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November 21

What about the other Trump voters?

There have been a billion new thinkpieces on why white rural and working-class voters voted for Trump. Where are the articles and books on the other Trump voters? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 12:24 PM - 12 answers

November 20

Help me build a post-Trump reading list

After Trump's victory, I feel the need to study, reflect, examine my assumptions about the world, and seek insight and solace. I'm looking for books that will help. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird at 4:20 PM - 33 answers

Magazine covers that accidentally reference NSFW memes?

My aunt went into a nursing home. As I was sorting through her stuff, I found a copy of the Time magazine whose cover illustration inescapably recalls the highly NSFW goatse meme. I don't know if it was a coincidence or an inside joke, but it got me thinking... Are there other examples of magazine covers that inadvertently reference NSFW memes?
posted by Gamera4President at 6:38 AM - 2 answers

November 19

Foreign Language Pen Pals

I am learning a foreign language and am looking for an old-fashioned pen pal who lives in another country to exchange letters with! What is a good service to use to find the pen pal of my dreams? Preferably free, but I would not mind paying for a high-quality pen pal service. I am looking for a snail mail, not email, exchange. Please note I am an adult and would like my pen pal to be around my age as well.
posted by atinna at 10:37 AM - 8 answers

November 18

People who have succeeded in their careers without social capital?

I'm 29, stuck job-wise, and have always lived paycheck to paycheck and below poverty line. I'm looking for examples of people who have succeeded in their careers or dreams without social capital to make this dreary Friday better. Not looking for a lecture on what I need to do, just some examples. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Kombucha3452 at 3:48 PM - 21 answers

An work of art a day keeps the doctor away, so help me find them.

Is there a Twitter feed that posts a variety of works of art regularly? I'm trying to inspire myself to be more artistic, and a part of these efforts is to expose myself to art that I might not see otherwise. I'm on Twitter on and off throughout the day, so I thought that a Twitter feed that posts images of works of art would be helpful. I'm particularly interested in modern art, collages and mixed media. Any thoughts? Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto at 8:38 AM - 15 answers

November 17

Need a specific kind of character from books, movies, folk-tales, etc.

HIVEMIND! I'm looking for a character from some domain of culture who pretends not to be human to convince other people that they have special powers. For example, a person might pretend to be an alien to convince other people that they can read minds, or something of that sort. The more classic and well-known the example, the better (although it doesn't have to be). Thanks!
posted by mrmanvir at 9:01 PM - 19 answers

What Happened to the Toasties' Twitters?

What happened with Mallory Ortberg's and Nicole Cliffe's Twitter accounts? [more inside]
posted by mhum at 8:25 AM - 4 answers

Getting to know the right wing

I'm looking for a right wing equivalent to Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 8:13 AM - 24 answers

November 16

Looking for a music video

I'm trying to remember the name of an animated music video that concerns three men in a mental hospital. They comically escape in order to carve their names into a tree, then steal the guards' car that come after them. It may have been by a French group but I'm not confident about that. [more inside]
posted by dilaudid at 5:24 PM - 1 answers

Any research on why high-population-density areas are more liberal?

I'm trying to find serious, scholarly studies on why areas with high population density tend to be more politically liberal in the U.S. All I've found so far is just speculation. Have sociologists addressed this question, and I've just missed it?
posted by Sleeper at 8:13 AM - 8 answers

November 15

Which haka?

Last weekend the Māori All Blacks performed a haka that is unfamiliar to me. Was this in particular respect to Anthony Foley? And where could I get a translation of it or any other information about it?
posted by wilful at 3:01 PM - 3 answers

Supporting journalism

More than ever, I feel like it's really important to fund real journalism. I like long form articles which explain the historical, economic and political forces that shape current events. I want to understand the motivations of both sides. In the vein of Longreads, the Atlantic, Mother Jones . . . assuming I can only choose one or two subscriptions, which ones do you recommend?
posted by onecircleaday at 2:50 PM - 9 answers


What are some clever ideas for covering up a giant graffiti swastika on the side of an abandoned school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:54 AM - 36 answers

Organizing a flash mob

I would like to organize a flash mob for Inauguration Day. Special snowflake details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 4:09 AM - 9 answers

November 14

Is this yet another scam?

My retired physician father died 7 months ago. I've been helping my Mom organize her bills and go through the papers he has left behind. Shortly around his death, a letter from the International Association of Emergency Physicians arrived inviting him to be part of a published listing citing his distinguished career. It doesn't ask for any amount of money in order for his name to be published but it's definitely part of some kind of marketing scheme. [more inside]
posted by IndigoOnTheGo at 12:20 PM - 15 answers

When does ST:DS9 start getting good?

At which point during the run of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine did the show start becoming good and heavily serialized? [more inside]
posted by wutangclan at 11:31 AM - 24 answers

November 12

Knowing the warning signs

It's been a few days and I've come down off of the ledge a little with regards to the US election and the President Elect. However, there's still a big chance that everything will be terrible and we'll need to make some huge decisions about what we'll need to do to either help our friends or leave the country. How do you know when it's really bad? [more inside]
posted by TrishaLynn at 6:30 AM - 29 answers

November 11

Oh, Columbus?

There's a chance I may be moving to Columbus, Ohio for a job. Post-election and as a liberal person of color, I'm a little nervous. Can you tell me what it's like? And maybe if I'll like it? [more inside]
posted by buttonedup at 3:21 PM - 12 answers

That's not my department

As Silicon Valley rushes to normalize the new president, I'm interested in reading historical accounts of scientists and engineers collaborating with evil. What are some examples of scientists and engineers who supported, normalized, or ignored encroaching evil through their actions or work? Stories of heroic resistance are also welcome, but I'm mostly interested in cautionary tales.
posted by ecmendenhall at 6:50 AM - 11 answers

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