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Re: “The Year in Arts & Culture: Refreshers and Updates on the Most Important Stories of a Volatile 2017

"But January wasn't all free-speech suppression: there was good news, too."

''...though at least the INDY's reporting got the show cancelled."

So which is it? Free speech, or just speech that you like?

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Posted by Orlando on 12/31/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Have You Checked Out the Applicants for the Vacant Durham City Council Seat?

Thanks for the mention Sarah. If you need any information from me let me know.

Posted by Mike Levine on 12/30/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Census: The Triangle's top slave owners

12-28-2017
To "Kemba"
re: Your post on 02-23-2016 @ 8:22 AM

MyHeritage.com
1850 US Federal Census Slave Schedule
-Daniel H. Simmons Duplin County NC

Hope this helps.

Posted by A Nonny Mouse on 12/28/2017 at 5:25 AM

Re: “The Average American Sees Five Thousand Movies in a Lifetime. Half of Them Come Out This Week.

I'm genuinely curious: What did you find racist about the Hong Chau character and/or performance? And what was sexist about literally all the female characters?

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Posted by Glenn McDonald on 12/27/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “The Average American Sees Five Thousand Movies in a Lifetime. Half of Them Come Out This Week.

When I saw that the movie "Downsizing" was mentioned in this copy of the Indy, I was expecting a blistering account of a terrible movie. Unfortunately, your review did not mention its incredibly racist portrayal of the one (and only) main character of color, the sexist portrayal of literally all the female characters involved, the white savior complex weaved throughout the whole plot, and the fact that the movie was two hours and fifteen minutes long-- at least a full hour longer than it had to be. This "gently satirical" movie bashes you over the head with its neoliberal concern for the environment without providing any new or insightful critiques on how we could change or on how our culture contributes to global warming. "Downsizing" was hands down one of the worst movies I have seen in the past several years. To compare it to "Get Out" (a movie universally acclaimed as a brilliant combination of movie genres and critique of racism) is to have not actually seen either movie in its entirety.

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Posted by bookwurm2736 on 12/27/2017 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Local Schools Try to Be Safe Spaces for Undocumented Immigrants

Teachers and school administrators aiding and abetting crimes. What lesson does that tell students? The unlawful should always be scared of getting caught. If that traumatizes their children, that was inflicted by them and they are the abusers of children. It is clear these undocumented people are interfering with school life and work so they should be held accountable for their disruption. Hiding the unlawful is not social justice. It is the very opposite of any known form of justice.

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Posted by larryofcary on 12/26/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “UNC’s New “Free-Speech” Policy Could Actually Chill Free Speech, Advocates Say

Only by confronting and fairly debating what one considers incorrect/untrue/evil/misleading does one become stronger in their own truth - or perhaps occasionally shift their views a bit. Avoiding these debates and confrontations with extremists that many universities are doing only makes the students weak, naive robots with no ability to think and argue for themselves. You need to see, debate, and meet actual people with differing views to be truly educated.

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Posted by larryofcary on 12/26/2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “With Tax Cuts Behind Them, Republicans Quietly Fret About a 2018 Bloodbath

Have we suffered another moral inversion? The people who are empowering families and small business by letting them keep their own money and secure their futures are bad? The greedy, wasteful politicians who think they can raid our wallets at will are suddenly the the good guys? How is it "Massively unpopular" to give families a break with more money to support community charities such their churches and shelters, and feeding and clothing their kids. Does anyone believe such polls?

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Posted by larryofcary on 12/26/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Growing kiwis in North Carolina

They seem to be surviving my backyard. I think they will survive being repotted. They are taking a while to show signs of fruits, however. I have had the male and female for two years now. Patience is not my friend.

Posted by Loretta Williams on 12/23/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “A Durham Crowdfunding Campaign Still Needs $50,000 to Pay Down Student Lunch Debt

When I attended Club Blvd Elementary School in the 70s, we were on the Reduced Lunch Program, because we needed it.

Posted by MichaelEdits on 12/23/2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “The truth about the Goathouse Refuge

What is currently going on at the goat house? I surrendered a cat who was supposedly adopted a few days later...he was a gorgeous main coon. I did get one follow up from the young lady running adoptions who I met but never heard from her again. Can some tell us the current situation?

Posted by Christine Dale on 12/23/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “UNC’s New “Free-Speech” Policy Could Actually Chill Free Speech, Advocates Say

Keep removing exposure to uncomfortable ideas from our campuses and they'll be just like social media.

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Posted by MichaelEdits on 12/22/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

Ed's condescending comments make me want to play Beatles songs on the ukulele.

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Posted by Cash Cheque on 12/21/2017 at 9:53 PM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

I can't help but wonder how much research Ed Zareh of New York, NY -- researcher of the Emmy Award winning SNL documentary Live! From New York! (NBC), Writer/Researcher/Producer of the radio piece Del Close: Godfather of Improv for Studio 360 (NPR/PRI), and Researcher/ Associate Producer of Thank You, Del Close (UCBComedy) -- has done on the Chapel Hill comedy scene. On the people who work so hard, day in and day out, to put on great shows. To put on classes and drop-ins. To facilitate dialog in the wake of egomaniacs like Ali Farahnakian (whose name the eminent Mr. Zareh misspells in his reply) and Zach Ward. On the unique gifts that this community has to offer.

I wonder if Ed Zareh has talked to any of the students at the local improv class that Farahnakian bulldozed his way into despite having nothing to do with the class. I wonder if Ed Zareh has spoken to anyone who took Farahnakian's disastrous training class in Chapel Hill -- the two-part class that NO ONE RETURNED TO THE SECOND HALF OF, despite paying hundreds of dollars for the privilege of being endlessly talked down to by Mr. Farahnakian.

If the learned Mr. Zareh -- who seems to vest all his authority in rather tired old comedy institutions whose relevance is slipping on a moment-by-moment basis -- and the rest of New York want Mr. Farahnakian they can have him. We're doing just fine down here on our own.

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Posted by Again Again on 12/21/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

For those new to the obvious dangers of vaccination, watch the movie VAXXED, available on DVD. Buy it for others and donate it to your local libraries.

Whooping cough outbreaks have been proven to be CAUSED by the vaccine as the virus stays live in the throats of the children "immunized". Documented fact.

Civil war will break out if forced vaccinations are legislated. Guaranteed. People are waking up even with the efforts of fake news propagators such as Jeffrey Billman.

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Posted by jjf on 12/21/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “That Ryan Adams has a poetry book says a lot about us ... and too much about him

well to be fair...Bowkowski is not that good....... and ginsburg is extremely over rated...... im not shocked that Ryan Adams is not a great Poet on the writing book scale.......however if u were to write all his songs down into a book....- and just read them..... i think i would have to give the book a 4 5 star review or 9 out of 10......

Posted by Zatoichi Masseur on 12/21/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

That's right Ed, your perspective is historical: based on propping up an old power structure and social norms that have been revealed as toxic. Our perspective is contemporary: based on what is actually happening in the comedy world now, in which women are reporting horrible experiences and demanding changes that we support.

In fact, we did provide evidence we found that ran counter to the narrative of Farahnakian as a bad guy, such as the people who said he was "a loyal and dedicated businessman", etc.

Ed, it does not "aggrieve you to inform" me of anything -- please, be sincere. I am sure that the article seems "inaccurate" from your perspective as a man who clearly prizes his power and prestige in the comedy world and seeks to preserve the status quo that sustains it. But you might stretch your empathy and imagine how it looks different to women. The way the 'culture of comedy' is for someone with privilege in it is not how it is for the people that privilege excludes.

You might not respect or believe the women who are providing these accounts, which many others have corroborated, but we do respect and believe them, and we think they're really important.

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Posted by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on 12/21/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “UNC’s New “Free-Speech” Policy Could Actually Chill Free Speech, Advocates Say

This is excellent. Not only will those who attempt to squelch speech they don't like be reprimanded, diverse opinions will be allowed to be heard. It's about time! Thank you BOG!

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 12/21/2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

@BrianHowe

Dear Mr. Howe,

Thank you for your reply. Like the article you are defending, your short reply is fraught with speculation, accusation, and misrepresentation. Like the article, it appears you are disinterested in any view that does not match your preferred narrative. I can see the problem at your paper comes top down. Thank you, for making at least this much clear.

A cursory search of my name would have revealed my interest. But research is not your strong suit. Fortunately, it is mine:

I am the Researcher of the Emmy Award winning SNL documentary Live! From New York! (NBC), the Writer/Researcher/Producer of the radio piece Del Close: Godfather of Improv for Studio 360 (NPR/PRI), and the Researcher/ Associate Producer of Thank You, Del Close (UCBComedy). My perspective here is historical.

It genuinely aggrieves me to inform you that there are literally too many inaccuracies in the article to get into in this forum. On the whole, it is my very considered opinion that the article, while very diligently researched in terms of interviews, neglects to tell the whole story. It specifically fails to provide an accurate picture of Mr. Faranakian, his theaters, and improv culture in general. All of this is essential to a fair, full and honest portrayal of an important issue. The result is very misleading, and sadly, counterproductive.

If you or your writer wish to discuss this further, you may contact me privately.

Cordially,


Ed Zareh
New York, NY

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Posted by edzareh on 12/21/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Twenty-Three People Want the Vacant Durham City Council Seat

Why not Live-Stream the VIDEO as well as audio
from Council Chambers?

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 12/20/2017 at 4:04 PM

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