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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?


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.


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

Re: “A New Thrift store at the Scrap Exchange Might Seem Redundant, But It’s Good for the Future of the Nonprofit—And the Triangle

As a Lakewood resident, I was disappointed to hear we will have yet another thrift store close by. If it actually helps the Scrap Exchange get creative in redeveloping the shopping center, that would be a plus. I encourage them to think BIG in their vision for the future center. It could further lift up the whole area.

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Posted by Teri Beckman on 12/20/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “What’s Behind the Legislature’s Plan to Overhaul the State Court System?

Schemes like this don't go over well in other democratic societies.…

Posted by JohnNC on 12/20/2017 at 11:44 AM

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

It's about time. Kids' parents forgot to teach them about civil behavior.

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Posted by John Trololo on 12/20/2017 at 10:50 AM

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

@edzareh: That is absurd. Katie Fernelius wrote that Farahnakian was "abrasive" not because it was her opinion, but because it was the opinion of the many people she spoke to for this article. That you could read their accounts and still say the PIT has a "well-known reputation as a safe haven for both women and men alike" shows exactly who is biased here. You clearly have some personal interest in the PIT, but you're going to have to do better than this weak tea to discredit our reporter. Your time might be better spent looking hard at the problematic culture you are a part of than trying to brush off the accounts of those who have been harmed by it--if, that is, you actually care about anything changing.

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Posted by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on 12/20/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Did Former Helms Lawyer Thomas Farr Lie to the Senate Judiciary Committee? It Sure Looks That Way.

"Welcome To North Carolina - Set Your Clocks Back 80 Years."

Enough, is enough.

Forward Together, Not One Step Back!

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Posted by Edison Carter on 12/20/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Durham Attorney Scott Holmes Challenges N.C. Court Fees as Unconstitutional

Crime pays real good...but not for the criminal...But it does for Republicans.

Posted by Tony Dockery on 12/20/2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “North Carolina Republicans Are Running Away from Former Register of Deeds Laura Riddick

Unfortunately this isn't new. Over a period of 10 years, eight Democrat office-holders and party operatives in NC (Mike Easley, Jim Black, Meg Scott Phipps, Frank Ballance, Kevin Geddings, Thomas Wright, Ruffin Poole, and Peter Reichard) pled guilty to or were convicted of a felony arising from politics. (Geddings was later exonerated.)

Whether you're a Democrat (I am) or a Republican or an independent voter, we need a more ethical and law-abiding set of politicians.

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Posted by ct on 12/20/2017 at 7:56 AM

Re: “10 stories the mainstream media doesn't want you to read

bunch of very far left crap!!!!

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Posted by Tom Ochodnicky on 12/19/2017 at 9:20 AM

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

For me, Katie Fernelius lost her credibility as an objective reporter when she referred to Mr. Farahnakian as "abrasive." This is an opinion, not a fact. Thus, this is not a news story. It's an opinion piece, one in which the writer seems unaware of her own personal bias. All of which is really a shame, considering the importance of the issues raised by the women she interviewed.

What's clear is that our lager culture is in transition. It's painful, but ultimately good. I don't however feel that Ali Faranakian or the PIT were portrayed fairly or accurately.

The People's Improv Theater in New York enjoys a well-known reputation as a safe haven for both women and men alike. In fact, the impetus for founding the theater was as a response to the more aggressive culture of play at other NY improv theaters. The notions of inclusivity and equity are reflected in the name, "People's Improv Theater."

Furthermore, PIT's theaters are filled with positive affirmations of good conduct. "Bring your best, leave the rest" is written above the entrance of the PIT Loft, for example. It is far more of a shrine to positivity, good behavior and personal development than it is to Mr. Faranakhian.

All this is well known, and worth mentioning, even in a piece as critical and biased as Ms. Fernelius'. Unfortunately, she seems closed off to, and unaware of, the true nature of her subject. More's the pity.

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Posted by edzareh on 12/19/2017 at 1:18 AM

Re: “The Durham County Commission Asks the NCGA to Hold Off on Class-Size Reductions

Now DPS wants to build housing, instead of the classrooms they claim to need.

What gives??

Posted by MJKopechne on 12/18/2017 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Durham’s Public Housing Is Aging and Deteriorating. Is Partnering with Private Investors the Answer?

And now DPS wants to build "affordable housing" for teachers, not the poor. Does anybody really mean to build affordable housing or is it just a slogan for their favorite scheme?? .

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Posted by MJKopechne on 12/18/2017 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Durham Attorney Scott Holmes Challenges N.C. Court Fees as Unconstitutional

If criminal defendants fund the criminal justice system or the prison industrial complex, there is no incentive to reduce crime or for criminal justice reform.

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Posted by Gibbous42 on 12/18/2017 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Meet-and-Three: Campbell's Diner of Fuquay-Varina

One of my fondest memory places, while living in the area a regular stop.
Homecooking at TE' finest and a staff second to NONE. Truly one of the friendliest and hardworking staff I've come across in my travels. Friendly, jovial, and most I met there could greet customers by name.
I generally had breakfast and lunch there, some of the best sweet tea to be found ANYWHERE. I was very disappointed my last trip to Fuquay and find it no longer open. If anyone has info, I would like to know where the rest of the crew is.

Posted by DW Jones on 12/18/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “From Intergenerational Traumas of Race and Gender, Murielle Elizéon Extracts Universal Catharsis in Brown

Murielle has taught me a lot of Argentine Tango dance. Her warm manner has made me like her a lot. I can well imagine that she can pull off this difficult dance. Bill Murray.

Posted by Bill Murray Dances on 12/17/2017 at 11:08 PM

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