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"Canned beans and ramen noodles night after night"

Budget Bytes is a weblog/recipe collection I use every single week. It has priced-out ingredients for each recipe and often recipes stay under about $1.50/serving, which is nice for those of us on tight budgets.
posted by thegears to MetaFilter on Jun 16 at 12:15 PM
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Feeling Low? Time to Get Happy

Do you feel low? Worn down? Discouraged? Maybe you need a break. Maybe you need a lot of breaks. Here are 25 ways to feel happier in the next 5 minutes because we all could use a little happiness. No good? Perhaps 14 ways to get through tough times is a better fit.
posted by Bella Donna to MetaFilter on Jun 18 at 1:42 PM
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No one ever regretted taking care of the person they loved, at any price

"When I look back on it now, it’s hard to understand how I, a highly educated feminist, ended up devoting myself to Michael to the detriment of my own productivity and financial security."
posted by Lycaste to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 1:42 PM
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A story about a shower curtain

On Ask Reddit, a user asked "What really happened in real life that if you saw it in a movie you would say "that's totally unrealistic"?". The top scoring result is a story that presented a baffling mystery to one group of people, a Lovecraftian horror to another, and grand hilarity to everyone else.
posted by the duck by the oboe to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 6:17 AM
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interrupt me one more time

I ask a bunch of men, "Have you ever interrupted a woman?"
posted by Too-Ticky to MetaFilter on Jun 18 at 12:16 PM
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With Minimal Lasagna

From cartoonist Gale Galligan comes Jon, a Garfield fancomic considering the life of Jon Arbuckle, cartoonist. Part 1, 2.
posted by Maecenas to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 6:10 AM
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Juneteenth

On June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger of the United States Army arrived in Galveston, Texas. One of the orders he issued was GENERAL ORDER #3:
The people are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property, between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them, become that between employer and hired labor.
What Is Juneteenth?, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
When Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued the above order, he had no idea that, in establishing the Union Army’s authority over the people of Texas, he was also establishing the basis for a holiday, “Juneteenth” (“June” plus “nineteenth”), today the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. After all, by the time Granger assumed command of the Department of Texas, the Confederate capital in Richmond had fallen; the “Executive” to whom he referred, President Lincoln, was dead; and the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery was well on its way to ratification. But Granger wasn’t just a few months late. The Emancipation Proclamation itself, ending slavery in the Confederacy (at least on paper), had taken effect two-and-a-half years before, and in the interim, close to 200,000 black men had enlisted in the fight. So, formalities aside, wasn’t it all over, literally, but the shouting?

posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 8:36 PM
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Ya smell that? Somethin’ stupid’s about ta happen!

"A few years back, I worked for a small, questionably honest used car dealership and repair shop. I'm a service writer, which means I'm the interface between customers (who are idiots) and the technicians (who are mostly felons). Think Tom Smykowski from Office Space. I will warn you ahead of time, I am not the hero of my stories, just the protagonist. There are no heroes in the car industry - we are all villains in our own ways." u/36055512 regales r/talesfromtechsupport with stories about Dishonest Used Car Dealership.
posted by J.K. Seazer to MetaFilter on Jun 22 at 10:00 PM
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Marc Daniels joins in on his daughter's dance

So, you're at your daughter's dance recital and she's having a total breakdown on stage. What do you do? This dad got up on stage and did basically the entire dance encouraging his daughter. [2m55s]
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 7:54 PM
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Bike a scarf in five minutes or less

The Cyclo Knitter is the perfect contraption for those cold waits at a train station when one has forgotten their book. Design student George Barratt-Jones's invention, a five minute stationary bike ride on the machine knits up a simple scarf to cozy in or give away. Watch the bike-scarf-er in action or read more about the design process and construction.
posted by hapaxes.legomenon to MetaFilter on Jun 17 at 9:20 AM
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Feminize Your Canon

The Paris Review's new monthly column, Feminize Your Canon seeks to explore the lives and works of women writers who have achieved less attention and/or appreciation than one might think they ought. First up: Lapham's Quarterly's Emma Garman profiles 20th-Century British novelist, poet, and reviewer Olivia Manning.
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese to MetaFilter on Jun 16 at 6:50 PM
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To speak of modern things in an ancient voice

"I watched these pothole crews going up and down my street, and there was a defiant pothole in front of my house that was just staying, that wasn't being fixed. I thought I should fill it in." That was mosaic artist Jim Bachor in 2014, when his 87-year-old neighbor stood lookout as Bachor turned an eyesore into eye candy. Just look at what the pothole vigilante has been up to since then.
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaFilter on Jun 17 at 7:02 PM
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4,000-year-old stew

Teams from Yale, Harvard, and elsewhere recently met up to try recipes recorded on ancient Babylonian tablets, possibly the oldest surviving recipes in the world. “Having an understanding of what the food is supposed to feel and taste like is very important,” says Lassen. “We didn’t know what we were looking for. When we were recreating one of the recipes I kept thinking they were doing this wrong, ‘this is not how I would make this.’ And then when it had boiled for a while it suddenly transformed itself into something delicious.”
posted by praemunire to MetaFilter on Jun 22 at 11:04 AM
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It Can Happen Here


The art and standards of obituaries, reflecting current traditions

"She will not be missed" is a brutal phrase to read in an obituary, but leads to the question: how have obits changed in recent time? Susan Soper has a theory: "after 9/11 when The New York Times wrote those hundreds and hundreds and hundreds, thousands of very short, poignant obituaries in their pages ... that was sort of when the tide turned in obituaries and people realized that you could bring a person to life and keep them alive in even a short written bio, really." And many taboo topics, like children born out of wedlock, drug use and suicide, are less of taboos than they used to be [content warning].
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Jun 18 at 10:23 AM
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On the otter of sobriety

"Some neophyte knitters might think that one scarf is a project. But then their goal is probably to make a scarf. My goal was to no longer want to drink a bottle of wine every night, and that would take more yarn." Or maybe a felted otter kit. Or maybe saying no to the want instead of killing it. Kristi Coulter, for Longreads: Trying to Kill the Want.
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 10:42 AM
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FedAccount

Give Everyone Government Bank Accounts - "A new report co-authored by two Treasury Department veterans, 'Central Banking for All: A Public Option for Bank Accounts', argues that Americans should have an account at the Federal Reserve, just as banks do. They believe this would solve a vast array of problems at once, ensuring that everyone is included in the financial system, driving down retail costs for businesses and consumers, and even making recessions less likely."
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 6:09 AM
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An actual panic button

Not Ok is an app to let people know you need help. Designed by teenagers for both physical and mental illnesses. Hannah Lucas came up with the idea for this because she needed it herself.
posted by Margalo Epps to MetaFilter on Jun 18 at 4:38 PM
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venting my skepticism of and continual disappointment in the washington post yes, yes, I continue to read the Times, though more out of lifelong habit and a perverse desire to see how low they can go than anything else. the NYT cancel your subscriptions WaPo, "Trump signs order. .. "Yes; the headline... [more]
posted by OnceUponATime to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 4:56 AM
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New Yorker: A Physician in South Texas on an Unnerving Encounter with an Eight-Year-Old Boy in Immigration Detention “The guardians didn’t step more than two feet away from the kid. One of the four was an armed police officer. I thought, Does it take an army of adult men to take care of one elementary schooler? I walked over to the boy,... [more]
posted by Rust Moranis to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 4:19 PM
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@ryanjhaas: ICE announces it has shut down its operations temporarily at its facility in SW Portland due to #OccupyICEPDX protest. [view]
posted by Atom Eyes to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 12:19 PM
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Gosh, amazing how snappily these organizations move to remove stuff, when it's a matter of kowtowing to those in power. As compared to their shrugs and 'we can't do anything about it, freeeee speeeech' when it comes to women and PoC being harrassed. (this is entirely separate from the question of whether they should have removed this stuff,... [more]
posted by tavella to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 10:32 AM
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Houston Chronicle: Chief Acevedo and other law enforcement slam Trump's family separation policy Law enforcement leaders in Houston and elsewhere joined in Sunday on condemning President Donald Trump's 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy, which is leading to the separation of thousands of young children from their parents in recent weeks.... [more]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Jun 18 at 3:51 AM
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This isn't doxxing. These people are publicly listing themselves as employees of ICE, which is a government agency that taxpayers are supporting. This is not "opening the Pandora's Box", because reactionaries have been doxxing marginalized people for years using the exact same platforms (and Twitter et al. haven't done jack shit to... [more]
posted by protocoach to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 10:58 AM
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The First Lady is making the surprise visit to meet with migrant children and visit facilities at the US-Mexico border, her office says. Why is the non-elected first lady allowed visitation of these facilities without giving two weeks notice, while members of the US Congress are being denied this access? [view]
posted by Atom Eyes to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 9:31 AM
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So, I just got off the phone with Sentient Slime in a Badly Fitting Human Suit sometimes Called Ted Cruz. Well, his office, the holes in the phone are hard for slime to manage. I basically said that while I didn't expect SSiBFHS to actually have any human compassion, but I would like him to think about how he'd feel if ICE showed up and took all... [more]
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet to MetaFilter on Jun 18 at 8:35 AM
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2020 watch: James Comey is in Iowa I SWEAR TO CHRIST IF THIS MOTHERFUCKER RUNS FOR PRESIDENT IT WILL BE MY SUPERVILLAIN ORIGIN STORY [view]
posted by schadenfrau to MetaFilter on Jun 16 at 4:54 PM
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Sometimes an image really is worth a thousand words. I’m donating this image I painted on behalf of Nasty Woman Press to the cause of social justice. Feel free to use it on social media, on your signs, wherever you can to spread the word. Here's the 400 DPI original painting, free for download. And here's a 150 DPI version, if that's what... [more]
posted by suburbanbeatnik to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 11:53 PM
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Donald Trump Jr. Likes Tweet Suggesting Children Separated from Parents at Border are Crisis Actors Presented without comment. Oh wait, here's a comment: I hope he dies in prison. [view]
posted by Rust Moranis to MetaFilter on Jun 18 at 8:27 AM
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George Takei: ‘At Least During the Internment …’ Are Words I Thought I’d Never Utter At least during the internment, when I was just five years old, I was not taken from my parents. My family was sent to a racetrack for several weeks to live in a horse stall, but at least we had each other. At least during the internment, my parents were able to... [more]
posted by Xyanthilous P. Harrierstick to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 7:12 AM
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how he'd feel if ICE showed up and took all his soup cans, and then tried to separate him from his egg sacks Cruz's father entered the US legally in 1957 to attend University in Texas and then obtained political asylum in the U.S when his student visa expired. Never let Cruz forget for one moment that he is a US... [more]
posted by anastasiav to MetaFilter on Jun 18 at 8:45 AM
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@joshsternberg: The NYT spoke to Stephen Miller on the record with audio and they spiked it because the White House “were not comfortable using the audio...when they found out his voice was going to be on a podcast they were not happy about it. So they asked us not to use it.” The fact that the White house didn't want you to use an... [more]
posted by Gelatin to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 6:38 AM
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This reeks of the harassment aimed at soldiers returning from Vietnam. Largely fictional, and manufactured to discredit the left? [view]
posted by explosion to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 11:22 AM
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@MW_Unrest: For two days, residents in Portland have surrounded the local ICE detention center with a 24 hr encampment. Tonight, without a fucking shred of irony, ICE agents complained those blocking their trucks were "keeping them apart from their families." #SurroundICE #OccupyICEPDX [view]
posted by Atom Eyes to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 11:45 AM
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In my family, my generation is the first in four generations that hasn't used pick-up-and-go to deal with Bad Stuff. My great-grandmother fled into the hills when the Japanese came, taking not just her own young children, but those of her students who would go with her, because she was a school administrator and otherwise, those children... [more]
posted by joyceanmachine to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 8:46 AM
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there was also a one-year-old who had been detained alone for a month. That kid will have an attachment disorder for the rest of their life. It's a crime against humanity. [view]
posted by Rust Moranis to MetaFilter on Jun 18 at 4:34 PM
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Trigger warning for child abuse I suppose, I suppose we've reached the point where damn near everything is because fuck this timeline... Partial transcript (any errors are my own) from the video link above detailing an employee's experience in the camp he was working in, emphasis mine but taken from video as best I can: Host: "Talk about... [more]
posted by RolandOfEld to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 8:21 AM
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ELECTIONS NEWS ** 2018 House: -- WV-03: Monmouth poll shows Democrat leading in all turnout models. Detail upstream. -- ND-AL: Mason-Dixon poll has GOPer Armstrong up 46-35 on Dem Schneider [MOE: +/- 4.0%]. -- DCCC May fundraising was double the NRCC's. -- Vox: Dem enthusiasm high, as is proportion of voters saying they are directly... [more]
posted by Chrysostom to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 8:26 PM
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