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Maybe you have more information than I do, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of information about what happened here in BC. The protester was apparently holding a knife? Very fair - I posted without thinking about the source. Reading… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

This all reminds me that one of my worthless housemates half-inched my special fancy imported paprika in the pretty tin and I need to buy more at the special fancy imports shop. [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

about neoliberal boom-bust ratcheting wealth out of the lower layers of society while preventing the sort of cyclical redistribution of power that new technology normally engenders. Yes, precisely. Capitalism is not based on extracting… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

(When I was growing up outside Chicago, "ethnic" meant Italian, Polish, Hungarian, maybe Spanish - basically Eastern and Southern Europe. Oddly, even though I'd say it was a pretty racist and unsophisticated place, people said they were… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

But now I am crying because I can't get to Little Sze (or Tea House for that matter) for at least a couple of weeks. I went to Tea House last night. Have you seen their new, fancier menu? Ah, Tea House. I would be so much… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

I didn't grow up eating beans and I remember a lot of popular culture stuff about how difficult they were to digest. When I actually did start eating beans, I kept waiting for all the horrible gastro effects to kick in, and getting confused… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

Actually, we have conversations about how everyone should just go ahead and travel here on metafilter - they're usually couched as "so many Americans don't even have a passport, what hicks they are, not like me". And since having a passport… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

I'm not saying that this person deserved to get shot Well, that's good, since the cops shot a random protester in mistake for another protester who was yelling and flipping tables. I've been to many a protest and back in the day, we… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

I would have found this all more compelling if: 1. Singer didn't start off with "look at this guy working on Wall Street so he can donate his money and save lives" as if working on Wall Street and making hundreds of thousands of dollars… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 days ago

Are you talking about this? Because I am suffering right now from having drooled into my keyboard. Every bit as good as they look. Make a lot of them, freeze them and bake them in batches through the party. Also you can use leftover… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 days ago

What I'm getting from this is that America will probably never get a real Sichuan or Chongqing hotpot restaurant. You can dry your tears. Or at least start crying because you don't live here instead. [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 days ago

It seems like a thing that would be more appropriate (with other paintings, of course) for kids - dressing up as a painting seems like a fun way to get children engaged with art. I feel like it probably got a pass from the museum staff because of… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 days ago

This is a dynamic that you need to break, or it can recur over and over again. (You- clingy; them - frustrated and maybe rude; you - sad and dramatic; them - withholding; you - angry) At any point in this dynamic, whether it's when you feel… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 9 days ago

I also often think of "A Ballade of Suicide" when I'm feeling bad: The gallows in my garden, people say, Is new and neat and adequately tall; I tie the noose on in a knowing way As one that knots his necktie for a ball; But… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 days ago

Holy shit, no, he should not be a saint. In addition to the critiques leveled above, he was also a homophobe and stupid about women. (He actually had some sympathy for socialists, though.) And an anti-Semite, don't forget - an anti-Semite during the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 days ago

I had something like this - someone would push me for very detailed information at the drop of a hat. (Not exactly like, but it did often result in me spitballing.) After a couple of months of me saying "I don't know without checking on [X];… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 10 days ago

Brutalism isn't ugly, it's utopian. It's beautiful. (There are certainly individual ugly brutalist buildings, and I am a bit skeptical of all buildings shaped like tall tin cans.) I used to hate it and make fun of it, but I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 days ago

A lot of people get a lot of happiness from boats, is all I'm saying. Of course, what people mean when they say "oh, they bought a boat instead of going to Barcelona" is "those people are vulgar and crass and probably motor… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 days ago

If someone called me and said "I have a flat and I don't know what to do", I would not have to be a certified genius to understand that they meant "please help me". I think "passive aggression" is a total canard in this… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 11 days ago

Is this the Baudrillard-ish point in the conversation where we point out that people in the U.S. spend washtubs full of cash going to the simulated world travel experiences at Epcot in Orlando instead of going to the real places? What I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 days ago

I had the recent response when my lack of a passport came up as a bit of pillow talk: (aghast) "Oh my God, I'm sleeping with the enemy." This person has a beautiful soul and has made significant sacrifices and compromises to build a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 days ago

I became good friends with a partner's ex, despite feeling pretty hostile to her initially. Actually meeting her and spending time with her allowed me to see her as a person and to observe how she interacted with my partner rather than to build her… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 12 days ago

Citing luminaries of literature to prove that he didn't have typical attitudes is a bizarre approach. But we can't have it both ways - we can't say "well, he was a genius, but don't compare him to other literary geniuses except when… [more]
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MeFi comment - 12 days ago

Yeah, I hadn't really been to Pride in years - I'd marched through it with the Trans/Dyke march and then gone home because basically it's crowded, loud, slow and about buying things. This year I ended up hanging out at Pride with some… [more]
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MeFi comment - 12 days ago

At a stoplight, watching the late-night shoppers on Broadway, I’m overcome with shame. I’ve always had a secret desire to be one of these high-functioning, Manhattan office worker types, the sort who flourish in CrossFit. It’s the life I assumed I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 13 days ago

What is so terrible to me about this is that it's clear that democracy has ceased to work even a bit. Most people in the UK don't want to dismantle the NHS, but it's probably going to be dismantled, precisely in order to hand a lot of money to the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 13 days ago

You know, honestly it doesn't matter if the Pacific Northwest is white or not, because no one is aiming to produce a racially realistic documentary. And: 1. Even within-world, we don't know how or when the apocalypse happened. Nothing says that… [more]
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MeFi comment - 13 days ago

Chesterton was seven years older than PG Wodehouse, for instance, and while Wodehouse sure had his racist and fucked up moments, he's nothing like Chesterton. And he was pretty popular! [more]
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MeFi comment - 13 days ago

Also, Chesterton was still writing virtually on his deathbed - you can't convince me that his ideas were all totally normal in 1936 - there was lots and lots of popular literature by that point contesting racism and misogyny and anti-Semitism,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 13 days ago

When I was in the Air Force guys who had been stationed at or gone TDY to Clark would talk with wonder about Angel City and what kind of evening $20 could get you. It was considered a single man's paradise. This is just so nauseating… [more]
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MeFi comment - 13 days ago

It still seems strange to me, because I have zero interest in the first thing and think of the second one (caring for each other) as the basis of any relationship, but maybe I already have non-traditional relationships. Oh god the emotional… [more]
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MeFi comment - 13 days ago

The only new bikes I've ever seen in the neighborhood of $200 are from Target or Walmart. I had one once in a pinch, and it got me around town, but it was heavy, uncomfortable and didn't handle well. Locally (MPLS; you're out east so I imagine… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 13 days ago

I would also like one of those No Face masks to wear at work. If I could make the little "eh eh" noises that No Face makes when it responds to questions, that would be especially great. Not to mention devouring the greedy and immoral - I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 13 days ago

From the NK Jemisin: And that is precisely what we end up with, when this kind of fantastical exclusion gets layered onto the site of real historical exclusion: racist wish fulfillment fantasy. (Way to go, MTV.) Narratively, the exclusion… [more]
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MeFi comment - 13 days ago

But Churchill asked Claude Guillebaud, a Cambridge economist, to head a committee to study the performance and efficiency of the NHS. The Gillebaud committee found that the NHS was highly effective – and needed additional funding to insure that… [more]
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MeFi comment - 14 days ago

I would like an amusing custom swimming face thing - jingju would be nice if I could wear it in China, perhaps, where people would just think I was a ridiculous foreigner instead of a cultural appropriator (at least that has been my experience when I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 14 days ago

I'm really open about sex, and really think that it is performative, and that anything between consenting adult goes, and it's a spectrum, and all good and all of that--but it takes so much work to present a pro pleasure, fairly free… [more]
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MeFi comment - 14 days 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 - 2 weeks ago

You know, if you could get this to extrude a tube of that Soylent stuff on a stick, I bet you'd have a substantial market for the thing, since both products seem to be for people for whom the aesthetic/non-horror aspect of food isn't that important… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Rosa Hires, the general manager of concessions for the Hilton Theater, owned by Live Nation, said most audience members seemed delighted by the new rules. “If anything, people want more food,” she said. “They’re asking for wraps and salads” to be… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I envision imaginary homes (which might solve your "favorite home feels far away" problem). They're all impossible - an ocean-going floating pavilion, a house carved out of a mid-ocean rocky cliff, a sequence of loggias built along a… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Here in the US, we bought because we want to be able to live in the city for good. Rents and house prices seem likely to continue to rise here over time because we're very centrally located, and I was afraid of being priced out, having to move to… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

What I always assume is that if you've been denied something that is culturally important, you're going to have to work through the issues about that thing before you can move on, even if that thing is kind of base and unworthy. So if you've always… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Also: I think people often mishear this type of criticism, hearing it as "white people [privileged people] should never write about people of color [marginalized people], ever", when what is usually being said is more like "it is… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I accept that a white person's take on stories involving racial issues is going to have blind spots, and that some of those blind spots hurt. But is the alternative discouraging white people from exploring POC issues? Speaking as a white… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Dude, though, I am glad no one fucking bleeds on the weights at the YWCA. [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

You're the second person to say something to this effect in this discussion. You know there are an awful lot of densely populated dessert, tropical and subtropical places outside of this country where civilizations have flourished for thousands of… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I've got to say, it depresses the hell out of me to see how one of my good friends seems to get treated as not good enough. It kills me, because to me he seems like he should be a catch - smart, funny, cleans up well, good job, tall, average build -… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

IIRC, the only really, indubitably working class wizard we actually see is the guy who drives the Night Bus, and he has a comic prole accent and spots. And the actual shit work is all done by the happy house elves - so happy in their servitude that… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Complaining that it's a poorly designed game when that's pretty much explicitly what she was setting out to do seems weird to me, as I don't see what making Quidditch a well-designed game would add to the experience of the books. Maybe a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

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