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The violence of looking away

A journey through a land of extreme poverty: The UN’s Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation – and he wants to know why 41m Americans are living in poverty. The Guardian joined him on a special two-week mission into the dark heart of the world’s richest nation by Ed Pilkington
posted by The Whelk on Dec 16, 2017 - 14 comments

desegregation never happened

School segregation didn’t go away. It just evolved. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 15, 2017 - 36 comments

"Ms. Faulkner is not a student at Middlebury College and never has been"

Last month Jame's O'Keefe, the conservative backed agent provocateur who had just failed in an attempt to discredit accusers of Roy Moore, spoke at Middlebury College to a crowd of around 50 people. His largely unwanted presence at the Vermont liberal arts college (or at least in its vicinity) would be a standard piece of Culture Wars agitation except for one thing: Nobody at the college seemed to know who had invited him. And the more they delved into it, the weirder it got.
posted by Artw on Dec 14, 2017 - 62 comments

I’m drawing in the sand a line

The woke Slim Shady – understanding Eminem in the age of Trump (previous)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 8, 2017 - 30 comments

Cult 2.0 is upon us

Sedona, AZ has been infiltrated by a polyamorous tech bro cult leader with a massive following. His devotees are everywhere. They believe he can control the weather with his mind. He talks about aliens & government conspiracies, sleeps with and verbally abuses students and believes he is an awakened God not responsible for his actions. He loves expensive scotch and has a sweet spot for cigars, but not Cubans. I spent one month embedded in his group under the alias “Shakti Hunter.” This is my report.

Tech Bro Guru: Inside the Sedona Cult of Bentinho Massaro
posted by timshel on Dec 7, 2017 - 146 comments

If you go down in the woods today

Out Came the Girls - Adolescent Girlhood, the Occult, and the Slender Man Phenomenon (previous)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 7, 2017 - 23 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

"Parents like me often feel betrayed"

Every Parent Wants to Protect Their Child. I Never Got the Chance. To fight for my son, I have to argue that he should never have been born. - Jen Gann "But if you had known, what then? a woman asked me earlier this year, shaking her head, her smile soft with pity. If I responded at all, and I’m not sure I did, I can’t remember what I said. But I know I did not use the word abortion, or bring up our legal situation, or explain the concept of “wrongful birth.” In a roomful of people I barely knew, with Dudley pushing a plastic car back and forth over the carpet nearby, I did not tell her that I do know exactly what it is I would have done."
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 27, 2017 - 44 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

"5.2 percent of the hospital’s liver transplants during that time"

Some U.S. Hospitals Don’t Put Americans First for Liver Transplants: At a time when there aren’t enough livers for ailing Americans, wealthy foreigners fly here for transplant (SLProPublica)
posted by crazy with stars on Nov 20, 2017 - 42 comments

their day in court

In theory, there are two parts to an immigration court case. The prosecution (ICE attorneys) has to show that an immigrant is removable — that he either has no legal status in the US or that he’s done something that allows the government to strip his legal status from him — and that he doesn’t qualify for any form of “immigration relief,” which can mean formal legal status or another form of protection from deportation. But without a lawyer, good luck figuring out what any of those forms of relief even mean — much less whether you qualify for them.
So New York City and eleven others are providing lawyers to immigrants facing deportation. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 20, 2017 - 3 comments

Tsunami Bomb

During WWII, the United States and New Zealand conducted secret tests of a "tsunami bomb" designed to destroy coastal cities by using underwater blasts to trigger massive tidal waves. [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert on Nov 20, 2017 - 15 comments

A Public Comittment To The Future Generation

“Since then, the federal government has failed to offer any childcare programs anywhere near as generous as those created by the Lanham Act. Through the Head Start program launched in the 1960s, the federal government has tried to improve access to childcare. But with a limited number of slots available and eligibility to participate restricted by income, the program is even further removed from a universal ideal. Nor have the 50 states sought to create any better childcare options. Jurisdictions that provide universal free preschool remain the exception; meanwhile, daycare expenses continue to devour family budgets in large metropolitan areas.” Every Parent Deserves A Nanny State - Vanessa A. Bee, Current Affairs.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 17, 2017 - 11 comments

Asian-American Cuisine's Rise, and Triumph

Could we call it Asian-American cuisine? The term is problematic, subsuming countries across a vast region with no shared language or single unifying religion. It elides numerous divides: city and countryside, aristocrats and laborers, colonizers and colonized — “fancy Asian” and “jungle Asian,” as the comedian Ali Wong puts it. As a yoke of two origins, it can also be read as an impugning of loyalties and as a code for “less than fully American.” When I asked American chefs of Asian heritage whether their cooking could be considered Asian-American cuisine, there was always a pause, and sometimes a sigh. [SLNYT]
posted by destrius on Nov 14, 2017 - 26 comments

the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

Not Your Messiah, Peter Lucier, for The Revealer
The language that Marines use about death is revealing. The radio code for a dead casualty when I was in Afghanistan was “hero.” It suggested to me something about the nature of service, and sacrifice. Growing up Catholic, the idea of a blood sacrifice, a human sacrifice that could save and redeem, was familiar to me. Above every chalkboard in my grade school was the image of our Christ, crucified. Now, my dead friend was the lamb burnt whole, the crucified bloody savior.
[more inside] posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 11, 2017 - 26 comments

The United States loses close to $70 billion in tax revenue

How Corporations and the Wealthy Avoid Taxes (and How to Stop Them)
posted by crazy with stars on Nov 10, 2017 - 14 comments

For The Union Makes Us Strong

“Over the past seven months, Tanisha Smythe has spent her entire life savings, and most of her son’s. She’s on the verge of losing her apartment and is relying on food banks for meals. Smythe is one of 1,800 former Time Warner Cable employees who have been on strike in New York City since 28 March, over a contract dispute with Charter Communications.” - Seven months long, 1,800 out … an epic TWC strike mirrors US unions' fight to survive (The Guardian) A Conservative Case For Unions ( New Republic) - Meet The NYC Strippers On Strike (Broadly) - What Labor Needs Now (Splinter)
posted by The Whelk on Nov 9, 2017 - 27 comments

Downtown Portland. Morale: Excellent. You may: 1. Visit a brewery...

Travel Oregon : the game is a web-based travel adventure simulation, rendered in a style which may appear historically familiar. Choose what type of traveler you are e.g. Yoga Teacher, Winemaker or Surfer, spend your $1,000 on supplies (artisanal coffee is $5 a pot, kombucha is $3), choose your region of the Beaver State, and away you go. Part of the Travel Oregon tourism website.
posted by Wordshore on Nov 6, 2017 - 28 comments

"I was American, and that was all I wanted to be.”

Thirty Years After My Adoption, I Found Out I Wasn’t a US Citizen
posted by crazy with stars on Nov 6, 2017 - 18 comments

Clothes of Dead White People

Various countries in East Africa are trying to curb the import of used clothing from the West not just to support their local textiles industries but also to protect "the dignity of its people". However, their efforts to do so have led to severe backlash from Western countries like the United States, who have threatened to remove these countries from trade deals geared towards building economic growth in the region.
posted by divabat on Nov 5, 2017 - 48 comments

Organize The South

“There’s no state too red for us to go into,” Turner said. “We’re not going to leave any state or anybody in any state behind because they’re not ‘electorally viable.’”

“From Texas to Florida, voters are supporting candidates across the broad spectrum of the left: progressive Democrats and committed socialists who want to reduce wealth inequality, return power to workers, and chip away at structures of oppression that have kept people of color, women, LGBTQ folks, and others from wielding economic and political control.” In cities across the South, Socialism is on the ballot. Casey Williams, Scalawag Magazine. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Nov 4, 2017 - 114 comments

NOT "most famous"

The Best Band From Every State, Dan Jackson and Anthony Schneck, Thrillist - "The Neptunes aren't a band!" you yell at your computer, before realizing it's an inanimate object and we can't hear you. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 24, 2017 - 129 comments

I took the one less traveled by / And that has made all the difference

While Google Street View may have made it easy to see the world from a roadway (also, also), as well as other selected locations, allowing some people to curate artistic and fascinating vistas from the automated panoramas, since 1999 Untraveled road allows travelers to document scenic views themselves and identify must-see locations for fellow travelers. While focused on the United States and more specifically National Parks and Monuments, as well as US highways, Canada, England and Italy are also represented. If you don't know where to start, check out locations popular today.
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 19, 2017 - 6 comments

All in the game

Davon Mayer was a smalltime dealer in west Baltimore who made an illicit deal with local police. When they turned on him, he decided to get out – but escaping that life would not prove as easy as falling into it
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 19, 2017 - 5 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

Inside the CIA's black site torture room

There were twenty cells inside the prison, each a stand-alone concrete box. In sixteen, prisoners were shackled to a metal ring in the wall. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus on Oct 9, 2017 - 33 comments

Eliminating the profit motive in health care,

Down with Copay. The history of copays in the American health system, and why they shouldn’t be allowed to exist.
posted by blue_beetle on Oct 7, 2017 - 30 comments

Mysterious attacks at US embassy in Cuba

The US is withdrawing more than half its staff at the US embassy in Cuba after 21 diplomatic staff and their families have suffered mysterious attacks. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Sep 30, 2017 - 93 comments

A Muslim American’s Homecoming: Cowboys, Country Music, Chapatis

What’s exotic to me isn’t food gilded with turmeric and six-day weddings — it’s grits and rodeos. How much time did I have left to experience them? I have a strong respect for choreographed mass dancing; I grew up with the understanding that seminal moments in Bollywood films must be commemorated with synchronized hip shaking. The Wildhorse was a divine revelation — white people, they’re just like us! There I was, a Yankee of Indian extraction who had always dismissed country music without a second listen, tearing through Nashville’s Lower Broadway — swaying along to cover bands at Tootsie’s and Robert’s Western World and perusing star-spangled cowboy gear at Boot Country.
posted by stillmoving on Sep 30, 2017 - 3 comments

“It’s always cheaper to let people die”

What The U.S Can Learn From The NHS About Healthcare Part 1’ - - Part 2 - Libby Watson of The Splinter talks to Martin McKee, professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and research director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Rebecca Givan, an associate professor at the Center for Work and Health at Rutgers University, where she studies privatization in the NHS, labor relations and unions. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 26, 2017 - 27 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

There Is Power In A Union

Happy Labor Day USA! The holiday came about due to the 1894 Pullman Strike and Boycott in which national guardmen shot into a crowd and killed 4. Today, thousands take to the streets to demand higher wages (Twitter moment) as McDonalds workers in the U.K. enact their first ever strike. Canada wants the USA to get rid of union-breaking 'Right-To-Work' laws as part of NAFTA talks and the People's Policy Project (previously) presents a simple bill to pre-empt any Right-To-Work action. Also, was there a strike in space in 1973?
posted by The Whelk on Sep 4, 2017 - 21 comments

Road trip!

A road trip through west USA - This is the remembering of 3,500km journey in west United States in 2013. This [movie] is made of 344,118 Google StreetView images, fetched with some home made scripts and a lot of patience. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog on Sep 3, 2017 - 9 comments

"It’s definitely a tokenization.”

"Even after World War II, a conflict we typically characterize as an unambiguous moral necessity, veterans disrupted an emerging nationalist, anti-communist consensus. Robert Saxe, the author of Settling Down: World War II Veterans’ Challenge to the Post-War Consensus, told the New Republic, “A lot of World War II veterans came back and had some pretty significant critiques of America.” Those critiques ranged from dissatisfaction with the military itself, where the divide between officers and enlisted men reflected broader class tensions, and with civilians, who benefited from a wartime economic boom without risking their lives in battle." The Invisible Veterans Of The Left [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 2, 2017 - 6 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

a.k.a. Hoover chicken

David McCowan of the AV Club's Supper Club asks "Why have Americans stopped eating turtle?"
posted by Etrigan on Aug 28, 2017 - 74 comments

Working From Within

While the DSA National Convention (previously) made headlines, another political convention met in Chicago - The People's Summit - a Bernie Sanders headlined, multiple group organized, 4,000 strong meeting of American Progressives. The Katie Halper Show interviews several uo and coming candidates looking to turn the Democratic Party left. Larry Krasner, civil rights attorney running for Philadelphia DA; Paula Jean Swearengin, a coal miner's daughter running against Senator Joe Manchin to represent West Virginia; Stephen Jaffe running against Nancy Pelosi; Ginger Jentzen, running for Minneapolis City Council Ward 3, and Andre Vasquez, executive director of Reclaim Chicago/Chicago Progress.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 26, 2017 - 52 comments

Big Oil Has Never Been Cheaper, Lets Buy It

So, you want to nationalize the US oil industry? Bill Humphrey and Nate at Arsenal For Democracy provide a beginner's guide to a pragmatic government purchase of the US oil and gas industry to wind-down fossil fuel production rapidly in the global public interest (Audio, 51:00) Notes, outline, and sources. (PFD)
posted by The Whelk on Aug 17, 2017 - 28 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

How do you say "You rock!" in Yurok

August 8 is International Indigenous Peoples Day. To celebrate, UC Berkeley highlighted a project to preserve rare audio of 78 indigenous California languages that uses optics technology to copy content from decaying wax cylinders in a non-invasive way. [more inside]
posted by Sockin'inthefreeworld on Aug 9, 2017 - 4 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

America's midlife crisis

...An easily readable insight into the American situation for my foreign eyes.
posted by
00dimitri00 on Aug 3, 2017 - 59 comments

The UK and USA: two proud nations divided by damp, grey underwear

In another example of UK/US differences for visitors and emigrants seeking a home in the UK, a Quartz article by Corinne Purtill: “He went through a rite of passage that every U.S. expat must endure: an encounter with the typical British combo washer-dryer,” Furseth writes. “It appears to be a stroke of genius until you realize that the dryer part doesn’t really work - and everyone who lives here knows this.” Elsewhere, “...in America it is only the ‘hippies’ who put their clothes outside to dry...” while another person fights the washer dryer combo. Many Brits simply sigh and rack, despite the health warnings; there are many options. Tangentially, washing machines in the kitchen, old Yahoo! question and MetaFilter previously: differences, a related Buzzfeed and a drying tip.
posted by Wordshore on Aug 3, 2017 - 189 comments

the omphalos

Why don't Americans know their own Dutch history?

A forgotten American founding father: Adriaan van der Donck
How New Amsterdam influenced America
Author Russell Shorto, of The Island At The Center Of The World [Guardian, NY Times, Bookslut] also gives a lecture on Dutch-American relations and history, drawing heavily on the New Netherland Project Translations at the New York State Library and Archives, part of the New Netherland Institute, where Dr. Charles Gehring is busy at work Decoding the Dutch for over the past 40 years
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 24, 2017 - 16 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

When Chinese and American AI rule the world

A new geopolitics based on emerging tech. After sharing some commonplaces about AI, Kai-Fu Lee (Carnegie Mellon, Microsoft, Google China, now venture capital) offers an intriguing idea. Maybe China and the United States will evolve into new forms of planetary hegemons thanks to their AI supremacy. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo on Jun 30, 2017 - 20 comments

It's easier to get into a war than get out of one.

US - led attacks in Syria 'kill 472 civilians in a month' The past month saw the highest civilian death toll in US-led coalition air raids since they began, says war monitor.
....as the US enforces its No Fly Zone over Rojava. Just the continuation of six years of genocidal war as Assad, Russia and the US pulverize Syria.
Seven decades, seven facts: US policy on Syria in brief.
What Is Trump's Syria Policy?
posted by adamvasco on Jun 28, 2017 - 16 comments

Free legal advice *(some restrictions apply)

Free Legal Answers "is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users [in some US states who meet income guidelines] post their civil [i.e. not criminal] legal question to their state's website [up to three times per year]. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in to the website, select questions to answer, and provide legal information and advice."
posted by jedicus on Jun 19, 2017 - 13 comments

Gay/bi black men in the US have the highest rate of HIV in the world

Why? (SLNYT) Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using the first comprehensive national estimates of lifetime risk of H.I.V. for several key populations, predicted that if current rates continue, one in two African-American gay and bisexual men will be infected with the virus. That compares with a lifetime risk of one in 99 for all Americans and one in 11 for white gay and bisexual men. To offer more perspective: Swaziland, a tiny African nation, has the world’s highest rate of H.I.V., at 28.8 percent of the population. If gay and bisexual African-American men made up a country, its rate would surpass that of this impoverished African nation — and all other nations.
posted by stillmoving on Jun 7, 2017 - 25 comments

Boys, erased

Being Gay Vs Being Southern: A False Choice By Brandon Taylor at LitHub
posted by The Whelk on Jun 6, 2017 - 5 comments

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