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Also, of course, the Shenyang News thinks this is a weird enough story to report on it and quotes a bunch of people expressing their skepticism. This sounds like one of those "a parent, who is Chinese, does something extreme and other… [more]
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Hey, did you know that I just taught a community ed class about Samuel Delany? I mean, it was sort of a "lab class" for me and I learned a lot about both Delany's work and the best ways to approach it. However! There's a lot of ways… [more]
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(There is a fascist aesthetic - this isn't even controversial. Mussolini and the Italian futurists went to some trouble to detail one and to outline their ideas about modernity, the future and the state (for which one can sub global… [more]
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Comments made upthread demonstrate the same derisive attitudes that were aimed towards me and my coworkers in the store every day, and calling the store fascist can be construed to mean that its contents and its employees are fascist, too. I… [more]
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I was actually just in an Apple store since I bought one of those buggy 2013 Macbook Airs. It was a horrible, repulsive, fascist environment, but it wasn't just full of kids and old people - the age mix was really wide. I found the chipper… [more]
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I literally remember the ’90s. Me too, man, me too. Freaky-deaky. [more]
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You can show them by being your new self. In general, people are eager to forget/pass over "weird behavior" - most of the people from your past will be happy to narrate this as "When I first knew her, she was kind of awkward and did… [more]
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Here is a food that I recently found out about: chickpea flour! You can get it in bulk at an Indian grocery store or a pan-South-Asian market or maybe a co-op, but you can also get a smaller bag of Bob's Red Mill chickpea flour to try first. You… [more]
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That said, even if Apple did incorporate specifically Fascist imagery or design elements into their stores, it wouldn't make them Fascist, necessarily, just, as you said, gross. I think it really depends on what you consider fascism to… [more]
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In my short time there I was elbow to elbow with women of every age, race and religion. Our differences were myriad, but what we had in common was obvious — prison khakis, steel-toed shoes and an eight-digit inmate registration number. What was… [more]
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Also, this MOOA business - won't that render the university even more undemocratic? At least at the moment, I can trot on down to the president's office with my union buddies to deliver a petition, or I can attend an important committee… [more]
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One thing you might do to dissuade them in the future, "You know Mom and Dad, it's so lovely, but as you know, I'm just not a jewelry person. I'm putting it away for Tabitha and she can wear it when she gets older." This is… [more]
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Have you seen the show? This isn't really what it's like at all. I have, actually - I mean, just a couple of episodes. It's a pretty good show. But it's from a reform angle, and it's intended as an argument for better prisons and a… [more]
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(Also, people, the Italian state was the paradigm of aetheticized fascism!! The futurists! Marinetti! The Nazis certainly had an aesthetic and an engagement with modernism, but it was Mussolini who sprang to mind while I waited for the Genius… [more]
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We should do lunch. I know this great place with surly waiters. I know that no one believes this in America, but it is possible for both customer and client to behave with courtesy toward each other - it's possible to be a polite diner… [more]
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Far as I can tell, she was only known for her actions as "Bradley" because we live in a transphobic society where she could not transition to "Chelsea" before/during those actions. Surely this could be resolved with some kind… [more]
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A Stranger In Olondria Stories by Nalo Hopkinson Anything by Aliette De Bodard. There are some short stories on her blog. I like On A Red Station, Drifting. You might find that interesting as it is a reflection on the actual Chinese… [more]
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(Hakim Bey is that special kind of "anarchist" who doesn't give a fuck about anything but ensuring that nobody is ever allowed to tell him what to do. Specifically, in Bey's case, he's into "anarchism" because the authorities… [more]
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And yet there are so many other ways to provide safe spaces for poor kids. But before I want to get into that, I want to say that this is just the same old ass backwards American problem-solving in action: We don't have a social safety net, so… [more]
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I mean, I can complain about Occupy, if that would help. Also, this whole business of "lol wut there are no intentional aesthetics in late capitalism especially not the kind where a highly theorized college educated person would draw… [more]
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Here's the deal, IMO, on asking a guy to defend you: If there's no other option, you do what you need to do to keep yourself safe. If you're dealing with someone (creepy asshole on the street, for example) who will only back off if a dude… [more]
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I always think of it as situational, based on power relations and "family". Obviously, power relations are complicated and so an accurate interpretation is always a moving target. In general, white folks have structural racial… [more]
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You chose those glasses for a reason. You chose that outfit for a reason. Was that reason anything other than "this is the only option/class of options I can afford"? For much of my youth, that was it. We bought what we could afford,… [more]
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I wear thick plastic frames because I like having trendy glasses. There, I said it. I like having trendy glasses. I even switched from square ones to round ones because the square/fifties ones were getting played out. (I mean, I switched when I… [more]
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While I agree with you, it is not the teacher's fault that this family had 16 children. Leaving aside questions of why people have a certain number of children (sixteen wasn't mentioned, right?) which is a very complex question and… [more]
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Sperm whales are hardly "gentle, hippie giants of the sea." We are talking about the world's largest predator, an animal with teeth the size of your hand that dives thousands of feet into the inky depths to do battle with giant squid,… [more]
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Coco Chanel, ideologically loathesome though she was, lived a simply incredible life - she rose from poverty and abandonment (in an abusive religious institution!) through being basically a courtesan (ie, she was a mistress but she was the kind who… [more]
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I spent hours at the library in my youth too, but the librarians weren't babysitting me - I was reading, or looking at library stuff. In general, because we had an adequately staffed and funded library, we had a level of okay behavior. I am not… [more]
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It can take a really long time to figure out this whole sexuality thing. In fact, people who are completely straight often don't "figure it out" very fast either; their sexuality just matches the default assumption, so it appears that they… [more]
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A thought: if I wrote such a note, it would be in part because I found it embarrassing to hear other people having sex and because I thought they too might be embarrassed if they knew I could hear. Perhaps the only thing she's hearing is a little… [more]
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I guess what I'd say is that parents - in China and elsewhere - sometimes try strategies to help their kids that are not actually that great. My father, who is of German and English descent, said a couple of things to me as a kid that really fucked… [more]
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Oh wow cool! Thanks for posting this, although my Delany-sense tells me that I should not watch it at work. [more]
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I think that working people should have high expectations. Why the hell not? What, we should all just say okay, the 1% captured 68% of all gains between 1990 and the present, but I am happy in my career of mindless and underpaid… [more]
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I'm generally fine with this unless your beliefs are abhorrent. I once had an "Intercessor for God" (that's what he called himself) tell me the reason my mother was dying of cancer was because she was relying on chemo instead of faith… [more]
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I actually teach some community ed science fiction classes. They're relatively specialized and for adults, but here are some things I do: 1. Discussion questions: "What makes a book science fiction? Is it more than just technology and… [more]
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Honestly, looking for a "settlement" after nothing terrible or inconveniencing happened seems pretty grabby to me. Also, I know some homeless people, so I'm not nearly as much on the "ooooh, a homeless person was living here, we… [more]
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I don't know about this - it sure seems like a great narrative if you want women not to develop any sexual subjectivity. "Oh, love isn't instant! It comes through work! It's expressed through work! It's not about 'emotional fire' (or… [more]
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To continue: the landlord is a slumlord. He's expecting his tenants to be so desperate and so socially vulnerable that they will put up with his antics. That means he will be perpetually trying to screw you over. Now, if the place is cheap… [more]
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The actual work sounds kind of cool. Landlord sounds hella sketch. I would not rent from a landlord who was screwing over the lady on the first floor and keeping the place in such bad repair. Can you all go in together on another place?… [more]
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I agree completely with this, but I also think the article plays into the same misogyny that creates this issue in the first place. Insisting on being categorized as a whore rather than a Madonna still validates a worthless dichotomy. The way the… [more]
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I know there are some science-y types who will probably read this, so: I did read the linked article, but could someone explain "four dimensional star" to me in simple language suitable for the childlike? I have just barely… [more]
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If it's okay in cereal, it's okay in smoothies. Use it to make a vegan bechamel; use it as a substitute for milk in any baked good. If you bake with other dairy such as eggs and butter, you probably won't even notice the difference, although… [more]
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I have always remembered them because I read an anecdote in a zine once about how someone thought their leader's name was "Babavakian" - like Joe Babavakian or something - and that he was from the USSR or the Eastern Bloc somewhere… [more]
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One thing - who has the most financial resources here? Is Ernie able to afford his own place? If he's not, kicking him out (of a house he maintains!!) is pretty cruel, especially if your little group of neurotypical friends could find their own… [more]
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The thing is, we don't know what's going on with Piano Teacher. He was amenable to hanging out with you in some social capacity a while ago, that's all we know. Don't say "I have a crush on you" - that only works in a certain type of… [more]
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Sorry, but this is bullshit. There is always conflict, but in my entire adult life I have never experienced the kind of torture I endured as a child. I have never been spit on by other adults, I have never been told that I'm ugly and a worthless… [more]
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Surely it would be fruitful to consider how "internal markets" and privatization have worked for the NHS. Oh, this should go about as well as the Chicago parking meters being privatized. A one time influx of cash goes away pretty… [more]
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