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How much time do you have? 😂

T. Greg Doucette, regular member of #LawTwitter and Vic Migonga/Ty Beard commentator par excellence, gets asked what might we do to stop the takeover of the police and the judiciary by white supremacy. Greg replies with an epic 15 point thread.
posted by Your Childhood Pet Rock to MetaFilter on May 28 at 6:24 PM
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Library of Congress wants to bring back the golden age of hip hop

Library of Congress app lets you make hip hop with century-old samples (Engadget): "The US Library of Congress has unveiled Citizen DJ, a digital tool that allows you to remix sounds from its massive collection of film, television, video and sound recordings. It was created by "innovator in residence" Brian Foo to recapture the '80s and '90s golden age of hip-hop sampling." You can explore collections using the web interface, use a simple music-creation app to remix beats, and download "sample packs" with thousands of audio clips from a particular collection that can be used in most music production software. Explainer video (Vimeo). See also: Library of Congress Needs a Few Citizen DJs (LOC)
posted by not_the_water to MetaFilter on May 25 at 10:47 AM
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A slew of Siouxsie Sioux videos

Happy birthday to Siouxsie Sioux, one of the Queens of British Pop* (docu offline currently, clip on Siouxsie), from her start as a member of the Bromley Contingent alongside the Sex Pistols, who she played alongside in 1976, as seen in the London Weekend Show, to a big send-off show in 2008 when her style and sound was much less of a riot, and more of the moody and ethereal end of goth/alt rock.
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on May 27 at 7:35 PM
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The Story of how SNL made the “Stevie Nicks’ Fajita Roundup” Sketch

Let's do some math

3Blue1Brown known for beautiful visualizations of complex mathematical topics gives a go at livestreaming high-school level math with a 'Lockdown math' series. Brush up on things you probably forgot from math class.
posted by zengargoyle to MetaFilter on May 25 at 8:04 AM
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Mongolia Was Putting Its Big Person Pants On In January

Starting in January, Mongolia executed a perfect public health response, and they have never let up the pressure since. COVID-19 did not just leave Mongolia alone. Mongolia kicked its ass. COVID Underdogs: Mongolia by Indi Samarajiva
posted by chavenet to MetaFilter on May 26 at 2:11 PM
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Minneapolis response to the police killing of George Floyd

Anti-fascist news site Unicorn Riot has 2 hours of raw footage taken at the scene of last night's protest of the police killing of George Floyd. @TheQueerCrimer was live-tweeting police radio broadcasts. It's Going Down has a good summary article of what happened. Four officers present at the killing have been fired. What we know about Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao, two of the officers caught on tape, including info about their previous use-of-force incidents, one of which resulted in a $25,000 out-of-court settlement.
posted by mediareport to MetaFilter on May 27 at 9:16 AM
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“For those with a taste for the peculiar”

The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things is the blog of curator and art historian, Dr. Chelsea Nichols. The collection includes such treasures as sexy weasels in Renaissance art, how to scare children in the 1920s, and hidden mothers in Victorian portraits. There are also occasional guest posts, on topics including Ivan Bilibin’s Illustrations of Russian folklore by Claire Atwater, Robert Liston, a surgeon and a showman by Mike Crump, and a make-your-own-bat-colony activity sheet by Alice Fennessy.
posted by Kattullus to MetaFilter on May 24 at 9:09 AM
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Roam Research: note-taking from a better timeline

What is Roam Research and why are researchers and writers losing their minds over this note-taking/knowledge management/productivity app based on Zettelkasten and still in closed beta?
posted by Foci for Analysis to MetaFilter on May 27 at 1:33 PM
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The Remaking of Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi has seen it all. He was hit by a car and a bus as a kid, was once stabbed in a bar fight, volunteered as a firefighter during 9/11, and somewhere along the way became one of the most accomplished film actors of his generation. And then tragedy struck: In 2019, Buscemi lost his wife of over 30 years. In a rare interview, Hollywood's most beloved misfit opens up about anxiety, loss, and the hard work of getting through it all. [SL GQ]
posted by ellieBOA to MetaFilter on May 26 at 8:51 AM
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Making FPP's

Richard Scarry's classic What Do People Do All Day, further revised to reflect our current societal roles in The New Now. | Sanctioned Revisions to Richard Scarry texts previously on MeFi
posted by not_on_display to MetaFilter on May 24 at 11:10 AM
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The President Versus the Mods

Trump’s executive order against Twitter, targeting Section 230, is reminiscent the message boards and aggrieved trolls of the early 2000s. As Matt Haughey says: “Every bad thing at MetaFilter happened with someone who had been testing the rules for a year or two.”
posted by Revort to MetaFilter on May 29 at 11:27 AM
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Vote Save America

Vote Save America, a project from Crooked Media, has developed the Adopt A State program, which allows Americans in blue states (and elsewhere) to help win the Senate and White House in 2020 by working remotely to help get out the vote and support Democratic candidates in additional ways.
posted by Bella Donna to MetaFilter on May 28 at 6:13 AM
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Choose the center of the universe

Mercator: Extreme, by Drew Roos. “A single map encompassing the entire surface of the Earth, yet containing both human scale and global scale.”
posted by oulipian to MetaFilter on May 27 at 2:59 PM
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We Can’t Comprehend This Much Sorrow

History’s first draft is almost always wrong — but we still have to try and write it. "This year has been a blur, but I remember one day clearly: Sunday, March 8. It was the last day I ate at a restaurant, the last day I went to a concert (Red Baraat at the Sinclair in Cambridge, Mass.) and the last day I hugged a friend. It was also the first time I thought that I should begin writing about what was going on." Teju Cole opens his COVID-19 diary to all.
posted by Ahmad Khani to MetaFilter on May 25 at 5:27 PM
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OMG! as Forster would not have said

BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz reads E.M. Forster's 1909 novella The Machine Stops. "The Machine Stops is not simply prescient; it is a jaw-droppingly, gob-smackingly, breath-takingly accurate literary description of lockdown life in 2020. [...] It's not lost on me that you are reading this on the internet on a man-made device over which we just about still believe we have mastery."
posted by Major Clanger to MetaFilter on May 30 at 5:56 AM
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"My aim is not to convince you that everything was better in the past; "

Engine Rebuilt in Stop Motion

A nothing short of triumphant stop motion renovation of an engine [SLYT]. LKW-Werksatt in Niederlauer, Germany, rebuilds a Mercedes Benz Actros OM471LAtruck engine.
posted by bouvin to MetaFilter on May 28 at 1:32 PM
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“It's nice to sit at the campfire and discuss projects,”

Zoom sucks, we started having editorial meetings in Red Dead Redemption [Rock Paper Shotgun] “Mostly we were just having a really crap time,” said Viv when I spoke to them, about their meeting life before Cowboys. “We were having to deal with all those Zoom and Skype meetings and emails and phone calls… and we were just feeling worse and worse and more annoyed all the time.” Minecraft was considered, apparently, but people tended to just wander off and start digging, or dumping gravel on the meeting table, “so picking the most ludicrous game to meet in seemed good.” But then, as it turned out, it wasn’t quite as ridiculous as expected. “The thing is,” Viv explained, “the Cowboys just look right when they’re sitting around the campfire? They look like they’re in a meeting: scratching noses and frowning, and occasionally gesturing.”
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter on May 25 at 6:36 AM
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The Dark Angel

Merle Oberon’s Remarkable Life. "In 1935, Merle Oberon became the first biracial actress to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, an incredible achievement in then-segregated Hollywood -- except that nobody in Hollywood knew Oberon was biracial. Born in Bombay into abject poverty in 1911, Oberon's fate seemed sealed in her racist colonial society. But a series of events, lies, men, and an obsession with controlling her own image -- even if it meant bleaching her own skin -- changed Oberon's path forever."
posted by storybored to MetaFilter on May 24 at 8:00 AM
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The way that Memorial Day has slid from a day of remembrance for those who died in combat to another "Thank you for your service!" yay soldiers! thing is not an accident. This is not a matter of well-meaning people accidentally misunderstanding the day. It's part of the push to put our military up on a pedestal to silence... [more]
posted by DirtyOldTown to MetaFilter on May 26 at 5:26 AM
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I'm exhausted. I feel like, what can I say in this thread about George Floyd's murder and the subsequent reaction by the power structure in America that I didn't already say in threads about Mike Brown and John Crawford and Christian Cooper (thank God he's still breathing) and Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice and and and and and... [more]
posted by lord_wolf to MetaFilter on May 28 at 5:45 PM
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I can't think of many people who have had such an impact on the world. This is a bit complicated.. its a few quotes from a very lengthy New Yorker article on Dr. Anthony Fauci which came out last month, but these weave together a tale worth knowing: “God, I hated him,” Larry Kramer, the writer and activist who helped establish the... [more]
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on May 27 at 8:44 PM
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I personally know four people who have died from covid, I know of 10+ from friends who have lost friends or family. None have had funerals, or wakes, or celebrations, and it’s heartbreaking. I haven’t been able to get lupus meds for 9 weeks, and despite avoiding humanity as much as possible, today I started running a fever. I don’t want to join... [more]
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet to MetaFilter on May 23 at 10:33 PM
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As the article says, Ulaaanbaatar is a two hour flight to Beijing, and there was a daily flight connection to Wuhan. What Mongolia did wasn't some magic impossible to Americans. Consider: when they brought Mongolians home, they tested and quarantined them. Trump canceled travel by non-Americans, and simply did not test... [more]
posted by zompist to MetaFilter on May 26 at 3:29 PM
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"Rats eating their young" is a plank in this year's RNC platform, I understand. [view]
posted by SPrintF to MetaFilter on May 26 at 11:44 AM
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Does Klobuchar's response actually use the words "police" or mention the fact that this man was killed by police? She makes it sound like he mysteriously died somehow and someone, somewhere should investigate and hold those responsible "accountable," whatever that means. Bullshit responses like that are how the white... [more]
posted by fryman to MetaFilter on May 27 at 10:07 AM
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This is my neighborhood; cup foods is actually my preferred UPS dropoff location. I don't know why 'my favorite chinese takeout place stuck its neck out and supplied evidence that George Flynn wasn't resisting arrest' is the most surreal part of it for me but it is. I wasn't at the protest due to concern about social distancing (and really, really... [more]
posted by dinty_moore to MetaFilter on May 27 at 9:55 AM
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...the police did not start firing tear gas until *after* a small group of protesters broke the front window of the 3rd Precinct headquarters. This is incorrect. The protest started at 38th and Chicago, and tear canisters were shot there - reports indicate that it was in response to water bottles being thrown. Just to be even... [more]
posted by Etrigan to MetaFilter on May 27 at 12:29 PM
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To be fair, the remainder of Klobuchar’s quote is pretty much exactly what you’d want her to say. I could not disagree more strongly. Empty platitudes are not enough. Certainly not coming from this specific politician: As a prosecutor in heavily white Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar declined to go after police involved in fatal encounters... [more]
posted by mediareport to MetaFilter on May 27 at 10:10 AM
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Domestic violence victims might disagree with such a broad statement. As a domestic violence survivor, I am happy to elaborate that the police have never been useful to me once in my entire life, nor in the lives of literally any other domestic violence survivor that I know or have known. The police commit domestic violence at... [more]
posted by corb to MetaFilter on May 28 at 3:41 PM
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Occasionally discarding tchotchkes is nothing compared with his current cleaning project, which is more a one-man archaeological excavation of his life. The house feels too big for him these days, so he's considering renting out a floor or even moving, which would be a huge blow to neighborhood morale. Mostly Buscemi wants to ensure that his son,... [more]
posted by Lexica to MetaFilter on May 26 at 10:53 AM
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i was discussing earlier how enraging that nyt obit is, focusing on how he was “contentious” and “argumentative” and “confrontational,” as if those were bad things, and not critical aspects of how he mobilized an entire generation to help save a tiny fraction of that generation of gay men from a plague that the government actively mocked and... [more]
posted by amelioration to MetaFilter on May 27 at 5:55 PM
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Can someone please clarify this murder business? Sure. The NYT acknowledged this entry was in error, pulled it from later editions, and is issuing a correction. The COVID deniers are leveraging the error to discount every death on the list and bots are having a heyday. Let's move on and not mention it again, please. [view]
posted by prinado to MetaFilter on May 23 at 9:09 PM
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Imani Gandy on twitter: People out here crying about a fucking Target. Is that Target your brother? Shut up about the fucking Target. Did a Target raise you? When your parents were tragically killed in a car crash, did a Target adopt you? Are you the tiny Pizza Hut in Target? Is that why you’re on god’s green internet crying about a... [more]
posted by mediareport to MetaFilter on May 28 at 8:53 AM
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I can't get past the differences between the Minneapolis BLM protest and anti-lockdown protests • Salon; Amanda Marcotte; May 27, 2020 • 'In Minneapolis, police tear-gas unarmed protesters opposing racist violence — but armed Trumpers get the red carpet' The bigger picture is clear: The police showed up in Minneapolis looking for... [more]
posted by ZeusHumms to MetaFilter on May 27 at 11:37 AM
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That was 1998? Wow. If you excuse me, I need to go and fill out my AARP membership application. That sketch is closer in time to the release of Rumours than it is to today. [view]
posted by Etrigan to MetaFilter on May 28 at 8:10 AM
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Also it seems extremely shitty to write this all off as natural advantage when the article goes to great lengths to explain why that's not what happened: Three days after Hubei, the Mongolian cabinet held a special meeting, because they were taking this seriously. At this meeting, they decided to: Close universities Restrict vehicle... [more]
posted by bleep to MetaFilter on May 26 at 5:53 PM
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When the cops are murdering people with impunity, why should we give one flying fuck about the property they've expropriated from minorities and the poverty stricken (often one and the same) through civil forfeiture, taxes, eminent domain, and targeted ticketing/policing? Take it fucking back. If that means burning it to the fucking ground, so... [more]
posted by deadaluspark to MetaFilter on May 27 at 12:22 PM
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AOC tweeting about George Floyd's murder: I’ll just say it: a lot of politicians are scared of the political power of the police,and that’s why changes to hold them accountable for flagrant killings don’t happen. That in itself is a scary problem. We shouldn’t be intimidated out of holding people accountable for murder. [view]
posted by 23skidoo to MetaFilter on May 27 at 1:17 PM
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