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lxxxvc 
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Re: “Durham City Council Member: White Supremacists Rallying in Durham at Noon

"If we don't pay attention to them (no media) they lose their power."

That horse has left the barn, taken a Lyft to the airport, and is having a fruity drink somewhere on a Caribbean beach.

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Posted by lxxxvc on 08/18/2017 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Video: Demonstrators Pull Down the Confederate Monument in Front of Durham County Building

Bluetrain wrote:

"the alternative to the process you bemoan is a dictatorship or mass anarchy by mobs"

and

"every political movement thinks it is righteous and correct"

With respect:

We are at a crisis point in this country, right now. This isn't a time for sitting back and thinking about it some more before doing anything, or waiting for years while putting faith in the system that got us here to take care of it.

The abstract, formal point that sometimes civil disobedience and direct action -- which is not mob rule or mass anarchy -- can go in the other direction is correct.

But in the current situation -- specifically, though not limited to, the situation having to do with the removal of confederate monuments -- there are, concretely, two sides. Contra what our President and many of his supporters say, they are not morally equivalent. One of them is right and the other is wrong.

In the current situation, none of us can avoid choosing a side, and which one you choose is determined by the actions you take, including declining to act.

I understand your point of view. I don't think that is where we are right now.

On the actual process by which the confederate flag came down in SC, there is a good firsthand account here: www.speakstrategic.com/single-post/2017/08…

Posted by lxxxvc on 08/15/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Video: Demonstrators Pull Down the Confederate Monument in Front of Durham County Building

When the state has made it effectively illegal to take these monuments to racism down, they can then only be taken down by illegal action.

Governor Cooper and others say there is a better way to do this. Fine, what would that look like?

First, courts have to rule NC's gerrymandered districts impermissible. That has to survive challenges on appeal. Then the districts have to get redrawn -- a fractious, unspeedy process -- and we have to hope they get redrawn in a way that no longer creates an artificial GOP majority.

Then the voters of NC have to install a Democratic majority in the legislature, and a Democratic governor who won't veto the repeal of the law making removal of the monuments illegal.

Then all those politicians, representing all their varied constituencies in this state, have to craft, debate,
and pass said repeal. News flash: not every D politician is guaranteed to support this.

Then local communities have to act on a case-by-case basis, listening to input from everyone in their community who has an opinion.

There are something like 75 of these statues and memorials left in NC. How many do you think can be expected to come down as a result of all of the above?

And how long will that realistically take, even if -- if -- everything above goes the right way?

These things have been up for longer than most of us have been alive. They are emblems of slavery, Jim Crow, lynching, white supremacy. After Charlottesville, that is no longer in dispute, not that it ever should have been. Don't tell people to be patient any longer.

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Posted by lxxxvc on 08/15/2017 at 1:48 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:

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20160217/u…

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.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by lxxxvc on 07/22/2016 at 12:28 PM

Re: “This Durham 'Day of Rage' Rumor Is a Bunch of Fearmongering

@ladylaw:

"I was quoting from an email sent out by DCSO to courthouse employees"

Actually, you didn't quote anything. Why don't you?

Durham seems to have survived last night without incident, amazingly enough.

"Why would I make this up??"

Who knows? One possibility: you're a flying monkey for Trump and are doing this for the exact same reason Trump lied about the "moment of silence" for the Dallas shooter.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by lxxxvc on 07/16/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “This Durham 'Day of Rage' Rumor Is a Bunch of Fearmongering

Um. For one thing, you don't "plant" Molotov cocktails.

"Intel units," lol.

Trying to make people afraid with totally made-up crap is pretty despicable, even when it's as lame and transparent as this.

8 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by lxxxvc on 07/15/2016 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Is The Closure of Cave Taureau a Bad Sign for Downtown Durham's Recent Retail Bloom?

"Is The Closure of Cave Taureau a Bad Sign for Downtown Durham's Recent Retail Bloom?"

I'd say it's a sign that their offerings were overpriced and their selection inferior compared to, at least, Wine Authorities and Sam's, and probably even the Durham Co-op.

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by lxxxvc on 06/24/2016 at 1:16 PM

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