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Comey Is Not Trump's Homey

On April 17, former FBI Director James Comey will publish his much-anticipated memoir, A Higher Loyalty. Kicking off his month-long, multi-state book tour, his first interview since Trump fired him a year ago will air Sunday night with George Stephanopoulos in a primetime special of 20/20 (ABC). The Trump White House, currently without a communications director or a counter-Comey media strategy (Politico), has outsourced the spin to the RNC (CNN), while Trump heads off to Mar-a-lago for a summit with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe (Palm Beach Post). Reviews of the book so far are favorable (New York Times, NPR), but not uncritical (Washington Post).
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BBC SFX Library

BBC Sound Effects is a collection of over sixteen thousand sound effects that the British Broadcating Corporation has collected and made through the years. The archive is fully searchable, and you can listen to it all on the site or download them as wav-files. The breadth of the material is too extensive to give any kind of overview, but as examples you can listen to a beggar singing on Portobello Road, a conversation in a restaurant in France, lions roaring while crickets chirp and the sounds made when dialing a phone in China in the 1960s. [all example links are to wav-files]
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We need you to be a little less

"If all young girls and women committed such treason, patriarchy would collapse." Reema Zaman on the truth behind the perfect photos taken when she was a model and actress and her life since. CW: abuse, rape.
posted by Athanassiel to MetaFilter on Apr 18 at 12:10 AM
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We might as well have taken the kitchen sink

Readers of the women's travel blog Her Packing List share their their "tipping point" stories of the moments that made them ditch the heavy suitcases. To help readers pare down, HPL has over one hundred packing lists, broken down by destination and purpose of travel, as well as special lists like what to pack for wheelchair travel (and bonus: service dog); how to pack a traveling kitchen; and ultralight packing (12L handbag for 3 weeks). Counterpoint: two essays in defense of overpacking by Amelia Diamond and Taffy Brodesser-Akner.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 1:22 PM
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Wonderful film from other places, times

I don't know who this Guy is but his channel is wonderful. I was first drawn in by New York in 1911 with glimpses of the elevated railway, Chinese American shopkeepers and an African American chauffeur driving a white family around.
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Peter Thiel's Apocalypse
For two decades, Thiel has been one of the most blood pressure–raising figures in Silicon Valley, provoking fury from his liberal opponents and caveat-dripping defenses from even his most loyal allies. Yet there’s something oddly elusive about him, something that goes beyond his identities as a semi-closeted gay man, a heterodox Christian, and an exceedingly flexible libertarian—something reflected in the mishmash of seemingly irreconcilable beliefs to which he subscribes. Trying to discern what drives Peter Thiel can be an exercise in extreme futility, especially when he declines interview requests, as he did for this story. Yet everywhere Thiel goes, he leaves behind clues.

posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter on Apr 16 at 8:43 AM
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The Tripods

The Tripods was a dystopian Sci-Fi series written in 1967 which served as a template for many of the YA novels out today. Picked up by the BBC in the 1980s, a TV series was released and then brought to the states on PBS on Saturday Afternoons. (And now some of you are about to watch it on YouTube.)
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Mass Consensual Hallucinations


Obama Says to Stay Woke, Bitches

Sitting before the Stars and Stripes, another flag pinned to his lapel, former president Barack Obama appears to be delivering an important message about fake news — but something seems slightly...off. As the video soon reveals, the man speaking is not the former commander-in-chief, but rather Oscar-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele with a warning for viewers about trusting material they encounter online.
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes to MetaFilter on Apr 17 at 3:00 PM
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(they first learned to manipulate time to make this possible)

"But it [machine learning algorithms] doesn’t always work well. Sometimes the programmer will think the algorithm is doing really well, only to look closer and discover it’s solved an entirely different problem from the one the programmer intended. For example, I looked earlier at an image recognition algorithm that was supposed to recognize sheep but learned to recognize grass instead, and kept labeling empty green fields as containing sheep." - Janelle Shane
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#IWasWrong

He is the Warax, and he speaks for the troops. A retired U.S. Marine who started a joke account as a reaction to the idea that vets are a right-wing monolith, the Warax mostly drinks brake fluid and carps at the "mil-bro community", amassing thousands of followers on the left-leaning #natsec Twittersphere. But then he got serious, talking about how he had belittled and dismissed female Marines, ending with #IWasWrong.
posted by Etrigan to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 7:24 AM
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A husky puppy and a box of 1988 baseball cards

"This story starts with my dog taking a shit on the bathroom floor, and ends with me cleaning out a meth house. [TWITTER] Hold up, I need a beer." Along the way: a footprint in that poop, the car mysteriously parked outside, and a box of ashes. [ThreadReader (all in one) link here]
posted by JHarris to MetaFilter on Apr 18 at 6:04 AM
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The 100 Pages

To assemble our list of 100, we assembled a brain trust of comics professionals, critics, historians, and journalists. Our criteria were as follows: A page had to have either changed the way creators approach making comics, or it had to expertly distill a change that had just begun. In some cases, there were multiple pages that could be used to represent a particular innovation; we’ve noted those instances. We didn’t necessarily pick the 100 best pages — there are many amazing specimens we didn’t include because they didn’t have a significant influence on the craft of comics. The 100 [American] Pages That Shaped Comics. (A few pages are NSFW)
posted by 1970s Antihero to MetaFilter on Apr 16 at 6:57 AM
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Minimum Wage Should Be A Living Wage

“Raising the minimum wage does exactly what it should—it raises wages for the lowest-earning Americans, and it continues to benefit them for years after the increase takes effect. Additionally, it looks like raising the wages for the lowest-paid workers could create a cascading effect that generates raises for employees higher up the earning ladder.” a deep data study by the U.S Census Bureau just announced the long-lasting efficacy of raising the minimum wage - so why isn’t it being reported? (Medium - Civic Skunk) Link to report PDF.
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 10:20 AM
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"Let's Everybody Keep Cool"

You've probably heard the infamous audio "Houston, we've had a problem" from the Apollo 13 mission and the ensuing communications from mission control to the spacecraft, but have you ever heard the stuff even the astronauts didn't hear? Eavesdrop on flight directors Gene Kranz, Glynn Lunney, and the rest of the gang in mission control as they try to work out the problem from the ground and what they can do to fix it without jeopardizing the lives of the crew. It doesn't cover launch to splash down, but a lot of the critical parts are there. Long, but well worth your time! (MLYT)
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Nancy


America's Neglected Middle Child

"The generation that is quickly occupying the majority of business leadership roles is one that's grown up playing video games, spends the most time shopping online, and uses social media more habitually than any other generation. If you were thinking it's millennials, that's probably because they've dominated the media's focus for the past decade. But it's actually Generation X."
posted by darkstar to MetaFilter on Apr 14 at 5:58 PM
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Rezball

"Rezball" is a "transition-based" style of basketball "that forces tempo with aggressive play, quick scoring (or at least shooting) and assertive defense that looks to force turnovers through pressing or half-court traps," and has been a feature of reservation life basically since the sport was invented.
posted by Grandysaur to MetaFilter on Apr 14 at 8:42 PM
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No one wants to walk into a mausoleum

Loud restaurants aren’t just irksome — they’re a public health threat, especially for the people who work at or regularly patronize them. Being exposed to noise levels above 70 to 80 decibels — which many restaurants subject you to these days — causes hearing loss over time. Why restaurants became so loud — and how to fight back
posted by Cash4Lead to MetaFilter on Apr 18 at 8:25 AM
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Nothing Compares 2 Prince Rogers Nelson

The original "Nothing Compares 2 U", with accompanying tear-jerking video.
posted by ashbury to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 9:46 PM
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Here's the other thing: I get the impulse from some men to worry about intent, because that seems to be the thing most obviously under one's own control. I get the impulse to worry because if that man can come under so much ire for something he isn't consciously or willfully doing, what about me and the mistakes I might make? What this... [more]
posted by sciatrix to MetaFilter on Apr 17 at 3:38 PM
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You know what does make me really happy about this? The fact that Connolly made such a fucking point of making sure that that little girl got that puck. It would have been so easy for him to just move on, sigh internally, and go "well, that's life" and move on with his game, not wanting to spotlight what a... [more]
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They were also more likely than millennials to stay on their phones at the dinner table and spend more time on every type of device Gen Xers vividly remember the world before we could read anything we wanted anytime we wanted including when boring members of our family are talking to us and hell no we are not going back. [view]
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As I've been saying over and over, alt-right's current decline is DIRECTLY related to the work of antifascist organizers. And by "work" I mean, tons of really fucking hard, dangerous, thankless work entirely in their spare time apart from the jobs they hold to actually survive. I do keep saying this everytime it comes up, because I am... [more]
posted by odinsdream to MetaFilter on Apr 17 at 9:35 AM
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@MikeDrucker I know it's easy for all of us to make fun of Sean Hannity, but please remember that he pushed a conspiracy theory that forced the parents of a murdered man to beg him to stop so fuck him, fuck him in his dead lego face [view]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Apr 16 at 2:24 PM
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In his book, Comey is Skinner from X-Files. A man in a tough position who's asked to make moral choices that aren't always correct. In real life, Comey is Skinner from The Simpsons. A man who burned his dinner and tries to pass off fast food as steamed hams. [view]
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My feelings summed up: Jim Comey can be a sanctimonious egotist whose inappropriate actions disrupted an election and still be a valid source of damning information about Donald Trump. [view]
posted by Chrysostom to MetaFilter on Apr 15 at 8:05 PM
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Maybe if human beings can't gather like this safely it's not human beings in general. it's just men. [view]
posted by poffin boffin to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 4:55 PM
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@NYGovCuomo: Today I’m issuing an executive order giving parolees the right to vote. It is unconscionable to deny voting rights to New Yorkers who have re-entered society. We’re also launching an investigation into bail bondsmen who extort the poor at their highest point of pain. This industry must be reformed. Gosh, Cynthia Nixon just announced... [more]
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"But what if there are 10 babies on the floor of the Senate?" Then you have a Republican caucus. [view]
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It means Hannity, arguably the most popular news reporter in America, was always owned by Trump. It means the separation between the press and state was broken. It means Hannity was Trump's tool. Cohen deals in dirt. Whatever matter he was handling for Hannity was likely a radioactive situation that could end Hannity's career if it became... [more]
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But I do believe he was motivated by stupid over-scrupulousness and not by a conscious desire to harm Clinton's candidacy. This notion that Comey was motivated by scrupulousness is pure bullshit. Comey was motivated by cowardice. He was afraid that Republicans would say mean things about him and his beloved FBI. He first violated... [more]
posted by JackFlash to MetaFilter on Apr 14 at 9:17 PM
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we are talking about Clinton's email server hahaha excuse me I need to go hurl myself into the sea [view]
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MLM is an abomination. It is cruel and preys on people who often have good intentions. Last year I delivered a sermon about entitlement, Mammon, and fear of debt. I intimated that some of us might have some "financial infidelities" in our marriages and that my door was always open. The following week I was blown away by the calls I... [more]
posted by Baby_Balrog to MetaFilter on Apr 19 at 10:42 AM
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@jefftiedrich: first they came for Sean Hannity and I did not speak out— because seriously, fuck that guy [view]
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for the love of god can we stop using this term? zachlipton launches quaint taint restraint complaint [view]
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@seanhannity: In response to some wild speculation, let me make clear that I did not ask Michael Cohen to bring this proceeding on my behalf, I have no personal interest in this proceeding, and, in fact, asked that my de minimis discussions with Michael Cohen, which dealt almost exclusively about real estate, not be made a part of this proceeding.... [more]
posted by zachlipton to MetaFilter on Apr 16 at 1:53 PM
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Comey says “actually” a lot for a dude that’s trying to convince us that he didn’t apply an extremely sexist standard to his prosecutions. TIL that Comey prosecuted Martha Stewart for insider trading yet managed to snooze through an entire decade of men doing insider trading before waking up and prosecuting Hillary Clinton. [view]
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My rant about Hannity/Cohen demonstrating that the entire network is corrupt as hell seems to have been the final straw. This morning, my guy changed channels from Fox and Friends to Good Morning America. [view]
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I was struck by how strong his criticism was of Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Of all the terrible decisions made, he seemed to be most critical of the first black woman to be attorney general. There is absolutely no evidence she did anything wrong. He was clearly deceived by Russian propaganda about her, and even seems to acknowledge that.... [more]
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