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Hint: There's a big anniversary coming up. The Chinese government has long been suspicious of Wikipedia. It's been blocked in China intermittently since 2004, and the Chinese-language version has been blocked since June 2015. Now the government has gone even further. The Wikimedia Foundation released a statement on Friday announcing that it had determined that China blocked all versions of Wikipedia. Why the rush to censor? June 4th will be the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. (Previously, on the 20th anniversary)(Previously, new photos of the protests)

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I loved the Costco brand jeans and had a number of pairs through out the years. They were in my larger size, comfortable, and durable, plus I liked the cut and fit. Unfortunately they seem to have been discontinued and I'm looking to replace some of my older pairs that have worn out.I'd love to find a similar pair in cut, material, and durability. Ideally 100% denim, I tend not to wear synthetics as well. Price wise I'm sure it won't be as cheap as those pants were, but honestly it'd be hard to justify something more than $50 a pair.

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Short version: Mother-in-law needs money to pay property tax. We want to know why the daughter who has lived with her for 20 years is not paying the property tax. The challenge is how to keep emotions/reason in check and not destroy family relations. More below the fold.My mother-in-law told us she could not afford her most recent property tax bill on her house which is $2k. We feel bad and offered $500 to help out. This should be the end of the story but we are both second-guessing this decision and cannot see the forrest through the trees. There are bigger family issues to address but where does one begin? Some of the reasons we are second guessing the offer is that it was our daughter's birthday yesterday, and the MIL spent $50 on presents plus $15 on shipping. Our daughter is a teenager and does not need any presents, she would have been perfectly happy with a card and $5. Then my sister-in-law Fedexed a $3 card overnight with $50 in. We are very bothered by this unnecessary gesture, again the kid would have been perfectly happy with less even if it was a week after her birthday. The real rub is that the SIL has been living with the MIL for almost the past 20 years, she has her own third floor apartment in a stand alone house. We have no idea how much rent the SIL has been paying this whole time and feel like if the MIL cannot afford property taxes, she should be renting the apartment to someone who will cover this expense, and the SIL should move. It doesn't feel right to just give $500 and move on, for the underlying anger over them wasting money on frivolous things will be left un-resolved. There is also anger about the SIL being in the apartment and not contributing enough. I am not sure what questions to be asking. I just know that our "gift" is actually a sacrifice for us and I don't want this scenario repeater. What can help us clarify the situation? I need random strangers thoughts on this situation and how we might approach this.

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This Old House (previously) is now in its 40th season, and served as vanguard to numerous other home renovation shows. What continues to set it apart though is its goal "to put skilled tradespeople and the work they do in front of the camera."

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I installed Wordfence on my Wordpress website (free, not paid yet). Am I supposed to just delete the files they say are bad?So my previous hacking experience turned into a 2 week disaster, and I'm still dealing with it. I finally got everything back to mostly normal. I installed Wordfence and it sends mw warnings of what they 'think' are malicious files. It gives me the choice to ignore or remove.I don't know enough to assess whether these files are actually bad or word fence is misreading them, so I don't know if its safe to remove? How do I figure this out and learn how to identify malicious files? Thank you.

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I think my mental health problems are making it hard to get a job. I am running out of money. Where can I go to start getting mental health treatment on Medicaid? Is there any other kind of assistance I can apply for while I'm sorting everything out?I have previously been diagnosed with major depression, generalized anxiety, and executive dysfunction (and it was suggested maybe PTSD). I have been having an especially hard time for the past year, and I think it is serious. It is also interfering with my ability to find a job (and I am worried about whether I could hold one down, based on how things have gone lately). As time goes on, it gets harder to make progress. I can hardly focus on anything, I struggle to read anything more than a page, and I keep losing track of important things like application deadlines. I am living with family right now, but I am still running out of money thanks to loan payments and living expenses. I can't understand how my Medicaid benefits work, or how to apply for anything else. I don't even know what other assistance might be available to me. Are there organizations that will help walk me through this? What is the first thing I can do to start taking care of this stuff? I don't think I need anything permanent. I think I just need help getting started before I can progress on my own. But for now, I am seriously worried that I cannot rely on myself for anything. I am hoping that writing this question means I am ready to start making things better for myself. This is in Maryland, USA. I do not have a car.

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I am wondering if there is a recipe for city machines losing to non-insiders. Like a city needs X conditions to be happening (perhaps scandal or incompetence) combined with Y candidate (charisma, name recognition, media favorability, money?). Examples, case studies, websites, books, all would be great.Assume I'm only interested in medium-large cities and races under national level, i.e. not Congress, think city council, county auditor, prosecutor. I'd accept stories of state legislature races, but really looking for city/county. I recently found this manual from the ACLU on fighting police abuse, and got to thinking there might be resources in other areas in which I have interest. Thank you!

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It has taken more than 220 years but an order of monks at Grimbergen Abbey, producers of a fabled medieval beer whose brand was adopted by mass producers in the 1950s, have started to brew again after rediscovering the original ingredients and methods in their archives. The Guardian reports on a heady new brew. Uncasking the first glass, Stautemas said the development was the culmination of four years of research into the methods of monks that brewed beer in the Norbertine monastery before it was burned down by French revolutionaries in 1798. The monastery was later reinstated but the brewery and its recipes were thought to be lost. ... The source of inspiration for the new microbrewery, located on the same spot as the original, was the discovery from 12th-century books of details about the original monks' brewing methods, specifically their use of hops rather than fermented herbs, which put the monks ahead of many of their contemporaries. The books were saved in the 18th century when the fathers knocked a hole in the library wall and secretly removed them before the abbey was set on fire. "We had the books with the old recipes, but nobody could read them," Stautemas said. "It was all in old Latin and old Dutch. So we brought in volunteers. We've spent hours leafing through the books and have discovered ingredient lists for beers brewed in previous centuries, the hops used, the types of barrels and bottles, and even a list of the actual beers produced centuries ago." Only some elements from the recipe books are being used by the monks. "I don't think people now would like the taste of the beer made back then," Stautemas said.

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Niki Lauda, who famously bought his way into F1 by way of a bank loan secured against his life insurance policy, became only driver in F1 history to win F1 World Championships for both Ferrari and McLaren. After surviving third-degree burns in a horrific crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix, Lauda returned to racing just 40 days later. His epic rivalry with James Hunt was chronicled in the 2013 Ron Howard directed film, Rush. A life-long pilot, Lauda founded Lauda Air in 1979. In 2012 he was named Non-Executive Chairman of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team and is credited with helping build the team into the dominant force in F1 today. He died on Monday at age 70 of kidney failure. Previously... 1,2

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Hope me research how to improve the usability of a library discovery service! While we can create tutorials and provide library instruction, we have found that 'just in time' help is better than 'just in case.' No one wants to read a manual to do find sources for their paper. My ideal is to provide context-aware suggestions and tips analogous to how video games teach new users how to play. But, I also need to make these instructions easy to bypass for those that don't need it and/or are annoyed by it.MPOW, a university library IT department, has been working on a custom discovery service. It has a single search box and returns results from different sources in a 'bento box' style grouping. (Different sources include: the library online catalog, a knowledge base of research databases and journals, a repository of special collections finding aids, and a repository of digital images and electronic documents, both born digital and scanned in post.) My goal is to improve the user experience. The good news about making a custom program is that the interface is more open to optimization. The bad news is, we are a small team stretched pretty thin. I've gotten a lot of feedback from our users from usability testing. For example: •They don't understand what a 'special collection' is. •They would look in one bento for are resource, when in actuality it would be found in another. •They expect a certain result based on their search terms; our sources can't provide that level of complexity. (This is likely related to expecting a library search box to behave the same as Google. Not surprising, but we aren't at that level). So, clearly, our users need guidance to make the research journey less confusing. While we want the service to feel as intuitive as possible, we know that there are some things that can't just be gleaned automatically. We can't put the burden of learning how library infrastructure works on our poor freshmen. So, I want the guidance to be built in to the service. While we can create tutorials and provide library instruction, we have found that 'just in time' help is better than 'just in case.' No one wants to read a manual to do find sources for their paper. My ideal is to provide context-aware suggestions and tips analogous to how video games teach new users how to play. But, I also need to make these instructions easy to bypass for those that don't need it and/or are annoyed by it. I've been searching for articles using various terms: just-in-time online instruction, the gamification of learning, etc. but I'm not finding what I need. I'm clearly going about this the wrong way. What are some other keywords I can use to find some primers on designing a library tool that teaches you how to use it, as you use it? This is a thing that exists, right? I would appreciate any guidance you can provide.

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I work in a small organization whose director recently died suddenly and completely unexpectedly at a relatively young age. He didn't have an administrative assistant, so we'll be facing the task of figuring out how he organized his files and digital resources, and how he handled all of the things he handled. It's underlining our lack of a good organizational system whereby all employees document everything that would be necessary for someone to step into their role and handle their tasks, and stores the documentation where people can find it.The system would need to have some level of security such that confidential material (passwords, etc.) could not be accessed except in a defined emergency such as death or incapacity. What's out there, either as product or set of procedures, that we should consider?

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'Totally Accurate Battle Simulator' Captures the Goofy Mayhem of Mass Violence [Vice Games] "Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is a silly game. It's purposefully whimsical, everything about it is built to support its farcical premise of AI fighters stumbling toward each other on various battlefields, swinging weaponry around with the physical comedy that accompanies physics-based animations. Knights wobble and fall over under the weight of their swords, mammoths trample crowds then clumsily topple to their sides as axe-throwers throw axes in hopefully the direction of their targets. It's mayhem, and it's undeniably goofy." [YouTube][Game Trailer] • For parents, TABS is an outstanding game [Polygon] "My youngest son, a boisterous 8-year-old, will often ask me about the games I'm playing for work. And I'll tell him. "I'm previewing a new game about aliens," or "I'm reviewing a strategy game about samurai." It's a nice way for us to connect, although he views my game tastes as pretty dreary. He's not mad into sweeping historical death sagas or heartfelt indie love stories. When it came to telling him about my current interest, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, I couldn't recall the game's name, so I had to describe the general concept to him. "It's like an overhead view thing where you take a dozen archers and a knight and then you take a Viking berserker and five shieldmen," I said. "And they are two opposing teams, and you let them loose against each other, and then you see who wins. The strange thing is, they're like silly ragdoll soldiers, but their goofy physics don't matter because as the battle progresses, you really get into who's gonna come out on top." Long before I'd reached the end of my précis, he was bouncing off the walls yelling "TABS, TABS, TABS"." • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is a ray of silly sunshine [Eurogamer] "Who would win in a fight out of Zeus and a mammoth? Minotaurs against halflings? Snake archers against potion sellers? They're the showdowns society yearns for but history denies... no longer! Now we have Totally Accurate Battle Simulator. It's not accurate, of course - no one describes anything as "totally" with a straight face. And TABS, as everyone calls it, doesn't have a straight face. It has a googly-eyes and lollops like a drunken marionette. It is a raspberry in the face of serious army-commanding games and I love it for it. TABS is so simple to play. You spend points to build an army, place it, then sit back and watch the fight - you don't control anything in real-time other than the camera. What's in your army depends on how many points you have to spend. You might spend 2230 points on a mammoth, for instance, or use the same amount to buy four flying Valkyrie - they're a bloody nuisance. Or you might spend 4000 points on two Zeus-es, or 4200 on three scarecrow, which are better than they sound." • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator Is Finally On Steam, And It's Great [Kotaku] "TABS' AI, in case you were wondering, is not very good, but I think that's on purpose. Units flail in circles and scream, something that never fails to make me laugh. They slam face-first into each other like Looney Tunes characters. They fall off cliffs like different Looney Tunes characters. However, other elements of the game are unintentionally busted. On a couple occasions, it just stopped letting me place units for no apparent reason, and I had to jump back to the main menu and reload the level I was on. The game's also just straight up crashed on me a few times. Thus, we find ourselves at an impasse: On one hand, it's hard not to wish TABS was in better shape—or at least a little less early—after the amount of time it's spent in development. On the other, it's wicked fun, a series of slow-motion train wrecks you can't look away from because you engineered them. Despite my reservations, I can't help but recommend it. There are plenty of video games that I'd call "dumb fun," but few are this dumb or this fun. TABS is, in so many senses of the phrase, a no-brainer."

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In 2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote an award winning essay on reparations (for American Slavery, and all the economic benefits built on black bodies and profited on by, largely, white slaveowners and their descendants, and the nation). Today, 5 years later, some 2020 candidates are using reparations for political football. Some marginalized people need to approach reparations from a humorous perspective, for self-care and mental health reasons. Take for example, The DiDi Delgado's recent essay about how broke ass white people are still on the hook for reparations. We've gotten used to comedy as a part of current, contemporary, political discussion and debate, partly because of comedic and satirical efforts by late night comedy hosts, but is it still okay if the comedian/satirist is not white, and not a man? And what if it's not meant to be entirely funny? What if in the satire you're meant to still consider hard concepts that might implicate your own thinking, living, or existing as not entirely blameless? Throughout recent history, social justice and other progressive activists have argued for the validation of and encouragement of real emotion as a valid response to injustice. In the face of tone-policing and civility arguments, calls for rationality, silence, and other supremacy-enforcing rhetorical gambits, these activists argue that tone-policing is a silencing impulse with a chilling effect, and that marginalized people are justly entitled to their emotions - that emotional expression is rightly, and should be, part of how we express ourselves and should be part of what is taken seriously about our arguments. Some argue that we ought to take humor and satire's subjects seriously in political debate, discussion and parlance. Aside from anger, frustration, fear, and sadness, humor and satire are also, and should be, part of the allowed, valid, and encouraged emotional vocabulary when talking about difficult, political subjects. Not least because it cushions the creators from some of the emotional toll surrounding their chosen subjects and the political violence and threats that are endemic to their experiences anyhow. But also because it helps engage different critical faculties in the audience, when the ones they use to be serious are all but burned out with constant exposure to difficult news.

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Somehow I became respectable. I don't know how—the last film I directed got some terrible reviews and was rated NC-17. Six people in my personal phone book have been sentenced to life in prison. I did an art piece called Twelve Assholes and a Dirty Foot, which is composed of close-ups from porn films, yet a museum now has it in their permanent collection and nobody got mad. What the hell has happened? By John Waters

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I having trouble getting a font I want to show up in applications on my PC.I was tasked with finding a free font to mimic TW Century MT. I work for a public library and we are rebranding...with no money for fancy fonts. I found Aganè, which does a pretty good job, and I was able to upload it to Canva, where I do most of my desiging. Others on the staff are more comfortable using Microsoft products, so it needs to be installed on PCs. I have attempted to install Aganè on 2 different PCs running Windows 10. It looks like it installs just fine. When I try to use it in Word or Publisher however, there are only 2 options available, Aganè, and Aganè S. when there should be 7 versions available. I also tried using in in Inkscape, and it does not show up in the font list at all. I have tried installing as an admin, that did nothing. So, I need to figure out how to install this properly or find a new font. I think I need something cleared for commercial use, though we are a non-profit so I'm not sure about that. Any help is appreciated!

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"Our great task today — your task and my task, is to build a labor movement for this new century — a labor movement for all of America's workers — a labor movement as big and bold as America itself "On May 10, 2019, Association of Flight Attendants president Sara Nelson gave a speech to the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America's annual Eugene Debs–Lucy Gonzalez Parsons–A. Philip Randolph Dinner. We reproduce the speech here in full, lightly edited for online publication. (Jacobin) "When I mention Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA), to people in the labor movement, the response is usually something like: "I would follow her to the gates of hell." Sara Nelson Is Not Afraid To Strike Back (The Nation) " A few hours of training is not a just transition. The transition needs to begin before the jobs go away. A just transition must ensure pensions and healthcare are protected for workers who spent their lives powering our country in the fossil fuel industries." The Green New Deal Needs Labor's Support. We Asked Sara Nelson How To Get It. (In These Times)

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Cool philosophy animation showing the fallibility of human intuition. This is a super cool new animation put out by the Center for Public Philosophy at UC Santa Cruz. It talks about a little experiment called "The Rope Around the Earth" and why it shows that human intuition is sometimes overconfidently wrong, and draws conclusions for that about our political and social disagreements.

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In November I will be spending 2-3 weeks in Bogota, Colombia. I'm looking for suggestions for neighborhoods and specific places to stay.I will be traveling by myself and want to stay in a Bed and Breakfast/inn/small hotel that is in a lively, safe neighborhood with street level shops, cafes, restuarants and that is nearby public transportation. In-room wifi is important. Private bathroom a plus but not absolutely necessary. Funky/bohemian/artsy would be welcome. A party atmosphere is not at all what I'm after. I'm also not interested in renting an apartment. I'm looking to spend $50-75US/night. Do you know of such a place in Bogota? Specific B&B/inn recommendations would be great, but I'm also looking for even more general neighborhood recommendations. I speak low-intermediate Spanish and have spent time in various cities in Latin America.

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Private Mohammed Kahn, also known as John Ammahail, was born in Persia, circa 1830. Raised in Afghanistan, he immigrated to the United States in 1861. About two months after his arrival he enlisted in the 43rd New York Infantry Regiment, following a night out with friends who convinced him to join.

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Thinking with me would be much appreciated! People who've been in a relationship after separation, or have had an alcoholic parent, or have tried to choose a better partner after making not great/bad choices in the past, who've made changes for the healthier in relationships and anyone who has a sharp eye for good choices! I've made bad relationship choices before, where I put way more energy in and didn't keep my eyes open. Partners had under-the-surface untreated psychiatric problems that they didn't know of or were in denial about, or simply did want a relationship at all. I've grown up in an abusive household, where one parent for a time had a problem with alcohol. I've lived and learned, trying to be careful.So here's the situation: Three months ago, I met someone, in their early thirties, just separated (legally simple marriage of less than 5 years, together for more than a decade, no kids, house is only asset). He told me after a two dates that he comes from a family where the mother is an alcoholic and self-harms (she falls a lot and people have to constantly be with her, or send her to bed) from at least when he was a teenager. There's been unsuccessful mental health treatments and his youngest sibling isn't moving out because she feels obligated. This makes me, and other siblings of his, sad. He seemed to deny it somewhat (saying that it was just hard for her to find an affordable apartment), but got really sad when I expressed concern as to how his father and, well he himself as the oldest brother, are letting this situation be. He wanted to talk to his youngest sibling immediately, because he feels a lot of things are not discussed that should be. I suggested he should think about this, not rush into things, and he took that advice. I mean, it's only my impression. I have no idea what the people involved all think and want. But my opinion is that the father has been sacrificing the needs of the siblings, enabling the mother. He is on good terms with his father, and does not seem used to being critical about this, or I don't really know because there's only so much we've been able to talk about last months.
 He's moved out of the marital house now, coparenting a pet and planning to do so for years. I'm not a fan of this idea, but he listens to me, it's still his plan, and it's an adorable, adorable pet. He does not communicate much with his ex, who has some psychiatric issues (that he thinks he denied for a long time), she was very dominant in decision making in their relationship (in hindsight he's shocked by the sumtotal of this), and works in mental health care. They both think she has a great career going there (I have my serious doubts). My last longterm relationship was with someone who had great humor, very intelligent, but ultimately I discovered they had huge problems that he wasn't trying to fix. I tried a lot, a lot, to my detriment, and realized I should have ended it so much sooner. He started to blaming me for his life not being the way he wanted, which is a very weak spot for me. And I blamed him for not trying. I am very aware of my sensitivity around people who externalize and blame. I don't think that is what is happening right now, but I do think I may have to choose battles more strategically. He may be feeling overwhelmed my views. In this current situation we really like each other, he lives a healthy life, likes his job, has been very affectionate, can let go of work in his free time and keeps a lot of social contacts. This last thing is a bit of a difference between us: he has many siblings, and his family to worry about, very active contacts with colleagues outside of work (millions of texts per day), where I haven't got direct family left and am a more introverted and, I guess thoughtful, also just like him a bit non-assertive but trying to be very aware of what some people try to get away with. I think complementary reactions or even codependency is an issue for me. He has two best friends who are, single forever types, who he loves because they're always there for him (I don't know them, so I don't know in what way). He loves his siblings. He respects differences, different opinions, I think. He asserted me his values on family life are different from his friends', which matches what I've seen from him up to now, and this is important to me. I'm quite a bit older (never married, no children). When we met and after, we've talked about the age difference (not a concern for both of us), and the timing of this for him. And that I felt I was taking a leap of faith with his recent separation. He was understanding, but he also does seem to forget that talking to me a lot about his ex-wife. On the one hand I want to talk with him about his afterthoughts on this relationship and marriage and what he would want in the future, on the other hand it makes me feel a bit uneasy sometimes. But when it gets to be too much I tell him and he understands and has dialed it back before. Earlier this week I suddenly felt insecure about this, talked to him and he reassured me. We've had an insane amount of contact last months, the enthused kind of a beginning interest. I am willing to dial that back. Which is wat I think he wants right now. He has a hard time finding a steady place to live, the market's not easy for this but he's also delaying a bit, I feel. We've talked about a lot of things, from both sides, our lives. We've had fun as well, outings together, although most of his days are filled with getting from a to b (living in a now, pet in b, work in c, parents in d, me and other sibling in e), also traveling internationally for work. I feel he lets people go too far, he's just too friendly. Lots of people are offering help, but regularly in ways where they make him dependent in some way. He notices what's happening sharply but does not take action. I feel it could go the way where I get blamed for trying to keep a boundary (f.i. people who sublet him his current place who come by unannounced and he feels obligated because they don't let him pay the agreed upon rent and I just wanted to leave instead of stay with a whole family of strangers on a weekend day). It seems to confuse him. I am a bit annoyed he'd have me over somewhere where he knows this family feels free to drop by every weekend, and then surprise me with this, and not push those people to pay the rent, so he has to take this in some turned-around logic. Recently he said he loved the good talks and is realizing things, but needs time to process things. Since the time I've met him, other than the evenings he spent with me or in contact with me, I've not seen him have more than a couple of nights alone. He's different from me, and he's avoiding some things. I recognize his process, his own way of going through this, and I like him enough and trust that he will progress to wherever he needs to get. He's mentioned at once that something I said sounded controlling. He also said things like he thinks I've already thought way more than him about things in general. He's said he is slower. He's said he thinks I'm stern (but didn't relate that to a specific instance at that time). I want to make sure I don't repeat myself and carefully handle my own pitfalls. My hands were itching to find him a place to stay, so he can finally have the privacy and place/time to process. He seems to escape to people and activities, but then, I also think that is not such a bad way. He likes people, and the activities help keep him grounded while his work is very challenging. I was way too much on my own after my relationship, it helped me think and process emotions but my way also kept me from at least enjoying life a bit. It cost me extra time being single and missing out on feeling better with people around, after years of being in a relationship that hadn't been good for me. I think that for me, a regret as big as not ending the relationship sooner, really. So I do see some ways he's maybe avoiding, but also see him getting on with his life and being active in a good way. And I'm just getting to know him, of course. I don't know yet what he's really like. I want to give him time, be flexible with this (as he is with me), and to focus on me a bit more after the first enthusiasm of this. I want to try, because I think I do like him a lot, in spite of both our baggage. 
 So, I think my question is: am I missing loud alarms here, or is this worth giving a chance? I really want a healthy relationship from the beginning. And what should I look out for? I've never dated someone who had been married before, so this is new territory. He's financially uninvolved with the ex aside from the house, the pet I would not mind in my life, they are telling everyone they are separated, he's been out of the house for almost 2 months, coming weeks they're starting with the financial advisor on the house and finalizing the divorce. Please don't advise us therapy or mental health care! Good down to earth books on codependency or other subjects are welcome.

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In 1909, the Boston Post newspaper commissioned 700 gold-headed ebony walking canes, and distributed one to the selectmen of every town in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, with instructions to give the cane to the town's oldest (male) citizen. In the '30s, the tradition expanded to include women. More than 500 of the canes still survive, some still in circulation and some in local collections, and volunteers at the Maynard Historical Society continue to search out the whereabouts of the remaining ~200. Sometimes, the difficult realities of aging mean the cane presentation isn't welcome. Secrets to a Long Life from Holders of the Boston Post Cane

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I got flagged for a "needs further action" on an I9. I'm an American, no dual citizenship. The employer was vague, or probably didn't know, as to what flagged it. I've never had this happen before. Is there something besides a typo that could have flagged it that I need to be aware of?I have a slight paranoia when talking to government officials without a lawyer as I've watched too much daytime television probably, but what could cause e-verify to fail? The DHS site says basically the only thing you can get flagged for is not being a citizen and there being a clerical error. I asked a friend in HR and they said they could flag you for basically anything if you're "being investigated," which I assume I'm not. I'm not political and don't post things online. Is there another reason my I9 could fail? And also a reason my passport would not work? I'm supposed to travel and a new employer will love an e-verify failure and me not able to board a plane, not the first impression I'm wanting to make.

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My father is a fairly observant Conservative Jew. I am culturally Jewish, but an atheist and not observant. When he passes away, I do not intend to sit shiva (or, by extension, host it). What are my options for remaining respectful of his beliefs without doing something with which I'm uncomfortable?I am an only child and he is my only remaining parent. When he passes away, there will be a service at the funeral home followed by a graveside service, after which I expect I will host folks at my home who wish to pay their respects. I do not intend to host a shiva or observe it, but I am not sure of the ramifications of this - I don't wish to offend his many Jewish friends, and I'm not sure how awful they would consider my choice to be. But I'm also just not going to do it. Are there compromise options? Can a friend of his host shiva instead if they want to? Other possibilities that I haven't thought of? Is this not as big a deal as I'm worried it might be? Thanks for your thoughts.

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Everything I've seen on stage play formats is contradictory, and sometimes drastically so. Can you point me in the direction of the "true" format? I downloaded a trial of Scrivener software but don't see a function that sets dialogue, action etc. so that I can highlight it and know I'm doing it right.Or maybe a software that has a clear function so that I know I'm formatting stage direction vs dialogue vs scenes etc correctly?

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ASCAP and BMI both have searchable online databases where you can see who is credited for writing a song, but they don't include the date that song was registered. Is there any way of finding this out other than asking the artist directly?I'm really trying to find out when certain songs were written, not necessarily registered, but I thought this might be easier. I've already tried looking at the album's liner notes.

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