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The Best of The Week

I’ve heard a few accounts of how people’s decision to Come Out in high school turned out to be premature, as it exposed them to scorn and isolation before they had the adult resources to deal with such things. Such examples were intended to illustrate a criticism of the way queer folks have made Coming Out an end in itself without considering possible dangers.

I can at least see where the push for Coming Out came from – western culture (and particularly American culture) is steeped in not only heterosexuality, but the expectations of same, especially in secondary education with the unremmitting talk of boyfriends, girlfriends, do you have a boyfriend yet, why not, please go out with me, why won’t you go out with any of the blah blah blah blah SHUT THE FUCK UP I’M GAY ALRIGHT?

See, it’s very tempting to declare oneself openly in order to…

O-ring theory is a theory of economic development proposed in 1993 by Michael Kremer. It has been expanded on since then, most famously by Garett Jones, who did work to show how this model could play out on the international stage.

The titular o-ring refers to the faulty o-ring that caused the Challenger shuttle to explode in 1986. The space shuttle was perhaps one of the most technologically advanced machines that the human race had ever produced, with billions of dollars…

Postea vero quam Tyrannio mihi libros disposuit mens addita videtur meis aedibus.Cicero, ad Atticum IV.8

In my household, November is the month for carving away the accumulations of the past year. Spring cleaning is a waste of good weather that could be better spent hiking, but here in the Midwest, where subarctic temperatures and snowbound roads are a routine…

News for Noders

November 1: The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1: Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5: Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11: Veterans Day in the US.

November 28: Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27: Happy Birthday Estelore!

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October 1: Please join us in celebrating The Culture of Fear: The 2019 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.

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September 7 С днём рождения, Stasik!

September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

Septemaaarr 19 Talk like a pirate day.

September 25 Happy birthday Templeton!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!

October 1: get ready for The Culture of Fear: The 2019 Halloween Horrorquest!

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August 4 Happy birthday avalyn!

August 6 広島

August 9 長崎

August 27 Happy birthday Bitriot

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2019 begins!

July 1: Canada Day.

July 4: America Day.

July 7: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day).

July 17-22: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.

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