While national media coverage of state politics has focused on hot-button topics like gun control
and gay rights,
a storm has been quietly brewing in Raleigh, NC, where the NAACP
has organized protests calling attention to the regressive agenda
of the Republican governor and NC General Assembly. Known as "Moral Mondays,"
these protests have resulted in nearly 160 arrests
-- and they're getting bigger
each week. With the GA taking a break for Memorial Day, the next showdown is set for June 3.
posted by Shoggoth
on May 23, 2013 -
"They come in and, they may bring their instruments in, lay it in the back room, come out and eat some peanuts, talk with us, get some coffee, trade knives, tell a few jokes, settle the world's problems, and eventually, play music if and when they want to."
The Barber Shop, Drexel NC
posted by timsteil
on Apr 11, 2013 -
The first thing we learned about war re-enactment is that it's fucking terrifying having guns fired at you, even ones loaded with blanks. The second thing we learned is a common re-enactor's dilemma called "The G.I. Effect", which is basically that people playing Americans don't like to die. So sometimes they just don't.It's Like Vietnam All Over Again, pt 1
. Part 2
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey
on Jan 4, 2013 -
You may have seen Replacements, Ltd.'s
print ads in the back of PARADE magazine (of Howard Huge
fame). Replacements, both a seller and a resource
for china and glassware owners, was one of the few North Carolina businesses to publicly take a stand
[NYT] against the state's vote to ban gay marriage.
As an employer, Replacements is one of only nine companies in the country to receive a perfect score
for ten years straight in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. But the company is also known for another surprisingly liberal policy: encouraging its 450 employees to bring their pets to work amidst millions of pieces of china and glassware. How many? A whole lot. [more inside]
posted by Madamina
on May 29, 2012 -
Driving through Time
features roughly 2700 photographs and 76 interactive maps of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The website allows students, researchers, and digital tourists to uncover hidden stories, hear forgotten voices, and understand the often wrenching choices that the construction and preservation of a scenic parkway in a populated region have necessarily entailed. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Jan 22, 2012 -
A Terrible Legacy
More than 60,000 Americans were sterilised, many against their will, as part of a eugenics movement that finished in 1979, aimed at keeping the poor and mentally ill from having children. Now, decades on, one state is considering compensation.
posted by modernnomad
on Jun 14, 2011 -
Sleazefest: The Movie
] is a documentary of the first Sleazefest, a two day festival of bands, barbecue, b-movies and beer that took place in August of 1994 at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC. The festival was extended to three days and became an annual event for the next decade
. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue
on Sep 1, 2010 -
Its previous owner named it the Old Kentucky Home.
For Thomas Wolfe
, it was the home of his youth, a boarding house
run by his mother, Julia Wolfe. Now it's known as the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, located in
Altamont Asheville, North Carolina
, and its website offers fair overview of Wolfe, and even his legendary editor, Maxwell Perkins
. Wolfe, the author of Look Homeward, Angel
), Of Time and the River
), and You Can't Go Home Again
), among other works. Text file copies courtesy of Project Gutenberg Australia.
posted by Atreides
on Jun 19, 2009 -
The Carolina Photojournalism Workshop was founded in 2004. Each year a small group of UNC multimedia students travel to a different part of the state to produce a web documentary. 2008
: Cape Fear to Down Here, 2007
: Smoky Mountain Stories, 2006
: Stories from the Crystal Coast, 2005
: Highlands, NC, 2004
: Changing Wetlands Changing Ways.
posted by netbros
on May 8, 2009 -
Music in the Digital Library of Appalachia
provides an unprecedented resource for study of repertoire, technique, lore, and the musical interchanges among the region's traditional musicians. Once you know what you like, it's easy to find the music live with Blue Ridge Music Trails
. Meet musicians who have grown up with that music, visit settings in which Blue Ridge folk music thrives, see traditional dancing, and in many cases, take part in the festivities. The Crooked Road
, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, winds through the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Along the trail, the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Traditional Country music is as beautiful and rugged as the landscape itself. [previous 1, 2]
posted by netbros
on Mar 8, 2009 -
The New Road
. A photo essay by Rob Amberg on the building of I-26 through Madison County in the mountains of North Carolina. via
posted by 1f2frfbf
on Feb 3, 2009 -
The Saluda Grade
is the steepest standard-gauge mainline railway grade in the United States. Built by the Southern Railway, the Saluda Grade consists of a three-mile section of track that rises over 600 feet in elevation with a grade of 4.7% between the towns of Melrose and Saluda, North Carolina
. Take a virtual flyover
of the terrain with Google Earth, then ride along on the adjacent Hwy 176 in an Audi A3
. When you get to the top, don't miss Coon Dog Day
posted by netbros
on Apr 27, 2008 -
The Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State University
has a great collection of folk arts
. The strongest section is in ceramics
, with stupendous representation from the NC wood-fired, salt and alkaline glazed traditions. There's this 1868 Hartsoe Alkaline glazed jug
, this 19th cent. jug with kild-drip
, this Hancock Half-Gallon jug
, this Randolph Cty salt-glazed jug with ashy shoulder
, and then the moderns: Burlon Craig
, Vernon Owen
, Mark Hewitt
. There are also great photographs
, weird furniture
, outsider critters
, and more
. There isn't a good browse function, so you need some idea of what you want to search for.
posted by OmieWise
on Mar 15, 2007 -
Abu Gharib? Feh. The newest Dark Side: telemarketing abuse.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched a $2.1 million campaign calling individuals, including those on the Federal Do-Not-Call Registry, with automated telephone messages scripted to sound as if they are coming from the Democratic candidate up for election, in the hopes of driving away support come Tuesday's elections. "Hello. I'm calling with information about [Democratic candidate]
," the recording begins, and then pauses for the traditional hang-up. If the recipient does indeed hang up, they then receive repeated phone calls back. This manner of scripting violates 47 CFR 64.1200(b)(1)
, which requires that "the identity of the business, individual, or other entity that is responsible for initiating the call" be "state[d] clearly" "at the beginning of the message." The New Hampshire Attorney General got them to stop calling those on the Do-Not-Call Registry, at least
. (In their best interests, perhaps, due to the $5,000 fine per call
potentially racking up hefty fines.) This is going on at the very least in the Pennsylvania 6th
, the Connecticut 4th, the North Carolina 11th,, the New Hampshire 2nd, and nationwide.
posted by WCityMike
on Nov 5, 2006 -
Touch-screen errors led to loss of 4,400 ballots in North Carolina election.
posted by drezdn
on Dec 12, 2004 -
, a relatively progressive southern city
, is not without it’s own skeletons.
“On Nov. 3, 1979, Klansmen and Nazis pulled rifles and pistols from the trunks of their cars and opened fire on a group of anti-Ku Klux Klan marchers in the Morningside Homes neighborhood of Greensboro, N.C. Five of the demonstrators were killed by the bullets and several others were injured. The victims had close ties with the local Communist Worker’s Party..”
The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Project
, the first of it’s kind in the United States, using the concept of restorative justice
, “seeks to heal relations between opposing sides by uncovering all pertinent facts, distinguishing truth from lies, and allowing for acknowledgement, appropriate public mourning, forgiveness and healing.” ( a little more inside)
posted by lyam
on Dec 7, 2004 -
Seven free mp3's from a very exciting hip hop group out of North Carolina. ?uestlove from The Roots says he's jealous of just how good they sound. I know that some of you will appreciate this.
posted by Slimemonster
on Jan 27, 2004 -
A little coffee shop in a little North Carolina town closes.
When I worked in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., the opening of the Hyphen
(get it? get it? the Hyphen in Fuquay-Varina?) was a miracle. There, in the midst of antique stores, clothiers, and the Bob Barker Co.
, was this hip, unique eatery owned and operated by two local artists. Owner Nina Fortmeyer partially cites that the little tobacco town has simply become "Wal-Mart-ized" in its growth, leading to a loss in downtown foot traffic, leading to lost business. This, methinks, is the greatest and most obvious consequence of globalization, the mom-and-pops being run out of town. If this is happening in Fuquay-Varina, it is absolutely happening everywhere. Very sad.
posted by NedKoppel
on Jul 8, 2003 -
"In a town full of soldiers, on the edge of Fort Bragg, there could be worse names for a restaurant these days than Osama's Place, but it is hard to think of any."
posted by stchang
on Sep 28, 2001 -
State Rep. Forwards Racist E-mail A state representative forwarded an e-mail to fellow lawmakers this week that claimed, "Two things made this country great: White men & Christianity....There's a lot of it that's truth, the way I see it," Davis said. "Who came to this country first -- the white man, didn't he? That's who made this country great."
i don't know about you, but i feel dumber for having just read that story.
posted by adampsyche
on Aug 22, 2001 -
Broken Arrow: Goldsboro, NC. On Tuesday, 24 January 1961, at about 12:30 a.m., two hydrogen bombs fell to earth near the tiny farming village of Faro, NC...
An interesting read.
posted by milnak
on Jan 8, 2001 -