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I keep find myself thinking about the brutal and miserable life of farm laborers (so brutal and miserable, in fact, that it looks pretty bad even in light-hearted and nostalgic books like All Creatures Great and Small) and I imagine a... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

You poor kid. I'm so sorry that all this stuff has happened. I know it can be so, so hard to reconcile seeing our parents as real people who - on one level - did their very best to raise us and were just human people with flaws, and on the other... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

The thing is, a LOT of humor by an oppressed group about the oppressors is pretty rough-and-tumble. If you're an oppressor-class person who isn't awful, you may well feel bad. I mean, all those "white women are such ugly mayo-faces who think... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

"What's surprising is that we find that most people seem to endorse hierarchy when they think they're attractive and oppose it when they think they're not," Belmi said. It all depends on whose ox is gored - that's the great... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

As I recall the episode (-and, true I haven't read the Hyphen article) the gist of what the episode was about wasn't defending 'Truth'. It was about demonstrating how difficult the concept of truth in fact is and how 'Truth' basically doesn't... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Okay, I can tell you something from within the radical left, based in many years of experience: No matter what Fox says or how the media tries to spin it, there is absolutely zero fucking traction on the left for mass violence... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

A lot of travel looks just like the postcard and you're not missing that much if you don't see it in person. Honestly, there are five-minute sights. I've been to a couple of Famous Chinese Places (ruins, mostly, and god knows, the... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Another thing that occurs to me - this dude might very well be an academic bioinformatician whose specialty is something that is not at all related to predicting AD. Academic specialties are....pretty specialized. And sometimes people who... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I enjoyed the Harry Potter books, but there's nothing in them that, to my eye, suggests that Rowling had the kind of meticulous, detailed world-building in mind when she wrote them that many of the books' fans want to speculate about. That is, I... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I just want to say that thanks to the "Americans don't know enough geography" turn in a recent thread on the blue, I did a bunch of geography quizzes, I can visualize Mali on a map and I know where it is in relation to various nearby... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Tailor needed to copy shirts, coat in Minneapolis-St Paul area
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Ask MeFi post - 3 months ago

I remember your previous question and I stand by my answer from that one: break up with this girl and make some women friends before you date again. Your problem here and your problem there seem to be rooted in Not Knowing Enough... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I actually have been looking into probabilities and dementia - sadly, a close relative has an early-onset form of Alzheimer's. It seems like family history is a huge determinant. In certain small populations, I suppose nationality might serve as a... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Oh, and I add: what about the politically necessary work that is controversial and ruffles feathers? This academic dude is doing work that the middle class social consensus agrees is valuable. What if you're a sex worker organizing sex workers to... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I add that the fiftysomethings and the millenials should not fight but should join forces - they have even more in common than the rest of the working class. The millenials have nothing, the fiftysomethings basically stand to lose everything if Even... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

What a pity that in order to "save" this remarkable building, it will have to be returned to its status as luxury hotel for the 1%. You probably have a better shot at seeing it now, in its decay, than you will in ten years when it's been... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

And it weirds me out so hard that "kids today" are looking back to that era as a vanguard era of authenticity. I don't wanna crush nobody's dreams, but while there was some truly great great great music being made and publicized, I... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

One thing that is happening when you have more calories/carbs - you're retaining water. It is unlikely that you are gaining several pounds from a day or two of a few hundred calories over normal. For me, if I eat a bunch of wheat or salt (say, if I... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

The difference between we Gen Xrs and you Millenials is that while we both got screwed my generation never expected anything better. I don't know if that's good or bad. Oh, things were WAY easier when we were coming up. They were pretty... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

London sounds like a hell pit. It's the weirdest thing, since I'll be reading some novel - old Margaret Drabble, say, something set in London sometime before or at the very least during Thatcher, and it's very startling to realize that now it's all... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I just don't know how we're going to get past slavery and Jim Crow in this country except by the passage of another four or five centuries, either. You just end up with all this entrenched bullshit that poisons every aspect of our collective... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

If you read to the end of the article, it says that she has a low ACT score. She comments that when she went to an ACT-prep program with kids from the white school, the kids from the white school had simply learned a lot more prior to the test.... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

What I'm trying to say is that Ringworld (which I don't even like!) hangs together because it's written in a specific SF register. Saying that we need a "high culture" version of Ringworld is like saying we need a chibi style... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Oh, I think Margaret Atwood's science fiction is quite good. It's just not super embedded in the rest of the genre and not very concerned with the rest of the genre. In that sense, when she says she "isn't writing science fiction",... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I add that no one needs to like science fiction. Science fiction is a genre that does some things really well and does other things not so much poorly as not-that-often. Like, when I want to read a really dense novel with complex prose,... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

But that's across the board. Science fiction is massively popular in certain areas, like video games. And most all the highest-grossing film franchises are science fictional in some way, if not outright science fiction, so it's not like people are... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Frowner: I think it's telling that you mention a bunch of 60s, 70s and early 80s authors. The truth was that late 80s to the early-mid 00s were a pretty bleak time for SF. Writing in the style of the 70s just felt dated, and earlier tropes... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Could you link to some pictures of these trails? It might be that people who ride a lot will be all "eh, those are not so bad, once you've done them a couple of times you'll be fine" or maybe people will be all "yes, those are eleventh... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

The percentage of Americans who have a valid passport, according to the most recent statistics issued by the State Department in January of 2014, is about 46%... I think we've had this argument on mefi before, but international travel is... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

When we lived with a baby, Unacceptable Tiny Human Smells were an issue for our little cat. Where is her food? Is it Very Far from the baby's haunts, and particularly from any diaper pails? Is your house large enough that there can be a Cat Room... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

It's all fun to laugh at the prudes of the past, but for anyone who was of age in the 1970's, today's world has many elements of a new puritanism. For example, there were no cubicles in men's changerooms in swimming pools in the 70's (and a... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Jezebel is a Gawker blog. They are absolutely people who are thinking about niche and brand. What we kind of haven't gotten into - and what is suggested in beginning terms in the post - is the way that anti-oppression is recuperated by... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

This one has sleeves, is knit and is on sale. Also, their return policy is good so you could conceivably order several sizes. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I am a butch/genderqueerish woman. If I could afford an alternative I would not wear combat boots to an interview, but ...the interview behavior is probably more the issue than the shoes; she may not have had better shoes and figured... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Why not a dress from Lands End? They have a variety of dresses besides that one - this is a knit floral that is $69 and floral. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Because this is such a downer thread, I want to say that you can be a historian outside of academia. It's more difficult to do real history this way, but it's not impossible. I have a friend, for instance, who has a Real Serious Academic... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

What it feels like to me is just that the Cold War was too convenient to give up. That's what has struck me again and again about US and Soviet politics since the nineties. During the nineties, all was flux, but then everyone figured out that... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

One thing we've done in the past: set up an expectation that X amount of time is free (or at whatever discounted rate) but that rent goes up to (whatever rent we require) after X amount of time, so that the person has the choice of becoming a... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I will respond totally differently! I think that the discourse of "creepy", like the discourse of "fedoras", has become so formalized, crystallized and formulaic that it is no longer a useful thing to talk about in this type of... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Honestly, despite the fact that I know someone who is a good parent to a girl adopted from abroad, I think international adoptions in general should be halted. We know that they create a "market" for babies and that as a result, children... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

If it was the female version in underwear wouldn't we just be doing a riff on objectification? Perhaps. As far as I know, though, there isn't some kind of forced choice where "sculpture of a white person in underwear, choose male or... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

It's not even so much that "oooh, everyone will be triggered every time they walk by the statue". It's that when you place a statue in a public space, you're making a choice of that particular statue instead of others. You're... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Also this kind of sorta-squick realistic/parody art bugs me because I think there's this assumption that everyone everywhere always needs to be made uncomfortable in public spaces. That's one reason I'm not into this kind of exhibit - it... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I think that on some level, I've made the unconscious decision that I don't think I want to have a child that matures inside of an increasingly unhealthy body, who's going to be passively eating processed crap because of his/her mother's poor... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I could take Frowner's Scotland trip for half her quoted price. And I probably wouldn't choose Scotland as a destination, when a flight to Central America is half the price. But Frowner doesn't have to travel the way I travel. How? I... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I love William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, but I wish they didn't have to be so goddamn right all the time, the future is here and it's scary and weird. I was actually just thinking that I loathe Neil Stephenson with a red-hot fiery... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

While I'd say that covering airfare is not the hosts' responsibility, it's also important for hosts to accept that guests may not be able to afford airfare and not get upset. That's the thing that frustrates me about expensive weddings - not so much... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Wow, 100 grams of sambal oelek contains about 48 fucking percent of one's recommended maximum daily sodium intake. On the other hand, your average sambal oelek jar contains 221 grams - and while I'm sure some enthusiasts could consume half... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

On another note: perhaps I'm just feeling my age, but it's weird to look at this article (these dudes are only about four years older than me), see the photo from 1996, think "yes, that's just how everyone looked, I think I even had that... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Gentrification is a funny thing, and I feel like it can only be tackled at the structural level. I assume that there's a small number of people who have enough money that they have a very wide range of choices in housing and food - people who can... [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

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