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I really enjoyed both Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies - I read Wolf Hall in less than 24 hours while also managing to work a full day and get some sleep. I did not expect to enjoy them since they'd been so widely praised and won… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

At some point in the aftermath, did a reporter ever go back to the clerk who called the cops and ask him why he was being a racist jagoff? It's a minor footnote, but all (justified) cop-blaming here is letting someone else off the hook. I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Oh wow, this is super! Thanks very much for posting. If anyone is interested, the Khatru Symposium has been republished. I have not read it and cannot vouch for it, but it was important. [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Yet when trans women actually do reject this plastic surgical standard of beauty and are disinterested in hyperfeminine dress, they suffer the indignities of being treated as "men posing as women" because their bodies do not appear… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I live here, I'm a minority, and I disagree. Obviously I'm not a minority, so my actual personal experience isn't relevant at all. My feelings have been based on many conversations with friends and acquaintances of color about how racist… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I actually went through and read that Jacobin piece on carceral feminism. My only quibble with it was that all its solutions were basically "well, women should rely on each other to [create a business so they can afford to run a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

The one thing you should not do is stay in a relationship where you feel like you're auditioning or second-guessing yourself all the time - one where you're "dating" when it makes him feel loved but not actually dating. What he has… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

To my mind, the reason Grace Dunham gets the final word is precisely because there's just not much available, narrative-wise, except what she and Lena Dunham say. If there were CPS reports or narratives from neighbors or other… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

But the thing of this is that there is no way to have a big media debate about all of this while somehow avoiding making Grace Dunham deal with it, which is why I'm uncomfortable with a lot of the strong statements on this. Saying "despite how… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

She likely works very long hours and travels a great deal, which means that she'll need to be able to afford to hire help to do things like clean her house or take care of her kids (if she has any). Again, this is the kind of thing we… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

However, in this case, you've got a major national organization with a multi-billion dollar budget and 30,000 employees. You're never going to get leaders who can manage that scope on a professor's salary. I always wonder about this. I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

And it's worth considering that in the US, at least, straight dudes are not expected to be the objects of desire. The straight male body is very often framed as disgusting, something that women put up with - the official narrative that… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

(That is, I don't think very many people are disagreeing that the whole situation seems disturbing and inappropriate; I feel that the debate seems to be about who gets to name what happened and whether what happened should result in Lena Dunham… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

(I feel like I've said my piece here, but I think there's pretty good historical traction for the whole "I don't want to be part of an organization which treats people unequally in the name of the greater good" line of reasoning. I've been… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

If you think that people aren't talking about the problem of low wages, then you're not paying attention. the paper of record is talking about it, the president is talking about it, the internet is talking about it, et cetera. Seems like every few… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

(And I add that we don't seem to be getting fabulous results with MBAs hired externally, because they bring MBA values with them...so I find myself wondering if there is a way to, perhaps, get people the kinds of training and experience they need in… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Frowner, I do totally agree with you, but my personal experience with mission based NPOs has been that the "rank and file" often don't rise in the ranks not because the NPO felt compelled to bring in "someone from the outside"… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

It's funny - everyone is always like "those idiots set fire to a puppet, I'm done*!" and very seldom like "those amazing people organized this terrific bookfair and donated all the proceeds to the Trans Youth Support Network,… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 4 months ago

I'm not a person who thinks "reverse racism " is a thing, but I will say that comment as a whole - basically just judging how this woman looks - doesn't quite sit right when all the real things she screwed up stand on their own… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I think it's a pity that the plausible potential finding of "if kids play in the dirt more then fewer kids will have allergies and auto-immune disorders" is inevitably going to be read as "if you have allergies you are either lying or… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

You could hire a cleaning service, but I don't know anything about that...I'm sure someone else can make detailed suggestions. Are you a depressive or anxious type and you tend to avoid stuff, or are you someone who just sort of...let things go… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Along with the race hatred, there’s another obvious feature of this intro: the way it dramatizes Orwell himself, a sensitive young white man alone in a crowd of evil aliens. That habit of dramatizing himself never changes. It’s a constant in… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

If you are a straight person and you've never attended a Pride event, I suggest you do so. You really can't understand the depth of joy for people to simply be able to walk down the street and be allowed to be comfortable in who they are… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

The more I think about it, the more I wonder....every change in the world is an opportunity to make money, right? Every big change is a new frontier, disaster capitalism, etc. Now obviously, no one seeks to rise in the ranks of a disaster… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Okay, this is something I don't understand even though it's probably obvious - you have to impeach someone for something, right? Something that is some kind of malfeasance, not just "politics I think are really, really bad"? And… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago


Just popping in to say that I had the rabies vaccine after an encounter with a bat and it was not that bad. As long as you are prompt about it, you will not get rabies. I got a BIG shot of immunoglobulin right away, which felt weird and… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Oh God. And the speed with which this is happening is amazing. I am so sick of hearing soccer moms and Dockers-wearing dads say "that's how I roll." Jesus Christ, would those people fuck off. The thing is, I think that kind… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

My surmise is that it depends a lot on how you wear your shoes and what kind of shoes they are. I wear my shoes pretty hard and they do sometimes get rained on, and I have noticed that I get better results with trees until the shoes are dry. In… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Bringing PoMo Back! It's an interesting artifact of the culture wars of the nineties that any form of cultural writing later than Freud which relies on a specialized vocabulary is assumed to be postmodernism. I mean seriously, if the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Cauliflower rice is the best. Take some cauliflower, grate it coarsely, pan saute it in some - but not a lot, you don't need a lot, just maybe 2 tsp - oil, cook until it smells nutty and tastes done, and then finish by mixing with whatever seems good… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I was actually just thinking about this very topic while washing my hair, so I'm happy to see it turn up on the blue. Honestly, I've read a lot of SF where it's about a marriage dissolving in 2155 and it doesn't need to be science… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

"They can just choose to try to form a union".... It just so happens that I am friends with a bunch of people who tried goddamn hard to unionize the local Jimmy John's restaurants. (And I never eat at any JJs-like place now because I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I love The Quality of Mercy is Not Strnen - it was the first CD I ever bought, and I had to special order it and it took forever. I used to get my then-boyfriend to drive me down to the local (semi-local, a couple of towns over) alternative… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Or actually, I bet there are about a billion good costumes you could get from Book of the New Sun - Severian, provided one had the chest muscles, of course, but also the cat-headed women warriors or one of the hierodules (you could have a mask… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 5 months ago

The trouble is, all the fictional characters I actually want to dress up as spend most of their time dressed as regular people....which is to say, even though I read a ton of science fiction, I rarely read the kind where there are spectacular… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 5 months ago

I think that going to your mentor and asking for feedback is a good idea - very often, showing that you know you made a mistake can be good for your relationships and your reputation. (I'm not an academic, but I do some Things Where Exactly… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 5 months ago

I remember at the time reading things by people in Occupy Sandy and just being completely shocked - I mean, also proud - that a constellation of Occupy folks could get stuff done when the Red Cross was just failing. It was really scary to read about… [more]
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MeFi comment - 5 months ago

The thing is, my relative has good days, and good hours. She chose to live out this illness, and we were unbelievably fortunate to be able to care for her. But this isn't even one of the really brutal dementias - this is an… [more]
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MeFi comment - 5 months ago

I think college is a little different both because it's all-encompassing and four years long (so you could easily start college thinking, as lots of the guys in the article did, that you weren't sure if you wanted to transition, weren't ready… [more]
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MeFi comment - 5 months ago

Actually, this was what made me sad: Last night my boyfriend brought home prosciutto, melon, bread, some Saint- André cheese and a mixture of olives and feta in a little oil and vinegar that they sell at our local supermarket and which, along… [more]
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MeFi comment - 5 months ago

Are you actually claiming that it is an axiomatic truth that Tolstoy is "not worth reading"? Really? I had read ennui.bz as saying "in our current cultural situation, we are not allowed to say that an author is misogynist and… [more]
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MeFi comment - 5 months ago

And what I want to emphasize is that this business with the book pulled up a lot of other bad feelings of shame, weirdness and isolation, and it made me tired, and it was just one more little "I am under pressure to prevaricate in order to avoid… [more]
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MeFi comment - 5 months ago

The one thing that puzzles me a little bit in this article is the way that it conflates pre-existing ethical/philosophical beliefs with other "mistaken" approaches. It seems like he is saying that having any set of pre-existing… [more]
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MeFi comment - 5 months ago

Right, but for some of us, we've had to deal with intrusive and unwanted behavior all our lives, so this isn't really groundbreaking, thought-provoking art so much as it is just another entitled asshole. This. I am gender non-conforming… [more]
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MeFi comment - 5 months ago

I cannot vouch for any of these, although Verso is usually pretty good: A People's History of Scotland, which I am now going to order since I hope to visit Glasgown in 2016. Britain's Empire A People's History of London....actually I sort of… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 5 months ago

In FY12 they paid out $1,772,593,711 in "salaries, employee benefits, and other compensation" to 28,973 employees. Well, if that meant that everyone from the lowliest regional administrative assistant to the office grants manager… [more]
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MeFi comment - 5 months ago

I always think that if there's anything that Frankfurt School critique is useless, sounding and bombastic in terms of, it's sort of "and Our Culture Is Blah Blah Thing, just like Adorno warned us". Look how silly and partial Adorno was… [more]
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MeFi comment - 5 months ago

For instance, today our customer experience team works a regular eight-hour shift, not 12. We supply our employees with laptops, they don't use their own. And we don't ask prospective employees to work a trial day before they are hired. Was it… [more]
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MeFi comment - 5 months ago

This whole "oh yeah it's so appealing because you don't have to think" line...well, that does not match up at all well with the nuns I have met. Nothing but thinking, those nuns - you seem to have quite a lot of time to think and to… [more]
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MeFi comment - 5 months ago

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