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How do they expect people to live if they own a house in those places? What about old people? What about people who can't possibly sell? What will they do? (Has anyone ever read The Book of the New Sun, by Gene Wolfe? There are several... [more]
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It's interesting too just how many physical cues there are. It's not just "tits/no-tits" or "beard/no-beard." It's really subtle stuff like the distribution of fat on a person's face and neck, or the structure of their jaw and... [more]
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But bell hooks didn't teach me to close my tags!!!! [more]
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I read in an interview that he felt revolution changed a society, changed language and changed thought so utterly that you couldn't write it unless you had been through it. And, in books like Iron Council, he wanted to avoid falling into the... [more]
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Okay, that is absolutely beautiful. I have some non-simple and non-snark thoughts, though: So this is a white UK musician re-releasing for free the work of the work of South African musicians who've pretty much sunk into obscurity. This work... [more]
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Living in the era of 'friends with benefits' and finding yourself locked into the role of friend without benefits is bound to be even more galling than usual. Anyone who finds it galling way over and beyond the call of friendship gets not a drop... [more]
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You really think backroom dealing by well-placed public schoolers and other Torries is more rampant in the UK now as opposed to, say, 100 years ago? The thing is, backroom dealing by the Tories is more rampant than it was between, say, 1920... [more]
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I think it's super interesting that the enlightened souls on metafilter are so quick to call a guy racist that's reporting on his experiences in rural China where he's a *victim* of racism..one of four or five westerners in a city of four or five... [more]
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Returning to this at 5am, I have a fresh perspective - and it's sheer amazement that adults in the allegedly free world are discussing forced doping of a woman athlete because she is a good runner. I also wonder whether this would have... [more]
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I don;t think there is anything inherently wrong with making sex jokes or even asking a woman to expose herself as long as it is going on between two consenting adults. The problem starts when one consenting adult has no fucking clue what other... [more]
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She also signed a photo for an African-American fan "Black is the new black. Love you [n*****]". She uses that particular epithet in her act despite having been asked to stop by various queer folks of color. She's said some incredibly... [more]
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(I mean, I've been pepper-sprayed several times...I've also seen a cop walk straight up to a legal observer who was standing on the sidewalk and wearing one of those naff legal observer hats and then pepper spray him straight in the eyes.... [more]
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Also, look, I don't want to judge other people's sexual arrangements from a political tactics point of view - that way lies madness. I don't want to think " I have to disbelieve or condemn this dude because what he says will be used against... [more]
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It is so weird that this story has traction. I'm glad, of course, but I've been in a ridiculous number of situations where peaceful protesters were beaten and pepper-sprayed and so on with absolutely no repercussions to the police and... [more]
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I hope that Trayvon Martin's death is the thing that finally brings racist abuse into "official" "public" speech. Before the Catholic Church abuse scandal broke, everyone I knew was aware that many priests abused children and... [more]
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And I add that when majority-white unions are complicit in racism, we are totally screwing ourselves over. White people don't need Louis CK's [kind of rape-y and homophobic] ideas about what "they" will do to "us" in revenge;... [more]
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To go further: having a reasonable population of teachers of color, working class teachers and immigrant teachers would have helped in these situations: 1. Dealing with immigrant kids who were refugees - family needs, cultural issues, potential... [more]
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"See, what we need is a couple of really big, scary, near-invincible flying narcotic cyborg wildebeest. Then the whole city will come together - black, white, man, woman, sentient orchids, severed demon ninja feet, badger paralegals - against... [more]
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And I add, Serious Living Under Capitalism changes you - you get emotionally involved with your work in middle management at Dreary Industries, Life Insurance Division, and you find yourself yelling at subordinates because their body piercings go... [more]
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Dude. You can't have austerity without authoritarianism, because you have to police your people to keep them from striking, protesting and rioting, and you have to provide some kind of torchlight parades to keep them (or at least the military and... [more]
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