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Re: “Movie review: A surprisingly slapdash adaptation of Bill Bryson's book A Walk in the Woods

Also worth noting is that Bill Bryson was in his mid-forties when he made the hike that his book (and thusly this movie) is based on. Why a nearly 80 year old Robert Redford cast himself as someone 35 years his junior is a bit confusing, of course he cast a woman 26 years younger than himself to play his wife.

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Posted by thisaft on 09/03/2015 at 2:58 PM

Re: “The bicycle thief: After being caught with stolen bikes, Christian Browne wants back into Raleigh's cycling scene

@cjwatson Can you expound on that opinion? What part seems to be a joke? Why do you categorize the article as a POS? Just curious.

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Posted by thisaft on 09/02/2015 at 10:31 AM

Re: “In Chatham County, a nonprofit will build tiny homes for the homeless

Rural Studio in Alabama has been prototyping housing for impoverished residents of rural Alabama with the goal price of $20K - including materials, labor, and even leaving room for profit. Check it out here:

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Posted by thisaft on 08/25/2015 at 4:11 PM

Re: “From the publisher: A note to our readers about editorial staff changes

In 2007, when Lisa Sorg was named editor, she said "It's an incredible time to be a journalist in the alternative press, with so much happening culturally and politically. And in North Carolina, there's no shortage of targets. There's a rogue under every rock". Unfortunately in the last 24 months or so, there has been an increased focus on "targeting" and a noticeable reduction in "journalism". The instant gratification of positive feedback from quickly written blog entries tearing people or entities down has given to the rise of reductive journalism. Facts are barely important - it's much more rewarding to just call someone stupid in a headline and move on. This is the direction Lisa has been moving Indy Week, it's not the way it started out with her, but it's definitely where she ended.

For me personally, I feel that being "liberal" and "progressive" means I want to make thoughtful, rational decisions based on facts and thorough reporting. When I think of short, illogical verbal jabs at the opposition, I think of Fox News and The Blaze. Indy Week has been moving towards becoming a liberal version of these outlets, and honestly, I think we (liberal progressives) deserve better. I look forward to reading new articles that take on injustice in a thoughtful and non-vindictive way based on good thorough reporting.

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Posted by thisaft on 08/14/2015 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Is Empire Eats' new restaurant called Junebug? Because that's funny.

Upon further research (Grayson's Facebook page) it appears that the word was a common slur used by his racist extended family. Perhaps if you could provide a list of all of the other "slurs" your admittedly racist family uses freely that would prevent others from making such egregious mistakes in the future. If you want to entertain your friends with your snarky and poorly argued put downs on your personal social media and/or in comments section that's fine by me, but if this is the direction the Indy Week is moving (which it appears to be under Ms. Sorgs direction) I'll be taking the $8k I spend annually advertising and direct it to publications that have a better understanding of journalistic integrity.

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Posted by thisaft on 08/05/2015 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Is Empire Eats' new restaurant called Junebug? Because that's funny.

Look, I'm not a fan of the guy and the things he's tried to pull in downtown Raleigh, but this "article" is just embarrassing for the author and Indy Week. It's a ridiculous premise and its reaching so far without an ounce of research to back anything up. I'm not usually someone to call people out by name, but Lisa Sorg - you're the editor now - do you stand behind publishing this work? And Grayson, please link to a legitimate example of Junebug being used as a racial slur.

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Posted by thisaft on 08/05/2015 at 7:31 PM

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