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If anybody needs me, I’ll be in the Angrydome.

This is your latest installment in the Trump / U.S. Politics Megathread. Trump golfs on MLK day after urging Americans to celebrate it with volunteering; popularity among African Americans continues to plummet. Bannon subpoenaed to grand jury. Blowback continues on “Sh—holeGate”; CNN reporter expelled from press conference for asking about it. There are four years in a Presidential term of office (not many people know that).
posted by darkstar to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 4:32 PM
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sexual liberation without consent is rape culture

Aziz Ansari was accused of coercing a woman (content warning: graphic description of sexual assault) into having sex with him. People are having very different reactions to this news.
posted by runt to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 11:47 AM
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"Is this where the cannibalism happens?"


#WoYeShi is #MeToo with Chinese characteristics

#MeToo has reached China, sparking a small but growing protest movement within elite universities, concern and censorship from the country’s authoritarian rulers - and self-reflection within the small foreign journalist community regarding its own culture and reporting.
posted by chappell, ambrose to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 11:33 AM
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Dieting, death and neo-reaction


We can't make up for a sleep deficit by sleeping longer another day

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State' Walker is the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He points out that lack of sleep — defined as six hours or fewer — can have serious consequences.
posted by kaltsuro to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 8:45 PM
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"Little girls don't stay little forever."

Hundreds of survivors have come forward to testify against Larry Nassar, whom they say was allowed to abuse them for years through his position with USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, and at John Geddert's Michigan club, Twistars. The hearings, which began today, will allow survivors to speak publicly, often for the first time [trigger warning for child abuse, sexual assault and suicide]. Yesterday, Simone Biles, the most decorated American gymnast in history, publicly identified herself as the third member of the 2016 gold-medal winning team from the Rio Olympics to be a survivor of Nassar's abuse, as did her two-time Olympic teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. 2012 Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney also spoke out publicly. Today, the other survivors who aren't as well known will get to tell their stories alongside Biles, Raisman, Douglas, and Maroney, who had more media coverage.
posted by guster4lovers to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 2:37 PM
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"1959 was on another level; That's all you can say"

In 1959, four major Jazz albums were made that changed music forever: Miles Davis' "Kind Of Blue", Dave Brubek's "Time Out", Charles Mingus' "Mingus Ah Um", and Ornette Coleman's "The Shape of Jazz To Come"
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 1:02 PM
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Operation PUSH

Flordia’s prisoners are going on strike. “...For no less than one month, they will refuse to work in the kitchen, the laundry, on farms, in maintenance, or in other jobs upon which the prisons depend to function. They will boycott products and services, forgo phone calls and the canteen, and engage in other activities to disrupt the prison economy.”

In addition to demands for higher wages, the reinstatement of parole, ending canteen price gouging, restoration of voting rights, and Stopping unpaid work for hurricane cleanup, inmates are also demanding a end to the overcrowded and deteriorating conditions of Florida prisons “There are so many unexplained deaths,” Lisa Graybill, deputy legal director for criminal justice reform at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told The Intercept. “They’re just appalling.
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 9:45 AM
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Misogyny is collaborative

"If men can swallow the confronting reality that their silence is foundational to both sexism and sexual violence, then they get to embrace the inverse reality—that their vocal dissent could begin to destabilise these evils at their base." [CW: sexual assault]
posted by Lycaste to MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 9:25 AM
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Martin Luther King's intellectual, ethical, and political commitments

MLK Now - "In the year before King's death, he faced intense isolation owing to his strident criticisms of the Vietnam War and the Democratic Party, his heated debates with black nationalists, and his headlong quest to mobilize the nation's poor against economic injustice. Abandoned by allies, fearing his death was near, King could only lament that his critics 'have never really known me, my commitment, or my calling.' " (via)
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 12:12 AM
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Bengal Shadows

Said to be larger than the Holocaust in absolute numbers, a new documentary, Bengal Shadows, revolves around the British empire’s role, especially that of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in causing and exacerbating the Bengal famine of 1943.
posted by infini to MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 5:06 AM
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The post-pregnancy belly problem that nobody tells women about

There’s surprisingly little research on diastasis recti, which affects at least 60 percent of postpartum women. As with many other postpartum complications that affect women, there is little good research on the condition. Women aren’t routinely screened for DR at the one standard postpartum visit that occurs around six weeks after birth. And if they do get a diagnosis, they are often told that core work — for instance, tons of crunches — will tone the tummy and thus, close the gap. But core work done improperly or alone won’t necessarily fix the problem. In fact, it can even make things worse. And over the long term, DR can compromise the stability and function of the core, and is linked to a host of other problems that can crop up even years after childbirth. Given that so many women are forced to learn about DR on their own, here is a guide for how to try to prevent it and address it from those who treat it.
posted by Blasdelb to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 7:57 AM
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He's like "Your decisions in life are horrible"


Organizing So People Can Organize Themselves

“Worker centers—a catchall term for a broad array of local groups across the country—sprung up in the void left by the collapse of unions. They are a sort of one-stop shop of last resort for the problems of the working class. They organize campaigns for worker rights, wrangle with bad bosses, and more. And because worker centers have been at least somewhat effective in mitigating the horrors of life among the working poor, pro-business forces have long been anxious to undermine them.“ Walking The Floor of the Great Minnesota Activist Factory, Hamilton Nolan - Splinter.
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Jan 19 at 8:19 AM
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“That letter destroyed my life. And it was worth it.”

Talia Jane (previously) reflects on the backlash & aftermath of the open letter she wrote two years ago about the low wages she was paid as a customer service employee at Yelp.
posted by The Gooch to MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 2:03 PM
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“It seems really clear to us that this is an escalation of retaliation”


The Greatest City in the World

The Minnesota Diet A new short story from the author of the Nebula Award–winning All the Birds in the Sky.
posted by Weeping_angel to MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 2:26 PM
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"Oh, it was such a hell of a smelly, noisy one"

Tired of the sanitised, filtered, and happy depictions of the everyday lives of her friends and family on social media, Kaviya wanted to talk about things and issues that not many like to discuss or even acknowledge in public. So, much in the vein of #100DaysOfHappiness and #100DaysOfExercise, the Mumbai-based artist decided to take up her own 100-day challenge on Instagram; but hers is #100DaysOfDirtyLaundry [all links NSFW, probably].

posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 9:01 PM
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An Homage to You Rudy

Two Tone was both a record label and movement that combined imported Jamaican Ska with homegrown British punk to form a uniquely British multi-racial, multi-ethnic musical (and sartorial) style that has gone on to have a worldwide impact. They also had complicated relationship with another UK youth culture at the time: skinheads.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey to MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 6:53 AM
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I read this article the night it dropped, before everyone was talking about it, which was awful because all I wanted to do was talk about all the bad feels it made me feel and that meant I had to link my sisters to it so they could feel the bad feels too. About halfway through the article, I think it was when they got to "the claw," I... [more]
posted by the turtle's teeth to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 12:19 PM
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I've been trying to pull way back on my participation in these threads, but I'm on the ground here in Hawaii and want to provide some context and a few thoughts related to the missile warning. I know that some people find discussion of possible nuclear attacks morbid and frightening so I apologize in advance. I'll not be writing anything graphic... [more]
posted by Joey Michaels to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 12:10 PM
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This may be the best five-word headline about 45 yet, and the most devastating application of a comma ever seen in peacestime. [view]
posted by Devonian to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 6:06 AM
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This situation happened to me. I even explicitly told the guy beforehand that I did not want to engage in sexual activity. The guy initiated, i blew him off. He did it again, I told him to wait, and then just kept going because I'd given in. Let me make this perfectly clear: these men know what they are doing. This is not an accident, this is... [more]
posted by FirstMateKate to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 12:01 PM
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Feminized I'm from one of those places that spells it as feminised, so when I read it I thought it said 'Feminazi' for a second. It reminded me of something I read the other day: @GreyTheTick I notice the usage of "Feminazi" has dropped off considerably now that anti-feminists have decided that the Nazis weren't all that... [more]
posted by kersplunk to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 8:01 AM
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Speaking as a (voluntary) vet: it's not Trump's lack of service that bothers me. It's not even the draft dodging that bothers me. Vietnam was ugly and awful and I cannot blame anyone for avoiding it however they could. I also don't blame anyone for serving, for about a million reasons. The military sure as hell isn't for everyone and that's... [more]
posted by scaryblackdeath to MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 9:49 PM
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There is so much to be outraged about in this story. But right now, I'm going to focus on the fact that apparently it is legal for McKayla Maroney to be fined $100,000 for testifying honestly at the trial of the man who sexually assaulted her. We need to end NDAs in sexual harassment and assault cases. They need not to exist anymore. [view]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 2:46 PM
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guys i know this may come as a shock, but im going to go ahead and suggest that evangelicals are more concerned about maintaining white male supremacy than they are listening to the words jesus said [view]
posted by entropicamericana to MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 1:40 PM
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I continue to be annoyed, and sometimes outraged, at men who think feminism means "women are awesome" and not "women are allowed to tell me no." [view]
posted by ErisLordFreedom to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 11:57 AM
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It wouldn't surprise me if the GOP has been actively courting Russian oligarch money to funnel through PACs for years now Remember the Republican outrage about the IRS scrutinizing tax-exempt groups? That's what this is all about. It has long been a principle of American politics that you can't fund political campaigns anonymously.... [more]
posted by JackFlash to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 2:02 PM
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David Klion on twitter: The Aziz Ansari story is a good litmus test for who sees sexual misconduct as a strictly legal question and who is concerned about improving the overall culture surrounding sex and dating. It's also many times more relevant to the average person's experience than, say, Weinstein. What's disturbing about the Ansari story is... [more]
posted by FirstMateKate to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 12:08 PM
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All the men who are like "Why didn't she just say No, Get Lost Pal, I'm outta here!" I don't know why Grace didn't but I know why I didn't when I was that age -- because even while a guy was treating me like an object, ignoring my feelings, bulldozing over my boundaries, acting like how I felt didn't matter... I was still telling myself... [more]
posted by the turtle's teeth to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 12:38 PM
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A President of the United States? Asked questions, under oath, about prurient sexual misconduct with the intent of getting him to perjure himself? The hell you say. [view]
posted by delfin to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 10:16 AM
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If that's what you think your alternatives are - asshole or murderer - why would you ever go on a date? Are we really that far gone? Welcome to being a woman! The possibility of being straight up murdered by a man is, indeed, a thing we think about distressingly often! The bar is just that low! He didn't murder me, so that sexual... [more]
posted by yasaman to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 12:35 PM
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Profiles In Courage: Activists say Tom Cotton has issued do-not-call-or-write notice to some constituents Well, I live in Little Rock and it looks like I just got me a new life goal. [view]
posted by middleclasstool to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 10:39 AM
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This Washington Post account of what happened Thursday is both astonishing and horrifying. Recall that Tuesday Trump was widely praised for being "presidential" at a staged bipartisan meeting in which he stated that he would sign whatever bill congress brought to him to end the DACA and government funding standoff. On Thursday... [more]
posted by JackFlash to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 8:16 PM
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Schadenfreude Dept: Meet Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor and current nobody at Newark Liberty International Airport. The two-term Republican, who left office on Jan. 16, was blocked from a VIP entrance he had used for eight years, and directed to stand in Transportation Security Administration screening lines at Terminal B like... [more]
posted by Chrysostom to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 1:28 PM
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I love that the Republicans are obsessed with contesting a year old election that they won. [view]
posted by octothorpe to MetaFilter on Jan 19 at 5:27 AM
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The decision, which comes in response to constant Republican claims that the FBI is prejudiced against Donald Trump, thrills Republicans. It gives them unfettered access to information they can use to paint the agency in any way they want, along with the opportunity to interfere with the Trump–Russia investigation directly. I'm so tired.... [more]
posted by Talez to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 5:09 PM
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ELECTION RESULT Dem GAIN in Wisconsin Senate 10, 54-48. That's about a 28 point swing to the Dems from the 2016 presidential margin. GOP control of WI Senate cut to 18-14. [view]
posted by Chrysostom to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 7:23 PM
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