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How to buy happiness.

Do you own something that is a little bit (or a lot) more than the basic or the practical, and it's just the best? Please, tell me about it! Examples inside.
posted by rodneyaug to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 16 at 11:55 AM
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Fear and Trembling and the Sickness Unto Death

The Trump Show, Episode 22: amid deadly showdowns with Russia, North Korea, Iran, and the UAE, the President gets tough with Canada. And there's oh, so much more inside.
posted by msalt to MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 12:50 PM
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Salary Negotiation: A Simple How-To (Part 1: DO IT)

Andrea Tomingas (MetaFilter's Uncle Glendinning) prepared this how-to-negotiate-salary doc (on Google Docs) for some family and friends and is now sharing it with the world! "I'm a woman in tech and I had to kinda figure out how to negotiate salary on my own (but see note inside) so wanted to share my experience to level the playing field a bit." [via mefi projects]
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Mar 16 at 1:25 PM
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Not Without Precedent

A fifth package-bomb, destined for Austin, has exploded at a FedEx facility. Two people were injured in package-bomb explosions just yesterday. Austin police suspect that these incidents may be racially motivated and are now asking for the killer to reach out and talk to them.
posted by runt to MetaFilter on Mar 20 at 7:22 AM
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The Intellectual We Deserve

What should my summer uniform be?

I want to buy 5 copies of the perfect dress so I can wear the same thing to work every day this summer. Help me find this dress!
posted by neematoad to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 10:11 AM
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Does anyone have the right to sex?

The question, then, is how to dwell in the ambivalent place where we acknowledge that no one is obligated to desire anyone else, that no one has a right to be desired, but also that who is desired and who isn’t is a political question, a question usually answered by more general patterns of domination and exclusion.
Does Anyone Have the Right to Sex? A piece by philosopher Amia Srinivasan in the London Review of Books.
posted by painquale to MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 6:30 PM
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My relationship with the internet is ruining my life

I know that sounds dramatic, but I have a years-long history of missing things I want to do because I can't pry myself away from the internet. This feels like an actual addiction, but it's not feasible to just go cold turkey. I have tried just about everything to control it on my own, but nothing works. What's the next step?
posted by Anonymous to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 12:03 AM
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Where does my Council Tax go?

Freedom of Information requests are a fantastic tool for citizens and journalists alike, but they're also a favourite with people who have an axe to grind. When 'James' demanded to know why he had to pay for Adult Social Services and the Fire Brigade though, he probably didn't expect so blunt an answer from South Somerset District Council.
posted by garius to MetaFilter on Mar 14 at 3:52 PM
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Kiss me, my slave owners were Irish

NO, THE IRISH WERE NOT SLAVES TOO: Historian Liam Hogan has spent the last six years debunking the Irish were slave myth. (Previously)
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Mar 17 at 11:08 AM
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Nanobots, genetic engineering, and two girls falling in love

Always Human, by Ari Walkingnorth: In a future Australia, where body modification mods are ubiquitous, Sunati is fascinated by a woman she sees at the train station, who apparently has no mods at all. An offer of an anti-allergy mod simply upsets the woman, and causes her to leave. In a second meeting, the woman, Austen, explains over a cup of coffee; she has an overactive immune system, meaning she can't use mods at all. Day to day things that are simple for everyone else, like enhanced memory or changing her features, are frustratingly difficult or impossible for her. On impulse, Sunati asks her out, and despite her reservations about Sunati’s motives, Austen agrees...
posted by happyroach to MetaFilter on Mar 14 at 12:30 AM
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The Man in the Mirror (TW: rape)

No kings

It wasn't just Greece: Archaeologists find early democratic societies in the Americas is one of a pair of articles by Lizzie Wade about recent archeological studies of ancient Mesoamerican societies which have uncovered evidence that some were not autocratic but collective and democratic. It takes Tlaxcallan and Teotihuacan as its central examples, but looks further afield, even to societies outside the Americas. The second article, Kings of Cooperation, focuses on one example, the Olmec city of Tres Zapotes, which had seven centuries of collective rule in between times of kingship.
posted by Kattullus to MetaFilter on Mar 17 at 1:58 AM
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The Shield

In January, the Asbury Park Press (APP) published "The Shield" -- a 19-part investigation of police corruption and lack of accountability in New Jersey. The exposé took two years to complete and revealed that municipalities across the state had collectively spent about $43 million in taxpayer money to cover up the brutal actions of rogue cops who had killed, beaten and stalked more than 200 citizens. In many cases, the cops were not only protected from punishment, but even kept their jobs and received promotions.
posted by zarq to MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 8:25 AM
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IDEA Instructions Common algorithms in the form of IKEA instructions.
posted by Artw to MetaFilter on Mar 18 at 10:09 AM
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What Is Democratic Socialism Anyway?

“This is also why authoritarian “socialist” regimes don’t deserve the name. The whole purpose here is to increase people’s control over their circumstances. If you’re simply vesting that control in a government, and people have no say in that government, then there’s nothing socialistic about what is going on, unless the term is meaningless. Collective ownership means collective decision-making power. Without democratic decision-making, then there’s no collective ownership. There’s just government ownership, and governments themselves only conform to the principles of socialism to the extent they are democratic. In fact, “democratic socialism” should be a redundancy, because socialism should consist of the application of democracy to all aspects of life.” Socialism As A Set Of Principles (Current Affairs)
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Mar 20 at 9:22 AM
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The difference between a snafu, a shitshow, and a clusterfuck

Let’s say the situation at work is not good. The project (or product, or re-org, or whatever) has launched, and the best you can say is that things aren’t going as planned. At all. It’s a disaster, though the best word for it is the one you drop over drinks with your team and when venting at home: it’s a clusterfuck. […] To appreciate what a clusterfuck is—and to understand how to avoid one—it is first helpful to clarify some of the things a clusterfuck is not.
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 7:49 AM
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Oh my god. No way. That's the moon?

Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet showed some people the moon.
posted by uncleozzy to MetaFilter on Mar 14 at 12:21 PM
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Six Degrees Of Surveillance

In the latest Facebook data breach, Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm founded by Alexander Nix, which specializes in public influence campaigns, was commissioned by Stephen Bannon (who was in turn bankrolled by Robert Mercer) to collect and analyze data on Facebook users. CA adapted an online survey tool developed by academic Aleksandr Kogan. If a Facebook user opted in to the survey, for a small reward, the tool scraped not that user's profile, but the profiles of everybody that user was connected with. As former CA employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie puts it, the process "scaled well." For relatively small outlay, CA were able to collect the profiles of 50-60+ million Facebook users for Bannon, to then be used for targeted political advertising.
posted by carter to MetaFilter on Mar 18 at 10:01 AM
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“The child is in me still and sometimes not so still”

On what would have been his 90th birthday, Focus Features has dropped the first official trailer for a new documentary about Fred Rogers’ life and legacy: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
posted by not_the_water to MetaFilter on Mar 20 at 11:44 AM
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I took Susan Simpson's data around the money laundering to provide the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels and wrote some code to try out some things. I filtered the list to all payments to organizations containing TRUMP. There were 466 of them. Then, for each transaction, I considered whether the amount of that transaction plus any number of... [more]
posted by 0xFCAF to MetaFilter on Mar 16 at 11:30 AM
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The Honorable Rep. Hanabusa is my rep. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but out here in Hawaii, unless you are somebody's Japanese language teacher and are trying to make them speak Japanese, you'd almost never greet a fellow local in Japanese no matter what their ancestral ethnicity. I mean, its embarrassing and horrifying that this even... [more]
posted by Joey Michaels to MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 2:15 PM
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Pelosi need to pass the baton. There's plenty of women in the House to take it. "I'd never vote for Clinton- but I'd vote for Warren!" Warren becomes viable "Warren is too right wing- but I don't hate women- I'd vote for Harris!" Harris becomes viable "Harris is a neoliberal! We need a different... [more]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to MetaFilter on Mar 16 at 3:37 PM
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It was so dumb and evil that the FBI walked out on the interrogations because it was too evil for them. @matthewamiller (MSNBC) As a side note, there are many impressive moments from Bob Mueller's career, but one of his finest was ordering FBI agents not to participate in the CIA's torture program, at a time of extraordinary pressure. [view]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 3:30 PM
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Zinke responded: "Oh, konnichiwa" Another day, another five-alarm-fire of blatant racism and general stupidity from a cabinet member which will be largely ignored because of all the other fires. My jaw is on the floor. I'm so angry at this. And I'm angrier still at where it fits in the context of this gigantic shitshow. [view]
posted by scaryblackdeath to MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 1:18 PM
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What is the best up-to-date site or article that lays out the case for Trump's collusion with Russia? I've been working hard to keep 2016 Active Measures - What the Public Knows up to date. Here is a direct link to the evidence of collusion section. I organized it into eight categories 1.) Papadopoulos 2.) Sater 3.) Manafort 4.)... [more]
posted by OnceUponATime to MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 8:18 AM
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Our students walked out today for 17 minutes. 17 of our students laid down on the ground around our quad. Our students spoke eloquently about gun control. They let a kid who shoots speak about how he, as a gun enthusiast, feels like stricter controls on what guns are sold and who is able to buy them and how the process for owning one needs to be... [more]
posted by Joey Michaels to MetaFilter on Mar 14 at 4:45 PM
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The nerd girls who might genuinely share their interests in life aren't usually given to investing as much time and money into a high-status appearance. The idea that there's a division between "pretty girls" and "nerd girls" is one that's often driven by some pretty toxic ideas about femininity - namely, the more... [more]
posted by Kutsuwamushi to MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 8:31 PM
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The Guardian's Lois Beckett on Twitter: Covering a walkout this morning at an elementary school in Virginia, and the 11-year-old organizers had a press packet ready for me. [view]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 to MetaFilter on Mar 14 at 8:11 AM
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Well, money isn't everything. It's all in how you spend it. I'm not involved so much on the finance side of things-- I know it does help, a lot. I'm a field hand, and the boots on the ground is what I know. Field margin-- and that is all volunteer driven, direct voter contact, knocking on doors and making phone calls, that kind of thing-- is the... [more]
posted by dogheart to MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 9:39 PM
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5. The suburbs are in revolt. The fact that today our kids are literally marching in the streets so they won't get shot to death in school, and the Republicans have responded by attacking the children because they're so terrified of the Russian-funded domestic terrorists that give them money ...might be... [more]
posted by leotrotsky to MetaFilter on Mar 14 at 12:46 PM
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Why Are White Men Stockpiling Guns? Because nothing is more terrifying than imagining others will treat you as you have treated them. [view]
posted by srboisvert to MetaFilter on Mar 18 at 3:33 PM
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From TweetLand: Liz Cheney: The Enhanced Interrogation Program saved lives, prevented attacks, & produced intel that led to Osama bin Laden. The techniques were the same as those used on our own people in the SERE program. No one should slander the brave men & women who carried out this crucial program. Meghan McCain: My... [more]
posted by Dashy to MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 1:51 PM
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Jpfed: “I think that Trump cannot conceive of Mueller as anything but a politically-motivated actor.” So, totally unrelated to anything else going on here, I was reading this local article about a central kitchen that both trains marginalized underskilled people to work in kitchens and provides several local schools with their school... [more]
posted by soren_lorensen to MetaFilter on Mar 19 at 11:56 AM
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That’s a BCDU. Ben Carson Dining Unit. It’s like a Scaramucci for money. Sorry folks, this is catnip to datanerds: 1 Scaramucci, 10 days, is perfectly convertible to BCDUs via the well known time is money equation Business loves so much. Thus, a Scaramucci is 10 days, at a notional salary of 172k (~ 1 Spicer/yr) or roughly... [more]
posted by bonehead to MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 7:51 AM
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The Maine Republican who threw slurs at Emma Gonzalez of Parkland, FL for her gun reform advocacy has an opponent for that House seat. Eryn Gilchrist, a 28-year-old Bates College graduate who lives in Greene, ME, and works for a medical device company, filed her paperwork on Thursday There's a link to donate to her campaign in the article, for... [more]
posted by scaryblackdeath to MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 1:32 PM
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Why the internet is so ready to hate ‘Ready Player One’ ...because it's a terrible book written by a tedious person? that's why i'm ready i've been ready to hate it all my life, all of my training has anticipated this moment [view]
posted by halation to MetaFilter on Mar 16 at 8:35 AM
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few believe that any techniques exist that are "pretty effective" at affecting voting behavior So one piece of my grad studies was doing a fair chunk of research into an area adjacent to this. I'm very far from an expert (and my grad work is sadly somewhat in the past now), but I think I at least have a good idea of the type of... [more]
posted by flug to MetaFilter on Mar 17 at 11:40 PM
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This is a good read: Stormy Daniels Is Crushing Trump At His Own Game: One remarkable feature of Stormy Daniels' chess match with Trump is that shame — this White House's usual instrument against its adversaries — isn't working. Porn stars don't find shame especially useful, and Daniels is no exception. This poses a problem for the president:... [more]
posted by TwoStride to MetaFilter on Mar 15 at 2:10 PM
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Yes, Trump is suing for damages related to an affair he did not have and a payoff he did not finance in return for an NDA contract he did not sign that wasn't at all about him. [view]
posted by FelliniBlank to MetaFilter on Mar 16 at 8:21 PM
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