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I try out an analogy to explain White Privilege

Let's say I live in Alaska, and the state government makes a lot of money from oil revenues. Let's also say that the State Government decides to cut checks to residents rather than increasing services. (So far, I think this happened.)



Let's say that the State Government, for the sake of my analogy, only cut checks to White residents.



I'm White. My check comes from the State in the mail. I was not involved in the decision to cut checks only to White residents. I cash my… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on July 23, 2017 at 12:04pm — 7 Comments

oh honey

oh honey

oh honey

i am so much more than you ever wanted…

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Added by Michelle Mellette on July 23, 2017 at 10:27am — 2 Comments

Killers in the Sound

Added by Dicky Neely on July 23, 2017 at 10:08am — 7 Comments

Trump pretending to be the God Father

Added by Dicky Neely on July 23, 2017 at 9:44am — 5 Comments

When the Meaning of Art is Unclear (which is almost always)

My wife and I travelled to Barre Vermont for a sort stay.  We enjoyed ourselves in the way we usually do, which is to walk about and see what there is to see.  It was a warm July day with a sparkling blue sky.  Hot too, but hot for Vermont is maybe 10 degrees less than hot in Dover NJ.

We passed a quaint park in front of the town hall, with a gazebo and a with wedding party…

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Added by Terry McKenna on July 23, 2017 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Ballet Twister

“You’re not going to try and stay up late with us, are you?” my wife said apropos of a little soiree we were having for her ballet friends Saturday night.  “You need your rest for the work week,” she said, her face a veritable picture postcard of concern.



“Dear God, please don’t let him stay up and make stupid ballet jokes!”

 

“Actually, I think I’ll take a long nap in the afternoon so I can keep up with your fast crowd,” I said,…

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Added by Con Chapman on July 23, 2017 at 7:04am — 2 Comments

12th Street and Clairmount, July 23, 1967

“Are we going to let these peckerwood motherfuckers

come down here any time they want and mess us around?”



                                                                             -- William Walter Scott III, 19

                                                                       shouting from the rooftop of a car,

                                                                       just before he…

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Added by Boanerges on July 23, 2017 at 5:30am — 7 Comments

The Five Times the United States Officially Apologized Guest post and a question

These are a few instances where the U.S. admitted it had done wrong: Ronald Reagan signing the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 that apologized for the internment of Japanese citizens and permanent residents during World…

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Added by Ron Powell on July 23, 2017 at 4:00am — 18 Comments

Trump Reportedly Considering Pardoning Himself

Trump Reportedly Considering Pardoning Himself:  News that Donald Trump and his lawyers are musing about the possibility of the President pardoning his family and himself to insulate them from any potential charges of wrongdoing related to the 2016 election has worked up many into a fury.  I beg your pardon - they’re considering what?  Frankly, sometimes I wish this family of grifters would just grab all the silverware and free souvenir pens and run away to…

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Added by Johnny Robish on July 22, 2017 at 8:51pm — No Comments

"HOW TO TALK TO YOUR TEEN ABOUT COLLUDING WITH RUSSIA" (from writer Tom Russell)

in McSweeney’s Online, from writer Tom Russell...

 

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR TEEN ABOUT COLLUDING WITH RUSSIA…

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Added by Jonathan Wolfman on July 22, 2017 at 3:49pm — 6 Comments

Guest Post: This Shiplap Is Killing Me, by Ricky Dobbs

I need peppermint Schnapps in a Yeti tumbler. I can relate to WAY too much of this.

https://hittingthetrifecta.com/2017/07/11/this-shiplap-is-killing-me/

Added by koshersalaami on July 22, 2017 at 9:56am — 6 Comments

PassionateJustice186 RAPEvCONSENT: 5 TWEETS FOR DUMMIES; OPIOID EPIDEMIC 1ST HAND; OPIOID HYPOCRISY; 'FOR THE KIDS WHO DIE' (HUGHES); WHITE ROSE SOCIETY LEAFLET 7, & NOW IN THE U.S.

                                                 PASSIONATE JUSTICE 186…

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Added by Jonathan Wolfman on July 22, 2017 at 9:28am — 3 Comments

omg my whole trig post disappeared

I can't retype it, and I can't recapture it.  I can tell you only, with no backstory and none of the journey bc I cannot do it again, HOW Trig was like my brother.

More like my brother than anyone else on this site or Open ever was.  I loved James, and I loved Scanner, and I won't ever get over either one of them being gone, but they were beloved friends, not brothers.

Because, like my real life brothers, Trig had the power to hurt me enough to just close the door.  But always,…

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Added by DaisyJane on July 22, 2017 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Boring Our Children to Safety

“They’re at it again,” my wife said with concern.

I looked up and…

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Added by Con Chapman on July 22, 2017 at 7:37am — No Comments

The Gift of Polymaths

Yesterday, Sean Spicer, white house press secretary resigned when someone was brought in from the outside to serve as communications director, the position Spicer hoped to be given.  I can’t imagine anyone wanting that job, or any job in the Trump administration, but then I can’t imagine a world of alternative facts, and the belief that any news that does not agree with your concept of reality is “fake news”.

At the same time that Sean Spicer was resigning I was…

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Added by Rodney Roe on July 22, 2017 at 7:30am — 12 Comments

Coffee with Viagra-Like Ingredient Recalled

Coffee with Viagra-Like Ingredient Recalled:  A company based in Texas has voluntarily recalled a coffee product because it contains a substance similar to sildenafil, a drug used in the erectile dysfunction Viagra.

The FDA claims this…

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Added by Johnny Robish on July 21, 2017 at 10:09pm — 1 Comment

For Victims of Hip Restaurant Aphasia, Meals Are Gone With the Wine

BOSTON.  At the July meeting of the Young Women’s Professional Circle, a group of high-powered, up-and-coming female business leaders that holds monthly lunches where members network and share stories of success and struggles, Cindy Pelham is making small talk with her tablemates when an appararently innocent question causes her to panic.…

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Added by Con Chapman on July 21, 2017 at 5:02am — No Comments

Can We End Racism?

No.  At least it won’t be easy.  Leave alone any consensus about what behaviors are racist.

I give you St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Paul Congemi.

He went on a racial tirade Tuesday when he told members of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and backers of rival candidate Jesse Nevel’s campaign to “go back to Africa.”

Nevel, 27,…

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Added by Terry McKenna on July 21, 2017 at 3:00am — 63 Comments

Does the American Media Have the Responsibility and Obligation to Fight Back?

Article [I] (Amendment 1 - Freedom of expression and religion) 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a …

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Added by Ron Powell on July 21, 2017 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Total eclipse of the sun

For months now, I've been thinking ...oh, 99% that's pretty close, close enough anyway.  

Right?  

I'm not so sure now. I've been doing my googling and 'they' are saying, just that one percent makes the difference between interesting and totally awe inspiring.  Life changing, even.…

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Added by Julie Johnson on July 20, 2017 at 8:00pm — 30 Comments

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oh honey

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Killers in the Sound

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Ballet Twister

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Boring Our Children to Safety

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The Gift of Polymaths

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