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Re: “Durham Artists Movement Is a Safe Space and a Strong Voice for Artists Who Need It Most

The quotes from the artists read like the vapid gobblygook newspeak of a freshly graduated business consultant. One who, without real world experience, waxes poetic about "...synergizing to maximize strategic metric actualization..."

So, in plainspeak, what does DAM *actually* do? I still don't know.

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Posted by ProudlyAfilliated on 12/16/2016 at 8:00 PM

Re: “An Initiative to Counter Discrimination Against Female Theater Directors Provokes a Discrimination Complaint in Raleigh

The pendulum is swinging on both sides but it's great to see how hard it's swinging to the left in many local areas compared to the hard right pendulum swing that elected Donald J. Trump.

Posted by RAriano on 12/08/2016 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Learn to Wreck the Racks at Local Thrift Stores

I'd like to point out that by shopping at the Durham Rescue Mission thrift store you are supporting the work they do in Durham. They are run opaquely by the Mills family, openly hostile to the LGBT community, bad neighbors to Golden Belt, and require church attendance to receive resident services. If you're cool with all of those things, continue to support. Otherwise the list you provide includes a great thrift - Trosa. Pennies for Change and the Scrap Exchange also have great thrift shops that support amazing orgs that do great work in our community. Consider donating and shopping where the organization fully supports what you support.

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Posted by Natalie Spring on 11/30/2016 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Paul Frellick Diagnoses Deep Dish Theater Company’s Lasting Legacy and Quiet Demise

Best wishes & thanks to a fine artist & a real gentleman.

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Posted by khoragos on 09/28/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Paul Frellick Diagnoses Deep Dish Theater Company’s Lasting Legacy and Quiet Demise

Thank you, Paul, and best wishes to you and your family in California.

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Posted by David Fellerath 1 on 09/28/2016 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Justice Theater Project's superbly sung and choreographed The Color Purple has one fatal flaw

I commend Mr.Woods on his insight. There is a lot to think about in both his article and the following comments. I would only add that since it's inception, The Color Purple (the movie portrayal) has been adopted by the black community as its baby. With that being said, specifically, the black church. You will see many church member ladened buses traveling from all across the state in NY to line up excitedly to see the show. I know that The Color Purple is loved by many, but I assure you that many black people identify deeply with the voice of this film and they make up a large part of its audience. With that being said, there is a deep seated need for many blacks including church going folks to ignore homosexuality in all its forms in the past. They gloss over it in church halls, family functions and try to ignore it in thier very own families. Not all, but a good number have a difficult time discussing and accepting homosexuality as a whole. Why? Well that's a topic for another 400 year old conversation that includes perseverance, struggle and religious indoctrination. I applaud the Broadway version of this show, they are true to the nature of Alice Walker, she intended for her character to represent the soul of many black woman who were present in the early 1900's. She also wanted to include the fact that Celie was lesbian, that was an important aspect of the characters develipment and impowerment. With that being said, is it OK for some productions to water down that aspect of Colin's sexually, no. However, we need to remember the audience and be grateful for the acceptance of the film and play.I believe that as time moves on, we will see more acceptance of others differences because of people like Alice Walker addressing topics like sexuality and being bold about such taboos. Baby steps my friends, baby steps.

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Posted by natty on 09/23/2016 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Clyde Edgerton, Painter? A Noted North Carolina Novelist Gets Visual with Photographer John Rosenthal.

So glad to see Edgerton's painting exhibited and appreciated. He is a North Carolina living treasure.

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Posted by Sharon B on 09/08/2016 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s The Beautiful Beast Makes Merry With Monsters of Myth and Memory

I saw this show in Chapel Hills. This was the first time I had seen a Paperhand's show. It was magnificent. The music produced and performed by Jennifer Curtis and the band took it beyond the next level.

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Posted by Irene Griest on 09/08/2016 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Superheroines Historical and Fantastical Power Two Memorable Women's Theatre Festival Shows

Great review! Fans of Decision Height and the Women's Theatre Festival may also want to check out The ArtsCenter's interview with WTF's Ashley Popio and Emily Rose White:

Posted by The ArtsCenter on 08/17/2016 at 2:58 PM
Posted by Isaac Freire Alves on 08/01/2016 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Two Brothers Funnel Their Nostalgia for Eighties-Era Durham Summers Into New Netflix Series Stranger Things

Ok guys, just finished off a binge watching session of Stranger Things, and got curious to research about it and researched and made this. Its mad to think that there is a true story to it.

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Posted by JohnClevland on 07/27/2016 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

Liquid shampoo was invented in 1927. Shampoo was invented in 1898 as a water-soluble powder. And anyway if there was a shampoo ad between 1927 and 1930, then that is within range.

But your comment about shampoo was just plain silly, unlike your other assertions about pit bulls, which are uninformed, unhelpful and downright harmful.

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Posted by Constance Keptic on 07/26/2016 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

On page 178, Dickey describes a fatal pit bull attack that Delise refuses to label as a fatal pit bull attack. In 2010, Ethel Horton was killed when the pit bull she was dog sitting attacked her. In the middle of the attack, Horton had a heart attack. Dickey describes the “bites” as “in no way fatal.” But the pit bull kept attacking after Horton died from the heart attack, doing great damage to Horton's body. And Delise believes that since Horton had a heart attack in the middle of her dog attack, the dog attack was in no way responsible for her death. Among the many strange assumptions Delise is making is that the attack did not precipitate the heart attack AND that the pit bull would have stopped attacking had Horton not had a heart attack.
On page 172, Dickey explains that Delise uses the CDC custom of only counting dog bite related fatalities (DBRF) “in which the medical examiner had listed the mechanical trauma of a dog bite injury - lacerations (cuts), avulsions (removal of skin), crushed bones, or exsanguination - as the primary cause of death.”
OK, so Delise doesn’t count attacks, no matter the severity, if the victim happens to have a heart attack in the middle of it.
Got it.
On the very next page, 173, Dickey explains that Delise found many many fatal dog attacks that the CDC researcher missed and that 44 different breeds were involved in fatal dog attacks including a West Highland white terrier. Considering what she just said one page earlier, that Delise only counts DBRFs that result in the mechanical damage a dog can do, that little Westie must have really torn that victim up, right?
It turns out that the only known recorded fatal Westie attack was a bite on a calf that led an elderly woman, 75 year old Rose Kazarian, to have a series of three heart attacks which led to her death the next day. So, now Delise DOES count heart attacks precipiated by a dog bite in the list of fatal dog attacks.
Karen Delise has different rules for including attacks by pit bulls and attacks by little dogs in her list of fatal dog attacks, and Dickey doesn’t say one word about it. Seems a bit biased, doesn’t it.

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Posted by Lucy Muir on 07/22/2016 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

Bronwen Dickey says of DBO: " contradicts everything put forth by the groups most qualified to speak about animal science, animals behavior and dog bite epidemiology.... (p. 186) 100% wrong, Ms Dickey!
" Most of the information on comes from one self-published paper..." That is an absolute and egregious lie, (p. 187) Ms Dickey!…


"The site is also littered with childish ad hominems...." (p. 187) ANOTHER LIE, MS. DICKEY
You can literally read 100 DBO site pages a day for 2 weeks straight and not come across any of the ad hominems you mentioned.

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Posted by Lucy Muir on 07/22/2016 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

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Posted by Mark Adrian on 07/22/2016 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

One of the most interesting parts of Dickey's book is the information (in Chapter 3) about breeds and genetics and the difficulty of identifying what breeds are present in a dog. Genetically, I was surprised to learn, 'pit bull' pretty much isn't a definable breed at all.

For example, the Mars Veterinary company, which administers a popular DNA test for finding out what breeds are in your dog, does not have a DNA profile for the American Pit Bull Terrier, saying that the genetic diversity of dogs labeled 'pit bulls' is too great to support creation of a meaningful profile.

Basically, a 'pit bull' is a dog someone thinks looks like a pit bull. And Dickey goes on to cite data showing that even dog experts do extremely poorly at correctly identifying breeds present in a dog visually.

This article reports on a study showing similar findings with regard particularly to pit bulls:…

What does it mean? A few things:

1. Media reports of attacks by 'pit bulls' are very unreliable with regard to identification of the dog breed involved. Therefore:

2. Anti-pit web sites that aggregate media reports in order to paint a picture of 'pit bulls' as uniquely dangerous are not using reliable evidence.

3. Breed-specific legislation is not based on reliable data or evidence about dog attacks.

Of course, none of this will change the minds of zealots, who aren't even going to look at anything that contradicts their prior conceptions.

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Posted by lxxxvc on 07/22/2016 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Two Brothers Funnel Their Nostalgia for Eighties-Era Durham Summers Into New Netflix Series Stranger Things

So Awesome and great Job Duffy Brothers. Series had me captivated and so sad now that it is over cause it was so great. The characters were well developed and everyone of the actors did an amazing job. Please keep it up cause you won me over as a new fan. I was born and Raised in The Bull city and us Durhmites never say die like the Goonies. That mentality bleed through the characters and now that I know Durham had an effect into the mind frame of the writers as they created this show. As a fellow Durhmite artist, it makes me proud to see other Durhmites and their Art flourishing, and doing a great job at it.

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Posted by Watts Mangum II on 07/22/2016 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

Carolyn Lathrop - You are such a bigoted Moron that you aren't even worth responding to though I find I must. What a piece of chicken crap you are. It'd actually be laughable if it weren't so biased and untrue. Geez, what a pitiful piece of work you come off as.

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Posted by Roslin on 07/22/2016 at 5:39 AM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

I see that as usual a few of the 'regulars' from the anti-pit bull camp are posting here and in their usual obnoxious, accusatory and hateful manner. One of the things that I have Ms. Dickey to thank for, besides her very thoroughly researched well executed book, is how she helped me see that engaging these people, the anti-pit bull campaigners , in any effort to impart factual inforation to them is an exercise in futility.

These people have no interest in anything that doesn't support their beliefs and there's nothing any of us can do about it. However the energy that we might waste on engaging them in a war of words no one wins can much better be spent in more productive ways.

First all we who have dogs that might even remotely be taken for being a pit bull type dog must at all costs and put every effort into helping our dogs be ambassadors for all pit bull type dogs everywhere AND then get out into the public so as many people as possible can see what wonderful, safe and well behaved dogs we have BECAUSE we choose to be responsible dog owners. Secondly we most promote responsible dog ownership to all dog owners that have all kinds of dogs; and if nothing else lead by example. Third we need to lobby our local city councils and animal control agencies to create and enforce comprehensive non-breed specific dangerous dog ordinances that hold dog owners responsible for their dogs behavior. Fourth we should encourage and support our local animal welfare related agencies to educate the public on the importance of responsible dog ownership to include easily affordable or free programs to spay/neuter and training/behavioral assistance in order foster a safer community in relation to dog related injuries. Fifth but not last by any means begin or support public service programs in schools helping children learn how to interact with dogs in a way that is safe for humans and humane for dogs.

In the end it must be up to those of us who are more interested in fixing the problem of dog aggression and the result of it than we are in blaming a certain kind of dog for the behavior it is allowed by humans to engage in to remedy this issue. It is NOT an impossible task and daylight is burning while we waste our energy on people who are purposefully ignorant of the real reason why dogs harm other living things.

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Posted by Cheryl Huerta on 07/21/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

I have never met a pit bull who didn't think he or she was a lap dog. All that licking immediately puts me in a better mood.

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Posted by MichaelEdits on 07/21/2016 at 7:47 PM

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