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Basically, the point is that some people's problems are so serious that they can't be solved at the individual/household level, no matter how hard people work. Those problems need to be solved at a society-wide level. It doesn't matter - in… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

It only makes sense that once one's financial situation improves, that should be considered in evaluating whether one continues to receive government benefits. This would make sense if and only if marriage were very likely to make the… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

From that article linked by roomthreeseventeen: And even before they wind up in custody, the ICE agency consistently discriminates against LGBT individuals during detention decisions. A Center for American Progress Freedom of Information Act… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Another thing - this article spends so much time on nuclear war, but it seems like a land war would be bad enough, and I am not enough of an expert to understand whether this is mostly scare-mongering or not. It might be that even Putin wouldn't… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Why would dying like this be worse for me than some other way to die? If I didn't want people around in my day to day life while I was alive, how does the fact of death change it? I like the idea of dying alone, because I like being alone… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Having read the first article, I would like to know what the social risk factors for opiate addiction are - almost everyone in the story seems to come from a pretty messed up (and mostly poverty-stricken) situation. That's not to say that no… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Minnesota liberalism was, I think, always pretty much skin deep. What finally tore away the facade? I think it was 9/11, more than racism. (Minnesota has been racist for a very long time; many Minneapolitans once proudly considered the city to be… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

"Do you really mean that I can take my time on this project, or do you really mean that you need it right now?" I thought that clarifying this was pretty standard office behavior - at least, I frequently see work advice columns… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Minnesotans couldn't imagine moving away from family/support networks to live somewhere new. See, I actually moved to Minnesota and stayed - voluntarily! - and the "Minnesota" that gets described in these articles is never… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

"My wife is not attractive". That's cold. Holy crap, that's cold. If I found out that my partner flatly referred to me as "not attractive", I'd....well, it would be the start of the end of it all. Honestly, if I were you,… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I found it creepy, but I also think that there's a lot of creepiness and no satisfactory resolution about this issue. I have a relative who defaults to mumbling "I want to die, I want to die" when they have a bad day....they're dwindling… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Actually, I like poking holes in the Potterverse because that lets the fanfic in. Back when I was young and full of spleen, I wrote a big fic about how most people couldn't afford Hogwarts and how working class wizards got it in the neck and how… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

And there's the fact that we are an ageist society. Gee, I wonder why someone might be kind of demanding and needy when they receive nothing but social messages that they're a waste of space, no longer interesting or attractive and… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

If a rigorously protected ability to appeal grades to the chair, the dean, the dean of students, and the board of trustees, if you wish, forcing your professor to justify and thoroughly document your grade isn't enough due process for you, I… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

At the same time, "I am a liberal [older person] but these kids today are too radical and it's ruining everything" is a pretty bog-standard narrative and I can think of examples going back to the thirties. "Liberal, but too much",… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

We're living the dream every day compared to our ancestors. I think it depends on which ancestors. My peasant farmer ancestors tilling the rocky hills of Scane, or my other peasant farmer ancestors trying to avoid getting conscripted into… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

First world problems, boo fucking hoo. Growing up in South America, working my way through college, shit jobs like sweeping up mouse shit in the warehouse of an abusive fashion designer, driving a grease truck parked on campus all night long (that… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I think it's at least possible that assisted suicide is an expression of ableism, and that troubles me quite a bit. I just want to put a little pressure on this idea. It may be true as far as many conditions go, but I know from my own… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I totally love all this "the Boomers, so selfish, golden ladder" etc stuff...first of all, it's the white Boomers, right? Not a lot of golden ladders if you're black. White Boomers from well-off families who didn't have to go to… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Yeah, I've been in plenty of organizations where the trouble comes from the flaky kids who just want to party and decide at the last minute not to show up, come in hungover, etc etc. In my current situation, one of the two most reliable people is in… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I'm certainly looking forward to when my generation is old and some of us are stubborn, grumpy or in the very early grip of dementia. "Those Gen-X-ers are so entitled - they're spoiled by receiving their government ration of tube food!… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Given enough advance notice, I would attend a mefi fair meetup. [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

The fair! The fair! Let me tell you, there would have been no poutine, no sweet potato tacos, no hand pies and no butter chicken samosas at the fair back in 1996 when I first attended. At this point, you can go to the fair and get relatively… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I have a friend with a recent and difficult divorce under her belt. I assume that things vary by state, but also that there are some generalities likely to be true. Note - you DO need a lawyer, and you need a SHARK. You don't know how your… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

A book aimed at children that falls back on simplistic, unfair tropes that communicate character flaws through the characters' physical appearance? A children's book you say? Have you read any other children's books? I mean,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Mary Gentle She wrote a couple of kids' books, including A Hawk In Silver which I just loved as a child. I was mostly trying to think of writers who were relatively successful, not always entirely PC (like, god knows, Joan Aiken) and… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

To me this sounds a little unusual but not out of the normal range of human emotions - and mostly what sounds unusual to me is the googling. I'd say that if you can sincerely consider your actions and thoughts and you're sincerely committed to… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

After looking at the photos on this site Looking at that site, basically everyone gets turned into an elf as much as their physiology allows. Some of the after photos don't look human - I mean, they look pretty, and I don't think that… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Well that's that settled then. Never again shall we have to worry that this law will be in any way molested, eviscerated. or otherwise clusterfuck-ified But the longer it's in place, the harder it will be to dislodge, because the more… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I would like some oden now, please. [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I will throw this out there - back when I had a borderline eating disorder and lost a bunch of weight over about eighteen months, I had to eat ~900 calories per day to lose weight - and I too tracked this obsessively and ate very few carbs. I… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Harry Potter and the Tax Return (Wizard) (Form A1(c)) Harry Potter and the Budget Reform Bill, Line Item MoM Harry Potter and the Daycare Subsidies Act Harry Potter and the National Healthcare System Harry Potter and the Wizarding NGO Harry… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I really like Chris Kraus. In some ways her work feels/still feels really eighties to me, like it belongs in Re/Search: Angry Women. And OMG the abjection. I hope she is not as abject in life. Or if we are all in fact that abject in life… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Can I just clarify here, and maybe ask that people read somewhat carefully? Having read the first article, I would like to know what the social risk factors for opiate addiction are - almost everyone in the story seems to come from a pretty… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I mean, if we were in the global south, surely we would also have, for example, a straw cape or a plastic poncho to shed the rest of the rain. These really suggest sixties poptimism future more than anything else to me, and as such seem very San… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

So he didn't post these, a student did? You're sure it was a student? This whole thing on the face of it sounds like he's a scary manipulative person who has been lying to you and gotten married, but if someone got married while trying to… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

You know, secret negotiations would not be so bad if there were a protracted national debate and some kind of meaningful public vote over the result, such that lay people who were interested in the treaty would have a chance to find out about… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

You want some Spoek Mathambo - who I recommend musically as well, of course. His cover of 'Control' is really amazing and totally makes the song have more meaning than the original. (Not that I don't like the original.) It's not a high… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I actually quite liked the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie for the Big! Dumb! thing. I saw it once in the theater when I was feeling kind of depressed, and I remember distinctly thinking that it was a pretty satisfying movie of that general… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

“I’ve been trying to work out what a Tory feminist is, because I keep seeing photographs of female Tory MPs in the newspapers, wearing T-shirts with ‘This is what a feminist looks like’ on them. What, like a T-shirt? How can a T-shirt look like a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I think Lodge has some US production again, and as for the Le Creuset, most of the actual enameled stuff is French as far as I can tell. They also make some (very good) ceramic and other stuff from China. I prefer to buy stuff made in situations… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

What Cooks Illustrated says is that the Lodge enamel cookware is almost as good as Le Creuset. I have a giant Le Creuset ding-and-dent stockpot, and it's very, very nice. It heat evenly (no hot spots) and holds a temperature well; it's large… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I was actually working abroad when September 11 happened - although I was in a place where I couldn't get a lot of media coverage and missed much of the immediate fuss. This was at a time when I was trying to decide whether I'd stay abroad… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

The thing I always wonder about these capsule wardrobes: how do you handle office work? Like, I can sort of repeat my less noticeable pants once a week, but unless I want to wear only black pants all the time, I need at least four pairs of… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Alden's in-house recrafting service is different from what your usual cobbler will do. Your usual cobbler will replace a layer of the sole by stripping off the worn part and gluing on a new layer of leather or rubber or just gluing on a new layer,… [more]
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