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Meet the John Waters Fans Planning Baltimore’s Outrageous Divine Monument

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Beyond “Crab Cake Capital of the World,” one of Baltimore’s best-known nicknames is “The Monument City.” And one of the city’s most notable features is its wealth of behemoth effigies, with General Pulaski kicking it in the same city as Billie Holiday, Martin Luther, Babe Ruth, and a whole bunch of Confederate sculptures whose future is currently being debated within Baltimore’s municipal government.
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What Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s “Progressive” Debate Reveals About the Erosion of Meaning in Political Language

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The apparently endless episodes of the Republican debate sideshow have commanded the media’s attention ever since the 2016 presidential campaign began, but perhaps the most interesting exchange in any of the candidates’ debates came last week, when Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders argued over the meaning of the word “progressive.” Like a lot of terms that we use in the context of politics, “progressive” is one of those words that, intuitively at least, seems to have a clear meaning — but once you start trying to nail that meaning down, you realize that it’s slippery at best and nonexistent at worst.
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Twitter Creates “Trust and Safety Council” to Combat Harassment

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There are more than 300 million active users on Twitter, the “micro” social media site that has, in five years, gone from novelty to necessity. It’s been a great tool for entrepreneurs, publishers (like this one!), and artists. It’s also been a great tool for trolls and hate-filled people, and that’s something the company has finally set out to combat, with today’s announcement of the creation of the Trust and Safety Council. 
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Meet the John Waters Fans Planning Baltimore’s Outrageous Divine Monument

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Beyond “Crab Cake Capital of the World,” one of Baltimore’s best-known nicknames is “The Monument City.” And one of the city’s most notable features is its wealth of behemoth effigies, with General Pulaski kicking it in the same city as Billie Holiday, Martin Luther, Babe Ruth, and a whole bunch of Confederate sculptures whose future is currently being debated within Baltimore’s municipal government.
…Read More

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Twitter Creates “Trust and Safety Council” to Combat Harassment

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There are more than 300 million active users on Twitter, the “micro” social media site that has, in five years, gone from novelty to necessity. It’s been a great tool for entrepreneurs, publishers (like this one!), and artists. It’s also been a great tool for trolls and hate-filled people, and that’s something the company has finally set out to combat, with today’s announcement of the creation of the Trust and Safety Council. 
…Read More

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What Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s “Progressive” Debate Reveals About the Erosion of Meaning in Political Language

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The apparently endless episodes of the Republican debate sideshow have commanded the media’s attention ever since the 2016 presidential campaign began, but perhaps the most interesting exchange in any of the candidates’ debates came last week, when Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders argued over the meaning of the word “progressive.” Like a lot of terms that we use in the context of politics, “progressive” is one of those words that, intuitively at least, seems to have a clear meaning — but once you start trying to nail that meaning down, you realize that it’s slippery at best and nonexistent at worst.
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Watch ‘Tangerine’ Director Sean Baker’s New Short Film, ‘Snowbird’

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Last year’s Sean Baker-directed Tangerine was one of the year’s best films. Shot on iPhones and starring untrained actors, it became an indie darling and propelled Baker and his stars into the spotlight. It’s no shock, then, that Baker has been tapped by hyper-hip French fashion label Kenzo to produce an 11-minute short film, titled Snowbird (after the slang for settlers in Slab City), starring model Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), and serving, subversively, as a showcase for the label’s latest collection. 
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