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The "note to redditors" is hilarious but also very sad. What a great list! I am going to share it with an SF class I facilitate. Happy to see Aliette De Bodard on there - she is a really terrific and very unusual writer.... [more]
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Here is what I would suggest: a good therapist. You need to work through this stuff - where do your feelings of ugliness come from? Why do you hang out with such fucking jackasses? (That "and they are disgusted by my sex life" thing -... [more]
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You're doing literature, so you'll be on the west bank? Or the east? If you're on the west (you'll know it because it's the side with the colorful sixties apartment towers) you could go to the Hard Times for lunch. The Hard Times is a legend, an... [more]
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At the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, police conducted peremptory raids on the homes of protesters before the convention had even started. Police broke into the homes of people known to be activist rabble-rousers before they... [more]
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It's funny - I tend to be most interested in an intellectual tradition which is skeptical of the enlightenment and the unified subject, tends to decry virtually everything that has actually been achieved in terms of social justice as being reformist... [more]
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I once volunteered at a place where we found a single bedbug - virtually certainly a hitchhiker from a client who lived in an apartment owned by our local slumlord. We did not get an infestation. It is possible. (What's more, I bet we had other... [more]
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This turned into a total bunfight (I am a fan of Graeber's work and read CT, so I saw it in real time). What I felt was going on under the surface was really a clash of two world views - the technocratic liberal CT house position and Graeber's... [more]
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"Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm really awfully glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid.... [more]
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Kickstarter always strikes me as being heavily mythologized - like, "all it takes to do a complex project is money and a dream!!!" and "we can ipso facto do things better than the Big Guys, with their infrastructure, institutional... [more]
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I was kind of hoping that he jumped in on the side of the sperm whales. Not as some kind of neutral observer of nature's murderers attacking the gentle, hippie giants of the seas. Tsk.... [more]
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God, I'm old. I saw Clueless with a friend while home from college for the summer. I thought it was great, actually. On technical points it glorifies wealth and bad values in general....but so does Emma, and Emma has always... [more]
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Ammonite, by Nicola Griffith, a sorta-classic adventure story with a mystery and a lesbian society. One of the best escapist-adventure-y SF novels I've read. Triton, by Samuel Delany. Also his novel Stars In My Pocket Like Grains Of Sand - that... [more]
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Tuscan "beans in a bottle" (except they are not actually in a bottle): One cup of white beans (Great Northern or cannellini) - I have no reason to believe that this wouldn't work with other kinds of beans. Olive oil (1-2 T), chopped... [more]
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I mean, all this is really the capitalist sublime, right? The assumption being that once we learn to consume correctly, to make an artistic performance out of consumption itself, our problems will fall away and we will be perfectly... [more]
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When I lived in Shanghai, I was very fond of the thermoses everyone had - they were bigger than the kind you usually see in the US and kept water hot for a very long time. Also, they were prettier than the ordinary US kind.... [more]
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Also, on the "but he is so hot" front: I've said this here before, but sometimes when a person is depressed and feeling low-self-esteem-y, the fact that the person is Bad For You is what makes you see them as hot. Like, your unconscious... [more]
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I know this is marked answered, but I have a tip for the shelves: We basically did this to an old cabinet and we went down to our local hardware store (an Ace franchise, but famous for being well-run) and had them cut glass shelves. (Which is what... [more]
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So sick of this generation-bashing all over the internet. Perhaps some people who were born between 1946 and 1964 created the financial crisis or real estate bubbles. And perhaps some people in Generation X or Y participated in those things as... [more]
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To make matters worse, our lease was going to be up in a month, and he wanted me to sell my car and go with him to a conference, and then drive around the country looking for a place for us to settle. Whenever I expressed wanting to have more of a... [more]
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I get the feeling that this annoys goths and fanficcers in the same way 'Star Trekkin' annoys Trekkers. Nevertheless, I felt I had to share. Actually, it was a fanfic-writing friend of mine who told me about this whole thing. He got an... [more]
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I'm getting older. But I'm still as horny as ever. And I'd like to get some tips on managing this horniness in a dignified manner. It's not a huge problem at 30, but can I expect any of this to change by the time I'm 40? Just an idle... [more]
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The real of this is that if they had a fattie (or even a saggy Old) on staff, they would not have done this promotion, because creative people are ruthless and the internet is ruthless in a different way and that would not have generated "wow... [more]
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See, this kind of thing actually depresses me. What happens if they have a chubby intern? Or an intern with a physical disability? Or, god forbid, they've hired someone who has physical flaws? Or someone with a history of abuse who doesn't want to... [more]
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This whole thread is a mishmash of sneer. Isn't possible to show disdain with better ideas? Denial of obvious problems with any system isn't a solution. And that's because no one with any political power is actually interested in the... [more]
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Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of the popular The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo series, is emotionally stunted but, damn it, she actualizes herself! She punishes the people who hurt her, she sleeps with whomever she wishes, she zips around on a... [more]
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So basically, the product of the business is no longer widgets or even dividends - it's fancy jobs for the already-rich. When you stop seeing businesses as about providing a product, a service or even an ego boost and start seeing them as all about... [more]
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Deep down inside, the Young-Girl has the personality of a tampon: she exemplifies all of the appropriate indifference, all of the necessary coldness demanded by the conditions of metropolitan life. The "theory of the Young-Girl"... [more]
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First, the show is set in a prison and it does not grapple seriously with the actual issues facing women in prison. It is not dark enough, and doesn't show the depth of the abuse that women suffer behind bars. I will not accept anything other than... [more]
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I've looked at appliances at Sears.com many times. Their site is actually pretty sweet. You can filter your search to show you a list of pretty much EXACTLY what you are looking for. However, I don't own any of these products because the store... [more]
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Or, to put it in simple terms, I think Frowner would be REALLY surprised to discover that she occupies a rarefied position of social privilege and access to usable social capital above that of most other MeFi readers taking issue with the essay.... [more]
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Your boyfriend is letting you starve. Your boyfriend can't even bring you a goddamn fucking meal out of his lavish earnings but instead goes out to get sushi. Look, if you were my random activist buddy and you didn't have enough... [more]
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People who have degrees are socialized to display and measure intelligence in certain ways - they may or may not be able to recognize intelligence in people without degrees, they will talk in certain ways about "difficult" topics because... [more]
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Yet, Kimberly Jeffrey says she was pressured by a doctor while sedated and strapped to a surgical table for a C-section in 2010, during a stint at Valley State for a parole violation. Jeffrey, 43, was horrified, she said, and resisted. “He said,... [more]
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The thing is, if you genuinely don't like someone because they are poor, that's kind of shitty. But if you don't like someone because they either are demonstrably lazy and a moocher or have incompatible life goals (they want to work at the... [more]
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If this guy is the sysadmin at work, that raises some challenges, doesn't it? Or if he has some other reason to access the server, though I don't know what. Especially if you sent sexually explicit emails from your work account. It sounds as... [more]
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I don;t think there is anything inherently wrong with making sex jokes or even asking a woman to expose herself as long as it is going on between two consenting adults. The problem starts when one consenting adult has no fucking clue what other... [more]
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i think it takes MORE privilege to follow the 'clear' writing that deanc talks about, since that's actually unnatural compared to a looser discourse I really wish that we could inhabit a world in which it's accepted that different kinds of... [more]
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This blog seems like it would be an exercise of frustration. Instead of crafting a new story for herself, she is, ironically enough, simply restating the social order she suffers from: the popular kids are active actors at the center of attention,... [more]
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I really don't see how my raising this point renders working-class intellectuals invisible. Given my own background, that would be a ridiculous thing for me to do. It seems to me that it's absolutely essential to share stories like "there was... [more]
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I'm sorry I sarcastic-ed back at you, man. Well, it was the kind of sarcasm that I would totally have favorited had it not been directed at me. Here's the thing, for me: YOU are not doing that. So aren't you personally... [more]
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But inasmuch as it becomes --- "I know you don't enjoy her actual artistic output, but you should, because you'd admire and agree with her avant-garde politics!" I think that in Janelle Monae's case it's strange to think that you... [more]
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I remember looking askance at my coworker in 2001 who was just 6-7 years older than me (about 34 at the time, and not a mother) because she wouldn't budge from the faded Lee tapered jeans. They were perfectly reasonable when she was 22, but made... [more]
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Also, my cat is like yours - she sleeps most of the night and usually with me. She tends to have some "going to do cat things" time around 2am, but only for about an hour.... [more]
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But I don't understand why you would write something on what is, basically, an introductory-level forum most of the time (the Internet) at a level that seems weirdly inaccessible. Unless New Inquiry wants specifically to set itself up as a... [more]
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I definitely don't read this as "Janelle Monae Gets Sexed Up in Preparation to Sell More Records" as your post seems to fear. The thing is, I am uncertain to what degree I am projecting onto Monae a set of concerns about being a... [more]
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Also, I add that on re-read, being all "I am a practiced reader" comes across way differently than I meant it to. I was trying to say that because I've read a lot of random stuff over many years, I read really quickly and have a big... [more]
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What a depressing thread. Do I really need to point out that if you refer to the author as "she," inadvertently revealing that you haven't even read the byline (or this FPP!) carefully enough to realize that the article was written by... [more]
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That makes no sense. If 10 cops arrest and throw a single unarmed psychopath in prison, is that a bad thing? If the majority of the Palestinian population would never accept Israel's existence peacefully -- why should Israel ever relent?... [more]
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The Q.U.E.E.N. video makes me hope she's the next Doctor Who I would...gee, I dunno, pay good money or sign a petition or do some other fannish yet persuasive thing (and also start watching Dr. Who, a show I've never really gotten into due... [more]
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(I organize an annual two hour catered cocktail event for about 100 people at which everyone gets precisely one drink, canapes are tasty but the board does not groan, we have some floral arrangements and send most of the invitations by email....and... [more]
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