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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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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Holy crap, you do not want to be in a "serious" relationship at twenty (absent some very unusual circumstances). I know exactly one couple who were together at twenty who went on to have a healthy relationship and children, and they... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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

Since when has dressing modestly prevented street harassment? I noticed a sharp drop-off in street harassment when I stopped wearing dresses, skirts and heels - quite seriously, I got hassled on the regular when I was wearing perfectly... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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

It was definitely a space where I wanted to be an ally without being an intruder, which is a feeling I have a lot, and one that probably prevents me from being a good/visible ally sometimes. Not sure I have a point to the story. I hope there are... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Like, I mean that I don't think it's possible to be a Well-Meaning White Person and not be kind of a millstone sometimes. I think we need to do our best to be the most useful and the least nuisance that is possible. But I also realized that the... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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


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

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

Rubber bullets, per Twitter. If you've never encountered them - they're not soft, they're hard enough to go into the body. [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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

If you really haven't looked at another woman since you got married, you've probably forgotten - on some level - how an infatuation feels and works. You absolutely can be utterly infatuated with someone....and then the infatuation ends. This... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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

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

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

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

I'm surprised no one has yet recommended Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth - it's the story of how she worked to nurse at the front, her experiences there and her resulting anti-war sentiments. It's pretty grueling, actually, but well worth the... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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

Flavorless gruel, all the way! Actually, I have been hoping that someone will ask this question, because I have been making a particularly delicious side dish lately - sweet potato hash. It's not really hash browns because sweet potatoes... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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

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

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

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

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]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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

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

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

Late twenties is awfully late for this behavior to be just based in misunderstanding and awkwardness - if the kid were 18, that would be another thing, maybe. I think that life is too short to deal with kinda-sorta friendships that make you... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

It might be worth looking into just how much resale value the ring actually has, too - many engagement rings, however expensive they are up front, don't actually hold nearly as much value as you'd think. He may feel differently about the ring if you... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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

But I don't want to give in to their demands. They are kids. Little kids. They're not making "demands". Your goal isn't to "win". You're not negotiating with terrorists. You're playing a very long game... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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

Also, sometimes you just get sick of what you can afford. Things are (hopefully temporarily) quite tight at home, and every once in a while I just snap and get something that's off-budget because I'm really tired of the stuff I eat day in and... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I have a union job at a place that was unionized less than ten years before I was hired. So there's lots of living memory about how things were before. The main thing - and I remember this from when I was working temp jobs - is that before, they... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago


Also, about anger: 1. "Anger" varies from milieu to milieu. In some places, what gets labeled as "anger" is saying "well, it might be possible that your experience as a white person means that you don't quite recognize... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

More toxic than AVFM or Mens Right's Edmonton? More toxic than FreeRepublic? The thing that gets missed with this kind of logic ("oh, you're saying that [radical community] is as bad as [far right assholes] when that's obviously not... [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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

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

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

It seems like the envy and anxiety are the problems here, and the sleep issue is just a proxy. (Because honestly, this is a very unusual worry.) Are you ill-at-ease in your current job in some way? Are you able to see friends? Are you able... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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

Help me be peppy!
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