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March 23

Are nonprofits suffering in 2017? If so, GOT SOURCES?

I'd swear I recently heard a news segment about how smaller nonprofits not focused on human rights or health or the environment are seeing massive drops in charitable giving because those funds are being funneled elsewhere. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 11:47 AM - 3 answers

March 21

Where to draw the line on inclusivity?

I'm part of a recreational sports team. Since the election, some of our members have been very enthusiastic about the idea of creating a safe, welcoming space at practice for all people (particularly gender non binary people) and making that our number one priority. It's difficult to set boundaries about this because we all do care about our teammates' feelings and safety. It would be useful to have some resources that could help us figure out what is reasonable: [more inside]
posted by redorangeyellow at 10:40 AM - 29 answers

March 20

Giannis? Gianni? Is there a difference?

Is there any rhyme or reason as to why the "s" at the end of some Greek first names is sounded by some people but not others? Or am I completely imagining things? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 5:09 PM - 6 answers

What flag/insignia is this, seen at a march in Mexico City?

Protesters at the Zócalo in Mexico City on March 16, 2017 marched with this white flag depicting a red dot with a white line through it, and (I think) a face. What is this flag, and what were people marching about? [more inside]
posted by nicodine at 3:01 PM - 2 answers

March 17

Tools to explore social graphs, language, and networks - for a layperson

I'm really interested in analysing social networks, social graphs, use of language and behaviour therein. I am not a mathematician or academic. Where should I start, in terms of software or toolkits (I have a reasonable background in software development and nerdy things, but this is a slightly out-there area for me, hence my framing as a layperson - maybe an outsider academic is better or less worse?) [more inside]
posted by davemee at 7:58 AM - 13 answers

March 14

What's this kind of deliberately suboptimal transaction called again?

I read an article in the past year about transactions in which both parties have an incentive to say publicly they want a thing to be really rigorous but actually don't, and this is kind of understood by the parties, resulting in suboptimal outcomes that were really desired all along. The transactions had a name - what was it? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 10:31 PM - 3 answers

March 11

How do people in cities without public transit get home after drinking?

How do people in cities without public transit get home after drinking? [more inside]
posted by karakumy at 4:25 PM - 46 answers

March 10

what could we do instead of musical chairs?

longer explanation below, but essentially I'm looking for suggestions of game alternatives to musical chairs (preferably not too physical/challenging) to whittle down participants until there is only one left. [more inside]
posted by isaacq at 12:02 PM - 21 answers

March 9

Do People Geneerally Walk on the Same Side They Drive On?

I live in the US, where the practice is to drive on the right hand side of the road. There is also a tendency, I believe, for a person to walk on the right hand side of the hallway when there are people moving in both directions. Is this convention reversed in countries where drivers drive on the left?
posted by Ipsifendus at 9:15 AM - 37 answers

Group trip late cancellation etiquette

I've organised a trip for a group of people this weekend which has already been paid for. I've got at least 3 late withdrawals and I'm tempted to offer those places to others for free considering the late notice - is this OK? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 at 5:16 AM - 7 answers

March 8

♫ My Favorite Murder ♫

It feels like now, in 2017, it has been quite a long time since I have seen any news stories about depraved serial killers. Why is this? Surely there must still be some serial killers roaming free right at this moment, mutilating corpses and terrorizing neighborhoods? Are they gone, or are we just not hearing about them?
posted by a strong female character at 5:21 PM - 13 answers

List of Fictional Books

I'm looking for names of fictional books. That is, books that do not actually exist but are referenced by a book, tv show, or movie. [more inside]
posted by Garm at 2:48 PM - 71 answers

Where to donate estate "leftovers" in the Cleveland, OH area?

My mother's substantial estate is going to be liquidated soon, and we're trying to decide on a good place in the greater Cleveland, OH area to donate anything that isn't sold. She didn't have cancer, so The Gathering Place isn't a slam dunk. Any suggestions?
posted by Dolley at 6:13 AM - 8 answers

March 7

A Bridging-the-Divide Book on Racism?

Middle class white girl leads political discussion group in Los Angeles -- race is (unsurprisingly) a push-button topic for us. We have liberals who think racism is everywhere and conservatives who are tired of being called racists. Is there a book for us? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse at 3:26 PM - 17 answers

March 4

What are examples of Wisconsin 'inside' jokes or statements?

What are some things that only someone from Wisconsin or Milwaukee would know? [more inside]
posted by bearam at 11:16 AM - 112 answers

No DAPL in Medford

I'm interested in trying to get my current city of residence to divest their funding to the DAPL. Questions below the fold. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 10:42 AM - 7 answers

Percent of women in anti-war anti-draft activism

Can anyone point me to helpful statistics both historically and at present about women's involvement in opposition to forced military service, the draft and general anti-war movements? [more inside]
posted by xarnop at 5:52 AM - 4 answers

March 3

Napping on your ex's futon?

I have a couplet from a Loudon Wainwright song about modern etiquette in my head -- "When you're napping on your ex's futon / and you notice some new stains thereon" [more inside]
posted by alloneword at 2:22 PM - 0 answers

What are examples of transgender / intersex in past societies?

Are there other past societies that had significant numbers of transgender / intersex people? What are its roots? [more inside]
posted by xammerboy at 6:40 AM - 12 answers

March 2

Serving tea to a Middle Eastern visitor to my company?

How do I serve tea to a visitor from the Middle East with a minimum of awkwardness? [more inside]
posted by zompus at 2:35 PM - 11 answers

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