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April 25

Baby anarchists are the cutest anarchists

I just picked up this book on collective/anarchist childcare and got intrigued by the concept....help me find more! [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 6:57 PM - 7 answers

April 24

R is for Rocket, S is for Space

Top space science influencers of today's pre-teens? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 8:39 PM - 9 answers

"Get Well" flowers?

A close relative whom I love dearly is having triple bypass surgery soon. He lives too far to drive (USA, on the opposite coast). I'd like to do something nice for him, and my first thought was flowers. It was suggested that this might be morbid, and I can see both sides. I'm seeking opinions and other cheery ideas if you have them. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 3:13 PM - 17 answers

I am a 30-something moron who cannot get my life together. Help?

I have been unemployed for over 2 years and I am finding it very difficult to move on in life. I can barely get jobs and and when I do get a job I cannot hold it down for longer than a week. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 AM - 21 answers

April 21

Opposite sex siblings in the same room?

We are currently expecting our second child at the end of September. Our current child is a boy and we have recently learned that our second child will be a girl. Is there any research-based evidence on whether opposite sex siblings should share a room? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:16 PM - 28 answers

Examples of norms that prohibit costly behavior and emerge informally?

hivemind!!!! Does anyone know of any cases where a norm informally or organically arises that prohibits a behavior that is costly to others (i.e., has negative externalities) or demands that individuals do something to reduce costs for others? Examples that come to mind are norms against smoking and norms demanding that people cover their mouths when they sneeze. It would be especially great if anyone also knew of some literature about the emergence of the norm, especially in the form of academic articles, though stuff from newspapers, magazines, etc. would be rad too. Thanks!
posted by mrmanvir at 5:43 AM - 6 answers

April 20

How to find a compatible, welcoming kink environment?

After getting burned on our first try, we're trying to look at finding someplace to let our kink flag fly a bit more outside the bedroom. We could use some help/suggestions, though! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:55 PM - 4 answers

Urban planning, etc...on an island.

With regard to urban planning and similar disciplines, what challenges and techniques are relatively unique to islands or island-centric places, such as Hong Kong, Corsica, the islands of Hawaii, Cuba, etc.?
posted by Sticherbeast at 5:14 PM - 9 answers

My nocturnal neighbor has the loudest motorcycle ever.

Here's the short version: My neighbor has the loudest motorcycle I have ever heard. This thing is a serious chopper monster. I live in a pretty residential part of LA (Albeit, rapidly gentrifying and so this whole thing has weird classist overtones. I am the furthest thing from a NIMBY-ite, but this bike is insane) and it's become a complete terror. The police don't care very much- What're our options? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 11:34 AM - 17 answers

April 19

Millenial-friendly Internet beyond Buzzfeed

I'm looking for websites and/or publications (ha!) that direct their focus toward a millenial audience. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by R.F.Simpson at 9:45 AM - 8 answers

Help me understand civic associations/organizations in the US

I'm interested in joining a civic association (like Lions Club or Rotary or Kiwanis or Junior League), but I don't know anything about these organizations, whether I would actually enjoy belonging, or whether they would want me to join. Can you tell me about the characters of the various clubs, any personal experiences working with them, upsides, downsides, membership selection processes? [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 7:44 AM - 5 answers

April 18

Women who have sacrificed their lives

I'd like examples of women who have sacrificed their lives. [more inside]
posted by curuinor at 3:44 PM - 30 answers

April 17

Helen Keller on the queers

Did Helen Keller ever express any position for or against homosexual rights? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 2:37 AM - 2 answers

April 15

Beliefs about "what should be" leads to beliefs about "what is"?

Is there any academic argument or scientific evidence that what people believe about "what should be" leads them to develop underlying beliefs about "what is" in reality? A kind of worldview conditioning? Conceptually, this would be an inversion of the naturalistic fallacy (which goes from "what is" to "what ought"). Does such a thing happen?
posted by tybeet at 5:40 PM - 9 answers

Trouble understanding this Vox/Quartz chart on the IRS

I've having trouble understanding this chart, which was included in this article by Vox. It says that the US government's cost/net revenue is 0.66. Does this mean the US spends 62.5 cents for every dollar it takes in? [more inside]
posted by hermanubis at 2:50 PM - 7 answers

Historical data on ad spending by medium

I'm having some trouble finding historical data on (overall) ad spending by medium. What I would really like, is a single graph or at least table, with some numbers going back ~30 years (or more is fine) that goes up to the present (~2014 let's say). I am uninterested in forecasts, and I'm uninterested in data sets with shorter time windows; my search results are just getting swamped by organizations that (i) are selling something, usually forecasting, and (ii) aren't focused on anything older than a few years ago. [more inside]
posted by advil at 1:18 PM - 4 answers

South American friend is offended that I referred to the US as America?

Among other things. We were having a chat discussion when she expressed how surprised she was that I didn't know more about Latin American culture since my nephews are Latino. [more inside]
posted by lohachata at 1:27 AM - 53 answers

April 14

How can I stay safe in Fruitvale?

Is Fruitvale BART as bad as people keep telling me? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 12:49 PM - 35 answers

April 13

Does the Coast Guard get respect?

Does the Coast Guard get respect from Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines? Or do Navy guys say it's for people too chicken to join the Navy? I don't know what the Marines or Air Force might say. Something equally contemptuous. Can a Coast Guard veteran call himself or herself a 'veteran' in the way that we think of Veteran's Day and sacrifice and national pride. [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor at 8:22 PM - 27 answers

April 12

Simpsonsfilter! Homerpalooza: The Director's Cut?

I am possibly misremembering an edit of the Homerpalooza episode of the Simpsons that had someone getting beaten up in the crowd. Do you remember who it was? [more inside]
posted by shaka_lulu at 3:49 PM - 3 answers

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