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I think I'd be more comfortable with this development if it didn't also involve a fair number of ugly stereotypes of LGB sexuality (especially bisexuality) coupled with aggressive identity policing based on those stereotypes. I think one of the... [more]
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Perhaps we need to two lego administrators sets - one contains secretaries, accountants and the person who makes sure that your equipment line is backed out of the indirect costs (there aren't quite enough of those sets to go round, which is why the... [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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But all these world heritage sites - it wouldn't mean anything if the global economy wasn't changing. If the economy itself wasn't becoming more and more dependent on financialization, more and more unequal and more and more... [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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I also wonder how many of these were from classes where students were required to write and post reviews. And honestly, the one where the writer was all "just once I would like a cheerful book in English class" - my god, it was nonstop... [more]
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I'm a programmer too, and I don't know a ton about unions. But I've been part of one in the past, and my husband is in one now. Let's say McDonald's has a union and it's employees get $25/hour. Wendy's workers have no union and get $8/hour. There... [more]
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But I think what this is getting at is that...um...probably a lot of people would say "of course Shakespeare does not suck" without actually having any kind of developed reasoning or experience about why they feel that... [more]
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I assume women just...hold it until they get home? Since public urination doesn't seem to be so much an option? While peeing in front of everyone and potentially messing up the drinking water is bad, it also strikes me as bad that women appear to... [more]
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Call the fucking cops and have him charged. The thing is, very often people don't want to call the cops - they don't themselves want to go through the awfulness and publicity of a trial, they don't want to introduce cops into their... [more]
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I've seen this chart before - I believe it's from a book called The Tastemakers and it was in the context of trying to figure out how "taste" itself came to be a big deal in US culture and how this intersected with class. It's not a... [more]
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This whole "but we can't have trigger warnings because they won't prevent everyone everywhere from being triggered" theme that's coming up here....well, yes, life is imperfect. The purpose of socialism, as Orwell remarked, is not to make... [more]
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Glass is more likely to be a problem for me on a subway or in a Starbucks because, whoops, I wore a skirt or a scoop neck T-shirt and I bent over to pick up some litter. Tease. I find myself wondering how ubiquitous personalized... [more]
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"Don't feed the troll" is a tried and true internet adage. It works. There are trolls, they want attention, they want people to disagree with them. It's been proven time and time again that if you don't engage with them, they go away.... [more]
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Anybody that lived in Atlanta through the 90s could have told you this. They doubled the size of I-75. It was congested within a week. The thing is, induced demand has been a commonplace of urban geography courses since the... [more]
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And then I started wondering - exactly what is this downswing in the birthrate going to do to Social Security 20-something years from now when I retire? Of course, one could just allow in a bunch more legal immigrants, who are very... [more]
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Bloodchild is also a kind of draft of the ideas in Dawn. The more science fiction I read, the more I realize that Butler is one of the biggest influences on...well, let's say post-1990 science fiction. (Not that no one was reading her... [more]
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See, these are all cute clothes, but where the hell does one work in any of them? Even when I was young and punk rock, none of those would have been work outfits except maybe the dress. I can't even wear shorts to work, so any shorts... [more]
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Don't say "personal brand". I would infinitely rather have to recite a list containing all the usual suspects ("moist", "adorkable", etc) than have to hear people refer to their "personal brand". Every time I... [more]
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I still know virtually all the words to virtually all these. This was one of the albums that - and I don't even like it, or Lou Reed except the Velvets, because everyone likes the Velvets - made me who I am today. In my early teens, it made... [more]
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