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I cannot make a fist with either hand. The joint circled in this diagram does not bend. Will I be able to practice Krav Maga, assuming there are modifications for this?The knuckle at the base of my index finger does not bend, so I can't make a fist. Both of my hands have always been like this. I have signed up for an intro Krav Maga class and I will ask the instructor about modifications when I go to the class. However, I wanted to ask here before I go. Will it be possible to use a modified strike in Krav Maga if you can't make a fist? I'm assuming more open hand strikes would be used in place of punches but I'm not sure how this would affect training. I would like to learn Krav Maga as well as anyone else in the class and avoid injuring my hands. Any tips would be appreciated.

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Poems of Protest, Resistance, and EmpowermentPithy and powerful, poetry is a popular art form at protests and rallies. From the civil rights and women's liberation movements to Black Lives Matter, poetry is commanding enough to gather crowds in a city square and compact enough to demand attention on social media. Speaking truth to power remains a crucial role of the poet in the face of political and media rhetoric designed to obscure, manipulate, or worse. Introduction paragraph, continued: The selection of poems below call out and talk back to the inhumane forces that threaten from above. They expose grim truths, raise consciousness, and build united fronts. Some insist, as Langston Hughes writes, "That all these walls oppression builds / Will have to go!" Others seek ways to actively "make peace," as Denise Levertov implores, suggesting that "each act of living" might cultivate collective resistance. All rail against complacency and demonstrate why poetry is necessary and sought after in moments of political crisis. Post title borrowed from Boy Breaking Glass by Gwendolyn Brooks

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The Unchosen Ones is a project by R.J. Kern featuring photographs of non-winning sheep and their exhibitors from 2016 Minnesota county fairs. Project Statement.

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This compilation reveals one of the many true natures of cats [ambient sounds, occasional music].

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My great aunt, whom I've had no contact with for five years due to her response to my decision to leave my abusive home, sent me a graduation card and money. I'm getting very passive-aggressive vibes and would just ignore it, but feel like the amount of money I've received obligates me to respond. Backstory inside.Five days after I turned eighteen, I left my parents' home due to emotional abuse, medical neglect, and some physical abuse. I have been living with my partner since. When I left, I was about two months from graduating high school. When I graduated high school, my great aunt's graduation gift was a long letter berating me for my decision to leave, and a bunch of photos of me and my family. Essentially, she said I clearly wasn't Christian and was turning my back on God by leaving my family (I am not Christian, but I have never been open with my family about it because I know they would put a lot of energy into converting me). She also said that my decision to leave my family was akin to her son's decision to commit suicide. I ended up crying for several hours after my graduation because of this letter, so you can imagine I haven't had pleasant feelings towards this aunt. Fast forward five years. I have had no contact with said aunt (miraculously, I seem to have managed to avoid her every time she visits--she lives across the country, so this isn't often). But for my college graduation I receive a card from her. It's nowhere near as bad as the previous one, but I'm getting a lot of passive aggressive vibes from it. The front of the card says: "God is with you today," and the inside preprinted text includes the phrases "God is with you always" (she underlined this), "May you always have the blessing of faith--in God and in yourself," and "God bless you in all that you do." (she also underlined this) She also wrote "Praising God with you [her underline] for all the blessings he has generously given you! Congratulations on your graduation and God bless your walk with Him!" (I will point out the irony that she chose the phrase "walk with Him" when I use a power wheelchair.) Considering my previous interactions with my aunt, this seems a very passive aggressive "look at all God has done for you, why don't you believe in him" sort of jab. It also feels very "this only happened because God made it possible, not because of your hard work" (a sentiment I have received from others in my family). It could simply be a well-meaning highly religious person sharing their joy in their faith, but I don't really feel that's the case (my grandfather, her father, is the sort of person who is deeply religious and intensely joyful about his faith, and he never acts like this). I don't feel bad ignoring the card. However, she also sent me a check for $100 and I feel like socially I'm obligated to respond to that in some way. Even if there's no moral obligation to respond, I don't want to create discord in the family--I'm on relatively good terms with the rest of my family members now, but they are the type to get riled up if someone is acting "ungrateful." But I really don't want to waste a lot of time or emotional energy on this. What is the minimum acceptable response that will appease her without requiring a ton of engagement from me? A generic thank you card? Hand written note? Or is a phone call what's expected in this situation (not happening)? I'm not sure what's least likely to induce a "look at that, I told you she was a selfish atheist" response.

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I'll be moving to Columbia in June. I'd like your opinions about the safest/best parts of town to live in.I don't know Columbia at all. Where can I rent an apartment or house (only 1 bedroom necessary) for no more than $600 a month (utils included) in an area that's safe and close (bikeable) to Riverbanks Zoo? Quieter parts of town are preferred. It would be nice to have the option of biking to downtown. This Metafilter post from 2007 gives the impression that West Columbia tends to be OK, Olympia is iffy, and south of Rosewood should be avoided (that's a little far from the zoo anyway, it seems). What is it like north of the city and west of the Broad River? Has anything changed in the 10 years since that post? I'd appreciate any recommendations related to where you've lived before, landlords / rental companies you've used or know are good, and communities that fit the mold described above. Feel free to send any personal-ish information such as individuals' names and phone numbers to my Memail. Thanks for your help.

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Canon produced two faux leather holster cases for the Canon F1 SLR (1971). I'm looking for the the case that fits the 50/55mm f. 1.2. Unfortunately I cannot find a resource that will tell me the model number for the case, and most of the online used retailers do not designate between the two. I've included a Ebay post, for reference, after the jump. Please help.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-Vintage-Leather-Case-for-F1-F1n-Very-nice-condition-/162526325311?hash=item25d752ea3f:g:PooAAOSwrhBZCS3X I've looked at various camera wikis and other online recourses to no avail. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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The Onion has obtained 700 pages of leaked documents from the Trump Administration. "The Onion has done what no other news organization ever could: expose the Trump administration."

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I have a list of MeSH terms and usage frequencies gleaned from our research institution. Is there a tool I can use to generate some sort of functional grouping of the terms, so that I can classify our researchers into areas of related interest?The end goal would be to use this data to encourage collaboration or point out areas of strength. In a lot of cases the overlap is obvious - e.g. "brain concussion", "brain injuries" and "brain injuries, traumatic" - those groups should have something in common - but in other cases the overlap/connection is less clear. Plus, with nearly 400 identified terms of interest, I don't want to do this manually. Any suggestions? Google is no help here, because "MeSH" gives me too many unrelated results and "Medical Subject Headings" seems to be ignored...

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Maria Bamford delivered a sneakily practical commencement speech about the value of education, money, and valuing yourself at her Alma Mater, The University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts.

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When using IFTTT to post pictures on Tumblr from Instagram, my hashtags are not automatically becoming active links. Help me fix this!I have an Instagram account project. I created a companion account at Tumblr and I want to automatically push each picture from Instagram to Tumblr, posting the caption and hashtags and (preferably) a link to the original IG post. Currently I have it set up with If This Then That, and it's working okay with one exception. The issue is Tumblr hashtags. There's a list of hashtags in the caption from Instagram, and they're pushed through to Tumblr, but in Tumblr they're not active links. It's just a list of words. How do I get these hashtags to become active links in Tumblr automatically?

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Can I use concrete blocks that have been sitting out in the open for 20-50 years in a foundation?I have to repair the foundation in a very remote sharecropper's cabin that is currently unoccupied. On the property there are enough concrete blocks that have been sitting out for anywhere from 20-50 years. They are in good shape and haven't been used - just leftovers out in the open. Can I use these in load-bearing foundation walls if I clean them up, or is there a problem with the weathering they have been going through? I've tried to google, but I don't want to recycle them or use them for retaining walls.

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So, i have hair that tends to get either frizzy or limp really easily. I've used many different types of products (gel, mousse, cream) and they tend to make my hair either really sticky or stiff, or both.The thing that everyone agrees on is that my hair looks great in the rain. It's soft and manageable and tousleable and has weight and is smooth without being sticky. I'm looking for a product that can replicate this as closely as possible. I usually don't use any product at all, so this would have to be better than that. My haircare regimen is to only use conditioner, which can make my hair soft but flat. Help!

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Lovely historic home with many possible projects and problems, is it worth it? How do we know?We are considering making an offer on a home within a quaint and well-known historic district in Maryland. Although not the oldest home in the neighborhood we'll still have to comply with the architectural guidelines and restrictions of both the neighborhood and the city. We have walked through the home we are considering and are trying to determine if we will make a offer. Based on the cursory walk through, we know that we will have to rehabilitate several of the original wood windows, encapsulate the asbestos flooring in the unfinished storage basement and possibly consider adding either traditional AC or ductless AC units. Obviously our realtor is investigating comparable sales in this neighborhood to determine a fair offer. With the possibility of several large projects to undertake and unknown revelations that may come from an inspection down the road, we are wondering if we love this house enough to even consider going forward with so many unknowns. Would it even be possible to get a rough estimate of window repair/rehab before we purchase the property? In terms of pursuing an older/historic home, what other concerns/considerations should be thinking about that could end up with major costs down the road?

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My mom just got a new laptop, and has asked me to "set it up" for her. (For example, removing bloatware and dealing with virus protection.) I was once a Windows power user, but I've been using Macs exclusively for about eight years now. What does setting up a new PC entail in 2017?She'll mostly be using it for email and Excel, since the majority of her web browsing is on the iPad these days. • What's the go-to bloatware removal tool these days? • Where are we with anti-virus software? I remember Windows Defender being a good free option, but apparently that's built into Windows these days. Do I need to go beyond it? • Any settings that should be tweaked to make her life (and mine!) any easier?

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The 'Artwashing' of America: The Battle For The Soul of Los Angeles Against Gentrfication — Defend Boyle Heights has targeted 10 new art galleries on South Anderson Street, a formerly industrial strip along the desolate eastern bank of the Los Angeles River. Activists say the galleries are a proxy for corporate interests, especially those of high-end real estate. After the galleries will come the coffee shops and bars, and after that, the restaurants that serve bacon in cocktails. After that, unkempt lots empty for decades will be boxed in construction plywood, and then there will be many hollow promises of affordable housing. And then it really will be time for "fucking Victorville." Defend Boyle Heights More on gentrification (En Español) from Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement (BHAAAD) (En Español) LAist: Boyle Heights Development Seeks To Sell 'Mariachi' Experience While Displacing Actual Mariachis City Lab: The Pernicious Realities of 'Artwashing' — In expensive London, artists are caught in the middle of developers' attempts to push out lower-income residents and rebrand neglected properties. The Eastsider: Boyle Heights gallery blames anti-gentrification protests for closure KCET: The Shifting Cultures of Multiracial Boyle Heights LA Times: LAPD investigating Boyle Heights vandalism as possible hate crimes sparked by gentrification fight The Guardian's 'Gentrified World' section Statement from PSSST Gallery

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I just want to look at pretty pictures when I take a break. Does this exist?The Mac Screen Saver (in System Preferences) is very close to what I want, except it takes 30 seconds for the screen saver to load photos, even when I'm using an album with about 10 images, and the ability to set up sets of photos is pretty limited. The Photos app slide show is okay, but * there's no way to show photos in random order * there's no way to turn off the music My favorite transition is the Floating option in the System Preferences Screen Saver; I'd love to be able to use that. My ideal slideshow would * load photos FAST * let me use the Floating transition effect * let me have no music or sound * be easily launchable so I can start a slide show whenever I need a break Bonus features: * let me set up smart selectors for my photos (or even just use folder aliases and subfolders) - something like "photos from June of last year" would be very cool * let me include videos Does anything like this exist? Thanks!

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I'm a US citizen/resident and I'm considering whether to apply for Hungarian citizenship by descent. What advantages and ramifications should I consider?I'm a US citizen and I've essentially always lived in the US. My mom applied for and just received Hungarian citizenship by descent. We were sure that we were "technically" eligible for citizenship - our situation and the years align with the citizenship laws appropriately - but we weren't sure we'd be able to prove it, given that the last time anyone in my family lived in Hungary happened in the process of fleeing the Nazis (under fake names, no less). Amazingly, everything worked out! As her children, my brothers and I are also eligible (yes, she was born post-1957) and my brothers do plan to apply. I think I probably should as well, but I want to understand the possible advantages and ramifications before I do so. Here are some specific considerations: - I don't speak Hungarian or feel particularly connected to Hungarian culture (my family had no particular affection for the place after, you know, the Holocaust). I've never visited, although I'm certainly interested in doing so on a typical tourist level. I don't know, ethically, if I should feel that applying for citizenship of a country I know so little about is sort of insensitive (especially considering the people who need the opportunity so much more than I do). Plus, I expect it would be very challenging for someone of my background and language skills to ever live or work there. - I don't have any specific plans to leave the US, but I also don't expect to live here forever - not just because of the current political situation (although that doesn't help) but also because I like the idea of having a family in a place that's more supportive of that. Also because I like living with my boyfriend and there's no guarantee that he will always be able to stay here: -My boyfriend is foreign (he's a citizen of an Asian country, though he has some work and education history in other EU countries and given his field and experience he would probably have a reasonable shot at work permits in the more permissive EU countries). He's currently in the US on a work-based visa, which carries risks if he loses his job or visa rules change or USCIS takes issue with him for whatever reason. We would like to continue to spend our lives together for the foreseeable future and finding countries where we can both live and work legally (assume marriage is not in the cards) is a challenge. - I don't hold security clearance right now but I may want to apply in the future (I work sort of adjacent to many jobs that require it). I understand that holding dual citizenship - and probably especially having applied as an adult - is a liability. This is a risk I'm willing to take, although I'd like to understand how big the risk is. - I only have fluency in English and, although I'm open to learning other languages, I'm a pretty bad language learner and I assume it'd take me years to learn anything at even a conversational level. At this point in my life I expect to always work in English. - There's no specific deadline, really, although the process would be slow enough that if I ever wanted to move or travel on that passport, it'd be a strong advantage to already have it in hand well before that. - I honestly don't understand the politics of the EU right now that well and I don't really know what to expect for the future (I guess nobody does, really) but obviously that's a huge determinant of what opportunities a passport like that would or would not open. I'm definitely interested in reading any insightful news analysis or whatever to give me some idea of what may be to come for the EU, or what policy changes might be expected should the EU no longer exist in its current state. I'm not so interested in the application process - I think I pretty much understand that - but more in the specifics that I may or may not have considered w/r/t opportunities and costs and ethical baggage and, maybe, things I haven't considered about hungarian culture. I've read this and this but those focus more on eligibility and process while I'm not so concerned about that now. Any and all advice is welcome, though!

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In late 1987 or early 1988 an artist named Lawrence McCormick threw red enamel paint on several artworks at an event at Linda Farris Gallery in Seattle. He did it to protest what he described as the toxic influence of elitist gatekeepers in the art world. I'm looking for the date that happened as precisely as possible.My search skills have failed me. The event prompted an organization I was involved with to develop policy for our gallery space. I have a copy of McCormick's statement about his purpose in doing what he did. I'm archiving a bunch of materials I have from that organization and I'm trying to establish a date for this manifesto.

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A recruiter from an agency that placed me at a dud job three years ago contacted me about coming in for an interview. Help?Three years ago I landed a temp-to-perm position at what was supposed to be a good company. I lasted almost a year there; the management changed during my time there, one of my coworkers harassed me, I was made to feel unsafe, and I was fired. In the intervening time I had a career reboot. I completed an AmeriCorps Year of Service, transitioned out of admin work and into project management, and have worked a string of contract positions (which is typical for this field). I've also taken better care of my mental health and started to recognize when jobs feel unhealthy, unsafe, or otherwise wrong for me. I believe I have a lot to offer a permanent position, and my supervisors at my previous contract jobs would back me up on this. I applied for a position online that sounds ideal, and was described as temp-to-perm. This morning a recruiter contacted me, and when she mentioned the firm that was placing people at the job I realized that it was the firm that placed me at the bad job a few years ago. We've scheduled an interview for Thursday morning. Should I mention my previous work for them? If so, what should I say to reassure them that I've improved as an employee and as a person in that time?

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The Dave Rumsey Historical Map Collection. Over 76,000 maps and images online, housed physically at Stanford but available here for your browsing pleasure.

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I want to send about 10 lbs of books from the USA to Europe, but USPS no longer offers surface mail options, and neither do the courier companies. Are there any cheap options for this sort of package now?(I have searched for answers online but most discussions are from when surface mail was still an option.)

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In 2016, amidst the Pokemon Go frenzy, a young couple wandered into the woods near Ohio's Little Miami River and glimpsed a four foot tall humanoid frog, known locally as the Loveland Frog. Several artists have tried to capture what the Loveland Frog must look like, with wildly varying results. The Wikipedia gives perhaps the most sobering idea of what a bipedal frog the height of a small child might look like lumbering over a highway guardrail. For those unfamiliar with the basic outlines of the Loveland Frog mythos, it started in 1955, when a traveling salesman driving through southern Ohio saw three humanoid frogs gathered together under a bridge. When he disturbed them, one used a wand to spray sparks at the salesman and he fled. Twenty years later, two different policemen in the area claimed to see what had become known as the Loveland Frog late at night while driving. The first, Ray Shockey, caught the creature in his headlights and exchanged a lengthy stare with it before it crawled over the guardrail and back into the woods. The second, Mark Matthews, was startled by it and fired his gun at it until it retreated. He later claimed it had just been a large iguana and had not been aggressive, leaving open the question of why he tried to kill it.

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On this day, another atomic war scare. "a colossal solar radio burst" (McMath Plage Region 8818) hit important high-altitude sensors, and was interpreted as Soviet radio jamming, which could have been part of an unfolding attack. Space weather forecasters, aided by Pioneer 7, saved the day. (Abstract)

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There are more types of sand than most of us know, and it can come from anywhere. For instance, normal beach sand isn't exactly right for volleyball, and horse-show sand is very specific. This article also discusses the destruction of the seabed to maintain the barrier islands of the US east coast. People have become very complacent about hurricanes and their effects on the sand of the barrier islands. Only two of the top 20 storms in Wilmington NC, for instance, have occurred since 2000.

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