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Mallory Ortberg, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up below to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie‘s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com.)

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Puerto Rico‘s New Normal

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico-These days in Puerto Rico, life is conducted on a farmer‘s hours. Get up at sunrise, operate during daylight, and return home before night falls. Some merchants are now able to take credit cards, but cash is king. Planning is reduced to the next 24 hours: how to get power, gasoline to fuel the generator, ice, cash, and a phone signal. At night, the constant hum of generators blends with the clarion calls of the onomato

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2 Million Beautiful Images of Biodiversity Are Now Available for Free

There are thought to be about 10 million distinct species of plants and animals on Earth. That number is incomprehensibly large, not least because most species are still undiscovered. But now the Biodiversity Heritage Library, an open-access repository for some of the most stunning images collected of life on Earth, is helping to make these ecological wonders all the more real: It‘s made more than 2 million images of our planet‘s biod

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The Deep Roots of Yemen‘s Famine

The intractable war in Yemen that has been laying waste to the northern half of the country for nearly three years became even more dismal in early November when Saudi Arabia tightened its blockade on the country, cutting a desperate population off from much-needed food aid, medical supplies, and fuel.

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Dear Prudence Live Chat

Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Mallory Ortberg takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words).Submit your questions or responses to previous questions below:

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The End of German Stability

It is astounding how quickly politics has descended into chaos on both sides of the Atlantic.

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A People Without Refuge

JAMMU, India-It is a Friday morning, quiet before the afternoon prayer. A few boys linger at one of the tea shops at Jammu‘s Rohingya bazaar, engrossed in the infallible seduction tricks of a Bollywood hero. Next door, sweet and bitter gourds are heaped alongside rows of fresh cucumbers and radishes, mounds of onions and dried garlic. A mannequin wearing a burqa decorated with flowers looks on. If there is any sign of animation at all, it i

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Flip or Flop?

In a new piece for the Cook Political Report called ‘A Wave Is a Comin‘,‘ Amy Walter-the nonpartisan political newsletter‘s national editor-writes that political junkies might be making a version of the same mistake many of us made in 2016. Last year, we doubted Donald Trump had any chance to win the presidency; this time, we might be underestimating the odds of a giant Democratic ‘wave‘ that causes Republicans

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The Occupation of Alcatraz

On this day in 1969, a group of Native American activists began a 19-month occupation of Alcatraz island in the San Francisco Bay. You may use the comment thread on this page to examine the history of Native American and First Nations land claims, or to pursue other points of off-topic, freewheeling discourse.

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How Does a Drag Queen Work?

This season on Working, we‘re taking a look at some LGBTQ-specific jobs.

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The Best of Slate Podcasts

In this edition of our members-only podcast digest, listen to the best segments of the week:

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The Protection Money Edition

Listen to Episode No. 183 of Slate Money

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Investors in the Panama Trump Tower Included a Notorious Criminal Who Laundered Drug Money

Donald Trump has made little effort to hide the fact that, as president, he continues to profit off the dozens of properties either that he owns or that bear his name. According to a new report by the anti-corruption organization Global Witness, some of those profits may include money that was laundered by Colombian drug cartels through a Panama property carrying the Trump brand.

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The Angle: Gray Areas Edition

Undefined: We wondered how people identify ‘sexual harassment‘ in their own lives. Christina Cauterucci asked, and 56 people were willing to describe and analyze encounters both upsetting and ambiguous.

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At Home With Gilbert Gottfried

Listen to Episode 873 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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Another Obstruction Angle

This piece was originally published on Just Security, an online forum for analysis of U.S. national security law and policy.

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Prepping for Turkey

It‘s less than a week until Thanksgiving. We hope that means you‘ll soon be taking some time off, ingesting a lot of good food, and not having terribly awkward conversations with family.

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The Boston Celtics Are Athlete‘s Foot

As his Golden State Warriors built a first-half lead over the Boston Celtics, Steve Kerr told TNT sideline reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude that the Celtics were ‘the best team in the league.‘ It seemed like dubious praise at the time, the words of a coach of an unbeatable team puffing up the opposition. By the time the Celtics had overcome a 17-point deficit to beat Golden State 92-88-Boston‘s 14th win in a row, giving them a leagu

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A Guide to Understanding a Million vs. a Billion vs. a Trillion

This story was originally published on the Conversation and was republished here with permission.

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The Best Rolling Luggage

This article originally appeared on the Strategist.

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Joyless Division

Wisconsin‘s game against Michigan on Saturday is the biggest college football match-up of the week and of the Badgers‘ season to date. It‘s the fifth-ranked, 10-0, national title contender‘s chance to demonstrate its bona fides to the country and the College Football Playoff committee by defeating a blue-blood program, a Jim Harbaugh-led Michigan squad that [checks clipboard] actually, hang on a minute. It turns out that

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I Was a Virtual Reality Nonbeliever

‘There‘s 57 channels and nothin‘ on,‘ Bruce Springsteen sang in 1992. How quaint. Twenty-five years later, there are at least 10 times that many channels, instant access to more films than anyone can watch in a lifetime, and 400 hours of new video uploaded to YouTube every minute. Sisyphus himself might pity me for all the shows, movies, and videos I feel obligated to inhale in a single day. With these pre-existing media b

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Should This Thing Be Smart? Socks Edition.

Welcome to Should This Thing Be Smart?, a new series. Each month, Justin Peters will examine a new smart object and try to determine whether there is any good reason for its existence-and how likely it is to be used for nefarious reasons. Read the first installment, which looked at a 60 smart fork.

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I Tried a Bottle of the New Synthetic Wine

Thanks to poor yields due to extreme weather, global wine production recently fell to the lowest levels in 56 years. While it becomes increasingly clear that climate change will cause major changes in food production, this year‘s wine harvests have been a reminder that the world‘s most famous wine regions could also continue to be adversely affected, potentially rendering them unable to produce the cherished wines for which they are k

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