Delaney Robinson, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill alleged Tuesday that a football player at the school raped her in February and that UNC has done nothing about it. In a powerful personal statement she explained how “she did everything a rape victim is supposed to do.”
High school athletes are protesting the national anthem — and that’s great patriotism.
Colin Kaepernick’s protests, once thought of as a symbol of a bygone political era of politically inclined athletes, have heated up quickly on the high school level. It has awakened the sleeping giant of younger athletes eager to take a stand against the constant stream of news about police brutality in recent years.
The latest example comes from Minneapolis, where on Thursday night the entire Minnesota South High School’s girls’ volleyball team kneeled during the national anthem.
And the list of young protesters grows daily: a black high school football player in Worcester, Massachusetts; a high school football team in San Francisco; high school basketball players in Nebraska; an entire football team in Camden, New Jersey. But sadly, every athlete who chooses not to stand is also taking a risk.
A restaurant chain that charges twice as much for a meal in one location as it does in another? You would think that’s a recipe for angry customers.
But Everytable in Los Angeles is betting that this will prove a successful business model — while also serving up a hefty side of social mission.
Here’s the concept behind the new chain: Customers walk in and grab a to-go container of premade, healthful meals prepared by chefs who’ve previously worked in some of the finest restaurants in LA and New York. They can heat the meals up in microwaves at the restaurant, or take them home to enjoy. And everything is priced affordably — though the price changes, depending on the neighborhood. The goal is to make nutritious food more available to everyone.
The first location opened earlier this summer in South Los Angeles, a low-income area. The next one will soon open in a well-off neighborhood of downtown LA, and there are plans for outlets in other parts of the city. Each location will have the same exact menus and décor, but with different price plans.
One of the coolest days on Bang Bang recently was when Jon Polito guest starred on our “You Made Your Bed, Now Lie In It” sketch. As a big fan, I was nervous about how he would feel about being in such a stupid sketch, but the minute he saw me, he laughed and said, “I’ve been watching your show, and you’re a sick twist!” He spent all day delightfully regaling us with stories about Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, and Death of a Salesman. Then, when the cameras turned on, he slipped into his classic hard-boiled character. A great actor and cool dude! RIP.
Honestly, this article appears to be written in pretty bad taste. It’s mashing up classic nasty objectifying language against wet suits which conjures up modesty beach wear for muslim women as well. So unless there’s a punchline at the end about how it feels to be a woman, there’s no satire here. Pretty much just “show us your tits” language which is pretty weird if not fully offensive to both men and women. Or maybe it’s genius? Nah. Made me feel bad for Becky Barnicoat.
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Retired Brigadier General John Adams served for 30 years, including a stint as a military intelligence officer: in an op-ed in The Hill, he says that while he supports trade deals, the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership has almost nothing to do with trade, and will hasten America’s de-industrialization, making it harder for the US military to source the materiel it needs, and making it vulnerable to price gouging by foreign powers, who might even go so far as to block America’s ability to source certain vital items altogether.
As Adams points out, only 6 of the 30 chapters in TPP deal with trade, and America already has open trade relationships with 80% of the people in the TPP zone (the remaining markets are only slightly less available to American business, but are still in the WTO and thus virtually tariff-free zones for American exports). The remaining TPP chapters are just gimmes for multinational corporations, most notably, the notorious Investor-State Dispute Settlement systems that allow corporations to sue governments to get rid of environmental, safety, and labor laws that interfere with profitability (for example, existing ISDS actions include lawsuits by tobacco companies to force governments to give up anti-smoking campaigns).
While the Olympics may be over, Michael Phelps is apparently just getting started. After 16 years of intense competitive swimming, Phelps is cashing in on his illustrious career by dropping an LP of him swimming around in a pool.
The way to approach it, I think, is not to ask, “What would it be like to be black?” but to seriously consider what it is like to be white. That’s something white people almost never think about. And what it is like to be white is not to say, “We have to level the playing field,” but to acknowledge that not only do white people own the playing field but they have so designated this plot of land as a playing field to begin with. White people are the playing field. The advantage of being white is so extreme, so overwhelming, so immense, that to use the word “advantage” at all is misleading since it implies a kind of parity that simply does not exist.
It is now common—and I use the word “common” in its every sense—to see interviews with up-and-coming young movie stars whose parents or even grandparents were themselves movie stars. And when the interviewer asks, “Did you find it an advantage to be the child of a major motion-picture star?” the answer is invariably “Well, it gets you in the door, but after that you’ve got to perform, you’re on your own.” This is ludicrous. Getting in the door is pretty much the entire game, especially in movie acting, which is, after all, hardly a profession notable for its rigor. That’s how advantageous it is to be white. It’s as though all white people were the children of movie stars. Everyone gets in the door and then all you have to do is perform at this relatively minimal level.
Additionally, children of movie stars, like white people, have at—or actually in—their fingertips an advantage that is genetic. Because they are literally the progeny of movie stars they look specifically like the movie stars who have preceded them, their parents; they don’t have to convince us that they can be movie stars. We take them instantly at face value. Full face value. They look like their parents, whom we already know to be movie stars. White people look like their parents, whom we already know to be in charge. This is what white people look like—other white people. The owners. The people in charge. That’s the advantage of being white. And that’s the game. So by the time the white person sees the black person standing next to him at what he thinks is the starting line, the black person should be exhausted from his long and arduous trek to the beginning.
TODAY IN HISTORY: Soviet space dogs Belka and Strelka became the first canines to fly in space and return safely to Earth, August 19, 1960.
THESE BITCHES WANT NIKES.
THEY LOOKING FOR A CHECK.
I TELL EM IT AIN’T LIKELY.
SAID SHE NEED A RING LIKE CARMELO.
MUST BE ON THAT WHITE LIKE OTHELLO.
ALL YOU WANT IS NIKES.
BUT THE REAL ONES.
JUST LIKE YOU.
JUST LIKE ME.
I DON’T PLAY, I DONT MAKE TIME.
BUT IF YOU NEED DICK I GOT YOU AND I YAM FROM THE LINE.
POUR UP FOR A$AP.
RIP PIMP C.
RIP TRAYVON, THAT NIGGA LOOK JUST LIKE ME.
WOOO, FUCCKKINN BUZZINNN WOOOO.
THAT MY LIL COUSIN, HE GOT A LIL TRADE.
HIS GIRL KEEP THE SCALES, A LIL MERMAID.
WE OUT BY THE POOL SOME LIL MERMAIDS.
ME AND THEM GEL, LIKE TWIGS WIT DEM BANGS.
NOW THAT’S A REAL MERMAID.
YOU BEEN HOLDING YOUR BREATH.
PUNK MADRE, PUNK PAPA.
HE DON’T CARE FOR ME, BUT HE CARES FOR ME.
AND THAT’S GOOD ENOUGH.
WE DON’T TALK MUCH OR NOTHING.
BUT WHEN WE TALKING BOUT SOMETHING, WE HAVE GOOD DISCUSSION.
I MET HIS FRIENDS LAST WEEK.
FEELS LIKE THEY’RE UP TO SOMETHING.
THAT’S GOOD FOR US.
WE’LL LET YOU GUYS PROPHESY.
WE’LL LET YOU GUYS PROPHESY.
WE GON SEE THE FUTURE FIRST.
WE’LL LET YOU GUYS PROPHESY.
WE GON SEE THE FUTURE FIRST.
LIVING SO THE LAST NIGHT, FEELS LIKE A PAST LIFE.
SPEAKING OF THE DON’T KNOW WHAT GOT INTO PEOPLE, DEVIL BE POSSESSING HOMIES DEMONS TRY TO BODY JUMP.
WHY YOU THINK I’M IN THIS BITCH WEARING A FUCKING YARMULKE.
ACID ON ME LIKE THE RAIN.
WEED CRUMBLES INTO GLITTER.
WE LAID OUT ON THIS WET FLOOR.
AWAY TURF, NO ASTRO.
MESMERIZED HOW THE STROBES GLOW, LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE FEET DANCE.
I KNOW THAT YOUR NIGGA CAME WITCHA.
BUT HE AIN’T WITCHA.
WE ONLY HUMAN AND IT’S HUMID IN THESE BALMAINS.
I MEAN MY BALLS STICKING TO MY JEANS.
WE BREATHING PHEROMONES, AMBER ROSE.
SIPPING PINK GOLD LEMONADES. FEELING.
I MAY BE YOUNGER, BUT I’LL LOOK AFTER YOU.
WE’RE NOT IN LOVE BUT I’LL , MAKE LOVE TO YOU.
WHEN YOU’RE NOT HERE, I’LL SAVE SOME FOR YOU.
I’M NOT HIM, BUT I’LL MEAN SOMETHING TO YOU.
I’LL MEAN SOMETHING TO YOU.
Oh man. Apropos of nothing, we watched the HBO doc on this dude. He is extremely fucking evil. It’s a fascinating story. He was able to operate for so long because none of his victims were white suburbanites. The thesis of the doc is that the LAPD didn’t adequately investigate missing persons cases when the victims were from Compton. He knew this and exploited it. What a monster. A true monster. Watch this:
This week’s McMansion is brought to you by the neighborhood of McLean, Virginia, infamous for being one of the most McMansion-ridden neighborhoods in all the land. The cause of this phenomenon? Nobody has more money and less taste than DC lobbyists, and this week’s McMansion proves it. On the market for $1,699,900 is this esteemed estate home, built in 2003:
This certified dank™ McMansion comes complete with 100% guaranteed bad decisions including:
• Pre-lawsuit EIFS cladding (aka “stucco”) exterior featuring “detailing” and “quoins” • Obese “rotunda” peppered with stick-on windows • Three pairs (count ‘em) of French doors that open out to spacious and luxurious balconies metal grills. • Great architecture: look at all those unique windows! • In typical McMansion style, this 9,702 square-foot house was built on a 0.82 acre lot, so there’s not much lawn to take care of- low maintenance! • No dealing with picky sellers here – this house is owned by the bank!
In all seriousness, this house was built cheap. 2003 was smack dab in the middle of the speculative housing boom, and bad mortgages fueled by investment bank gambling produced thousands of houses built just like this one. I tried to find data on how long this house has been in the bank’s possession, but alas my search came up empty.
The best part about this house? EVERY SINGLE ROOM IS BEIGE. (yes, that includes “honey beige.”)
Moving on to the inside:
Beginning our tour, we enter the house to reveal the textbook Church of Wasted Space (credit to @tikimama for the sweet phrase), an inescapable phenomenon. On the bright side, I bet this foyer has a seriously kick-ass echo.
Beige Count: 1
The Dining? Room Thing
Since there isn’t any furniture left in this house, it’s hard to tell the function of each room. This could either be a living room/den, or a dining room. I’m going with dining room because the ceilings are low, and you can peek into the kitchen.
When there are so many rooms in a house that each room loses their distinct function, a lot of the feeling of home gets lost, and rooms become places merely for things rather than people. In my opinion, anyway.
Beige Count: 2
On with our tour, which leads us to…
The Dining?? Room Thing
Huh, maybe this was the dining room. Lots of dining rooms have tons of panoramic windows and tile floors.
Beige Count: 3
Anyways, let’s move on to the next room which is
Maybe A Dining Room Still
ok I think this MIGHT be the living room, but so could the first dining room thing. I have no idea. My mind is numb to the possibility of any other type of room at this point.
Beige Count: 4
Dining room? Or is this a breakfast nook?? With a giant-ass chandelier??? Where does the nook end and the room begin??? Who am I???
Beige Count: 5
Ok I think we’re finally moving out of dining room territory.
Now you’re probably thinking, but McMansionHell, what is wrong with this perfectly reasonable kitchen???
I’ll concede – the kitchen itself is not aesthetically displeasing. The displeasing part is how cheap the materials are. The cabinets look like they were made of plastic, the wall-mounted appliances don’t appear to be properly sealed. The wood-paneled dishwasher and refrigerator do not imitate the pattern of the cabinets around them. I’m not sure if that’s a wood-paneled oven beneath the stovetop, or if the only oven in the kitchen is the wall-mounted warming tray.