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September 22

Which service clubs and volunteer organizations are LGBTQ-friendly?
I'm researching local chapters of various community service clubs and organizations and I would prefer to only join / volunteer for an organization that is officially LGBTQ-friendly, at least on the national or international level. While I can search each organization's national homepage for their written policies, I'd really appreciate the "inside scoop" from any MeFites who are current or former members of any of these types of organizations on how inclusive they actually are in practice. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 2:25 PM - 2 answers
Help me understand the history of the Middle East
The recent conflict in Gaza has reminded me that one of the things that I have wanted to read up on is the recent history of the Middle East, particularly Israel. Can anyone recommend comprehensive and (somewhat) objective books on the subject? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 12:45 PM - 7 answers

Telephone Call A Scam?
[UK-filter?] For the past three weeks I have been receiving phone calls on my land line for a JG. It has been one call every two days. Every call has been automated: "We are looking to get in touch with JG. Please call us back at this number" - today the message changed to: "It is very urgent that we get in touch with JG. Please call us back asap at this number". Is this a scam? Should I continue to ignore this? Should I call back to say that JG doesn't live here? What's the worst that could happen either way?
posted by kariebookish at 3:24 AM - 5 answers

September 20

What's the best way for a designer/artist to raise money for charity?
To be honest, I don't want to do any family/friends crowd-funding. I'm more interested in offering a design/art service--like "your name written in calligraphy" or "an ink drawing of your face"-- for a price that will be donated to charity. But how does one go about such a campaign and what are the best venues for such an endeavor? [more inside]
posted by omar.a at 8:34 PM - 3 answers

Why were people so scared of "juvenile delinquents" in the 1950s?
I've been fascinated with 1950s-1960s stuff for a long time, and for just as long I've accepted that people back then were fascinated with evil, misbehaving youth, and indeed thought that "JDs" were a Huge Problem in Society (i.e. West Side Story, Blackboard Jungle, or Rebel Without A Cause). [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik at 12:23 AM - 27 answers

September 19

tat's the question
I have an idea for a tattoo (my first) that I would kind of like to put somewhere on my leggal region. However, I haven't seen a ton of leg tattoos that looked good to me, so I have some questions about placement. [more inside]
posted by threeants at 3:04 PM - 10 answers

September 18

Being more confident and less nervous when speaking
How can I be more confident when speaking in nervous situations? When I'm speaking to a friend, I'm fine and speak really well, deep voice, etc. But when I talk to a superior, like to a professor or mentor or an intense discussion group, my voice gets high-pitched and cracks and I don't speak well. How can I speak more confidently in these nervous situations?
posted by suburbs at 11:47 AM - 6 answers

September 17

Need some clever car names
What are some fictional car names that sound funny or would get someone to raise a smile? I know there are some out there; I get asked about car names sometimes and want to put some fun responses together.
posted by circular at 10:03 PM - 47 answers

September 16

Sharing relationship problems for advice with best friend
Is it okay to ever talk about relationship problems with your closest trusted friend(s) for advice or to vent? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie at 11:05 AM - 22 answers

September 15

Lesser-known women in technology
Who are some important women in technology that are lesser-known in the world? Especially women of color, LGBTQ women, and non-American women? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 1:09 PM - 44 answers

Examples of cities filling in big empty downtown spaces
Ottawa needs to finally develop a massive field sitting empty in the middle of the city. They want it to be a landmark. I'm terrified they'll screw it up like they always do. [more inside]
posted by fso at 12:27 PM - 21 answers

What does it mean "majors in the minors"
Is it referring to music cord or in college degree (like major in chemistry, minor in music). overall, it seems to refer the kind of mistake that take the minor thing and inappropriately treat it as a major thing. Thanks in advance for quick help. I am trying to translate it in Chinese, but didn't fully understand it yet.
posted by akomom at 11:00 AM - 16 answers

Can I salvage my headshot?
A headshot was recently taken of me by a friend, in front of an orange brick wall with a repeating interlocking Greek meander pattern (here is an example). I love the photo: finally, I look capable and presentable. But... does that pattern look too much like the Nazi cross? Should I try to get a new background? [more inside]
posted by troytroy at 8:37 AM - 24 answers

Undocumented workers and the LFPR
Does the labor force participation rate account for undocumented workers?
posted by wobdev at 8:35 AM - 2 answers

September 13

Why are there so few Thai's in Canada?
Why are Thai's an underrepresented demographic in Canada? Canada has successfully attracted immigration from all of Asia with the exception of Thai's. Wikipedia says there is less than 1000 in BC. What makes it an unattractive immigration option for the Thai people? More Thai's seek US citizenship every year than the sum Thai expat population in Canada.
posted by Keith Talent at 10:52 PM - 6 answers

avoiding 'stuff old people say'
Looking for a friendly, non-textbook intro to modern thought on gender, sexuality, and feminism for boomers who want to stay up to date but don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by alycoop at 3:53 PM - 9 answers

How to find / start a group exploring problems of 21st C. city life?
I'm a lifelong city dweller (New York is my town), and looking to connect with others who are having trouble coping with / adjusting to dramatic changes in city life that have taken hold over the past 15 years or so. The hope is to find or start a group: to find creative solutions, ways of coping, preserving sanity, and considering appropriate legal action when warranted. But I'm not sure where to start! [more inside]
posted by ferkit at 9:42 AM - 11 answers

The pre-modern breast pump was a man? Tell me more about tetaires.
In The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography, the following sentence has prompted much speculation: "There were rebilhous, who called out the hours of the night, 'cinderellas', who collected and sold ashes used for laundering clothes, men called tetaires, who performed the function of a breast-pump by sucking mothers' breasts to start the flow of milk, and all the other specialists that the census listed under 'trades unknown' and 'without trade', which usually meant gypsies prostitutes, and beggars." So, uh, tetaires? [more inside]
posted by poodelina at 7:42 AM - 5 answers

September 12

Mr. Teddy Bear can't pass the crumpets right now, he's checking GROWLr
A trope in our media and culture is that little girls disport themselves by holding mock tea parties with stuffed animals as the party guests. Two questions: ① Do 21st-century children actually do this? ② If so, how do they get the idea for it? Just from popular culture in which the trope is portrayed, or do some adults not in my social circle still actually hold tea parties which they're imitating,† or is it all via parents and siblings and peers communicating the idea to play this way? Or maybe toy manufacturers and advertising of tea-party-related toys and accessories? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious at 7:33 PM - 35 answers

Anyone know a valid link to “America’s Peasant Mentality” by Matt Taibbi
I have been looking for a valid link to this piece, but can't find it, anywhere. Every Google search link results in a dead end.
posted by Vibrissae at 2:33 PM - 2 answers

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