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The MetaFilter "Are you okay after Sandy?" thread.
From the Ask Metafilter archives: holterbarbour wants to put together a notebook full of handy reference information and mental utilities.
I'm imagining the user would bust it out of his/her bag and use the knowledge within to solve a wide range of MacGyver/James Bond/bar bet problems. An intellectual "Swiss army knife", if you will.
Mefite sarastro's having a cat/flea situation, but in verse: "What remedies exist for a cat beflea'd?"
My most faithful feline associate
while I, at length, was absent
has, it seems, become woefully beset
by fleas or lice
or something that bites and leaves
her in a most agitated and sorry state.
And so on. And the answers follow suit, in large part. Cat question in, doggerel out.
It's not greed at play here or lack of general desire to grow accessible local, quality, organic food for everyone. It's sheer economics both internally and externally. It's hard to convince someone that it's better to sell a cucumber for 50 cents when there is someone out there that will pay 2 dollars and if they grow polka dot cucumbers in the same space someone will pay 4 dollars for it. For many growers it's choice between having good food on their own tables and someone elses.
MeFite Jalliah on why being a farmer and wanting to provide food for low income folks is challenging.
South African MetaFilter member 00dimitri00 gives a bit of background, history, and insider perspective on the band Die Antwoord:
It's like we're all in on Waddy's Joke and it's a gas seeing the rest of the world trying to figure it out.
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MetaFilter member oneironaut worked for recently deceased US Senator Arlen Specter as his advisor on climate, energy, and the environment. He remembers him fondly:
To me, he was good, funny, warm (for him), and it was a privilege to work with him. Yes, there is plenty to dislike about him, but the Senate would be much better off if there were more Arlen Specters.
MetaFilter member Eyebrows McGee sits on a school expulsion board and has to face difficult decisions each day:
But fully half of the expulsions I processed in this batch read, "No one appeared on behalf of the student." Not ONE ADULT in the ENTIRE WORLD was willing to show up for an 11-year-old's expulsion hearing. No parents, no grandparent, no relative, no guardian, no pastor, no social worker, no employer or neighbor or coach. Not one adult for a 15-year-old on track to graduate who was in the first trouble of his career (the principal expelling him (properly, under the rules) asked us to give him a suspended sentence, which lets him stay at school as long as he doesn't screw up again, because he's a good kid).