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AOC vs. Our Racist President, with Super-Nerdy Annotations

From a transcript of the joint press event with Congresswomen Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, and Tlaib, July 15, 2019: REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-NY): Good afternoon. I will try to keep this as brief as I can. But who knows, when I get on a roll, right? When I was a little girl, my father took me…

How To Do San Diego Comic-Con, A Guide For First-Timers And/Or The Easily-Disoriented

(Amendments/corrections welcomed, this is mainly from memory.) Crowd Awareness: SDCC is a really absurdly huge crowd of people, many of them dressed in Mandalorian battle armor. They won’t actually battle you. Still, a strategy for vibing with large crowds is essential for both personal enjoyment and public good. Friday and Saturday are the most mobbed…

MULAN Is Still The Wokest Disney Princess Movie Your Kid Hasn’t Seen 600 Times Yet

The “Disney Princess” mythos is a genre as restrictive as it is globally-superpowered, but in terms of the Official Princess Movie with the most patriarchy-subverting politics, I think it’s no contest: MULAN is by far the most progressive-minded cel-animated Disney Princess film, while also performing its essential sedative-hypnotic function on your child’s developing emotional vocabulary….

This Embarrassingly Racist 4th Of July: The Dance Around The Census Question Elicits An Excellent Rachel Maddow Moment

Maddow’s mad. I watch her show enough to notice when she’s feeling extra-deeply about a thing. She has the skilled thespian’s ability to control her emotions while seeming like she’s not able to control them (or the reverse). It’s part of why she’s really good at television. Today she was mad-not-mad about a court ruling…