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This is not about your comfort

Dear Disgruntled White Plantation Visitors, Sit Down. "The Old South may be your American Downton Abbey but it is our American Horror Story, even under the best circumstances it represents the extraction of labor, talent and life we can never get back. When I do this work, it drains me, but I do it because I want my Ancestors to know not only are they not forgotten but I am here to testify that I am their wildest dreams manifest." Michael W. Twitty discusses his work honoring his ancestors.
posted by lazuli to MetaFilter on Aug 10 at 7:12 PM
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Brexit: ScottishIndependenceFilter

There are 80 days until Brexit. It seems increasingly likely that the UK will 'crash out' without a deal, with extremely serious and damaging consequences. Increasingly, it appears that one of these could well be the end of the UK itself...
posted by deeker to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 4:59 AM
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“The truth is more important now than ever.”

Earlier this week, after its first front page headline about Trump's response to the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings sparked a furious backlash, the New York Times amended it for the second edition and executive editor Dean Baquet explained the first headline as more of a technical mistake than a matter of bad judgment, while Trump praised the original headline and Politico's Jack Shafer took issue with the "Twitter multitudes... swinging caltrops and battle axes in protest". But is the furor only about a headline? Or is it an expression of an increasing frustration with the media’s coverage of Trump’s rhetoric, as encapsulated in the words of Beto O’Rourke, "members of the press, WTF?" Is political coverage in the Trump era, as described in a much-retweeted thread by Heidi N. Moore, in a crisis? And if so, what are the solutions?
posted by bitteschoen to MetaFilter on Aug 10 at 10:31 AM
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Sensitive speakers of our secretary tongue find this preposterous.

A Person Paper on Purity in Language, by Douglas Hofstader: a Swiftian satire of linguistic sexism in English. Most of the clamor, as you certainly know by now, revolves around the age-old usage of the noun "white" and words built from it, such as chairwhite, mailwhite, repairwhite, clergywhite, middlewhite, Frenchwhite, forewhite, whitepower, whiteslaughter, oneupuwhiteship, straw white, whitehandle, and so on. The negrists claim that using the word "white," either on its own or as a component, to talk about all the members of the human species is somehow degrading to blacks and reinforces racism. Therefore the libbers propose that we substitute "person" everywhere where "white" now occurs. Sensitive speakers of our secretary tongue of course find this preposterous. There is great beauty to a phrase such as "All whites are created equal." Our forebosses who framed the Declaration of Independence well understood the poetry of our language.
posted by MiraK to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 12:21 PM
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All my life Ive felt like an alien

21 Comics About ADHD By A 29-Year-Old Artist That Only Got The Right Diagnosis A Year Ago, featuring the work of Pina, an artist from Germany who makes comics about her life as an smart, quiet, introverted woman with Attention Deficit Disorder.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 7:48 AM
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Could be worse, could be The Paper Chase (1973)

"1. You encounter a strange, cult-like group that lives in almost total isolation from the outside world. They jealously guard their arcane knowledge and practice some exceedingly cruel rituals. You observe or participate in at least one incredibly awkward sex act. Very strange things happen, sometimes under the influence of narcotics, but you ultimately feel at home there because they give you a sense of family."

Is it a critically acclaimed horror film of the 2010s or your Ph.D. program?
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 6:31 PM
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We had to break up with our first real estate agent

I Love Living With My Best Friend, So I Bought A House With Her And Her Husband "Our ability to cooperate and coordinate projects together is unprecedented in my life ― I felt like I had a partner in life that I hadn’t had before, not even in my marriage. After a couple of years, we moved from the small town where we worked to a larger city, and when I watched her check off items on her clipboard during apartment tours, it made me even more certain we were doing the right thing.
posted by stoneweaver to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 9:46 AM
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Fermentation

Here is a curated list of links on fermentation: Beers, Mead, Rice-based Beverages, Wines, Bean Ferments, Blogroll, Crocks and other Equipment for Fermentation, Dairy Alternative ferments, Dairy Ferments, Fermentation Art and Ideas, Education, General Links, Small Scale Producers, Food Activism and Advocacy, Food History and Anthropology, Grain Ferments, Lightly Fermented Beverages, Kombucha, Nutrition Information, Plants and Herbalism Links, Recipes, Vegetable Ferments, Vegetarian Resources, Vinegar, & Wild Foods
posted by aniola to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 9:36 AM
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Drownproofing: A simple water survival technique that is easy to learn.

With Drownproofing it is possible to survive almost indefinitely with minimal effort. You don't even need to know how to swim. Drownproofing is a water survival technique that was invented by Fred Lanoue, swimming coach at Georgia Institute of Technology from 1936 to 1964. Coach Lanoue believed that everyone should be able to survive in water and developed a simple technique that was easy to learn and did not depend on physical strength or intensive training. During his time at the Tech, Fred personally taught his method to 20,000 students. It's pretty much what it says on the tin, a simple site describing the technique, and the value of it. Previously on MetaFilter.
posted by dancestoblue to MetaFilter on Aug 10 at 5:52 AM
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"Proof of concept of how to wage a post-truth information war"

"On August 15, 2014, an angry 20-something ex-boyfriend published a 9,425-word screed and set in motion a series of vile events that changed the way we fight online." How an Online Mob Created a Playbook for a Culture War: the New York Times opinion section looks at five years of Gamergate.
posted by zachlipton to MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 3:01 PM
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The Myth of the ‘Underage Woman’

Throughout a number of sexual harassment and assault cases involving girls in recent memory, the press has been using a specific term of art to describe the victims - underage women. Writing for The Atlantic, Megan Garber discusses how this term affects how we see these crimes, and what it says about our cultural views of women and girls. (SLThe Atlantic)
posted by NoxAeternum to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 7:00 AM
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Good movies with bad ratings

Some movies are just good, others so bad they’re good. But what about the movies which are genuinely good with terrible ratings? Those movies that were panned by critics and loved by audiences or loved just by you – let’s celebrate them.
posted by Margalo Epps to MetaFilter on Aug 10 at 9:40 AM
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If we can talk about discharge and blood, why not urine?

The internet's gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter on incontinence.
Many women also tell me they are too embarrassed to buy incontinence pads because it makes them think of “diapers” and that is what “old women” need. And there is nothing worse in our patriarchal society than being an “old woman.” Women get diminished and men, distinguished. I’m always fascinated by the lack of public discussion about incontinence."

posted by spamandkimchi to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 8:44 AM
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Syndicalism In The USA

Arsenal For Democracy Radio’s summer series, Lend Lease, has dropped its most ambitious episode yet: an overview of American anarchism and revolutionary syndicalism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with a focus on theory and the IWW. Part 1 And a discussion of US government repression of anarchism and revolutionary syndicalism from the 1880s to the first Red Scare of the 1920s, as well as the controversial Propaganda of the Deed theory of violence, the role of immigrants in the movement, and the Sacco and Vanzetti trials. Part 2. It comes with over 20 pages of notes and citations.
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 9:12 AM
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Here's What Tourists Might See If They Were Allowed To Visit Gaza

It's not easy to find a tour guide in Gaza. Even clerks at the local Tourism Ministry, a vestige of the 1990s that remarkably still exists, struggle to recommend professional guides, before suggesting a man who hasn't led tourists around for 20 years.
posted by Ahmad Khani to MetaFilter on Aug 11 at 1:54 PM
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Face-to-Face Be Damned

Was E-mail a Mistake? — From The New Yorker, Cal Newport, August 6, 2019: “...With the arrival of practical asynchronous communication, people replaced a significant portion of the interaction that used to unfold in person with on-demand digital messaging, and they haven’t looked back. The Radicati Group, a technology-research firm, now estimates that more than a hundred and twenty-eight billion business e-mails will be sent and received daily in 2019, with the average business user dealing with a hundred and twenty-six messages a day. The domination of asynchronous communication over synchronous collaboration has been so complete that some developers of digital-collaboration tools mock the fact that we ever relied on anything so primitive as in-person meetings.”
posted by cenoxo to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 12:59 AM
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A penny sawed is a penny earned

Canadian artist Micah Adams uses a jeweller’s saw to surgically disassemble coins into tiny clippings, collages and collections. More at designlines.
posted by oulipian to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 2:53 PM
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New, Blue World

Impulse! Records is releasing a heretofore unheard set of recordings for John Coltrane made for a film project between Crescent and A Love Supreme. All but one are reworked versions of previous songs except a track called Blue World, which is pretty damn fine (SLYT). Happy Friday everybody.
posted by cross_impact to MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 12:47 PM
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The 1619 Project

In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. The 1619 Project, New York Times.
posted by Think_Long to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 7:41 AM
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An ‘Ecosystem of Hate’

How YouTube Radicalized Brazil. New Study Demonstrates YouTube’s Role In Far-Right Radicalization, Spread Of Conspiracies In Brazil.
ArsTechnica suggests YouTube should stop recommending garbage videos to users and Hacker News says The problem is not the algorithm.
posted by adamvasco to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 4:06 PM
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Jeez, you just leave your car in the wrong space for 3-5 minutes and you get threatened by 30-50 feral cones. [view]
posted by ActionPopulated to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 10:53 PM
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guys I showed my fiancé this and he said, "I love it. Future house goals." Do I call off the wedding now or wait until half his assets are mine [view]
posted by none of these will bring disaster to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 2:47 PM
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E-mail is the last holdout of the non-walled-garden Internet. It does not surprise me in the least that "developers of digital-collaboration tools" want to get rid of it. [view]
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posted by oulipian to MetaFilter on Aug 10 at 9:34 AM
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bobby tables story drops itself [view]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 1:14 PM
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A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance, a Commenter was going down that road, and the Commenter was possessed of much wealth, and had often proclaimed to those in hearing that he had saved his wealth in order to help those in need,... [more]
posted by DevilsAdvocate to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 10:19 AM
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"Well of course 'guys' is gender-neutral! Why, even guys use it that way!" The traditional counter to "dude is gender-neutral" is to ask a straight man if he "has sex with dudes." [view]
posted by explosion to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 1:16 PM
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For those of us with profound social anxiety and relatively poor realtime communication skills (owing to, frankly, lack of practice) the normalization of more turn-based methods of communication has been nothing short of a godsend. I am honestly not sure I could hold down a job if more than 10% of my discussions occurred face to face. I spend so... [more]
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"The California DMV decided to play a prank on security researcher Jospeh Tartaro by allowing him to register the vanity license plate 'NULL'." [view]
posted by Wolfdog to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 1:22 PM
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Was email a mistake? Was written language a mistake? Was agriculture a mistake? Was crawling out of the oceans a mistake? [view]
posted by Faint of Butt to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 4:11 AM
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I'm sorry, SNOWFLAKE But I'm a POET And I EAT PLUMS Even if you SAVE them For BREAKFAST I like 'em SWEET and COLD and if you don't like it, FORGIVE ME [view]
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I was born on 9/12/1967 In the town of PASADENA My mother's maiden name is MACCORMACK My first pet was named SNUGGLES I will PROTECT my FAMILY and their INFORMATION [view]
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My understanding is that the greatest concern about encouraging other separatist movements comes from Spain, which already has a quasi-pseudo-federal setup with multiple strong internal nationalist movements. So what if we agreed that Scotland can remain within the EU without pause by transitioning cleanly from being part of the UK to part of Spain!... [more]
posted by Tomorrowful to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 7:16 AM
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These @max_reed tweets ring true to me: would have been really nice for the NYT to have run this kind of highly visible, clear-eyed condemnation of disingenuous harassment campaigns against journalists and activists five years ago when people were losing their jobs and scared for their lives to me the lesson from this (very well written and... [more]
posted by mcmile to MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 6:17 PM
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Free on-street parking is silly. There is nothing that will make even the most peace-loving hippie lose their goddamn minds more than on-street parking. I would bet a significant amount of money that Mr. Rogers himself once lost his shit over parking. A woman was killed in a hit-and-run a few months ago near my home. She was in a... [more]
posted by backseatpilot to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 5:20 AM
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On the point of the - obviously real - economic issues around an independent Scotland, it seems to me that Scotland would simply be forced to pick its poison. No serious economist is suggesting that any Brexit at all is going to be economically beneficial to either the UK generally or Scotland specifically and a hard Brexit (currently the most... [more]
posted by deeker to MetaFilter on Aug 12 at 7:31 AM
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Not sure that I would take a prosecutor’s word on what they’re unable to prosecute me for. [view]
posted by chappell, ambrose to MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 6:15 AM
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what kind of weirdo types rm -fr instead of rm -rf are you from space will you take me there with you [view]
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon to MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 2:48 PM
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I have known some people who have Only One Outfit as well as some people who have Essentially Only One Outfit. The people with Only One were young, artsy and broke, and they had one set of things that they wore into the ground and then replaced. The people with Essentially One are scientists who have about five semi-identical shirts (which all... [more]
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