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. Captive breeding has saved a not-insignificant number of species from extinction. Given a choice between "zoos" and "vast wildlife sanctuaries where the animals roam free, unmolested by humans" yeah, it's a no-brainer, no… [more]
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I feel that if you're holding a party at the dinner hour, you're expected to provide enough food to feel like dinner - it doesn't need to be dinner, but it needs to be pretty serious snack food. Also, you don't want a bunch of hungry… [more]
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Leave leave leave leave. 1. No one is as irreplaceable as we think we are, given the medium term. 2. If you need to think of the good of the company, think about this: this project maybe isn't as great as it could be right now, and… [more]
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Soylent is for people who to a large extent are not interested in eating, people who don't care what their nutrition tastes like, or even how it happens (IV drip would be fine, thnx!), so long as it's effective and convenient. I'd actually… [more]
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I love several of my exes, and might conceivably tell them so on an important occasion. However, I love them in a particular post-relationship way based on our past intimacy. It's great, in fact, to be able to love someone in that almost… [more]
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I'm what I call a bad vegan - I'm vegan most of the time, but under stress or on special occasions I have egg-based and cheese-based lapses. So this is not unlike drinking while healthy, or whatever. Why don't I just go back to being a… [more]
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If you have the budget, too, here are a couple of other ideas: Chevre with herbs - get some of the plain goat cheese at the grocery store and mix with chopped fresh herbs; serve with crackers from an attractive bowl The nicer kind of nuts -… [more]
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Actually, what I remember of the peak oil conversations I was hearing was basically "really bad things like fracking will become economically reasonable, there will be giant awful pipelines and lots more pollution", not "we will… [more]
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esp. if they're low wage cooks who are basically imperfect food robots rather than actual chefs with cooking skills. And this is why we will never have nice things - unless you're some kind of google-ista, you're just an imperfect robot… [more]
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What I wonder about is what happens when the underclass can no longer afford to consume. Right now we're in a sort of sweet spot, where there are still working class jobs that pay enough for people to buy non-essentials, even if they're shitty… [more]
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I really liked Zebda - I haven't heard any of their recent stuff, but Le bruit et l'odeur was considered quite good when it came out, and I like the whole album with "Tomber la chemise" on it, Essence ordinaire. I felt like both of these… [more]
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BTW, you can peel celery to get rid of the strings. But then you have to peel the celery. I can't even bring myself to bother peeling carrots, and carrots are good. [more]
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I just have to say that the harassment thing at Wiscon seems very, very shocking to me. It's really disappointing how often this stuff boils down to whose ox is gored - your friend is a harasser; my friend is just misunderstood… [more]
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Listen, there's going to need to be a massive realignment of our country's tax and governance structures regardless. Advancing technology coupled with laissez-faire capitalism is going to be a bad ride for almost everyone but the 1%. Between… [more]
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Forget shopping malls, think bigger. Except for high end stores, retail is dead. First Barnes & Noble will shutter, then the jewelry stores, then the electronics stores, then the rest. All that will be left will be restaurants, groceries… [more]
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Harrowing and extremely brave. I hope I never get Alzheimer's, but if I do, I hope I can go like she did. A close relative is in the grip of a rare early-onset condition related to Alzheimer's, although not, mercifully, as cruel. My… [more]
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I am familiar with this problem. Like you, I had no success with the nerdy guys who were more similar to me (this was back when I dated dudes) and all my dating success came with non-nerdy guys. The relationships went very well in the sense that… [more]
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I think I heard this on Backstory a few months back -- that when the whites started landing en masse on American soil, they were amazed at the lushness of the land, where edible crops seemed to be everywhere, and the lands teemed with game. They… [more]
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I'd call the vet and try to get in right now on an emergency basis. This sounds, based on my experience with our older cat, very concerning. [more]
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You know, we've been through this "it's enlightened, rational and modern to have open relationships" thing before, in the sixties and early seventies. It didn't work super-well for women. (I say this as someone who is actually in an open… [more]
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I don’t remember the last time I messaged someone to say that I was thinking about them, or the last time that I received a message of that nature, but I think about people all day. Nice thoughts. From now on, I’ll just Yo them. I don't… [more]
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And you could just text someone "yo". I believe I have received this very text, and knew it to indicate that, like, my friend had arrived and was waiting for me to unlock the door since our doorbell was broken. [more]
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Personally, I'd call and talk to the office manager before doing anything else. I have received another person's faxed medical records when someone misdialed, and all I did was call them to tell them and then shred the records. I think that… [more]
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It must have been like living in a horror movie in the years of first contact. You would go from everything being normal, like it had been for as long as anyone could remember - with historical events and migrations and great leaders or… [more]
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You know, if I were Dan Savage and I were well-intentioned, I would just let the whole thing fucking go, not write about it, mention it only if asked, etc. It's really difficult to know how this actually went down without having been… [more]
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For almost every question you can see a mile away what your answers should be to make sure no one thinks you're a fascist, and of course no one wants to be thought a fascist, so I'm sure there's a lot of conscious or subconscious adjustment of… [more]
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I wonder if the behavior existed before the achievements that put her on a pedestal. I know that large amounts of money can turn otherwise cool people into selfish assholes, but does it naturally follow that the adulation associated with having… [more]
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For the same reason that most reasonable people don't consider Senatorial crusades against violent video games or violent movies or whatever to be appropriate or productive responses to real-life violence. Because such efforts simplify away and… [more]
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I would wait on asking her to leave. (I live in a group house. I have asked people to leave.) Here is what I would do: have a conversation at the meeting tonight about "I notice that you have not seemed to enjoy living here and that our… [more]
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In fact, you could have a pretty good time trying to imagine what modern fascist-symp questions would be. I suspect "marginalized people are all whiners who need to shut up and grow a pair" would be one of them. Things like that. [more]
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Mostly, it's not that the future is scary to us; it's that marketeers and various forces of evil benefit when we think that the youth are both better than us and somehow deficient - they all know how to swipe and are ready… [more]
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Can you expand on this because it sounds accidental. Well, in the sense of "I did not plan to play something racist", it was accidental. But in a larger cultural sense it wasn't - I was not in the habit of thinking… [more]
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Like when you see the winter count records and there's years where it's just basically "catastrophe, everyone died". It would have been bad enough if it were just plague, but at least that would have been an accident - De Soto and those… [more]
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Well, canonically, the anarchist SF novel is Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed. I think it's worth reading simply because it is so influential. Some books I would read: Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand by Samuel Delany. I… [more]
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It sounds like at least part of the problem is that it's tremendously difficult to access non-hospice at-home care for elderly or gravely ill but not dying people - the allure of these for-profit hospices must be in part that they claim to be… [more]
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Yes, I remember when I was the scary/ubermensch-ish generation - described in whatever terms best served capitalism at the moment. I did have an old-person moment last night when explaining to someone in their early twenties why it had… [more]
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IME, narrative is the problem. You're narrating this as "we had something really special, implicitly because we are special, and there's an element of fate or inevitability in it", which is an exciting, interesting and coherent… [more]
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The reason I argue that it's orientalist is that it basically turns them into magic indians, because it uses them to sell this unrealizable ideal of holistic engagement with the ecosystem. It makes them tools, not peoples. I really didn't… [more]
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In the cases of Dan Savage and RuPaul, I see a combined five or six decades of improving our lot being thrown entirely out of the window. That merits some questioning and soul-searching. But the thing is, folks are not writing a biography… [more]
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Following this harassment of being singled out in the crowd and hurled slurs at, Cox took over. She told my sibling that she “[felt] sexuality is a lot deeper than gender because you can’t tell a person’s sexuality from just looking at them.”… [more]
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(Just on the reductio "if you don't like that OitNB is about prison, that must mean that you don't want there to be art about bad things ever": To me, the tricky bit is that prison isn't just a bad thing like a typhoon (or an alien… [more]
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Perhaps it is good to distract from some readers' "comprehension" - as Rory Marinich pointed out in, I think, the misogyny thread, sometimes communication that makes people uncomfortable or uncertain or that they find challenging is… [more]
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For instance, there was a recent transit strike in my area and the dominant narrative seemed to be "I'm a precarious worker and these greedy unionists are inconveniencing me from making money at my job!" Yeah, maybe it would be better if… [more]
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I think pizzas and a keg might be the best solution. Or what about pizzas and fancy drinks? Put your energy into making a couple of fancy fruit punchbowl drinks - maybe one boozey and one non-. Serve ice cream and sorbet for dessert, maybe make… [more]
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How can one offer opinions about which is better without offering opinions about which is worse? How can one make informed decisi ons about, say, whether or not one should opt for heroic measures in an end-of-life scenario unless you listen to… [more]
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Have you watched this show yet at all since you were hilariously misinformed about it in the first season's thread? I was driven to watch it from very shame, actually, although I only got midway through season one. I'm just not into it,… [more]
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No one who ever died of anything lived to tell what it was like (with a few debatable exceptions). That doesn't mean it's either wrong, cruel or illegitimate to hold opinions about which of the many possible deaths we may face we would prefer and… [more]
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Things that have dramatically changed up my eating: 1. I buy a two-pound bag of baby carrots every week and a couple of handfuls every day. 2. I buy a tub or two of the fanciest little cherry or grape tomatoes they have - the best ones vary… [more]
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There's a reason that DeLillo hasn't put this book back into print, and that's because, honestly, it's embarrassing & misogynist. It's hard to get around that. I remember seeing a copy of this kicking around and it did have that gross,… [more]
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And an utterly unremarkable one at that. Well, it's obviously a big deal to his particular community, and presumably his reasons stand out to those people - just like quitting being an election judge, or buying white flour, or leaving the… [more]
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