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“You want to know about diversity in soccer?” Andreassen asks. “Here’s a story about diversity in soccer.”

A few years ago, when Andreassen was head of Washington Youth Soccer, a 15-year-old girl from a lower-income community south of Seattle showed up in the town’s league. Her family was from Mexico, and she had grown up with several older brothers who loved soccer and had developed tremendous skill playing with them. The league organizers wanted her to go to an Olympic Development Program tournament in Arizona that is scouted by college coaches, and because her family had little money, a sponsor was found to pay for the trip.

The girl played brilliantly at the tournament. She was surrounded by college coaches who flooded her with offers, which is unheard of for a sophomore in high school playing at an ODP tournament. But when she returned home her father banned her from playing soccer. He was undocumented, and he feared that if she became a college player, someone would notify the government and he would be deported.

They never saw her again.

Veldig interessant sak fra amerikansk fotball. Jeg mener soccer. Hvorfor er ikke det amerikanske landslaget stappa fullt av folk med latin-amerikansk bakgrunn? Her finner du forklaringen.

(…) those who wanted to get ahead in this system … had to anticipate the Führer’s will and take action to prepare and promote what they thought to be Hitler’s intentions. This not only explains why the regime was so dynamic but also why it became more and more radical. In competing for the dictator’s favour, his paladins tried to trump one another with ever more extreme demands and measures.

Hvor mange Hitler-biografier er det egentlig mulig å lese?

In order to understand Game of Thrones, you have to understand its context. But in Thrones’ case, it’s operating within multiple different contexts. The three most important are that it’s made by people in the 2000s prestige television model, based on novels written in a 1990s fantasy literature context, and viewed (and discussed!) in the era of 2010s Peak TV. There are a bunch of other considerations that affect matters, from George R.R. Martin’s writing pace to the casting of the child actors, but the ones I mentioned above are the most critical to understanding the question: “Why is Game of Thronesthe way it is?”

Ja, hvorfor er Game of Thrones det det er?

Before, when we’ve seen Daenerys address a huge crowd, she’s done so with a very sympathetic message. Sure, as Daario points out, she’s a conqueror. But she’s done so in the name of freedom. She’s been freeing the enslaved of Astapor, Yunkai, and Meereen while toppling their rulers. But in this week’s episode, it’s all about what Daenerys wants. She doesn’t even promise her new blood riders a better life, she just promises to work them harder than any khalasar has ever been worked.

Og vil Daenerys ende opp som The Mad Queen? Jeg har ikke trodd det, men forrige episode peker i den retningen?

Er dette en gullgruve? Kanskje? I hvert fall er det en bråte med russiske filmer som ligger online og kan sees helt gratis. Noen er dubbet, andre er tekstet. Gå berserk!

All Soviet Movies

Ålreit, dette er for spesielt interesserte. Selv jeg er ikke så interessert egentlig, men jeg leste det likevel. Nigeria er klodens beste Scrabble-nasjon, og de holder seg unna de lange ordene.

Kort er bedre enn kortere for verdens nye Scrabble-stjerner

All representations of large penises in ancient Greek art and literature are associated with foolish, lustful men, or the animal-like satyrs. Meanwhile, the ideal Greek man was rational, intellectual and authoritative. He may still have had a lot of sex, but this was unrelated to his penis size, and his small penis allowed him to remain coolly logical.

Hvorfor har de så små peniser på gamle statuer? Kom igjen, jeg vet du har lurt på dette!

Small Beer Press er forlaget til Gavin Grant og Hjorthefavoritt Kelly Link. Nå samarbeider de med en annen favoritt, John Crowley, om å gi ut en firehundre år gammel science fiction-roman. Sært, men kult. Og vil du ha den i hardback kan du støtte dette via kickstarter.

Og hva heter boka? Chymische Hochzeit Christiani Rosencreutz anno 1459

Man kan lære mye om føkka folk på diverse forum på internetten. Her har Something Awful gjort jobben med å trekke ut noen høydepunkter fra reddit-sub’en Raised by Narcissts, slik at vi andre kan holde oss langt unna.

r/raisedbynarcissists, or RBN for short, aims to be a support group for people who grew up with narcissistic parents and suffered emotional abuse. It all sounds fine and beneficial until you remember that this is Reddit, so naturally a good number of submissions are from the most feeble dweebs imaginable venting about micro-aggressions supposedly caused by their parents.

In the same way that they don’t tend to read Judy Blume novels, act out the lyrics to I Will Survive or treat themselves to a long day at the spa, men do not, as a rule, ‘get’ Dirty Dancing. Equally, women are less likely to obsess over films full of Nazis and explosions. The twain are destined never to meet – otherwise the most successful film in history would be called The Dirty Dancing Dozen.

Gutta skjønner ikke Dirty Dancing, men fortvil ikke. Her er hjelp å få!

Two things need to be borne in mind here. First, this study comes from the IMF’s research division – not from those staffers who fly into bankrupt countries, haggle over loan terms with cash-strapped governments and administer the fiscal waterboarding. Since 2008, a big gap has opened up between what the IMF thinks and what it does.

Nyliberalismens langsomme død er i gang?

Hummer og kanari

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Watching Rhodes work, I remember that he is still, chiefly, a writer, who is using a new set of tools — along with the traditional arts of narrative and spin — to create stories of great consequence on the biggest page imaginable. The narratives he frames, the voices of senior officials, the columnists and reporters whose work he skillfully shapes and ventriloquizes, and even the president’s own speeches and talking points, are the only dots of color in a much larger vision about who Americans are and where we are going that Rhodes and the president have been formulating together over the past seven years. When I asked Jon Favreau, Obama’s lead speechwriter in the 2008 campaign, and a close friend of Rhodes’s, whether he or Rhodes or the president had ever thought of their individual speeches and bits of policy making as part of some larger restructuring of the American narrative, he replied, “We saw that as our entire job.”

The Boy Wonder of the Obama White House

It may be the most complicated political entity in all of fantasy: truly understanding what’s happening at any given moment requires deep knowledge of thousands of years of Westerosi history, a history which includes giants, dragons, winters that last years, and dozens of feuding rival houses. What was the doom of Valyria? Where did all the dragons go? Why did Robert Baratheon have a claim on the throne in the first place? It can be lot to process–unless somebody else does the processing for you.

Dette er gull: Hardcore Game of Thrones

Ms. Bourg, a custodian at a sporting goods store on the mainland, lives with her two sisters, 82-year-old mother, son and niece on land where her ancestors, members of the Native American tribes of southeastern Louisiana, have lived for generations. That earth is now dying, drowning in salt and sinking into the sea, and she is ready to leave.

With a first-of-its-kind “climate resilience” grant to resettle the island’s native residents, Washington is ready to help.

USAs første klimaflyktninger

The Dutch and the Americans claim that within a few years lab-produced meats will start appearing in supermarkets and restaurants. And these are not the only teams working on cultured meat (as they prefer to call it). Another company, Modern Meadow, promises that lab-grown “steak chips” — something between a potato chip and beef jerky — will hit the stores in the near future, too.

Lab-kjøtt er nær framtid, og det er bra for oss.

When he emerged on to the landing, it became clear the FBI was here for something far more serious. The two brothers watched, stunned, as their parents were put in handcuffs and driven away in separate black cars. Tim and Alex were left behind with a number of agents, who said they needed to begin a 24-hour forensic search of the home; they had prepared a hotel room for the brothers. One of the men told them their parents had been arrested on suspicion of being “unlawful agents of a foreign government”.

The Americans for real

As I’ve sneaked peeks at Game of Thrones, it has occurred to me that Martin could be playing a fantastic trick. If you were a hardline Christian, Game of Thrones would be a perfect depiction of what life was like before the arrival of Jesus Christ on earth. Everyone was bathed in sin (and only sin) at all times. Selfishness wasn’t just the way things were done, it was the only way people could possibly imagine acting toward one another. The idea of self-sacrifice had yet to occur to humanity. If someone came to Westeros to preach universal brotherhood, loving thy enemies, and turning the other cheek, it really would be a revelation.

Hvor blir det av Jesus?

THE SECOND SEASON of Daredevil is ferociously bad. It’s rambling, incoherent, inconsistent, and somehow, even though it’s drenched with violence and action and melodrama, it’s actually kind of boring. The characters make no sense, the plot makes no sense, the stakes are weird and nonsensical, and all of that non-sense-making happens at triple speed.

I would speculate that, at least on some level, the writers realized that they were flogging a dead horse, and tried to solve the problem by beating ittwice as hard and twice as fast and also with ninjas. But it stays dead.

Daredevil begynte så bra…men endte så dårlig.

Then I excluded history subreddits and looked at the probability that a Reddit thread mentions Nazis or Hitler at least once. Unsuprisigly, the probability of a Nazi refrence increases as the threads get bigger. Nevertheless, I didn’t expect that the probability would be over 70% for a thread with more than 1,000 comments.

Godwins law bevist

 

Hummer og kanari

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heaven

Dette er jo en sak som ingen trenger å lese, men Newsweek har altså rangert 60 versjoner av Leonard Cohens Hallelujah. De mener det er en fantastisk sang, men at det er mer enn nok nå. Cohen selv kommer på åttende plass, mens våre gutter: Fuentes, Holm, Lind og Nilssen, kommer litt dårligere fra det. Men de slår i hvert fall Susan Boyle.

60 versions of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, ranked.

Det er et under at vi overlevde den kalde krigen

This Heroic Captain Defied His Orders and Stopped America From Starting World War III

Dette har jeg skrevet om selv, men denne er mer seriøs, og mye grundigere. Om de negative sidene ved de nye tjenestene som lar oss rate alt mulig. TripAdvisor, AirBnB, Uber etc har gjort oss alle til kjipe mellomledere som til og med jobber helt gratis. Og jeg elsker den nye delingsøkonomien, men jeg hater virkelig at alt skal rangeres i hytt og pine, og dermed forvandler oss alle til bukkende og skrapende tjenere for kunden.

The rating game

Og ukas aller beste nyhet her:

BBC One skal lage TV-serie av His Dark Materials

Mens vi venter på den, kanskje vi skal lese noe nytt? Er denne SF-triologien noe jeg bør vurdere tro?

A mind-bending, award-winning science fiction trilogy that expertly investigates the way we live now.

Sånne fotoreportasjer som dette får jeg aldri nok av:

The life and slow death of a former Pennsylvania steel town

Jammen godt jeg er norsk da?

Middelaldrende hvite amerikanere dør av desperasjon, fortvilelse og håpløshet.

Hummer og kanari

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HOW DID J.R.R. Tolkien create The Lord of the Rings? The simple answer is that he wrote it. He sat down in a chair in 1937 and spent more than a dozen years working on what remains a masterwork of fantasy literature and a genius stroke of immersive worldbuilding.

The more complicated answer is that in addition to writing the story, he drew it. The many maps and sketches he made while drafting The Lord of the Rings informed his storytelling, allowing him to test narrative ideas and illustrate scenes he needed to capture in words. For Tolkien, the art of writing and the art of drawing were inextricably intertwined.

In the book The Art of The Lord of the Rings, we see how, and why.

Men denne artikkelen har dessverre bare bilde av ett eksempel da.

Slavery, as the Sublettes describe it, wasn’t a sidebar to early American history and a new nation’s growth. It was front and center—protected by law and prejudice, custom and greed. The enslaved were unloaded, sold, and taken (women’s necks tied with rope, men’s necks put in chains) via major roads, steamboats, and passing through cities and villages to their destination. Newspapers, owned by Benjamin Franklin, sold advertising for buying and selling slaves. All of this unfolded in full sight, with prosperous settlers assuming that slaves were a necessity for daily living and accumulating wealth. For generations, the property value of slaves was the largest asset in America.

Uansett hvor ille du tror slaveriet i USA var, så var det verre. 

In November 2010, when I was 25 years old, I moved in with a man who was 98. This man, whom I’ll call Mr. Schecter, wasn’t a friend or relation or anyone I knew. He was a Holocaust survivor in the first stages of dementia, and I’d been hired to look after him. Although my background was in clinical psychology, I was by no means a professional caregiver. I was employed because Mr. Schecter’s son—I’ll call him Sam—had seriously underestimated his father’s condition. Sam’s mistake was understandable. The most obvious paradox of dementia is the victim’s frequent inability to recognize it, and Mr. Schecter went about his life as though burdened by the normal aches and pains of aging rather than by an irrevocable and debilitating illness. If he put the laundry detergent in the oven or forgot which floor he lived on, he’d shake his head and sigh, Mayn kop arbet nisht (“my head doesn’t work”). But it was a lament, not a diagnosis. And this denial, both clinical and profoundly human, led Sam to misjudge the illness as well.

Dette er en litt lang, men veldig fin perle av en tekst om demens og dem som er rammet av det. 

The Dark Lord Sauron rules over this kingdom, Mordor, and he’s been in charge for ages and gets a bad rap because he’s not a very nice guy, but since when is it important for a leader to be nice? And look, I happen to be a very nice guy. I have some very nice guys working for me, but when I’m hiring someone to run a multi-million dollar resort I don’t care if they’re nice, I care that they’re smart. And it seems to me like Sauron was a smart guy, very organized. Middle Earth was broken and then Sauron came along and he was the right guy for the moment. I think he’s fantastic.

Donald Trump anmelder Ringenes Herre.

BEOWULF VS. SATAN VS. GRENDEL VS. DRACULA

Kult nok!

Jeg var aldri noen stor Counting Crows-fan. Jeg gikk glipp av debutalbumet. Oppdaget dem via en ekstrahjelp i platesjappa jeg hadde den gangen, og hørte en god del på liveplata Across a Wire. Likte den godt, og hørte vel også en del på plata som kom etter den. Men på et eller annet tidspunkt endte Counting Crows opp som noe man nesten er litt flau for noen gang å ha likt, og jeg skjønner egentlig ikke helt hvorfor. Det er dette denne teksten handler om.

Your Favorite Band Sucks!

Guns don’t kill people. Toddlers do.

Hummer og kanari

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Kulturmarxismen har spredd seg til Australia

Anders Breivik killed young social democrats because he believed that their party was involved in a cultural Marxist plot to undermine traditional European values by means of mass immigration from the Islamic world. Prominent voices in the #Gamergate movement have invoked it to warn of what is really motivating the feminist and queer critics of game aesthetics and culture – a desire to purge the culture of “proper” masculine values. It can even chime with Cater’s dreary, pedestrian moaning about how a “graduate class” seeks to remodel authentic, “egalitarian” Australian culture.

Sannheten om internett

It will scare you

Alt du vil vite om bæsj, men ikke har turt å spørre om.

It’s tempting to think of feces as simply the used-up remains of the food you ate — the stuff that makes it through after digestion.

In reality, this stuff is present, but 50 to 80 percent of your poop (excluding water) is actually bacteria that had been living in your intestines and was then ejected as food passed through. Many of the bacteria in poop are still alive, but some are dead — carcasses of species that bloomed as they fed on the indigestible plant matter you consumed, then died shortly afterward.

En far tar med seg sin syv år gamle datter til det som hadde vært Outland om han hadde bodd i Norge. Det viser seg å være en øyeåpner.

“Dad,” she said as she rolled her eyes at me (I mentioned that she acts like she’s twenty seven sometimes, yes? I could tell this was about to be one of those times) and said “these can’t be the real comics.  That’s not Harley Quinn.  That’s notWonder Woman.  That’s not…where are the real ones?”

I had no clue what she was talking about.

Her er en fin og litt trist sak om kjærlighet og psykisk sykdom

“Mark, I think this is worse than if Giulia had died,” my mother-in-law said to me one night after leaving Saint Francis Memorial. “The person we visit is not my daughter, and we don’t know if she is coming back.” I was silent, but agreed. Every evening I ripped open a wound that I’d spent the whole preceding day trying to patch up.

Barneoppdragelse. Det går til helvete uansett. 

Nowadays, it’s not enough to be happy—if you can be even happier. The American Dream and the pursuit of happiness have morphed from a quest for general contentment to the idea that you must be happy at all times and in every way. “I am happy,” writes Gretchen Rubin inThe Happiness Project, a book that topped the New York Times best-seller list and that has spawned something of a national movement in happiness-seeking, “but I’m not as happy as I should be.”

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