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Something broke, is breaking still

The use of sexual frustration and weaponized misogyny in the radicalization of young men is consistent across ideologies, and the entitlement that underlies it is not exclusive to fascist movements. - The Consent of the (Un)governed, Laurie Penny on #metoo, neoliberalism, the alt-right and the breaking point the world finds itself at today.
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Korerotia to reo kia rangona ai tona ataahua

Recent controversies in New Zealand have brought the threatened state of the Māori language back into the spotlight - New Zealand broadcasters refuse to stop using Māori words (Eleanor Ainge Roy, The Guardian)
posted by Start with Dessert to MetaFilter on Dec 4 at 8:57 PM
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With a compass, you're never lost.

Japanese family crests are known for their tasteful design and simplicity, but what might surprise you is the incredibly simple geometric principles used to create even complex ones. (No English in the narration, but give it a moment and you won't need it.)
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Jon Bois, author of MeFi-celebrated multimedia narrative 17776 and creator of Breaking Madden, Chart Party, and Pretty Good, has written dozens of pieces (fictional and nonfictional) about class, feminism, aging, sports, politics, wonder, education, and art. Following the jump, a collection of links. (previously)
posted by brainwane to MetaFilter on Dec 10 at 11:27 AM
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"The Silence Breakers" are TIME's 2017 Person of the Year

The Silence Breakers. "The people who have broken their silence on sexual assault and harassment span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe. Their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results. For their influence on 2017, they are TIME’s Person of the Year."
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"A Muppet Family Christmas" is extremely my shit

The Muppet Christmas Carol is a beloved holiday classic, but many may not be as familiar with A Muppet Family Christmas, a television special broadcast in 1987 and 1989, but never released on home media in its original and complete version due to various rights issues. It's noteworthy as one of the few Muppet vehicles with appearances and references to characters from the four major franchises (The Muppet Show, Muppet Babies, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock) and for featuring a cameo by Jim Henson as himself. You can watch John Lagomarsino explain why the special is extremely his shit. You can watch a version of the special via YouTube.
posted by girlmightlive to MetaFilter on Dec 10 at 8:31 AM
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Don’t blame the election on fake news. Blame it on the media.

The Columbia Journalism Review did an analysis of election 2016 election coverage and found "the various Clinton-related email scandals—her use of a private email server while secretary of state, as well as the DNC and John Podesta hacks—accounted for more sentences than all of Trump’s scandals combined (65,000 vs. 40,000) and more than twice as many as were devoted to all of her policy positions." Meanwhile"the breathlessly repeated numbers on fake news are not as large as they have been made to seem when compared to the volume of information to which online users are exposed."
posted by mrmurbles to MetaFilter on Dec 8 at 9:37 PM
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Polka, coming at you live from Valkenswaard!

Spin the globe and it will start playing live radio wherever you stop. You can also click on a specific place. Libyana 100.1 FM is playing some bangers! Radio Thailand 97 has some good chillout music. Catavento Radio (Brazil) got my hips shaking. There are hundreds (thousands?) of stations. If you get static, just be patient, it will likely snap to the nearest station.
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One man's quest against debt collectors and resellers

Marriage equality law passes Australia's parliament in landslide vote

The Untold Story of Japan’s First People

“...often undervalued, the paper bag will keep doing its job.”

The Secret Feminist History of Brown Paper Bags [Eater] “Few things are as useful as the paper bag. In the United States, people use (and reuse) 10 billion of them every year. Who among us has gotten through life, likely as a child, without opening up a brown paper bag filled with a sandwich, juice box, and a piece of fruit? Or, later in life, enjoyed an alcoholic beverage in a public place with the illegal item safely ensconced inside a bag? But paper bags have been around for so long, and in so many forms, that few have ever stopped to wonder where they came from in the first place. Even fewer know that paper bags were involved in not one but two feminist crusades.”
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter on Dec 5 at 7:00 PM
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Éliane Radigue, drone music pioneer

Éliane Radigue is a French composer who is one of the pioneers of drone music, and is still active at 85. She worked with Pierre Henry and other musique concrète pioneers in the 50s, but her experiments with feedback and tape loops in the 60s drifted too far from the scene, so she moved to New York in the 70s. She is perhaps best known for her synthesizer based compositions in the 70s through early 2000s. A representative piece is Trilogie De La Mort, one of several pieces inspired directly by her conversion to Tibetan Buddhism: I. Kyema, II. Kailasha, III. Koumé. Since 2004 she has composed entirely with acoustic instruments, e.g. Movement 3 of Naldjorlak I, written for cello; if you're in a hurry, here's a 1:30 live clip from Naldjorlak III.
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Cyndi Lauper slays on the Appalachian Mountain dulcimer

My favorite thing discovered on the internet research rabbithole is how Cyndi Lauper is widely-regarded by Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer enthusiasts as one of the finest straight-up performers on the obscure instrument.
Says @JMMcDermott. Proof: True Colors, Time after Time, Fearless.
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DEVO, Eno, Bowie, Holger Czukay

Mark Mothersbaugh says he's found tapes of (most of) DEVO jamming with Brian Eno, David Bowie, and Holger Czukay. The news dropped at a Bowie-focused even Mark spoke at in New York City. Daniel Maurer was there and has the details. Holger Czukay, bassist for Can, recounted his experience of the session in a short essay on his website. In addition, Mark also claims to have found the 24 track tape and Brian Eno's production notes for Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are DEVO!, which include additional tracks with Eno's synth, and additional vocals by David Bowie. No word on any potential release yet.
posted by SansPoint to MetaFilter on Dec 6 at 12:10 PM
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Sunday Night, after Ed Sullivan and competing with Bonanza

50 years ago, the hot new TV show was "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour". Many of the people involved (Tom, Dick, the producers, writers Rob Reiner, Steve Martin, Mason 'Classical Gas' Williams, Bob Einstein before Super Dave, and a host of others) have contributed to an 'oral history' of the show, most famous for being cancelled after 3 seasons for being "too controversial".
posted by oneswellfoop to MetaFilter on Dec 6 at 2:35 AM
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Mataku - Māori Tales of the Unexplained

Mataku is basically the Māori X Files, and it’s a national embarrassment that this show isn’t every part as much cultural canon as The Lord of the Rings or Outrageous Fortune.

posted by Start with Dessert to MetaFilter on Dec 8 at 12:37 AM
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Margot met Robert on a Wednesday night…

“Cat Person” is a short story by Kristen Roupenian in the latest issue of The New Yorker. It’s about a brief modern relationship.
The magazine has also published an interview with Roupenian on the story.
posted by Going To Maine to MetaFilter on Dec 9 at 12:49 PM
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Dance Square Dance Revolution

PUT YOUR TIN FOIL HATS ON, we are about to go on a VERY wild ride.

I haven't been this excited since I first found out about the incredibly strange world of quicksand porn.
Let Robyn Pennacchia tell you about the conspiracy to make square dancing the national dance of the US and how it originated as part of an even madder ploy by Henry Ford to destroy Black, Jewish jazz with folk music. Quicksand porn briefly discussed here.
posted by MartinWisse to MetaFilter on Dec 8 at 5:50 AM
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Cry Ho Ho Ho, and Let Slip the Hornéd Deer of War

Twitter's #WarOnChristmas is different this year: Sam Sykes has created an avalanche of atrocities. Peppermint-tinged, sleighbell-ringing atrocities.
SamSykesSwears: I have but one request this Christmas, guys. Take the #WarOnChristmas hashtag and fill it with accounts of the horrors of battling elves across snowy fields and firing anti-aircraft missiles at sleds streaking overhead.

posted by ErisLordFreedom to MetaFilter on Dec 8 at 10:58 AM
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Okay, so you all remember we had a good laugh when I said this: I wrote myself in on all of the unopposed races, so I may have five jobs tomorrow. And then I actually got elected as Tax Collector with two votes? Yeah, so I'm also now the newly elected Judge of Elections. With two votes. [view]
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@mrbenwexler THE RIGHT: Yeah he's a serial child molester but he'll confirm the guy I want on the Supreme Court THE LEFT: Yeah she's good on global warming and tax policy and race relations and expanding healthcare to poor families but I can't vote for someone who gave paid speeches to Goldman [view]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Dec 5 at 10:04 AM
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Taylor Swift says she was made to feel bad about the consequences that her harasser faced. After she complained about a Denver radio DJ named David Mueller, who reached under her skirt and grabbed her rear end, Mueller was fired. He sued Swift for millions in damages. She countersued for a symbolic $1 and then testified about the incident in... [more]
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Oh they're still around. They just call it Landmark Forum now. A financial firm I work with just had their multimillionaire founder snookered in. He's now making it mandatory for all of his staff. Those poor bastards. My brother's work required him to attend one of their weekends. There's a point where they're encouraged, after 48 hours... [more]
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With most of the Amazon devices you could unplug them. This is an amazing one sentence horror short story. [view]
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God, my kids are good kids. I might have made a slightly daft decision in sandwiching that little speech between their weekly quiz and their allotted time without me in the room in order to submit my teaching evaluations. Smart, self. (And then we found out I'd accidentally made a typo that turned a perfectly sensible quiz question about... [more]
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On the bright side, the press pool grew an actual spine today and refused to let the deputy press secretary go off the record to talk about Roy Moore or Flynn or any other questions: Q: We have to ask the questions-- A: I understand that, you have a job to do and so do I. Q: You're not doing your job. Your job is literally to take questions... [more]
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Meg Kinnard‏ @MegKinnardAP MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A gay man who was denied a marriage license by a Kentucky county clerk will run to unseat her in 2018. Democrat David Ermold announced his candidacy Wednesday to challenge Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. [view]
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*chuckle* Senate Republicans Accidentally Killed Some of Their Donors’ Favorite Tax Breaks "The GOP had originally intended to abolish the AMT. But on Friday, with the clock running out — and money running short — Senate Republicans put the AMT back into their bill. Unfortunately for McConnell, they forgot to lower AMT after doing so.... [more]
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@davidfrum At his trial in 1649, Charles I defended himself: ""No learned lawyer will affirm that an impeachment can lie against the King... one of their maxims is, that the King can do no wrong." The great-grandfathers of the authors of the Constitution cut off Charles' head for that. --- @speechboy71 (Michael Cohen, Boston... [more]
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@keithboykin (CNN) So Kushner was essentially working for Israel, Michael Flynn was working for Turkey, Paul Manafort was working for Ukraine, and Trump was working for Russia. But, hey, America First, right? [view]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Dec 4 at 7:22 AM
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I am so angry. So angry. my time on earth is irreplaceable to me, and every year spent under Republican rule breaks my heart a little more My precious time on earth has mostly been spent being harassed and demeaned by men, but I suppose the chess game of politics is more important than my little female concerns. Look, this... [more]
posted by sunset in snow country to MetaFilter on Dec 7 at 10:08 AM
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Jeff Stein, WaPo: Ryan says Republicans to target welfare, Medicare, Medicaid spending in 2018 House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that congressional Republicans will aim next year to reduce spending on both federal health care and anti-poverty programs, citing the need to reduce America's deficit. “We're going to... [more]
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Dec 6 at 2:24 PM
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As someone who has developed a habit of calling and complaining to my Republican senators' offices, my aim in doing so goes beyond simply adding to a tally of angry constituents. I aim to use impassioned arguments of basic decency to make my senators' staffers feel bad. I am sure a disproportionate number of them intend to go on to political... [more]
posted by sciatrix to MetaFilter on Dec 8 at 12:52 PM
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i felt like she channelled all the emotional labor and sexist abuse threads from mefi that I've been reading all these years - the endgame seemed pretty clear from all the little signals along the way that I only picked up on because of all that everyone here has been sharing in those threads - so thank you for all the education and i wish it... [more]
posted by Sock Person Cat Puppet to MetaFilter on Dec 10 at 8:05 AM
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Both my Senators voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill to become law. I spoke to Senator Grassley's regional office and Senator Ernst's regional and DC offices. I expressed concern that I couldn't read page 257 of the bill because it was in cursive and because many of the words were cut off by the printer. I asked whether the senators had voted for... [more]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 to MetaFilter on Dec 4 at 11:07 AM
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And we've seen societies where that happens. Now, presume there was a ballroom here in Vienna in the late 1920s or '30s that looked pretty sophisticated and seemed as if it, filled with the music and art and literature and science that was emerging, would continue into perpetuity. And then 60 million people died. An entire world was plunged... [more]
posted by corb to MetaFilter on Dec 9 at 3:43 PM
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More than that I would snarkily suggest that this doesn't feel like a 'real' article. Having not read the article, I must agree. [view]
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a Texas ruling that said the right to a marriage license did not entitle same-sex couples to spousal benefits under employee insurance plans. Oh, son of a bitch, fucking hell, fucking hell--that means that the Lege's law on (for example) not extending spousal benefits to anyone whose marriage... [more]
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More on that BuzzFeed report last week: The Intercept, Matthew Cole, Jeremy Scahill, Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies The Trump administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure... [more]
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