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December 27, 2016

Quiet place to read a book + have a drink on NYE in NYC?

All my closest friends are out of town for New Year's Eve, and I'd like to find a quiet spot in the city, have a drink or two, and read a book for awhile. Any ideas of where I can do this? [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 10:23 AM - 7 answers

December 25, 2016

Can you recommend a comprehensive book on Polynesian mythology?

I am interested in finding a book that is a good introduction to the differences and similarities of the mythologies of the many Polynesian islands. Can you recommend something that is for adult readers, but not overly academic?
posted by abirdinthehand at 3:53 PM - 1 answers

Patriarchy wars: episode vi - return of the feminist

What are some big and small actions I can take to stick it to the man?? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow at 8:54 AM - 36 answers

December 23, 2016

Help me name a project to make it easier for survivors to find important

I want to start a project to make it easier for survivors to find important info about their loved ones by leaving a note on your kitchen cabinet door. But I need a name for it. [more inside]
posted by cda at 3:26 PM - 24 answers

2017: Just read a Dilbert and go to sleep.

Help me come up with the wittiest motto for 2017. [more inside]
posted by PorcupineQuills at 2:44 PM - 69 answers

On moving from major cities back to somewhere smaller (have you?)

Of course there are a lot of posts about where to live and lately I have a lot of conversations about it. Some of them involve what is probably just a fantasy (fueled by traffic and expense) of moving somewhere much smaller, with much less going on. [more inside]
posted by Smearcase at 12:56 PM - 21 answers

What otherwise unremarkable work has the greatest, most creative fandom?

On Chat last night, MeFite tedious and I got to talking about fanfics and fandom (later joined by freelance demiurge). I'm not very fan-ish, so the whole phenomenon is amazing to me. Partly prompted by my Chatmate's username, I started wondering about the most unremarkable work (film, tv show, book, song/album) with the most passionate fandom. [more inside]
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 8:48 AM - 26 answers

December 22, 2016

Is there a term for 'the fear of terrorism'?

Fear of terrorism is one of the defining forces in politics today, but as far as I can find there's no memorable term or phrase for it. [more inside]
posted by galaxy rise at 4:40 PM - 14 answers

December 20, 2016

Examples of indirect gift exchanges between cultures?

I'm looking for examples, descriptions, anthropological terminology, etc. of non-physical contact exchange of gifts between two cultures. One example is the, bucket drop, where missionaries in Ecuador would drop and retrieve a bucket on a rope from an airplane circling above settlements of the Huaorani; the bucket would contain gifts for the Huaorani, who would put in their own gifts for the missionaries. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 11:13 AM - 10 answers

Tip for in-home daycare provider?

I can't seem to find straight information on the internet! Our son is in a 12-kid in-home daycare five days a week--it's run by the owner, her mom, and two other women. We're in the D.C. suburbs. Should we be giving them a tip for the holidays and, if so, how much? Many thanks!
posted by anonymous at 2:58 AM - 14 answers

December 18, 2016

Are there any good books that get into how imperial China worked?

I know that that spans a long period of time, and that ambiguity is ok. I guess what I'm interested in is how the government was actually structured... what sort of intrigue went down? How were regions governed? I've heard a lot about the fairly sophisticated bureaucracy that existed for a very long time in China, and I'm very curious to know more about the nitty gritty of how society actually functioned... the time period is open to whatever time period someone found fit to write a book about!
posted by wooh at 8:17 PM - 10 answers

December 17, 2016

Holiday movie memory

I was thinking holiday thoughts, and a movie memory came to the surface after many years of dormancy. The only thing I remember about this movie was that it was about a black youth who was asked what he wanted for Christmas and he said "I want me this cat I found". [more inside]
posted by ambulocetus at 6:29 AM - 5 answers

December 16, 2016

Should I respond when I see postings like this?

Post-election, I keep struggling with the urge to respond to comments on news sites when I strongly disagree with the comments. I can't seem to stop looking at them, yet I know it's a futile, life-destroying game of whack-a-mole at best. What are other people's strategies for dealing with this? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 1:18 AM - 32 answers

December 14, 2016

balanced news sources for a South Australian

Following on from my concerns here, what daily/weekly/monthly print or radio news sources would you recommend for a South Australian in metropolitan Adelaide who flicks through The Advertiser six days a week and is concerned that he is getting only that newspaper's slant on things? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 2:57 AM - 4 answers

December 13, 2016

How Can I Help Scientists and/or Others?

According to the Washington Post today, scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump. Seems like a reasonable worry to me. The Internet Archive is also copying its data. Can a normal person contribute to these or related efforts? Difficulty level: Time but not much money. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 9:42 AM - 7 answers

December 12, 2016

Best articles/books on Hurricane Katrina, esp as it impacted New Orleans

Looking for articles on Katrina. the damage to the city; the response in terms of rebuilding, re-zoning and re-planning.
posted by ebesan at 11:47 AM - 12 answers

Where can I learn about issues in rural/non-urban USA and how to help?

I'm from a big coastal city in the Northeast US (Boston). I want to learn more about life in the rural/non-urban US, what the issues are, who's addressing them, and how I can help. [more inside]
posted by cadge at 10:56 AM - 24 answers

December 11, 2016

How to Support Women in Mexico

Do you know of a legit charity for women in Mexico? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser at 8:52 PM - 6 answers

What to do when witnessing racial profiling? Specific situation.

I saw what to me looked like pretty egregious racial profiling, and I didn't do anything. What should I have done, and what should I do now? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 11:48 AM - 21 answers

Freezing for two

What happens when pregnant homeless women have their babies? And secondarily, what can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by sestaaak at 11:30 AM - 9 answers

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