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Jimmy Breslin, Pulitzer-winning New York City newspaper columnist, dies at 88. The New York Times: With prose that was savagely funny, deceptively simple and poorly imitated, Mr. Breslin created his own distinct rhythm in the hurly-burly music of newspapers. [...] Love or loathe him, none could deny Mr. Breslin's enduring impact on the craft of narrative nonfiction. He often explained that he merely applied a sportswriter's visual sensibility to the news columns. Avoid the scrum of journalists gathered around the winner, he would advise, and go directly to the loser's locker. This is how you find your gravedigger." Known, most famously, for his profile of the man who dug President John F. Kennedy's grave at Arlington National Cemetery, Breslin was a co-founder of the New Journalism of the 1960s and 1970s. Along with his columns, Breslin was a prolific novelist and biographer, but it was his books that focused on the ordinary working people found in his newspaper pieces that drew the most praise. Newsday: Breslin's 2002 book, "The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez," used the death of an undocumented construction worker to expose shoddy worksite regulation and racism in New York. His book on the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal of recent years, "The Church That Forgot Christ," included a blistering critique of how Irish-Americans looked the other way while clergymen assaulted children. Breslin could also be ill tempered, brusque and vicious. Several years after winning the Pulitzer Prize "for columns which consistently champion ordinary citizens" he was suspended by Newsday for attacking a female Asian-American reporter in a racist rant after she called one of his columns sexist. Newsday: Photos of Jimmy Breslin, Pulitzer-winner and ex-Newsday columnist Chicago Tribune: Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies The New Yorker: Postscript: Jimmy Breslin Breslin previously: The Whole Run of Crime, Jimmy Breslin's Last Column

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     Who's in the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame? The Hanson Brothers sure as %!*& are, and so is Harry Doyle. But what about Amanda Whurlitzer? and Dukes? Maybe not yet, but you can vote for them!      Same with the Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Spinal Tap, The Monkees, and the Blues Brothers were shoo-ins for the inaugrural year – but Wyld Stallyns, The Rutles, The Banana Splits and The Richie Cunningham Experience are waiting for you to seal their place in fake rock-n-roll history!

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I'm looking for recommendations on the safest (most hygienic, disease-avoidant) method for cleaning rat droppings off of THINGS before those things are handled / moved, so that said cleaning, handling and moving doesn't cause health problems for the cleaner (me) or the movers.In preparation for a move, I'll soon be emptying a garage full of various enclosed boxes and some furniture. Many of the items have rat droppings on top. I have reason to believe the 'freshest' of the rat droppings are many months old, thanks to a wily Rat Terrier mutt who did his job very well -- there have been no recent sightings of rats, and Rat Terrier's former EXTREME OBSESSIVE interest in the corners of the garage has not been observed in quite awhile. (Good dog.) I'm trying to figure out the best way to REMOVE the droppings from the objects. Is it safe and sufficient to simply wear an airmask and sweep them off and away with a brush and dustpan? Or might that lead to dispersement of pathogens? I thought about getting a shop vac but figured that it mightn't have a good enough filter and could result in just blowing pathogens around the rest of the garage.

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Does anyone have tips for making permanent moderate scoliosis more bearable?Details: I have scoliosis and it means that one side of my upper back and my lumbar spine sometimes feels sore? And sometimes when I breathe sometimes I feel like my lung wants to expand but my ribcage won't let it?? Does anyone here have any tips on making my experience with a scoliotic spine more comfortable in the long term? - Posture tips - Bras/backpacks that are better for the spine - Do you ever go to a chiropractor? - Do you do pilates? If so how often? And how do you know that they are strengthening/stretching the right side of your back? - Have you ever taken glucosamine/calcium/any other supplements? Did they do anything useful? - Any/all spine-care tips welcome! Thank you!

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Do not watch if this is upsetting. con·ser·va·tion·ist is a person who advocates or acts for the protection and preservation of the environment and wildlife. There are two Australian teens who go camping and have a bit of teen fun. They are NOT "snowflakes" but are boys being boys in a way that is seldom seen in the media. The fish and animals hunted (by and large) are invasive wildlife species. G'day Bushwhackers!! We're two good bros who love Camping, Wildlife, Hunting, Cooking and Eating stuff from the Aussie bush and ocean. Watch us learn, watch us grow and join us on the adventure! Bat Cave Sausages Hunting Wabbits! Yummy MudeCrabs!!! Our Kitchen

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My elderly stepmother wants an app that will ask my elderly father any of several preset questions she chooses in his own voice. I want the app to be able to record new phrases and create new presets from them. I want to make this app myself -- no existing apps! Do you have any clues you can spare?My elderly stepmother wants an app that will ask my elderly father any of several preset questions she chooses in his own voice. That part is easy, on a computer at least. I know some HTML/CSS, and a little JavaScript/jQuery and Python. BUT I want this app to be able to record new presets with the click of a "button" and store each one as a new button she can choose. That needs to have a SUPER-simple interface and I'm having trouble figuring out what knowledge I need to do this. A desktop app would be OK, but an Android app she could install on her phone would be ideal -- and I know NOTHING about making phone apps. To top it all off, I will make this app myself -- no existing apps. Need clues tho. OK, so this is partly a joke on my stepmother's part and partly a useful thing -- my dad has severe hearing loss and cannot hear people speak unless they're a basso profundo, which my dad happens to be himself. My stepmother is totally willing to install and learn to use a new app -- if it's as easy as, say, Facebook. My dad is a good sport, and will let us record him. I have a Windows computer and an iPhone -- no Android phone, unfortunately. So this app would:Open the microphone, record and store an audio file, say, "Are you hungry?" in my dad's voiceProvide an interface where my stepmom can (a) type in the phrase in the audio file (Are you hungry?) and (b) select the category it belongs to (Eating)Create a friendly-looking, rounded-corner button on the Eating screen, marked Are you hungry? that she can click to replay the audio file. How would YOU do this? Please get as technical as possible, and explain like I'm 25. I can google what I don't understand -- but only if you use the real words. Thanks for any help you can provide!

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I have this awkwardly blank wall in my apartment and wanted to put something up on it. I was thinking of a geometric washi masking tape design, something like this. Unfortunately this wall also has a wall-mounted electrical heater embedded in it, a couple of feet from the bottom. Fire hazard?The heater looks kind of like this and it says not to put anything closer than 3 ft. directly in front of it. How likely is it that the washi tape design would fall off the wall, fall in front of the heater, catch fire and burn my apartment down? Is it more or less of a fire hazard than hanging a normal picture up there (which I guess could also fall and block the heater)? Do I have to just leave that part of the wall blank?

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I am strongly considering the new retractable hardtop version of the Mazda Miata as my next car. It is a lot of fun to drive. However, before I pull the trigger, I am wondering if any folks here have warnings I might not have considered, or regrets due to the small trunk?I am currently driving a Mazda 3 hatchback. I am prepared to only have two seats, and know that the trunk space is very small on Miatas, but believe that it will be ok since I have access to my wife's larger car if needed. I know that lots of people are happy with their Miatas, but am wondering if there are folks here who convinced themselves that they could live with the limited storage and later regretted it. Success stories are also welcome, but I am mostly looking for counterarguments to my optimism. For example, you bought the car looking forward to driving up the California coast with the top down, but discovered that you could not fit all the necessities for the trip in the trunk and had to drive the old minivan instead.

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Basically, what it says on the tin. I teach preschoolers and kindergarteners, and would like a fun non-Mercator map that I could use in the classroom. From what I can see on the interwebs, all of the Gall-Peters projection maps out there are aimed at older kids and adults. What I'd like is one of those fun, colorful world maps for kids that has pictures of what a country/region is known for scattered about. Does such a thing exist?

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I have a Kobo e-reader that is about 5 years old. I haven't used it in a couple of years. Now, no matter what I try (all kinds of suggestions from the Internet - various different chargers, pushing the button several times while plugged in, holding down for X seconds while plugged in, etc. ), I can't get it to turn on. The error message is "Please charge your EReader. Please connect to an AC outlet or your computer to recharge.". I realize this is my mistake. I should have topped up the charge occasionally. It's a micro USB if that helps. Do you know any hacks that I may not have happened upon? Am I wasting my time? Thanks!

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User "Mazdeuce" on the Grassroot Motorsports forums bought a house near Houston with his wife thirteen years ago, and it included a somewhat collapsing detached garage. Being a stay-at-home dad, the time finally came that he tackled the menace in 2013. Tearing the existing structure down part-at-a-time to slab and brick, he completely rebuilt and revamped it over the next four years (and 90 pages of forum thread) into the multi-story "Grosh", as his young son calls it. Mazdeuce has also been recently featured in publications such as Road and Track and Roadkill for his efforts to rebuild the engine in a rare Merceds R63 AMG minivan ... by himself in the Grosh, in order to save $57,000.00.

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Hello, all! I have a NookHDplus I bought about five years ago, and would like to transfer files to it, but am having a hard time figuring out how to do so from my Mac.So when I plug the Nook HDplus into my Mac laptop via USB cable, it doesn't have any kind of drag-and-drop functionality. Instead, the Nook device, when opened in my Mac's finder, contains one single file: "MyNOOK Setup.html". When I click on that to open it, it loads a page with only this: Welcome to MyNOOK Setup. MyNOOK Setup is a one-time installation that will allow you to tranfer your personal files to your NOOK. Transferable files include, but are not limited to: photos, music, videos, EPUB, PDF and Microsoft Office files. Note: Copyright protected files are not transferable To install, go to http://www.NOOK.com/MyNOOKSetup. For more information, visit http://www.NOOK.com/support. When I try going to the mynooksetup page on the web, I get this page, which is unhelpful; I think back in the day (based on other similar queries online) it once led to a piece of software called "MyNOOKSetup.dmg", which seems to have been a proprietary Barnes And Noble program for transferring files onto a NookHDplus. Is there a place I can still get that file? If not, is there a way I can transfer files onto the nook with the ease I would transfer files onto a USB drive? (I'm aware this is a pretty old device, but I have it lying around, and would love to actually be able to use it, even though it seems like Barnes And Noble is, at this point, a dying company that no longer supports its products)

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I'm a straight middle-aged female who is experiencing a lot of issues with both romantic relationships and platonic male friends who have unvoiced expectations that I should perform nearly all of the emotional labor in our relationships.I'm really frustrated with repeatedly being in relationships where I am expected to do pretty close to all of the emotional labor. When the time comes where I would like to be actively listened to and supported, it almost never happens, even when I explicitly ask for it. This is an issue I've had for many years, actually, but I've just lately identified that it's almost exclusively with men, and that it's A Thing that many women deal with, and that it has its own language with which to talk about it. I've become very angry about the fact that I've done soooooo much more emotional labor for others (especially men) than I have had done for me. I've gone from expressing my needs in softer terms, to expressing the anger that I have about not feeling that my male partners or friends will reciprocate emotionally. In most cases, that actually gets their attention, but they go from minimizing and breezing right by my issues to objecting to my anger. They focus on my anger itself, as though it arose from nothing, rather than addressing the actual issues I've so explictly brought up. I've recently identified that what I'm experiencing there is tone policing. These are intelligent men, every one. Should they care to aim their intelligence towards understanding this issue, they could get it and change their behavior. I just possibly lost my friendship with an ex-boyfriend over this. Last night I spoke with him on the phone, and mentioned some of my personal issues. He at one point said I should talk to a therapist about it. The issues I was bringing up were not issues that at all indicate that I need mental health help, they are common relational issues that most women would take in stride. It came off as being very dismissive, not that he was so concerned about me that he thought I needed professional help, but that he just wanted to pawn me off so he didn't have to bother. This is a person for whom I have performed a METRIC TON of emotional labor, including active listening (about the same things endlessly), career support and cheerleading. This is also a person who claims to love me, care about me, etc. The fact that he won't demonstrate it in the ways I've asked for, that are totally within his ability to do, makes me want to strangle him. Yes, I'm angry at this point, but I feel driven to it. I just can't take the unfairness anymore. I took a stand and emailed him today that I was still upset about his suggestion to see a shrink and that he hadn't really listened to me. Predictably at this point to me, he focused on my anger and said he "wouldn't talk to me when I was this way". Well, shit, he doesn't talk to me when I'm not "this way" either! It's just another excuse, trying to make it look like I'm a harpy for being upset. This is just one example, but this same pattern has happened with more than a few friendships and relationships. Only one person ever reacted to my request to rethink their behavior; a platonic male friend I've known for a quarter century actually listened when I pointed out that he habitually monopolized our conversations. He has tried, with some success, to do better. I didn't feel penalized for bringing up the issue in the first place. No other attempts of mine to even be heard about this kind of issue, let alone improve it, have worked. My questions: * Is there some way to present this issue that is emphatic enough that they actually pay attention, but not so emphatic that they just skip right over it to focus on my anger? * Are there some types of men that don't do this shit? How/where do I find them? Identify them? * How do you not go insane when dealing with this issue over nand over and over and over and over? I generally like men, I work with a lot of men, and I'm only sexually attracted to men. So "just don't deal with men" isn't going to work for me, although I am effing really tempted sometimes!

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What happens when a player chooses academics over immediate NFL success? (Mefi previously) In the case of Myron Rolle, dreams come true- after four years of medical school, he learned Friday he had been matched for his long-dreamed of residency in neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard.

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Wanting to understand the current standard of care for residential drug rehab, detox, and methadone. Is it standard of care to detox someone off of methadone?Someone I know is in residential drug rehab for 60 days. For reasons, I participated in finding the rehab place (making me feel somewhat responsible hence this question). For background if it's relevant: the person has a longtime opiate addiction (mostly pills and some heroin), plus heavy use of alcohol and meth. The person also has a methadone scrip and was using methadone in addition to the illegal substances. Here's my question: I assumed that the "standard of care" for heavy opiate addiction was MAT e.g. methadone, suboxone, etc. But I learned yesterday (I am double checking tomorrow), that the detox is including methadone. In other words, the person is being detoxed from everything including methadone. The rehab place is not "anti-medication" for other purposes -- in fact it focuses on dual diagnosis (part of the reason for selecting) and the person is being assessed for anti-depressants. Is this -- detoxing off everything including prescribed methadone -- consistent with the standard of care? Is it case by case? Does it depend on the facility? What does the medical literature say?

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There's something in the air in the Missouri bootheel, and it's the auxinic herbicide dicamba. Dicamba has been around since the 1940s, but it's increasingly in the news thanks to Xtend, Monsanto's "crop system" comprising (a) genetically-modified dicamba- (and glyphosate-) resistant broadleaf crops and (b) a dicamba formulation resistant to drifting away on the wind. With the EPA only approving the reduced-volatility dicamba last November, farmers who planted the already-approved Xtend crops sprayed existing (volatile) dicamba formulations anyway last year, harming adjacent non-resistant plants. In the aftermath, Missouri's largest peach farm is suing Monsanto for millions, and a dicamba drift dispute seems to have driven one farmer to murder. NB: "Monsanto" is a term that may jerk a lot of knees, and that may be fair enough, but it's worth noting that this idea of reviving a "classic" herbicide through genetically-modified resistance isn't just a Monsanto trick: Dow AgroSciences is doing the same for 2-4-D through its "Enlist" programme. Original recipe 2-4-D also likes to drift, but it looks like Dow's own two-part system hasn't experienced the same timing debacle that Monsanto's has... yet?

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I found a new yummy salad to take to lunch. It has cut up cucumbers, tomato, mozzerella and onion in it. I'll have the dressing in a seperate container. Will this last in my bag at room temperature for five hours until eaten? Or should I find an insulated container? Thanks.

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The Big Deal this week is Neil Gorsuch's nomination hearings. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has trouble understanding why its revised immigration ban was blocked (it also has trouble distinguishing praise from satire). The AHCA appears to be in a death spiral, Trump has managed to annoy both the United Kingdom and Germany, and more questions have arisen about his promised charitable donations.

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'Purple Rain' — As Retold In A Language Without A Word For Purple [SLNPR] The videos are wonderful. (Note the article is from 2015, when Prince was still alive.)

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Yesterday, I got a call from an anonymous 404 area code from someone that said they were from the Planned Parenthood Federation, seeking donations. They kept giving an office address and said I'd get a receipt for my contribution. I agreed to a one-time donation and gave them my debit card number. Today I get another call from the same number, but this time the person on the other end said they were from the DNC. Did I get scammed yesterday?Got some pretty alarming results googling the phone number, but they're just message board posts and all over the map. I don't know much about the donation solicitation industry. Could this be a situation where the PPF and the DNC both contracted with the same cold-calling firm? How do I figure out if I gave my debit card number to scammers yesterday and how do I protect myself if I did?

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A lazy Sunday passes on social media and all the people want to know is : WHY IS THE CHICKEN SO BIG?

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Good friend is turning 40 and I'd like to make her a special dessert. A cake would be great, but she can't have dairy, eggs and really shouldn't have wheat, but will occasionally. Tree nuts are also off the table because of my own allergy. I am a decent baker, but have never had to mess around with subs or this set of restrictions. Looking for tasty cake ideas or if that is unrealistic, other options for a special dessert. Thanks all!

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We've been told we need to move to Humira injections for kiddo diagnosed with Chronic Recurrent Mulifocal Osteomyelitis (CRMO). Looking for any suggestions on making the injections less painful.My son, 13-years-old, was diagnosed with CRMO last year. He has been on methotrexate (8 pills 1x a week) and Mobic but a recent MRI indicated a worsening of his condition. We are moving to Humira which we've heard is quite painful. Some suggestions to make it less painful are: (1) bringing the pen to room temperature; (2) pinching a fold of the skin; and (3) injecting the stomach versus the thigh. He is quite thin so there isn't much fat to pinch. Any other suggestions from doctors or Humira users to help with the pain of injection?

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"We are going to be having an increase in the movements of weapons in coming years and we should be worried," said Robert Alvarez, a former deputy assistant Energy secretary who now focuses on nuclear and energy issues for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington. "We always have to assume the worst-case scenario when we are hauling nuclear weapons around the country."

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I'm looking for a place in the Bay Area to have a mini-writing-retreat with a few friends. It could be a restaurant or coffeehouse with a private or semi-private room, a reservable workspace, a community center room, an AirBnB, or something I haven't thought of. It should be in the SF Bay Area and easily accessible by BART. Help?Top priorities: 1. Easily BARTable (if you know something AWESOME but not BARTable, go ahead and mention it!) 2. Private to semi-private (not loud; not Panera, Peet's, Starbucks, or Borderlands Cafe) 3. Bathrooms and water available 4. Food + coffee/tea for purchase onsite or very nearby, or basic kitchen onsite 5. Comfortable seating plus desks or tables 6. Can be used for 6-12 hours 7. Seats ~6-10 people 8. $200 or less to reserve Bonuses: 1. Atmosphere: someplace interesting or with character would be nice 2. Free or cheap to use would be cool 3. Specific suggestions rather than categories or types of place would be ideal 4. Least important: Alcohol sold/allowed onsite I'm open to places with or without wifi. Any city along BART is fine. I don't have any particular kind of venue in mind, so...if you have an off-the-wall suggestion, go for it! Thanks.

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