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I'd love to be invited, but I'd hate to go . . . kinda sums up my life actually. One of the happiest moments of my life was when I realized that I had a standing invite to [Something Really Rather Exciting And Outre] and instead of going to... [more]
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Anything from The Panic Is On, by Anne Hills, particularly the title track, which is about the Great Depression. ("What this country's coming to/I sure would like to know;/If we don't do something by and by/The rich will live and the... [more]
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Women are brought up to clean. Women - and I was brought up as a woman - tend to be taught more about how to clean things, and we see our mothers and grandmothers doing much of the work, being expected to do much of the work, and... [more]
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You know, I don't actually have a real problem with women rating men by whatever standards they like. Warning labels are not particularly monstrous, despite all this drummed-up outrage. See, I do have a problem with this, and I am... [more]
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Dear anyone upset about the idea of being photographed through the window of your home: close your blinds. Where does this stop, though? Do I need to close my curtains during the day (I don't have blinds per se) because someone with a... [more]
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I don't know what you think you're doing, but it is not possible to "stop fully" without a total loss of momentum. This is why it is helpful for folks to cycle a bit. I used to drive every day for years, so I have a fair idea of... [more]
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Oh, hey, you should also read Lark Rise To Candleford, a favorite of my grandmother and now one of mine. It's a set of semi-autobiographical novels by a woman who grew up right at the end of the 19th century mostly in an extremely rural hamlet in... [more]
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Do a lot of Australians travel abroad for work? I've met tons and tons of Australians working in Asia, and it seemed like a much more casual thing than it was for me (I too was working in Asia.) Like, on one job, I met a number of Australians who... [more]
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And I don't like Smart Meters because I think when someone is turning off the electricity in the winter for a family with 3 young children, they should have to do it to the family's face instead of from a cozy office hundreds of miles away.... [more]
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In my experience, there are always people who want to protect and help the charismatic and highly competent - that whole "wounded hero" thing, which perhaps is less of a thing for women, but still seems to exist. You may find it useful... [more]
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Huh. Tumblr as I know it is about varying forms of social and racial justice and the accompanying drama, hatred, "that is not your image to reblog, culturally appropriative person!" stuff, etc etc. I'd say I have learned more from... [more]
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Let me ask -- if the context of the photos were that they were taken in the street, rather than through a window, and otherwise they were identical in every single way, including the lack of consent, would they still be problematic? Would they... [more]
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A hipster is a single or partnered white person with disposable income who came from a lower middle class or greater familial circumstance, who is not in immediate survival mode and has no belief or fear of ever having to be in survival mode.... [more]
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it's a dangerous world out there, filled with terrorism, outsourcing, unemployment, student debt, and for God's sake don't get sick. It's a winner-take-all game, and dissent will not be tolerated, unless it's in the sandbox of identity politics,... [more]
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And where does it stop? My bathroom window is on the second floor and out of obvious lines of sight - but what if my neighbor decided to put up a ladder in the middle of his backyard and sit on it with a telephoto lens? Could he then publish the... [more]
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And hey, if I have no expectation of privacy in my home, that means that someone with a telephoto lens could lurk around and wait until he spotted me, like, trying on a pair of pants or getting out of the shower or something and publish it, right?... [more]
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Would we all feel differently if these didn't have the excuse of being "art" and were instead straight up YouTube joke videos being all like "look at the old guy with back fat!!! gross!!!!" or "haha that girl needs to wax... [more]
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So here is a thing: I would not be able to afford a cleaner even if I wanted one, but aren't many, many cleaners just undercompensated, socially vulnerable working class women, often women of color and often immigrants? I do know a guy who works as... [more]
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While there are problematic aspects to hiring a socially vulnerable working-class woman to clean, if it's any consolation, you're probably participating in worse institutions pretty much any time you buy clothes, electronics, or food, for three.... [more]
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It's certainly possible to be a more organized guy or a less organized girl, but if you are traditionally femme (regardless of your gender identity or orientation) then you will find there are more tools out there that seem to empathize with your... [more]
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I actually think that this is exactly the reason that the book should be taught to every high schooler. I don't. I mean, I remember quite clearly being in high school - I was a good kid, tell me to contemplate the futility of... [more]
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Unfortunately that higher vs lower standards in cleaning thingy often seems pretty split along gender lines... One reason it is split along gender lines is that so often large percentages of the laundry, dishes, childcare, and various other... [more]
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It sounds like you're in an alternative school of some kind where you're a bit more peer-like and less authoritative, and that's why you have no principal, no parent-contact and no meaningful authority. Is that the case? That sucks! I wouldn't... [more]
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Every dollar of SNAP results in $1.70 of economic activity. I would favorite this a million times if I could. Of course, "economic activity" and "trickle up" aren't important if your main interest is creating a large... [more]
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"Isn't that pretty much what happened to the Seattle grunge scene when Nirvana hit it big in the 1990s as well?" But it's not just a matter of "and then the jocks showed up en masse" (and it is en masse; everyone from... [more]
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And this is what happens when people make assumptions about other people. I'm about as far from right-wing as you can get. I'm a leftist, gay man in my 40s. I was bringing up a talking point, but something that I witnessed with my own eyes. I... [more]
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I love all y'all. I do. But can we please stop with the vaguely anti-R&B, anti-hip-hop qualifiers? Because as much as you're saying "I dig this and I wouldn't usually," that kind of statement has a tinge of "this genre is... [more]
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Music distribution, music purchasing and the ethics around them have changed. When I was a mere slip of a girl, it really mattered whether one was on a major label or not, and everyone knew someone who ran a tiny label out of their bedroom,... [more]
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And they want the poor to be subject to as much social discipline as possible - as many things should be illegal as possible, as this provides a mechanism for interfering with any poor person at any time, plus feeds people into the prisons and... [more]
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It's getting larger, right? Now is the time to visit the doctor! Not because OMG cancer! but because OMG yucky infection or fungus or allergic reaction. I mean, it could always be cancer, but it probably isn't - still, you don't want to end... [more]
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1491 is awesome. So is Moby Dick. Okay, so what kind of thing do you usually care about? I've found that the things that make me a better conversationalist are not actually the Long Tail/Guns Germs And Steel books that... [more]
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She is such a good dancer. It's like she's actually floating on, like, 3mm of air above the floor. I mean, everyone in that video is a really good dancer....It's so amazing the way she is doing different but related things with her... [more]
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fwiw, a lot of the princesses have been getting makeovers (this tumblr post I just found has before and after lineups) and updated costumes that are generally not for the better Is it just my/my computer or did every princess who was not... [more]
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I guess I feel like Ellis is maybe a more realistic and less bourgeois writer than Wallace; Ellis-esque work seems to have more potential for generating real, serious, non-reformist social critique; Ellis's work is much, much less comfortable... [more]
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Pantone color report! Which follows on the heels of various Pantone color forecasts - which I believe involve focus groups, industry leaders and a bit of wishful thinking. Has this "always" happened? I would argue that fast fashion and... [more]
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Alfred Doolittle says that in Pygmalion. Written by George Bernard Shaw, a dedicated socialist. They made a toothless musical version of which you may have heard but the play is really worth reading for the critique of class structure. I... [more]
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So these rooms, are they all you get? Like, you literally pay $1200 for one room with no windows? Or is there a lurking kitchen attached? You may sign me "my entire mortgage is less than that even after the huge jump in property... [more]
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Oh yeah, and people automatically assume that I had to read TGG in high school and they'll go off at length on how high schoolers can't appreciate classics. I read TGG because I wanted to, when I was 21. See, I don't think it is - or at... [more]
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Oh dear, no, don't lend him money. I am a "Gen X spender" in that I can be a bit of a fool about money and have champagne tastes - but it would never occur to me that my SO should lend me money for any non-emergency, assume my debts,... [more]
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One thing: is there something you were interested in when younger but then dropped? Or something that you have a teensy-tinsy interest in but are overlooking because it is Trivial? I say this because I flailed wildly in my twenties and early... [more]
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I think your analysis here is flawed. The 9/11 attackers weren't poor and desperate with nothing else to do. You are glossing the very public sentiment among many Palestinians that the destruction of Israel is the best possible, and maybe only... [more]
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One of the reasons that Hamas is popular is that they do things - distribute food, advocate for people, etc. Another is that day to day life for many Palestinians is extremely difficult - not enough food, not enough schools, sharply... [more]
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This was a horrible idea. After a year of eating this way, I got to the point that I would start to gag if I even smelled turkey soup. I actually have a whole turkey still sitting in the freezer from those days that I haven't even bothered to... [more]
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The question is, who cares? What does it matter? Why is this a problem? Should I be excising any trend that enters into my consciousness like a vile cancer? It matters because a lot of people respond to any critique or any label by saying... [more]
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As far as being an "aging hipster" (or an aging punk) - I think that a problem with certain kinds of hipster / punk /arts cultures (probably compounded by being famous) is that it is very difficult to figure out how to get old. I assume... [more]
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It's the middle class folks that have to care about that sort of thing. And then everyone comes down on us/them for it - "you're too conformist!" "no, wait, you think you're special, stop wearing that hairstyle, it's... [more]
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On one of the other questions, someone said something very useful - that your mind loves stasis and wants things to stay the same, even if the same is awful and painful. I suspect that part of why you "don't want to do the work" is... [more]
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I don't know about crisis counseling as a field, but in interviews several things are customary: 1. The question tests your judgment as well as probes for an answer - that is, can you come up with an appropriate answer that tells the interviewer... [more]
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In the sense that affluent Americans love pretending to be "hard working joes" I can maybe grant they are classic. But they are also pretentious. Wait, in what way are regular boring jeans (we're not talking some kind of ringspun... [more]
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I actually know lots of people who practice "ironic" fashion - I mean, the punks I grew up with sure did. "Wear the ugliest shirt you can find at the thrift store" isn't that uncommon, and the "ugliness" of the shirt is... [more]
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