes [~1h] became a mammoth hit. Cassette Side A: Crucify [video] , Girl, Silent All These Years [video], Precious Things, Winter [video], Happy Phantom [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 3:51 PM Feb 11 2018 - 100 comments [77 favorites]

Why Do We Need to Sleep?

Biologists call this need “sleep pressure”: Stay up too late, build up sleep pressure. Feeling drowsy in the evenings? Of course you are—by being awake all day, you’ve been generating sleep pressure! But like “dark matter,” this is a name for something whose nature we do not yet understand. The more time you spend thinking about sleep pressure, the more it seems like a riddle game out of Tolkien: What builds up over the course of wakefulness, and disperses during sleep? Is it a timer? A molecule that accrues every day and needs to be flushed away? What is this metaphorical tally of hours, locked in some chamber of the brain, waiting to be wiped clean every night? [slAtlantic]
posted by ellieBOA at 4:33 AM Feb 12 2018 - 80 comments [70 favorites]

The Chickensh*t Club

In an alarming and comprehensive book published last summer, reporter Jesse Eisinger (previously) asks and attempts to answer Why Executives Don't Go To Prison Anymore?
Why Why federal prosecutors often wimp out in going after financial malfeasance? and why let corrupt bankers avoid jail? So why this book?
“I’ve been pretty obsessed with the financial crisis and its aftermath and why there were no prosecutions of top corporate officers from any of the financial institutions in the wake of the crisis,” Eisinger said. “It strains credulity that there wasn’t criminal fraud during the crisis and at the height of the crisis. And its strains the credulity of lawyers and prosecutors who I have talked with. This has become a commonplace observation.” “I don’t think fraud was necessarily at the heart of the financial crisis. But that doesn’t mean the crisis didn’t involve an enormous amount of fraud. I think it did.”
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posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:07 PM Feb 14 2018 - 31 comments [64 favorites]

Crummy crumb? Try 湯種!

Yudane or yukone, known as tangzhong in Chinese, is a bread baking technique that begins with a water (or milk) roux, heating flour and liquid to 65C to gelatinize the starches. It produces loaves that are tender, springy, moist, and resistant to staling, with a significantly different crumb. Its most famous application is in Hokkaido Milk Bread, but is also useful for bagels, rolls, and any application where a tender crumb or long shelf life is desirable. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy at 7:04 AM Feb 15 2018 - 18 comments [60 favorites]

Barnes & Noble reaches its zero-moment point

You may have heard about B&N's recent layoffs and hiring of a new chief merchandising officer in a brief abstract fashion, but you might not realize it marks a point of no return for the company: The entirely unnecessary demise of Barnes & Noble [more inside]
posted by foxfirefey at 12:49 PM Feb 15 2018 - 179 comments [59 favorites]

A University of, by, and for the People, by Sarah Vowell

In 1937, Maurice Hilleman had a job lined up as the assistant manager of the J. C. Penney in Miles City. In Depression-era Montana, Penney’s was top-notch employment, especially to a senior at Custer County High who grew up raising chickens on the outskirts of town. But Hilleman’s older brother pointed out there was that college in Bozeman and suggested Maurice should at least try to get a scholarship. He did, finished first in his class and went on to a graduate program in microbiology at the University of Chicago. Of the 14 standard recommended vaccines — including those for measles, mumps, meningitis, pneumonia and both hepatitis A and B — Hilleman developed eight of them. In a century soaked in genocide, his work saved millions of lives, including, potentially, yours and mine. J. C. Penney’s loss was humanity’s gain.
posted by Stanczyk at 3:13 PM Feb 15 2018 - 14 comments [55 favorites]

Online communities reach middle age

Before Usenet and MetaFilter but after email, and launched 40 years ago on February 16th 1978 in Chicago after development that avoided committee inertia, the CBBS (Computerized Bulletin Board System) was created by Ward Christensen (creator of XMODEM) and Randy Suess. It consisted of a homebrew computer with 40k of memory, was managed by a "sysop", eventually contained 20,000 lines of code, and worked well. Announced in Byte Magazine, the sole modem and 300 baud card meant members took it in turns to use, the system restarting with each new call. has some BBS logs and captures: [1][2][3][4]. Problems with the system?? Phone the developers. (2008 FPP, and a busy 2006 "Did you run a BBS?" AskMe)
posted by Wordshore at 12:01 AM Feb 16 2018 - 83 comments [54 favorites]

Wait, there's a permanent society for ephemera?

Your daily fall down the rabbit hole: The Ephemera Society of America. As it's been a while since its last mention, let's get caught up on new entries. Mid-century library posters! Victorian fashion alphabet! Medical ephemera! [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 12:09 PM Feb 14 2018 - 7 comments [52 favorites]


One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do, and 42 is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, but 52 is...well... [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 at 10:54 PM Feb 13 2018 - 26 comments [47 favorites]

The Times Demonstrates Why Vetting Is Fundamental

On Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times announced that they had made a new hire for their opinion pages: Quinn Norton, a tech journalist who had written for several notable publications such as The Atlantic and Wired. However, it did not take long for critics to point out a lot of aspects of Norton that made her hiring questionable - her ties to major figures in white supremacy, her casual use of bigoted slurs in her tweets, and overall a number of very questionable positions that had many asking the Times a simple question: how did she pass vetting?

By 10 pm that same day, the Times had announced that Norton had been fired. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum at 7:44 AM Feb 14 2018 - 378 comments [45 favorites]

Protests Erupt Across Canada After Gerald Stanley Acquitted

Canada is currently working to heal its relationships with First Nations people, but this was dealt a severe blow on Friday when a jury decided to acquit white farmer Gerald Stanley of all charges in the 2016 shooting death of Colten Boushie, a 22 year old indigenous man . [more inside]
posted by purplesludge at 10:15 AM Feb 11 2018 - 100 comments [41 favorites]

As He Died To Make Men Holy Let Us Die To Make Men Free

Black and Red: a history of the post World War 1 African-American socialist movement [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 10:25 AM Feb 15 2018 - 5 comments [41 favorites]

In case you need some adorable, funny, sometimes sad stories right now

Over on Twitter, one Christina asks a simple question: What's a childhood anecdote that says a lot about you?
posted by MartinWisse at 9:47 AM Feb 14 2018 - 150 comments [38 favorites]

People's Socialist Atlas

A History of the United American Socialist Republics is a full, 200-page alt-historical atlas. Also see the author's r/worldbuilding post.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:47 AM Feb 14 2018 - 19 comments [38 favorites]

The right to grieve

"I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t know what I’m good for. I don’t know how to come to terms with the fact that I have so much in my head, and so much in my Google Drive, that is basically useless right now. I don’t know how to come to terms with the fact that the life I imagined is not going to happen. I’ve already stopped doing my scholarship, other than editorial work for forthcoming pieces. In a few months, I’ll be done teaching. I don’t know how to come to terms with never doing those things again.
posted by Lycaste at 12:16 PM Feb 16 2018 - 75 comments [37 favorites]

Her first best friend

Nicole adopted an elderly dog. But she seemed oddly familiar.
posted by Hypatia at 8:29 PM Feb 10 2018 - 46 comments [51 favorites (36 in the past 7 days)]

When "see something, say something" fails

Yesterday, a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 and wounding many others. Many people saw it coming but no one did enough to prevent it. What needs to change? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 7:18 AM Feb 15 2018 - 458 comments [36 favorites]

Make comics!

Want to make comics? Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett of Big Red Hair have you covered with their recently updated Resources for Comic Book Creators and comic book writing guide.
posted by Artw at 4:54 PM Feb 16 2018 - 2 comments [36 favorites]

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