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I think that if you're mostly talking about being around Evergreen, there's a lot more latitude about how you dress in any case. I'm also not entirely comfortable with the "no one must wear anything that reveals [body part] because it might... [more]
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Dude, yes you can wear a skirt. I think there's an argument about capitalism which might run like "as cis men become more and more able to wear/use previously 'female' items such as skirts and make-up, they take on all the... [more]
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So far, I feel like we're talking like "kids" is "boys". (And of course, the linked piece is about a son.) I surmise that it's going to be a lot more likely that girls will be looking at really standard, male-centric... [more]
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But the thing about CeCe McDonald is that it is possible to say "here is a nice college girl who was in the process of triumphing over adversity when she got jumped by a bunch of white trash racist nazi-sympathizers", and even the TERFs and... [more]
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(And one more quick comment - when I was a mere slip of a queer person, I found femme bisexual women really irritating and blamed it on their femme bisexuality when what I should have been objecting to was the culture which valued femme women and... [more]
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Also, it occurs to me that "there are three hundred people including the elderly and children being held at gunpoint in a mass arrest scenario with very little water in the heat AND it is going to take two days to get everyone processed and... [more]
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I thought about this a lot more on my way to work and decided to make another comment. 1. Before you do anything think very carefully about what you want the outcome to be versus what's likely to happen. At best, you're going to shame the... [more]
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That film with the police marching with guns drawn - frankly that scares the hell out of me. I just...that is just so non-standard for police repression in this country in the last twenty years. The rest of it is an intensification of stuff... [more]
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There's a public health aspect to this - the more cramped the seating, the more difficult it is for passengers to move enough to prevent blood clots, which are a risk of sitting or lying in a very cramped position for extended periods. To me, this... [more]
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This....does not sound like a great idea. You sound like you don't especially want to be friends with him, for one thing. You also sound like you're lonely enough that you might possibly get pulled into something with this guy out of inertia.... [more]
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I suspect that a clean break will be easier for you. There is a small chance, I think, that if you do a slow fade with E, he will respect that and be sad but not a jerk, but IMO, when someone has been dropping a lot of hints, writing stories,... [more]
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But all these world heritage sites - it wouldn't mean anything if the global economy wasn't changing. If the economy itself wasn't becoming more and more dependent on financialization, more and more unequal and more and more... [more]
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Er, I mean, we read that fiction from 9th grade to graduation. The characters were un-self-aware all their lives. [more]
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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... [more]
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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... [more]
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What other community spaces are there locally? Do you reach out to them? If this were me, I'd be dropping in for the collective meeting/operating meeting/some kind of large routine event at your local [related organizations] - niche bookstores,... [more]
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Okay, I've been thinking about this - they were firing live ammo last night, but at what? Why? There's nothing documented about anyone shooting at them, despite various rumors, and certainly no sign that there was any significant gunfire... [more]
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During the G20 in Toronto, a very, very few people smashing windows and setting a cop car on fire provoked an enormous police overreaction and how many people arrested, again? Without charges? No, "was used as a pretext for". And... [more]
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(To my mind, there is at least a 50% possibility that the white "anarchists" are not actually anarchists - I think it's fairly possible that they're undercovers, since there are plenty of records of this kind of thing happening at protests... [more]
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It will be really hard to leave this alone. But do it! A secret I only learned in, like, my mid-thirties: almost all interpersonal drama [that is not the result of grossly immoral behavior such as sexual assault] will dissipate in a month... [more]
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If you haven't been watching the Twitters - someone whose tumblr I look at (she's a great comics artist and zine writer) linked to this round-upy thing here. Some of this feels so familiar, because it's just the same stuff they do at hippie... [more]
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Here in Minneapolis, a fleet of 7 enormous black helicopters is buzzing downtown buildings a few hundred feet from the ground from dusk until past midnight. I was directly under one last night, it was terrifying. The police say it is a DoD... [more]
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I think a lot depends on how many people want to go dancing sober. In a large city, with the right planning, it might work. For a while I was helping organize a series of benefit events which were de facto sober until about 11pm, because the... [more]
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The thing is, all of these lean on the idea that "we" have intellectual opinions about Serious Literature, while they - for some value of "they" - are just lazy and ignorant. I mean, obviously, some of them are... [more]
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Weirdly, this reminds me of my thoughts yesterday about the "I smack my partner lightly when he tells a racist joke" askme. [Naturally, I have no knowledge of the actual experience of that poster.] I was thinking about how women are... [more]
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I just also fucking wish that all this media coverage with the warzone pictures could somehow be a little more about how people, real people, are actually living in the middle of that. It's not a movie.... [more]
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"I genuinely do not understand this. We have a left-leaning president, perhaps the most left-leaning president we've ever had." I feel like you're conflating a kind of representation with actual policy - which, honestly, in the US... [more]
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I also wonder how many of these were from classes where students were required to write and post reviews. And honestly, the one where the writer was all "just once I would like a cheerful book in English class" - my god, it was nonstop... [more]
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(At our house it has always been "psycho-kitten, qu'est-ce que c'est/meow meow meow meow, meow meow meow meooooww meow") [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Do you know anyone who can help them? Ie, could you organize a brigade to come and get things back to non-filth again? I know that everyone says that hoarding is this terrible pathological disorder, no one recovers without intense therapy,... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I don't know - one bedroom plus cookware for one plus miscellany sounds totally packable in a day to me unless you have large collections of comics, crafting supplies, etc. How many boxes of books will you have? Those take longer to pack and longer... [more]
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No matter how serious he was at the time - and certainly, I was very seriously and unrequitedly in love with someone in college - it's been years. From your other questions, you are of an age to be married and have kids, so you're at least... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

We do this around my house all the time. Although not always always nouns. For instance, the Pogues' "Transmetropolitan" becomes much funnier and more cheerful when it goes "At the time I was working for a kitten/ And he was... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Obviously I'm not sure what happened, and I hate to cast aspersions on anyone, but the same people tweeting about the church raid were also accused of misrepresenting/falsifying events the other night (Monday, iirc). In these situations,... [more]
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Mass arrests also require somewhere to put people, and someone to watch the people, and someone to process the people, and if the cops don't have the equipment and space to do that, then they have several hundred angry, frightened folks just... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I think Frowner is probably right re those guys in the van being cops, but I would caution against assuming burly 30-40 year olds doing militant protest are necessarily cops. My experience has been that a lot of veterans back from Iraq and... [more]
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I bring it up with the partner, who tends to be slothful. "Partner," I say, "How can we handle this?" Sometimes it's things where realistically I have to nag - partner needs to call the doctor, take meds, finish a project that... [more]
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I still know virtually all the words to virtually all these. This was one of the albums that - and I don't even like it, or Lou Reed except the Velvets, because everyone likes the Velvets - made me who I am today. In my early teens, it made... [more]
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I think it is SO SO important to point out that WHITE PEOPLE STEAL AND DO NOT GET SHOT. I know tons and tons of white kids who have stolen stuff, and sometimes they've been a bit stroppy with it. I know people who went through a "I... [more]
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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... [more]
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I think there's a little bit of failure of empathy in second guessing Dorian Johnson. The poor kid just saw his friend get shot to death right in front of him. I was in a weird state for a day after seeing someone I really didn't like that much get... [more]
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If you lived in Minneapolis I would buy your furnishings. [more]
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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... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I too would start by talking to the instructor, because this a terrible exercise unless the course is focused around building a high degree of trust and intimacy among a small group of participants, and even then it's very tricky. (I've done... [more]
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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... [more]
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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... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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... [more]
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I wanted to play the piano when I was four. So my parents got me piano lessons. I wanted to quit piano when I was four and a half. (And five and six and etc etc.) They made me take piano lessons until I was in 6th grade. A caution: I... [more]
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I was just casting my mind back over some violence that happened here in Minneapolis about ten years ago: rioters destroyed a TV news car, set trash bins on fire, and there was some liquor store looting. Twenty-one people were... [more]
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