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"Is the president aware of what’s going on?"

Today is the 10th day of the United States of America v. Paul J. Manafort, Jr. and Richard W. Gates III (PDF). The dramatic courtroom events so far include secretive conferences between Judge T.S. Ellis, the federal prosecutors, and Manafort's defense lawyers, the judge repeatedly snapping at Mueller's team, mounting evidence of Manafort's financial fraud and corruption from government experts and immunized witnesses, and stunning plea-bargain testimony from Manafort's former partner and protégé, the newly clean-shaven Rick Gates. The Prosecution's case in Paul Manafort trial is close to wrapping up (CNN), and the New York Times has begun to write his political obituary: The Rise and Fall of Paul Manafort: Greed, Deception and Ego. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is winding up his "working vacation", during which he's stumped at rallies for GOP mid-term candidates, stirred up his trade wars, explored shutting down the government to get his border wall, and obsessed over the Manafort trial. (Politico)
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The Real Birth Of A Nation

"The oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director, Within Our Gates is a searing account of the US racial situation during the early twentieth century, including the years of Jim Crow, the revival of the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Migration of Southern blacks to cities in the North, and the emergence of the “New Negro”. Directed by Oscar Micheaux, the film is one of the earliest and finest examples in the genre of “race films”. Produced outside the main Hollywood machine, these films were purposefully made for an all-black audience, featured black actors, and became important arenas through which representations of African-Americans in mass culture were contested." (Within Our Gates YouTube) - Industrious African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux designed a cunning film that is in so many ways an inversion of The Birth of a Nation. Where Griffith simplifies history, Within Our Gates complicates it. - This movie is very much the antithesis of Birth. The black characters are given a depth and humanity that would have been denied them in standard Hollywood productions. Sylvia in particular is amazing considering the period: she is a female character who manages to be independent and intelligent, - Restored 'Race Films' Find New Audiences (NPR)
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Replace shareholder-value capitalism with stakeholder capitalism

Elizabeth Warren has a plan to save capitalism - "She's unveiling a bill to make corporate governance great again." (via)
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It's all fu

NandGame.com will take you though building a working computer, starting from the most basic components.
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The un-celebrity president

Jimmy Carter finishes his Saturday night dinner, salmon and broccoli casserole on a paper plate, flashes his famous toothy grin and calls playfully to his wife of 72 years, Rosalynn: “C’mon, kid.” She laughs and takes his hand, and they walk carefully through a neighbor’s kitchen filled with 1976 campaign buttons, photos of world leaders and a couple of unopened cans of Billy Beer, then out the back door, where three Secret Service agents wait.
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Curvy on the bottom and straight on top

Michaeleen Doucleff for NRP: Maybe the problem, when it comes to back pain, isn't how much Americans are sitting, but the way we're sitting. If we change the way we sit, it will help to decrease back problems. Take a look at people who are sitting down – not face-on but rather from the side, in profile, so you can see the shape of their spine. There's a high probability their back is curving like the letter C. To straighten out the C shape, [Jenn] Sherer says, "we need to position the pelvis in a way that this tail could wag." In other words, we need to untuck our tails. To do that, Sherer says, you need to bend over properly when you go to sit down.
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Men Talk a lot in Movies

Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age. "...we Googled our way to 8,000 screenplays and matched each character’s lines to an actor. From there, we compiled the number of words spoken by male and female characters across roughly 2,000 films, arguably the largest undertaking of script analysis, ever." Besides presenting aggregate stats, the article allows you to drill down into individual movies.
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Forgotten Women


Until You Come Back to Us

Aretha Franklin died today at 76 from complications due to pancreatic cancer. Beginning singing at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, she went "secular" in 1960 with Capitol Records, but her fame took off in 1967 with Atlantic, where she would record such hits as "Respect", "Natural Woman", and "Think". She signed with Arista in 1979 and appeared in "The Blues Brothers" in 1980. Among her many standout moments, one that was surprising and immensely memorable was her 1998 Grammy performance of "Nessun Dorma", filling in for Pavarotti. She had 18 Grammies, 75 million record sales, and was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (in 1987). Rest in peace.
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 7:40 AM
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Augmenting Long-term Memory

In this essay we investigate personal memory systems, that is, systems designed to improve the long-term memory of a single person. In the first part of the essay I describe my personal experience using such a system, named Anki ... The second part of the essay discusses personal memory systems in general. Many people treat memory ambivalently or even disparagingly as a cognitive skill: for instance, people often talk of “rote memory” as though it's inferior to more advanced kinds of understanding. I'll argue against this point of view, and make a case that memory is central to problem solving and creativity. A detailed long read from Michael Nielsen including a discussion of how he prepared himself to write an article on AlphaGo for Quanta Magazine.
posted by Wolfdog to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 7:57 AM
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Strong in the Real Way

I think that the stars have really aligned. I think that it’s my team, it’s the fact that we were all so dedicated to telling honest stories and to just fighting and fighting to get this material through and make it so entertaining that you could never deny how sweet and thoughtful and entertaining it is that there’s just no way to say no. Rebecca Sugar on Steven Universe and LGBTQ representation. Stephen Universe just had a history making same sex marriage in a kids cartoon and has recently had a movie announced.
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Let's talk about talking


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Tea, cake, sandwiches, more tea, more cake, more tea, nookie: England

This week is National Afternoon Tea (not High Tea) Week. But what is Afternoon Tea? It can be simple (scones, jam, cream, tea) or elegant or expensive. There are do's and dont's. It's not this, or this, and just c'mon, but is found in Yorkshire or Bolton or Liverpool or London or Belfast or (suspended reality) Harrogate or the Falklands or far from Britain. Some options, and more and some more - and one to reignite the English class war. The tea can be red and the food can be based around chocolate or a Dundee cake or dim sum or fish or of course gin or fruit or Harry Potter, or be for dogs, or be oh not again served by hipsters. Or, you could make your own, perhaps a healthy option, or construct one at Ikea. May attract criminals or Her Majesty. Clothing optional.
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How Enslaved Chefs Helped Shape American Cuisine


Milgram, Marshmallows, and Myers-Briggs


100 Favorite Horror Stories - NPR Reader's Poll Summer 2018

A solid list. The list takes in some of the early entries in the popular sub-genres (zombies, werewolves, vampires) but also includes cosmic horror, short story collections and others.
posted by Werod to MetaFilter on Aug 18 at 2:24 PM
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Sectarianism that is fuelled by the very act of being vocally sectarian

“When radicals attack each other in the game of good politics, it is due at least in part to the fact that this is a place where people can exercise some power. Even if one is unable to challenge capitalism and other oppressive structures, even if one is unable to participate in the creation of alternative forms of life, one can always attack others for their complicity, and tell oneself that these attacks are radical in and of themselves.” The stifling air of rigid radicalism, an excerpt from Joyful Militancy.
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Dollar General: not so much as an opportunity as a diagnosis for towns

Where even Walmart won't go: how Dollar General took over rural America (The Guardian). As the chain opens stores at the rate of three a day across the US, often in the heart of ‘food deserts’, some see Dollar General as an admission that a town is failing. There are more Dollar General locations than McDonalds locations in the United States, and the company's growth doesn't show any sign of slowing down (Retail Dive).
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(I would title the Björk one "Broomin' Behavior")


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If women preferentially bought clothes with pockets, and poorly rated or returned clothes for lack of pockets, designers and retailers would shift to meet demand. I'm trying really hard not to be sarcastic here, so I'll just say that you don't really have any idea what you're talking about. [view]
posted by Squeak Attack to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 3:29 PM
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It’s almost as if it’s a terrible idea to cross professional boundaries with people over whom you have power, because they may not feel like they can tell you when they don’t like it. What a fascinating new idea that we haven’t all been discussing for like the past 40 years. Gosh, maybe consent gets complicated when there are unequal power... [more]
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If every professor who tried to fuck a student lost their jobs and the apologists who cover for the student-fuckers lost their jobs, it would be a good start. (and suddenly, there were enough jobs for all the graduating phds...) [view]
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THEY MADE HIM SELL HIS PEANUT FARM. Just getting it out of my system. [view]
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Producer Ken Ehrlich, from his book, on Aretha's 1998 "Nessum Dorma" performance: "OK, if that's what you want." Those words, spoken very quietly by Aretha Franklin in a cramped, hot, fourth-floor dressing room at Radio City Music Hall, on the night of the 40th Annual Grammy Awards, are the closest I can come to answering... [more]
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. Thank you for including her performance at the Kennedy Center. It brings tears to my eyes. As the New Yorker describes it: Aretha comes out onstage looking like the fanciest church lady in Christendom: fierce red lipstick, floor-length mink, a brocaded pink-and-gold dress that Bessie Smith would have worn if she’d sold tens of millions of... [more]
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If every professor who tried to fuck a student lost their jobs and the apologists who cover for the student-fuckers lost their jobs, it would be a good start. [view]
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I saw this this morning and found it incredibly moving. I am thrilled for Katie that she gets this chance, in awe of the surgical skill involved and the dedication of the caregivers, and profoundly stirred by the grandmother's generosity in choosing to arrange the donation of her granddaughter's face. There is so much to be held onto here, in a... [more]
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The false idea that replacing a pocket would be trivial comes from repeated devaluing of skills usually held by women. [view]
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"This food tastes terrible." "Just turn your tongue off and relax." [view]
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That no-frills sensibility, endearing since he left Washington, didn’t work as well in the White House. Many people thought Carter scrubbed some of the luster off the presidency by carrying his own suitcases onto Air Force One and refusing to have “Hail to the Chief” played. What the world needs now. But anyway, when people trying to... [more]
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I was impressed by a quiet comment Carter made in a radio interview I heard a few years ago. The reporter asked what he was most proud of as president. There was a moment of silence, then Carter responded: "I never started a war." [view]
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Alright. I've been a high end cook/chef and I've also worked for as 'Big Mayo' a company as you can in the world. I know mayo inside and out - from making it in small batches, to mass production and sourcing, to which demographics and some indication as to 'why' those demographics buy it. So first I'll talk about what mayo has in it and why... [more]
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he also shared dozens of emails in which she referred to him as "my most adored one," "sweet cuddly Baby," "cock-er spaniel," "baby love angel," and "my astounding and beautiful Nimrod. "I woke up with a slight fever and sore throat,” she wrote in an email on June 16, 2012, after the... [more]
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If our country had to pick only one person to represent us to extraterrestrial aliens in a first encounter, I’d pick Carter. The Voyager Golden Record contains a statement by Jimmy Carter. I reproduce it in its entirety here: This Voyager spacecraft was constructed by the United States of America. We are a community of 240 million... [more]
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To basically restate what kozad said above, I hate that this is likely to be used as ammo by misogynists, because what it really points to is that institutionally-enforced power imbalances are a tool for abusers to take advantage of those who are comparatively disempowered by the institution in question. This case doesn’t undermine the notion that... [more]
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I feel like this article does a great job of standing up a bunch of strawmen and knocking them down with vigor. I don't! Whenever anyone makes the argument that hey, we could stand to be assholes to each other a little less, people are breaking down and leaving, it gets read as some kind of attack on left politics rather than a... [more]
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I'm so disgusted by the letter and the way her supporters are discussing it. It's like a through-the-looking-glass gender-flipped version of all the vile crap that's been dished out in so many previous cases when it was a man who had behaved wrongly. And the bit about "how dare he try to use Title IX to take down a feminist"… as... [more]
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She says you can't trust the internet to teach your child your values, but... I said to my 12-yr old son the other day, "There's this perception that guys are owed women's attention, and --" And he cut me off and said, "Oh, mom, I know about that. I'm not going to be all 'Milady,' don't worry." And as he says "Milady,... [more]
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On average, Hadza adults spend about 75 minutes each day exercising, Raichlen says. That amount is way more than most Americans exercise. Many of us can't muster a measly 2.5 hours each week, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. well david we work 60h weeks because otherwise we'll starve to death when food... [more]
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