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This is kind of cheating, but I edited Tim Burton's Batman (1989) into a silent film and I rewatch it so often. One of my favorite creative exercises I've ever done, speaks to Burton's visual genius that the film still works so well without sound.
it's silent movie day. what's ur favorite silent picture
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“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads,” I tell my family as I drive our Tesla Cybertruck off Navy Pier and into Lake Michigan.
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Lizzo has stolen Winston Churchill's Theremin
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“Our transportation system is perfectly designed, when any of those things go wrong, to kill 8-year-olds on bikes, among thousands of others. How long will we put up with this?” slate.com/business/2022/09/h…
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Remember when Coolio did a gig in Preston, ran into a group of random students outside afterwards and went back to their place, where he made Caprese Salad, Chicken á la Daaaamn and Peach Crumble, and they jammed Gangster's Paradise. What a guy.
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Great episode.
New episode (683), with Dr. Allen Buchanan, about his book, Our Moral Fate: Evolution and the Escape from Tribalism. #Philosophy #humanevolution #ethics YouTube: invidious.fdn.fr/gZbbD40FWuw Anchor: bit.ly/3raBPSy @robsica @mattjlavender @YzarWehbe
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At least two more underage rape victims and two pregnant cancer patients were denied abortions in Ohio--and the cancer patients had to delay their life-saving treatments because they were pregnant. The latest horrifying post-Roe story by @kylietcheung jezebel.com/at-least-2-more-…
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The cost of diapers for an infant can run up to $1,000 per year—a serious strain for poor families. Finally, the federal government is doing something about it. bit.ly/3LNbpjj
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Replying to @DanielDenvir
I wrote a piece for Dissent that looks at rural political behavior in the long term and argues that the collapse of the rural economy, especially manufacturing, in the 21st c. fueled the Trumpist turn dissentmagazine.org/online_a…
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This fake history about the 3/5ths rule is going to drive me insane. The 3/5ths compromise was not about pro- or anti-slavery positions; the morality of slavery did not factor into the dispute. It was a dispute over representation and taxation. Here’s Klarman’s take.
Teachers union president does NOT know her history. Jefferson, among others, questioned slavery. The 3/5 rule was actually the anti-slavery position. The south wanted to count those they enslaved fully so as to gain more representation in the House and continue their oppression.
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Everyone: read this if you are even a little unsure about the right response to the right-wing fueled panic over trans people. @paisleycurrah - congrats, great piece. To set transgender policy, look to the evidence nature.com/articles/d41586-0…
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The American right is really returning to form in its open admiration of Italian fascism.
YouTube took down the 2019 Giorgia Meloni speech that went viral after her election, which is the thing most likely to convince people of her point.
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Extremely sobering and principled analysis from @DanFinn95 in Sidecar
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How was “the Enlightenment” ceded to Steven Pinker in the popular imagination
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Is there a good short (<15 pages) critical introduction to Marbury v. Madison? Something making the case about the court seizing power for a general readership?
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That Black incarceration rates have been declining for a while is something that is not well known but getting there. But I was surprised at the magnitude of the decline for Black women: total #s have fallen by over 60% (!) from 1999-2020.... while total #s for white women rose.
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