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Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

It's a blue devil, not a devil. The Blue Devils are named after the mascot of a military group in WWI.

As to 2nd amendment, the university has nothing to do with this letter. It was written by fellow classmates and signed by several thousand fellow alumni all exercising our own right to free speech. No one has muzzled him, we disagree with him. While he was a student at Duke he had several platforms that he hand his white supremacist buddy who held the Nebo-Nazi rally in DC last year used to freely voice their views. These ewe really the Duke Chronicle, the student newspaper and the conservative club.

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Posted by RBeck on 02/19/2017 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Movie Review: Passengers Proves a Bad Ending Can Ruin an Otherwise Good Movie

Best ending should have been:

Aurora got really hurt by projectile (in movie it hit her arm). It should have done massive damage to body causing fatal bleeding.
Jim hurt by that plasma going through the tunnel but he is ok.
Aurora saves him like she did but after catching him and pulling him close to her, goes unconscious due to blood loss. She is near death.
Jim carries her to healing chamber. Puts her inside. Computer informs 100% chance to save Aurora.
Camera should be on Jim's face before he presses O.K. button to start healing.
His face expression should be like he discovered something ( the option to put Aurora to sleep). His eye become a little watery, we hear beep to start the procedure. The screen goes dark.
She wakes up, image is blurry. She sees a man(looks like Jim), she smiles. Vision clears. The man in front of her is not Jim. Her smile disappears. She cries. Jim is long gone

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Posted by Sergej on 02/19/2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

I'm seriously puzzled at people who feel oppressed and abused because they can't exercise their racism, homophobia, and socioeconomic sense of superiority over others. You're not victims, you create victims. No one's forcing you to convert to a different religion, nationality, sexual preference or economic status. We just don't want to be like you. Your rage comes from not being able to force your dogma on everyone. We never voted to ban your religious schools, we just don't want to go to yours, nor do we want to have your dogma imposed on others, in a non-religious school. And please don't give me the old "But Obama/HRC were evil!" blather. Look up "Tu quoque fallacy", that's you.

You felt cornered because instead of evolving, or just keeping your medieval mindset to yourselves, you chose to be brainwashed by a deluge of fallacious, Neo-Nazi blogs and tabloids that turned you into a rabid, pro-dictator imbecile. Those who worship the Orange idiot because he, unlike Obama and HRC, promised to give you jobs. Really? Were you not so brainwashed by con artists who validated your ignorance, you'd have found, in another 5 minutes of basic internet research, that Trump, who could easily have afforded to bring thousands of jobs to America, at every level, by building two or three manufacturing plants, chose to spend decades, using an extensive chain pf global suppliers, Trump Las Vegas is made of cheap Chinese steel, Chinese sweatshops, as are his and Ivanka's clothing and home lines. The Hill, a conservative media source is saying, openly, that Trump is pressuring the Dept. of
Labor to let their VA Trump Winery operation to bring foreign workers here.
They're dismissing park rangers, silencing NASA, USDA, dismantling the EPA, allowing unrestricted killing of wildlife, no more protection from the endangered species list, so they can clear the land, and make money off it, and you get nothing. So lay off the self-righteousness, your popular vote loser is a sleazy con man, manipulated by a Breitbart Nazi, and a Kremlin dictator, and you think you have the right to stand up and proclaim these clowns are saving America and we should bend over or leave? Sorry. No. You go back to Munich 1933, or the 12th Century, or the Stalinist Gulag.

Dissent is what kept America from remaining as just another British Colony. Independent thinking, with respect for differences in race and creed, is at the foundation of this nation. You are not entitled to impose an Aryan pride, fascist, redneck regime on the rest of your fellow Americans. You make me ashamed of being human, White and American. Then I remembered the Bill of rights was written for everyone, even those who hate each other, but know better than to let an unhinged TV personality and his lying lackeys and puppet masters destroy what took centuries to build. Rant over. Love, from one of the 65,844,954 people who have more regard for what America truly means, than 62,979,879 of you, and will not rest until a real president is in charge. Republican, Democrat, Independent, whoever's not a massive embarrassment, like the clowns we have now. We'll demand inquiries, investigations, open dossiers, tax records, and we won't be alone, because most of the free world find Trump, Bannon, Miller, Ryan, McConnel, etc. just as repulsive as we do.

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Posted by EveM on 02/19/2017 at 6:42 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

It was my understanding that institutions of higher education were proponents of 2nd amendment rights, and forums where differing opinions were debated, yet respected. It has become overwhelmingly clear, not in this instance alone, that our colleges and universities are narrow minded and judgmental. Opinions that are not in line with their liberal mindsets are ridiculed and labeled as prejudiced or intolerant. Individuals whose politics are not in line with their current belief system are called HItler, or dangerous. Here's some advice from an American woman of average intelligence who lives in the real world. I go to work every week day 9-5, I pay my taxes and play with my grandchildren. I pray for the future of our country and do my best to make the world a better place with the way I live my life. I have no political aspirations, and my only hope is that the America I love and live in is a safe and free home for my children and grandchildren when I leave this earth.......the reason that Donald Trump was elected is that America is tired of you-we are tired of you advocating the taking away of our rights and freedoms -the very foundations that our country was founded on-under the guise of tolerance and diversity. We are tired of politicians, the press, the wealthy-the "intellectually elite" thinking they know what is best for us and skewing news, polls, and studies to make sure that they are proven to be correct. Average American's are not nearly as stupid as you think we are. It appears that all of you may wish to enroll in a new institute of higher learning-the school of COMMON SENSE. It seems that it is seriously lacking in our current educational and political system.

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Posted by kayt on 02/19/2017 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Video Premiere: Phil Cook and Skylar Gudasz Nod to Alice Gerrard in New Tribute Clips

Wow! I am speechless. Skylar that was amazing! You are very talented. I love your vocal range and passion. Thank you Alice Gerrard for writing that song. It gives me goosebumps. So meaningful especially in these times. xoxo

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Posted by Rita Romaine Rakestraw on 02/18/2017 at 10:21 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

S. Miller is not only an embarrassment to Duke, he is an embarrassment to planet Earth. It's a shame he couldn't take advantage of the likeminded individuals who preceded him in 1939. I guess he was just born too late. Our misfortune.

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Posted by Brian StAugust on 02/18/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

I cant tell you how much this letter means to me. I am 66 white female. S Miller frightens me as does Bannon. How do ppl get like that cold devoid of humanity mean I lost America the recent day that Miller spoke. Thank you for every word you said

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Posted by Cindy Carpenter on 02/18/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

I guess its not that surprising that such a burn would come from a school which has a devil as their mascot.

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Posted by Jon Howell on 02/17/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Cooper Offers HB 2 Compromise. It's a Bad Deal.

The choice is either to accomplish something or accomplish nothing. Evidently, the Indy chooses nothing, so it can hang on to its self-righteousness.

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Posted by chappa hillian on 02/14/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Democracy in Crisis: Trump’s Tough-on-Crime Week

I think my favorite part of this is the bit about Trumps executive orders amounting to you guys should fight all the crimes more better.

Posted by Jon Howell on 02/13/2017 at 11:06 PM

Re: “NAACP Estimates More Than 80K Turned Out to Protest Trump at the Moral March on Raleigh

Warm Greetings: actually, it is vital to honoring all people there, and the fusion movement itself, to say that the 11th annual HKonJ / Moral March was about much MORE than being "against Trump"! See HKonJ.com for stated principles of the Moral March; ask the speakers and leaders and conveners from all 100 counties in NC--importantly, the Moral March goes much deeper.

The major purpose this year was to "Resist Threats to Life-Saving Health Care and the Roll Back of Civil Rights Protections", and under this umbrella the focus was on the long term policies put through in NC to this end--refusal to expand Medicaid under ACA, costing a mean # of 6500 lives in NC 2013-17; voter suppression laws and gerrymandering of voting districts in NC to give NCGA disproportionate super-majorities; HB2 and its anti-family, anti-worker and anti-LGBTQ effects; anti-immigrant and anti-poor and anti-education and anti-environmental health/toxic clean-up policies; and so on. These are now mirrored efforts nationwide under Trump, but are not new to us in NC--so we hope to provide a light to the nation on how this unethical stuff happens in the first place, and then how to build fusion political coalitions and intentionally diverse people's movements to create cultural and policy change!

Ultimately, the Moral March is FOR pursuing the interconnected points on the people's agenda, and seeking justice in ways that are beyond-partisan. Isn't that amazing? No elected officials came up to speak, except for GK Butterfield to read a letter for marchers from Rep. John Lewis on the topic of historic movements for civil rights. Isn't this amazing? The speakers were ALL people who are most affected by--or who are actively representing their fellow community members affected by--a regressive web of policies that harm their equal protection under the law, and in some cases literally threaten their health and lives, via our absurd power grabs and corruption in the NC General Assembly.

*Note: the NCGA policies of the last several years are SO extreme that they have brought into the fold of the Forward Together Moral Movement multiple life-long Republican leaders in the state, including Republican Mayors like Adam O'Neal of Belhaven, NC--as the economic life-blood and life-saving hospital in his rural town was suddenly set to be demolished due to NCGA (and our FORMER Governor McCrory's) spiteful blockades of Medicaid expansion in the state under ACA.

Of course Trumpism was mentioned--including in the INCREDIBLE allusions made in Rev. Barber's speech, that was ultimately about connecting this moment to a longterm, historical build, manifest in NC politics especially the last four years with no checks and balances, and across the nation more explicitly now in 2017. Rev. Dr. Barber also spent the majority of his time connecting the larger issues' interrelation, and historicizing the many fusion movements that have come together in the last 160+ years to fight and win on behalf of people put most at risk--and thus the larger society's well being--in the face of tyrannical legal harms, slavery, the KKK, Anti-Woman, and Jim Crow surges of our past.

The major highlight of all these folks joining is to visualize and connect that this is "a movement, not a moment." The idea and analysis this amazing Moral March event provides to the public--beyond those who attended--is that the logic of Trumpism is not new, it is just the extreme revelation of anti-people policies and threats to democracy itself occurring in our midst. The analysis it provides us--if represented in its fullness in the media and in the stories we each share--is that diverse coalitions of multiracial, multifaith, multigender, multi-class, intergenerational fusion movements have won on behalf of human dignity and against seemingly great odds before--by "Not Standing Down."

So, the title "80,000 March Against Trump", while understandable for a new attendee in this wild time, is a strange reduction of all we pursued together, right?? The appalling rise of Trumpism is just one facet in a larger weaving of oppressions we all joined to not only resist, but to specifically upend and show as interconnected. We joined for the sake of stopping regressive policies by NCGA in our home state, now repeated in parallel across the US. We joined to uplift the dignity of all our state's people!

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Posted by Marie G on 02/13/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Tuskha, the new project of Bowerbirds' Phil Moore, releases new video for "The Program"

Also the "correction" (UPDATE) above is incorrect. The original anticipated release date of the new Bowerbirds album was September 2014. We didn't even get our money from the Kickstarter until January 2013.

Posted by Beth Tacular on 02/13/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “NAACP Estimates More Than 80K Turned Out to Protest Trump at the Moral March on Raleigh

First Moral March was 4 years ago. This was the 11th year for the HKonJ.

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Posted by Bree Kalb on 02/12/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “No More Free Rides, Kids: Parking Meters Coming to Downtown Durham

People going to DPAC events Monday-Friday who have been parking for free on streets to avoid the garages... beware.

Posted by ct on 02/11/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Despite Protests, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane Says the City Never Planned to Put a Police Station on the Shaw University Campus

The President's name is Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy. Not Natasha.

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Posted by Nicole Freespirited Bowman on 02/11/2017 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Durham City Council Rejects Mayor Bell’s HB 2 Compromise

Hooray for a bold and righteous Durham! Fairness and humanity trump the flow of economic benefits, in my book, and there's no reason to see them as mutually exclusive.

I'm so proud of and grateful for elected officials like Jillian Johnson, Charlie Reese and Don Moffitt for keeping their eyes on the prize. Thanks, too, to Mike Woodard for representing Durham so well in the General Assembly. So glad you're still there, Mike!

History will remember how these leaders moved Durham and North Carolina on the path to fairness for all.

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Posted by lanyashapiro on 02/10/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Durham City Council Rejects Mayor Bell’s HB 2 Compromise

Indy staff: I think you left out an important word in the paragraph on the bill just introduced at the legislature. "... as well as CREATE a statewide nondiscrimination ordinance."

Posted by lanyashapiro on 02/10/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Durham City Council Rejects Mayor Bell’s HB 2 Compromise

"Woodard, along with two other senators, filed a bill today that would fully repeal HB 2 as well as a statewide nondiscrimination ordinance. "

Perhaps this sentence could be rewritten to explain that the statewide nondiscrimination ordinance would be enacted under this bill, not repealed?

Posted by barry on 02/10/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “An Epilogue for Unexposed Microcinema's Bold, Meaningful Year of Holding Down a Stable Venue for Experimental Film

I'd keep an eye on the Facebook page and expect to see events there as they finish reshuffling, but if they come out with a new website, we'll update.

Posted by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on 02/08/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “An Epilogue for Unexposed Microcinema's Bold, Meaningful Year of Holding Down a Stable Venue for Experimental Film

sorry i missed these events. how do I find out about future ones? Web link is dead. FB/Twitter links appear dormant.

Posted by Geoff Dunkak on 02/08/2017 at 2:14 PM

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