I hope that the morning after the Super Bowl, when we all talk about the best ads, we as list makers recognize that the most important statement of the day never made it on the air. More information on how to get involved here.
On a personal note, I’m really proud that Trailer Park (where I spend a minimum of 50 hours a week) made this.
"He does still surprise me and he makes me hungry to work with him and see what he does and comes up with. [The Master] was something that I came up with because I wanted to spend more time with him. We’d worked together a lot, five times. But it was never enough. It was a supporting part or something like that. It never felt like we’d gotten super dirty enough together."
- Paul Thomas Anderson
True for creatives on the web, and increasingly true for the whole damn economy and human potential in general.
i love carl sagan a lot while frequently hating what he represents to people
i liked Demon-Haunted World so much and part of it was that when encountered with the idea of mediums his first reaction was not “haha suckers” but to revisit his parents and think about how much he missed them. i think that speaks to a maturity and empathy that make him almost totally unique among major figures in “skepticism”, where honestly having a functioning conscience is an impediment
Benjamin Chavis defines it as “racial discrimination in environmental policy-making and enforcement of regulations and laws, the deliberate targeting of communities of color for toxic waste facilities, the official sanctioning of the presence of life threatening poisons and pollutants for communities of color, and the history of excluding people of color from leadership of the environmental movement.”
Some very basic examples that literally do not even come close to scratching the surface include:
- People of color make up the majority of those living in neighborhoods located within 1.8 miles of the nation’s hazardous waste facilities.
- Neighborhoods with facilities clustered close together have higher percentages of people of color than those with non-clustered facilities.
- African Americans are 79 percent more likely than whites to live in neighborhoods where industrial pollution is suspected of causing the greatest health danger.
- Children of color who live in poor areas are more likely to attend schools filled with asbestos, live in homes with peeling lead paint, and play in parks that are contaminated.
- Living near toxic waste facilities and in low income housing affects almost every aspect of life including food, water, and air. Homes, schools, and workplaces are deemed unsafe because of environmental hazards in the buildings, which are dilapidated and outdated.
- These same children are nearly 9 times more likely than economically advantaged children to be exposed to lead levels so high they can cause severe learning disabilities and neurological disorders. 96 percent of African American children who live in inner cities have unsafe amounts of lead in their blood.
- Poverty-stricken Native American communities face some of the worst toxic pollution problems in the country.
- Three out of every five African American and Latinos live in areas near toxic waste sites, as well as live in areas where the levels of poverty are well above the national average.
- Climate change effects disproportionately impact people in the “global South,” whereas the causes of climate change are disproportionately brought about by the West.
this is the type of shit that is meant when we talk about “The System.”
hip hop is black. that matters, too.
every genre of electronic dance music that became a global phenomenon only became a global phenomenon once all traces of blackness were completely erased.
disco was black. house was black. techno was black. dubstep was black. they were genres that were intrinsically tied to a regional black (and sometimes queer) identity. and only megafans and scholars really think of any of those genres that way anymore.
that’s why “hip hop matters. hip hop is black. that matters too.” is so important.
Man, that has got to be one of the most satisfying conversations ever. Everyone should have the chance to say “you and Henry Kissinger, your buddy, go fuck yourselves” at least once in their life.