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Re: “Checking Your Privilege

"No matter how hard you worked to gain your wealth, it's still a privilege." Really? Hard work is a privilege? 60-70 work weeks: privilege. Overtime, taking on extra assignments, squeezing in grad school at nights/weekends to make oneself more valuable to the firm: privileges all. Those aren't special rights or advantages; See: Calvinist work ethic.

Free phones & wi-fi & cheese & healthcare & birth control & SNAP & discounted housing, etc. Sleeping in, limited to zero responsibilities (familial or societal), & knowing "the government" will take care of ones needs - THOSE are privileges.

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Posted by Long Duck Dong on 04/27/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Revisions of Overton Gateway Plan Revealed

Planning for parking is a common zoning requirement in most large cities. Maybe that should be our standard as well. We already have the Zoo predating our green spaces. It would be best to plan for the activity which will be there BEFORE construction of the apartments, not after they go up.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by OakTree on 04/27/2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Revisions of Overton Gateway Plan Revealed

But BP45, what if people aren't smart enough to realize that Southern identity isn't actually synonymous with Rural identity?

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 04/27/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Sounding the Call

Funny, when opiates were only a problem in the inner city, calling them junkies and ostracizing them from the community so they could OD quickly and remove their burden from society was goal #1.

Now a bunch of cute kids from the suburbs start snorting Oxy overprescribed for wisdom tooth eruptions, and they get sympathy?

You don't think Urban Joe Junkie didn't have a toothache, backache, and heartache when he got into bad medicine? But of course he couldn't afford an expensive office visit, so he started off at Dr. Feelgood to begin with.

But hey, who wants to be held responsible for healing the rift caused by this massive double standard between rich and poor, urban and suburban? Not those responsible, obviously.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by FUNKbrs on 04/27/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “When Local News Isn't Local: A "Guns & Bunnies" Slideshow

How many times does the news have to break before we admit it's broken?

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 04/27/2017 at 1:03 PM

Re: “When Local News Isn't Local: A "Guns & Bunnies" Slideshow

@Timeout

Ain't that that truth. Every time I hear the program start with "Breaking News" and it is some car wreck, all I can think of is "Breaking News: You are a bunch of Dumbasses"

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 04/27/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Guns & Bunnies: What's Really on the News in Memphis?

The focus on the sports mentality in an underdog city skews towards higher violence. http://www.businessinsider.com/exchange-students-american-high-schools-easier-2017-3

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Posted by Mamie M. T. Whitington on 04/27/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “When Local News Isn't Local: A "Guns & Bunnies" Slideshow

And everything is "Breaking News"...

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Posted by Timeout4 on 04/27/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “No New Taxes in Mayor's New Budget

Brilliant at the basics my ass. It's more like brilliant at the bullshit.

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Posted by lfine on 04/27/2017 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Revisions of Overton Gateway Plan Revealed

Breaking: You live in the middle of a city. Cities should strive to be densely populated.

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Posted by BP45 on 04/27/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Sounding the Call

"..So the best people were quite determined not to see Linda. And Linda, for her part, had no desire to see them. The return to civilization was for her the return to SOMA, was the possibility of lying in bed and taking holiday after holiday, without ever having to come back to a headache or a fit of vomiting, without ever being made to feel as you always felt after peyotl, as though you'd done something so shamefully anti-social that you could never hold up your head again.

SOMA played none of these unpleasant tricks. The holiday it gave was perfect and, if the morning after was disagreeable, it was so, not intrinsically, but only by comparison with the joys of the holiday. The remedy was to make the holiday continuous. Greedily she clamoured for ever larger, ever more frequent doses.

Dr. Shaw at first demurred; then let her have what she wanted. She took as much as twenty grammes a day. 'Which will finish her off in a month or two,' the doctor confided to Bernard. 'One day the respiratory centre will be paralyzed. No more breathing. Finished. And a good thing too. If we could rejuvenate, of course it would be different. But we can't.'..."

Brave New World, A. Huxley, 1932

Posted by OakTree on 04/27/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “When Local News Isn't Local: A "Guns & Bunnies" Slideshow

"When you gaze long into the Abyss, the Abyss gazes into you..." F. Nietzsche

So make sure you clear your internet cache on the regular.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/27/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Disunity

"This is not about money! This is about power!" she said as she grabbed your wallet and ran.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 04/27/2017 at 2:31 AM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

Not a cargo jet. A Whale oil lamp.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 04/27/2017 at 2:24 AM

Re: “Be Polite. Be Good.

Soon, there will be video of every moment, every day, and everything. Can't say I look forward to that, but it will clear the air.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 04/27/2017 at 2:22 AM

Re: “State Outsourcing Contract Signed Early, Seen As 'Betrayal of Public Trust'

Sounds like the fictional Litchfield Prison in the Netflix show Orange is the New Black when it's bought out by a private corporation and everything goes to hell, eventually erupting in riots.

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Posted by Alisha Wallheimer on 04/27/2017 at 2:06 AM

Re: “MATA President Won't Give Start Date for Trolley System

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Posted by Jennifer Leo on 04/26/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Schedule for Local Democrats' Reorganization Efforts

@CL - I actually only heard people call it that fairly recently. I was talking about old historic neighborhoods in Memphis with AC Wharton a while back, and he told me some stuff about it. There are still a lot of places in the city where I don't know the long story, just the annotated Cliff's Notes.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/26/2017 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Schedule for Local Democrats' Reorganization Efforts

Oak,
I heard about the "Pic/Pick" from some friends who lived there as children. It was a very mixed and rowdy or bawdy place, very cultural.
I went ggogling and came up with this link to a book by Mike Honey, an activist I remember from my youth. But I don't think it gets too deeply into the fun side of the neighborhood.

Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights: Organizing Memphis Workers
By Michael K. Honey

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Posted by CL Mullins on 04/26/2017 at 10:01 PM

Re: “State Outsourcing Contract Signed Early, Seen As 'Betrayal of Public Trust'

Cross my palm with silver, and I will tell you your future...

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Posted by OakTree on 04/26/2017 at 7:14 PM

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