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Nick Offerman’s response to “Will you build your own casket?” is too perfect.

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Nick Offerman’s response to “Will you build your own casket?” is too perfect.

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#Nick Offerman #Chris Pratt #randomness 

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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?

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#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!

@2 weeks ago with 1605 notes
#poetry #slam poetry #Portland Poetry Slam 

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

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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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@3 weeks ago with 1050 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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@1 month ago with 4135 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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#literature #nerdery #authors 

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#gpoy #Parks and Recreation #guess who hasn't gone to the gym this week #whoops 

riddlersgammon:

that time of year is approaching

scary lawn decorations

terrifying tv programs

people in costumes going door to door

election season

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@1 week ago with 128479 notes
#politics #elections #voting 

Show, Don’t Tell

(So, I was incredibly honored when a close friend of mine asked me to write a poem to read at his wedding.  I wanted to make sure it was as perfect as possible for him and his new husband, because they are both amazing people and deserve the best love poem ever.  The wedding took place last weekend, and I am just glad they liked it, and hope it did them justice!)

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Show, Don’t Tell

For Adam and Sean on their wedding day

It’s more than just mechanics—
chemicals whispering along
the telephone wires of your veins,
passing through your bloodstream
compound messages that telegraph
the complexities of your dual circuitry,
that tell your hearts to beat faster,
that instruct your guts to invite sensations
which mimic pulsing wings,
that raise your body temperatures—
as if, for you both,
the world’s become your greenhouse.

 These are only ancillary—
            physical constructions,
            the most obvious
            bodily evidence of the truth:

Look more to how your eyes meet
and how your hands fit together
like that’s their intended purpose,
clinging to each grasping moment
after such a long separation;
how, like cartographers sketching maps,
you charted your circumferences around each other,
lines of connection drawing you together
up and down the coast, across the sky.

 What phrases you found, in those first conversations
made hazy with late night subtly leading you into dawn
when clock hands pointed out the time and miles intercepting,
(every sentiment preserved in electronic memory),
the phonemes lit upon in your exchange of smoke signals,
rising from the tips of your tongues, sparks of synapses
starting fires in your hearts—
the air between you is electric
and gives credence to the flame. 

Look to secrets and signals, codes indecipherable
except to those who so devised them;
vow to diagram your exchange of promises
in your favorite hidden language.
The old maxim says to write what you know,
but love has a vaster vocabulary
than simple bouquets of metaphors,
adds up to more than zeros and ones,
and gives more than candy boxes of clichés. 

So look to more than surface signs
when love has marked not just your words,
but your actions and your every cue;
shown fluency in every breath,
complementary schematics that join you together
to make the most of your best selves
and find in each other
the soft-spoken cadence of devotion.

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#poetry #my friends are awesome #is this the real life? 
@1 week ago with 62011 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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@2 weeks ago with 20 notes
#American Gods #Neil Gaiman #Bryan Fuller #TW for racial slur in a quote in the article 

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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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@1 month ago with 91105 notes
#Ferguson #Jon Stewart #Daily Show #racism #racial justice 

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

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

In Other News, Poetry:

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