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What this says to me is that a well-intentioned organization has to have their ducks in a row before there's a call for a policy to be put into effect. I could easily see my younger, more naive self become very focused on "how can we… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

This is a great post! It reminds me of a hilarious misinterpretation that some friends and I made when we were working in Shanghai and none of us had much mandarin. We all arrived via Hongqiao airport, of course, and one of us (armed with a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

You know what? I bet that coat is a woman's coat and the props department switched the buttons in some clever manner. You should troll around on ebay for vintage fur-collared women's coats - I used to have a seventies-ish one not unlike that… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I like a big meal at the end of the day. I've found that (when my life isn't augh off the rails like it is right now) I manage this well by two strategies: 1. The "get home and have dinner instantly" strategy, in which my dinner… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Also, I find that if I eat a super high-protein meal in the late morning I am usually good until dinner. (I am, unfortunately, sliding off the vegan wagon because cheese is so helpful.) I find that about 1.5 servings of nuts, a couple of hundred… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Of course, it would be a bidding site. Not enough to be a place where broke and displaced academics sell their work, it has to be a place where broke and displaced academics strive to undercut each other so they can sell their work for the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Everyone always asks for the recipe for these streusel bars. The recipe as given calls for raspberry jam, but I've used pretty much any sort of jam I had. Use whatever kind of fruit sounds good, as long as it's relatively juicy and you mince it if… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

You know, when I am in an environment where I have to hear a lot of misogynist pop culture stuff just to do some ordinary thing, you could envision my experience as a cartoon panel where I am walking through a space and all the open area is… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Aging isn't the same as disability, even though there are overlaps in experience. I know younger people with disabilities and, for the most part, their conditions are relatively stable and fairly predictable - a decent and well-run society could… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

That linked "Homejoy" story is quite something. Walker sits at 13 out of D.C.’s 42 cleaners with a 4.6; almost all 5s, except for a woman who complained that he hadn’t gotten the mildew entirely out of her shower grout. Yes,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

You don't have to wonder too much what happened to him, we know most of it. His dog died, his mother died, he had a crazy headmaster, WWI freaked him out and he recommitted to atheism, then became an academic and Tolkien and Dyson dragged him back… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Or consider a May 2014 report from 2020health, another thinktank, proposing to extend tax rebates to Britons who give up smoking, stay slim or drink less. "We propose 'payment by results', a financial reward for people who become active… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

If anything, the pernicious part is the mass idolization of extreme wealth and luxury. I used to look at Sea of Shoes, years ago, because they used to show some interesting vintage clothes and I looked at a lot more blogs then. The whole… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

(The thing is, as the middle class declines, being able to save up for a $500-$1000 "treat" twice a year becomes a rarer and rarer thing. Spur-of-the-moment international getaways? All that stuff? The only people I know who can really do… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Well, the balloon sounds like an ill-conceived thing, it's true - but isn't the problem with these things the way they represent inequality rather than the things themselves? They're all wonderfully silly, of course, but they also have this… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

There is however a lot of innovation in tech for government, like Code for America, that Govtech Fund thing, etc. It'll help enormously if we can "disrupt" government bureaucracies, meaning employ fewer people administering them… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

(I am not a doctor or your doctor and can't provide a diagnosis. It's worth considering that someone can have both gender dysphoria and schizophrenia - your friend may be a trans woman or gender non-conforming in some way and also be struggling with… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Just like how in Victorian households they wouldn't want to learn the maids' names, or maybe the maids would have lower class names or ethnic names, so they'd just call them all "Jane", etc. One thing I like about the one percent - they… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I'm not rich and I'm never going to be rich. If I could be assured of decent health care and enough money to live on, sure I'd want to live past 75. But as it is, I'm pretty sure that I'll be left miserably alone and disabled in a warming world, or… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

To my mind, the main reason not to have sex on the first date - especially with internet dating - is simply that you haven't built up any trust with the person and you don't really know them. So you run the risk of sleeping with a jerky… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

As I was thinking about this, two more things occurred to me: 1. I wonder if you have some control stuff going on - maybe you have trouble accepting that plans aren't always going to come together and decisions will be made on the fly, or you have… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I have avoided the SweeTango because it's called the SweeTango. I can deal with buying something called "Honeycrisp" but SweeTango is just embarrassing. Although the apple before the SweeTango was the "Zestar", which sounds like… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

As a person who struggles with being out to my parents*, your letter suggests that you may not quite be able to recognize where your girlfriend is as with her family, maybe because you have invested so much energy and thought into your own… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

That's not aging, except in the sense that we're all aging. My brother's 30-something friend got hit by a truck crossing the street and had a devastating head injury, which she was in no way economically or otherwise equipped to deal with. My… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

But the theme that girls stop being interested in cool/fun/interesting stuff and become "boring" when they start being interested in boys is certainly not a hard one to pick up on, either here or across the board in all kinds of texts… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Here's the thing: as stated, almost everyone has issues with their parents, and almost everyone finds a way to come to terms with that eventually, with or without their parents continued involvement in their lives. By contrast, I think that… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

(And again, that's where personality and access to care come in - I don't like avoidable risk, personally, and I don't trust this society to do right by me when I'm vulnerable. As un avoidable risk starts to climb, there comes a point where… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

(As someone who has been varying degrees of secretarial, I want to add that if you are expecting your secretary ( who is undoubtedly not trained to do this and probably makes a lot less money than you) to stop the people who you cannot stop, you need… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

When I was younger, I actually got a kick out of going to the laundromat - I could carry a week's worth of clothes and towels using a big backpack and a bag, and I would just bike over. I'd spend 1.5 hours reading and idly people-watching and then… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I can see the argument that says, We don't want random dudes walking in here, claiming to be transgender and then scoping the women in back. People need to be real thoughtful about this line of reasoning. First, because I (generally read… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I think you're imagining that a "normal" situation in a business is "everything is going perfectly because everyone is here 100%, fully trained, etc". Kind of like imagining that your "normal" commute should be twenty… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I mean, show me a muslimah who isn't as beautiful as a model and who maybe has glasses and likes to read and for some reason wants to date an atheist raised Lutheran, and I'm absolutely there. I feel like this article tries to compress too many… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Does anybody use Tinder and think "why swipe 'yes' on someone who is way better looking than me"? If I were still dating dudes, I would absolutely have swiped yes for poor old Junior, on the theory that as a fat guy who likes fancy events,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

It's really pushing it to be fifty-something and say you're Gen-X. Usually I see Gen-X as defined as born 1965ish to 1980ish. I had always thought that the defining factor was coming of age in some form during the 1980s. If you were born in 1960,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

It also occurs to me that most of the people I know who do that "oh, you!" little smack, or elbow someone to get them to stop telling off-color jokes or whatever - are women. And that the underlying issue is "a gentle poke can be… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Here are some things I have observed: 1. It is possible to have a need for work, family and partner relationships which will fail. It is possible to seek out, over and over again, men (these are all men, right?) who will criticize… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I could totally throw a $200 dinner party without having it look particularly costly - good ingredients from the co-op, enough reasonable wine for a mid-sized group, good coffee for afters. I can remember spending north of $100 on a dinner party for… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I only really have experience with Red Lobsters - it's been many years since I've eaten at an Olive Garden - but I have several relatives who live in places where Red Lobster is the only non-fast-food restaurant option, and they like to go out to eat… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I don't quite understand about these tiny New Statesman columns - they're clickbait and all, but it would be so easy to make a good rather than polemical and sure-to-be-ignored argument here. I can't imagine that Self hasn't read all those… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Also, many commenters in this thread seem not to know that as a writer Will Self is a well known provocateur and satirist. I've never cared that much for his books, honestly, but I would never take his writing at sort of naive face value… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Man, nothing i love more than people who think a specific exception/possibility negates an entire class of lifestyle. Christ, what an epic exercise in missing the point/lacking empathy. I think the issue is that we're talking about a bunch… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

They are. They are building a highly armed force to protect them and giving that force the freedom of action to suppress the poor. This is really important. I think it's easy to fall into a sort of Hunger-Games mentality, like… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I really, really want to like Will Self, partly because as far as I can tell he looks almost exactly like Magneto, my very favorite mutant, and partly because his most recent novel really looks awfully interesting, and partly because going… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Do people gather in very large groups at restaurants, then? Except when I lived in the maybe 175-square-foot place, I don't think I've lived anywhere where I couldn't entertain three or four friends. Going to a restaurant does mean that… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

So the cultural kingdom is, once again, Brooklyn. Huh. I'll be sure to mention that next time it comes up. Admittedly, it would have had a lot of chuckle value in 1960, and will no doubt have some incredulity value in 2035. [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I think that this guy may have the wrong kinds of friends. I once was young and now am not so old, as the fellow says, and I can testify that it's perfectly possible to run around in snob bohemian circles while still doing things you… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

One of my dreams in life is to have enough time to spend in an area like this to "get in" with everyone, photograph them all, make a book and use the proceeds to help them. But I'm quiet and white and not very social, so all I'd wind up… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

(Just as a clarification - what makes the story strange to me is the robot head of Martine's wife and its sad weird interview straight out of New Wave SF, the transhumanism, Martine's apparent miraculous agelessness, the "transhumanism is… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

That...is a story so strange that I actually googled Martine Rothblatt to be sure she exists. "A powerful trans" is not the happiest phrase to use. On another note: I suppose all these rich people want to live forever because they… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

The same study I found actually did that. And one woman's response was quoted, and was something like, "okay, imagine a guy is a scoop of ice cream. One scoop is good....but two is better." Sometimes it's purely about two hot guys… [more]
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