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“DDR is now in this renaissance because we can be competitive again,”

The rise, fall and return of Dance Dance Revolution in America [Polygon] ““The lament of the DDR player in America [has always been] you find a machine, you’re just thrilled to play it, and the down arrow just doesn’t work at all,” says Felker, who placed third overall at KAC. “The sensors are just totally busted. You go to the tech and he says ‘Well, it works. It turns on.’ You’re like, ‘That’s not the point.’ I used to tell techs the arrow needs to be cleaned out a bit, and they would take some Windex and spray the top of the panel and wipe it. I’m like ‘dude, that’s not how this works,’ but they don’t want to do any work.”” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Dec 11, 2017 - 24 comments

The Times Doesn’t Know Where Nazis Come From, But The Internet Does

On Nov. 25th the NYT published ‘A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland’, a profile of white nationalist Tony Hovater that, in the Times own words, ‘has drawn significant feedback, most of it sharply critical.‘ Criticism included failure to fact check or confront Hovater’s claims (‘Here Are Some Facts And Questions About That Nazi The New York Times Failed To Note’- Splinter News), briefly linking to a Nazi merchandise store, normalizing white nationalism ( ‘New York Times Faces Back Lash Over Half-Basked Profile’ - Washington Post), and a failure to understand where these young men are being radicalized into far-right groups ( ‘The online ecosystem that supports and nurtures white nationalists..’ - Buzzfeed cw: Nazi imagery, hate speech.)
posted by The Whelk on Nov 28, 2017 - 100 comments

When future archeologists excavate future Plymouth, what will they find?

Hard Times At Plimouth Plantation, Michael Hare [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 26, 2017 - 13 comments

...filling the hollows...

Fountain Girls by Samantha Tucker.
(cw: domestic violence, suicide)
posted by zarq on Nov 11, 2017 - 5 comments

he was just trying to make a living

"OR4’s ancestors didn’t ask to be relocated to the lower 48. And while gray wolves have arguably restored a lost component to western ecosystems, they returned to a place much changed—a place full of people, of fat hornless cattle, of snack-sized sheep, of rubber bullets and range riders and firecrackers and helicopters and tranquilizers and traps and collars and GPS signals and government regulations. OR4 never failed as a wolf. He broke human rules. And in the 21st century, being a competent wolf isn’t enough to stay alive. You must also — impossibly — know your place."
posted by zarq on Nov 2, 2017 - 12 comments

On Moving; or, The Story of a Little Old House

McMansion Hell writes about the history of a small row house in Baltimore, built around 1901, asking how the people living there might have managed the logistics of moving house and what sort of furniture they might have had. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Oct 30, 2017 - 24 comments

Culture is a very complicated and hard thing to understand and get right

A father and a daughter driving after baseball practice. A momentary glimpse of a peacock. An ignored phone call from Mom. The Queen song “Don’t Stop Me Now.” All of these are part of Toyota’s marketing campaign for its new Camry. But which commercial you get to see may depend, in part, on what ethnicity you are.
Different Ads, Different Ethnicities, Same Car
posted by timshel on Oct 12, 2017 - 73 comments

"Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated!"

The Internet Archive today announced that, thanks to "a little known, and perhaps never used, provision of US copyright law," they're now able to offer many books published from 1923 to 1941: the Sonny Bono Memorial Collection. Among the 67 texts currently available, two are famous portrayals of American social life: the U.S.A. trilogy by John Dos Passos (including 1919, selected by Robert McCrum as #58 in The Guardian's 100 Best Novels) and Middletown: A Study in American Culture by Robert and Helen Lynd (a controversial and influential ethnographic study of Muncie, IN, referenced over 100 times in the Indiana Magazine of History). [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet on Oct 10, 2017 - 17 comments

Tragedy is when I cut my finger

“I’m the new Lenny Bruce,” Brad Stine, a conservative Christian comic who’s been likened to Sam Kinison and George Carlin, told me. “That’s how ridiculous this is. They’re not arresting me like they did Lenny; they’re just not allowing me on their TV shows.” Why can't rightwing comics break into US late-night TV?
posted by Artw on Sep 28, 2017 - 176 comments

Free The Land!

“This is the building of the new society,” he said, adding later: “For so long Mississippi has been known as the symbol of limits. It has been known as a haven for oppression, for some of the most horrible suffering in the history of the world. So it is only fitting that we should become the leaders of that change.” - In Jackson Mississippi, a new vision of society istaking root with its bold new mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba - The Socialist Experiment - Oxford American
posted by The Whelk on Sep 21, 2017 - 6 comments

Donald Trump and the coming fall of the American Empire.

In july Jerermy Scahill interviewed Alfred McCoy, Harrington professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of “The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade.
In a wide-ranging interview, they discuss Trump and Russia, the history of CIA interference in elections around the world, the Iran-Contra scandal, the CIA and the crack-cocaine epidemic, U.S. proxy wars, narcotrafficking in Afghanistan, and much more.
Transcript and podcast.
The Collapse of Empire is also acknowleged by the Pentagon but not by others.
posted by adamvasco on Sep 13, 2017 - 41 comments

Americans advised to change their birthday and social security number

Criminals gained access to the private information held by Equifax on 143 million Americans from May through July 2017. The data includes names, birthdays, drivers license numbers, and social security numbers, sufficing to open new accounts in the victims names. Equifax hid this data breach for over a month while three executives dumped shares. Also, Equifax information site about the breach attempts to trick victims into giving up their rights to sue or to be part of a class action lawsuit and the information site looks extremely insecure itself.
posted by jeffburdges on Sep 8, 2017 - 388 comments

RIYL Things happening in sync to music for a while

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For the four-part USA Suite on America ? Presented as an episode of Off The Air
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 30, 2017 - 8 comments


I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery.
posted by Artw on Aug 30, 2017 - 51 comments

Don't pat yourself too hard on the back there, Starbucks.

At Starbucks, your maternity leave depends on whether you're a barista or a boss. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Aug 30, 2017 - 21 comments

Also available as Totchos!

The Tater Tot Is American Ingenuity at Its Finest
posted by Artw on Aug 28, 2017 - 70 comments

A Most American Terrorist

[Dylan] Roof was safeguarded by his knowledge that white American terrorism is never waterboarded for answers, it is never twisted out for meaning, we never identify its “handlers,” and we could not force him to do a thing. He remained inscrutable. He remained in control, just the way he wanted to be.
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on what created Dylann Roof.
posted by AceRock on Aug 21, 2017 - 28 comments

Fair Slice Now

Socialism: As American As Apple Pie (Single link The Nib webcomic history essay)
posted by Artw on Aug 18, 2017 - 21 comments

Socialists, Tenant Farmers, Native And African Americans Against The War

"The aftermath of the rebellion was a radical change in Oklahoma politics, which included a severe crackdown on the Socialist Party of Oklahoma (which had not been involved in the Green Corn Rebellion) and the Industrial Workers of the World. There was also a crackdown on all forms of dissent against the draft and World War I, and a large scale orientation of Oklahoma politics towards the right — a major change in a state which had once had the strongest and most active Socialist Party in the USA." - Remembering The Green Corn Rebellion 100 years later with contemporary accounts, video, Oklahoma issues, and more
posted by The Whelk on Aug 16, 2017 - 4 comments

The authoritarian tendencies of the suburbs

"The modern suburb in America began as a means of providing abundant and comfortable housing to white Americans and has now evolved into a carefully tuned media surround — replete with ubiquitous screens running alarmist commercial media — that seeks to sustain that apartheid at any cost. But just as the media elevated a man to the presidency only to have him turn around and name it the “enemy of the people,” the built environment of suburbs is riven with contradictions that will ultimately be its undoing." The Authoritarian Surround, the politics of the suburbs by David A. Banks.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 8, 2017 - 18 comments

"White Americans are probably the most dangerous people in the world…"

Unlearning the myth of American innocence. "American exceptionalism did not only define the US as a special nation among lesser nations; it also demanded that all Americans believe they, too, were somehow superior to others. How could I, as an American, understand a foreign people, when unconsciously I did not extend the most basic faith to other people that I extended to myself?"
posted by standardasparagus on Aug 8, 2017 - 78 comments

Foal Eagle

The operation appeared at first to succeed...Despite the usual threats from Mr Kim to “wipe America off the face of the Earth” and to turn Seoul into a “sea of fire”, nothing appeared to happen. Mr Trump’s poll ratings spiked and he tweeted: “Fat Kim just got what he’s been asking for. SAD!” Triumphantly, he berated “my generals” for their caution which had stopped him from doing something similar sooner. A cautionary tale from 2019.
posted by fiercecupcake on Aug 7, 2017 - 29 comments

The Soccer Academies Preparing African Children for D-I Competition

A rising number of academies are opening across the continent with the goal of giving children a better education on the way to a better life.
posted by Etrigan on Aug 4, 2017 - 4 comments

America's midlife crisis

...An easily readable insight into the American situation for my foreign eyes.
posted by
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The South Will Rise Again On HBO

Alternate takes on the American Civil War have been a literary niche for a while now, covering angles from the survival of President Lincoln to the South winning the war. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will continue that peculiar institution with a future HBO series titled Confederate.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 20, 2017 - 227 comments

Coal Miners Are 0.019% Of All Workers

"The working class that actually exists bears little resemblance to the fantasies of the affluent, highly educated hacks who are paid to vomit their thoughts into newspaper columns. The new American working class is far more likely to be bussing tables at Applebee’s than wolfing down reheated appetizers until their Dockers rip. But many columnists put outsize focus on the most traditionally masculine blue-collar professions, many of which make up a negligible percentage of the total workforce." Stop Patronizing The Working Class, Alex Nichols for eThe Outline.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 14, 2017 - 63 comments

Storm in an egg cup.

Americans don't have egg cups. Brits are outraged!
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jul 10, 2017 - 298 comments

The American Experience in 737 Novels

"Now I wrote until near dawn, wanting a map of the literary nation, a beautiful evocation of how we are truly a nation of village and city and prairie and brownstone, of Rockies and bayous and mesas. Novels give to every reader someone else's home. Can we not see this—we of wonder and grievance?" There Are Riches Here, an essay by writer Susan Straight, introduces her map of American literature, the result of lifelong reading encounters with the literary geography of the USA.
posted by mixedmetaphors on Jul 6, 2017 - 8 comments

A rolling example of economic sadism

The tramp chair was a strange bit of fin de siecle sadism that made its way to your vacation postcard. Featured in Popular Mechanics and an inspiration to escape artists, it was on display in 2015(video) and will be so again this year.
posted by selfnoise on Jun 11, 2017 - 23 comments

Call Jane

The Story of the Jane Collective, the Women Who Started an Illegal Abortion Service - a comic by Rachel Wilson and Ally Shwed
posted by Artw on May 31, 2017 - 27 comments

The thrilling dinosaurs of Holbrook, Arizona

Millions of years ago, dinosaurs were common across the flatlands that now encompass this city [Holbrook, AZ]. But they disappeared. A couple decades ago, several small-scale dinosaurs appeared along Interstate 40 near this city. But they also vanished. Well, not all of them. You can still find about a dozen (Google street view) home-made "cemetosaurs" in front of Rainbow Rock Shop, but these aren't the only dinos in Holbrook. There's the lonely bronze dinosaur, a would-be shower, in an adjacent park, and some more ... active ... dinosaur figures (Google maps) up the road at Stewart's Petrified Wood (previously).
posted by filthy light thief on May 30, 2017 - 2 comments

The Emoji States of America

This visualization is a modified version of Chernoff Faces, a technique that maps multiple statistical values to the features of a face. Because it's 2017, we expanded on the technique and made Chernoff Emojis. Each part of the emoji is controlled by the state's ranking in a given metric, which range from the uninsured rate to the percent of adults who report getting enough sleep.
posted by Artw on May 17, 2017 - 7 comments

Miss Abrams And The Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class

1970, Rita Abrams was teaching 4th grade in Mill Valley (no, not Hill Valley, that was where Marty learned about the Flux Capacitor). Miss Abrams felt that her class had a message for us, they felt that times were dark and America had to "get started again". Two years later Tricky Dick was forced out of office.
posted by HuronBob on May 10, 2017 - 11 comments

Ex libris: Books Recently Published with NEH Support

Among the books recently published with support from the still funded NEH, six are prizewinning history books, each of which has related material online. For example, Mark G. Hanna wrote a short piece on his book Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570–1740 for the NEH's own Humanities magazine: "A Lot of What Is Known about Pirates Is Not True, and a Lot of What Is True Is Not Known." [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet on May 7, 2017 - 13 comments


[Vice] “It also understands the layers of racism and microaggressions: It isn't just about being called a "nigger" or having a cop pull a gun on you—though these events are in the series, because they're in our lives. It's also about the smaller, shitty moments that pile up: When a professor asks if anyone with a "special connection" to slavery wants to lead the discussion, as the white students all glance toward the one black student in a room, or a coach confusing a black student for the black athlete on his team. Or a white woman touching a black man's Afro, while saying he looks like Wiz Khalifa. These moments within the series are often played, simultaneously, for laughs and devastation: It's funny, because we've been there and know how utterly ridiculous these microaggressions are, and it's devastating because we've been there and know that how hurtful it was.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Apr 30, 2017 - 43 comments

Think Globally; Pod Locally

Learn the Secret History of Your State With These Addictive Podcasts curated by Smithsonian.com: Talk of Alaska; Changing Denver; Idaho History; Past and Present (Kansas); Amplified Oklahoma; The Island Wave (Pacific Islanders in Utah); Memphis Type History; Wise about Texas; Brave Little State (Vermont) and more!
posted by melissasaurus on Apr 25, 2017 - 11 comments


At this very moment, as you are reading this article, 90 highly trained U.S. Air Force Officers are on alert across a network of Minuteman III Launch Control Centers. Working in pairs, the missileers, as the officers are called, are on 24-hour shifts, or Alerts, where they await orders not to “push the button,” as it’s commonly said, but instead to “turn the keys.”
Notes from a Nuclear Tourist, via.
posted by Rumple on Apr 9, 2017 - 21 comments

Climate change is happening, but not to me

American attitudes towards climate change, mapped. The latest Yale Climate Opinion Map is out, mapping attitudes on a number of questions onto states, Congressional districts, metro areas, and counties. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo on Apr 4, 2017 - 34 comments

Good photographs of lots of eagles with interesting words

Laurel Braitman in The California Sunday Magazine on life in the port of Dutch Harbor in the city of Unalaska: “Dirty Birds: What it’s like to live with a national symbol”, with excellent photographs by Corey Arnold. Previously, Previouslier
posted by Going To Maine on Mar 31, 2017 - 10 comments

49 satin wedding gowns... one in each state's boxcar

The Merci Train was a train of 49 French railroad boxcars filled with tens of thousands of gifts of gratitude from French citizens sent to the US in 1949. They were showing their appreciation for the 700+ American boxcars of relief goods sent to them by Americans in 1948 via a project calledFriendship Train. Each of the 48 American states at that time received one of the gift-laden box cars. Many of those boxcars still exist. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Mar 23, 2017 - 29 comments

Give me absolute control over every living soul

How a Christian movement is growing rapidly in the midst of religious decline A Christian movement led by popular independent religious entrepreneurs, often referred to as 'apostles,' is changing the religious landscape of America.
posted by adamvasco on Mar 21, 2017 - 73 comments

Who gets what degree where?

Educational Attainment in America. Kyle Walker used US Census data, OpenStreetMap, and some programming to produce the visualization. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo on Mar 17, 2017 - 28 comments

“We [white people] tend to have blind spots about the way it all works.”

The Scene On Radio podcast, produced and hosted by John Biewen at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies has often looked at race over the past two seasons. (More episodes listed inside.) Beginning in 2017, the podcast has started taking on nothing but that one, central issue: [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Mar 2, 2017 - 4 comments

The Preacher and the Sheriff

Many of the beatings took place in the prison’s chapel — not because the officers had accepted God into their lives but, the indictment claimed, because the chapel was one of the few places in the prison without surveillance cameras.
A story about racism and police brutality in a good-ol-boy Louisiana Parish, a "Houdini suicide" in the back of a squad car, and one father's search for justice.
posted by AceRock on Feb 13, 2017 - 9 comments

Food of the Enslaved

Michael Twitty (previously) and Jas. Townsend and Son present Food of the Enslaved, a series that focuses on historic foods of the enslaved African community of North America. The first two episodes are available online, covering the histories and preparation of barbecue and okra soup. [more inside]
posted by sp160n on Feb 9, 2017 - 8 comments

Once you lose trust in one institution.....

Russia: Life After Trust
posted by lalochezia on Jan 25, 2017 - 36 comments

America First. The Netherlands Second.

Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach has made a short video welcoming Trump to the Netherlands in Trump's own style . The introduction to the video is in Dutch with subtitles; the video itself is in English.
posted by colfax on Jan 24, 2017 - 29 comments

The Spiritual Shape of Political Ideas

Joseph Bottum argues that contemporary American progressivism resembles Christianity sans salvation. [more inside]
posted by Panthalassa on Jan 16, 2017 - 47 comments

“I have never seen myself as a spokesman. I am a witness. ”

“Has the American Dream Been Achieved At the Expense of the American Negro?” [YouTube] Historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Jan 12, 2017 - 39 comments

A survival guide for travellers in a hostile land

The Green Book, a guide which informs you where you can safely fill up your car, where to eat without being attacked or where you can can sleep without fear on your dangerous journey. It may sound like something from a post-apocalyptic fantasy novel but the hostile land in question is segregation-era America and the book is real. First published in 1936 by a Harlem postal worker, Victor H Green - in his words, "to give the Negro traveller information that will keep from him running into difficulties and embarrassments". These embarrassments included lynching. (SLBBCdoc) [more inside]
posted by Shatner's Bassoon on Dec 15, 2016 - 26 comments

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