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It's a great day for America, everybody!

Day 295: the light at the end of the tunnel is visible, as the Democratic wave starts sweeping elections across America, including the Deep South. Attention turns to the special senate election in Alabama next month, where jerk-off Republican candidate Roy Moore is facing unexpected allegations of child predation. As of posting, Trump is currently touring Asia, representing America and definitely not getting orders from Putin in a secure, untraceable manner how could you think that there is no collusion. [This is your catch-all U.S. politics thread, for things not related to the recent elections or Roy Moore.]
posted by Merus to MetaFilter on Nov 10 at 5:53 PM
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Neo-Feudal Political Division

Finance isn't just an industry. It's a system of social control - "A system for constraining the choices of other social actors."
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Men, get ready to be uncomfortable for a while

The Unforgiving Minute | We have built entire lives, families, and communities around the absence of this conversation. And yet here we are, having it anyway. So let’s deal with some common queries, the very first of which is: how do we handle what we know now about how women have been treated for so long? (Laurie Penny on Longreads)
posted by I_Love_Bananas to MetaFilter on Nov 8 at 9:11 AM
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[sarcastic waltz figure]

Pianist Nahre Sol improvises Mary Had A Little Lamb in the style of Bach, Rameau, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Messiaen, Schoenberg, Glass, Reich, and herself. (SLYT)
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Piano Quintets

Do you like string quartets? And piano music? How about combining these flavours in the form of a Piano Quintet? If you’re unsure (or haven’t much time), try dipping a small spoon into the bowl with the second movement of Antonin Dvo?ák’s 1881 Piano Quintet. If this kind of thing is already to your taste, or if you have all day & nothing better to do, then see within for a whole lot more...
posted by misteraitch to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 2:24 AM
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Lord willing and the creek don't rise

After cathartic Democratic gains on Tuesday, 2017 awaits one last big federal contest -- Alabama's December 12th special election to fill A.G. Jeff Sessions' seat in the U.S. Senate. The normally determinative Republican primary was riven by divisions, with the controversial theocratic ex-judge Roy Moore defeating establishment-backed Luther Strange. The Democrats, meanwhile, nominated respected US attorney Doug Jones, best known for successfully prosecuting the Klansmen behind the horrific 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Still, Moore was widely seen as the narrow favorite... until today's bombshell WaPo story in which multiple conservative women independently confirmed Moore sexually harassed them in the 70s -- some as young as 14. While the Moore campaign rejects the story as "fake news", GOP senators are abandoning him in droves, with talk of mounting a write-in campaign for primary loser Luther Strange. With just a month until election day, could deep-red Alabama elect a progressive Democrat for the first time in more than twenty years?
posted by Rhaomi to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 12:37 PM
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July 26, 1965--A Love Supreme Live


Bastards stole their power / from the victims of the Us v Them years

One year after perhaps the most disastrous electoral result in the history of the United States, tomorrow America returns to the polls for Election Day.

With a mixed record this year of surprising victories in state-level legislative special elections, but several disappointments in Congressional ones, the Democratic party is hoping to turn the historic low approval ratings of the president into electoral victories in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere across the nation.
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Mom won't let me move to Madagascar


Al Franken: "We are not [tech giants'] customers, we are their product."


Secret History of Cricket Magazine

The Secret History of Cricket Magazine, the "New Yorker for Children," by A.J. O'Connell at Electric Literature. "In a time when children’s magazines mostly featured hidden object drawings and games, Cricket stubbornly refused to underestimate its young readers. It welcomed their correspondence, and was such a human endeavor that for many readers, finding Cricket in the mailbox every month was like a visit from a friend."
posted by goatdog to MetaFilter on Nov 10 at 7:57 AM
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7 forgotten women surrealists


“It’s a spectacular find.”

A miniature masterpiece from the Greek tomb of the “Griffin Warrior.” From an archaeological dig in the Pylos region of Greece, a find in a Bronze Age grave : "the tomb has revealed its most valuable secret, and intricately carved sealstone that researchers are calling “one of the finest works of prehistoric Greek art ever discovered.”
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Classical Music, Visualized with Animations

Stephen Malinowski of the Music Animation Machine creates beautiful animated visualizations of classical music, which enable viewers to see repetition, variations on a theme, structure, complexity, and other interesting properties of music.
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Let’s remind ourselves of the catalogue of chaos.


Don't Let My Past Be Your Future.

Harry Leslie Smith is not afraid to school anyone on the current regression to the bad old days. At 94, he’s got every right. He’s a veteran of the British Royal Air Force during World War II, so when he compares current times with Nazi Germany he knows about it first hand.
posted by mrcrow to MetaFilter on Nov 11 at 9:52 AM
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It is to laugh

The 2017 finalists for Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been announced (previouslies: 1, 2, 3)
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Nov 10 at 7:43 PM
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I've Had A Night Fever For 40 Years

November 15, 1977 marks 40 years since the release of the Saturday Night Fever Original Movie Sound Track Album [YouTube full playlist]. The globally music defining album's run of hits actually started in 1975 when the Bee Gees released "comeback track" Jive Talkin' which reached the top of the charts in several countries and and was included on the album even though it was cut from the final film.
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on Nov 12 at 12:28 PM
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Russian Revolution Centenary

100 years ago today, the Petrograd Soviet's Military Revolutionary Committee toppled Russia's Provisional Government, leading to the Bolsheviks' assumption of state power.
posted by Noisy Pink Bubbles to MetaFilter on Nov 7 at 5:51 AM
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No mere squeezebox


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[wind ruffles the hair of an almost cruelly handsome man, as he stares into the distance with steely gray eyes] "Just doing my job." Thanks, guys. [view]
posted by Chrysostom to MetaFilter on Nov 7 at 10:07 PM
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Secondly: there are a bunch of high-profile comedians who need to weigh in on this like yesterday or else be badly guilty by association. Everyone else repped by his agent (so, what, Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehler, can't remember who else) The language has not yet been invented that can convey how little interest I have in any women... [more]
posted by praemunire to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 2:17 PM
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Talking points that hammer home the utter, absurd unfairness of the tax bill, from Dana Millbank in the WaPo: At Monday’s markup, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) quizzed a tax expert on this corporate exceptionalism: “Will a teacher in my district who buys pens, pencils and paper for his students be able to deduct these costs from his tax... [more]
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Katha Pollitt is on fire. Year One: My Anger Management: But the main difference is that I hate people now. Well, not all people, of course. Just people who voted for Trump. People who do their own “research” on the Internet and discover there that President Obama is a Muslim and Michelle Obama is a man. People who use the n-word and... [more]
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glonous keming your username just made me so outraged that i became momentarily breathless with fury well done indeed [view]
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Hey Chrysostom, take a bow. You've been extraordinarily informative and helpful tonight and all year, and your posts have helped focus attention, donations, and volunteers toward unexpected places. Thank you. [view]
posted by zachlipton to MetaFilter on Nov 7 at 10:01 PM
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Many men who have assaulted me or harassed me have then asked me to coddle them for their issues, to soothe, to understand, to forgive, to keep quiet, to absolve, to understand. Emotional labor threads aren't just about who takes the trash out, but about the way women often - usually - cannot experience our traumas, angers, frustrations,... [more]
posted by I'm Not Even Supposed To Be Here Today! to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 1:58 PM
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"Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.” Erm... I seem to recall an important aspect of Joseph and Mary's relationship that complicates this analogy a bit [view]
posted by 0xFCAF to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 1:05 PM
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For me it's largely a matter of how many accusers a person has. Rob Lowe, for instance, has been accused of sexual harassment by two of his children's nannies. If it were only one and if he had no past history of sexual misconduct, I'd be willing to withhold judgement on the matter and say, "Okay, it might be true, it might also not be... [more]
posted by queenofbithynia to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 7:22 PM
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Shout out to Chrysostom for their fabulous work at keeping us all updated about the state of these races all year. A hero we both wanted and needed. [view]
posted by Joey Michaels to MetaFilter on Nov 7 at 6:01 PM
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I was performing at the same improv theater as Dana & Julia, the first two women from the NY Times article, around the time of the events they described. They were smart, tough, original, vulgar, funny — there was a lot of buzz around their show, and they seemed destined for stardom, much moreso than a lot of the people (men) who have become... [more]
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@tedlieu I have seen the classified information on Russian hacking. @realDonaldTrump has received classified briefings. I can tell you that @POTUS is LYING. Trump knows the Kremlin hacked America last year. [view]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Nov 11 at 8:22 AM
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Dem walks out of moment of silence for Texas shooting: 'I can't do this again' Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) says he walked out of a moment of silence on the House floor for victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Texas, saying he "will not be silent" after yet another massacre. "My colleagues right now are doing a moment of silence in... [more]
posted by Room 641-A to MetaFilter on Nov 7 at 12:33 PM
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Every one of these men who are exposed lowers the friction for the next. [view]
posted by Pope Guilty to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 1:48 PM
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Gawker tried to report on this in 2015. But they made a kajillionaire mad so they were destroyed. [view]
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit to MetaFilter on Nov 9 at 1:44 PM
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Perhaps its that I've seen the public displays of grief, remorse, and mourning so often now that what once seemed reverent or at least like an attempt at reverence now seems trite and worn out. Perhaps its that this last mass shooting happened close enough to where I live that I'm seeing it up close and personal for the first time. I'm not sure.... [more]
posted by sotonohito to MetaFilter on Nov 7 at 6:13 AM
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I wrote one hundred postcards for Kathy Tran, she won, she is the first Asian American woman ever elected to the VA House of Delegates, and now I am sniffling at the bus stop. Sometimes the internalized racism makes me feel embarrassed for my support of Asian American candidates because blah blah identity politics, but then I think: Grace Meng. Ted... [more]
posted by sunset in snow country to MetaFilter on Nov 7 at 6:02 PM
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I don't know much about the way modern Twitter works, so could someone please explain WHY HE STILL HAS AN ACTIVE TWITTER ACCOUNT. Twitter is run by Nazi sympathisers. They routinely ban and suspend people who criticise alt-right figures, and elevate the alt-right with special treatment like verification. Jack Dorsey, the CEO, follows... [more]
posted by Merus to MetaFilter on Nov 11 at 12:49 AM
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Seth Masket at 538 asks a vital question: Since pollsters and pundits seem to have missed a Democratic surge today, can I assume that there will now be a flood of articles and books on urban non-white liberals? [view]
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RISING STAR ALERT, via @Walter Olson: "So perfect, from @DanicaRoem on her defeated foe: 'Bob Marshall will be one of my constituents. I'm not going to attack one of my constituents.'" [view]
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