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Aragorn was black. Tolkien just forgot to mention it. You know, I wish this were true. Everyone has read The Last Ringbearer, right? (My thought is that, honestly, if you are a straight white dude or you're a happily-accepted... [more]
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I think you're imagining that a "normal" situation in a business is "everything is going perfectly because everyone is here 100%, fully trained, etc". Kind of like imagining that your "normal" commute should be twenty... [more]
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what a strange sort of sexism. and visual stereotyping. and profiling, maybe? Okay, let's lay this out: this is a queer thing (...um, early nineties reference: "and you wouldn't understand") There's a whole complicated long... [more]
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nadawi: I totally agree there are women whom date geeks out there. I fell in love with one of them and we were together for over a year, until unrelated problems involving physical distance ended it. We still talk daily though. The problem is the... [more]
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Oh, and hey - when you're all "this is shitty", you're showing that you don't have any background in the genre, its history, etc. I have seen exactly one superhero movie ever, but I know that there's quite a lot of intriguing... [more]
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Dude. You can't have austerity without authoritarianism, because you have to police your people to keep them from striking, protesting and rioting, and you have to provide some kind of torchlight parades to keep them (or at least the military and... [more]
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I don't know if any of these things will work for you, because I feel like I have probably hated myself less than you hate yourself. But I do recognize the whole "you poor sucker, why would anyone like me" feeling and the "someday I... [more]
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And I add, Serious Living Under Capitalism changes you - you get emotionally involved with your work in middle management at Dreary Industries, Life Insurance Division, and you find yourself yelling at subordinates because their body piercings go... [more]
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Things that occur to me : First, why not visit the doctor for a complete blood panel, etc? Ask about any impact that your current thinness might have on your health. It should be possible to establish, roughly, whether your current weight is... [more]
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We keep almost all those things (except the eggs, salsas and cheese) on the shelf. I can testify that sriracha is fine with extended non-refrigeration, in particular, as are molasses, maple syrup, hoisin sauce, jam (throw away jam after a few days?... [more]
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When I was younger, I thought that a lot of things were absolute dreck - pop music, contemporary literature, experimental literature, popular movies, movies made between about 1930 and 1965 in general, most comics, non-pop music that was not... [more]
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An idle thought when hiring future nannies - if one of them discovers an employer filming her secretly for unknown purposes, you may develop entirely different retention rate issues. No one I know - and I do know a couple of career nannies who have,... [more]
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Oh, you know - I remember one night years ago where I walked home at about 4am through a "bad" (my) neighborhood wearing a skirt and these really absurd extremely high mid-nineties fetish heels with a platform under the toe, and probably... [more]
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I think that going to your mentor and asking for feedback is a good idea - very often, showing that you know you made a mistake can be good for your relationships and your reputation. (I'm not an academic, but I do some Things Where Exactly... [more]
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It is so weird that this story has traction. I'm glad, of course, but I've been in a ridiculous number of situations where peaceful protesters were beaten and pepper-sprayed and so on with absolutely no repercussions to the police and... [more]
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Causes me to miss living in China. Good thing they're just dancing to the decadent music of the imperialist west I hope no one is under the illusion that mainland China is communist in anything but name - authoritarian capitalism is the... [more]
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(I mean, I've been pepper-sprayed several times...I've also seen a cop walk straight up to a legal observer who was standing on the sidewalk and wearing one of those naff legal observer hats and then pepper spray him straight in the eyes.... [more]
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Wake me when one house in the Hamptons has been burned by a mob, or a banker thrown out the window by his own employees. Or, in fact, when anything happens at all aside from some nice stencil work on the sidewalk, maybe a newspaper box set on fire,... [more]
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1. The author's experience is obviously rather particular; different social groups experience this rather differently. 2. Women are encouraged to be enforcers of "good" behavior - to say "oh you're terrible!" when somone makes... [more]
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I envision imaginary homes (which might solve your "favorite home feels far away" problem). They're all impossible - an ocean-going floating pavilion, a house carved out of a mid-ocean rocky cliff, a sequence of loggias built along a... [more]
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