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  •  I don't want to get in the middle of (0+ / 0-)

    someone else's pie fight, but I found it to be descriptive of what we're seeing now. If he added the snark tag only after an uproar then shame on him. However I wasn't offended so I'll allow my rec to stand. I do hope that doesn't offend you. It's so often a damned if you do and damned if you don't situation around here lately. I hate it when that happens.

    Somebody Else's Problem (also known as Someone Else's Problem or SEP) is an effect that causes people to ignore matters that are generally important to a group but may not seem specifically important to the individual. Author Douglas Adams' description of the effect, which he playfully ascribed to a physical "SEP field," has helped to make it a generally recognized phenomenon. The label is now widely used to focus public attention on matters that might have been overlooked and, less commonly, to identify concerns that a depressed individual should ignore. It has also been employed as trivial shorthand to describe factors that are "out of scope" in the current context.
    I claim the depression exemption.

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 11:35:08 PM PST

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