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"Don’t shoot me"
Dude, it wears me out that people feel they need to defend "black rage". What this country could use a little more of is black rage, if you ask me.

This whole country's motto ought to be "a boot stamping on a human face forever", because that seems to be what everyone does the minute they get a bit of power.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:20 PM on August 12, 2014
They are. They are building a highly armed force to protect them and giving that force the freedom of action to suppress the poor.

This is really important.

I think it's easy to fall into a sort of Hunger-Games mentality, like "when the revolution happens" it will be really obvious and schematic, and the eeeeevil elites will be cackling away in a very obvious manner.

And I think in the US… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:45 AM on August 13, 2014
(I don't mean that we all need to "fight the class war" and "be colorblind", to clarify...I mean that racism makes people of color, especially black people, the ones who are the most vulnerable to state and corporate violence, and that working class white people are deeply mistaken if we think we can buy our own safety with the lives and security of people of color.)
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:54 AM on August 13, 2014
The thing that worries me in all this is that it just seems to get worse and worse. Things are really broken right now. You would have thought, for instance, that after Oscar Grant was killed, the fact that there was so much evidence would have forced a serious reevaluation of policing.

I mean, I have been to many protests about police brutality and police shootings, and I've known two people who witnessed fatal… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:20 AM on August 13, 2014
There won't be any mob justice. The minute that name comes out, they'll cordon off his house, they'll take him and his family right out of there - there's no fucking way that cops won't protect one of there own, no matter if he's a murderer and a racist. The entire might of the goddamn state will protect that guy if he's outed.

For me, Anonymous are Robin Hood and Emma Goldman and Zapata and superheroes all rolled up into one package some days.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 4:49 PM on August 13, 2014
The thing is, this has to be punished, and pretty severely, because if not - then we know that you can shoot a kid in broad daylight and take over a town like you're an invading army and hold perfectly ordinary people at gunpoint and be only one stupid cop away from a massacre, and there are no consequences. All you have to do is look at how people have been emboldened by Zimmerman getting away with it. The thing is, in the past much of this stuff has been at least partly… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 5:08 PM on August 13, 2014
The thing is, if people know who the guy is, it's harder for the state to cover up. The point isn't "oh, there should be mob justice", the point is that when the people categorically cannot act, we have no bargaining chip. What it always comes down to is whether the people in power think we can threaten them or not. If we're lucky, they're just afraid of the voting booth. In bad times, and these are bad times, they don't give a shit about the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 5:21 PM on August 13, 2014
As this all shakes out - the people who are getting arrested now are going to need money for bail and lawyers and maybe medical expenses too (because I've been in plenty of situations where white middle class kids were badly hurt by cops during or after arrest, and if they'll do that to some white kid in a liberal city, they'll for sure do it to people in Ferguson). Possibly a lot of money, possibly a lot of lawyers, depending on what they're charged with. You may think "oh, they'll be… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 5:33 PM on August 13, 2014
Rubber bullets, per Twitter.

If you've never encountered them - they're not soft, they're hard enough to go into the body.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:53 PM on August 13, 2014
What happens is that they kettle people and then beat them down. I think that's what is happening now, the cops apparently issued a "final warning", which is what they do before they go in - but of course, by that point there's nowhere they'll let you run.

Please please please don't let anyone be killed or crippled.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:59 PM on August 13, 2014
That live feed - it looks like those kids are all boxed in - there's cops on at least two sides that I can see. And they're all in their summer clothes, too, everything is going to hurt. The cops like to wait until there's just a smallish group remaining and then box those people in and beat and arrest them (If you're ever in a serious protest, try to keep everyone together and then disperse all at once - don't just keep marching with some people trailing… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:41 PM on August 13, 2014
The anti-WTO protests and subsequent were also key parts of the militarization of the cops, as was the end of the Cold War - not as much market abroad, time to manufacture products to sell at home.

"Hippie protests" and Ferguson-protests are both part of a....a logic circuit about how to delegitimize protest. "Hippie protests" (majority white, about something relatively abstract) aren't legitimate because we're all spoiled rich kids; it's okay to… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:58 AM on August 14, 2014
It is so depressing that probably the biggest reason that Obama can't say too much about Ferguson is that he's black. This is just what I mean about damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't framing on protests. We actually live in a country where we expect the very people whose race subjects them to all kinds of social and literal violence to pretend that no, it's just some kind of abstract problem in civics, like whether we should hand out "I Voted" stickers or not.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:59 AM on August 14, 2014
Oh, sure, of course Mike Brown was a robbery suspect, and no one said anything about it until the day they identify the cop who shot him. No one happened to mention it even when smearing the kid's name would have been an important part of their media strategy. Yes, I believe that, all right. Especially since the Ferguson PD has displayed so much good judgment and probity, so I know they'd never scramble around to fake something like this.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:50 AM on August 15, 2014
I have had trouble believing cops ever since I was at my first protest-with-arrests and I saw a cop "disappear" someone's ID and then lie and say she hadn't given it to him, as far as I could tell because he was pissed that she was one of the organizers and giving him lip. (Being arrested without ID meant that you'd have a much longer processing time, likely be held overnight.) I was arrested accidentally (I mean, I hadn't planned it and wasn't part of the usual crowd - people were… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:25 AM on August 15, 2014

Nobody says "Menzoberranzan" like Ice-T
Oh my god, I remember those books. I loved The Crystal Shard when I was, like, eleven or so. Drizzt's life - so tragic! So moving! I think I outgrew them before Drizzt became, apparently, a cottage industry, but how well I remember that first book. The dream of my pre-teen years was to grow up to write for TSR.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:22 AM on August 15, 2014

What Can a White Man Say About a Black Woman’s Hair?
I think the "consider the context" part is especially good. I might even expand it, based on my own interrogation of my compliment-motives, to "would you compliment a white person on their hair in this setting". Like, there are lots of times when I see a fellow white person who is a stranger to me, and I wouldn't compliment their hair no matter how nice it was because the moment is wrong or the mood is wrong. I get the sense that sometimes there are so many motives [for… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:25 AM on August 14, 2014
What would you do?

I would consider my relationship to the student. Do you feel comfortable talking to her about her appearance? Do you have a structure in place - either formal or informal - to mentor her? Do you regularly mentor her about stuff that's not how she looks, or would this just be dropping in to talk about her hair?

I would consider whether I had a history of talking about appearance with student workers - if… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:12 AM on August 14, 2014

Controlling the genetics of wild populations, a next step in GM research
Actually, there's a couple of paragraphs in that article which suggest that without any mosquitoes there are plants and animals which might be in trouble (pollination issues for the plants) but humans don't eat those plants, so whatevs, basically.

But I assume that eradicating the malaria mosquito isn't the same as eradicating every kind of mosquito, right?

I'm made much less anxious about getting rid of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:40 AM on August 14, 2014
That was an excellent novel, the mosquito people were creepy, gross and tragic, and I resent that comment very much.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:45 AM on August 14, 2014
In the US, we managed our mosquito problems by outright destroying, through drainage efforts, about half of the wetlands in the continental US.

That is an excellent point.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:50 AM on August 14, 2014

Flat and happy
My goodness, some of those Grensons are loud. Admittedly, we're entering a louder/mod-er phase in men's clothes (I thought of this, actually, when considering the 2012 Xmen movie versus the 2014 one - the 2012 one came out at the start of a preppier cardigan-er moment, but the 2014 one clearly presages yet another visit to the seventies) and admittedly, Grenson is definitely the loudest of the large traddy British makers, but even so.

I surmise that people wearing… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:08 AM on August 13, 2014
but this trip to the well is all the artsy European crazy-pattern 70s! All the crazy thrift store sport jackets will be fashionable again!

I dunno, I experienced the nineties' long seventies firsthand, and I feel like we've pretty much worked through all of it. This time around there's a touch of nineties-version-of-the-seventies, but the seventies (like the fifties) seems to me the most-mined fashion decade. (Maybe because both were times of rapid… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:29 AM on August 13, 2014
Alden's in-house recrafting service is different from what your usual cobbler will do. Your usual cobbler will replace a layer of the sole by stripping off the worn part and gluing on a new layer of leather or rubber or just gluing on a new layer, depending on the composition of the shoe. This will run you anywhere from $20 - $60, depending on location, cobbler, etc. Soles have layers - there's the part that is actually sewn onto the shoe and then additional parts glued or sewn on to… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:08 PM on August 13, 2014
Wolverine 1000 mile boots are made in the US (I believe by Allen Edmonds, actually) and come in women's sizes. Wolverine is doing this very fucking dodgy thing where only some of the 1000-mile boots and shoes are US-made, so unless they specify that the particular model is US-made, it's not. So the boots are, the shoes aren't.

Ped Shoes stocks some wonderful women's shoes from Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal and the US - they're very reliable in terms of shipping and… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 3:56 PM on August 13, 2014

Tamale Recipes, Sweet and Savory
It's a good thing that I don't have three wishes, because otherwise I'd wish I had some tamales right now and either the goblins would come and take me away or I'd start some horrible monkey's paw cascade of awful, because I really wish I had some tamales right now.

Although maybe the goblins have tamales.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:14 AM on August 12, 2014
Happily, not three blocks from my house are not one, not two but three places where I can procure tamales if I so desire. Perhaps tonight will be tamale night.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:28 PM on August 12, 2014

Like Ouroboros
So okay, I don't Facebook and have never really looked at it - but I always thought that the point of Facebook was to keep up with friends and get invited to things, at least that's the way people explain it to me. But this guy is describing it as...more of a replacement for interacting with the regular internet? So he's just getting, like, a Facebook curated selection of news and commercial content instead of visiting news websites or reading blogs or something? Is that how it works now?
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:06 PM on August 11, 2014

Beyond menswear and womenswear
I assume that the actual woman tailor in the doc is interested in making gender-neutral clothes that do fit bodies with large breasts and hips - that's what her quotes sounded like. But it's certainly true that the ideal gender-neutral body is white/thin/young and sort of transgressively sexualized, like, sexy in a "cutting edge" way, not just an ordinary body that is gender neutral.

There already exist many ways to wear… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:38 PM on August 11, 2014
In fact, actually, I think the current media focus on "gender neutral" clothing isn't really about "gender neutral" clothes at all - it's about recuperating non-cis/gender-non-conforming bodies into a fucked up discourse about sexuality and sexual availability. There are lots of ways to be gender non-conforming, but if Chad and Madison don't find you sexy, then you're doing something wrong.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:40 PM on August 11, 2014
I mean, I think there's all kinds of stuff to parse out here:

1. Fad - we're having kind of a nineties moment, and it's the nineties moment of that Calvin Klein gender-neutral perfume and bowl haircuts, plus "androgyny" becomes fashionable every so often, and the fashion system needs novelty. The fashion system always claims that there has been some kind of permanent significant change underpinning whatever is currently fashionable.

2.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:33 PM on August 11, 2014

Fair Feast.
The whole point of the fair is that you go to the fair and do fair things. What, next you're going to complain that the butter sculpture is a waste of time because it's not a Donatello bronze? That you could be doing pilates instead of riding the ferris wheel? That you'd be better off settling down with some Lacan instead of visiting the university extension pavilion to look at the fruit varietals?

One goes to the fair and rides… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:39 PM on August 10, 2014

duunnn dunnn... duuuunnnn duun...
I am choosing to believe that this is a shark with significant privacy concerns and that this is the shark equivalent of punching someone when they break out google glass.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:03 PM on August 8, 2014

Catalogs of the Old Republic
I think the BR transition happened in the 1990s, late 1990s maybe... When they realized that people wanted the gap for work.

No, there was BR in more or less its contemporary form in 1992, and it wasn't new then. I remember because I spent part of my Christmas money on a very nice, simple black crepe skirt.

What I've noticed is that BR has become more mid-market in its aesthetics - the stuff I got there (on clearance) when… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:19 AM on August 8, 2014
On a related note, what I really remember from the early/mid-nineties was all the post-Cold War gear flooding the military surplus and caters-to-college-kids-with-vintage-and-secondhand type stores. Tons and tons of heavy wool coats from Eastern Europe, tons of combat boots, all these military bags. Because I was young and had never even been in a military surplus shop before, I thought that was just the way of the world, and was devastated, some years on, to realize that the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:23 PM on August 8, 2014

"Offender-funded" Justice
This is exactly what you'd expect. Exactly. The minute - the fucking minute - that there's any movement against throwing people in jail, these assholes move right on to "how can we keep making our money". It's like moving a factory the minute there's a union - it's just the powerful using their power to keep on screwing the weak, no matter what the weak do.

And it's obviously pulling more people into… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:02 AM on August 8, 2014
Or like the Detroit Water Project.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:03 AM on August 8, 2014

A Thing That Exists
I think it's worth reading the "Foucault's Freedom" interview. The book discussed therein - Foucault, Politics and Violence - sounds like it would be of interest to many mefites. Also, I find her argument about state violence as governmentality really intriguing. This sounds like a slight oversimplification of her thesis:

Practices of state violence are not just instruments for upholding sovereignty and for enforcing the law. They have increasingly… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:18 AM on August 5, 2014

Poking the Jazz Hive
I dunno, "black artist really isn't an intellectual, is naive 'natural' performer who doesn't understand the value or meaning of his own work" isn't exactly a new or particularly funny narrative. I love Sonny Rollins and I get that this is amusing precisely because he's so amazingly accomplished and brilliant, but I think the toxic history of this kind of writing about artists of color is such that it would have been better not to.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:37 AM on August 5, 2014

The New Face of Hunger
What if we had a conversation about this stuff that didn't strive to pin a social problem on a particular generation? Especially because it so quickly becomes ridiculous - there are so many "large post-WWII baby cohort" people that there are large groups of any of them who hold any given position. There are lots of Boomer leftists. There are lots of Boomer yuppies. There are lots of queer Boomers. Trying to say "yes, this is all the fault… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:56 AM on July 30, 2014
However, people whose moral compass was formed during that particular time period have a very very very different view of humanity, the economy, and the social contract than the rest of us.

That brief period of time undid generations of learning that began with the end of the age of monarchies, namely, that kleptocracy is a bad idea.

Oh yeah? I'll see you and raise you Allen Berube, Karen Clark, Valerie Miner, Samuel Delany,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:59 AM on August 4, 2014

terrible consequences . . . the execution of an innocent man
When you think about it there's this whole machine of ruin around this case - someone decides they can lean on an already-immiserated rape-victim petty criminal to get him to inform, which then destroys him; apparently various prison personnel knew this was all bullshit but had to go along with it; and then there's that slug Pearce, intervening with his money and his time just because it seems like an interesting way to fill an empty, wealthy life.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:26 AM on August 4, 2014

"Two girls can often do what one on her own cannot."
That is an extraordinary story. I wish it were possible to know more about the woman they rescued who the Granta writer interviewed in her old age.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:36 AM on August 1, 2014

Everything is upside down.
Okay, the American ruling class chooses option B. Now what?

The American ruling class will undoubtedly choose option B, because it is cheaper and much, much more psychically satisfying to hire a bunch of heavily armed cops and private security, disinvest from the public sector such that more people become more miserable and die sooner and then sit around in their ultra-luxurious communities congratulating themselves on being special and reassuring… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:49 AM on August 1, 2014

R.I.P. Harun Farocki
Critics first took notice of Farocki with Inextinguishable Fire (1969), an agit-prop film pamphlet concerning the West’s involvement in Vietnam and the vicious effects of napalm. Rough around the edges, the film opens with the director himself, sitting at a table in a bare room, all alone, reading the testimony of a napalm victim. There are no images to shock the audience. “If we show you an image of napalm injuries, you will close your eyes. First you will close your eyes to the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:08 PM on July 31, 2014

Bush-era wimp heroes
Wait, we liked 'Garden State' in 2004?

I enjoy this kind of article, so thanks for posting - I'm just amused by how contemporary history figures the "we" of only a few years ago.

(Just like this month's New Inquiry is horribly, horribly focuses for reasons that escape me on Lana del Rey and how she's like all deep and transgressive, and there's no mention of her getting repeatedly and publicly… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 4:53 AM on July 31, 2014
On further reflection, the linked article would just be a lot stronger if it could be framed as "in 2004 I experienced this movie as [things]; this was my response to the state of the world. Now I notice that people thing [things] about this movie, and I reflect on what the movie seems to have come to symbolize in [some] parts of popular culture". I can absolutely believe that the writer felt that Garden State was a sort of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:27 AM on July 31, 2014

No stakes, not relatable. I think I'm realizing: Shakespeare sucks.
But I think what this is getting at is a lot of people would say "of course Shakespeare does not suck" without actually having any kind of developed reasoning or experience about why they feel that Shakespeare does not suck. [for this purpose, let's leave out "Shakespeare was influential on other writers" - mere influence does not necessarily equate with "does not suck".]

I mean,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:58 AM on July 30, 2014
In this situation, isn't that sufficient, though? His work has stood for centuries and is still enjoyed around the world. Surely there must be something there that speaks to people and causes them to continue to have a genuine response to his plays or else they would have fallen by the wayside long ago like so many others.

I don't know, though. I think the question is about "how people think about and talk about writing" rather than… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:15 PM on July 30, 2014

Feminism, stereotypes, and Nicki Minaj's album cover (NSFW)
She already has one of the biggest selling singles of all time, a song that surely was mainly purchased by pre-teens (did anyone here purchase 'Starships'?

I actually did, but I needed it as part of a playlist for something. I thought it was cute.

I would personally like to live in a world where "display your body in a submissive and feminine way to sell records while engaging in lots of body maintenance/body… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:56 AM on July 30, 2014

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