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April 6

People who think shoplifting is bad but genocide is OK

I'm looking for historical examples of people caring about small-scale ethical issues but not apparently caring about monstrous crimes against humanity happening under their noses. An example might be a letter from someone who lived and worked right next to a Nazi death camp, talking about how littering, shoplifting, lying, infidelity, etc is bad and how it's important to honour your mother and father. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 12:20 AM - 10 answers

April 5

Way down in popomo

What comes after postmodernism? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:14 AM - 11 answers

April 4

What makes your previous generations funny?

I'm curious about humorous stereotypes about older generations, outside of the US and the UK. A bit more information is inside. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 1:59 PM - 3 answers

April 2

Looking for Inuit proverbs or quoatations

I'm designing an illustrated book of Inuit folk tales for a university project, and I'm looking for an Inuit proverb or quotation to put at the beginning of the book, preferably in the original language (with translation). The stories in the book are very dark and bloody, so I'm looking for something in that vein. [more inside]
posted by Chenko at 7:58 PM - 5 answers

March 31

Are many smaller marches more effective than a few larger ones?

In terms of impact, is it better to have a lot of smaller marches attended by some number of people, or is it better to concentrate the people into fewer but larger marches? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 9:52 AM - 5 answers

March 30

Best intro books to Russian history

What are the best, accessible books on Russian history? [more inside]
posted by CtrlAltD at 5:18 PM - 8 answers

March 27

Looking for arguments supporting exceptions to abortion bans

It seems that there is a large proportion of Americans who support abortion only when certain circumstances caused the pregnancy. I'm trying to find any piece that actually argues for this. (Potential CW: sexual violence) [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 10:31 AM - 16 answers

March 26

Wedding recessional -- on kazoos??

Getting married in less than a week -- on April 1, appropriately enough! We're still working out details, and now we're flopping about, trying to decide on a tune that will work well (or well enough) on kazoos (that will be distributed to the assembled guests when they arrive). Ideas? The traditional wedding march is a little tricky. Other suggestions have included the Ode to Joy, but it always sounds like Deutschland Über Alles to me, so no thanks, and the Hallelujah Chorus (mmmmmaybe). Silly is fine, but tuneful would be best. Help!
posted by pleasant_confusion at 8:42 PM - 32 answers

March 24

How would Jerome K. Jerome have pronounced Montmorency?

I peruse "Three men in a boat" pretty much every day, in a certain situation, briefly. I'm a Californian and have no idea if Montmorency is pronounced as Mont-mor-en-cy or as Montsy, or Moresy, or. . . ?
posted by goofyfoot at 10:38 PM - 7 answers

Transgender teen who's talking about running away... how can I help?

Anon Jr. knows a transgender boy from her high school who's asking everyone if he can crash on their couch. I supervise an activity that they're both involved in and yesterday the boy spent the entire time talking about how he needs a place to stay, how his therapist (anon jr. thinks a school therapist) was late so that's why he was late to the activity, just literally crying out for help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:34 PM - 16 answers

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

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