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'So passes Denethor, son of Ecthelion,' said Gandalf

The Deep Sea

Scroll down... Keep scrolling. By Neal Agarwal. More here.
posted by motty to MetaFilter on Dec 5 at 2:32 PM
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Analog Africa's journey through Somali cassette and radio archives

In 2007 John Beadle, digitized a cassette and uploaded MP3s of 'Mystery Somali Funk' (previously) to his Likembe blog. He had been given the tape twenty years earlier by a Somalian student, and Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb take the reverse path, heading to travel to in Mogadishu in November of 2016 to track down the original music. This lead to his meeting Dur-Dur and hearing the stories behind their fusion of traditional Somali music with whatever rhythms would make people dance (Bandcamp): funk, reggae, soul, disco and New Wave were mixed effortlessly with Banaadiri beats, Daantho and spiritual Saar music. Samy also went through the archives of Radio Muqdisho (Somali and English news), now compiled in Mogadisco: Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972​-​1991) (Bandcamp).
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Dec 4 at 12:04 PM
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“Public transit is one of the most powerful sites of struggle that we have in our cities, given it’s the backbone of how many people get to work, grocery stores, schools, and social activities. The physical nature of the service – requiring strangers to congregate in bus shelters and train stations, often anxious about delays and costs – represents a site of highly effective collective power if harnessed.“ The demand for free transit is just the beginning
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 8:53 AM
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Warning: Take in small doses

Things that everyone in your field knows and nobody in your industry talks about because it would lead to general chaos. - Twitter thread started by Myk Bilokonsky.
posted by tommasz to MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 2:22 PM
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No, that's not where it goes

A More Dangerous Workplace Than Sawmills, Coalmines

“ She started the job in April 2018, and within two months, or nearly 100,000 items, the lifting had destroyed her back. An Amazon-approved doctor said she had bulging discs and diagnosed her with a back sprain, joint inflammation and chronic pain, determining that her injuries were 100% due to her job. She could no longer work at Amazon. Today, she can barely climb stairs. Walking her dog, doing the dishes, getting out of her chair – everything is painful. According to her medical records, her condition is unlikely to improve.” Amazon’s internal injury records expose the true toll of its relentless drive for speed (Reveal) "We already knew that the facility had serious problems with injuries, but what we now know is Amazon is fully aware of these problems” New Report Shows 'Shockingly High' Number Of Injuries At Amazon's Staten Island Warehouse (Gothamist) Amazon’s On-Site Emergency Care Harms Those It’s There To Protect (Intercept)
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Dec 4 at 9:01 AM
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Old Crone Medicine Show

The rise of the witchy, independent, beauty-redefining, problem-solving, post-reproductive woman has the potential to change the world. Hello patriarchal predations, we crones see you, and we will check you.
posted by drlith to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 5:38 AM
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How The Alt-Right Is Like An Abusive Relationship

Innuendo Studios, the YouTube channel run by Ian Danskin, has been focusing on a single project - The Alt-Right Playbook, in which he dissects the strategies the alt-right uses, with his most recent episode focusing on recruitment. In a recent session recorded at Solidarity Lowell, Danskin discusses his research on the topic, as well as how the alt-right emulates both abusive relationships and cults - and how it differs. (SLYT)
posted by NoxAeternum to MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 9:33 AM
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Pachelbel's Train

Clift’s Revenge

Joey Clift is a comedian and a gamer. He was thrilled to be invited to guest on How Did This Get Played, a podcast about bad video games. Then he found out the episode was a Thanksgiving episode about Custer's Revenge (known as one of the worst games ever made for a variety of reasons) and he was being invited because he is an enrolled member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Rather than turn down the offer, Clift decided to confront the hosts about tokenization (episode linked in story; discussion starts around 24:00).
posted by Etrigan to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 3:53 PM
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Top-Selling Singles by Decade, 14,500s BCE - 2010s CE

Archie Henderson is a musical historian. In this twitter thread, working with Adrian Gray, he lists top-selling singles of selected decades starting with the 2010s and going back from there. Way back.
posted by Navelgazer to MetaFilter on Dec 5 at 10:18 PM
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Adam's Apples

Adam's Apples is a blog by someone who is a really big fan of apples. My favorite thing is dipping into any of the over 300 reviews of apple varietals, with loads I've never heard of like Evercrisp (honeycrisp x fuji mix?!), the Canadian Strawberry, or a three-star exceptional apple worthy of a quest: the Macoun. The best part might be the comments sections, where other fans of apples post their lengthy tasting notes as well.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 3:12 PM
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From My Ranch to your Home

Nothing says Christmas in Mexico like Atole and Buñuelos, (Atole is a corn meal/masa hot drink and buñuelos are fried dough, dipped in sugary syrup with cinnamon) prepared here by Doña Angela from De Mi Rancho a Tu Cocina. Doña Angela (Youtube, FB, Insta) is a star, She started her channel only a few months ago, showing viewers how to make traditional Mexican recipes from her rustic kitchen in Michoacan, Mexico. She has millions of viewers and is beloved by Mexican media for her unpretentious grandmotherly vibe.
posted by vacapinta to MetaFilter on Dec 4 at 8:43 AM
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The way to a nation's brain is through weaponized feel-good tweets

On August 22, 2019, @IamTyraJackson received almost 290,000 likes on Twitter for a single tweet. Put in perspective, the typical tweet President Trump sends to his 67 million followers gets about 100,000 likes. That viral tweet by @IamTyraJackson was innocent: an uplifting pair of images of former pro football player Warrick Dunn (Wikipedia) and a description of his inspiring charity work building houses for single mothers. For an anonymous account that had only existed for only a few months, “Tyra” knew her audience well. [...] For “Tyra,” however, inspiring messages like this were a tool for a very different purpose. That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It (Darren Linvill & Patrick Warren for Rolling Stone)
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 11:59 AM
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NPR's Book Concierge 2019

NPR's Book Concierge is back with 350 reads in 33 categories that you can mix and match. If you're still not able to find the perfect book for your next read, you can also explore the books from the last seven years, or look at Metafilter discussions from 2017 or 2015.
posted by dinty_moore to MetaFilter on Dec 4 at 8:48 AM
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“Dominic Cummings ... has the air of a startled testicle ...”

(CW swears, savage satire) Frankie Boyle on the UK election. “Boris Johnson, who looks like something you’d keep your pyjamas in, and who no reasonable person would choose to lead them into a chorus, has a strangely hunched demeanour; perhaps from all the time he spends crammed inside married women’s wardrobes, like a randy jack-in-the-box. This confused sex yeti has been booed by nurses: people who can remove a dressing, examine a festering wound, and still look up at you with a smile ... He doesn’t even seem to enjoy it; throughout the campaign he’s sported a face that looks as if it’s been kneaded by a baker going through a particularly bitter divorce ...”
posted by Wordshore to MetaFilter on Dec 7 at 5:24 AM
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The gap keeps growing

A report from CBS on a study from the Brookings Institution reveals that “ 44% of U.S. workers are employed in low-wage jobs that pay median annual wages of $18,000.”
posted by Ghidorah to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 2:47 AM
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Does Who You Are at 7 Determine Who You Are at 63?

They shouldn't be allowed to have orgasms on principle

The Real Reason People Won't Date Across The Political Divide ‘The people who say ‘it’s just politics’ are the people for whom bigotry poses no real risk to their jobs, relationships and lives.’ This was posted today at Miss Cellania , an excellent mix of fun and serious.
posted by twentyfeetof tacos to MetaFilter on Dec 6 at 1:31 PM
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I could probably date with someone who disagreed with me on taxation policy, or similar issues that we'll be debating until the heat death of the universe. I could never date someone who doesn't see certain groups of people as human. This is a key difference, and right now the GOP is the part of "anyone who isn't white and cisgender male is... [more]
posted by SansPoint to MetaFilter on Dec 6 at 1:46 PM
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There's just so much that is sick in our culture. That Away CEO is obviously a spoiled person who uses work to manage her pathologies, just as someone who didn't grow up too rich might use shopping or over-eating. But there's also the constant mania for consumption, the idea that you need to have a "customer experience" and that... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaFilter on Dec 5 at 2:35 PM
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Can someone who listened through tell me what happened? I'll try to transcribe some of the high points/pertinent content: The hosts come in asking about generalization of Native Americans in games. How it's problematic, which they admit, and how it is sometimes awesome which they give some examples of like Turok, etc. Clift:... [more]
posted by RolandOfEld to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 5:35 PM
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In other words, the “couple on the political divide” most cherished by the media is comprised of two wealthy, non-marginalized people who treat politics like an allegiance to a certain sports team... Of course the media cherishes people who treat politics that way, because the media treats politics that way. [view]
posted by mstokes650 to MetaFilter on Dec 6 at 1:53 PM
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I think ideally politics is a way of executing policies, which is a way of achieving goals, which are important because of values. And I think that underlying values are what is important in a relationship. There are at least three broadly coherent ways I can see people establishing a long term relationship across the political divide. 1). They... [more]
posted by Homeboy Trouble to MetaFilter on Dec 6 at 3:28 PM
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This is much more palatable if I think of it as a bunch of social media people with terrible jobs trying to inject a little humor into their days than brands-as-entities trying to be cool. We’re all just trying to survive here, y’know? [view]
posted by ActionPopulated to MetaFilter on Dec 6 at 11:27 AM
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the "this dick isn't for fascists" attitude is something else. I think it belies our vaunted progressive capacity for empathy Every politician holds some objectionable positions. I understand that someone might vote for an imperfect candidate because the other choice was incomparably worse. But if someone whose opinion I... [more]
posted by xigxag to MetaFilter on Dec 6 at 5:10 PM
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The funny thing is that my family has had Apple computers since about 1990 and I fucking hate the "customer service experience" - the over-designed and focus-grouped stores, the deference from like fifty different sales staff any time you walk in, etc. I don't want someone to grovel at me. I want to pay a fair wage to a worker who... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaFilter on Dec 5 at 5:42 PM
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I haven't been able to find any theories about this behavior and I'm really curious if it resembles some natural mouse behavior. First hypothesis from watching the video: this looks like caching behavior, except I don't think of mice as big cachers--I think of hamsters and sometimes voles. Do mice cache? Glancing at it, it looks like... [more]
posted by sciatrix to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 5:20 PM
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I don't see how you could have two folks in a relationship who are 100% in lockstep on politics without there being some sort of control issue at play. writing people out of humanity for having different politics from you is something I find very distasteful These are strawmen arguments. No one in this thread expects 100% agreement... [more]
posted by orange swan to MetaFilter on Dec 6 at 5:11 PM
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I feel like what happened here is that everyone drew exactly the wrong conclusions from Warby Parker's success. The founders of this company worked at Warby Parker, and Warby Parker has made a lot of money by creating a hip online alternative to traditional glasses stores, so they and their investors decided that the lesson was that you can make a... [more]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious to MetaFilter on Dec 5 at 6:02 PM
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Skimming that thread it looks like it should read "tell me about an axe you have to grind that may have nothing to do with your industry or anything close to reality". [view]
posted by aspo to MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 2:43 PM
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But the real issue here is that at least in the US (and in the UK as well, I think, and maybe Australia) being right-wing is, consciously or unconsciously, treated as being "normal". This is why "you snowflakes won't date people with other views" is pretty much never aimed at the right - what's really being said is "you... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaFilter on Dec 6 at 5:45 PM
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Unemployment is lower than ever! Except no one working is actually getting paid a living wage, and many of the workers are part-time or holding down multiple jobs, and no one has health benefits or any kind of a retirement plan, and most of them are saddled with crippling debt. But low unemployment! [view]
posted by caution live frogs to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 5:22 AM
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Ha, this brought back memories of many of the startups I worked at. It was like reading a book of my life. People wonder why I'm happy to work at a large and thoroughly boring company after that. It seems like the cause of a lot of our woes in American companies right now is trying to make a profit without spending any money first? No money... [more]
posted by Ghostride The Whip to MetaFilter on Dec 5 at 4:09 PM
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If you were 1 minute late, you got 2 points. We got training on how to speak to customers and got a point if we didn't refer to the customer by name at least 3 times in each call. If we said "bye" instead of "goodbye". If a call lasted too long. I think it was something ridiculously small like 12 points and you got written... [more]
posted by Jimbob to MetaFilter on Dec 5 at 2:58 PM
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This is the rotten lumber propping up the low unemployment numbers. [view]
posted by Thorzdad to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 4:44 AM
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She's right, tho. [view]
posted by Reyturner to MetaFilter on Dec 7 at 7:31 AM
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When I was last dating, I wasn't asking who people voted for. I was asking (or reading their OK Cupid profile responses about) whether, if I got pregnant, they'd help pay for an abortion. Whether, if I got raped, they'd be there to support me instead of blaming me. And, if I thought the answer was no, I left. Once, at the very beginning of a... [more]
posted by ChuraChura to MetaFilter on Dec 6 at 4:35 PM
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Libby Watson's response on Twitter covers most of my own feelings about this. What is the thesis of this piece? What action are they calling for people to take? Should we stop talking about or caring about injustice? The act of talking about police misconduct, or racism, or sexism is not what's undermining American faith in their institutions.... [more]
posted by protocoach to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 12:52 PM
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