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My plane banner company gets business by flying around with a banner showing a <div> tag, waiting for a web developer to get frustrated enough to order a matching </div>.
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lkeeney
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Apex, North Carolina
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zwol
44 days ago
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I used to live in an area where plane banners were popular and they were always some boring ad for cars or insurance or some shit. I wish people would use them for culture jamming more often.
Mountain View, CA
Covarr
44 days ago
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Closing apps is a lifesaver when they go haywire. Everyone always forgets that part.
Moses Lake, WA
zwol
44 days ago
Damn straight. I regularly have to close all the apps on my ancient iPad because it’s the only way to make the network start working again. This is really apple’s fault for dropping support for perfectly good hardware though (apart from the cracked screen)—I never have to do it on devices that are fully patched up.
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My plane banner company gets business by flying around with a banner showing a <div> tag, waiting for a web developer to get frustrated enough to order a matching </div>.

American teens have had it with this authoritarian crap

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Dina Leygerman is a high school teacher who teaches George Orwell’s novel 1984 to her students every year. Before she does, with the assistance of other teachers and the school’s administration, she turns her classroom into a totalitarian regime to give the kids a taste of life in Oceania. Rules are strict and favor is given to students who report on rule-breaking by their classmates.

I tell my seniors that in order to battle “Senioritis,” the teachers and admin have adapted an evidence-based strategy, a strategy that has “been implemented in many schools throughout the country and has had immense success.” I hang posters with motivational quotes and falsified statistics, and provide a false narrative for the problem that is “Senioritis.” I tell the students that in order to help them succeed, I must implement strict classroom rules.

However, when Leygerman tried the experiment this year, the students weren’t having it. They rebelled. They protested. They fought harder as the rules became more onerous.

The President of the SGA, whom I don’t even teach, wrote an email demanding an end to this “program.” He wrote that this program is “simply fascism at its worst. Statements such as these are the base of a dictatorship rule, this school, as well as this country cannot and will not fall prey to these totalitarian behaviors.” I did everything in my power to fight their rebellion. I “bribed” the President of the SGA. I “forced” him to publicly “resign.” And, yet, the students did not back down. They fought even harder. They were more vigilant. They became more organized. They found a new leader. They were more than ready to fight. They knew they would win in numbers.

An upcoming book edited by Cass Sunstein asks if authoritarianism can happen in America. The experiment in Leygerman’s classroom and the inspiring movement started by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL suggest perhaps not. The nation’s youth, raised on The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, are reminding the baby boomers that considering what their own parents went through in the Great Depression and World War II, they should fucking know better than to slam the door on succeeding generations.

Tags: 1984   books   Dina Leygerman   George Orwell   politics
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lkeeney
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lmoffeit
59 days ago
good! I am glad the kids are starting to rebel!
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tedgould
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A limited case study, but perhaps a window of hope.
Texas, USA
TimidWerewolf
59 days ago
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This is some wonderful news!
HaveABeer
60 days ago
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Hope.

randomslasher: renamok: This woman confronts racism in the...

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randomslasher:

renamok:

This woman confronts racism in the funniest way possible.

Not all heroes wear capes.

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lkeeney
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Apex, North Carolina
lmoffeit
64 days ago
that is awesome! i love this story.
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cygnoir
49 days ago
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Perfect.
Portland, OR, USA
jhamill
69 days ago
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This is amazing.
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - A Window

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Later, God paints a tunnel on a brick wall and convinces you to run full speed into it.

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Hey geeks! Just 10 days to get your BAHFest proposals in!

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lmoffeit
91 days ago
Funny!
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - A Vicious Cycle

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I'm not sure why, but I find the idea that the bicycle has a switchblade to be comedy gold.

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The cycle of violence
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texnessa: mediamattersforamerica: WOW. Watch these 3 minutes...

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texnessa:

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WOW. Watch these 3 minutes from Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen talking about what Trump doesn’t understand about the national anthem and the right to protest. Compare this to any right-wing media whining and that’s why this is one to remember.

Dale Hansen is a fucking treasure.  He admitted he was a childhood victim of sexual abuse in the hopes that it would encourage others to come forward and seek help. He has been an ardent supporter of scholar-athletes and of gay players in the NFL and of trans athletes.

“I’m not always comfortable when a man tells me he is gay; I don’t understand his world. But I do understand that he is part of mine.”

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lkeeney
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Apex, North Carolina
lmoffeit
206 days ago
I had heard he made a good speech, but didn't have a change to watch it. This is great!
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tedder
181 days ago
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Didn't see this until it popped up in "The People Have Spoken" Bumping again because more need to see.
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torrentprime
196 days ago
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Didn't see this until it popped up in "The People Have Spoken" Bumping again because more need to see.
San Jose, CA
davelevy
207 days ago
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Didn't see this until it popped up in "The People Have Spoken" Bumping again because more need to see.
ÜT: 41.995898,-72.5841
ChrisDL
207 days ago
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this.
New York
darastar
207 days ago
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Things that people need to hear. Not that those people are reading my blurblog...
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