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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

It might be worth looking into just how much resale value the ring actually has, too - many engagement rings, however expensive they are up front, don't actually hold nearly as much value as you'd think. He may feel differently about the ring if you... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

This is exactly what you'd expect. Exactly. The minute - the fucking minute - that there's any movement against throwing people in jail, these assholes move right on to "how can we keep making our money". It's like moving a... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

But I don't want to give in to their demands. They are kids. Little kids. They're not making "demands". Your goal isn't to "win". You're not negotiating with terrorists. You're playing a very long game... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

However, people whose moral compass was formed during that particular time period have a very very very different view of humanity, the economy, and the social contract than the rest of us. That brief period of time undid generations of... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Also, sometimes you just get sick of what you can afford. Things are (hopefully temporarily) quite tight at home, and every once in a while I just snap and get something that's off-budget because I'm really tired of the stuff I eat day in and... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I have a union job at a place that was unionized less than ten years before I was hired. So there's lots of living memory about how things were before. The main thing - and I remember this from when I was working temp jobs - is that before, they... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Also, about anger: 1. "Anger" varies from milieu to milieu. In some places, what gets labeled as "anger" is saying "well, it might be possible that your experience as a white person means that you don't quite recognize... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

More toxic than AVFM or Mens Right's Edmonton? More toxic than FreeRepublic? The thing that gets missed with this kind of logic ("oh, you're saying that [radical community] is as bad as [far right assholes] when that's obviously not... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I think the BR transition happened in the 1990s, late 1990s maybe... When they realized that people wanted the gap for work. No, there was BR in more or less its contemporary form in 1992, and it wasn't new then. I remember because I spent... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I am choosing to believe that this is a shark with significant privacy concerns and that this is the shark equivalent of punching someone when they break out google glass.... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

On a related note, what I really remember from the early/mid-nineties was all the post-Cold War gear flooding the military surplus and caters-to-college-kids-with-vintage-and-secondhand type stores. Tons and tons of heavy wool coats from Eastern... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

It seems like the envy and anxiety are the problems here, and the sleep issue is just a proxy. (Because honestly, this is a very unusual worry.) Are you ill-at-ease in your current job in some way? Are you able to see friends? Are you able... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I dunno, "black artist really isn't an intellectual, is naive 'natural' performer who doesn't understand the value or meaning of his own work" isn't exactly a new or particularly funny narrative. I love Sonny Rollins and I get... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Help me be peppy!
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Ask MeFi post - 4 months ago

I'm female and most of my friends are guys, which honestly has a lot more to do with my internalized misogyny. I really grew up thinking that boys were better, "masculine" stuff was better, etc etc and so ended up very much a man's woman...I've... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I think it's worth reading the "Foucault's Freedom" interview. The book discussed therein - Foucault, Politics and Violence - sounds like it would be of interest to many mefites. Also, I find her argument about state violence as... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

If you're planning to respond at all, I'd be curious about emotions in your relationship. What does "never talk about stuff like this" mean? Ie, do you express affection informally ("I missed you!") but not seriously ("I... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

On further reflection, the linked article would just be a lot stronger if it could be framed as "in 2004 I experienced this movie as [things]; this was my response to the state of the world. Now I notice that people thing [things]... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I think different social circles tend to have different relationship patterns. Social circles may differ by age, politics, religion, race, nationality, class background, education level...and a variety of other things. My social circle prizes a kind... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I would feel like "so you had an awkward series of interactions which caused her to write a passive-agressive poem on her blog knowing - apparently - that you will read it....wow, you dodged a bullet there, buddy." Look, it's not... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

It occurs to me that this dude is getting what he wants - he has sex with you, he has the kinds of conversations that he enjoys but does not have conversations he finds difficult or boring, he can tell you that you are "too emotional" if... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

...I was just looking at a photo on a fashion tumblr of a guy wearing expensive marled tapered sweatpants, a half-tucked-in black tee, a structured charcoal twill jacket and laced up yellow-tan workboots - not unlike Wolverine 1000 miles, but they... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Say what you mean. The thing is, I find that a lot of NVC techniques have helped me to figure out what I mean, and to listen carefully for what other people mean too. I find that intentional communication and careful question-asking... [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 4 months ago

When you think about it there's this whole machine of ruin around this case - someone decides they can lean on an already-immiserated rape-victim petty criminal to get him to inform, which then destroys him; apparently various prison personnel... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I'm not sure I understand your point about less attractive guys and whether I'm sending some sort of message to them. Because it's mean, and mean is ugly, that's why. Look, I'll tell you my story: once I was young (and now am not so old,... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

For whatever reason - wanting to date you, wanting to keep you on a string - these dudes were putting down your SO in the hopes [the foolish hopes!] that this would make them seem available/interesting/attentive. And because they are terrible people... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

It sounds as though you work at a bar or a theater or some place where there's a lot of crossover between social and work life in the normal course of things, and where it would be sort of weird to go all "professional" all of the sudden... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Here's a direct link to the podcast of this episode, which is worth the listen just to hear Roman Mars stand up for Murmur at the end. Wait, people have to stand up for Murmur? What's wrong with it? It was rather highly praised at... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I think that "I would line up to dance on her fingers" is pretty blatently hyperbole. But she struck me as a truly vile human being. And just to clarify: she struck me as a truly vile human being because her ideas about what... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Critics first took notice of Farocki with Inextinguishable Fire (1969), an agit-prop film pamphlet concerning the West’s involvement in Vietnam and the vicious effects of napalm. Rough around the edges, the film opens with the director himself,... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

What if we had a conversation about this stuff that didn't strive to pin a social problem on a particular generation? Especially because it so quickly becomes ridiculous - there are so many "large post-WWII baby cohort" people that... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Wesco does custom shoes (based on a tracing of your foot and some other info) and has one men's dress shoe. What they show here should be customizable in terms of a dressier leather, a single color and a dressier sole. Rancourt also does custom... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Wait, we liked 'Garden State' in 2004? I enjoy this kind of article, so thanks for posting - I'm just amused by how contemporary history figures the "we" of only a few years ago. (Just like this month's New Inquiry is... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Can you set a giving budget per month? Maybe open up another bank account and put the money there - that way, if you spend less than your giving budget one month, you will have it in the bank for a larger expense next month. And when you've given... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 months ago

Bloodchild is also a kind of draft of the ideas in Dawn. The more science fiction I read, the more I realize that Butler is one of the biggest influences on...well, let's say post-1990 science fiction. (Not that no one was reading her... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

But I think what this is getting at is that...um...probably a lot of people would say "of course Shakespeare does not suck" without actually having any kind of developed reasoning or experience about why they feel that... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

In this situation, isn't that sufficient, though? His work has stood for centuries and is still enjoyed around the world. Surely there must be something there that speaks to people and causes them to continue to have a genuine response to his... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

The thing is, I have no doubt that she does experience feeling-bad-about-her-body, etc. I have no doubt that she gets the usual shit that women in media get, and that this is tough. At the same time, there's something weird about the colonization... [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

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