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Trash Humpers (2009) - IMDb
This film is beat poetry. This film is soapy pancakes. This film is noise metal. This film is giving a birthday cake to a constipated man sitting on the toilet. This film is a headache. This film is trapping your d**k in your flies.
film  america 
august 2019 by kme
How Gilroy Turned Garlic From a Punch Line Into a Point of Pride - The New York Times
Garlic is now so ubiquitous that it is easy to forget that the ingredient was once stigmatized, seen as stinky, ethnic, working-class and old-world.

Garlic smelled like tenements, not white tablecloths.
garlic  america  guns 
july 2019 by kme
Impossible Burger’s ‘Secret Sauce’ Highlights Challenges of Food Tech - The New York Times
In 2010, the Government Accountability Office raised concerns about the agency’s interpretation of its responsibilities under the law. A study by the Pew Charitable Trusts found in 2013 that the F.D.A. was unaware of roughly 1,000 of some 10,000 ingredients used in food because companies had used the self-affirmation process. And in May, the Center for Food Safety and other groups sued the F.D.A. over that process.

“The exemption was meant to cover ingredients that had long been used in the food supply, so that companies didn’t have to come in every time they made a new product,” said Tom Neltner, chemicals policy director at the Environmental Defense Fund, an advocacy group that is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. “It wasn’t meant to allow companies to simply bypass the F.D.A.”
fda  food  safety  regulation  foodadditives  america 
june 2019 by kme
'Breakfast Food' Is a Lie - The Atlantic
In at least one sense, a college student waking after a night out and scarfing down two slices of unrefrigerated pizza rapidly aging in their delivery box is actually just participating in what breakfast has historically meant to billions of people.
breakfast  food  culture  america  history 
june 2019 by kme
Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work? - The New York Times |
Aidan Harper, who created a European workweek-shrinkage campaign called 4 Day Week, argues that this is dehumanizing and toxic. “It creates the assumption that the only value we have as human beings is our productivity capability — our ability to work, rather than our humanity,” he told me.

Still, he’s realistic about his place in the rat race. “I try to keep in mind that if I dropped dead tomorrow, all of my acrylic workplace awards would be in the trash the next day,” he wrote, “and my job would be posted in the paper before my obituary.”
employment  hustle  burnout  capitalism  america  culture 
january 2019 by kme
Stephen Colbert accuses Donald Trump of stealing his material |
Well, as Colbert noted, Trump was not only talking out of his, um, gut in the interview, he was also stealing Colbert’s “anti-intellectual property.” Or, rather, Trump’s gut told him to filch a pretty famous bit from “Stephen Colbert,” the defiantly ignorant right-wing foghorn Stephen Colbert character Stephen Colbert played on The Colbert Report. In fact, it was in the very first piece on the very first Colbert Report that “Colbert” coined the term “truthiness” to describe the way in which the foolhardy and willfully reality-averse ignore all inconvenient facts (like science, the free press, fancy book-learnin’) in favor of the reassuringly self-justifying rumble of their gut. With truly prescient Trump-ian unwarranted confidence, “Colbert” proudly claimed that there are more nerve endings in your gut than in your head, and steamrollered right over the pesky fact that that is in no way true by any standard of empirical reality by telling his 2005 viewers that his gut tells him it’s true, and who are you gonna believe.

And this zinger from the comments:
Trump is smarter than Colbert. Trump is the president and Colbert is a closeted, bitter, angry loser. Also, for the record, Trump has never been bankrupt, sweetie. Journalism “school” failed you.
america  news  forthecomments 
november 2018 by kme
Doctors Decry Medical Lobby’s Donations to Pro-Gun Politicians
Wintemute noted, they have to preserve relationships with elected officials with whom they work on a range of policies. Wintemute said doctors should privately push elected officials to embrace policies to reduce gun violence, and should change their everyday medical practice by talking about the issue with colleagues and patients.
guns  policy  america 
november 2018 by kme
What White People Really Mean When They Say #AllLivesMatter | Dame Magazine
Look Becky and Connor, I know it is hard outchere in these streets being White. People are wearing shirts, writing hashtags, and carrying signs anshit that don’t prioritize YOUR lives. Sure, White people are free of any of the dangers, threats or consequences of actually being Black, but I understand it is a struggle to live in a world where you’re not reminded every moment that you matter more than others.
Where was the #AllLivesMatter crowd when we were debating health care and other social-welfare programs on chopping block from the Republican Party? You were too busy talking about welfare queens, moochers, and parasites.
reverseracism  protest  blm  america  inequality 
august 2018 by kme
Breaking Hate: What a Former White Supremacist Says Will End Racism May Suprise You
White people have to understand and acknowledge the privilege, the control that we’ve enjoyed and say this shouldn’t feel like oppression that we’re losing this, it should feel like equalization. And if everybody is equal and has the same access to opportunity, it helps everybody.
hategroups  extremism  america 
august 2018 by kme
U.S. embassy cables warned against expelling 300,000 immigrants. Trump officials did it anyway. - The Washington Post |
John Feeley, a career U.S. diplomat and Latin America expert who resigned as U.S. ambassador to Panama in March, said the TPS decision “was precisely the kind of disregard for professional nonpolitical advice that we saw under Tillerson.”

“This is not a partisan issue; it’s a practical one,” he said. “Does deporting people who have been here legally, following the rules for years, help us achieve our goals of having safe, orderly migration and alleviating the conditions that drive illegal immigration in the first place?”
america  politics  immigration 
may 2018 by kme
The Trouble with First Person Shooters is Deeper than First Person Shooting []
When you’re no one, when you are trash, you’re willing to do anything to stop feeling that way. And it isn’t always even about being bullied, sometimes it’s just about being ignored. I wasn’t the first girl to join the wrestling team at my school, but I was the first to get through 4 years of it in high school, and I was the first one to be made a captain. Truth is, I wasn’t a particularly good athlete in other sports, and I wondered why other women — women far more athletic than me — had failed where I succeeded. And, I think the reason is, those girls were a lot more popular and well liked than I was. They had other avenues of self worth; I had nothing. I was willing to tolerate cutting weight, misogyny from other teams, injury and physical pain so long as I didn’t have to keep feeling like trash. (Note: women’s wresting is always becoming more normalized, and I think there were many great female wrestlers who followed me who were both popular and good wrestlers.)

However, most loners and rejects don’t become mass shooters. I didn’t become one, for example. And that’s because, when those of us “who are trash” are grappling for something to help us “not feel like trash,” we all settle on something different. Had I found Zen in middle school, I probably would never have even known what the craving for violence felt like. Had I joined the army, I might actually have killed some people by now. Had I gone into weapons research or programmed drones (not an uncommon profession for MIT grads) my work may have contributed to the deaths of thousands.

People who debate the question “do violent video games make people violent?” are missing the mark; the question is, “why do we want to play violent video games?” Why do we keep making them? What is appealing about about performing 83,000 virtual murders?

I think part of it is the kind of people we respect. To a large degree, we respect people who have served in the military, and I can see how this came from a place that makes sense. People in the military do difficult things, and often risk their lives, and I think initially it was this kind of sacrifice that we respected. However, over time, it became less about valuing sacrifice and more about valuing power. Civilians started wearing military fatigues and wanting to get big guns to for themselves to get part of the respect that the military gets. However, these people hadn’t made the sacrifices that people in the military do.

James Gilligan was the head psychiatrist of the Massachusetts prison system, and spend decades exploring what made the most violent criminals tick. He said this of people who commit armed crimes: “when you sit down and talk with people who repeatedly commit such crimes, what you hear is, ‘I never got so much respect before in my life as I did when I first pointed a gun at somebody.’”

As part of American culture, the feelings of self worth we get from redemptive violence is something we’re unwilling to give up, even at the cost of other people’s lives. And you know, I get it, I really do. I was a fucking avowed pacifist who secretly wanted to join the army, so I’m not throwing any stones here.

Superhero narratives, for instance, I believe to be one of the most toxic influences in our society in part because no one thinks they’re bad. There’s been a push for more super heroes, girl superheroes, gay super heroes, or whatever. But, ultimately, if we continue to hold up “justified” violence as the ultimate and most respectable form of action, people who want respect will keep finding ways to justify their violence.

On a personal level, we need to stop honoring “the good killers.” We don’t need to vilify them; in fact, I think that would be counterproductive. We just need to stop telling their narratives. To the degree that we honor the military, we should honor those who have suffered, and we should honor those who have saved lives. However, we should not try to make “the look and feel” of military clothing and weaponry trendy, and I would argue that, if possible, any medals or other honors should be given out of uniform. Not because there’s anything wrong with the military uniform, but because a bunch of nut jobs are going to play copy cat and dress up in camo to play military make believe on a series of 4th graders.

By valuing the aesthetics of military service, we turn it into a commodity that people try to purchase for their own self aggrandizement.
fps  guns  schoolshooters  violence  massshootings  america  gaming  veteranworship 
march 2018 by kme
How Wonder Woman and The Last Jedi could make our politics worse | Toronto Star
It could do cultural work. Stowe’s novel galvanized abolitionist sympathizers, unnerved slaveholders and maybe even softened a few hard hearts. Nevertheless, Little Eva’s post-novelistic life as a commodity still functioned, in the words of one of her most severe critics, as an “introduction to consumerism.” Like other sentimental consumer products of the era, Eva responded to desires and beliefs consumers already had.

Thus, according to historian Robin Bernstein, while Eva emerged as the pinnacle of pious white innocence, the novel’s black characters (especially Uncle Tom and the slave girl Topsy) were marketed and sold to consumers as odious cultural stereotypes from which we have yet to fully recover. The circulation of Eva’s image sanded away the particularities of her character, and the intense intimacy that attended ownership during the period enabled her to become a vessel for reinforcing some very ugly cultural norms.
heroines  whitesaviors  america  consumerism 
january 2018 by kme
Americans are pack rats. Swedes have the solution: ‘Death cleaning.’ - The Washington Post |
While Japanese item-control diva Marie Kondo gave us strict instructions to keep only things that spark joy, Magnusson’s book is straightforward and unsentimental (with a bit of humor). The main message from this mother of five is: Take responsibility for your items and don’t leave them as a burden for family and friends. It’s not fair. Magnusson says you can keep things that evoke good memories; there are no hard-and-fast rules such as folding your remaining T-shirts to stand uprigh...
minimalism  housekeeping  packrat  america  sweden 
january 2018 by kme
Pinpointing Racial Discrimination by Government Officials -
If awareness really is the first step toward a fix, then the study may be helpful in refining our understanding of racial discrimination in America. It occurs not only in the labor market and the criminal justice system, but also in countless small frictions every day.

The culprit may not be a hate-spewing white nationalist, but rather a librarian or a school administrator or a county clerk, unaware that shes helping some clients more than others.
bias  discrimination  customerservice  racism  america 
december 2017 by kme
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