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September 19

Obscure academic paper on social instability from successive shocks

I read an abstract / short news article about ten years ago on the concept of successive shocks to any social system (marriage, village, church/group, town, the nation-state) leading to collapse of that system. The main context was societal instability arising from several shocks. I've 'searched high and low for and come up with nothing useful. TW: This uncovers some nasty stuff so unless your area is war / conflict proceed with caution as my question goes down the conflict wormhole. I have three links below to military, terrorism and crisis events studies. [more inside]
posted by unearthed at 1:15 AM - 0 answers

September 18

Florida in the time of COVID?

I'm looking for reports from the Sunshine State on how your area is handling COVID and the general 2020 vibe. [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 11:13 AM - 7 answers

September 12

Looking for videos showing either empty or busy locations - US or abroad

I am looking for short video clips (10-15 seconds is enough) that show the difference between public activity during coronavirus in the US and the rest of the world. The focus is on areas in the US that are quiet/empty/closed, and other parts of the world that are open/bustling/crowded/open. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 2:24 PM - 1 answers

September 11

Home High Holy Days Traditions

Jews of Metafilter, what home traditions of the High Holy Days do you remember most fondly from your childhood? What traditions did you create for yourself and your family as an adult? [more inside]
posted by carrioncomfort at 1:02 PM - 13 answers

September 9

The Psychology of Apocalyptic Cults?

I want to learn more about what it's like to be in an apocalyptic cult, either through narrative accounts (autobiographies, memoirs, etc), or academic texts (psychological research, case studies, etc). What can you recommend?
posted by meese at 12:42 PM - 9 answers

September 8

What are the statistics on poverty in Canada?

I am trying to find statistics on poverty levels in Canada, but having difficulty finding the right statistics. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 11:40 AM - 4 answers

September 7

Why am I finding discarded water bottles filled with yellow liquid?

In one location of the London housing estate I live in, someone is regularly dumping 1-liter water bottles, filled with a yellowish liquid. Is there some likely health- or drug-related explanation? [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 12:50 PM - 23 answers

September 6

No Empathy Zones

I have just been compelled to ask, why are there people who not only do not believe the tragedies that befall people are real, such as shootings at Sandy Hook, 9-11, etc., but also attack those people who advocate or defend their deceased loved ones? Is there research that explains this? I'm looking for some thread that ties this behavior together. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 8:00 PM - 13 answers

September 4

The city plays itself: UK regional novels? Cheerful ones?

Or at least not David Peace novels, no matter how regional they are. So I was recently reading a novel set in Rochester, lots about the cathedral, former roman wall, etc and it was very helpful. I am looking for more regional UK novels, details inside. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 8:06 AM - 14 answers

August 31

Looking for anything on the concept of "plains empires"

I remember reading somewhere an idea that the Mongols were not unique and were instead continuing a tradition of "Plains Empires" that were found both in the Americas and Asia. Is this a legitimate historical view and if so, where can I find anything written on it? [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 8:40 AM - 8 answers

August 30

What Is the Total Cost of Political Mailer

I am interested in learning the total cost of a political mailer. For example, if I were to receive an envelope from the RNC or 45 asking for financial support, what is the total cost of envelope, paper, printing, postage, etc
posted by goalyeehah at 8:32 PM - 7 answers

August 28

Looking for ideas for volunteering?

My workplace is allowed us to take a single day off to volunteer somewhere. I would like to involve my 4 year old son, if at all possible - even for just part of the day. I am looking for ideas for things that I could volunteer for. I'm in Ontario, where Coronavirus cases are (currently) low right now, but I'd like to avoid anything that would involve putting me or my son at risk (i.e. nothing at a hospital, nothing involving being in contact with people infected with covid).
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 9:29 AM - 2 answers

August 27

Lesser known racial faux pas

I am not asking any BIPOC to do labor for me but if you are not BIPOC and are father along than I am in this important work, please share with me resources to help me understand problematic phrases and assumptions that are lesser known offenders. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 8:46 AM - 23 answers

August 25

in search of active, topic-focused online social places

Due to mental health I have to step away from the news and Twitter/Instagram/etc. (Even the grey and blue here are a bit angsty for my current state.) However because of lockdown I am socially deprived, and crave social places to "hang out." So I'm looking for topic focused forums, blogs, etc, that are fun and that rarely mention the election, weather disasters, riots, pandemics, etc. [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger at 2:36 PM - 10 answers

August 24

Auto mechanic Cambridge / Somerville MA

Do you know a decent auto mechanic in the Cambridge / Somerville area? Or failing that, maybe some red flags to look for before contracting with a mechanic? I've got an 11 year old Hyundai that's got some weird electrical problem and a steering problem, and the NTB just isn't cutting it. Thank you.
posted by turkeybrain at 11:48 AM - 10 answers

August 23

Living in Kinshasa

Starting in October 2020, I'm going to be spending about one week out of every month in Kinshasa, Congo, for work. My organization hasn't done much work in that part of the world before, and I have a lot of leeway in figuring out my housing arrangements. I'd love to get some advice on longer-term rentals or hotels in the city. [more inside]
posted by leslietron at 7:52 PM - 3 answers

Is Oppo necessary?

A friend of mine and I have discussed the idea of creating a consulting business for state politicians. However, as we've looked at other companies, many seem, to some extent, to be involved in opposition research. How many of them aren't trying to help their clients by finding the weaknesses of other candidates and how successful are they compared to those that are? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 12:06 PM - 8 answers

August 21

Does discrimination against "gingers" still exist in the UK?

Does discrimination against "gingers" still exist in the UK? Hoping some friends from across the pond can shed some light: is it still a thing, what its (root) cause is, some examples of it, and so on. Gracias
posted by BadgerDoctor at 6:55 AM - 19 answers

Disturbed Childhoods, Trauma and Recovery - Looking for Documentaries

I am finally getting into my chosen field of interest which is developmental trauma. Am looking for any documentaries that are available narrating people's childhood stories, family background, journey in the mental health arenas, interviews, treatment, alternative treatments, addiction, falling into abyss and hopefully subsequent recovery. I know it's a hard task to find, been trying myself for a while. Hopefully you know where to uncover them. TIA
posted by watercarrier at 1:51 AM - 11 answers

August 18

Which video where he drapes himself on a white piano in a club

What is the video with Prince where he is basically turning people on in a club. [more inside]
posted by Quillcards at 3:43 PM - 5 answers

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