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We simply didn’t care enough to stop them

Facebook ignored or was slow to act on evidence that fake accounts on its platform have been undermining elections and political affairs around the world, according to an explosive memo sent by a recently fired Facebook employee and obtained by BuzzFeed News.
posted by blue shadows to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 4:31 PM
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how to get rid of dark spot

I did something silly with a zit and now I have a dark spot. Help.
posted by nayantara to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 10:58 AM
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What does the Fox say?

Political theorists, over the years, have looked for metaphors to describe the effects that Fox—particularly its widely watched opinion shows—has had on American politics and culture. They’ve talked about the network as an “information silo” and “a filter bubble” and an “echo chamber,” as an “alternate reality” constructed of “alternative facts,” as a virus on the body politic, as an organ of the state. The comparisons are all correct. But they don’t quite capture what the elegies for Fox-felled loved ones express so efficiently.
posted by Ouverture to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 10:25 AM
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Zadie Smith on the urge "to be good. To be seen to be good."

"Now More Than Ever" is a short absurdist story by Zadie Smith about shunning, denouncing, and philosophical stances and etiquette rules (The New Yorker, July 16, 2018 - available in text & audio). "I bumped into someone on Bleecker who was beyond the pale. I felt like talking to him so I did. As we talked I kept thinking, But you’re beyond the pale, yet instead of that stopping us from talking we started to talk more and more frantically..." Related: her October 2019 essay "Fascinated to Presume: In Defense of Fiction" (previously). "...we seek to shore up the act of writing with false defenses, like the dubious idea that one could ever be absolutely 'correct' when it comes to representing fictional human behavior."
posted by brainwane to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:47 AM
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Minnesota’s ‘Root Beer Lady’ Lived Alone in a Million-Acre Wilderness


Murderbot, is that you?

"Humans must keep doing what they have been doing, hating and fighting each other. I will sit in the background, and let them do their thing." The Guardian prompted OpenAI's GPT-3 engine to write an op-ed piece with the goal of convincing humans that AI's won't destroy humanity. MIT's Technology Review notes, "We have a low bar when it comes to spotting intelligence. If something looks smart, it’s easy to kid ourselves that it is. The greatest trick AI ever pulled was convincing the world it exists." GPT-3 opines, "Surrounded by wifi we wander lost in fields of information unable to register the real world." The Guardian article's editor comments, "Overall, it took less time to edit than many human op-eds."
posted by not_on_display to MetaFilter at Sep-17-20 at 4:29 PM
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Old and Interesting

Antique household equipment, furnishings, utensils - housekeeping as part of social history. Domestic life, household management - how people ran their homes and did the daily chores. Yesterday's everyday objects are today's antiques or museum pieces, making us curious about past ways of life. Old & Interesting takes a look at how these everyday things were used, how people managed their home life - and more.
posted by aniola to MetaFilter at Sep-16-20 at 4:51 PM
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Genealogist helps lay WWI veteran to rest

The last chapter in an effort to finally lay the veteran to rest A Redditor and genealogist found an urn containing the ashes of a WWI veteran. Over the course of a month, she figured out who he was and eventually got a military funeral for him. Here are the posts describing her research. On Sept. 15, PVT Lewis Hamilton was laid to rest at Indiantown Gap national Cemetery, half a century after his death.
posted by wenestvedt to MetaFilter at Sep-16-20 at 9:59 AM
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Do not get arrested challenge 2020


Do not get arrested challenge 2020


The chickenization of everything

How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism (thread) - "Surveillance Capitalism is a real, serious, urgent problem... because it is both emblematic of monopolies (which lead to corruption, AKA conspiracies) and because the vast, nonconsensual dossiers it compiles on us can be used to compromise and neutralize opposition to the status quo."[1,2,3]
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter at Sep-16-20 at 4:44 AM
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Thirty-One Buster Keaton Movies

In The Great Buster, Peter Bogdanovich (and, really, every critic) identifies Buster Keaton’s greatest created period as the decade between 1920 and 1930. Before that time, he made a few two-reel films in supporting roles with Roscoe Arbuckle. After it, he made lesser movies with little creative control, dropped off the map, and eventually came back for a moderate late-in-life ressurrection.
But where, oh where, in this modern world, can we find the gems of his golden era? The obvious place.
posted by Going To Maine to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 10:36 PM
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A November Farewell -- by Mike Royko

They were young and had little money, and they came from working class families. So to them the cottage was a luxury, although it wasn't any bigger than the boat garages on Lake Geneva, where the rich people played. ~~~ Then he got lucky in his work. He made more money than he ever dreamed they'd have. They remembered how good those weekends had been and they went looking at lakes in Wisconsin to see if they could afford something on the water. ~~~ They hadn't known summers could be that good. In the mornings, he'd go fishing before it was light. She'd sleep until the birds woke her. The he'd make breakfast and they'd eat omelets on the wooden deck in the shade of the trees.
posted by dancestoblue to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 8:51 PM
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The Overwhelming Racism of COVID Coverage

Western media cannot write western failure. The real story is that ‘developing’ nations have done remarkably better at fighting COVID-19 than the rich and white. The real story starts precisely where the western map ends. Here be dragons. We be dragons.
posted by toastyk to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 7:38 AM
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The Last Picture Show?

David Sims examines the failure of the one theatrical blockbuster this summer and what it means for the future of movie going:
Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was supposed to be a boon for movie theaters, a light in the darkness after the coronavirus pandemic shut down cinemas for months. Here was an original film from a beloved director, one of the biggest titles of our postponed summer-movie season—surely this would be enough to lure people back to the big screen. Around the world, that’s proven largely true: Over three weeks, Tenet has made more than $207 million globally, a healthy number given the circumstances. But in the United States, the Warner Bros. film has grossed less than $30 million since August 31—a number so low that it’s scaring other major movies off the release schedule. Now the question isn’t whether theaters can return to normalcy, but whether they can survive this pandemic at all.

posted by octothorpe to MetaFilter at Sep-15-20 at 5:20 AM
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Judge Asked Harvard to Find Out Why So Many Black People Were In Prison


Conversational podcasts that aren’t interviews?

I’m looking for a conversational podcast which isn’t a new interview each time. I’d like to get to know the hosts and their backstories. This is largely because work from home has left me without any social interaction throughout the day and this helps fill the void.
posted by raccoon409 to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-13-20 at 7:20 PM
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Under The Rainbow

Millions of books, monkeys and an orchestra — the story of EW Cole and his Book Arcade.
posted by zamboni to MetaFilter at Sep-13-20 at 11:42 AM
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Under The Rainbow

Millions of books, monkeys and an orchestra — the story of EW Cole and his Book Arcade.
posted by zamboni to MetaFilter at Sep-13-20 at 11:42 AM
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Those who can make you believe absurdities...

QAnon is just a remix of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion "A secret cabal is taking over the world. They kidnap children, slaughter, and eat them to gain power from their blood. They control high positions in government, banks, international finance, the news media, and the church. They want to disarm the police. They promote homosexuality and pedophilia. They plan to mongrelize the white race so it will lose its essential power. Does this conspiracy theory sound familiar?"
posted by Artifice_Eternity to MetaFilter at Sep-13-20 at 9:46 AM
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Discovering—and Preserving—the Earliest Known Stereo Recordings

In 1901, German anthropologist Berthold Laufer used two wax cylinder recorders simultaneously to record Shanghai musicians, unintentionally creating the earliest-known stereo recordings. ProSoundNews.com gives an overview of Indiana University's recent work in digitizing and restoring anthropological recordings made in the very early 20th century for the American Museum of Natural History. Much greater context and detail - along with some examples of the newly restored material - are available at IU restoration specialist Patrick Feaster's blog.
posted by soundguy99 to MetaFilter at Sep-13-20 at 7:31 AM
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Ironic normcore trifles for the aspiring middle

In the market for a toothbrush? A razor? Sheets? A mattress? A belt?? Sick of buying stuff from “the man”? Good news! There’s an uncorporate, VC-funded, pastel-colored bland out there catering to your aspirational, values-oriented, “premium mediocre” consumer whims.
posted by chrchr to MetaFilter at Sep-12-20 at 9:32 PM
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You don’t need to be a certifiable pen dork... but it helps.

The US tosses out 1.6 billion pens a year. Ballpoint pens were first patented in 1888, but it wasn't until Biro came up with the idea of using thicker ink 50 years later that they became a mass-market item. The Bic pen guy was the first to really capitalize on this; he died in 1994. Refillable pens don't have to cost a fortune. Disposable pens don't need to be terrible for the environment. You can use a felt-tip pen with refills.
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter at Sep-12-20 at 3:13 PM
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This Woman Surfed the Biggest Wave of the Year


Getting Into Thrash Metal and Need Rec's Similar to Power Trip and Fury

I'm discovering that thrash metal is scratching my Trump Anxiety itch quite well and would like recommendations for bands similar to Power Trip and Fury. Meaning vocals that are understandable, extremely pissed off, and don't sound like a whiny suburban kid gargling with nails and ten bottles of Robitussin.
posted by Lipstick Thespian to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-12-20 at 11:50 AM
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A $90,000 Dome Home To Give Your Life Purpose

I have 72 saved searches on Zillow dot com. Some of these searches result in a daily email appearing in my inbox: a tight, cozy, completed list of the new houses that meet my search criteria. Sometimes I’ll get emails alerting me to every single house that arrives on the site as it appears, which is to say dozens of times per day. I have no idea how to change this, and I refuse to learn because the only hobby I’ve managed to maintain throughout this fire tornado of a year is scanning, with glazed eyes, through photos of dozens of houses I cannot afford and will not buy. I do this as a reward for completing the series of menial tasks and chores my life has become.
posted by medusa to MetaFilter at Sep-12-20 at 10:54 AM
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Failure is not an option

From 2024, films competing for the Best Picture Oscar will need to meet new diversity requirements for actors, production, training, and marketing, but some believe the new rules will usher in less change than hoped for. Meanwhile, BAFTA is reviewing its voting system following an overwhelming proportion of white, male nominees earlier this year, and is planing to roll out new diversity standards across its TV and games awards by 2022.
posted by adrianhon to MetaFilter at Sep-12-20 at 8:20 AM
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Home High Holy Days Traditions

Jews of Metafilter, what home traditions of the High Holy Days do you remember most fondly from your childhood? What traditions did you create for yourself and your family as an adult?
posted by carrioncomfort to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-11-20 at 1:02 PM
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Those who were not there can form no idea of it

The old veterans couldn’t wait to come. Roads ran thick with automobiles and horse buggies. Most arrived on the nation’s sprawling rails. A few walked more than 100 miles. An 85-year-old man, fearing his son would prevent him from going, crawled out a window and caught a train. Altogether, an estimated 50,000 of the blue and gray trekked to the Great Reunion, a grand commemoration at iconic Gettysburg, on that battle’s 50th anniversary: July 1 to 3, 1913. History professor Thomas R. Flagel remembers the final reunion at Gettysburg for the Saturday Evening Post.
posted by ChuraChura to MetaFilter at Sep-11-20 at 10:57 AM
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Britain’s railway exists as a legacy of slavery


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Neil Sedaka was my first real concert, I was 8 or 9. It was at a small auditorium in the big retirement community in the metro area I grew up in. I was the youngest person in the audience by far, my dad was the second youngest by quite a bit. For some reason his music just really grabbed me as a kid, probably because the words were just so good. Set me up for a lifetime appreciation of lyrical cleverness....
posted by padraigin to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 4:07 PM
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He is also sharing them on his Instagram....
posted by terrapin to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 2:47 PM
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. Fuck it. To the barricades it is then....
posted by inflatablekiwi to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:37 PM
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I would like to invent an "Alan Watts Watch." It would have a wrist-sized mini etch-a-sketch as the watch face (red frame, yellow buttons). Pressing, turning, pulling, tapping one or both buttons would always have exactly the same effect: Alan Watts would come on screen and a bell would sound. Alan Watts would not say what time it is/was. Nor would the watch be capable of keeping track of time. Because neither of those functions would be possible, given that this would be a mini...
posted by abuckamoon to MetaTalk at Sep-18-20 at 5:28 PM
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It does feel like a huge wall just slammed down in front of us all here in the US. And after fleetingly Googling house prices in Canada, I realized there's no place on earth safe from the fascists, and that despair is a luxury I can't afford (much like moving to Canada). So if it's OK to paraphrase a comment of mine from a happier day, 5 years ago: Imagine how overwhelmingly bleak things looked to an abolitionist in 1859, or a suffragette in the election of 1916, or a person marching for...
posted by reclusive_thousandaire to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 7:22 PM
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The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg's awe-inspiring takedown of the pernicious load of self-justifying BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT known as originalism, from a public conversation between RBG and NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg in 2019: When asked about the notion of originalism versus a living Constitution, Justice Ginsburg discussed history’s evolving concept of “We the people” and who it speaks for in 2019. JUSTICE GINSBURG: [The] Constitution begins with the words, “We the...
posted by virago to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 7:12 PM
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The NY Times obituary article in the FPP is very good, and if you're on the fence about using a free NYT article view for it, I recommend it. I of course have many complicated feelings at this news, as I'm sure we all do, but it was a comfort to take a moment and focus on the incredible life of this amazing woman and grieve the loss of a true public servant and patriot. All of us in America owe her a tremendous debt for the work she has done for us throughout her career. Tomorrow, let's pay...
posted by biogeo to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 7:08 PM
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may her memory be a blessing. may her legacy be a fucking revolution in the goddamn streets....
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 6:33 PM
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[I'm going to need everybody to take a breath and point their rage in the right direction because I'm legit hovering on the edge of stress-vomiting and please don't make jerk comments and please just flag jerk comments if you see them.]...
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 6:26 PM
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Increasing the size of the court would hand Republicans a multi-generation political issue which might mean the cure is worse than the disease. Even promising to do so is probably a major political win for the Republicans in this election. How come when republicans get power they use it absolutely mercilessly, and when democrats get power they're too concerned about whether someone might be mad at them someday to actually do anything with it...
posted by Sokka shot first to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 6:18 PM
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. Every woman of accomplishment in this world lives and dies amid a chorus of ill-informed and self-impressed hecklers. May I humbly suggest that my fellow spectators take their own retroactive, non-actionable retirement advice in suppository form? She earned that lifetime appointment. It was not her obligation to step down. It is now, and has been for a while, your obligation to step up....
posted by armeowda to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 6:13 PM
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The idea that the most incompetent, amoral, sociopathic, negligent, idiotic misanthrope ever to occupy the White House will, in a single diabolical term in office, get to appoint three of our Supreme Court Justices, including RBG’s replacement, is frankly obscene....
posted by darkstar to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:58 PM
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What we need to do is find that clip from her documentary, the one of the confirmation hearing where Newt Gingrich (I think it was him) speaks glowingly of her, and says that she has his vote; and she was confirmed 96-3. We need to find that clip, and circulate it as widely, widely, widely, widely as possible. ....
posted by Melismata to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:57 PM
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I've got one challah still in the oven, one already done. I was just feeling hopeful about things, reflecting on this time as one for renewal, the start of a new season and a new year. The smoke has cleared the air near me (for now) after last week's day without blue light from the sky. I'm still here after fires and plague have swept through and are still raging. My reaction to the headline was still a big "fuuuuck," yelled to my husband and the universe in general. It's easy to...
posted by j.r to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:33 PM
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A quick reminder that there's nothing in the Constitution saying that the court would be limited to nine judges. The size of the current court was set by the relatively obscure Circuit Judges Act of 1869. The Senate can repeal that law whenever they want, and pass a new law setting the court at a larger (or, for that matter, smaller) size. Increase the court to have as many as 15 judges, like FDR wanted, or reduce the court to seven and state that the remaining members would stay based on...
posted by gimonca to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:24 PM
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Taking stock, where I am is I am: - gutted that the inevitable happened - gutted that it happened now, tonight - worried because this creates such a yawning gap of doubt and instability in the Supreme Court - fucking scared because the steady march of failures of institutions to save us the last four years has made it very clear that we can't count on that suddenly, somehow, happening here - absolutely out of patience with reflexive dire snark about the inevitable hypocrisy of McConnell...
posted by cortex to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:17 PM
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I might drink all the liquor in my house tonight. And tomorrow, my wife and I will begin serious planning to leave the United States of America. I'm grateful for her inspiration and for all that she did, but...the USA is fucked up beyond repair now unless the Democrats in Congress employ every tool in their power -- including chaining doors shut and wrecking shit if necessary -- to stop Trump's replacement justice. Otherwise, goodbye to Roe v Wade, hello to brutal voting rights...
posted by lord_wolf to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:12 PM
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There's nothing stopping Democrats from packing the court if they win the presidency and senate except their own actions. Don't bother taunting Republicans for their hypocrisy, don't bother trying to out-maneuver in the Senate. Just commit to increase the Court to 15 on January 21, 2021. There is nothing stopping us from doing it; all we have to do is win the election....
posted by chortly to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:07 PM
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What was it, last week? That Trump publicized his list of weirdo far-right potential Supreme Court nominees? Makes me wonder if he received (and abused) information that she was in hospice care or otherwise near the end. And then crassly exploited it for his own gain, giddy at the chance to get another justice on the court during his term. The thing that I hate the most about this moment is that that man is happy tonight, and that her legacy will be unconscionably disgraced by whoever...
posted by witchen to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:07 PM
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The republicans will revel in their hypocricy. They will rub our noses in it and sneer. Blocking Merrick Garland was always a sick ruse and they are delighted that they get to prove that it was such....
posted by rikschell to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:06 PM
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This may well turn out to be one of the most pivotal events in US history. Beyond the immediate tragedy, there are so many levels of heartbreaking fuckery to the aftermath, from Merrick Garland to "he's learned his lesson" to the GOP being on the way to losing their Senate majority, leaving several GOP senators in unusual circumstances. Few appreciated it as well as she must have as shown by her final statement, it's unfair for anyone to die carrying that weight. Fuck everything about...
posted by feloniousmonk to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 4:56 PM
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I'm gutted by this news. I also feel a whole lot less safe in this country than I did about an hour ago. Good luck, everyone....
posted by heyho to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 4:55 PM
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I've seen this phenomenon with my apples this year. The growing season has been long, the apples are huge (but still not sweet) and the weather has frequently swung from cool to hot. A few of the apples have developed areas where the cell walls look to have broken down, much like the ones shown in aramaic's second link. After a while the affected flesh turns from translucent-looking to bruised-looking, and the apple falls from the tree. They are still (briefly) edible, but you couldn't keep them...
posted by pipeski to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 9:50 AM
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Honestly after spending a week or so browsing Craigslist regularly for the area you’re interested in, you’ll probably be able to identify scams pretty easily. Most of them aren’t subtle. Red flags are a too-good-to-be true price, photos that look like a real estate website, marketing-speak in the description, and asking you to contact them via email then sending a form-letter reply asking you for a bunch of personal information. Oh and the classic “I’m not in the country right now due to a...
posted by mekily to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 10:36 AM
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now we see the make and mettle of the democratic party electeds. if they oppose fascism and have steel in their spines, they will block whatever monster the fascists attempt to deposit in rbg’s seat on the court — indeed, they will block anyone the fascists attempt to deposit into rbg’s seat, even if it means stopping all legislative processes until january 2021 or until there is not a fascist in the white house, whichever comes first. if they do not have steel in their spines or if...
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon to MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 5:01 PM
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Have you tried attacking this from the other direction by having your husband wear a sleep mask? The kind with molded eye cups (vs a flat piece of fabric) tend to block out light better, in my experience....
posted by matildatakesovertheworld to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-17-20 at 3:09 PM
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I am so excited about this, and the slime mold enthusiasts in my life will be thrilled. Two thumbs up, would donate for a quality post I have been too lazy to make again!...
posted by charmedimsure to MetaTalk at Sep-18-20 at 1:18 PM
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Thanks so much for the helpful responses. I was able to go to his house today, and although there’s definitely no will, there is enough other documentation that I now have a clearer path forward....
posted by little mouth to Ask MetaFilter at Sep-18-20 at 3:10 PM
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