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Yeah, 'cause governments have consistently proven themselves much more trustworthy than corporations throughout history. And they have guns. The thing is, government-funded research works differently than corporate research - the... [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 days ago

My cat went through a phase of doing something similar - she would attack my feet if they were bare (sometimes I sleep in socks) and stuck out from under the blankets. I have no idea why, but she got bored after a while and stopped. I think that... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 9 days ago

Are you going on actual dates? I feel like there's two pieces here: First, the idea that self-worth is both highly contingent and consistent across milieux - ie, the idea that when you were fat and had no career you obviously... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 9 days ago

You're getting older, and as you get older a lot of people around you will get wiser. That whole "I am only into you as long as you don't love me back" thing is much more common among younger folks with less relationship experience,... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 10 days ago

When I was in high school there were these two punk girls - one in my grade and one a couple of grades down - and their mom let them have their hair however they wanted. Their mom did some stuff with my girl scout troupe back when I was in girl... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 10 days ago

Leaving all conversations aside, I spent perhaps on hour playing with these world map quizzes and I feel like it really sorted out some geographical confusion for me. Am I totally sure exactly which is Lithuania, which is Latvia and which is Estonia... [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 days 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 - 10 days ago

(I add that if I wanted to go to Scotland with a partner - so that it wasn't just me alone - that would be, like, a $5000 minimum, otherwise known as several months' gross wages. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it's a pretty frivolous... [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 days ago

In Western Australia, Bali has been the traditional bogan holiday as long as I can remember. Considering this is a city with only 1.6 million people in it those passenger numbers are god damn astounding. Perth to Bali is in the region of US$160... [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 days ago

You interest me strangely, Sara C. Trip insurance on a five day trip to a safe anglophone country is for chumps, and booking six months out is ridiculous. If I were desperate to go to Scotland, I'd start planning this in early October for a... [more]
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MeFi comment - 11 days ago

Well, in the past couple of years I've gone from dressing in a really sort of hopelessly depressing baggy shirts and uninteresting pants way wherein I felt (I now realize) bad and hopeless and sexually unappealing to dressing in a sort of... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 11 days ago

I remember your previous question and I stand by my answer from that one: break up with this girl and make some women friends before you date again. Your problem here and your problem there seem to be rooted in Not Knowing Enough... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 12 days ago

I love the moderation here. I used to do a little part time moderation on a small site and it was goddamn hard and I wasn't very good at it, so I find the smoothness and grace of the moderation on metafilter extra impressive. Why, just this morning... [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 13 days ago

(People - including me - say "I don't care, I'll be dead by the time climate change is really terrible" because we're fairly sure that there is nothing on god's green earth we can do to prevent it and almost nothing we can do to protect... [more]
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MeFi comment - 13 days ago

What kind of shoes do you want? For shoes to be truly resolable, they need to be welted (there are ways to resole some other kinds of high-end shoes if you have the original last, but for the purposes of this question...). Most of the time, I have... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 13 days ago

I mean, call him if you must - but I am afraid this relationship may be over. Not through your fault, even though texting people is a bad way to communicate emotional stuff, but because you were dating a guy who did not respect your time or... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 13 days 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 - 13 days ago

Women's shoes? You want to figure out how to get shoes made by the old UK shoemakers - Tricker's and Crockett Jones in particular, both of which have women's lines that are hard to find in the US. If you have biggish feet and can wear the fancier... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 14 days ago

I much, much prefer to hang out with friends one-on-one, and I find threes especially difficult to deal with (in bigger groups, there are usually several conversations going on at once). I don't think there's anything wrong with saying... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

It occurs to me that if large percentages of the population really could break their metabolisms through variable but basically healthy/non-processed diets, we'd have some evidence from history - various nomad/gatherer populations whose diet... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I know, as I say, lots of anti-vaxxers. Nice people, engaged in the community, smart, creative. Generally people who have had a lot of bad run-ins with the medical establishment or the law or both - people who have been treated very... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I surmise that the vast majority of small children I know socially are not vaccinated - my circles have far more than their fair share of anti-vaxxers, which depresses me. But I've gotten into so many arguments where I am the lone person saying... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I have had this problem! And it's a two-fold problem, not just yours. Especially when one is young (and it's likely that you are, since the whole "you are so condescending with your big words and everything" bit is something one is more... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I think you should take the job. There were two points in my young day when I turned down "unsuitable" jobs and each time, it made things harder. (And that wasn't in the recession.) It didn't destroy my life or smash up my relationships,... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

My salad days have only begun!
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Ask MeFi post - 2 weeks ago

I'd be interested to hear from anyone in the know about where/whether people were rehoused and whether the privatization of the flats (in 2002 - well before they were knocked down) affected anything. In the US, at least, when social housing is... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Believe me, it's horrible. My mother has a rare form of early onset dementia. We've been very fortunate in terms of my family's ability to care for her, she has suffered far less than many people do - and it's still unbearably bad. Whenever... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I should add here that I've a problem with anxiety - I've seen therapists in the past though I've never stuck through with treatment, as bad a reflection on my character as that is. Why don't you stick with treatment? What could be... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I'm confident that this guy will do well - and it certainly looks like his interests and focus merit Ivy admission - but that essay doesn't strike me as particularly well-written or insightful. Mostly it says to me "here is someone who -... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Okay, first, OMG, where did you get those grey boots with the ghillie lacing and the holes? Here is what I would do: I would wear the grey flats because I think those look best with that dress, but I would sneak the boots along in the... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

( I add that when I eat what all the calculators say should be maintenance for someone of my activity level and weight, I gain weight. Even when I was eating 800 calories a day every day for a year while exercising a lot, back in my teens, I did not... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I add that if Janet does get rabies prophylaxis, having it at your doctor's office and not the ER lowers your costs a lot. Re the story linked in mr vino's comment - those costs are bizarre and atypical. I'm not sure if that's a regional... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I've had rabies shots after exposure to a bat. It was Not That Bad. I had two shots in the ER - the first regular shot and the large immunoglobulin shot, which was miles less uncomfortable than I expected. I had the other two shots at my doctor's... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

A counterpoint: the second photo is cute! I mean, you're a bit too young and way out of my league looks-wise - and in New York! - but I think it's nice to have a non-make-up, non-party photo. Profile reads as a bit hyperactive to me, maybe... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

In a dorm, you're sharing a room. In an apartment you won't be. (Or you shouldn't - those situations are wonderfully cheap but don't work out well.) I had mediocre roommate experiences in college (even with people I liked) but I love living in a... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

"Ideological diversity" doesn't mean "hire contrarian [member of group] who cozies up to the right". That's either extreme privilege, cluelessness or tokenism going on - Klein probably hasn't bothered to familiarize himself with... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

The American, without really being able to explain it, insisted on an entirely massive double-door thing, and would not allow it to be covered to look like the rest of the kitchen. I've seen pictures of really nice, fancy kitchens where... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Latkes - actually I was thinking about this and it might be nice to have a post on the blue with some good links about some of the whole "gender presentation/masculinity/misogyny/privilege" business. There's so much there - how to talk... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I, personally, have a very complicated relationship with my masculinity, and I personally, find it problematic to focus on my own masculinity in light of living in world with enormous suffering that is more enormous for the great majority of... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I mean, I'm not actually "a masculine gendered woman"; what I am mostly is a fat person who has trouble being touched, that's a far more accurate and important statement about my embodiment than anything specific to gender. I'm usually... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

but I'm curious about why the second topic should be verboten Because it moves the discussion from how a particular group of queer people become visible through clothing choices to a general "if only we didn't have gendered... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

Just for information's sake: ways that I, a white person who is frequently read as a butch woman, am invisible/hypervisible: People sometimes just plain old look away. I am sometimes in situations where people are embarrassed by me or for me.... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

Could we not turn this into a referendum on the reality of this woman's experience or a diatribe about how awful clothes are? For preference, I would rather not talk about how the company's dress code is illegal - butch women (or people like me who... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

Oooh, everyone should read the Berlin comics by Jason Lutes. Although since they have been coming out at longer and longer intervals since 1996 I'm not sure they'll ever be finished, which makes me sad. But there are several simply great queer... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

Perhaps, too, as an anarchist I can say this: capitalism is popular because, in part, it makes life better and easier. It also makes life worse and crueler and in the main I do not care for it, but the anti-technology strain in this kind of article... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

On a not-fertility matter: I find that when I have big life events coming up - whatever they are! even positive ones, like a trip! - I experience heightened and persistent anxiety about stuff. If there is something big and obvious to worry about, I... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I just had another listen to "Tubthumper" and it occurred to me, first, that it is basically "Timebomb" (which is off their last "non-sell-out" album) recast in a more melancholy mode - "Timebomb" is about... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I am frequently read as a woman. I am not a woman. I have trans woman friends who are sometimes read as men when they are not men. It behooves one to be a bit thoughtful about offering things to "ladies" - if you offer me something... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

The general situation I am looking to avoid is when I stand and embarrass the other person or myself or both when they refuse the seat and I remain standing. So wait, they refuse the seat and you don't sit back down? That's confusing to me.... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

One thing I noticed about that website: they don't seem to write much about women. I counted one woman musician (in a duo with a dude) in the first two full pages of articles, except for the woman in Perfect Pussy. I think Marcuse's... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

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