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New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman wrote an open letter to the FCC that stolen identities were being used to write fake comments in response to the FCC's request for public input. Data scientist Jeff Kao analyzed 22 million comments and found that millions promoting the repeal of net neutrality appear to have been faked. "... the process the FCC has employed to consider potentially sweeping alterations to current net neutrality rules has been corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans' identities — and the FCC has been unwilling to assist my office in our efforts to investigate this unlawful activity" – Eric Schneiderman

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator Joel Hodgson has announced that Netflix is renewing the show for a Season 12. Stories on Satellite News, Tor, AV Club.

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On a whim, I threw the leftover turkey carcass and drippings in to a crock pot last night, with a chopped onion and some carrots, and covered with water. Now I have about 8 cups of stock. I tried making noodle soup once before like this, but it was so bland I ended up just tossing it. This stock tastes a little better, but it's still not wowing me. What should I do with it?I set aside all the leftover meat before cooking it overnight. I also have all the stuff from the crock pot, that I drained to get the stock, but that's pretty bland now, so I presume I just toss that stuff? I also have a cup or two of gravy left over from dinner. I don't mind picking up extra ingredients, I just don't know what do do with it! I'd love to get suggestions, thanks!

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I had a job end in September. I haven't done anything about health insurance. I need to figure out a few things - thank you.So, this is basically the timeline: - I had a temporary role, that brought healthcare with it, end at the end of September. - Around the same time, I had to abruptly (and hopefully temporarily) move from NY (where the job was based) to NJ (for unrelated family reasons.) - Because my job sent my COBRA letter to the wrong location, and didn't get me my proper notification letter to my new NJ address until mid-October, I have until mid-December to elect into COBRA. - I haven't done anything about this yet. (I know. It's been a really hard autumn.) I find myself wondering about two things: 1. COBRA is, as you might imagine, very expensive, and I'm now mostly unemployed. I find myself wondering if I can get on the exchange as a recently job-terminated person. But what's not clear to me is this: can you retroactively get insurance on the exchange to cover that missing month of October? So I don't have a gap in coverage? See, I know you can get retroactive insurance through COBRA - which sounds good to me, especially because once I elect into it, I have another 30 days or so to pay for the multiple (!) months of retroactive insurance I would have to pay for. Can I do that with the exchange, or would I have that gap of coverage that couldn't retroactively be erased? 2. The amount I was charged for COBRA seems to be the same it cost my employer, who was based in NY - but I'm now expecting to be based in NJ. Wouldn't the money go down to reflect the fact my insurance would be NJ-based? Or can I not switch state lines and still accept COBRA? It's been really hard to find information on this. Thank you for your help navigating something causing me immense anxiety and stress during a really trying time - I set up an address, [email protected], for any direct messages or clarifications needed. Thank you thank you!

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Is there a non-commercial food/exercise/weight tracker i.e. run by a university or other research institution rather than a corporation?I recently started using a food/exercise/weight tracker, and I know they are collecting tons of data about me. This morning it occurred to me that in aggregate, they have tons of data about how much weight Americans gained over Thanksgiving. Then I realized that they also have tons of data (albeit self-reported) about diet, exercise, and weight in general. Is there a way for me to enter my info into a database where it would be used for more good than just to make money i.e. are there any food/weight/exercise trackers (web based and/or iPhone app) run by a university or other research institution?

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The Exciting History of Carbon Paper dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. Today, we still refer to the technology, even though we have not used it in a long time. Carbon-impregnated paper was invented simultaneously by Ralph Wedgwood in the UK (as part of a machine to help blind people to write), and Pellegrino Turri in Italy, as part of an early typewriter that would enable his blind lover to write letters. Wedgwood's invention became useful for copying letters, although it was not until the invention of the typewriter [pdf] that carbon paper became widely popular. It was also with the decline of the mechanical typewriter that its use dwindled, although there are still some applications.

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Science Fiction Makes You Stupid Addressing the effects of genre first, in comparison to Narrative Realism readers, Science Fiction readers reported lower transportation, experience taking, and empathy. Science Fiction readers also reported exerting greater effort to understand the world of the story, but less effort to understand the minds of the characters. Science Fiction readers scored lower in comprehension, generally and in the subcategories of theory of mind, world, and plot.

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New carpet is needed but I have all these issues. HALPMy house was built in the mid-80's (typical bi-level; photo of similar house in my profile) and is approximately 1500 square feet; 3 bedrooms, LR and hallway, stairs and finished lower level. AFAIK much of the carpet is original. And atrocious. I have wanted to re-carpet for some time but I have this presumption that every contractor or service provider is out to rip me off. I have no idea what a decent ballpark figure is for carpet. I also know nothing about carpet types, textures or colors in order to speak intelligently. In general, I have zero smarts or awareness of how remodeling stuff happens. I think about going to a home improvement store or carpet retailer but I am always stopped by my certainty that they will see me coming a mile away and I will: - Be very embarrassed at my lack of knowledge; - Pay WAY more than I should; - Pick the wrong carpet and be stuck with it. What can I do to overcome these obstacles? What can I realistically expect to spend, so I can recognize when/if I am being taken advantage of? How long should it take?

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I come across interesting stuff all the time on the internet which I would like to note electronically.For example, comments on forums and articles on websites. I would love to have a personal wiki where I can just copy and paste text and add comments. Any suggestions would be much appreciated?

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What are some good MOOCs for non-coders? Snowflakes inside.I'm realising that a) I miss being in school and b) my education was not as extensive, or detailed, as I'd like, and I'm hoping that MOOCs can fill some of the gaps. As mentioned above, I'm really not interested in coding, but I like new technologies and would be happy to learn about them. Ditto science. History not so much, as I'm trying to focus on subjects that will be useful to my work as a translator - so basically, science, tech, economics/policy, maybe sociology or psychology or European history. Free is great, but I'd be willing to pony up for a couple of really good courses every year. MOOCs in French (complex is fine) and Spanish (simple, por favor) would also be great. TIA!

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"Almost everything that Brexiters say now, in the circumstance of having chosen to leave, makes much more sense as a response to being forced to leave. ... Instead of the generosity, confidence, patience and optimism that might be expected to accompany victory what we see amongst Brexiters is an oscillation between sour, crabby, resentful anger and bellicose, belligerent, defiant anger. That anger seems, if anything, to grow with each passing week." On Wednesday, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond committed £3bn to meeting the costs of Brexit: the first concrete spending commitments to replace EU bodies and programmes that will be lost in the event of no deal and the additional infrastructure required to manage potential hard borders around the UK. In effect, this was the first concrete signal of the UK government preparing to leave without a deal, rather than warning that no deal might happen. The Budget commitment was thus a highly significant statement of Britain's latest negotiating position: not to negotiate. It appears, on its face, to rule out any possibility of UK membership of such EU-associated European blocs as EFTA and the EEA. Not having a deal will make hosting the European City of Culture impossible, as candidate cities are restricted to members of the EU, EEA (EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), EFTA (EEA minus the EU plus Switzerland), and candidates for EU membership (currently Turkey, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania and Serbia) or potential candidates. A hard-Brexiting UK will meet none of those conditions, so the day after the budget the EU announced that UK cities can no longer become the 2023 European City of Culture. The five UK bidding teams were naturally disappointed, although they had been warned last December, before Article 50 had been triggered, that proceeding with bids would be subject to Brexit negotiations. Leading Brexiters, MPs for candidate cities and media outlets have expressed dismay and anger that the UK will not be eligible to participate in an EU-funded programme intended to "[connect] their local context with the European framework" four years after the total break from the EU that they desire. Like the losses of the headquarters of the European Medicines Agency and European Banking Authority last week, this latest blow ought to have surprised no one, but even the (Labour, Remain) chair of the Exiting the European Union Select Committee, Hilary Benn, seems frustrated by the timing: "Why tell them only now?" Why? Because the day before was when exiting with no deal became de facto government policy, rather than just a horrifying possibility.

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I've been in this chasm of trauma since birth. I am dealing with so many issues that my life is on the line now. Health-wise it's bad. As bad as it could get. Emotionally, there's not much more I can do. Yet, there's that glimpse of light at the end of the horizon that maybe somewhere, someone, somehow would be able to offer me a life-line in the form of an excavation and healing of the psyche.So, short of just dying and becoming a statistic, how can I make this happen - either in Israel or elsewhere. Safely, wisely and expeditiously?

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'Obsession' by OK Go (SLYT)

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What strength-building exercise/class can I do that I will not hate, and given my poor coordination and weakness?I've posted (extensively!) about adopting a fitness regimen on AskMe previously, but the tl;dr version is that I'm fat and have never really been active until about 2 years ago. Right now I work out regularly and try to mix things up a little. I am looking for a class or exercise to add to my current regime which will address the strength-building side of things. I've got flexibility and cardio down. I do hatha yoga and use the cardio machines at the gym. The reason I stick to these things is that I don't hate them: they're not that difficult or competitive, you can go at your own pace, and with both, there's a bit of meditation involved - the mental/spiritual component of yoga, and the way you can go into a meditative state when using say the treadmill or the elliptical machine, are what keep me going back. I also like the people I meet at yoga, they're in general a friendly and accepting crowd. I am a very 'beta' person and the reason I've stayed away from physical activity so long is that I shy away from areas with a competitive space. I was always the kid who got picked last for any team and that sense of being worse than everyone else really stuck with me. But as it is I feel that my current regime is really lacking a strength-building component. So what chilled-out, fun, slightly meditative activity or class would I enjoy? That really is key, as it's the only way I will keep doing it. About me: 30s, overweight, flexible, poorly co-ordinated, clumsy, hypermobility in knees and back. I can devote 3 evenings a week to exercise. I have access to a gym. I would rather not exercise at home. I don't have any major fitness goals - I'd just like to balance out my fitness regime a little. Thanks Mefi for all your advice in this area to me over the years, it's been invaluable!

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Please show me pictures of weird stuff in your parents house. (SLTwitter)

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he invention of the chilled packaged sandwich, an accessory of modern British life which is so influential, so multifarious and so close to hand that you are probably eating one right now, took place exactly 37 years ago. Like many things to do with the sandwich, this might seem, at first glance, to be improbable. But it is true. In the spring of 1980, Marks & Spencer, the nation's most powerful department store, began selling packaged sandwiches out on the shop floor. Nothing terribly fancy. Salmon and cucumber. Egg and cress. Triangles of white bread in plastic cartons, in the food aisles, along with everything else. Prices started at 43p.

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On the eve of the Civil War, a nightmare at sea turned into one of the greatest rescues in maritime history. More than a century later, a rookie treasure hunter went looking for the lost ship—and found a different kind of ruin. The Wreck of the Connaught, by David Wolman.

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I'd buy shorts before the trip, but here (Thailand) there are 2 choices: 1) Too much polyester, or 2) 100% Cotton and expensive. Both have poor construction quality. Seeking mid-range quality and price, 100% cotton. Far enough out of fashion that teens or 20-somethings wouldn't wear, but it's what their dads wear. Seeking store names. Bonus points for easy access by public transportation and proximity to the CBD. Just to be clear, I need outerwear, not underwear.

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Can you recommend a good book about Simone Weil, possibly also about her brother Andre?I'm kind of interested in reading about her contributions to philosophy, but I may be more interested in an engaging biography that describes her story and context. Thanks!

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David and Jonathan by Anthony Oliveira David and Jonathan's love is the apotheosis of this redemptive love; despite centuries of embarrassed and embarrassing exegesis, their relationship is explicitly romantic, explicitly "surpassing the love of women" (2 Samuel 1:26), and its power is the means by which God (in his usual manner of favouring the outcast, the second son, the marginalised) remakes and renovates the collapsing and decadent reign of the paranoiac Saul, bringing rain to a parched landscape.

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The Patania family of Santa Fe and Tucson are three generations of jewelers. The first two links (from 2011) provide an extensive history of the Italian immigrant Frank, a silversmith by trade, who wound up in Santa Fe, saw Native American jewelry and the gems used, and married the two. His son and grandson have carried on the business. These works are absolutely gorgeous and splendid and magnificent. I lived in Tucson for 14 years and cannot understand how I missed their shop, the Thunderbird. Ah well. Here's the link to Part Two This history also has a lot of photographs. This third link (Nov. 2017) brings the Patania story up to date and has more info on the grandson and his more modern work. Silver Trail

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"Six months ago, I got a phone call from someone pretending to be Apple Computers. And, just through sheer force of will, and I guess a lot of free time, me and Damiano managed to figure out a lot about these people." A story of friendship, sleuthing, and scamming. Full transcript available at the bottom of the page.

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Flat Earthers fascinate me. Mostly because it's such a pure conspiracy theory; it's good to see someone standing up to Big Sphere. What kind of experiment could I carry out for an open-minded Flat Earther that would demonstrate the Earth isn't a disk? There's the old "ship disappearing beyond the horizon" thing, but that's something you rarely (if ever) see with your naked eye. Presume that I'm willing to throw a little but of money into this.One important constraint is that it can't rely on NASA or any other "suspicious" organization. It has to be some kind of experiment I could carry out. Any level of scientific sophistication is OK (I guess we're assuming a scientifically literate flat Earther), but simpler experiments are better.

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Planning to make Thai curry paste this weekend, but my partner came home with shrimp sauce instead of shrimp paste. Is it an acceptable substitute?Earlier this week partner and I took a Thai curry cooking class. We used "shrimp paste in bean oil" as one of the ingredients. It was bright red with a chunky texture. Partner came back from shopping today with Lee Kum Kee brand shrimp sauce. It is a brownish pink colour and looks to have a very fine consistency. Will this shrimp sauce have the right kind of flavour for our Thai curry paste, or is it better to try to find the proper ingredient? If it's the wrong kind of shrimp thing, what else can we use the shrimp sauce for?

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Essentially 1) Do I need to know technical details of creative writing? 2) Am I disadvantaged because I don't have an MFA? 3) How do I work in relative isolation? 4) Are online writing courses useful?I've been a long time lurker on here. Finally decided to make an account! I'm hoping someone can help me with this. So I love writing fiction. I have written poetry that has been published in a small literary journal, I've written loads of half-finished stories, and have an idea for a novel. I've made a rough outline for the novel and have a pretty good idea of my characters and what I want from the novel. I wanted to take part in Nanowrimo but I'm chronically ill with chronic fatigue syndrome and Ehlers Danlos syndrome and 50,000 words in 30 days is just too much for me. Here's my issue. I majored linguistics and minored in languages at college and never took any writing classes. I have friends with MFAs, and in general, I feel as though I need to study the art of writing a novel and/or short story before I write one. I'm auditing the Coursera creative writing specialisation at the moment but I keep thinking about attending a writing course. My illnesses are unpredictable in nature and I can't sign up for regular classes so I'd need to look for online classes. I've looked at a few and they are SO incredibly expensive. Gotham writing courses are on the cheaper side, but I really need to think before I sink $425 into a creative writing course (especially since I've read mixed reviews). I guess I want the experience of a workshop that my MFA friends talk about. I feel as though I need to know technical terms before I write. The rational side of me knows this is ridiculous and I don't need to know specifics. I just need to write for now. On the other hand, I feel inadequate. Is this just a form of procrastination? I read a lot - so I guess I have that covered. As far as I can see - because of my illness - I'm limited in terms of my mobility/ can't plan ahead so finding a group of writers in my city that I could interact with seems impossible at the moment.

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