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July 23

Recommend intro feminism resources written specifically for men?

I have a brother who needs to learn about feminism. This is important because we have delightful conversations other than when he says things that make me want to shake him until his teeth rattle; he's got some fairly fucked up unconscious assumptions about women. Having dealt with my own unconscious assumptions on many occasions, I've found that I do best with resources that have me as their target audience, especially when the ideas are new. I'd like to give such a resource to my brother--one that is therapeutically gentle/learning oriented with where he's starting as a man, but which also helps him get some of the feminism basics down. I'm not looking for general feminism 101; I'm hoping to find more male-targeted resources. Engaging tone is preferred to academic, but I'll take what I can get.
posted by Alex Haist at 10:57 AM - 6 answers

A question of ethics on money raised for charity

I suffer from Bipolar Disorder, and would love to embark on a long cycling journey (Approx 3500Km) to raise funds for a mental health charity (Ideally £1 per Km) . However, to enable this to happen, I would need to purchase a couple of items and pay for travel to the location, to start the journey. I am long term unemployed/able, and don't have any spare funds to do this. Would it be ethical to raise money for the charity, whilst also using a small percentage of the moneys to enable the trip to happen? [more inside]
posted by the_epicurean at 8:07 AM - 6 answers

July 22

Police making custom medals for line of duty shootings

My google is failing me - I'm trying to find the name for and documentation of police officers getting custom memorabilia for their on duty kills. [more inside]
posted by mayonnaises at 8:38 AM - 3 answers

July 18

RNC convention

is there a feed showing what is going on outside of the convention hall?
posted by patnok at 6:43 PM - 1 answers

Non-Nurturing SF Volunteer Work

I'm moving to San Francisco and would like to find some volunteer work which is worthwhile, but is not nurturing/caring based. [more inside]
posted by gongnomore at 4:48 PM - 11 answers

Did my carpet cleaner just tell me he was on drugs?

Just had a carpet cleaner in to clean our carpets. As I was paying, he was having trouble getting his phone to read my card, due to my card being worn. But while he was doing it, he made a comment to the effect of "I only got about 6 amps in me today so I've kind of got the shakes." Any idea what that statement meant?
posted by jferg at 1:51 PM - 14 answers

July 16

How do we Trump Trump?

What tools do we need to effectively motivate the low propensity dems this year? For those who think we will fare better under a HRC presidency than a Trump presidency, I think the general theory of this years election is to turn out the low propensity voters. (Voter reg being important as well.) I live in PA FWIW and am part of a labor organization so have access to resources and people. [more inside]
posted by sb3 at 7:16 PM - 6 answers

Is "How did you sleep?" like "How are you?"

I just got back from a long vacation which was mostly great. I stayed with friends in a few places and at AirBnBs or hotels in a few other places. A lot of morning conversations over coffee included some aspect of "How did you sleep?" and I'm not sure how to politely answer that question. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 9:12 AM - 37 answers

Counter-graphics to "Just Obey The Law" meme

I'm really fucking tired of seeing those "If you don't want to get shot just obey the police" memes. Please show me some graphical counterpoints. I don't need articles, just pictures.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:08 AM - 4 answers

Can anyone identify these two pieces of pottery?

The first appears to represent a human figure and would function as a cup when inverted. It has a very distictive groove down the centre of the face. The second is some sort of animal with long ears and would appear to be a lamp or lamp filler with second small hole at 'tail' end.
posted by Petromyzon at 6:50 AM - 4 answers

July 15

Unbelievable correlations?

I'm looking for things that have been proven to be correlated directly but which aren't expected. So something I wouldn't want: people who have sex more are happier overall. What I would want: people who have sex more are more likely to choose grape soda over orange when offered both ( I wish I didn't have to say I made that up :)) anything you think applies to this, bring it on.
posted by jitterbug perfume at 11:57 PM - 21 answers

July 13

Help me identify this mysterious pendant with unknown inscription

We found this pendant in my grandparents' house when clearing it. But no one can work out what it is / what it means, or what the inscription signifies. [more inside]
posted by Hadrian at 11:40 AM - 32 answers

What's the correct way of the completing the LGBT acronym?

What's the correct way of the completing the LGBT acronym? Should it be LGBTA, LGBT+, LGBTQ, LGBTI or LGBTQ+. I've seen all of them lately and I want to get this right but numerous style guides and sources offer different options.
posted by feelinglistless at 2:29 AM - 10 answers

July 12

What trivia should I learn?

I am between jobs right now and I'd like to use this time to learn some mostly useless information. [more inside]
posted by shesbenevolent at 6:16 PM - 21 answers

These whippersnappers and their velocipedes!

With all this outrage at Pokemon Go, I was trying to think of examples of past past times (or just new technology) that there was a degree of public outrage that seem a bit silly now. I found a few examples of hula hoops scares ("Chiropractors and osteopaths are noticing more business from the hoopster set"), I know there was a bit of hub-bub about the "new wireless radios", and I remember reading some something about an old thinker complaining about students wasting their time on chess. What are some other examples?
posted by beccaj at 9:34 AM - 21 answers

July 11

Happiness living in a small town

Boyfriend and I have been together nearly a year, living together for 7 months. He has a fantastic job opportunity in a small town on the other side of the state and has asked me to move with him. I'm not totally opposed to the idea but not completely on board and excited either. Help me figure out the best way to approach this! [more inside]
posted by Malleable at 7:34 PM - 19 answers

Crowdsourced Snopes?

I really appreciate the work done by the people over at Snopes and other fact-checkers. So often when I see a dubious meme rolling through my Facebook feed, I just google the text and find that Snopes has already covered the meme. This makes it easy for me to debunk many of the ridiculous (and often highly offensive) memes I'm confronted with on a daily basis. [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 8:12 AM - 6 answers

July 10

Stephen Colbert Interview with Realistic Pessimist

Can someone help me to locate an episode of Colbert from a few years back--Comedy Central's search engine is not as versatile as I was hoping for. This is what I remember: Stephen is doing an interview with a woman who's suffering from cancer (can't remember if it's terminal or not) and she says that when she was first diagnosed she kept being told that she should be tough and positive and that if she was positive she could "beat" cancer, but all she really wanted to do was feel sad and not have to fake her emotions, and she made a really profound argument for pessimism that I want to show my students. Any ideas?
posted by ABlanca at 4:26 PM - 4 answers

July 9

Best LGBT-related charities/nonprofits?

Two gay friends are getting married (finally! yippee!) and have requested no presents. Lots of us (the buddies, including the wedding party) want to respond by making donations to organizations that have supported marriage equality and other LGBT issues. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 12:27 PM - 14 answers

July 5

No sillier than planning uprisings because of Jade Helm, anyway

I'm working on background research for a story, and I've come up with an odd question about American history in the South during the World War I years. It may be a dumb one. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 8:43 AM - 11 answers

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