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Need help translating from the Swedish derrogatory

I was reading "Not Always Working" and I came across this quote from a story from Sweden:

"Bah! You can’t even speak Swedish! You immigrant w***e! You better just go back to whatever f**king country you came from!"

I can figure out the second swear-word, but the first ("w***e") has me stumped. From context, it's a racial slur possibly referring to the dark skin of the target, or a sexist slur referring to her gender. Any ideas?
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That's probably it. It fits both the letter pattern and the general sexist attitude of the speaker. Thanks! 
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Friday Night Game Night, 7pm, 11 April 2013 at Ithaca Generator

Last Saturday was Table Top Day, promoted by the great web show Table Top, to encourage the playing of games. I went to The Enchanted Badger and it was packed. In the short time I was there before the crowds drove me away I saw a few Ithaca Generator members enjoying the games. So perhaps we will have new! untried! games available on Friday.

I bought Tsuro, a fast tile-placing game he initially saw on (you guessed it) Table Top. It's currently in the back hall at Ithaca Generator among My other games, and will be available on Friday. It's a fast game for 2-8 players, with a rated game time of 15-20 minutes, and (unlike Empire Builder) I believe it. I've played it once (with Jenn W) and it is a great quick game.

Jenn W bought Pandemic, a cooperative board game by Mark Leacock. Pandemic is like Forbidden Island's older brother, with a similar game mechanic (Mark Leacock designed both games, and Forbidden Island was made to be simpler, shorter, and easier to introduce than Pandemic). In this game, you play a researcher from the CDC trying to stop a worldwide pandemic of four new diseases which have cropped up. You can travel from city to city, share research with your colleagues, fight infections, and create research facilities to develop cures. But you have to be fast -- if the infections get out of control, the CDC loses. 

I'm sure others have new games as well. Let's try them out on Friday!
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I like Randemic a lot. It's easiest with 5. 
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A couple of weeks ago there was a thread on Reddit about "If you were given $500M, what would be the first thing you'd buy?". I didn't read the thread, but the question has been rattling around in my thoughts since then.

It's a lot of money; one could draw from principle at the rate of $200K/week and still take 50 years to burn through it. It's also a surprisingly small amount of money: I could pay the tuition for all the undergrads at my alma mater for just one year. That's a lot of students, but compared to the size of the country, or the problem with college education costs in general, it's a drop in the bucket.

But the more I think about it, the more my "immediate purchases" lean towards "locking myself in a 5-star hotel for a week with books, no TV or computers, and room service" and, mainly, sleeping.

I think it's a problem when it seems like, given a veritable fortune, my highest priority is a weeks uninterrupted rest from the world.
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Unsurprisingly, we share something like this. I've said to Arc that after I retire he may never get me out of a major Library. I just may browse forever, coming out to eat, and coming home to sleep, see him, and pet the cat.
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OK, this is an interesting blog. The author has schlepped her husbands collection of old records around through 5 house moves, and has decided to listen to, and review, every single one. In alphabetical order by band-name[1].

So this is a somewhat arbitrary collection now-older pop music (since it's on vinyl), reviewed by someone who hasn't heard much of it. She recognizes some of it (so far, a couple of AC/DC songs).

Her writing is entertaining, and she's just getting into the process.  So far, she's up to Albert Ayers. Every review features at least one picture of the album (with her in it), a review of the music, and a review of the cover art.

[1] Well, "alphabetical order as defined by her husband's cataloging method; he apparently got into arguments in college over whether "A Flock of Seagulls" should be filed under "A" or "F". He lost the argument, and so he filed "A Certain Ratio" before "AC/DC" (I'm not sure I agree with that). He seems to file artists under their last name, so "Louis Armstrong" has already been reviewed, in the "A" section. I don't know if "The" will be treated like "A", so I don't know how he's solving the "The The" vs. "The, The" problem.
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I will have to check that out. 
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Happy Holi Day!
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The doctor says that my abdominal pain is consistent with appendicitis and that I should go to the ER as soon as possible.
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Ah. Here you are. Buddha. Get in touch if you need anything. I'm around town with car yadda yadda. Heal up!
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Just a classic poem by a famous poet, recited in classical Latin using an unusual-to-us poetic meter.

I can't say I understood a word of it, but I really like how he makes it sound. The syncopated rhythm is really wonderful.
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I never knew latin could be so sexy.
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Sometimes QI gets out of control of the host...
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BoingBoing let me know of the following paragraph from a NWS forecast discussion for the Baltimore/DC area yesterday morning:

.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
WE SOMETIMES SAY THE FORECAST HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. I THINK WE CAN TAKE THAT LITERALLY AT THE MOMENT...AS THIS FORECAST HAS ALMOST EVERY POSSIBLE WEATHER TYPE/HAZARD...IN THE FIRST 36 HOURS. STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS...SNOW...WIND CHILLS...STRONG WINDS...UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPS...UNSEASONABLY COLD TEMPS...POTENTIAL FIRE WEATHER CONCERNS...MINOR COASTAL FLOOD POTENTIAL...THERE IS NOT MUCH LEFT.

And you thought your weather was bad...
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I think the only thing left would be the Four Horsemen, but I think they're not in NOAA's purview.  ;-)
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