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I think the secret to doing things is just doing things | MetaFilter
I'm really glad someone finally wrote up this post on mefi, was wondering for several months when/if it would happen
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april 2017 by cluebucket
“Behind the eyes, we feel ourselves shrink” | MetaFilter #6937719
nickrussell long comment
ends with: "Without strong governance, we have no chance of protecting our individual rights and way of life. Indeed, our lives may be enabled and shaped by technology, but they're ultimately created by governance."
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march 2017 by cluebucket
men as feminist allies | MetaFilter #5618445
"Folks, there are no motherfucking gnomes."

forgot I had already faved this
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january 2017 by cluebucket
That's just how you negotiate with a Nazi. Ask your grandfather. | MetaFilter #6887028
"Maybe part of the problem here is that at some point we conceded that valuing someone's life, health, and security of person based on their race, gender or sexual identity is something you're even allowed to have an opinion about."
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january 2017 by cluebucket
Warren Ellis – WARREN ELLIS is a graphic novelist, writer, public speaker and author of the NYT best-selling novel GUN MACHINE.
via mefi user holborne, from Orbital Operations newsletter:

"I understand there’s been some confusion online as to whether it’s ever right to punch a Nazi in the face. There is a compelling argument that all speech is equal and we should trust to the discourse to reveal these ideas for what they are and confidently expect them to be denounced and crushed out by the mechanisms of democracy and freedom.

"All I can tell you is, from my perspective as an old English socialist and cultural liberal who is probably way to the woolly left from most of you and actually has a medal for services to free speech — yes, it is always correct to punch Nazis. They lost the right to not be punched in the face when they started spouting genocidal ideologies that in living memory killed millions upon millions of people. And anyone who stands up and respectfully applauds their perfect right to say these things should probably also be punched, because they are clearly surplus to human requirements. Nazis do not need a hug. Nazis do not need to be indulged. Their world doesn’t get better until you’ve been removed from it. Your false equivalences mean nothing. Their agenda is always, always, extermination. Nazis need a punch in the face."
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january 2017 by cluebucket
That's just how you negotiate with a Nazi. Ask your grandfather. | MetaFilter #6886229
first published 1945:
"Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.
"We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal."
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january 2017 by cluebucket
White Nationalism and the Ethics of Medieval Studies | MetaFilter #6861797
"this pre-nationalism world-view is, indirectly, part of what draws racists to the medieval period. For their world-view to make sense, there must be some mystical past in which the races were separate, because if there have always been just random groups of people mingling genetics, languages, and cultures, then the whole idea of distinct races is holed below the waterline."
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january 2017 by cluebucket
All of them. | MetaFilter
this is good as a time capsule

I do enjoy the cliché-mashups though
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december 2016 by cluebucket
It may very well be game over. | MetaFilter #6806347
"The federal government is going to be weakened over the next four years and that will dramatically reduce the availability of funding for local governments to implement the needed changes to slow this train down. But ... all over the country, cities and mega-regions are proving more agile in the climate change planning and activism arena. Widening a highway is incredibly expensive, cities can only do that with federal assistance. Improving bus transit, installing bikeways, developing land-uses that fosters accessibility, affordability, and livability over mobility, incentivizing alternative modes of transportation, improving building codes: these are things that can and are done locally.

"Not easily, but I promise you that it is likely easier to contact your council member than it is your congressperson or your terrible president."
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november 2016 by cluebucket
Live free or die. | MetaFilter #6389216
user poffin boffin describes domestic American politics of the mid-2010s, I note for relaying to future generations: "Honestly I don't give a single fuck if either Clinton or Sanders fulfill any of their campaign promises so long as in the next 8 years they just build on what Obama has already done wrt healthcare and prevent any fucking woman-loathing white supremacists from giving us new SCOTUS nominations.
my bar is as low as it's gonna get folks, the other choices literally involve armbands for muslims and gay latino death camps and wire hanger abortions nationwide and a sentient ham in a wig cheering a crowd of people beating up a black man live on tv"
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february 2016 by cluebucket
Scott Adams, plannedchaos - Mefi Wiki
"Note: I'm avoiding linking Scott Adams directly, to avoid helping his Google ranking."
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february 2016 by cluebucket
Tent City, America | MetaFilter
"On a related note, a homeless man in Virginia was found to have dug a hole in the ground to sleep in in the woods behind the Fairfax Police Department..."

> "Along with sleeping gear and digging tools were educational books and writings on religion, the English language and the United States criminal justice system."
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december 2015 by cluebucket
The New, Ugly Surge in Violence and Threats Against Abortion Providers | MetaFilter #6300938
long good comment (partial excerpt here)

I hold that the "life starts at conception" model of life, that presents life as a set of instructions rather than a specific, embodied, material entity, is in fact of itself anti-woman, anti-worker, and anti-human. I say this because it neglects the role of work in the making of a human, specifically the grueling, health-wrecking, dangerous work done by women's bodies in realizing a baby through following the fertilized zygote's instructions for babymaking. Because the (fundamentally Platonist) "life from conception" model presents instructions as perfect and complete in and of themselves — as already alive — the only contributions the mother makes are understood as negative. By doing the wrong thing, or eating the wrong thing, or aborting the process of baby-making, a woman might screw up her baby, but all of her positive work done in turning a set of instructions into a real baby is ignored. This is because the baby is already real, in this model, even when it's just a set of instructions and not much else. No woman required, at least not once she's provided the half-set of instructions found in her egg.
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november 2015 by cluebucket
I have water but can you drink from my hands? | MetaFilter
"'Young Scheduled caste children were taught not to stand in doorways so that they would not cast a shadow into the room where higher caste people are eating and mistakenly contaminate their food.'"

also good comment summary - "the villagers had sound economic reasons to lop more tree branches, they noticed the change and realized that it could become a problem, and they are compensating for it by reducing their dependence on the forest (which also allows the trees to grow more anyway)."
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october 2015 by cluebucket
The Cost of Becoming White | MetaFilter
haven't read the linked article yet. but yes to semi-thoughtful discussions
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december 2014 by cluebucket
What clever relationship "hacks" have you come up with? - relationships | Ask MetaFilter
I still really love this thread and especially laughed at this one :)
"I couldn't let you have the Moral High Ground points"
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october 2013 by cluebucket
Martyr? I hardly even know yr! - socialanxiety interpersonalrelations confidence | Ask MetaFilter
if I had a mefi account I'd fave:
"My life, my relationships, my career and my family were all improved radically when I began to accept this:
Being right doesn't matter.
Doing the right thing can matter. Standing up for the rights of others can matter.
But being right? having other people know I'm right?
Doesn't fucking matter at all. ever."

also, Snari Furillo's comment.
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november 2012 by cluebucket
How did you find your passion? - career work motivation | Ask MetaFilter
1. I've identified my passion as X. I am now going to define X as fully as possible. For X to be X, it MUST include A and B. C is optional. It can't include D.
2. I've realized that I won't be happy unless I'm doing X for a living.
3. Are there any jobs that will allow me to do X as I've defined it? (Or that will let me gradually work towards a pure version of X?)
4. If not, then I need to either brainstorm other ways I could be happy (compromised X? doing X as a hobby?) or resign myself to unhappiness.
5. If so, then I need to make sure that I can live with non-X aspects of the job. (Wow! I can do full time, paid theatre, but I'd have to work with the dreaded Mr. Y!)
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september 2012 by cluebucket

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