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U.K.'s song Rendezvous 602 begins: "It's five o' clock/Driving down Park Lane/As London leaves/For the weekend again"? Is "as London leaves" a case of metonymy, or is it something else? No prog rock shaming, please

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Private armies, and the technology they use, are changing warfare. Blackwater's Legacy Goes Beyond Public View. Facts About Private Military Companies. Excerpted from "The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean For World Order" The private military business is a large and growing industry that can be expected to grow larger in the future.

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Our dear, sweet Muscovy duck momma appears to have been snatched by a predator today, leaving behind 5 ducklings. What can we do to help ensure their survival?When we moved into our new place last August after it was vacated by friends of ours, we inherited 3 muscovy ducks.. they had always been free-range on the property. We are very green when it comes to livestock, but they've always been extremely low maintenance and we've loved having them. Momma duck hatched 8 ducklings about 3.5 weeks ago now, 2 of whom vanished a few days ago, and today another one is gone along with the mother, and there was obviously a pretty bad struggle. So now I have no idea what to do.. As I mentioned, they are 3.5 weeks old, and while they grow noticeably bigger with each passing day, they still have their down, and I really worry about them now that their mom is gone. We do still have our drake, who usually keeps a bit of distance but treats the ducklings nicely when they're nearby during feeding time etc. My main worry, I suppose, is whether they will be able to stay warm enough through the nights.. We live on Vancouver Island, BC, and they are calling for nice weather with temps in the mid teens all week during the days, but nights are still rather cold. Can they produce enough heat, or is a heat lamp something we should invest in ASAP? Probably won't be able to get one until tomorrow at the earliest. I also worry about whoever got the mom knowing to come back for more.. likely either a bird of prey or a dog. They have a penned off area with a hutch in the yard, but the chicks are small enough to escape from it immediately and wander wherever they please, and for whatever reason none of the ducks have seemed to enjoy being in that area as they have in the past. They were hatched in a nest that was build right outside our front door under trees that is probably better protected from birds than the pen is anyway, so I hesitate to block them in there.. there are better places to hide throughout the rest of the yard that I would hate to deprive them of if the other nasty creature returns. Any advice would be helpful here,, as I mentioned I have never raised any sort of livestock, but hope to keep some of our new friends around for a long time to come. Thanks

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A forensic psychiatrist and first cousin, once-removed, examines the sad case of a dreamer who left behind riddles, explanations, and a confession to a series of unsolved murders.

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I want to take a year off start obtaining my bachelor's degree before going on to law school. However, my dad (who is the one paying for my education) wants me to go straight to law school and I am conflicted over what is the right thing for me to do.Hi everybody! I am currently attending college and will be graduating a year early this May. I plan on going to law school; however, I desperately want to take a year off. I want the year off to improve my mental and physical health and to cultivate better study habits which I severely lack. I also want more time to study for the LSAT. I feel burned out since I loaded my schedule up with enough classes to allow me to graduate a year early. I didn't get enough experience working in internships or organizations while I was in college and that is something I wish to build so that my chances of getting accepted into law school will be higher. The biggest reason why I want to take a year off, though, is to improve my mental health since I've been dealing with depression. The only thing standing in the way of me doing this is my dad who's being amazing and is kindly paying for my education. Even though I've told him that I'm actively searching for a job and going on interviews, he's said that he does not want me working. He wants me to continue and finish my education now while he still has his job and the means with which to pay for law school. He told me what I can do is simply apply as a part-time student in law school and take minimal amount of classes so I don't stress myself out. I'm considering this. By the way, it is important that I mention that my dad is not pressuring me to start law school. He said that if I really want to take a year off then I may, but that he is simply giving me advice. So I'm not asking for help on how to convince my dad to change his mind, I just want to know from other people if maybe my dad DOES have the right idea. He is successful and very wise so this is why I feel conflicted about my decision because in the back of my mind I am thinking he may be right. So my question to you all is should I go on to law school in the fall or take the year off? If any of you have gone through a similar situation I would appreciate your feedback. Thank you, everyone.

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I took a job that means we are moving everyone from north of Boston to north of Philly. This means packing up one house to sell and then moving everything to a new one. We have started working on the selling and buying aspects, what we don't have any clue about is how best to do the packing and moving. Suggestions please?We are moving this summer, but the realtor wants us to get our house decluttered ASAP (we've got two kids and a lot of junk so this is going to be a big deal). As far as I can see our options seem to be: 1) Rent a storage unit somewhere nearby, put stuff in that while we try to sell the house, then hire movers to get everything from our house and the storage unit and move it to PA. 2) Get one of those pod things, just start filling it with stuff as we declutter the house and then finish packing up everything into it when we actually move. As far as I can see, and please correct me if I'm wrong, option 1 means we have to move stuff ourselves to the storage unit, which will be a pain as some furniture does need to go into there, and we have to coordinate moving the two separate places come time to move. BUT it does mean that we won't have a big container sitting on our property when we are trying to sell it. Option 2 allows us to spread out the moving, and gives us easy access to our stuff in case we absolutely need to get into things, but it does mean we are doing all the lifting and packing and everything ourselves, which is less than optimal. Plus we'd have the thing sitting on our property while we are trying to sell which is somewhat unsightly. Before this all our moves have been between apartments so we never had to move stuff out to make anywhere look good and we did it all ourselves. But this time we definitely would like people to do stuff for us if possible. Other people who have moved, which option is better and why? Also any suggestions for companies to use for any of these concepts is much appreciated.

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The Passport Index is an interactive tool, which collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world, based on how many countries their holders can visit without obtaining a visa before arrival or at all.

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I may be able to pick up an obscure but useful domain name soon. However, it was once a domain used for command-and-control systems for a well-known trojan that spread throughout the Internet. For the last five years, it's been held by a security/enforcement group that took it over.Have you ever bought a once-disreputable domain name? How did it go? Did your traffic suffer? Were there problems with mail? Did it matter at all?

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Museum Dance Off 2. 28 participating museums have created videos showcasing their staff/interns/volunteers etc. dancing and lip-syncing to their melody of choice. Voting begins on April 20 and runs through April 29, with several museum dance videos highlighted each day, out of which viewers choose one favorite. Those favorites will ultimately battle it out in the next rounds, until only one is left standing. Anyone can vote, from anywhere in the world. Voting rules and videos are at the main link. Here is the official trailer. Smithsonian Magazine article on the competition.

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I'm planning to fly to Peru this summer with my late 60's mother. She isn't comfortable flying alone, so I need to meet up with her in Dallas or Houston to fly the rest of the way. She lives in Texas. I live in NYC. I am considering whether it would be worth it to use a travel agent.We did this last summer to another South American country. Figuring out the tickets myself online was a big hassle and stressful because I would have to do a separate searches for her travel path (DFW to destination) and for me (NYC to destination) and try to coordinate the layovers so we'd be on the same plane from layover to destination and then buy the tickets separately. And I need an aisle seat because I am tall and claustrophobic. I have never used a travel agent or known anyone who used a travel agent. Would this be a good use of one? How much do they cost? And if I should use one, anyone got any recommendations or tips for picking one? (If anyone has any suggestions for not using a travel agent and making it easier to buy the tickets myself that would also be welcome.)

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A bioethicist, at her son's request, sat in on his public high school sex-ed class -- which taught "abstinence only" -- and livetweeted it. Alice Dreger has had skin in this game before, having written the viral essay, "What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is Primarily About Pleasure?" (previously) The high school's principal has claimed that the curriculum also "reviews contraception choices" and that Dreger simply "attended on a day where abstinence was being taught."

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Lately I keep noticing that I'm practically holding my breath. It feels like it might be an anxiety thing? What gives and how do I train myself out of it?I'm an inveterate sloucher, despite efforts to reform - have been for a long time. I notice that I keep slouching forward a bit, which makes it a tinier bit harder to take a deep breath, so I take these little shallow breaths and sometimes wind up inadvertently holding my breath. I certainly don't feel like my brain is impaired or that I'm not getting enough oxygen or that I'd pass out or anything like that; it's just that I keep realizing I've been breathing stupid and need to take some real breaths. I notice it more at the end of the day. Obviously when I notice I'm doing it I sit up straighter and take several deep breaths. But I keep doing it, and it's annoying, and it certainly doesn't help with the anxiety. I suppose my chest does feel a little tight, but I've never wheezed or had any asthma symptoms. I certainly don't feel sick. I do have plenty of anxiety in my life (see: string of AskMes about kid's escalating illnesses). So: Does anybody else do this, what did you do about it, and how do I teach myself to breathe better?

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I'm tired of my current job and I'm ready to move on. However, my job search is not going well because, although I have some qualifications for a number of fields, I've never worked for very long in any one field, so I basically lack sufficient experience for any of the positions I'm looking at. On top of which, I've never been able to muster enough interest or passion in any of the careers I've passed through to focus on one of them.Ideally, I'd love a job that suited my dilettante-ish style, and required some familiarity with a broad range of subjects. The areas I'm strongest in include writing, building websites, graphic design, computer tech, and customer service/tech support. Is there any career that might encompass these skills, but that don't require heavy specialization in any one of them in order for me to be qualified?

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I have a small dropper container with about half an ounce of H2O2 with a rubberish top (the part that you use to make the drops). I was using it for something a few months ago and I forgot about it and it has been sitting in my kitchen for about 2 months. Today I noticed the rubbery part has expanded a bit. I'm not sure what to do with it because I remember my chemistry teacher saying that H2O2 can be dangerous stuff. Can I open the container? Should I just toss the container?

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How I lost My Soul in AdVenture Capitalist

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Ultra Orthodox Traditions and Beliefs, Photographs by Yaakov Naumi

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I am looking for an easy, inexpensive, and portable dinner recipe that contains meat to feed eight adults. I don't want to serve pasta, and I want to make the meal at home and bring it on a 30 minute car ride. It can be re-heated there.Friday night meatballs seems like an obvious choice, sure. But I don't really want to mess around with using my friend's stove, and cooked spaghetti isn't really portable. Plus I'm not really in the mood for spaghetti! The recipe needs to contain meat. I also don't have much money, so while shortribs seem like an easy option, they're a bit too expensive for my budget. Finally, it's really hot where we are, so something like beef stew won't really be very good. No one wants to nosh on stew when it's 80 degrees and humid outside. Time and complexity are not a factor.

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This painting means a great deal to a good friend - he has no idea who painted it - i would like to surprise him with some background information if possible. Any ideas?Sorry about the poor quality picture, best i can do for now...

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Last year, Laser Unicorns raised over $630,000 to create their 80s-inspired kung fu cop movie that involved time travel, ancient gods, dinosaurs, and Nintendo Power Gloves. All made with virtual sets and a shoestring budget. They've now released the movie's theme song, starring David Hasselhoff. How much more 80s could it be? None. None more 80s. Previously on MetaFilter

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The Force Awakens, Teaser Trailer #2

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I'm not tech savy at all. I have 2 cds full of medical CT images. One of them is DICOM and the other one is something else that looks more fancy and was taken with a CONE-Beam scanner. I was asked to mail these to someone, but I want to make duplicates of them first just in case they get lost or damaged in the mail.How can I do this? WHat program should I use? I have a computer with a cd/dvd disc drive and I also have 3 other portable drives attached to it via USB. I imagine I can use this to do what I need. I'm also not sure what blank cd's to buy for this. Do I just buy regular blank DVR dvds? Or should I get the ones that are CD-r?

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I originally did a few phone interviews at BIG_COMPANY for a management role related to my Ph.D. in SCIENTIFIC_FIELD. The recruiter at BIG_COMPANY is instead offering me an onsite interview for a much more tedious non-management role — with the intention of "ideally" "probably" assigning me some direct reports over time and eventually transitioning me into the management role I originally applied for. Jobs in SCIENTIFIC_FIELD are scarce, I belong to an underemployed visible minority group, and I feel like I can't afford to walk away. Help me negotiate effectively instead.Details REDACTED to protect my anonymity... Background: BIG_COMPANY has a team of employees doing glorified data-entry work — creating huge amounts of LABELED_DATA for input into a machine-learning system. My understanding is that the work is routine and tedious, but sometimes requires an undergrad-level understanding of SCIENTIFIC_FIELD. The story so far: I applied for a job as a low-level manager on that team. After two phone interviews (which I thought went quite well), a recruiter from BIG_COMPANY has asked me to interview on-site for a different role — not as a manager, but as a rank-and-file DATA_LABELER. Apparently their ideal goal, if they hired me, would be to gradually develop me into a manager, and so they would "probably" assign me direct reports over time. The recruiter's language, in the email I received, suggests to me that they do not have a specific timeframe in mind for transitioning me into a management role, and may intend to maintain the option of never doing it at all. My situation: I have a freshly-earned Ph.D. in SCIENTIFIC_FIELD. I don't have any management experience in industry, but I have supervised a team of research assistants doing DATA_LABELING, though admittedly on a much, much smaller scale than BIG_COMPANY does it — like, several orders of magnitude smaller. I suspect that I will find full-time work as a DATA_LABELER to be exhausting, draining and demoralizing, and frankly am worried that I would not excel at it. I would be happy to do DATA_LABELING for a few weeks as part of an extended onboarding process, but making it part of my day-to-day job description is not appealing at all. But here's the catch: I am also unemployed, and belong to a visible minority group with poor employment prospects in general. SCIENTIFIC_FIELD is one with very few industrial applications, and jobs that are in any way related to my training are quite scarce. So I am reluctant to blow this opportunity off, even though I am also reluctant to take a job that I am blatantly overqualified for, with no clear plan for promotion out of it. The question: I have not yet replied to the recruiter's email. I would like to negotiate something better than what the recruiter is offering, but I do not want to end up with no job offer at all. What is my next move?

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Wolf Proverbs is a twitter bot that posts lupine dicta and apothegms. [via mefi projects]

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Journalist Felix Salmon brings us up to speed on the increasingly strange and complicated saga of The Cooper Union School For The Advancement Of Science And Art, one of the last historically free schools in the US for Art, Architecture and Engineering, which may be brought down by shameless trustees, incompetent management, the State Attorney General, or pure greed. (Cooper Union charging tuition previously. Cooper Union students occupying the president's office previously)

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How a pro-domme, a Russian diplomat, U.S. intelligence and Mary Tyler Moore's landscaper conspired to create a dance classic.

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