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(At our house it has always been "psycho-kitten, qu'est-ce que c'est/meow meow meow meow, meow meow meow meooooww meow") [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Do you know anyone who can help them? Ie, could you organize a brigade to come and get things back to non-filth again? I know that everyone says that hoarding is this terrible pathological disorder, no one recovers without intense therapy,... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I don't know - one bedroom plus cookware for one plus miscellany sounds totally packable in a day to me unless you have large collections of comics, crafting supplies, etc. How many boxes of books will you have? Those take longer to pack and longer... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

No matter how serious he was at the time - and certainly, I was very seriously and unrequitedly in love with someone in college - it's been years. From your other questions, you are of an age to be married and have kids, so you're at least... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

We do this around my house all the time. Although not always always nouns. For instance, the Pogues' "Transmetropolitan" becomes much funnier and more cheerful when it goes "At the time I was working for a kitten/ And he was... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Obviously I'm not sure what happened, and I hate to cast aspersions on anyone, but the same people tweeting about the church raid were also accused of misrepresenting/falsifying events the other night (Monday, iirc). In these situations,... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Mass arrests also require somewhere to put people, and someone to watch the people, and someone to process the people, and if the cops don't have the equipment and space to do that, then they have several hundred angry, frightened folks just... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I think Frowner is probably right re those guys in the van being cops, but I would caution against assuming burly 30-40 year olds doing militant protest are necessarily cops. My experience has been that a lot of veterans back from Iraq and... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I bring it up with the partner, who tends to be slothful. "Partner," I say, "How can we handle this?" Sometimes it's things where realistically I have to nag - partner needs to call the doctor, take meds, finish a project that... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I still know virtually all the words to virtually all these. This was one of the albums that - and I don't even like it, or Lou Reed except the Velvets, because everyone likes the Velvets - made me who I am today. In my early teens, it made... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I think it is SO SO important to point out that WHITE PEOPLE STEAL AND DO NOT GET SHOT. I know tons and tons of white kids who have stolen stuff, and sometimes they've been a bit stroppy with it. I know people who went through a "I... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Oh, sure, of course Mike Brown was a robbery suspect, and no one said anything about it until the day they identify the cop who shot him. No one happened to mention it even when smearing the kid's name would have been an important part of... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I think there's a little bit of failure of empathy in second guessing Dorian Johnson. The poor kid just saw his friend get shot to death right in front of him. I was in a weird state for a day after seeing someone I really didn't like that much get... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

If you lived in Minneapolis I would buy your furnishings. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

The thing that worries me in all this is that it just seems to get worse and worse. Things are really broken right now. You would have thought, for instance, that after Oscar Grant was killed, the fact that there was so much evidence would... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I too would start by talking to the instructor, because this a terrible exercise unless the course is focused around building a high degree of trust and intimacy among a small group of participants, and even then it's very tricky. (I've done... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Dude, it wears me out that people feel they need to defend "black rage". What this country could use a little more of is black rage, if you ask me. This whole country's motto ought to be "a boot stamping on a human face... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

That live feed - it looks like those kids are all boxed in - there's cops on at least two sides that I can see. And they're all in their summer clothes, too, everything is going to hurt. The cops like to wait until there's just a smallish... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I have had trouble believing cops ever since I was at my first protest-with-arrests and I saw a cop "disappear" someone's ID and then lie and say she hadn't given it to him, as far as I could tell because he was pissed that she was one of... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

There won't be any mob justice. The minute that name comes out, they'll cordon off his house, they'll take him and his family right out of there - there's no fucking way that cops won't protect one of there own, no matter if he's a... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I wanted to play the piano when I was four. So my parents got me piano lessons. I wanted to quit piano when I was four and a half. (And five and six and etc etc.) They made me take piano lessons until I was in 6th grade. A caution: I... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I was just casting my mind back over some violence that happened here in Minneapolis about ten years ago: rioters destroyed a TV news car, set trash bins on fire, and there was some liquor store looting. Twenty-one people were... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Holy crap, you do not want to be in a "serious" relationship at twenty (absent some very unusual circumstances). I know exactly one couple who were together at twenty who went on to have a healthy relationship and children, and they... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

What would you do? I would consider my relationship to the student. Do you feel comfortable talking to her about her appearance? Do you have a structure in place - either formal or informal - to mentor her? Do you regularly mentor her... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Since when has dressing modestly prevented street harassment? I noticed a sharp drop-off in street harassment when I stopped wearing dresses, skirts and heels - quite seriously, I got hassled on the regular when I was wearing perfectly... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

(I don't mean that we all need to "fight the class war" and "be colorblind", to clarify...I mean that racism makes people of color, especially black people, the ones who are the most vulnerable to state and corporate violence, and... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

It was definitely a space where I wanted to be an ally without being an intruder, which is a feeling I have a lot, and one that probably prevents me from being a good/visible ally sometimes. Not sure I have a point to the story. I hope there are... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Like, I mean that I don't think it's possible to be a Well-Meaning White Person and not be kind of a millstone sometimes. I think we need to do our best to be the most useful and the least nuisance that is possible. But I also realized that the... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Oh my god, I remember those books. I loved The Crystal Shard when I was, like, eleven or so. Drizzt's life - so tragic! So moving! I think I outgrew them before Drizzt became, apparently, a cottage industry, but how well I remember... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago


Actually, there's a couple of paragraphs in that article which suggest that without any mosquitoes there are plants and animals which might be in trouble (pollination issues for the plants) but humans don't eat those plants, so whatevs,... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

What happens is that they kettle people and then beat them down. I think that's what is happening now, the cops apparently issued a "final warning", which is what they do before they go in - but of course, by that point there's nowhere... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Rubber bullets, per Twitter. If you've never encountered them - they're not soft, they're hard enough to go into the body. [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

As this all shakes out - the people who are getting arrested now are going to need money for bail and lawyers and maybe medical expenses too (because I've been in plenty of situations where white middle class kids were badly hurt by cops during or... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

If you really haven't looked at another woman since you got married, you've probably forgotten - on some level - how an infatuation feels and works. You absolutely can be utterly infatuated with someone....and then the infatuation ends. This... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I think the "consider the context" part is especially good. I might even expand it, based on my own interrogation of my compliment-motives, to "would you compliment a white person on their hair in this setting". Like, there are... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

The thing is, this has to be punished, and pretty severely, because if not - then we know that you can shoot a kid in broad daylight and take over a town like you're an invading army and hold perfectly ordinary people at gunpoint and be only one... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Wolverine 1000 mile boots are made in the US (I believe by Allen Edmonds, actually) and come in women's sizes. Wolverine is doing this very fucking dodgy thing where only some of the 1000-mile boots and shoes are US-made, so unless they specify that... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

In the US, we managed our mosquito problems by outright destroying, through drainage efforts, about half of the wetlands in the continental US. That is an excellent point.... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I'm surprised no one has yet recommended Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth - it's the story of how she worked to nurse at the front, her experiences there and her resulting anti-war sentiments. It's pretty grueling, actually, but well worth the... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

The thing is, if people know who the guy is, it's harder for the state to cover up. The point isn't "oh, there should be mob justice", the point is that when the people categorically cannot act, we have no bargaining chip.... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Alden's in-house recrafting service is different from what your usual cobbler will do. Your usual cobbler will replace a layer of the sole by stripping off the worn part and gluing on a new layer of leather or rubber or just gluing on a new layer,... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

The whole point of the fair is that you go to the fair and do fair things. What, next you're going to complain that the butter sculpture is a waste of time because it's not a Donatello bronze? That you could be doing pilates instead... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I assume that the actual woman tailor in the doc is interested in making gender-neutral clothes that do fit bodies with large breasts and hips - that's what her quotes sounded like. But it's certainly true that the ideal gender-neutral... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Okay, the American ruling class chooses option B. Now what? The American ruling class will undoubtedly choose option B, because it is cheaper and much, much more psychically satisfying to hire a bunch of heavily armed cops and private... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

So okay, I don't Facebook and have never really looked at it - but I always thought that the point of Facebook was to keep up with friends and get invited to things, at least that's the way people explain it to me. But this guy is describing it as...... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

In fact, actually, I think the current media focus on "gender neutral" clothing isn't really about "gender neutral" clothes at all - it's about recuperating non-cis/gender-non-conforming bodies into a fucked up discourse about... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Happily, not three blocks from my house are not one, not two but three places where I can procure tamales if I so desire. Perhaps tonight will be tamale night.... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

It's a good thing that I don't have three wishes, because otherwise I'd wish I had some tamales right now and either the goblins would come and take me away or I'd start some horrible monkey's paw cascade of awful, because I really wish... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Late twenties is awfully late for this behavior to be just based in misunderstanding and awkwardness - if the kid were 18, that would be another thing, maybe. I think that life is too short to deal with kinda-sorta friendships that make you... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

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