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HOW THE WOMAN GOT HER PERIOD


Life Rolls On

"Pssssttt! What does the yellow light mean?"
"Slow down."
"What... does... the... yellow... light... mean?"
"Slow down!"
"Whaaaaaat... dooooeeees... theeeee... yeeeelllllllllllooowwww... liiiiight... meeeeeeaaaaan?"
"Slow down!!!"
"Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat…."
posted by zarq to MetaFilter on Apr 11 at 7:22 AM
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Female Pain

Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain. "The pain of women turns them into kittens and rabbits and sunsets and sordid red satin goddesses, pales them and bloodies them and starves them, delivers them to death camps and sends locks of their hair to the stars. Men put them on trains and under them. Violence turns them celestial. Age turns them old. We can’t look away. We can’t stop imagining new ways for them to hurt."
posted by homunculus to MetaFilter on Apr 14 at 7:30 PM
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What If Everything You Knew About Poverty Was Wrong?

"A sociologist at Johns Hopkins University, Edin is one of the nation's preeminent poverty researchers. She has spent much of the past several decades studying some of the country's most dangerous, impoverished neighborhoods. But unlike academics who draw conclusions about poverty from the ivory tower, Edin has gotten up close and personal with the people she studies—and in the process has shattered many myths about the poor, rocking sociology and public-policy circles.
posted by Bella Donna to MetaFilter on Apr 10 at 6:33 PM
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Life check-in worksheets?

I have recently undergone a lot of change in my life - ended a long-term relationship, moved into a new place (previously lived with partner), quit a long-ish-term career (9 years including profession-specific study) and as a combination of the above, changing a lot of my social group. I think this is a sort of make-or-break crossroads time in my life - so would like to actively work on and question what I want to get out of my career/personal relationships. My therapist suggested doing "life check-ins" where I spend time thinking and writing down these things. Does anyone know of any "worksheets" that might give me some guidance to work with? Even a check-list would be helpful, but I'm envisioning maybe a list of questions. Google has brought up some options but I'm looking also for personal anecdata about what has worked for mefites. Thanks!
posted by nvly to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 13 at 6:55 PM
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Now they are the same thing

The Color Of His Presidency
A few weeks ago, the liberal comedian Bill Maher and conservative strategist and pundit Bill Kristol had a brief spat on Maher’s HBO show, putatively over what instigated the tea party but ultimately over the psychic wound that has divided red America and blue America in the Obama years. The rise of the tea party, explained Maher in a let’s-get-real moment, closing his eyes for a second the way one does when saying something everybody knows but nobody wants to say, “was about a black president.” Both Maher and Kristol carry themselves with a weary cynicism that allows them to jovially spar with ideological rivals, but all of a sudden they both grew earnest and angry. Kristol interjected, shouting, “That’s bullshit! That is total bullshit!” After momentarily sputtering, Kristol recovered his calm, but his rare indignation remained, and there was no trace of the smirk he usually wears to distance himself slightly from his talking points. He almost pleaded to Maher, “Even you don’t believe that!” “I totally believe that,” Maher responded, which is no doubt true, because every Obama supporter believes deep down, or sometimes right on the surface, that the furious opposition marshaled against the first black president is a reaction to his race. Likewise, every Obama opponent believes with equal fervor that this is not only false but a smear concocted willfully to silence them.

posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter on Apr 15 at 10:22 AM
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Tom Lehrer Is Dead...Er...Alive And Well And Living In Cambridge, Mass.

I know what you thought -- you saw the name Tom Lehrer and thought "Shit! Obit thread! I loved that guy!" Well, sailor, it's your lucky day because he's not dead yet, he's 86 years old and still hanging in there. At least that's what this surprisingly in-depth and clickbait free article at BuzzFeed has to say. He's notoriously shy of interviews and did not do one for the reporter here, nevertheless you'll learn all about his brief-but-illustrious career and why he tossed it all away at a relatively young age.
posted by briank to MetaFilter on Apr 10 at 2:55 PM
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True friends stab you in the front

Web comic artists Ryan North and David Malki have been "discovering" obscure books "written" by each other, and posting their finds at BOOKWAR.
posted by scatter gather to MetaFilter on Apr 11 at 11:39 AM
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Everything old is new again

Why We’re in a New Gilded Age Paul Krugman reviews Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, and discusses the renewal of the importance of capital in preserving inequality across generations.
posted by jaduncan to MetaFilter on Apr 15 at 6:13 AM
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If I get killed, please don't bury my soul.

The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie. No grave site, no photograph. Forget that — no anecdotes. This is what set Geeshie and Elvie apart even from the rest of an innermost group of phantom geniuses of the ’20s and ’30s. Their myth was they didn’t have anything you could so much as hang a myth on.
posted by oinopaponton to MetaFilter on Apr 12 at 9:52 AM
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Your favorite vegetarian frozen meals and convenience foods?

Due to being really busy at work, being sad about something in my personal life, and having just moved and not yet finished unpacking or making space for myself in the shared kitchen, I'm having a problem with food/having no appetite, and I can't (don't want to) cook much at the moment. Basically eating has become a giant chore and nothing seems good. To help get through the next week or couple of weeks, I would like your suggestions for the best tasting vegetarian convenience foods and super easy recipes that you know of.
posted by treese to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 12 at 9:42 AM
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For Richer Or Poorer

Ask Polly: Will Our Class Differences Tear Us Apart?
I've been with my current boyfriend for three years. We're really great together—similar interests, senses of humor, great sex. I love him so much—the only issue is that of our respective backgrounds. He grew up in a tony suburb, went to prep school, then to a very prestigious college, and finally the very prestigious graduate school where we met. I went to public school in a bad neighborhood, put myself through a not-so-prestigious college, made a name for myself in my field, then got into that same prestigious grad school. Our families could not be more different. I didn't think it would matter so much, but something happened recently that I can't shake.

posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter on Apr 12 at 9:32 AM
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He's just definitely that into you

What does healthy requited love look like? How do I know if a person Likes Me Back?
posted by Sara C. to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 9 at 1:48 PM
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How the Muppets created Generation X

"We all have our nostalgia. But, at least for me, my love of Henson’s work goes beyond that. I don’t think we love the Muppets simply because they came from our childhood. We love the Muppets because they gave us a worldview – a profoundly idealistic, yet profoundly realistic worldview – that many of us carry into our adulthoods. It is only rarely that we take the time to consider where we picked up such ideas."
posted by jocelmeow to MetaFilter on Apr 9 at 5:44 AM
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Make me an Excel rockstar!

What are some of the most useful Excel add-ins that you use on a daily basis?
posted by rippersid to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 11 at 7:18 AM
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A 13-year-old golden eagle huntress in Mongolia


Whaddaya mean "no new episodes"?

I'd like some more podcasts to listen to. Stuff I already like after the fold.
posted by griphus to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 10 at 7:22 AM
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You cannot outrun the past, because the past is awesome.

If cruising through neon wireframe landscapes is your kind of thing, and previous mefi posts haven’t satisfied your burning desire for synth wave/retro electro/neo 80s, then perhaps you would be interested in a few of the following albums...
posted by ropeladder to MetaFilter on Apr 15 at 5:12 PM
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REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED WITH PEDAL STEEL

We got Carrie Underwood's Before He Cheats, we got Dixie Chicks' Goodbye Earl; I would like more suggestions of country songs sung by ladies about exacting revenge or just seriously fucking up some no-good man.
posted by Greg Nog to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 12 at 8:30 AM
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Seeking happy farming/homesteading blogs

I am looking for blogs that deal with small-scale farming, homesteading, and sustainable living.
posted by jschu to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 11 at 2:08 PM
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Her exact words: "I think the day you meet the guy of your dreams, your negative feelings would melt away." Holy shit get a new doctor. [view]
posted by griphus to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 11 at 12:18 PM
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I'd give him some water, but he'd probably only turn it into wine. [view]
posted by pracowity to MetaFilter on Apr 13 at 10:36 PM
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I'm a UX designer. I have had an iphone for years. I had the 5s. My work sent me over to the UK for a project for a year. Before I left, I needed to either unlock my phone (like $800) or buy an unlocked phone. I got online, checked the stats, and decided on a Moto X. I got one with the teak backplate. Everyone over here says it's the most... [more]
posted by nushustu to MetaFilter on Apr 12 at 5:27 AM
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I'm assuming the seafloor is extremely flat and devoid of features at that depth due to sediment build up. I've worked with side-scan & seismic surveys of ocean floors all over the world, and rarely is the ocean floor actually flat on a scale that matters here, that is the scale which will affect any kind of recovery, and could affect... [more]
posted by barchan to MetaFilter on Apr 8 at 8:57 PM
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Sriracha Ice Cream: 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup whole milk 1/4 cup condensed milk 4 egg yolks 1 whole egg 3/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon cardamom (brings out a fruity flavor that's really nice, and adds some texture) 1/3 cup or so sriracha (I really judge this more by color than quantity -- it... [more]
posted by penduluum to MetaFilter on Apr 11 at 3:19 PM
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Turns out, as with all things political, there's money involved in here. In order to entice Huy Fong from Rosemead - where they've been operating for years without complaint - Irwindale offered the company a low cost loan and expected to collect the interest. Huy Fong built the plant, moved and immediately refi'd and paid off the loan, screwing... [more]
posted by drewbage1847 to MetaFilter on Apr 11 at 2:57 PM
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I'll also share this depressing one, which, among all the boring "heyyy" messages I get was by far the worst. This is, in 3 messages, a perfect example of how not to date. Sent March 28 Hi. I read your profile and noticed quite a few things I liked about it. I don't mind if someone drinks, but I don't at all either and some people... [more]
posted by phunniemee to MetaFilter on Apr 13 at 9:44 AM
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When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." --Matthew 8:18-20 It is fascinating... [more]
posted by Pater Aletheias to MetaFilter on Apr 14 at 3:33 AM
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I couldn't read past the first few sentences. The first murdered child case I responded to was of a three year old who was also a twin, and the same age as my own child at the time. He was three. He had been playing and didn't make it to the bathroom in time. He defected in his pants, happens thousands of times a day all over the world, right?... [more]
posted by 1066 to MetaFilter on Apr 9 at 9:08 PM
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This is something I've heard echoed from many of my married friends: when I met my partner, it was easy. Part of that was, as you've mentioned, he returned my text messages. He called back. He made plans with me and didn't cancel them. He introduced me to his friends. He invited me to stay over. He wanted to stay over at my place. He... [more]
posted by pretentious illiterate to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 9 at 2:52 PM
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I guess there's a new serif in town. [view]
posted by Brandon Blatcher to MetaFilter on Apr 11 at 2:20 PM
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I stopped reading at "family preservation". "Family preservation" nearly got me killed. The only reason I am here today is that my instinct for SELF preservation was strong enough to get me out of the house and across the alley before I fell into unconsciousness. My parents tried to kill me. Children's Services KNEW I... [more]
posted by MissySedai to MetaFilter on Apr 9 at 11:03 PM
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Though actually I guess I would probably laugh pretty hard if one random woman had been like SUP BB HOW IS YR THICKNESS with an unfocused close-up of her labia [view]
posted by Greg Nog to MetaFilter on Apr 13 at 10:16 AM
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On Friday and Saturday, I visited many more [of the poor] as I could. I found some in their cells underground; others in their garrets, half-starved both with cold and hunger, added to weakness and pain. But I found not one of them unemployed who was able to crawl about the room. So wickedly and devilishly false is that common objection, “They are... [more]
posted by 4ster to MetaFilter on Apr 10 at 7:11 PM
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Ellen DeGeneres was rumored as one possibility for the slot. She's lost her edge since she went to daytime. One of the funniest ever when she was just doing stand up. But now . . . making sure the advertisers aren't mad. Not to derail, but while I understand your point and agree from a purely comedy-critical perspective, after all... [more]
posted by MCMikeNamara to MetaFilter on Apr 10 at 11:26 AM
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No no no... the more you reduce the awareness, the more powerful it becomes. [view]
posted by leotrotsky to MetaFilter on Apr 11 at 7:39 AM
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The "little mouse" thing reads like a classic neg, TBH. I wouldn't be surprised if they come from PUA boards. Oh yeah. Whenever I get a message that contains a backhanded complement, I now immediately google it. Same for messages that are very elaborately written yet don't make reference to anything in my profile. Then I... [more]
posted by showbiz_liz to MetaFilter on Apr 13 at 9:57 AM
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Soooo, I'm a volunteer mod on OKC. Previous training from rape crisis lines was very helpful. It's that bad. Some of the reasons I stay a mod are it helps keep the site safer for others, and also keeps me on the site in spite of being reported fairly frequently (based on my photos) as being a man posing as a ...transgendered queer. We see about,... [more]
posted by Dreidl to MetaFilter on Apr 13 at 11:54 AM
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I'm not a supporter of Mr. Obama, but it should be obvious even to the dimmest of the dim that racism is a big if not the biggest driving force behind the right's hatred of him. It's a factor, sure, but I'm old enough to remember the Clinton Years well, when Rush Limbaugh opened every show with counting the number of days that America... [more]
posted by Pater Aletheias to MetaFilter on Apr 15 at 11:04 AM
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The first murdered child case I responded to This is one of those sentences that should just not exist in any language. [view]
posted by rtha to MetaFilter on Apr 9 at 9:22 PM
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