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It is well known that persons protect themselves with all kinds of rationalizations when they have a buried image of themselves which the facts of their status do not support. In this classic paper, Erving Goffman draws parallels between cooling the mark out -- providing fraud victims with "instruction in the philosophy of taking a loss" -- and other social situations in which one person is given the distasteful task of letting another down easy. It's the kind of structure you can see evidence for everywhere, from the sifting and winnowing of people in education to the techniques that psychics use to avoid scrutiny.
posted by eirias at 12:40 PM Aug 23 2019 - 16 comments [37 favorites]

Breaking: Something Bad Is Happening in Virginia [Updated]. "To commemorate the quadricentennial anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in America, we imagined what it would be like to cover that late August day when the first slave ship landed on the shores of the place now known as Hampton, Va."
posted by homunculus at 8:10 AM Aug 23 2019 - 7 comments [32 favorites]

Bernie calls for a World War II-style mobilization to reverse global warming. Mr. Sanders unveiled his proposal one day after Gov. Jay Inslee announced he was dropping out of the 2020 race. His plan calls for 16.3 trillion federal investment dollars and the creation of 20 million jobs.
posted by xammerboy at 9:27 PM Aug 22 2019 - 84 comments [45 favorites]

A man makes himself a 'best customer poster'. Someone responds...
posted by Ned G at 2:10 AM Aug 23 2019 - 49 comments [27 favorites]

How a fusion of at least four cuisines created a beloved and misunderstood dish.
posted by Etrigan at 11:00 AM Aug 23 2019 - 29 comments [20 favorites]

Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott has released a new five-song EP, Iconology, and a new music video for one of the tracks, “Throw It Back”. It’s a good way to start Friday!
posted by Going To Maine at 9:46 PM Aug 22 2019 - 21 comments [27 favorites]

Marine Fungi are Totally Badass. An Aquatic Edition Of Fungi Friday: Marine Fungi And The Roles They Play. Want more about these weirdo understudied organisms? Fungi in the Marine Environment: Open Questions and Unsolved Problems. A History of Marine Mycology from the Mushroom Research Foundation.
posted by stoneweaver at 12:02 PM Aug 23 2019 - 4 comments [18 favorites]

It took SPCA employee Carol O'Connell three years to get close enough to pet a stray cat that had been coming by her home every now and then. Then she borrowed a chip scanner from work and discovered Tiger had been missing for eleven years.
posted by jocelmeow at 5:53 PM Aug 23 2019 - 7 comments [16 favorites]

Matt "Numberphile" Parker builds logic gates out of dominos. Matt then builds (with much help) a 3- and then 4-bit adder out of dominoes at a science museum. Here's another persons' text-based explanation of binary domino logic; here's yet another written explanation, with interactive diagrams. (See also this 2008 MeFi post.)
posted by cortex at 9:01 AM Aug 23 2019 - 11 comments [14 favorites]

Over the past 30 years, Cindy Stirling has fostered runaways, orphans, teen sex workers, abuse victims and cancer patients. Portrait of a supermom. (Luc Rinaldi, Toronto Life)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:15 PM Aug 23 2019 - 2 comments [13 favorites]

David Koch, billionaire conservative, (previously, previously) has died at age 79. He is survived by his brother Charles.
posted by sotonohito at 7:13 AM Aug 23 2019 - 151 comments [12 favorites]

Phil Jamesson is a comedian who makes short (between 30 seconds and two minutes) sketch comedy videos, like The Reward, Teaching a Board Game, Clue and The Genie.
posted by JDHarper at 7:59 AM Aug 23 2019 - 7 comments [12 favorites]

Dave Hebb is on an epic quest to find all of Greater Boston's Signtronix signs. From Atlas Obscura, who joined Dave on his quest: Signtronix, a California-based sign manufacturer, caters to small businesses across the United States but as Boston continues to expand and build, these signs are increasingly being abandoned.
posted by capricorn at 11:20 AM Aug 23 2019 - 9 comments [12 favorites]

Someone in Oxford County, ON has made off with $187,000 worth of cheese, after they used forged documents to steal the shipment.
posted by RhysPenbras at 9:12 AM Aug 23 2019 - 43 comments [11 favorites]

“Cock And Balls”: A Photo Study Of Rock Gods’ Packages In Very Tight Trousers [NSFW-ish]
posted by chavenet at 9:53 AM Aug 23 2019 - 46 comments [11 favorites]

Keith Comstock played on four major league clubs as a journeyman reliever, but his professional career is most often remembered for one thing: a ball to the crotch. Thirty years ago -- in what otherwise would have been a forgotten minor league set -- Comstock appeared on one of the most memorable baseball cards ever made. Here's the story of how it came together, in his words. 'You're the guy with the ball to the crotch': The inside story behind the funniest baseball card ever made (ESPN)
posted by filthy light thief at 10:51 AM Aug 23 2019 - 16 comments [11 favorites]

Experience: I was swallowed by a hippo [Paul Templer in The Guardian, 2013]
posted by readinghippo at 11:43 AM Aug 23 2019 - 27 comments [11 favorites]

“Here are some smitten, moony-eyed, genuine and heartfelt songs about men who just make you want to go . . . HER?“ An Oh No They Didn’t original post by user zazie_toujours, featuring Dave Coulier, Donald Trump Jr., and other . . . unexpected muses.
posted by sallybrown at 2:53 PM Aug 23 2019 - 28 comments [11 favorites]

A Brief History of Peeing in Video Games [Slate] “Gamescom 2019 kicked off in Cologne, Germany on Monday night, and as usual, the annual trade fair has been full to bursting with announcements, trailers, and exciting new details about upcoming games. But one development is making a bigger splash than the rest: Visionary video game auteur Hideo Kojima’s next game, Death Stranding, will feature the kind of hyper-realistic urination gameplay action that gamers crave. Drench your eyeballs in this leaked footage from Gamescom’s opening night stream to see Death Stranding star Norman Reedus take the most lavishly digitized piss in video game history.” [Death Stranding - Extreme Peeing Action][YouTube]
posted by Fizz at 11:16 AM Aug 23 2019 - 28 comments [10 favorites]

20 ways to pay attention (sl medium)
posted by Cozybee at 5:03 AM Aug 21 2019 - 44 comments [74 favorites]