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Recommendation request: my mom is an old liberal white lady who exacerbates her non-actionable fears by watching way to much news, especially Rachel Maddow. I'd like to get her into interesting but not upsetting podcasts instead, as she's a long-time NPR fan. What do I suggest?

She likes classical music and feeling good about things women did or are doing. This is probably not the right place for educating her on more challenging topics; I'd rather give her something that helps her feel better.

the past couple weeks have been so bad that even though this has been one of my biggest worries since we moved last year I like. don't even feel anything about it

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work grumbling 

I do not like when I send a very simple email with like 2 questions, complete with bullet points breaking down things that might be complicated, and then someone is like "can we get on a call about this?" like............ what are you missing

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look in your heart. lobel-wise, are you a frog or toad

had an idea for a name I could change my last name to and it sounded SO good but then I realized it sounds like a weird name a royal would take upon coronation or something lmao

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#KnittersOfMastodon! If you're interested in #knitting for or designing for fat bodies, I spent an hour chatting with Kristina and Sarah of Tech Tip Talk yesterday about exactly that. I get a bit opinionated, share tips and resources, and explain how my first garment pattern is coming out in a whopping 144 sizes (yes, really).

youtu.be/Tu_dEDtalFw

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uspol: repro rights, privacy 

The Dobbs decision is triggering state laws that outlaw abortion. Since that will mean, in some cases, criminal investigations, it's only a matter of time before some agencies begin testing the waters to see if they can get warrants for health tracker data, to present as evidence that a particular defendant was pregnant during the time frame specified by state law. Until bodily autonomy is guaranteed by federal law, it's best not to store or share that data.

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food question 

folks who regularly make spring rolls/summer rolls: how long does it normally take you? With all the steps to prep the veggies and the herbs it takes me HOURS and I feel like I’ve gotta be doing something wrong

If I hadn’t watched it I would’ve thought I made it up, but…… The Simpsons really did an entire musical number about the vanished middle class, and specifically talked about the fall of unions and an older electorate who pull the ladder up behind them??? it feels like a fever dream

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Not sure this will work, but it doesn't hurt to ask: Does anyone here on the Fediverse have experience with the full procedure (from 0, without even a G1 license yet) of getting a driver's license and a modified vehicle as a disabled person in Ontario, Canada? I'm very confused right now as a newcomer reading all the rules and regulations and would appreciate someone who has done this before giving a bit of a TL;DR.

Yellowjackets spoilers 

I’m glad we’re getting a second season bc that finale was deeply unsatisfying in a lot of directions

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I’m not sure why I didn’t expect the little plane to explode because I feel like I should’ve seen it coming but… damn they really just exploded Laura Lee

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god there are so many moments in this show that are not-quite-jump scares, just these little flashes of imagery that is so deeply creepy and it’s delicious every time it happens

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the TENSION in the Taissa scenes at the end of ep 3 omfg. setting off all my big spooky alarms in the best/worst way.

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not surprised that this is produced by Karyn Kusama. I really need to watch more of her work.

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imagine being married to Melanie Lynskey and “staying late at work” to avoid her. most unrealistic part of this show so far tbh

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We're hosting another bleeding control class on Wednesday, July 6 at 7PM. It's free! You can register here: iffybooks.net/event/bleeding-c

grumpy bike stuff 

Finally had the spoons to wipe down my bike and put air in the tires but I apparently royally fucked up because my bike was extremely wobbly as soon as I got on it. We really need groceries and that was the whole reason I was going out, but…. now I guess I’m going to stay in bed and pretend I don’t need food and try not to think about how I can’t afford $175 for a tuneup to see what’s wrong so my bike is just gonna keep sitting there 🙃

I didn't get into a fight on the clock app today about Jane Austen being an abolitionist or about how it's incorrect to say she uncritically lionizes the aristocracy and wealth and I'm proud of myself

because it really doesn't matter and wouldn't have enhanced the discussion! Most people aren't doing close readings of her work and/or have only encountered it through adaptations.

I'm still definitely mad about it though lmfao

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