notoriousrbg:

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg had to have her new moniker, Notorious R.B.G., explained to her by her clerks. But you can’t always count on clerks to really understand rap. So a new amicus brief filed by Clay Calvert on behalf of Nielson and Kubrin, together with the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida in Gainesville, presents the history and essence of rap music."
Dahlia Lithwick, Schooling the Supreme Court on Rap Music, Slate (Sept. 17, 2014).

I’m going to have to find some time to read that amicus brief (which I believe is linked in the above article).
On a more serious note, I don’t know how to feel about this case.  There’s really a lot going on here— it seems to involve so many complicated issues:
free speech vs. “true threats”, 
posts to social media that can really easily be read as threats of extreme violence, 
the right of artistic expression, 
societal biases that cause a lot of people (especially white people) to see rap music as inherently criminal, 
whether a third party’s objectively reasonable fear or the author’s actual intent should be the deciding factor, etc.
My gut instinct is to say the lower court’s instruction on the “reasonable person” standard was correct.  I see some danger down the road, especially in cases where a person leaves their abuser, who then posts threatening language about the person who left but with the disclaimer that they don’t mean what they’re saying literally.
At the same time, this is a criminal case, and I do admit that a specific form of intent is a required element that must be proved to convict for most crimes.
That’s not even getting into some of the other complicating factors about this case, but I really don’t know.  I’d definitely be willing to debate/ hear arguments for both sides on this one.  
Any other law nerds have thoughts on this?

notoriousrbg:

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg had to have her new moniker, Notorious R.B.G., explained to her by her clerks. But you can’t always count on clerks to really understand rap. So a new amicus brief filed by Clay Calvert on behalf of Nielson and Kubrin, together with the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida in Gainesville, presents the history and essence of rap music."

Dahlia Lithwick, Schooling the Supreme Court on Rap Music, Slate (Sept. 17, 2014).

I’m going to have to find some time to read that amicus brief (which I believe is linked in the above article).

On a more serious note, I don’t know how to feel about this case.  There’s really a lot going on here— it seems to involve so many complicated issues:

  • free speech vs. “true threats”,
  • posts to social media that can really easily be read as threats of extreme violence,
  • the right of artistic expression,
  • societal biases that cause a lot of people (especially white people) to see rap music as inherently criminal,
  • whether a third party’s objectively reasonable fear or the author’s actual intent should be the deciding factor, etc.

My gut instinct is to say the lower court’s instruction on the “reasonable person” standard was correct.  I see some danger down the road, especially in cases where a person leaves their abuser, who then posts threatening language about the person who left but with the disclaimer that they don’t mean what they’re saying literally.

At the same time, this is a criminal case, and I do admit that a specific form of intent is a required element that must be proved to convict for most crimes.

That’s not even getting into some of the other complicating factors about this case, but I really don’t know.  I’d definitely be willing to debate/ hear arguments for both sides on this one.  

Any other law nerds have thoughts on this?

@4 hours ago with 154 notes
#law #SCOTUS #first amendment #rap music #Elonis v United States 

buttonpoetry:

Portland Poetry Slam - “Choose Your Own Adventure”

"Every morning starts with a dark room and an ominous door."

Brenna Twohy, Alex Dang, Doc Luben, and Leyna Rynearson, performing at the 2014 National Poetry Slam. Subscribe to Button on YouTube!

@6 days ago with 1400 notes
#poetry #slam poetry #Portland Poetry Slam 

Justice Department to Investigate Ferguson, Missouri, Police - NBC News 

shortformblog:

Our man Pete Williams with the scoop:

The Justice Department intends to launch a civil rights investigation of the entire Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department, according to administration officials.

An announcement of the investigation is planned for Thursday.

With the help of the FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has been investigating last month’s fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, who was wounded several times by a Ferguson police officer. The shooting touched off several days of sometimes violent protest.

But this new investigation would be much broader, looking at the conduct of the entire Ferguson Police Department over the past several years.

The Justice Department will also look at the practices of the county police department, but that will be a more cooperative investigation, an administration official said.

The wide scope of this investigation is a big deal.

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@2 weeks ago with 1049 notes
#law #civil rights #racial justice #Ferguson #police brutality tw 

art-and-barricades:

Q: How many male novelists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: The beast, which had represented his feelings, was dead. “I think I’ll do a pushup,” he announced to the sea. The sea respected him for it.

Male Novelist Jokes" by Mallory Ortberg.

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@3 weeks ago with 3846 notes
#poetry #Mallory Ortberg #funny 

gothiccharmschool:

mybigfatgaylife:

spyderqueen:

tomato-greens:

enigmaticrose:

We’re funny, okay?

THIS IS EXCELLENT except I have to disagree with one point: Jane Austen wouldn’t be hella annoying on social media - she’d just be trolling all the time.

Hemingway would also have some major MRA backers probably. He wouldn’t be one (he’d just be a regular misogynistic bastard) but his followers would be harassing anyone who called it out.

Faulkner has no use for twitter and his blog posts are interminable.

Robert Frost’s Instagram tho.

And Poe and Lovecraft trying to outdo each other with Two-Sentence Horror Stories.

And Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, and Sylvia Plath deliberately trolling MRAs.

And Polidori would tag “@DevilEnglishman” in every. Single. Post, trying to start a twitter war in the hopes of gaining followers.

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@3 weeks ago with 6851 notes
#literature #nerdery #authors 

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@4 weeks ago with 188349 notes
#gpoy #Parks and Recreation #guess who hasn't gone to the gym this week #whoops 
housingworksbookstore:

The Jewish Book Council has created this neat literary map of NYC that highlights some of the Jewish writers who’ve written about the city. The map includes Dara Horn, Philip Roth, J. D. Salinger, and many more. (via A Jewish Literary Map of NYC | Electric Literature)

housingworksbookstore:

The Jewish Book Council has created this neat literary map of NYC that highlights some of the Jewish writers who’ve written about the city. The map includes Dara Horn, Philip Roth, J. D. Salinger, and many more. (via A Jewish Literary Map of NYC | Electric Literature)

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@1 month ago with 126 notes
#literature #jewish writers #in other news i now have several books to add to my to-read list 

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@1 month ago with 14963 notes
#Oscar Wilde #punny #literature #nerdery 
@1 day ago with 61540 notes
#art #randomness 

Bryan Fuller On American Gods: Casting A White Man To Play Shadow Would Make Us TV’s “Biggest Assholes” | The Mary Sue 

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@1 week ago with 21 notes
#American Gods #Neil Gaiman #Bryan Fuller #TW for racial slur in a quote in the article 

mallowninja:

thisshitfunny:

thatdudeemu:

queerasfuck88:

Jon Stewart Goes After Fox in Powerful Ferguson Monologue

I been waiting for the daily show to come back so they could cover this

Jon rip them boys a new asshole 

"You’re tired of hearing it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it."

hey i’ve found my new response if anyone i know gets mad at me for talking about the ferguson bullshit

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@3 weeks ago with 90697 notes
#Ferguson #Jon Stewart #Daily Show #racism #racial justice 

Scott Bradlee & Post Modern Jukebox:  ”Creep - Vintage Soul Radiohead Cover ft. Karen Marie”

@3 weeks ago with 1 note
#music #scott bradlee and postmodern jukebox #karen marie #covers 

In Other News, Poetry:

@4 weeks ago with 1 note

Ferguson from my TL- August 18 (2/3)

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Ways you can help:

https://twitter.com/SheSeauxSaditty

http://afro-dykey.tumblr.com/post/95096989345/things-you-can-do-for-ferguson

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@1 month ago with 59592 notes
#ferguson #police brutality tw #social justice #civil rights #racial justice 

"

A woman who hates you is playing the pianoforte.

You have five hundred a year. From who? Five hundred what? No one knows. No one cares. You have it. It’s yours. Every year. All five hundred of it.

A charming man attempts to flirt with you. This is terrible.

You are in a garden, and you are astonished.

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@1 month ago with 29871 notes
#Jane Austen #literature #nerdery