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I am worried about someone whose guilty pleasure is grapes, unless they have a specific grape-excluding medical condition. I can totally buy that someone feels guilty when they have grapes because Grapes-Fruit-Sugar-Bad and I think that's... [more]
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So basically, again, we're saying "here is a structural problem that could perhaps be solved by social reform combined with better cooling science, but the most important thing is to hector! individual! people!, no matter what those people say... [more]
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You know what? I don't think that nerd culture is primarily about consumption. I was thinking about punk, and how I would draw a distinction between punk and nerd culture by saying that punk always emphasizes low-fi creation as much as... [more]
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Citing examples of people who have benefited or might benefit from euthanasia doesn't mean that euthanasia can't sometimes be improperly applied. Yes, precisely, just as citing examples of people who might be forced to kill themselves... [more]
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That world is gone now. That world where who you know, and what music you can listen to, is limited by your luck and your dedication – it's been replaced by one where that stuff is all a lot easier. I don't say the current generation simply... [more]
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There's another forgotten factor here - what about all of us who provide research support? The admins, accountants, grant managers, etc? All these scientists swanning about in lab coats being irresistible and all - I'm telling you, a human subjects... [more]
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In some ways I think it's really easy to draw a pretty straight line from cheap consumer goods--manufactured overseas where you don't see the conditions or have to think about what they're paid, all you care about is your new tshirt or cellphone... [more]
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What he is, though, is an absolutely fascinating person who lives life entirely on his own terms. I think he's also a hell of a lot smarter than most give him credit for. Also, kind of intensely tragic and alone. If you have not read The... [more]
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I also feel like a lot of people - not people in this thread! - are interested in "rescuing" sex workers as long as they are young, pretty, cis straight women who can be cast as relatively "innocent" victims. Men, older sex... [more]
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Okay, can I tell an Ian McKellen-related anecdote here? It's actually pretty funny. So, at my university we had a long-time, beloved and very witty faculty member who, late in life, looked extraordinarily like McKellen, especially in... [more]
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I'm not sure that even could be true. Men and women seem to travel in roughly equal numbers,1 and in a dystopian Handmaids Tale-esque scenario where no women could sit next to any man you'd just end up with a game of musical chairs and one row... [more]
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I assume that there is a supply problem for dentists as there is with doctors, where they control the number of medical school graduates and create barriers to doctors from overseas freely entering the profession here. (I assume that the theory... [more]
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As a non-Jewish person who has read Eichmann In Jerusalem (but who might not be familiar with any anti-Semitic undertones that would have been obvious when it was written) I did not find the widely criticized passages on the Jewish... [more]
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My mother's parents fit it precisely, with the exception that they claim to vote Democrat so I'll always have certain aspects of healthcare. I don't argue with them because I'm living on stock dividends they gave me. I mean, my point isn't... [more]
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I don't think it's a coincidence that the two generations least likely to donate their time and money to good causes seem to be the ones driving and consuming a lot of this self-indulgent, analytically and politically bankrupt Jezebel... [more]
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Although honestly the "and you can just cook all the tortillas" thing doesn't even come close to being excused by ignorance. "I am uncomfortable about being confronted by my own whiteness" - honestly, if you've grown up in a... [more]
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I also often think of "A Ballade of Suicide" when I'm feeling bad: The gallows in my garden, people say, Is new and neat and adequately tall; I tie the noose on in a knowing way As one that knots his necktie for a ball; But... [more]
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The cowboy clowns just can't get past their own belief that they, in any of these terrifying situations, would have the presence of mind and ability to react if they were faced with this sort of violence Because naturally, a society where... [more]
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Peak nineties? No, peak nineties was the following: 1. Way, way too many Superchunk shows given that I only really liked one song 2. Something in the mail from somebody's tiny label at least once a week 3. The Levellers and New Model... [more]
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A friend started exercising and dropped close to a hundred pounds with no dietary changes. I started exercising and...dropped zero weight, slightly reconfigured my shape, gained a lot of strength, etc. I think it's worth considering the whole... [more]
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