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I am curiously reminded of how Brooks Brothers got its real start - scamming the Union government during the Civil War. All these elite places and aristocratic traditions - if you look even a bit under the surface, they're always foul, rotten and... [more]
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I will tell you what someone told me when I had a question about a friend's heroin use: heroin addiction is terrible, it distorts people's personalities, it breaks up friendships. I didn't want to believe that and yet everything came to pass just... [more]
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I don't know-- I'm not disputing your claim outright, Frowner, because I really don't know! But I would be interested in seeing data on this. I think you're right that it depends on age, but I'm betting a larger subset of the population than we... [more]
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I feel like people like Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson get drawn into this abusive celebrity machine at ridiculously young ages, then have all kinds of scurrilous abuse thrown at them about their race, whether it's about "trying to be... [more]
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Having worked with programmers, I wouldn't blame women for not wanting to. It's definitely a macho boys club. What few women I saw working as programmers were regularly pigeonholed and treated like secretaries. And the constant sexist banter and... [more]
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Holy crap, you do not want to be in a "serious" relationship at twenty (absent some very unusual circumstances). I know exactly one couple who were together at twenty who went on to have a healthy relationship and children, and they... [more]
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Isn't it interesting that in these same battleground states, the GOP has been making it harder and harder to register, you know, black voters - to the point where some voter registration groups have given up. Believe me, I'd flee this... [more]
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I have found that if you tell people that you don't want them to take a picture RIGHT THEN AND THERE and then flip out on them if they do, they tend to stop. I'm with you - I hate surprise photos, I don't want people putting my pictures to god knows... [more]
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Certainly his portrayals of male/male relationships I've read are far more interesting and touching than his straight ones. And combined with the above, my conclusion is "So far in the closet he can see Narnia." And my understanding of... [more]
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Are you the kind of person who tends to self-sabotage? For some people, "this person is available and a great choice" tends to produce disinterest while "this person isn't really available and isn't really a good choice" produces... [more]
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If the individual girl scout is participating in the program, you can buy the cookies and have them sent to deployed troops. you know, to save your waistlines. As much as I hate all of our military engagements and believe that people... [more]
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“Story-truth,” Tim O’Brien wrote, “is truer sometimes than happening-truth.” Eh. Let's look at some "story truths that are truer than happening truths". How about the stories about the plantation south with happy slaves? For... [more]
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[An unemployed computer programmer, welfare recipient and legal guardian of two young children, Monsegur did not go to college and is a self-taught hacker. Although his skills and intellect could command a lucrative salary in the private sector,... [more]
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Unlike the government, the drug cartels don't have to look legitimate - they just have to look really, really scary. Which means that Anonymous's methods will by definition not work against them, since the drug cartels have no... [more]
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(I try to eschew honey not because of the toil of the bees but because of all the extra bees that die in industrial honey production. I am not a jerk about it because I recognize that almonds and blueberries, which I eat, are fertilized by... [more]
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If this were me - as avoidant as I am, and only giving this advice because you're at the 'what do I do tomorrow' stage - I would go in, pretend it was a normal visit, say what I needed to say and then do a ghost/slow fade and avoid his calls if any.... [more]
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And also, would you say the same of someone who was convicted of raping a child? If you're going to have courts, the courts themselves have to be above reproach. Otherwise, you might as well say "the police should arrest... [more]
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Is it possible to care deeply about and be deeply interested in something without turning into a snobby jerk about it? Like, why go through life thinking scornfully of all those people who don't weightlift seriously? And do you ever stop,... [more]
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Can you suggest that she look around on the internet for other advice on this? I think that it's a tricky thing to negotiate, because there are several things in place - a generally misogynist culture which tells women that they are never... [more]
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Laurie Penny has a new book out. I own it but haven't read it. In general, I like her work. I feel like it's weird and potentially appropriative of cultural capital for me, a white person, to recommend books by women of color, but I also feel... [more]
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