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None Dare Call It Treason

Donald Trump, current occupier of the Oval Office, has returned to the US after a tumultuous six-day international tour in which he again declared himself "a very stable genius" after disrupting the NATO summit in Brussels (Rolling Stone), lied about predicting Brexit while criticizing PM Theresa May over her handling of it (The Sun), called the European Union "a foe" of the US (CNN), and then met with President Vladimir Putin in a two-hour, closed-door, off-the-record session that culminated in a joint news conference so shameful (Washington Post) and obsequious (NYTimes) that people are debating if it was treasonable (Business Insider). … And halfway through this trip, on Friday the 13th, Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued a new indictment (PDF) of 12 Russian intelligence officers in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign (NY Times), and on Monday, the Department of Justice DoJ Release: charged Russian national and NRA Mariia Butina, who lobbied the National Rifle Association and the National Prayer Breakfast on behalf of Russia (New York Times) and met Trump in 2015 (CNN), Conspiracy to Act as an Agent of the Russian Federation Within the United States (DoJ press release).
posted by Doktor Zed to MetaFilter on Jul 17 at 9:40 AM
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Alphabet of international bread recipes (around the world a few times)

More than white, wheat and rye, there's a glorious world of breads, and for your enjoyment, here's an alphabet of international bread recipes: Aish Merahrah / Bammy / Česnica / Dosa / Eggette / Flatbrød / Green onion pancake / Himbasha / Injera / Johnnycake / Khanom bueang / Lahoh / Mollete / Naan / Obwarzanek krakowski / Potbrood / Qistibi / Rugbrød / Soda bread / Taftan / Unleavened bread / Vienna bread / Watermelon toast / [nothing for X] / Yufka / Zopf. To take away some of the mystery from these links, there are more descriptions (and more recipes, and MORE BREADS) below the break.
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 11:36 AM
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Legal to drink in several Canadian provinces

Cat-Scan.com is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted by Phire to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 9:47 AM
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(Democratically) Controlling Ownership of Production's Means

The Socialist Network - "At the heart of the split between liberals and socialists, at least in theory, is the question of what to do about capitalism. Liberals tend to see it as something that needs to be fixed. Socialists see it as something to be defeated. They say they do, anyway. As we've seen, the Millennial socialist intellectuals aren't really calling for government takeover of industry. Still, their stated opposition to capitalism-as-such has consequences for how we address the problems of the modern economy." (via)
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‘No. Not here. Not in my space,’” she said.

Inside the Guild Wars 2 meeting that’s shaken gaming [Polygon] “Jessica Price, who was fired by ArenaNet last week for arguing with fans of the company’s Guild Wars 2 MMO, said she feels betrayed by how the company “folded like a cheap card table” when confronted by toxic fandom. In an interview with Polygon, she talked about the meeting in which she was fired, and castigated ArenaNet managers for their “highly unprofessional” reaction to a social media controversy.”
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 3:03 PM
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Why functional programming? Why Haskell?

Haskell is most likely quite different from any language you've ever used before. In Haskell, we de-emphasise code that modifies data. Instead, we focus on functions that take immutable values as input and produce new values as output. Given the same inputs, these functions always return the same results. This is a core idea behind functional programming.
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The Tapestry of the Search for Terrestrial Intelligence

The Tapestry of the Search for Terrestrial Intelligence : MetaFilter's own moonmilk took a copy of a copy of the audio data on Voyager's Golden Record, and turned it into a 40-meter-long tapestry of human images-as-sound. Watch it all scroll by. [via mefi projects]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 1:20 PM
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In Ireland, Drought And A Drone Revealed The Outline Of An Ancient Henge

A lingering dry spell has exposed a previously unknown monument in Ireland's Boyne Valley ... archaeologists confirmed the footprint of an ancient henge, or enclosure, that may be some 4,500 years old. Ireland is famously green... But this summer it's been gripped by an unusual heatwave and a lengthy dry spell. Crops are fading in the drought. And the unusual weather circumstances made the remarkable photos possible. In normal weather, the difference is undetectable — that's why Murphy had flown drones overhead before without noticing it. And even in a drought, it's too subtle to see from the ground. But combine the dry spell with the aerial view, and suddenly the outline is obvious.
posted by I_Love_Bananas to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 5:10 AM
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mai nam is jane

Lik the bone I know this is very thin but I couldn't resist my urge to share. a little something to smile about in these grim times.
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Lede-Buried Voicemails from Your Mom

Hi, sweetie. It’s Mom. Do you remember Mr. Levert? He lived behind the high school with that garden. You’d do yard work over there sometimes? He loved you; I’m sure you remember. Anyway, he was in a car accident. Died on impact. Call me back.
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Divine Feminine Energy is not the empowering narrative you think it is.

While the idea that women are innately nurturing and emotionally sensitive might sound harmless, these ostensibly positive stereotypes are hard-working components in the overall narrative that women are irrational, intellectually inferior, and servile beings who are most at home in the domestic sphere — the exact logic that’s always facilitated women’s oppression. And however innocuous it seems on the surface, this kind of benevolent sexism actually causes more harm than overt misogyny.
For the love of goddesses, stop deifying women
posted by griphus to MetaFilter on Jul 17 at 8:35 AM
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Emily Brontë was born on July 30, 1818 -- 200 years ago this month

Sandra Leigh Price, "Emily Brontë and Me" (The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 May 2018): "The first time I read Wuthering Heights a whole world opened up to me: the language – the words steeped in weather landscape, the structure an intricate clockwork of intergenerational trauma, and there was Emily Brontë herself – an astute observer of the natural world around her. The book was like a storm-glass in my imagination – large, wondrous and wild." Other personal essays: SA Jones, "Wuthers: The Book That Saved a Life," and Emily Sullivan, "The Walk To Wuthering Heights."
posted by Wobbuffet to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 10:20 AM
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The Glue Famine

"It was December 18th, 2016 when we noticed that all the glue was gone and we had no clue why. So when the cavernous shelf was filled, only to be emptied again immediately, we began to speculate. Something as simple as Elmer’s Glue, although a little oddball, did not seem an unlikely victim for whatever might have been caught in the crosshairs of a Pinterest trend. We’d survive- whatever it was. I was in no way prepared for the reality. "
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Female Sin = Female Pain as Punishment

The Trump administration’s policies on family separation and abortion are driven by one view: A woman’s pain is fitting punishment. Last spring, Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress worked together to pass a bill that would have gutted the Affordable Care Act. That piece of legislation doubled as an ideological manifesto: By letting states waive insurance protections for women who’ve been pregnant, given birth, survived a sexual assault, or experienced domestic violence, the GOP laid out a medical framework that treated women’s bodies as inherently sick, aberrations from the norm.
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A Website for Five People


City planning history, in histograms

Urban planner Geoff Boeing has calculated some lovely polar histograms of the orientations of American city streets, and further of various cities around the world, along with explanations of the context and methods. [via mltshp]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 4:08 PM
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"Do I look busy?" becomes more important than "Am I doing my best work?"

A pair of studies by Ethan S. Bernstein and Stephen Turban of the Harvard Business School tracked conversations between employees before and after their office was converted to to an open plan configuration. They found that -- "... conversations by email and instant messaging (IM) increased significantly [...], while productivity declined, and, for most people, face-to-face interaction decreased."
posted by Freelance Demiurge to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 4:05 AM
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Lolth, Spider Queen of the Drow

In 1979, Queen of the Demonweb Pits debuted at the Origins game convention. This Dungeons & Dragons adventure pitted the party against a minor god, Lolth, in her home plane of the Abyss. It was published the next year as module Q1, the finale to the G (Against the Giants) and D (Descent into the Depths of the Earth/Vault of the Drow) series of modules.
posted by rikschell to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 11:02 AM
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I want to play my NES, but I don't have any software

The problem with [the NES console in Animal Crossing] is that it was thought to be unplayable. Every time you interacted with it, you would just see a message indicating that you didn’t have any software to play.

It turns out that this generic console item actually attempts to scan the memory card for specially constructed files that contain NES ROM images! The NES emulator used to play the built-in games is apparently a complete, generic NES emulator for the GameCube, and it’s capable of playing most games thrown at it.
posted by frimble to MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 11:31 AM
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Does it have any Nuka Cola?


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Similar, here in rural England. A few months ago I was in a village, for their fete, where I'd been to a church harvest festival back in the autumn of 2014. Two elderly women were chatting next to the early season vegetables. No idea of their names (and that's probably wise), so will call them Edith (the obviously frank one) and Mary (the quieter... [more]
posted by Wordshore to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 4:09 AM
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The Little Caesar's guy (Mike Ilitch) was actually a praiseworthy peach - he paid Rosa Parks's rent for years. [view]
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We've come not to praise Little Caesar, but bury him? [view]
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 9:56 PM
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So, long story short, for various reasons the morning of 9/11 I had shut off my phone so I could focus on a long, multi-hour task. When I turned my phone back on shortly after noon, I have like twenty messages asking if I'm okay, not one of which tells me what's actually going on. So when I call my dad to tell him I'm fine and ask what's up, and I... [more]
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Bandwagon hating a thing he used to be associated with does not help and is no better and in fact more hurtful than the man who slings racial slurs. Yeah, sorry, but most of the "bandwagon hating" I've been apart of concerning Papa John's, which was more pizza opinion sharing and "hey, did you know this guy did these... [more]
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I think game companies and game review sites should require all their developers/reviewers to use female nom de plumes online for a year (at least), just to see first hand how toxic some of their fans are. [view]
posted by fings to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 3:31 PM
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So... it’s a bug hunt? [view]
posted by GenjiandProust to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 2:45 PM
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My dad used to do this with fatalities. I used to get mad at him, calling me to tell me about the deaths of people I barely remembered, or just did not know. Sometimes they weren’t even friends of his, just acquaintance. Why choose to darken my perfectly fine day like this? What was I supposed to do, or say? The usual pattern was, “Hey, it’s Dad.... [more]
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 3:57 AM
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Fandom is garbage. It should be burned to the ground. As with pretty much all other problems of this nature, the issue isn't fandom. It's male entitlement, a literal cancer on human society. [view]
posted by poffin boffin to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 4:46 PM
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I have ADHD and as far as I’m concerned, open plan offices were specifically, exquisitely designed to drive me and my brethren completely insane. I don’t refuse to work in one: I can’t work in one. Asking me to do so would be equivalent to paying me to sit in a chair and stress-vibrate, like a tiny frightened dog, for 6 solid hours a day. I... [more]
posted by faineg to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 6:03 AM
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What bothers me most about the piece is that he calls it misandry. That he's dealing with sexism because he's a dude, rather than dealing with one of the unfortunate male consequences of misogyny and the patriarchy as a whole. Sure, he briefly name drops the patriarchy. But his ire is pointed directly at the moms making him feel like an other.... [more]
posted by politikitty to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 3:04 PM
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Waiting for the white smoke to rise from the pizza oven, indicating the selection of a new Papa John [view]
posted by poffin boffin to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 11:17 PM
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My in-laws do this, with the added bonus that every discussion gets diverted at length into a symposium on What Was Where Back Then. A: “Did I tell you what happened to Uncle Norm last week?” Me: “No, I don’t think so.” A: “I couldn’t believe it! He was just back from the hospital when he called..” B: “No, he called from the hospital.... [more]
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And they're not even real bears! Just toys! [view]
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I love playing video games but I hate certain aspects of this god damn industry so fucking much. I avoid using that term "gamer" because of the connotations it carries. Fuck these bros and their fucking gamergate backwards ass troll mentality. I'm glad she stood up and didn't take shit. I hate that she was fired along with someone who... [more]
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 3:25 PM
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To be successful, a modern US president has to be an amazing administrator, or at least have the chops to put together a staff that will be. They have to have decent depth of expertise in several areas of complex policy, and extreme breadth. Dwayne Johnson has not demonstrated any of that. He's shown the ability to act well enough, display great... [more]
posted by pykrete jungle to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 5:19 AM
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I can see this being turned into a movie. Two hapless and incompetent criminals break into the escape room trying to flee the cops after a botched up robbery (the escape room is actually a huge mansion designed to looked derelict). Meanwhile, the escape room owner and his kids are about to close for the day when they realize what's going on. The... [more]
posted by Foci for Analysis to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 5:53 AM
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I live in South Florida. Parkland, specifically. Our closest Broward public library is in proximity to some of the denser clusters of rental apartments/affordable housing. It’s next door to a school. I love seeing the wide diversity of kids hanging out in the library after school. It’s a safer place to be, waiting for parents to get off work. They... [more]
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer to MetaFilter on Jul 17 at 3:33 AM
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Oh, Jesus, my mother is so bad about this. She frequently either buries the lede or just jumps in the middle of a story. Years ago my father was in an accident. This is the voicemail I got: Mom: Hey sweetie. Hope everything is going well, sorry we missed you. I just want you to know that the doctor thinks Daddy should be just fine. He's... [more]
posted by teleri025 to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 7:31 AM
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More specifically, white glues like Elmer’s are mainly polyvinyl acetate with some polyvinyl alcohol as an additive to stabilize it as a colloidal suspension in water. When the glue is exposed to air, the water can evaporate, leaving behind the polyvinyl acetate (PVA) behind as a solid residue. PVA contains molecular subunits (ester... [more]
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