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Stop by with you cup of coffee, shoot the breeze, take a break and just unwind. Have a good joke to share? Something interesting that has captured your thoughts? Just your friendly neighborhood cafe, come hangout with us. (Teetotalers welcome too)

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How do mothers (usually) bring up boys to respect women as equals? Or not do so?

Started by Tom Sarbeck. Last reply by Stephen Oct 27, 2016. 2 Replies

Who can get through a day of the 2016 presidential campaign and not think of this?Here's part of how my mom did it in the late 1930s and the 1940s. I didn't know what she had in mind when she raised us as if there was no such thing as boys' work or…Continue

Tags: sexism

Diary of a Demented Snow Shoveller

Started by Mrs.B. Last reply by Mrs.B Jan 3, 2016. 2 Replies

Diary of a Demented Snow Shoveller, written by someone who just moved to snow country.December 8 6:00 PM It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft…Continue

Thinking of My Old Buddies on A/U

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Neal Sep 13, 2015. 17 Replies

Hello Friends,Chastise me if you will, but you are still near and dear…Continue

Can't get that tune out of my head!!!

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Stephen Aug 15, 2015. 95 Replies

Share your current musical obsession.What are you listening to these days?Continue

A riddle: What is IT?

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 5, 2015. 45 Replies

Astronomers do IT all night. Chemists do IT by bonding. Newton did IT with force. Eighteenth century physicists did IT with rigid bodies. Maxwell did IT with magnetism. Volta did IT with a jolt. Watt did IT with power. Joule did IT with…Continue

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Comment by Stephen on January 14, 2017 at 6:46pm

Think about that I have and I agree.

Comment by Mrs.B on January 14, 2017 at 6:41pm

As a Canadian, this about sums it up for us too..

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on January 9, 2017 at 1:05am

Please tell me about the "gifts" that we can click to give other AUers.

Comment by Stephen on November 21, 2016 at 5:54pm

Ingenious: Richard Dawkins

The evolutionary biologist reads Robert Frost.

Comment by Onyango Makagutu on November 10, 2016 at 12:02am

This election result is a bit shocking.

And the electoral college more so.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 9, 2016 at 11:28pm

doone, the stats you provided are helpful but say nothing about male resistance to a woman's being elected president.

The GOP didn't need any illegal white male immigrants.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 9, 2016 at 11:16pm

Being shocked and awed will hold up progress.

If the UK follows through on not admitting him. a few more foreign nations doing the same might persuade the GOP to impeach him.

Pence is  a religious fanatic but he's not a thin-skinned pathological liar.

Comment by Stephen on November 9, 2016 at 9:44pm

"I am not yet to even shedding a tear stage."

I did that the morning after the vote. But you are right we're all so stunned to take in the magnitude of the result.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 9, 2016 at 9:26pm
Done, a realist has to say the Electoral College is a dumb machine whose purpose is to nullify an immature electorate. Being dumb, it failed.
If Americans were politically mature, the EC would be in history's trash can.
Comment by Doone on November 9, 2016 at 8:59pm

Trump had less votes than McCain in 2008 and Romny in 2012, the problem is that Clinton had a lot less votes than Obama in 2008 and 2012.  If more people had voted she would have won.  She won the popular vote but the electoral college gave the election to Trump.  

Among liberals, one of the most popular explanations for Donald Trump's victory is that it was a "whitelash," a primal scream of lost influence and latent racism among white voters. I myself certainly talked about racial animus quite a bit during the runup to the election. However, in the spirit of figuring out where we were wrong, the actual voting patterns suggest this is flat wrong. Here is Trump's share of the vote compared to Romney in 2012:

Whites voted less for Trump than for Romney, while both blacks and Latinos voted more for Trump.1 There's nothing here that suggests Trump appealed to white backlash in any special way


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