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Slog | The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper Slog | The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper Slog tipper Tea Lopez says she was maced by a man shouting transphobic slurs, including "tranny" and "bitch" at about 11 p.m. last night, as she walked to a bus stop with her friend, who is transgender. According to Lopez and the subsequent police report filed by Officer Edward Medlock, a gray-silver SUV pulled up and stopped suddenly in front of them as they stood waiting to cross the intersection of Bellevue Avenue and East Pine Street. A man jumped out of the car and ran up to them. "He asked if we like mace, and then he maced us," Lopez says, though she and her friend turned away swiftly enough that most of the spray landed on their jackets and bags. She heard him say something in Spanish, then remembers hearing the word "tranny" and something like "You stupid bitches like mace" while she was trying to avoid getting hit.
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Kevin Drum Kevin Drum A couple of days ago Paul Waldman wrote about Persecuted, a new movie that features a Christian evangelist who gets framed for murder by an evil senator and then spends the rest of the film running from government agents. It all sounds pretty silly, and it's come in for plenty of mockery on the left. But after watching the trailer, I have to say that it didn't sound much sillier than plenty of other movies and TV shows I've seen. In Hollywood, evil businessmen have done a lot worse than this to environmental activists and the CIA has done a lot worse to national security whistleblowers. So fine.
Ben Smith: Political News and Analysis From our report on today's Pulitzer Prize announcement: Edward Snowden didn’t win a Pulitzer on Monday, but he might as well have. In a move certain to be interpreted as a vindication of the former government contractor’s efforts, the Pulitzer Prize Board on Monday awarded The Guardian US and The Washington Post its coveted Public Service award for reporting on the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance practices. The award was given for the “revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security,” the committee said in its release. Sig Gissler, the Pulitzer Prize administrator, announced the winners at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. Ben Smith: Political News and Analysis
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- Big Government - Big Government Now Playing On Breitbart TV Featured Contributors The shootings at a Jewish community center in suburban Kansas City have now been officially deemed a hate crime, officials said on Monday. by Warner Todd Huston 14 Apr 2014 4 A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it's a key ingredient in a traditional recipe. from AP 14 Apr 2014 4 California State Senator Leland Yee, who has been charged with wire fraud and conspiring to import firearms, may be facing new charges from the federal government. by William Bigelow 14 Apr 2014 89
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s fiery denunciations of Islam were supposedly too much for Brandeis University to tolerate. Explaining its abrupt decision to rescind the offer of an honorary degree, the University explained that while it admired her work on behalf of women, “we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.” It’s nice to think that people are guided by their core values. But Brandeis’s explanation is rubbish. The Corner The Corner

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Letter to Lord Chandos Letter to Lord Chandos Hugo von Hofmannsthal The Letter of Lord Chandos THIS is the letter Philip, Lord Chandos, younger son of the Earl of Bath, wrote to Francis Bacon, later Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans, apologizing for his complete abandonment of literary ac­tivity. IT IS kind of you, my esteemed friend, to condone my two years of silence and to write to me thus.
Howard A. Landman's translation of Rilke's "The Sonnets to Orphe Howard A. Landman's translation of Rilke's "The Sonnets to Orphe by Rainer Maria Rilke translated by Howard A. Landman Orpheus was the legendary Greek demigod of music: the only one ever to be a priest of both Apollo and Dionysus.

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Bifo: The Obsession with Identity Fascism Bifo: The Obsession with Identity Fascism Franco Berardi Bifo Translated by Steve Wright. This text is an extract from Franco Berardi's La nefasta utopia di potere operaio. The original can be found here. Potere Operaio presented itself explicitly, even provocatively, as a movement that had severed all links with the history of realised socialism. Just as decisively, it refused to identify with the tradition of anti-fascism.

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