Alex Zielinski: ICE Continues to Deny Immigrants Their Legal Rights in Oregon Prison (Portland Mercury)
"They've been defeated. They have fled terror in their home country only to be welcomed to this country with more terror," Garcia said. "What the government is doing is accomplishing what the cartels never could, which is separating these men from their families."

Philabaum says prison staff have also kept faith leaders from visiting men who've requested their presence. According to ICE's own "detention standards," immigrant detainees must be granted at least some weekend visiting hours from family members, faith leaders, or legal counsel. Those standards also grant detainees free calls to legal counsel, along with a list of free legal aid programs they can call. The detained men have been denied all of these rights.

[...]

"It's important to remember, the law never required these men be detained. The law never required these men be separated from their families," said Philabaum. "And the law definitely never required they be placed in a federal correctional institution."
immigration  humanrights 
3 days ago
Portfolio by Renee Gladman (BOMB Magazine)
Renee Gladman is the author of ten works of prose and poetry, most recently *Calamities*, a collection of essay-fictions. Her first monograph of drawings, *Prose Architectures*, was published by Wave Books in 2017. She lives in New England with the poet-ceremonialist Danielle Vogel.
book  drawing  art 
11 days ago
Lewis Gordon: The Rise of the Ambient Video Game (The Outline)
‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ and its contemporaries are sensory soothing software several decades in the making.
videogames 
11 days ago
Conbini Creations: Super Easy Matcha Ice Cream
I made this green tea ice cream on June 10, 2018 and it turned out really well!
food  recipes 
13 days ago
Jeremy Larson: Eminem — The Marshall Mathers LP (Pitchfork)
American culture allowed Eminem to freely negate any kind of identity he wanted to, as was his inherent privilege. But, as the critic Hilton Als wrote in his 2003 essay “White Noise,” it didn’t matter to Eminem. “Mathers never claimed whiteness and its privileges as his birthright because he didn’t feel white and privileged,” Als wrote. It’s interesting, though, that Eminem never negated his masculinity or heterosexuality, two identities that were and, more or less, remain intrinsic to the success of male rappers. His privilege meant that he could shed his racial signifiers and become a ghost, a psychopath, a loving father, a bigot, a clown. So why do fans believe any of this? Why, when they listened to Eminem rip his vocal cords open and disconnect from reality and mimic slitting the throat of his wife while he screams at her to “bleed, bitch bleed” do they take him so seriously?
music 
16 days ago
Junot Díaz: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma (New Yorker)
A Personal History by Junot Díaz: I never got any help, any kind of therapy. I never told anyone.
abuse  literature  sexualassault 
16 days ago
Annalee Flower Horne: How “Good Intent” Undermines Diversity and Inclusion (The Bias)
The harm is that telling people to “assume good intent” is a sign that if they come to you with a concern, you will minimize their feelings, police their reactions, and question their perceptions. It tells marginalized people that you don’t see codes of conduct as tools to address systemic discrimination, but as tools to manage personal conflicts without taking power differences into account. Telling people to “assume good intent” sends a message about whose feelings you plan to center when an issue arises in your community.

[...]

If you want to build a culture of “assuming good intent,” start by assuming good intent in marginalized people.

Assume that they already tried being nice. Assume that their feelings are valid. Assume that, after a lifetime of practice, they are responding to harmful behavior in the way that is safest for them. Prioritize that safety over the momentary discomfort people feel when they realize they’ve done something hurtful.

Culture-setting documents like your code of conduct and corporate values should be designed around protecting marginalized people from harmful behavior. Leave out “assume good intent.” Instead, create a culture that recognizes and pushes back against the ways that marginalized people are dehumanized. Expect people to demonstrate their good intent by treating people with respect.
inclusion  diversity 
16 days ago
Will Evans and Alyssa Jeong Perry: Tesla says its factory is safer. But it left injuries off the books (Reveal)
Undercounting injuries is a symptom of a larger problem: Tesla has put electric car manufacturing above safety concerns, former safety experts say.
capitalism 
16 days ago
Thread by @eveewing: " LORDT. two black economists i really respect, @SandyDarity and @DarrickHamilton, just published a KILLER report debunking what they call 10 commonly-held myths about the racial wealth gap and how to close it. I'm gonna tweet the hig
Myth 2: The racial homeownership gap is the “driver” of the racial wealth gap.

"Among households that own a home, white households have nearly $140,000 more in net worth than comparable black households. While the wealth ratio between whites & blacks may narrow somewhat among those who own a home, a 6-figure wealth differential remains."

Primarily, Sandy & Darrick seem to take issue with the causal implications here. "By definition, homeownership/home equity is a component of wealth. Hence, the statement that 'homeownership drives wealth' is equivalent to saying that 'wealth drives wealth.'"

"The idea that homeownership creates wealth simply may put the relationship backward. Rather than homeownership creating wealth, having family wealth in the first place leads to homeownership, particularly high equity homeownership."

[...]

TL;DR - WE NEED REPARATIONS
race  economy 
16 days ago
Liz Pelly: The Problem with Muzak (The Baffler)
Brand playlists are advertisements, even if Spotify strives to imbue them with so-called editorial integrity. Such uncompensated advertorial playlists are harmful in that they offer artists no option to opt-out, but also because they undercut what can sometimes be a valuable source of revenue for artists. If brands can align themselves with artists without having to pay specifically for individual tracks or artist appearances, what do we think they’ll do? Can we at least give people the option to sell out if they want?
spotify  musicbusiness 
16 days ago
Henry Farrell: Neo-Marxism
In juxtaposition, Sullivan’s and Coates’ pieces provide a miniature history of how a certain variety of self-congratulatory openness to inquiry is in actual fact a barbed thicket of power relations. What Sullivan depicts as a “different time” when “neither of us denied each other’s good faith or human worth,” is, in Coates’ understanding, a time where he was required to “take seriously” the argument that “black people are genetically disposed to be dumber than white people” as a price of entry into the rarified heights of conversation at the Atlantic. The “civility” and “generosity of spirit” that supported “human to human” conversation is juxtaposed to Coates’ “teachers” who didn’t see him “completely as a human being.” What was open and free spirited debate in Sullivan’s depiction, was to Coates a loaded and poisonous dialogue where he could only participate if he shut up about what he actually believed.
race  speech  opinion 
16 days ago
Doreen St. Félix: How Alexandra Bell Is Disrupting Racism in Journalism (The New Yorker)
The series had its clandestine début, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, on New Year’s Eve in 2016. Bell critiqued the Times’s coverage of the death of Mike Brown, in 2014, in which the paper ran side-by-side profiles of the victim and his killer, Darren Wilson, under the joint headline “Two Lives at a Crossroads in Ferguson.” Bell and many other readers felt that the framing of equivalence, and of tragic coincidence, diminished what had happened that August afternoon. Bell erected a diptych of her own, with Wilson’s profile whittled down to read, simply, “Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.” The second panel bore the new headline “A Teenager with Promise,” I noted last year, when I interviewed Bell.
art  race  journalism 
16 days ago
Finn Cohen: In Defense of Trance (Pitchfork)
The melodramatic style of dance music was born alongside the European Union’s utopian vision. But how does it fit into the Continent’s current wave of political and social upheaval?

[...]

The boutique hotel in Ibiza called Ushuaïa is located on a stretch of the beach that is less a tribute to the Mediterranean island’s storied dance history and more a feudal system of investment properties. Competing bass kicks from the poolside bars of adjacent hotels ping-pong between buildings, creating syncopations of privilege. Packs of day drinkers lounge a few yards away from African immigrants in knockoff Yankees caps, standing just far enough away in the sand to avoid being seen as interlopers. There are waist-high red ceramic cats holding serving trays in the entrance to the lobby, and chairs that look like well-toned butts. And up on the rooftop bar, Armin van Buuren is ushering in the sunset with a short DJ set.
music  history 
16 days ago
The Life of Bolaji Badejo
The man who played the alien in ‘Alien.’
history  movies 
16 days ago
Hannah Giorgis: The Trumpian Dissonance of Kanye West's ‘Violent Crimes’ (The Atlantic)
It is not Nori and Chicago’s essential personhood that prompts West to nurture them, but their relationship to him: one in which he is both role model and custodian, dream giver and disciplinarian. West cherishes the attendant control. Even in his attempt to share a realization that affects how he will now treat a sizable portion of the population, West once again centers himself.

[...]

West pays particular attention to the contours his daughters’ bodies may develop in the future, referencing his wife’s famously enhanced curves in the process. He threatens hypothetical future boyfriends, then imagines a scenario in which a battered daughter comes racing back to him. The lines are disturbing, reminiscent of how Donald Trump speaks about his eldest daughter, whom he has called “hot” and whose sex life he often alludes to. On an album full of references to a president whom West has received no shortage of criticism for defending, “Violent Crimes” stands out for the perverse intimacy with which it links West to Trump. The two men’s arrogance may be staggering, but the ease with which they discuss—and seek to control—women’s bodies is just as striking. Both men draw from deep reservoirs of entitlement; when trained on girls and women, that potent mixture of shielding and possession can grow much more pernicious.
music  feminism 
19 days ago
Rawiya Kameir: Kanye West, wyd?!?! (The Fader)
Across ye’s seven tracks, Kanye digs his heels in — no apologies, no regrets or introspection, just barely coherent thoughts and barely complete songs. In fact, its single most original idea, and the only one I hope seeps into the culture is its brevity, though even that is wielded unsuccessfully.
music 
19 days ago
Meaghan Garvey: Kanye West — Ye (Pitchfork)
As West sells it, ‘ye’ is an album devoted to the stand-off between visceral self-loathing and baroque levels of narcissism, further complicated by mental illness and a recent opiate addiction. Listening to ‘Killing You,’ it’s unclear whether West’s violent thoughts are directed at his wife or towards himself, or if he even means it at all: maybe a homicidal fantasy is just another badass way to start an album, an inverted “Ultralight Beam.” It is the work of a broken man, whatever the case. But to meet West on his terms here feels impossible. In his world, self-expression justifies itself, and speaking your most twisted thoughts out loud is an act of bravery, one that makes ‘I Thought About Killing You’ not just a fine thing to write and share, but a work made from a place of love. Art, then, is a way of existing beyond reproach, an excuse for everything.
music  art 
20 days ago
Matt Alt: The United States of Japan (New Yorker)
Japan made itself rich in its industrial era by selling things like cars, TVs, and VCRs, but it made itself loved in those Lost Decades by selling fantasies. Hello Kitty, comics, anime, and Nintendo games were the first wave—“the big can-opener,” as the game designer Keiichi Yano put it. Now those childhood dreams haven given way to a more sophisticated vision of a Japanese life style, exemplified in the detached cool of Haruki Murakami novels, the defiantly girly pink feminism of kawaii culture, the stripped-down simplicity of Uniqlo, the “unbranded” products of Muji, and the Japanese “life-changing magic” of Marie Kondo. That these Japanese products are so popular, not only in America but in developed nations around the world, may indicate that we’re all groping for meaning in the same post-industrial haze.
japan  culture  america  history  capitalism 
20 days ago
How Black Panther Asks Us to Examine Who We Are To One Another
Rahawa Haile considers how, by sliding between the real and unreal, Black Panther frees us to imagine the possibilities — and the limitations — of an Africa that does not yet exist.

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How then does one criticize what is unquestionably the best Marvel movie to date by every conceivable metric known to film criticism? How best to explain that Black Panther can be a celebration of blackness, yes; a silencing of whiteness, yes; a meshing of African cultures and signifiers — all this! — while also feeling like an exercise in sustained forgetting? That the convenience of having a fake country within a real continent is the way we can take inspiration from the latter without dwelling on its losses, or the causes of them. Black Panther is an American film through and through, one heavily invested in white America’s political absence from its African narrative.

When Killmonger goads a museum curator early on in the film, calling out a history of looting, it is condemnation that falls squarely on Britain’s shoulders. Rarely must the audience think about the C.I.A.’s very real history in Africa. The fact that viewers were steered, at any point, into rooting for Martin Freeman, a British actor playing an American C.I.A. operative who attempts to purchase stolen resources from a white South African arms dealer, means that even a cinematic turducken of imperialist history gets a pass.

[...]

The convenience of having a fake country within a real continent is the way we can take inspiration from Africa without dwelling on its losses.
film  africa  colonialism  movies 
21 days ago
Mark Fisher: Phonograph blues
The spectres are textural. The surface noise of the sample unsettles the illusion of presence in at least two ways: first, temporally, by alerting us to the fact that what we are listening to is a phonographic revenant, and second, ontologically, by introducing the technical frame, the unheard material pre-condition of the recording, on the level of content. We're now so accustomed to this violation of ontological hierarchy that it goes unnoticed. But in his Wire piece, Simon refers to the shock he experienced when he first heard records constructed entirely out of samples. I vividly recall the first time I went into studio and heard vocal samples played through a mixing desk; I really do remember saying, 'It's like hearing ghosts...'
culture  music  philosophy 
21 days ago
Ed Kilgore: Seniors Are More Conservative Because the Poor Die Off (NY Mag)
A new study suggests that one reason seniors are more conservative politically than younger cohorts of Americans is that poorer people don’t live as long and suffer from health conditions that inhibit voting and other forms of political activity.
politics  america  poverty 
21 days ago
Atoosa Moinzadeh: Iranian Icon Googoosh on Being Banned from Singing and Breaking the Rules (Pitchfork)
The singer and actress reflects on her two decades of silence and looks ahead to the new generation discovering her legacy.
music  politics  iran 
21 days ago
Thread by @BATHSmusic: Easter eggs in ‘Romaplasm’
i put out a Baths record called Romaplasm last year that i’m still real proud of!! i had to kill like 30 mins and i thought it’d be fun to mention some of the easter eggs (?) in it that people may have missed 😬✨
music 
26 days ago
The Glass Armonica: Benjamin Franklin's Magical Musical Invention
In 1761 Benjamin Franklin was in London representing the Pennsylvania Legislature to Parliament. Franklin was very interested in music: he was a capable amateur musician, attended concerts regularly, and even wrote a string quartet! One of the concerts Franklin attended was by Deleval, a colleague of his in the Royal Academy, who performed on a set of water tuned wineglasses patterned after Pockridge's instrument. Franklin was enchanted, and determined to invent and build 'a more convenient' arrangement.

Franklin's new invention premiered in early 1762, played by Marianne Davies—a well known musician in London who learned to play Franklin's new invention. Initially Franklin named it the 'glassychord', but soon settled on 'armonica' as the name for his new invention—after the Italian word for harmony "armonia". Apparently Franklin built a second instrument for Ms. Davies, as she toured Europe with hers, while Franklin returned to Philadelphia with his own.
music  history 
4 weeks ago
Lili Loofbourow: Tina Fey Doesn’t Need David Letterman’s Approval (Slate)
Tina Fey and Rachel Bloom are changing the way female comics engaged with male gatekeepers.

[...]

That might be what’s most remarkable about these interviews: Despite their candor, these female comics aren’t cold or unavailable or uninteresting. They’re almost actively carving out a “third way”: not playing along and not charging toward confrontation. That doesn’t mean they withhold the kinds of intimate disclosures that make conversations like these worthwhile: Fey breaks down talking about her father, and Bloom is frank about her fears of becoming a parent. But both firmly decline to participate in the standard insider dynamic. The takeaway, for those tuning in, is that these conversations aren’t about showcasing the camaraderie of those onstage or behind the mic. Rather than affirm her links to Letterman against an audience that doesn’t “get” her sketch, Fey talks to them—and shows she’s listening, and that her frame of reference is bigger than the usual club of two.

comedy 
4 weeks ago
Jillian Mapes: Why Spotify’s New Policy on Hateful Conduct Is a Flawed Step Forward (Pitchfork)
Here in late capitalism, our only real power is as consumers, en masse. We need organizing forces like #MuteRKelly. But can a company that is still making money off the person they are protesting ever really play that role?
music  sexualassault  musicbusiness  metoo 
6 weeks ago
End the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Which brings us to journalists’ general silence when Trump and his lackeys say cruel things about Muslims, Mexicans, and immigrants. Journalists believe they must remain mum, lest they appear biased. God forbid one has a bias against racism; that must be an enormous handicap in performing journalism in a nation that is projected to not have a racial or ethnic majority within the next four decades. The same night that Wolf made her true statements at the correspondents’ dinner, Trump supporters at a Trump event booed the mention of “Hispanics,” literally condemning an entire ethnicity — for the second time in a single week.

I suppose reporters do what they must to get the stories they can. But I’d encourage them to avoid signaling to the American people that you either don’t realize or don’t care that we are being lied to every day, that we can’t trust you to recognize authoritarianism and fascism when you see it, that you are so far removed from the life of “citizen” in your pursuit of information of these elites that when they’re separating us into Childless Unmarrieds and Women Deserving of Respect, you’re not going to sit by quietly, unable to speak out, lest you show “bias” that inhibits your ability to claim an EXCLUSIVE! SCOOP! handed to you by officials who have decided they’re okay with that information getting out.
uspol  whcd 
7 weeks ago
Albert Burneko: You Can't Bully These Motherfuckers (The Concourse)
Bullying happens along a gradient of existing power and reiterates it. That’s the difference between bullying and a fair fight: The bully is bigger and stronger and safer, and wields those advantages over someone smaller and weaker and more vulnerable. Michelle Wolf got off some zingers at Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s expense at an ultra-exclusive social event entirely filled by people whose livelihoods Sanders holds in her hands. Beyond that, as a basic function of her job, Sanders enjoys access to the water main of American political consciousness unmatched by pretty much any living person not named Donald Trump—a privilege she uses only and entirely for the purpose of pumping poison into it, aided by a healthy plurality of the people in that room but not by Michelle Wolf. I doubt there is a forum in existence in which Wolf could do anything that would qualify as “bullying” the press secretary of the President of the United States, but even if there is, the fucking White House Correspondents’ Dinner isn’t it.
speech  politics  uspol 
7 weeks ago
Jeremy Larson: Wolf Parade — I'll Believe in Anything
What is an emotional man (I know, even writing that feels hideous) that isn’t consigned to the lower echelon of masculinity such as the “weepy horny beard guy” or the too-eager hyperactive type. How does one fight the stigma of being emotional without succumbing to the very stigma itself. How does one live righteously while suppressing a majority of feelings every day. I’m not sure. I buckle under a wave of stoicism exerted by a history of fathers every day.
emotion  masculinity  music  nostalgia 
7 weeks ago
The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black (The Stranger)
I ask her some easy questions, but she answers them with increasing irritation. When we have been together for three hours, I feel it's time to ask The Question.

It's the same question that other black interviewers have asked her. A question she seems to deeply dislike—so much so that she complains about the question in her book. But even in the book, it's not a question she actually answers: How is her racial fluidity anything more than a function of her privilege as a white person?

If Dolezal's identity only helps other people born white become black while still shielding them from the majority of the oppression of visible blackness, and does nothing to help those born black become white—how is this not just more white privilege?
culture  race 
8 weeks ago
Justin Charity: Rachel Dolezal’s Grotesque Idea of Identity (The Ringer)
But, crucially, Dolezal does explain what she thinks blackness entails, and what she thinks it means to be black. She talks about civil rights activism and black authors. She talks about hair. She does hair. She brags that none of her black clients dropped her in light of the scandal. Dolezal proudly mismanages her own haggard braids, which she clearly regards as a crucial set piece in her grotesque production of blackness. Dolezal talks about blackness as if it were reducible to two qualities, and only two qualities: scholarship and aesthetics. It cannot occur to her that blackness—a social construction, indeed—is a comprehensive and involuntary realm of experience. White power invented it, and white power enforces it, but, paradoxically, black people own blackness. Throughout the documentary, several black women tell Dolezal as much. Dolezal disputes their authority in the vaguest terms, but nonetheless assuredly. She has decided that she is black, so she’s black. Dolezal
race  fame  politics 
8 weeks ago
Sheldon Pierce: With Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Win, The World May Finally Be Catching Up to Rap (Pitchfork)
“Anyone perusing the list of past winners cannot help noticing that many if not most of the country’s greatest musical minds are conspicuously missing,” composer John Adams told the New York Times in 2003, the year he won the prize for “On the Transmigration of Souls,” a commissioned reflection on the 9/11 attacks. Adams listed off many of the notable musicians who never earned a Pulitzer, from “Monk (Meredith or Thelonious)” to Philip Glass to Laurie Anderson. “Most if not all of these genuinely creative spirits have been passed over year after year, often in favor of academy composers who have won a disproportionate number of prizes.” The sentiment was clear: prize jurors prefer the safe and scholarly to the unpredictable and world-shifting.
hiphop  rap  music  race 
9 weeks ago
Carbon
A neat way to create clean screenshots of code.
Create and share beautiful images of your source code. Start typing or drop a file into the text area to get started.
programming  code  utility 
9 weeks ago
What to Do When You See Unaccompanied Black Children in Public Spaces. (Beyond Baby Mamas)
Single parents across race and class lines struggle to secure safe and affordable childcare on short notice, and often those parents are faced with hard decisions. They can take the children to work or to a job interview with them and risk violating company policy (and, by extension, their chances of maintaining or securing a position with the company). They can leave the children at home, if they’re old enough, in “latchkey” situations. They can leave them with a childcare provider they don’t know and haven’t had time to vet. Or they can cancel their obligation, risking much-needed income. No decision is without its consequences, but black mothers find themselves making these decisions (and facing legal and penal consequences) disproportionately. These institutional consequences compound the economic stress and hardship one-income households already face.
children  parenting  race 
9 weeks ago
Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency
Ehhhhhhh I’m *real* skeptical of the ‘this is it’ thing ‘cause we‘ve heard it a thousand times now. But I want to save this for posterity.
The raid on the offices of President Trump’s personal lawyer makes clear that Trump’s battle with the special counsel, Robert Mueller, is entering its final chapter.
politics  trump 
9 weeks ago
Dani Beckett: 100 Easy Ways to Make Women's Lives More Bearable (Broadly)
Mainly, just listen to women. Listen to us and believe us. It’s the only place to start if you actually want all women to have a “Happy International Women’s Day.”
feminism 
10 weeks ago
Austin Powell: Inside the booming black market for Spotify playlists (Daily Dot)
A new type of Payola is taking place on Spotify, with artists using third-party services to get added to influential playlists, and the company is inadvertently paying for it.
music  spotify  money  musicindustry 
10 weeks ago
Paul Ford: Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous. (Bloomberg)
The true believers won’t stop until they’ve remade the world. Some of it will be thrilling. Some of it will keep us up at night.

[...]

What Silicon Valley loves most isn’t the products, or the platforms underneath them, but markets. “Figure out the business model later” was the call of the early commercial internet. The way you monetize vast swaths of humanity is by creating products that people use a lot—perhaps a search engine such as Google or a social network like Facebook. You build big transactional web platforms beneath them that provide amazing things, like search results or news feeds ranked by relevance, and then beneath all that you build marketplaces for advertising—a true moneymaking machine. If you happen to create an honest-to-god marketplace, you can get unbelievably rich.
capitalism  tech  money 
10 weeks ago
Paul Ford: Silicon Valley Has Failed to Protect Our Data. Here’s How to Fix It (Bloomberg)
It’s time for a digital protection agency. It’s clear ethics don’t scale, and it’s not just Facebook’s problem.
analytics  ethics  facebook  politics  privacy 
10 weeks ago
Will Lynch: Edit Etiquette (Resident Advisor)
Are there rules when it comes to edits? Should there be? RA's Will Lynch explores all sides of a thorny issue that shows no sign of going away.

[...]

Is it really enough to tweak a platinum-selling record and put your name on it? It doesn't help that many edits, not least those in the Wolf + Lamb camp, replace the original artist's name with that of the editing artist ("Soul Clap - Extravaganza" instead of "Jamie Foxx - Extravaganza (Soul Clap Edit)"). Granted, this is only meant to keep snooping lawyers from stumbling upon an illegal edit through Google, and when the edit is of a widely known pop song, the assumption is that listeners will recognize the original. But is that valid?
music  ethics  appropriation 
10 weeks ago
Simon Reynolds: Why Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children Is the Greatest Psychedelic Album of the ’90s (Pitchfork)
Unlocking the mysteries behind the Scottish electronic duo’s hallucinatory classic, which turns 20 this month.
music 
10 weeks ago
Thread by @RVAwonk on the danger of conspiracy theories
Functioning societies depend on shared, socially-mediated sources of knowledge. It's the glue that holds societies together. Conspiracy theories ask us to give up more & more of our trust in each other, and in our knowledge-generating mechanisms.

Conspiracy theories come at a cost.

They ask us to give up on our trust in knowledge, in knowledge-producing institutions, and in each other.

And so ultimately, they ask us to give up on the fabric of society altogether.
politics  america  trump 
11 weeks ago
Thread by @drvox on This American Life episode discussing the women sexually assaulted by Don Hazen #metoo
Not all of the damage he did was dramatic; not every life was ruined. But in every case, he left behind a new increment of self-doubt and regret, a story arc sent somewhat askew. None of the women in his wake were granted closure or redemption.

Listening to them tell their own stories -- Hazen was not the first or only manipulative man they had encountered -- made me think about how, for women, these little incidents just pile up, and pile up, and pile up, creating an extra weight they must lug everywhere.

If we valued women as individual human beings, autonomous and freestanding, with their own talents and stories, due the basic respect all humans are due -- not as caricatures & archetypes in men's heroic journeys -- we would see this accumulation as an ancient and ongoing tragedy, an enormous squandering of human potential stretched out over generations and generations, still underway as we speak. We would be horrified.

That we still think of these stories as men's stories, think of men as the protagonists, worry over men's jobs and reputations, shows that we do not. We say we do, but we do not.
metoo  sexualassault  story 
11 weeks ago
Erene Stergiopoulos: How Long Can You Take Antidepressants? (VICE)
Experts recommend people stay on antidepressants for four to nine months after remission, but some keep taking them for years.
medicine  depression  mentalillness 
12 weeks ago
Jake Bittle: Postal-Service Workers Are Shouldering the Burden for Amazon (The Nation)
The tech giant’s rise has pushed mail clerks and carriers to the breaking point.
amazon  mail  usps 
march 2018
Peter Sokolowski: Reverse Logic (Merriam-Webster Unabridged)
So as work on the Third was winding down he took another step to address a kind of question that only a computer could easily answer: he set the typing staff the new task of creating a 3”x5” slip for virtually every word that appeared in boldface in the dictionary typed backward, each letter followed by a space (and spelled normally, without the extra spaces, below its backward spelling).
dictionary 
march 2018
John Metta: I, Racist
What follows is the text of a “sermon” that I gave as a “congregational reflection” to an all White audience at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday, June 28th. The sermon was begun with a reading of The Good Samaritan story, and this wonderful quote from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. Credit for this speech goes to Chaédria LaBouvier, who’s “Why We Left“ inspired me to speak out about racism; to Robin DiAngelo, who’s “White Fragility“ gave me an understanding of the topic; and to Reni Eddo-Lodge who said “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race“ long before I had the courage to start doing it again.
racism  america 
march 2018
@drvox thread on conservative columnists at NYT
NYT needs "a voice from the right," but not a voice from the ACTUAL right (which is oriented around white resentment, not any discernible governing philosophy). They need a voice from the Conservatism of the Mind, the noble, principles-base conservatism they imagine.

[These conservative columnists] are just playing their role in a very old parlor game, where Serious Conservatives tell liberals they are bad and wrong (that's what "intellectual diversity" means to elite center-lefties) and liberals proceed to engage in self-loathing hand-wringing about it.

In the name of "exposing readers to diverse viewpoints," NYT is, in practice, obscuring the true nature of today's right. Virtually the entire political elite & most NYT readers are in denial about what the right has become & that denial is increasingly dangerous.
politics  opinion  conservatism 
march 2018
Luke Dittrich: The Brain That Couldn’t Remember (NYT)
The untold story of the fight over the legacy of “H.M.” — the patient who revolutionized the science of memory.
science  brain  memory 
march 2018
In Therapy: Why You Might Feel Worse Before You Feel Better
Therapy can be hard and make you feel worse because 1) it’s uncovering feelings you’ve never before processed, 2) it’s wearing down defenses, and 3) your therapist *might* be making a mistake about your treatment. In any case, it’s important to keep attending sessions and talk about the difficulty directly with your therapist.
therapy 
march 2018
Extinct Animals Project (Free) [Behance]
This extinct animals icons project is but a salute to all the conservation efforts of so many people and conservation organizations, from our line of work; this may not bring back the animals gone extinct in recent years, but hopefully will inspire people.
_free-images  webdevelopment  svg 
march 2018
Laurent Fintoni: Going to Miami: How IDM conquered the USA (FACT)
After IDM flourished in the UK in the post-rave mid-1990s, the US struggled to respond to a sound that felt so distant and alien. But a diverse group of ambitious teenagers began to make the links between Autechre and Aphex Twin’s glitchy electro experiments and hip-hop, Miami bass and breaks. Laurent Fintoni examines how the USA re-cast IDM in its own image, birthing Phoenicia, Prefuse 73, Machinedrum, Push Button Objects, Richard Devine and more.
music 
march 2018
Sarah Jeong: Meet the campaign connecting affluent techies with progressive candidates around the country (The Verge)
Meet the Great Slate — a fundraising campaign that raised nearly a million dollars in 2017, mostly through Twitter, for eight seemingly random Congressional candidates from across the country. The Great Slate has no splashy slogans, no slick logos: just a bare-bones website, a donate button, and a lot of jokes on Twitter.
politics  america  internet 
march 2018
Raphael Bob-Waksberg: We Men of Science
The opposite of a dog can be a cat, or a different dog, or nothing at all, The Absence of Dog.
fiction 
march 2018
Longreads Member Exclusive: 'The Nature of Social Evil'
Maria Bustillos picked Ernest Becker’s ‘Escape from Evil’.
Becker won a Pulitzer for his previous book, The Denial of Death, but this one, published posthumously and building on ideas from that earlier work, is far, far better, to my mind, more compact, more advanced, more compelling. This book is pragmatic synthesis of multiple disciplines in the science of man, the place where humanities and science collide. Theories about Becker's work abound, but for me his great gift was the way he seemed to have led us to the threshold of a new enlightenment, clear-eyed, undeceived, ready to take the next step. It's a step the reader may be able to intuit, and perhaps even gain, and make practical use of in his or her own life: '[W]e have to take a full look at the worst in order to begin to get rid of illusions. Realism, even brutal, is not cynicism.'
literature  psychology  world  history  politics 
march 2018
Ends and means
This is about whether it’s okay to create collateral damage by deliberately denying people access to web features in order to further a completely separate agenda.

This isn’t about you or me. This is about all those people who could potentially become makers of the web. We should be welcoming them, not creating barriers for them to overcome.
webdevelopment  internet  from instapaper
march 2018
Motifmate
A Hassle-free Shopify desktop theme editor with built-in code editor and Emulator to work with Shopify themes locally, Diff Viewer, Schema Builder, Code Task Automation and many more.
webdevelopment 
february 2018
Fanta Sylla: On Hearing My Father’s Legacy in Vampire Weekend (Pitchfork)
In Vampire Weekend’s 2008 debut, I recognized the African soukous and rumba that had been my father’s calling.
music  culture  colonialism 
february 2018
Jen A. Miller: How to Make (and Keep) a New Year's Resolution (NY Times)
Here’s how to identify the right resolution to improve your life, create a plan on how to reach it, and become part of the small group of people that successfully make a resolution.
behavior  exercise 
january 2018
A thread by Asad Haider
Yo here's my rant. Words like "prison" or "capital" aren't just names for things in the world that have existed since the dawn of time
politics  socialism 
august 2017
Leigh Honeywell: The Al Capone theory of sexual harassment
It’s simple: people who engage in sexual harassment or assault are also likely to steal, plagiarize, embezzle, engage in overt racism, or otherwise harm their business. (Of course, sexual harassment and assault harms a business – and even entire fields of endeavor – but in ways that are often discounted or ignored.) Ask around about the person who gets handsy with the receptionist, or makes sex jokes when they get drunk, and you’ll often find out that they also violated the company expense policy, or exaggerated on their résumé, or took credit for a colleague’s project. More than likely, they’ve engaged in sexual misconduct multiple times, and a little research (such as calling previous employers) will show this, as we saw in the case of former Uber and Google employee Amit Singhal.
sexualassault  tech  gender 
july 2017
Ethan Marcotte: Designed lines.
We’re building on a web littered with too-heavy sites, on an internet that’s unevenly, unequally distributed. That’s why designing a lightweight, inexpensive digital experience is a form of kindness. And while that kindness might seem like a small thing these days, it’s a critical one. A device-agnostic, data-friendly interface helps ensure your work can reach as many people as possible, regardless of their location, income level, network quality, or device.
internet  society  inequality 
july 2017
Denise Lu: Here’s every total solar eclipse happening in your lifetime. Is this year your best chance? (Washington Post)
On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will traverse the contiguous United States. It’ll be the first to traverse coast to coast in nearly a century.
astronomy  science 
july 2017
Emmet Penney: Lectureporn: The Vulgar Art of Liberal Narcissism (Paste Magazine)
This belies an important distinction between liberals and conservatives, lectureporn and the ubiquitous tirade in conservative media. It’s the Nietszchean distinction between contempt and hate. You can hate an equal or someone with power over you. So conservatives hate liberals (hence their paranoiac victim narrative), whereas liberals have contempt for conservatives, which means they’re arrogant. Arrogant people are lazy in general and inept when it comes to empathy. If you can’t empathize with people, you can’t understand them. And if you can’t understand their worldview, you can’t hope to either win them over or defeat them. You’ve played yourself. No one cares if you’re right and ineffective. That’s called being an impotent loser. For all the talk about “bleeding heart liberals” who vote with their tears, they’ve proven to be staggeringly emotionally incompetent.
politics  america  media 
july 2017
Isolde Raftery: To understand white liberal racism, read these private emails (KUOW)
On a gray day last October, teachers across Seattle wore a shirt that read BLACK LIVES MATTER.



White parents from the city’s tonier neighborhoods wrote to their principals to say they were displeased. A Black Lives Matter day was too militant, too political and too confusing for their young kids, they said.



“They would prefer to be ‘all lives matter,’ because then their child is included in the conversation about mattering,” [Jill Geary, the school board director representing northeast Seattle] said. “What they don’t think is, would a black mother feel like her child matters, based upon the way that history, the nation, the city, the institutional structures, have treated her child? That’s not the process they’re using.”
racism  blm  race 
july 2017
Lucy Diabolo: Gender Variance Around the World Over Time (Teen Vogue)
Learn more about how gender variance has existed among people in different communities around the world throughout history.
history  lgbt  gender 
july 2017
Debbie Chachra: Gratitude for Invisible Systems (The Atlantic)
One way to improve democracy is for more people to appreciate its complex technological underpinnings.
democracy  government  infrastructure  community 
june 2017
Soleil Ho: Be Better: A Guide to Avoid Cultural Appropriation? (On She Goes)
There’s nothing inherently bad or good about cultural appropriation; it becomes unethical when you fail to consider the context of your actions.
culture  appropriation  food 
june 2017
Alexis P. Morgan: The Terrorists of Capitalism: A Response to Gary Vaynerchuk
We’re being devoured by people infected with the Damnable Trinity of capitalism, white supremacy, and kyriarchy. They are munching on people’s bones and baying to those infernal gods while our blood drips down their faces.
capitalism 
june 2017
Lance McVickar Discography (Discogs)
Lance McVickar owner, producer and head engineer at mcVaudio has had an eclectic career in the music business spanning over 20 years. Working his way up in the music industry starting in the mid 80‘s as a studio apprentice at Evergreen in Manhattan, then became an assistant engineer, and finally a recording engineer.
ancestry 
may 2017
McVickar House (Irvington Historical Society of New York — National Register of Historic Places
Irvington's newest addition to the National Register of Historic Places now serves the community as the home of the Irvington Historical Society, which previously did not have a permanent site for public research and visitation. The Reverend John McVickar built the house in 1853 as a residence for his son Reverend William McVickar, first rector of the Church of St. Barnabas. The elder McVickar was also responsible for the construction of the St. Barnabas church, located a short distance to the north and also listed on the National Register. John McVickar's own house stood on Fargo Lane, close by the home of his friend Washington Irving. Local tradition holds that Irving enjoyed the view from John McVickar's home better than that from his own Sunnyside.

The house passed out of the McVickar family in 1870 and a string of private owners followed until the house came into possession of the Consolidated Edison Company in 1957. Con Edison built a substation behind the house, and rented the house out to Dr. Mario Dolan, who lived in the house with his family for a brief time but kept an office there until 1984. Several other tenants followed until 1992 when the house was abandoned. The Village of Irvington acquired the house in 2002. The renovated and restored McVickar House was opened to the public in November 2005 as the Irvington History Center.
ancestry 
may 2017
Alex Pareene: Airlines Can Treat You Like Garbage Because They Are an Oligopoly (Fusion)
This is the end result of decades of corporate consolidation—aided by economists and regulators and politicians from both parties—that has greatly enriched a few at the expense of workers, consumers, and citizens in general. People chose to create a world that allows what happened on that plane to happen. Direct your outrage at the policymakers, economists, and industry cartels that created this future.
unitedairlines  capitalism  america 
april 2017
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