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August 13

What are the best left-wing email newsletters?

I am quitting social media, but I need a substitute for all the useful political links it provides me. What are some left-leaning email newsletters that can fill this void? [more inside]
posted by NBelarski at 12:10 PM - 12 answers

How can I find and become involved in Fukuoka's punk/DIY scene?

My wife and I are moving to Fukuoka, Japan from Chicago, by way of Baltimore. For 15ish years I've been heavily involved in the DIY/punk/art communities in the US, particularly in Chicago where the scene is substantial and vibrant. Recently I met some musicians from Tokyo who told me that Fukuoka has a "big punk scene" though I have had trouble finding evidence of this when I've been in town. Do you have any insight into entering the Fukuoka punk community? Or that of any Japanese major city? THANK YOU!!
posted by frankokay at 8:37 AM - 4 answers

August 12

Help me understand the fin de 60s

As I've covered in past posts and Asks, I have something of a fascination with the late 60s as it lurched forward and became the bleak early 70s. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 9:24 PM - 29 answers

Not since Errol Flynn died

What are some examples of jokes that were funny at a certain time, and still funny if you know the context, but are largely meaningless or unusable today? [more inside]
posted by pipeski at 3:28 PM - 42 answers

August 11

Ontario: diversity + lakefront?

What are the most demographically diverse cottage towns in Southern Ontario, located within a couple hours of Toronto? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 12:14 PM - 2 answers

August 10

pairs with red

I read and enjoyed Bill Browder's book Red Notice. What other books should I read? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:13 AM - 3 answers

August 9

Tell me about your favorite travel documentaries!

I'm looking to learn more about any and all countries and their people, through documentaries. In both TV and longform formats (i.e. movies) I'd prefer non-fiction to fiction. Stuff like Bizarre Foods is interesting to me, but I want more depth and length. And less, "ewww weird foreign food"! I've watch Parts Unknown and No Reservations and have liked those too. [more inside]
posted by starlybri at 4:32 PM - 18 answers

August 6

Uyghurs: ethnic cleansing and concentration camps, what can I do?

What steps can individuals outside of China take to put an end to the ethnic cleansing and concentration camps in Xinjiang?
posted by querty at 6:29 AM - 2 answers

August 5

mastermind groups - otherwise known as? how to find? thoughts?

Hi again mefites.. So, another possible title for this ask could have been "mastermind groups - discuss" a la coffee talk. What experiences have you had with them or, anything like them that goes by a different name I might not know (er, perhaps a more humble name, lol?), and how did you find / form the group? know of any friendly such groups that are recruiting? Or, idk, want to start one with me? [more inside]
posted by elgee at 10:51 AM - 2 answers

August 3

Looking for documentary about London townhouses

There are umpty bajillion documentaries out there about aristocratic country houses of Britain. But ye old stereotypical aristo would have had a fancy country estate and a house in Town. Are there any documentaries about how London townhouses were built or run during the 18th-20th centuries? I'm less interested in the Upstairs/Downstairs drama and more in the logistics of the place, and the architecture/design.
posted by Wretch729 at 8:13 AM - 7 answers

Practical prepping?

Looking for your best practical prepping tips for all the possible apocalypse scenarios I keep perseverating on. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jeszac at 6:07 AM - 32 answers

How do YOU take time off?

I am looking for ideas, anecdotes, and experiences of academic/writer/artist types-- people who work on long term projects on a flexible schedule. How do you schedule your time off? Weekends? Pick a week day? Ad hoc? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 4:56 AM - 6 answers

August 2

How can we fight climate change?

Getting individual people to accept blame for the fucked-upedness of global capitalism is a manipulative tactic used by the gigantic corporations who are actually responsible for this stuff. If you are trapped in an inescapable system, don't get mad at yourself for failing to escape it. Blame the people who made it inescapable. showbiz_liz made that wise comment earlier in the year in response to a different AskMe. But is it truly inescapable? [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 12:33 PM - 27 answers

August 1

Super cheesy song lyrics

I want to put together a super cheesy list of sentiments like "you are the wind beneath my wings" for my best friend, just to be silly and make her laugh. But I'm totally stuck! Help, HiveMind, help! What are some great, sometimes cringe-worthy lyrics that I can throw in? [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 6:29 AM - 34 answers

July 31

what American flag is this (with 40something stars in circles)?

About 3 minutes into this video, behind the speaker, you can see an American flag with perhaps 43 or so stars. What is this flag? [more inside]
posted by metadave at 8:01 PM - 6 answers

Small and mighty role models

Can you help me compile a list of women-identifying people who are short but powerful? I'm in my mid-30s, I'm 5'1," and I'd like to be taken seriously and to feel more capable. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gold bridges at 12:39 PM - 56 answers

Revue parisienne de livres?

I'd like to subscribe to a French-language periodical along the lines of the London / New York Review of Books. Needs to be available in print in the US. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark at 12:06 PM - 3 answers

Self-contained communities with >10,000 residents?

What categories of self-contained, private communities or residential developments are there (e.g., gated communities, college campuses, military bases...)? For each category, which are the ones with >10,000 residents, or how can I find out? [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 11:41 AM - 19 answers

Should I get a non-digital camera for my 4 year old?

In this fast moving world of digital devices with virtually endless storage, I can't help but wonder if there's something to the idea of getting an actual camera, with actual film, for my kid to be exposed to and see the process of taking pictures that is irreversible, finite, and focused and then getting a taste of the delayed gratification that comes with developing them. Bonus points for specific things to do/not do if your answer is yes. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 10:59 AM - 27 answers

New Year‘s Eve traditions in Latvia

What New Year‘s Eve traditions do Latvians have? I‘m thinking about things like fortune telling via coffee grounds or eating certain foods. Can you help me? Thanks!
posted by Omnomnom at 5:35 AM - 3 answers

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