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  1. Craigslist freebies section. (Or equivalent local alternative.) Or, depending on percipitation, just put out on curb or nearby bench or something. I've gotten rid of a bunch of stuff that way - it's a few minutes to get photographed and put up, and then its a few phone calls and people basically magically show up and just...take it away. Mutual joyousness. Woosh. I recall we had a discussion about this kind of thing before, and came away knowing that America is a scary place and there it has to be like abandoned Walmart parking lots at high noon and no names exchanged to hand over that set of mismatched coffee mugs, but I just give people my address.
  2. The sustainability thread: tilting at windmills

    Exactly...and even if you have recycling programs, they might not be done in a sustainble way once they leave your neatly-sorted piles, as commodore notes, and the investments your city is making into transport and so on and so forth. I think there's a slightly more insidious, rather than merely depressing quality to this, in that the making of sustainability is shifted, politically speaking, onto consumers. The effort and the blame and the guilt becomes on the individual consumer or household for having a car (because you live in a city with shit public transport,) or buying at walmart (because that's what you can afford,) etc, and not on the actual underlying, unsustainable economics and infrastructure. I'm weirdly kind of with commodore here - systemic efficiency is much more significant, by orders of magnitude, but this is a way some of that pressure is getting moved off giant corporations, government and planners and onto whether or not you ate a burger is a way of watering down the politics of it. Probably, also, making a lot of people resent and view the whole 'sustainability' lifestyle industry as a priviliged, expensive lifestyle choice rather than something they should be up in arms about becuse its their health and their resources being toyed with and squandered because its easier and more profitable that way...Look at the NIMBY when someone wants to, oh, set up a wind farm anywhere. That's something - I dunno, the view? The bees? What is it now? - being taken away and we'll damn well fight for it. But the lake right there being drained due to ridiculous agricultural practices and wasteful industrial profits? Well, that's out own fault for taking long showers. (Crude example. A lot of environmental damage gets tolerated because 'jobs' is a magic word. Whether its a blatant lie or not. I really recommend Arlie Hochschild's Strangers in Their Own Land, about people from apocalyptically ravaged landscapes in Louisiana, who are riddles with cancer, have lost their lands and livelihoods, have giant sinkholes opening under their houses, can't touch their own public waterways or they'll end up hospotalized...and who keep supporting anti-environmental policies.)
  3. The sustainability thread: tilting at windmills

    Getting some item delivered to your doorstep, vs picking it up in a store a mile away (where it has been delivered from the same likely origin point) is not a huge difference in energy terms. (You drive to store - the van drives to your house.) That proliferation of last-mile demand for consumer goods might place more of a burden on the transit infrastructure and causes more congestion, but then again, maybe its saved you a drive, and the UPS driver with his hundreds of packages and efficient route might be better than your drive to the store. Whole issue of urban structure and density here, and (related) public transit provision, which is outside the control of each individual, though I guess we can hope that market forcecs will eventually respond to consumer preferences...except they're often stymied by zoning and regulation pushed by other market forces (like parking minimums.)
  4. Convince me that breakfast wasn't a terrible act of self-harm

    If I can get it, I'm a traditionalist for the full Israeli breakfast - salads+cheese+omelette. The lack fresh vegetables at breakfast is usually what strikes me as off if i'm travelling. Burundian breakfast consists of rice, beans and boiled amaranth leaves. However, so does Burundian lunch and Burundian dinner. I wouldn't, per se, recommend any of them. An urban DRC breakfast appears to consist of a small bottle of coke. If breakfast in Russia and Ukraine has been invented, my family hasn't heard of it, and I had dosa a lot in India, which is great, but this was as a streetfood - I don't know how practical it is for quick home preparation.
  5. The sustainability thread: tilting at windmills

    About the same here - don't drive, not vegetarian but eat meat sparingly, and I make an effort to avoid buying most things new if I can get them reasonably second hand. A lot of your local/urban/national context is stacked for or against your carbon footprint this sense, I think political pressure is important. Sustainability isn't something we can do purely by each household modifying its consumption habits without anything else changing - the culture, economy, infrastructure and built environment are either supporting it, or aren't.
  6. Careerchat II

    ...and that no matter how many times you check, there will be a typo in there.
  7. Brooklyn Nine Nine [SPOILERS]

    "We don't need another girl character. Two is enough!"
  8. Fashion thread: updating classics

    Sounds like a coherent aesthetic to me!
  9. Kid on the bus is reading The Challenge of Left Opposition, trotsky. In English. Sign of the times?
  10. U.S. Politics 2016: "You Suck!!!" "No, you Suck!!!"

    Oh, yeah, not even getting into early nutrition, iodine, vitamin A, protein, iron, etc. I'd guess that that's less of an issue in developed countries even in situations of poverty, but the availability or lack thereof of early childcare and parental circumstances might be a more prominent factor in places like, say, the USA, that have poor provisions for parents and high childcare costs.
  11. U.S. Politics 2016: "You Suck!!!" "No, you Suck!!!"

    I've never heard of Early-Childhood education needing to be focused on anything 'academic', to the level of needing homework (sounds perverse, really.) From my understanding, It's more basic interactions and experiences that need to happen at an early age, like play, exploration, a lot of interaction with adults and other children, access to toys and tactilities, being read to, etc. The defecit kids get is when they're, say stuck in one place all day, being watched but not played with, for example by busy parents, or nurseries with a lot of children per caretaker, so there's no space or time for anything but basic care - children are kept in cots and fed and little beyond that, for example. There's a fair amount of evidence that affects long term cognitive outcomes. We're not talking homework in preschool, we're talking healthy basic development processes, which need to provided for and sometimes aren't in situations of poverty, lack of childcare and working parents, etc.
  12. U.S. Politics 2016: "You Suck!!!" "No, you Suck!!!"

    There's evidence that ECD education is crucial, not just in preparing kids for pre/school, but possibly even in developing basic cognitive abilities. Defecits that open up before age 5 are much harder, or possibly even impossible, to close than ones that open later.
  13. Convince me that breakfast wasn't a terrible act of self-harm

    I failed breakfast today, but thanks to this thread decided to insist on my bus coffee mug. Only to find I took one that leaked whenever tilted. Did throw it away once I was off the train, which I'm pleased with as part of a general de-cluttering effort. So, general fail, as I'm covered in coffee stains.
  14. For anyone not inclined to therapy, I can recommend PhD applications. Less time, less money, far more careful examination of ones psyche, motivations, goals, weaknesses, etc. One person told me my research proposal seems like I'm scared of commitment. And, at this point, that even made sense.
  15. U.S. Politics 2016: "You Suck!!!" "No, you Suck!!!"

    So? Yes, heavens, it would be complicated. Doesn't mean it is impossible, not-crucial, or, relevantly for this discussion, somewhere outside the scope. Those details are the political debate. Retreating from the topic because its complicated - repeating 'ah, the devil is in the details' when people engage in the practical and ethical aspects of concrete policy suggestions - is nonsensical and disingenous.