This article raises my objection to the idea of an “ugliest accent” too. In a nutshell: All the “ugliest” accents are accents that are the most working-class.
(Disclosure: The Pittsburgh accent won, and of course that’s the accent of my homeland. And that means, that even if I didn’t object to this on classism grounds, I’d object to calling any accent “ugly” that is spoken by some of the most beloved people in my life.)
“Thus, when I see an article titled “Gamers are dead,” referring to the death of the popular trope of a pasty young man in a dimly lit room, it fills me with joy, because it means WE FUCKING WON. So many people are playing games now that they are popular culture. They are not going away. All sorts of cool things, that I like, are now things that a whole bunch of other people like! There’s enough space now for people to make games that are strange and disturbing and maybe highlight a different perspective of the world, because gaming is no longer a niche activity, it’s something that everybody does. There is room for art in video games. That’s awesome!”—
“Even more fascinating is how these insecurities have allowed some gamers to consider themselves a downtrodden minority, despite their continued dominance of every meaningful sector of the games industry, from development to publishing to criticism. That demonstrates a strange and seemingly contradictory “overdog” phenomenon: The most powerful members of a culture often perceive an increase in social equality as a form of persecution. (To wit: the significant number of white Americans who say they face more racism than black people, or the persecution complex of some conservative Christians who believe that increasing cultural acceptance of gays and reproductive rights has transformed them into an oppressed minority—despite the fact that more than 80 percent of Americans identity as Christians.)”—Gamergate Goons Can Scream All They Want, But They Can’t Stop Progress | WIRED
“Instead of grappling with the fundamental principles that have wrought this system, however, popular culture has transformed it into a way of disciplining the women who manifest it most vividly. To call someone “basic” is to look into the abyss of continually flattening capitalist dystopia and, instead of articulating and interrogating the fear, transform it into casual misogyny. And that’s a behavior far more troubling — and regressive — than taking pleasure in all things pumpkin spice.”—"Basic" Is Just Another Word For Class Anxiety
I think it’s pretty awful. What if there is no CVS near you?
I think what you’ll see happen is that the major national chain pharmacies are going to start dropping tobacco products as well. CVS/Caremark is like an 800-lb gorilla of pharmacy benefit managers. (The other big one is ExpressScripts, which merged with Medco a couple years ago.) This represents a huge chunk of customers. Plus the big pharmacy associations all oppose the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. (Hence why I know all the people cheering about it- I spent 7 years working for the biggest and oldest pharmacists association.)
Insurers aren’t stupid- they know people will complain to their HR departments, who will renegotiate with their brokers and leave the insurer sucking up the cost, or they’ll switch plans if they buy insurance on the health exchange. It’s a far more competitive market for health insurance than it used to be, which is why insurers are already scrambling to set up tobacco-free networks. The only question is how long it will take for selling tobacco to become less profitable than NOT selling tobacco.
This has been a long time coming- it’s sort of like smoking bans in bars- one jurisdiction has to show that it can work and doesn’t drive everyone out of business, then that opens the door for everywhere else. I think it’ll be that way- within a year or so you’ll start seeing at least national pharmacy chains dropping it, and then possibly grocery store chains with big pharmacy programs.
OR it could all backfire, insurers start going with ExpressScripts over Caremark for PBM services, and Caremark has to drop this requirement.
Either way, I doubt it will be a problem for long- I’m assuming there are indeed areas of America not completely saturated with CVSes- they’re like Starbucks in DC.
“To understand how CVS can wield this kind of influence over other pharmacy chains, you have to understand how its business works. Most of us know CVS as the pharmacy chain with brick and mortar stores all across the country. And that is a big part of CVS’ business. But another big part of CVS’ business is Caremark, a pharmacy benefits manager. Caremark is a company that insurance plans contract with to run the drug side of health coverage, doing things like setting up a pharmacy network and determining co-payments. Most health insurers use pharmacy benefit managers and, in that world, Caremark is one of the biggest players. And CVS announced today that it’s bringing Caremark into the fight against tobacco, too. Caremark-managed health plans will now charge an additional $15 co-pay for any drugs picked up in a pharmacy that sells tobacco products,”—
“The result is “Adorable-izing Hate,” a fledgling project turning negative internet commentary into cute artwork. In a blog post about the project, Brian explained how soothing she found the process and invited her followers to share their own experiences with hateful comments.”—
An article about turning internet hate into embroidery. Which I found via Rachel Held Evans, who started printing her hate mail and doing origami with it, while praying for the sender, as a Lenten practice.
“It seems to me that while what it pretends to criticize is unoriginality of thought and action, most of what basic actually seeks to dismiss is consumption patterns — what you watch, what you drink, what you wear, and what you buy — without dismissing consumption itself. The basic girl’s sin isn’t liking to shop, it’s cluelessly lusting after the wrong brands, the ones that announce themselves loudly and have shareholders they need to satisfy. (The right brands are much more expensive and subtle and, usually, privately owned.)”—What Do You Really Mean by ‘Basic Bitch’? — The Cut
First, you’re gonna roast a chicken. Get a roasting chicken. If you can, get the fancy, organic, free-range chicken. You’re going to do basically nothing to the chicken so it’s worth investing in. But if money is tight, no worries! This will still be delicious with your basic $.29/lb roasting chicken.
Preheat your oven to like 450 degrees (Fahrenheit, or whatever the corresponding Celsius is. You want it HOT.)
Unwrap the chicken, rinse it off, and then pat it dry with paper towels. (Patting it dry is important!) Once you’ve got it as dry as you reasonably can, take some salt (kosher salt if you’ve got it) and rain it down over the chicken until you can see crystals all over the skin. Note that I didn’t say “sprinkle.” Make it RAIN. You want a nice, visible layer of salt on the skin.
Put it in a roasting pan with a rack. Don’t have one? A baking dish will be fine; the idea of the rack is just to keep it out of its own drippings.
Stick it in your preheated oven. For a 4lb chicken, you want to roast it about an hour. Until a probe thermometer shows about 165 degrees F. Set a timer for an hour.
Once your chicken is in the oven, its time to prep some veg.
You can do this one of two ways:
1. You can cut a bunch of celery, carrots, and onions into chunks, maybe add some whole mushrooms and a couple garlic cloves, toss them all with olive oil, sprinkle some salt/pepper, put ‘em in a baking dish, and shove ‘em into the oven with the chicken at the 30 minute mark.
2. You can cut up some cauliflower and broccoli, toss ‘em in olive oil, sprinkle salt, pepper, and whole cumin, spread them out on a cookie sheet (spray it with cooking spray first) at about the 35 minute mark. Then mix some Greek yogurt with some feta cheese, and put a dollop of that on the veg.
When everything is done cooking, pull it all out but let the chicken rest in the pan for 5-10 minutes. Put some thyme in the drippings. When you carve the chicken, drizzle some drippings over the meat.
The skin should be all crackly because you dried the chicken before roasting.
Open up a bottle of white wine and have some dinner.
SAVE THE BONES/CARCASS. You can throw it into some water with some carrot/celery/onion chunks and a bay leaf and make homemade chicken stock. Either put it all into a large pot with enough water to cover the carcass, bring to a boil, and simmer for a couple of hours, OR stick it in a slow cooker and cook it on high for 8 hours or low for 12.
When you notice that your baby is suddenly looking like a little boy, there’s definitely an element of “No! Stop! Be my baby forever!”
But then you realize that every passing day brings you a little closer to having words to just TELL you what he wants instead of crying until you guess, and you think… maybe this growing up stuff is awesome.
And THEN you realize that as soon as he has the words to do it, he’s going to sass you, and you’re back to wishing he could stay a baby forever. Because he’s already declaring, “All done!” in the middle of a diaper change and trying to wander off while nekkid.
And THEN you remember that you do still have to change poopy diapers and you’re back to thinking that growing up is awesome.
It’s kind of emotional whiplash, is what I’m saying.
The thing about sexism being this pervasive, structural thing, is that guys get really defensive when something they did gets called out as sexist. And look, the whole point is that it’s pervasive and you don’t notice, and just because you do a thing doesn’t mean you’re an unreconstructed misogynist from the bowels of GamerGate… it just means that this gross cultural soup of sexism we’re all marinating in has just… soaked in a little.
You’re not a bad person because you absorbed the grossness around you- we ALL do, which is why it’s so pernicious. It’s just… once it’s been pointed out, make an effort, you know?
(I totally do some of the stuff on this list and have not been able to break myself of the habit. It’s a process, y’all. All any of us can do is try to be better.)
I don’t do anything especially high profile, but after now WEEKS, MONTHS, YEARS of watching women get bullied offline for like, having opinions in public, I’m starting to lock my online life down a little bit. Some links:
Note that Spokeo will throttle you after a few requests for removal, and probably after far fewer listings than actually exist for you if you’ve moved around a bit or ever changed your name. So you’ll need to stick with it. Most of the Spokeo info is indeed available from other sources, but it’s a common thing for trolls to use because it’s cheap and easy. Why should harassment be cheap and easy?
“Before, the Pentagon’s response to climate change focused chiefly on preparing military installations to adapt to its effects, like protecting coastal naval bases from rising sea levels. The new report, however, calls on the military to incorporate climate change into broader strategic thinking about high-risk regions — for example, the ways in which drought and food shortages might set off political unrest in the Middle East and Africa.”—
“[Council Member Jim] Graham supports Democrat Muriel E. Bowser (Ward 4) for mayor but notes that voters face a difficult choice between [Council Member David] Catania’s harsh efficiency and Bowser’s thin record: “One gets things done with a few broken bones, and the other doesn’t get things done.””—
“When we at Floate build things for people, I always ask “how could someone screw this up for shits and giggles?” People tend to think I’m joking but I’m deadly serious because if your site, network, or product becomes a playground for a bunch of jerks, it turns off the people whose time and attention you’re really trying to obtain. Almost nobody ever got a promotion doing that.”—
“At least 29 states have laws that explicitly criminalize parents’ failure to protect their children from abuse. In addition, prosecutors in at least 19 states can use other, more general laws against criminal negligence in the care of a child or placing a child in a dangerous situation.
Only a handful of state laws provide specific defenses for parents who reasonably feared they would be harmed if they stepped in to stop child abuse.
Many prosecutors defend the laws and the harsh sentences as sending a message that mothers must defend their children, even if their own safety is at risk. Domestic violence advocates counter that such sentences are unjust — and a sign that the criminal justice system does not understand how battering victimizes women.”—
People think feminism means that there’s a group of women somewhere that want to take trousers with pockets away from men and give them to women, and give men trousers with fake pockets, while in reality feminism is the general idea that everyone should have trousers with pockets, because pockets are awesome.
“Jillian C. York, director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is one of many civil libertarians who believe Facebook and other social media platforms should not screen this, or any, content at all. “It of course must be noted that the company—like any company—is well within its rights to regulate speech as it sees fit,” she wrote in a May 2013 piece in Slate in response to growing activism. “The question is not can Facebook censor speech, but rather, should it?” She argues that censoring any content “sets a dangerous precedent for special interest groups looking to bring their pet issue to the attention of Facebook’s censors.”
When the problem involves half the world’s population, it’s difficult to classify it as a “pet issue.” What’s more, there are free speech issues on both sides of the regulated content equation. “We have the expressive interests of the harassers to threaten, to post photos, to spread defamation, rape threats, lies on the one hand,” explains Citron. “And on the other hand you have the free speech interests, among others, of the victims, who are silenced and are driven offline.””—The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women - The Atlantic
DC has a lot off neighborhoods that have become/are becoming “White people having brunch” neighborhoods quite rapidly. Gentrification!
And personally, my objection isn’t so much to brunch food (which is awesome) or even getting up late and still wanting eggs (the way to my heart is to serve breakfast food all day), it’s this:
People who can brunch regularly are a very specific demographic: childless people with disposable income who don’t have anywhere in particular to be on a Sunday morning. Which is fine, and that group (of which I used to be a member) needs restaurants too, but they do not need ALL the restaurants in a neighborhood.
When people talk about gentrification and displacement, they aren’t just talking about what happens when housing prices rise; they’re talking about when the neighborhood businesses all flip over their offerings to serving the DINKs (dual income, no kids) and not to working class people, seniors on fixed incomes, families who want to get breakfast at 8AM, etc.
Opening at 11AM to so people can pay $30 for leftovers-topped-with-eggs and bottomless mimosas is a big ol’ Welcome sign to one specific group of people, but also a “we are not interested in serving you” to a whole lot of other groups of people.
The brunch wave is coming to my neighborhood- the new places opening up are kind of spendy, and they offer brunch, and even if they expected to offer breakfast they generally don’t… and that’s fine and good, but I still need a place to go at 8AM on a Saturday that’ll serve my kid a scrambled egg and a pancake where we won’t be surrounded by hungover 20-somethings glaring at my kid for daring to be a kid around them while they consume their hair of the dog or whatever.
“I’m getting out, too. It would be unreasonable to say that I’ll never again eat a meal that blurs the lines between breakfast and lunch (especially if grits are involved). What I can’t do anymore is live the brunch lifestyle, which has become a parody of itself. Now that I see brunch for what it is — conspicuous consumption disguised as urbanity — I can’t enjoy it. And I know how to poach an egg at home. It’s just not that hard.”—Brunch Is for Jerks - NYTimes.com
“Perhaps the reason the WaPo is so confused is that FBI Director James Comey has told the media that Apple’s anti-backdoor stance only protects criminals. Unfortunately he’s not seeing beyond his own job, and WaPo didn’t look much further. Apple’s anti-backdoor policy aims to protect everyone. The following is a list of real threats their policy would thwart. Not threats to terrorists or kidnappers, but to 300 million Americans and 7 billion humans who are moving their intimate documents into the cloud. Make no mistake, what Apple and Google are proposing protects you. Whether you’re a regular, honest person, or a US legislator trying to understand this issue, understand this list.”—The Horror of a ‘Secure Golden Key’
“But “the olds” (as techy millennials often refer to people over 35) can sometimes get in on the act, too. Consider YOLO, an acronym for the phrase “you only live once,” which is said to have originated in Drake’s “The Motto.” (“You only live once, that’s the motto,” he raps — adding an epithet — “YOLO.”) Usage has trickled down, first from Internet culture to marketers and, then finally, to moms.”—