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Person of the Year 2031

As the earliest viable brain scan, MMAcevedo is one of a very small number of brain scans to have been recorded before widespread understanding of the hazards of uploading and emulation. He is considered by some to be the "first immortal", and by others to be a profound warning of the horrors of immortality.
posted by simmering octagon to MetaFilter on Feb 20 at 12:32 PM
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NASA/JPL drop first-ever video of landing on Mars

On-board cameras catch Perseverance during entry, descent, and landing. Matt Wallace, Perseverance deputy project manager, credited having watched his daughter's GoPro-style footage of doing a backflip for the plan to put ruggedized commercial sports-POV cameras on the Perserverance rover for EDL.
posted by bixfrankonis to MetaFilter on Feb 22 at 11:28 AM
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the party of voter suppression

'5-Alarm Fire': Arizona Republicans Lead Nationwide GOP Push To Curb Voting Rights - "Arizona Republicans have launched a 'full-scale assault' on democracy, voting rights groups warned, pointing to the introduction of bills that would restrict ballot access and overhaul the state's election system in the wake of major GOP losses in 2020."
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Feb 24 at 3:11 AM
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Iceberger


"This is the end of the road for the President."


Britney Spears Was Never in Control

Content warning for abuse and assault. "If you, the viewer, share in that discomfort, you are just another misogynistic cog, using the veil of concern for your own puritanical need to control a young woman. This argument serves a narrative purpose. The central drama of Framing Britney is the conservatorship Spears has lived under since 2008, which allows her father to control her finances and personal life. By suggesting she once had complete control, the documentary fuels the sense of injustice when that control is then taken away. The result is a documentary eager to characterize Spears’s early image as an expression of female power rather than the corporation-sanctioned sexualization of a 16-year-old."
posted by Carillon to MetaFilter on Feb 23 at 4:00 PM
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The Heart of Darkness.

The killing in an ambush of the Italian Ambassador near Goma, Eastern Congo, a country plagued by Blood and Minerals has bought DRC into the spotlight again.
DRC President Felix Tshisekedi recently named mining executive and ally Sama Lukonde Kyenge as prime minister of the world’s biggest cobalt producer.
One of Trumps final acts was to roll back Treasury Department sanctions on the Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler for corruption in Africa; and who has recently purchased Cobalt royalties to the tune of $83 million. Gertler together with mining giant Glencore has interest in DRC.
DRC / China joint venture Sicomines, with whom Erik Prince, himself with other DRC interests, has recently announced a Security Project appears to have made payments to customs and logistics agencies controlled by Gertler or his associates while Gertler was already under US sanctions.
China dominates the Cobalt supply chain.
posted by adamvasco to MetaFilter on Feb 23 at 5:02 AM
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Surly Bartender Not Included

I Miss My Bar. Ambient bar sounds so you can recreate your favorite haunt at home.
posted by Diskeater to MetaFilter on Feb 20 at 2:40 PM
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"the more elusive aspects of human experience"

Satanic Panics and the Death of Mythos by Aisling McCrea is an essay exploring how, in contemporary society, people want explanations that are "materially and logically and scientifically true", and ignore "non-literal or non-rational parts of our understanding of what is true: rituals, customs, superstition, storytelling, art, and transcendent experiences". She especially focuses on people's relationship with art, quoting Dan Olson's video essay Annihilation and Decoding Metaphor to explain how you can miss the deeper meaning of a piece of art, if you seek to explain everything logically.
posted by Kattullus to MetaFilter on Feb 25 at 2:20 PM
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Everybody wins, even the oysters!


Oh, this and that. You?


How It's Made


Bayes on the Brain

Some things in life are certain. For example, we all learn to identify colours at a young age, and can thereby say the same word when we point at a green object. Except that's not true - at all. To confirm that some thing is in the world, we can rarely (if ever) perceive it directly. Instead we gather indirect evidence, and hope to identify the presence of a tiger by the rustling of the grass. The mathematical theory of gathering indirect evidence about unknown things is known as Bayesian inference (Veritasium - main link?).
posted by Alex404 to MetaFilter on Feb 22 at 2:42 AM
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What Menopause Feels Like

About half of the world's population will experience menopause, yet it's a period that can be isolating for a woman in their personal and professional life. Menopause marks the end of menstruation, and the changes that come with it are often not discussed openly. Short documentary (11 min) by Bronwen Parker-Rhodes.
posted by severiina to MetaFilter on Feb 19 at 11:00 AM
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Black history of science

Meet 7 groundbreaking Black scientists from the past From the first treatment for leprosy to the foundation of the global positioning system, Black scientists have long been involved in major scientific developments, despite being pushed to the margins, refused jobs, and denied credit for their discoveries. Here are a few of their stories.
How historical racism in science continues to shape the Black experience Science is meant to be objective. In order to be trusted, it is to be free of any bias or prejudice and simply rely on experimentation, observation and conclusions. However, that has not been the case when it comes to race. And centuries of scientific racism have been hard to shake — even to this day, where the effects are still being seen and felt.
posted by heatherlogan to MetaFilter on Feb 25 at 7:12 AM
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The "jungle" is still dangerous - and demeaning

John Oliver's recent segment on the disgusting working conditions in the meatpacking industry (YouTube, USA only) is shocking -- or it might be to anyone who hasn't been paying attention. But eighteen years ago, anthropologist Steve Striffler worked undercover at Tyson Foods in Arkansas and found a racially segregated workforce already pushed to the breaking point by downsizing management (free essay).
posted by jb to MetaFilter on Feb 22 at 2:03 PM
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Team Lindsay or Team Natalie

Tracing the Roots of Pop Culture Transphobia: Lindsay Ellis responds to ContraPoints' video on J.K. Rowling (previously). Also features voice cameos by HBomberGuy and Jenny Nicholson.
posted by lock robster to MetaFilter on Feb 22 at 2:44 PM
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A Short History of Recent Anti-Asian Violence in the US


The Savor of Memory

When I left Iran for good in 1985, I carried two books in my massive suitcase. The first was a boxy little hardcover bound in black cloth: the collected ghazals of Hafez (which apparently every Iranian must own). The version was edited by the great modernist poet Ahmad Shamlu, and it was notorious for his controversial editorial choices, unadorned presentation on the page and blasphemous punctuation. The second book was also bound in black cloth. Roza Montazemi’s venerable cookbook, Honar-e-Ashpazi (The Art of Cooking) was bigger in size but lighter, because its paper was what we called kahi, or lower-quality straw paper, lightweight and liable to yellowing.
posted by Ahmad Khani to MetaFilter on Feb 25 at 5:38 PM
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"Push the button, Frank"

The Mads Are Back. Another new destination for riffing from the classic MST3K cast has appeared on the web. Frank Conniff (who has a quite lively twitter presence) and Trace Beaulieu have taken their show to the web, establishing a new YouTube channel that will host their future movie riffing endeavors. “Every second Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET,” Conniff and Beaulieu will be presenting ticketed livestreams on the site, with viewers free to tune in from around the world. Meanwhile, previous riffing projects from The Mads will be added to the YouTube account over time for free viewing.
posted by valkane to MetaFilter on Feb 23 at 10:10 PM
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So back in '93 .... My sister was in her second year of college and she came home with a tape from a local college band that I wish I could remember the name of... because well... this. The opening of their easily best song went like this: There seems to be a problem with society today. People aren't watching out for every word they say.... [more]
posted by Nanukthedog to MetaFilter on Feb 23 at 3:27 PM
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"The vocation the author's looking for, I think, is confessor." I think this is actually a really apt point. I don't think "cancel culture" per se is a problem -- calling people out on the bad things they did is important. But what I do think we currently don't have, as a society, is a clear (and... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Feb 25 at 8:51 PM
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This topic (fat + health = how does it work?!) comes up on Mefi whenever body positivity or health at any weight or fat acceptance or whatever comes up. So as a nurse who has to give people lifestyle advice all the time I thought I'd throw my two cents in: First: Health covers a lot of domains. I know from talking to literally thousands of... [more]
posted by supercrayon to MetaFilter on Apr 28, 2017 at 11:05 PM
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(TW: Suicide.) Beautiful essay, and I'm buying that book immediately. I'm sure it speaks strongly to my age, class, and social status that I have missed gay bars during this pandemic more than any other public space. Doubly so to know that, epidemiologically, they will be one of the last things allowed to come back (for the few that manage... [more]
posted by mykescipark to MetaFilter on Feb 23 at 9:04 PM
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I think there is a lot of this kind of lashing out disguised as activism in online spaces and I think she touches on why but doesn't quite go into it. When you're depressed and numb, sometimes feeling anything is nice, and there are endless ways and things online to make yourself mad about. By wrapping it in the cloak of social justice, you're... [more]
posted by Ghostride The Whip to MetaFilter on Feb 25 at 3:54 PM
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I once had a package get stolen that was a John Coltrane boxed set. I was mad, but I was offended when about a week later the box showed up open on my step. [view]
posted by winna to MetaFilter on Feb 22 at 11:19 AM
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There are all these memes about how The Simpsons has predicted recent history to a stunning degree. And I saw a response to them that said, "The Simpsons writers weren't psychic; we just haven't solved any problems in this country since 1989." And... Yeah. I can't get that out of my head now. [view]
posted by meese to MetaFilter on Feb 23 at 3:41 PM
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I also think there's a division between "orthodoxic" (right-thinking) and "orthopraxic" (right-acting) attitudes. US society is HUGELY orthodoxic, by virtue of the Evangelical Christian thinking that dominates our public life. Even people who completely reject Evangelical Christianity tend to be pretty "orthodoxic," in... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Feb 25 at 9:10 PM
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The Right loves choice except when they are not chosen. Criticism = silencing. It feels we've been circling the drain over the same cultural war stuff for nearly 40 years. This is by design, I suspect, and it ain't any one particular generation's fault. I say this not as a Jimmy Carter stan but as a person living in the U.S. for the... [more]
posted by ichomp to MetaFilter on Feb 23 at 3:36 PM
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We weren’t even supposed to be here today. [view]
posted by The Underpants Monster to MetaFilter on Feb 23 at 3:57 PM
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Son of a bitch!! They were supposed to play at my house!! [view]
posted by stinkfoot to MetaFilter on Feb 22 at 7:37 AM
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Weren't most Gen Xers teenagers or barely in their 20s around this time? I'm not sure how much can really be expected of people just trying to pass algebra II. Millennials are well into their 30s now. Is is too early to say they've failed to set the world right, too? Or maybe we're all (including Boomers) still working on it and... [more]
posted by Brain Sturgeon to MetaFilter on Feb 23 at 3:33 PM
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To quote Frankie Boyle again: "Not only will America go to your country and kill all your people, they'll come back twenty years later and make a movie about how killing your people made their soldiers feel sad." [view]
posted by happyinmotion to MetaFilter on Feb 19 at 8:14 PM
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"Rava said: A person is obligated to become intoxicated with wine on Purim until he is so intoxicated that he does not know how to distinguish between cursed is Haman and blessed is Mordecai." Once in law school I took a small elective class in Jewish Law that happened to meet on Purim. All I really knew about Purim was... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Feb 25 at 5:16 PM
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Honestly? Good riddance and I can't believe it took this long. The last time I was in a Fry's was at the Renton one about 9-10 years ago now and it was already a ghost town wasteland back then with what looked like 50-70% of the shelving empty and in total disarray. It was filthy and depressing and it reminded me very much of going to some very... [more]
posted by loquacious to MetaFilter on Feb 24 at 5:31 AM
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I say this not as a Jimmy Carter stan but as a person living in the U.S. for the past 20 years and alive for the past 30: The U.S. took the most sickening and wrong turn in 1980 and we have not recovered from it. I'll happily quote-for-truth as a Jimmy Carter-stan, and be more explicit: Reagan and the movement he was part of has made... [more]
posted by jb to MetaFilter on Feb 23 at 4:58 PM
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This is a deeply depressing essay. "Given how much content Dolly gives us, it is amazing that we haven’t indulged our impulse to find a reason to hate her. " Who is this "we" you speak of? Most of us don't go looking for reasons to hate anyone, whether famous or not. This piece says a lot about the author, and a whole lot less... [more]
posted by PhineasGage to MetaFilter on Feb 25 at 12:15 PM
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To say nothing of lesbian bars--which have been dying for a very long time. Contemplating a world without LGBTQ-focused bars makes me deeply, deeply sad. It is really nice to go somewhere where people do not assume I am straight. Even if I still feel like I don't belong--and I have never been to a LGBTQ-focused bar where I felt like I was cool... [more]
posted by schroedinger to MetaFilter on Feb 23 at 8:55 PM
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Ah, this brings back a memory. Went on a double date with my wife, best friend, and his girlfriend to a nice formal dining steakhouse. After dinner and a bottle of wine (or two), we had the brilliant idea to head down to the frat-friendly, jeans-and-tee-shirt piano bar. We avoided detection for a surprising amount of time. We were off to the... [more]
posted by bfranklin to MetaFilter on Feb 24 at 3:43 PM
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It's unsurprising how often the complaints about "McCarthyism" and "Political Correctness" and "Cancel Culture" boil down to people who do not want to be told they're wrong. [view]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia to MetaFilter on Feb 23 at 3:31 PM
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