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Failing State

The Election That Could Break America: "There is a cohort of close observers of our presidential elections, scholars and lawyers and political strategists, who find themselves in the uneasy position of intelligence analysts in the months before 9/11. As November 3 approaches, their screens are blinking red, alight with warnings that the political system does not know how to absorb. They see the obvious signs that we all see, but they also know subtle things that most of us do not. Something dangerous has hove into view, and the nation is lurching into its path." Longread article from the coming issue of The Atlantic spins out the signs and scenarios, including the potential for state legislatures to end-run the Electoral College.
posted by snuffleupagus to MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 4:47 PM
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Richard

Richard is a sample chapter from Allie Brosh's new book "Solutions and Other Problems" announced (previously).
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"This is the largest dataset of its kind ever produced."

Newspaper Navigator is a project being carried out by Ben Lee (his announcement on Twitter), Innovator in Residence at the Library of Congress. It extracts visual content from 16+ million pages of sixty years of public domain digitized American newspapers and helps people learn to search the visual content using machine learning techniques. Read the FAQ to learn more about how its creator tried to manage algorithmic bias. Fun search terms are offered if you're not feeling creative: national park, giraffe, blimp, hats, stunts. The dataset is publicly available, the code is available and here's a white paper about the process of building it.
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 8:37 AM
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Do you feel like your life is an endless to-do list?


What we didn't get

Politics is an American industry - "Industries like technology, finance, health care, higher education, and media dominate our collective lives, and yet they are not regulated by anything recognizable as open competition for the custom of decentralized consumers. These industries share some things in common."
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 12:34 AM
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Do You Remember?


"Away with your noisy hymns of praise

I will not listen to the music of your harps. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living": How a Sean Feucht worship service convinced me I am no longer an evangelical
posted by clawsoon to MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 8:49 PM
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Say hey, good lookin'

In edition #3 of Metafilter's September fundraising chat topics, we are solicited to pose the time honored* questions, "whatcha got cookin'?," "how's about cookin' somethin' up with me?," and "don't you think maybe we could find us a brand new recipe?" IOW some good folks have spent 💰hard cash💰for us to ask you about your favorite recipes, so please share the goods!
posted by taz to MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 6:18 AM
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Remorseful Tech Insiders R US

The Social Dilemma is a Netflix documentary-drama on "the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations." But is their solution of "humane technology" the right one? An essay on LibrarianShipwreck argues that in a world of empowered arsonists, "humane technology" seeks to give everyone a pair of asbestos socks.
posted by adrianhon to MetaFilter on Sep 19 at 10:19 AM
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Master KG – Jerusalema (feat. Nomcebo Zikode)

In February, Fenomenos do Semba, an Angolan dance studio, posted a video of members line dancing to the track while carrying their plates of food and eating. The video gave the song a whole new lease of life as a pan-African African pop anthem. The Angolan clip kicked off the #Jerusalema​Dance​Challenge across the continent and soon beyond from nuns and monks in France, to a bridal party in Zimbabwe, and a flash mob in Germany
How South Africa’s “Jerusalema” became a pan-African hit, then a global dance favorite by Norma Young. Here is the video for Master KG’s and Nomcebo’s Jerusalema, and here is Burna Boy’s remix. [via Chisomo Kalinga, PhD]
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"A remarkable consecutive history"

The Codex Zouche-Nuttall is a pre-Columbian document of Mixtec pictography, one of six known to survive. The codex is named for two women: Baroness Zouche, its donor and Zelia Nuttall, who first published it in 1902. Nuttall was a Mexican-American archaeologist who "investigated Mexico’s past to give recognition and pride to its present" at a time when Western archaeology was still obsessed with racist caricatures of Indigenous people. Shortly after publishing the Codex with a lengthy introduction, Nuttall moved to live full-time in Mexico as a single mother and towards the end of her life advocated for the revival of Mexican New Year traditions that had been eradicated after Spanish conquest. Aztec New Year is still celebrated in Mexico today.
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 1:54 PM
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Find the Mildreds.

It’s been eighteen years... what do you remember about the “D.C. Snipers”? Earlier this year Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall dedicated four forensically empathetic episodes of their podcast You’re Wrong About to revisiting what the series of shootings were about - a deep-dive examination of media, police and justice system blind spots through a rereading of the available sources that document the forestory, the events, and the judicial aftermath. (Their apt TW: “We are unable to conceive of a content warning comprehensive enough for all the horrors contained in these episodes.”)
posted by progosk to MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 2:50 AM
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You can get by with a charming and rakish state of informality

Now that the supermarket is no longer a festival of goodies but rather a militantly regimented prophylaxis hellscape, I dread going there. Now I try to avoid it. Now, when I do go, I try to plan and buy a week’s worth of groceries so that I won’t have to go back for a while. This doesn’t really work—it never works—for me, an incredibly disorganized person with cataclysmic ADHD Brain; this means that, once a week or so, I enter the late-afternoon pre-dinner period worrying because I accidentally forgot to perform some number of preparatory steps necessary to whatever insane dinner I’d wrongly thought I had the capacity to plan several days in advance. And this is when, reliably, I can open the refrigerator, peer around for a few seconds, and realize that for all my disorganization and chaos, I have the means to throw together a perfectly delicious frittata.
posted by medusa to MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 4:49 PM
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The necessity of self-defense is not a theoretical principle

The Case for Black American Self-Defense. "Pacifist injunctions obliterate the history of, and need for, armed protection. The Black tradition of organized, armed self-defense should be regarded as one of the many tools in the repertoire of modern protest movements."
posted by showbiz_liz to MetaFilter on Sep 24 at 2:07 PM
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How Supreme is the Court?

"Judicial supremacy" -- the idea that the courts, and the Supreme Court in particular -- have the final word on constitutional law and popular rights, is a disputed idea. Former Stanford Law Dean Larry Kramer has argued for years that the founders understood that "the people, themselves" ultimately must exert democratic control over the Court; Lincoln took the same view. Kramer views the brief flowering of the Warren Court as seducing liberals to defer to the traditionally conservative SCOTUS; Larry Tribe disagrees. Debate over the rule of the Court means a relook at its power is gaining adherents both left and right. One enduring proposal is that the Court should fundamentally be focused on strengthening democracy, while ceding control in other areas. At the moment, that's not going great.
posted by SandCounty to MetaFilter on Sep 20 at 12:21 PM
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The Wound of Multilingualism: On Surrendering the Languages of Home

Learning a language as an adult or in your teens, especially with a history of repeated migrations between languages and countries, is extraordinarily difficult. It isn’t just about swallowing new words like passion fruit that glides down your throat. It’s like chewing on stones breaking your teeth in order to seed the foundations of that new language on your tongue already heavy with many idioms. In other words, it’s more than just words. It is about acquiring metaphors, learning the nuances, the synonyms, the history of words, the cultures, the rhythm of its roots. What is a cliche to a native speaker is a gem to a new learner. [SL LitHub]
posted by ellieBOA to MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 4:23 AM
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warning our descendants away from a place

Planet of Ails How can we warn people away from a dangerous site for 10,000 years? Inspired by a 1993 report, Janelle Shane (previously; Twitter) asks a neural net (GPT-3) to generate some plans.
posted by doctornemo to MetaFilter on Sep 19 at 11:52 AM
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Coppicing and Pollarding

How to make biomass energy sustainable again (solar-powered website) (backup link if the solar is off)
posted by aniola to MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 9:15 AM
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Twitter algorithm always chooses white faces for picture thumbnails


a horror story from 2003

"Kathleen Murphy gripped her can of Mace tightly as she rode the Red Line to work, hands sweating inside the latex of her surgical gloves. All around her, her fellow T riders were openly clutching Mace or pepper spray as well, all glancing around the car from behind safety goggles and surgical masks." "For the Plague Thereof Was Exceeding Great" by Jennifer Pelland is a short, dark science fiction story, published in 2003, about an epidemic and the religious cult that aims to spread it.
posted by brainwane to MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 10:12 AM
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smcameron, I, an atheist, had a similar experience when reading the Bible, but I think this is neither germane to nor appropriate for this discussion. I don't really understand what it's like for people of faith to struggle with the conflicts in their religions, but I've come to realize that I have much more in common with the Rev. William Barbers... [more]
posted by biogeo to MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 11:05 PM
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I get where they're coming from, but it feels like they're really missing the point of why boob-having-bodies become embarrassing in the tween years: Cis boys and men won't shut up about boobs, staring at them, asking to touch them, making jokes about them, catcalling. That's what makes them embarrassing. Suddenly any physical activity in... [more]
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Christ; what an asshole [view]
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So how long until someone gets assigned to evict themselves? It’s a meet cute in Fall On Me, a middling 2024 romcom where Willow Smith and Millie Bobby Brown are gig economy “coworkers“ who each get assigned to evict the other. [view]
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Shock called the tweets “unprofessional behavior for someone seeking to represent a district in the statehouse.” This is a state that passed a 6-week abortion ban, immediately got sued by three different civil rights organizations, decided to fight a hopeless but quite expensive court battle over it at taxpayer expense, got beaten like... [more]
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So how long until someone gets assigned to evict themselves? [view]
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Mother Mary lost a son to state violence That line made me (a diligently agnostic, occasionally quasi-observant Jew) go cold all over with the sheer power of it. [view]
posted by some_kind_of_toaster to MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 9:59 PM
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I know what you mean, but in a world where billionaires do, unfortunately, exist, I would say that it should not only be possible, it should be mandatory. If only there was a way for billionaires to have their wealth mandatorily redistributed in a democratically accountable way that isn't subject to their personal whims and opinions.... [more]
posted by Ouverture to MetaFilter on Sep 25 at 8:54 AM
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I was raised Lutheran and stopped believing when I was 12, but I am out of patience with other atheists telling me what religion is "actually" all about. My congregation took in refugees and found them places to live. My parents helped them learn English. I grew up going to their houses. My religion was never a religion of hate and I... [more]
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Also: I just spent half an hour on hold to talk to someone else who's burning out for three minutes so I can confirm how much money the person I am about to talk to owes, and hooray! That amount has gone up! Also: I still see weak pronouncements from older people that my generation and/or Zoomers will save the planet from runaway climate... [more]
posted by Lonnrot to MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 1:24 PM
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Prior to Jesus, the concept of hell as eternal punishment for failing to believe unbelievable stories does not exist. Jesus came up with that. He's awful. I'm not quite as sure that those bits are "Jesus came up with that" so much as they're "Paul said Jesus came up with that". Over the years I've found that... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Sep 24 at 3:45 AM
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Pretty much the only thing I like about my job at the moment is that my employer doesn't track what I do, here or at home, and I never have to bring it home with me. That should be the case for everyone, but too many people hate unions more than they value their personal freedom and dignity. This probably isn't an option for everyone, but my... [more]
posted by The Card Cheat to MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 1:41 PM
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Really, was it a good idea that we ever descended from the trees? Wouldn't we all be much happier picking fleas off each other and eating fruit? Is this the pinnacle of civilization? Do you, like, hate fun? [view]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 11:19 AM
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When I ran cross country and track in high school, I had to wear two sports bras in order to keep my breasts from bouncing painfully (so glad sports bra technology has improved). One day, as my mom drove me home from a meet, she said to me "Maybe you just don't have a body for running." I'm so glad I knew that was a ridiculous idea even... [more]
posted by CMcG to MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 1:19 PM
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... or a teenager who is going to outgrow it in thirty seconds, just like the rest of their clothing. Cross-country was a huge deal at my kids' middle school -- a third of the school was on the team -- and the staff collected used running shoes to give out to students who couldn't afford them. I don't remember ever hearing about sports bras being... [more]
posted by The corpse in the library to MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 2:48 PM
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I know that MetaFilter is gonna Metafilter, but I am seriously side-eyeing everyone who is clicking on a post about ranking only to complain about ranking. Seriously, if I can manage to keep my disdain for superheroes out of superhero posts, maybe others can exercise some similar self-control with a post clearly labelled "Rolling Stone"... [more]
posted by betweenthebars to MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 9:57 AM
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Why does everything need to be ranked? CLICK HERE AND WE'LL SEND YOU THE EIGHT REASONS EVERYTHING SHOULD BE RANKED - OUR TOP PICK WILL SHOCK YOU! [view]
posted by bassomatic to MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 9:10 AM
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Unpopular opinion that will probably get deleted: Jesus as described by the Bible is a gigantic jerk. I was legit shocked at how horrible he is the first time I read it. He's HORRIBLE. Prior to Jesus, the concept of hell as eternal punishment for failing to believe unbelievable stories does not exist. Jesus came up with that. He's awful.... [more]
posted by ocschwar to MetaFilter on Sep 24 at 7:12 AM
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Oh god. Beaker as the Mouth of Sauron. [view]
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Well the other thing they’ve made easier, is indentifying who’s first up against the wall. [view]
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