“When people in Texas and other states complain about bad laws, the response from progressives in New York City (I use NYC only as an example — there are people in many cities that believe their city is the most progressive in the world) is that they should just pack their bags and hop the first plane to Manhattan. Instead of working to change bad policy, they should abandon their homes, lives, and friends for more liberal pastures.
For most of us, that just isn’t in the cards. My family lives in Texas and Louisiana, and I can’t imagine being far away from them. I live in Dallas, where I get the perks of a major metropolitan area, like 3 a.m. Thai delivery and excellent theatre, while simultaneously getting cheap rent and high wages. As a bonus — I get to live in a pretty progressive area full of great restaurants, urban gardens, cool bars, and best of all — great tacos.
I don’t want to leave my home, and I don’t think I should have to. Texas is a pretty great place, most of the time. I’m not going to let a couple hundred right-wing men in Austin make me leave the state I was raised in.
Progressives deserting Texas, Florida, and others isn’t the way to solve the problems of these states. More organization, more time, and more money from national progressive groups will lead to real, lasting change.”—
I seriously love this. I live in Texas, my whole family is from Louisiana, and this area is a huge part of my life. I love it so much that I want to work to see it change and get better, because those of us who live here and can’t or don’t want to leave deserve better.
Beyond not wanting to move, many of the groups affected by fucked-up legislation simply don’t have the mobility to flee the groups trying to oppress and disenfranchise them. When people talk about how anti-women and anti-immigrant laws are going to lead to a split country, it strikes me as naïve to the point of disingenuous; most of the people affected by these laws do not have the ability to escape them by moving.
A journey into the world of Italy’s racist soccer thugs.
I don’t remember who posted this a few days ago, but this is a really good read. I haven’t been to northern Italy since 2006, but even then there were Liga Nord and swastika graffiti everywhere - I can’t even imagine how it must be now. I mean this is the place where, probably about a month in to my study abroad trip in Verona, we were out at our favorite bar and we met our first friendly Italians. We were having a really good time, and then some youngish northern Italian dude with a sweater tied around his shoulders felt the need to pull my friend aside and tell her that ‘those men’ we were sitting with were….Sardinian! The horror! and he looked at her like he expected her to rampage about the place and start berating the nice Sardinians for having the nerve to exist. She just looked at him like he was crazy and said, “yes I know, they told us…” “You know they are ALL criminals, right? You shouldn’t trust them. Don’t be alone with them.” So yeah, I am not at all surprised that a sizable contingent of northern Italians have channeled their bizarre xenophobic tendencies into a virulent racism against people who don’t look like their goddamn grandfathers.
1. Serie A is the worst.
2. Good on ESPN the Magazine for pushing long form sports writing.
3. Holy crap, this page design. Responsive to browser window size, beautiful graphics, super compelling. MEGA impressed.
“One study had people sit in front of an array of objects, then grab and manipulate a specific sequence of objects, as directed by a computer voice. Sometimes the computer voice said things like, “Move the box.” Other times it added a filler word, saying, “Move the, uh, box.” The task wasn’t complex, and people had no trouble following the directions. Still, they were quicker to follow directions that involved objects they hadn’t yet manipulated when their instructions included an “uh.” To listeners, “uh” indicates that something new, which requires more mental processing on the part of the speaker, is about to be introduced. This helped the study participants put themselves in the right mindset of choosing from the as-yet unfamiliar objects. So even a word that’s no more than a grunt is helpful. Which is good, because all languages have verbal filler. American Sign Language has a sign for “um,” and most languages have some monosyllable that has no meaning but indicates a pause”—