It’s explicitly a book about fading Empire. M16’s roots are in World War 2, and the core of the plot reaches back to there. What is Britain’s place in the world now? What does being British even mean? In a real way, it is a post-Brexit Bond. -- Kieron Gillen
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Since Foolkiller ended with the implication Frank Castle was about to shoot The Hood, and the general consensus was "good riddance", I thought I'd take us all back to a time before Parker Robbins was a lame magic Kingpin wannabe, with the MAX series that first introduced him, written by a pre-Runaways and Y: The Last Man Brian K. Vaughn and drawn by Kyle Hotz.
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"We wondered if he thought a planet full of women could ultimately rebuild society and sustain itself once again. Vaughan was surprisingly optimistic on that front. "Yes, I do think it could. There were a lot of people early on in the first year who complained, "Wow, this is such a misogynistic book to say that, because the men died, the women can't get the electricity running all over the world and the airports up and running again." I think that's an extremely complex, extremely difficult thing to deal with. When three billion people die, I don't care what their sex was, that's an incredibly difficult thing to come back from. I will say that the world would be better off than if it were just the men left. I think that would be an even more dire situation. I think there is hope for the planet."
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Carey Purcell: [Content Note: Sexual assault] The GOP's Health-Care Bill Is Absurdly Cruel to Sexual Assault Victims
Divya Ghelani: [CN: Fire; death; neglect] Grenfell Tower: 'There Are Only the Deliberately Silent, or the Preferably Unheard'
Eillie Anzilotti: A Higher Minimum Wage Is Not Doing the Bad Things Critics Said It Would Do
Keith Reid-Cleveland: [CN: Sexual assault] Bill Cosby Wants to Lecture People on Sexual Assault, Seriously
Kaiser: Nancy Pelosi Is Not Your Mommy; Stop Blaming Her for Everything
Ragen Chastain: [CN: Fat hatred] How Mamamia's Treatment of Roxane Gay Reveals the Fatphobia in Feminist Spaces
Michael Fitzgerald: [CN: Nazism; homophobia; internment] Lawmakers to Annul Convictions of 50,000 Gay Men in Nazi-Era Germany
Dave Holmes: [CN: Spoilers; sexual assault; death] The Book of Henry Is the Best Worst Movie of the Year
Rae Paoletta: The Dumbo Octopus Is Eight Cute Legs of Stone Cold Murder
Leave your links and recommendations in comments. Self-promotion welcome and encouraged!
On Sunday, June 18, near the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Nabra Hassanen was brutally murdered.
She was 17 years old, black, and wore a headscarf. She was bludgeoned with a baseball bat by 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, who then kidnapped her in his car, killed her, and dumped her body in a pond.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, Nabra and her large group of friends were walking back from a fast food restaurant to the mosque at about 3:40 A.M., prior to the start of the day’s fast. Torres “came upon the teens while he was driving,” and quarreled with a teenage boy on a bike. He then caught up with the group in a nearby parking lot, got out of his car with a baseball bat, and began to chase as the teens ran. Torres was able to catch Nabra, who fell behind.
Nabra was female, black, and visibly Muslim. She and the girls in her group were dressed in long abayas and headscarves. Yet the police department released a statement the day after, saying that they had not found any evidence to consider this a hate crime:
“There is nothing to indicate at this point this tragic case was a hate crime. No evidence has been uncovered that shows this murder was motivated by race or religion. It appears the suspect became so enraged over the traffic dispute it escalated into deadly violence…”
Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. said police have “absolutely no evidence” that her killing was motivated by hate.
Responses on Twitter to the police department’s characterization of Nabra’s murder as a “road rage” incident were varied. Most of them were angry.
When did walking become a road rage incident? Stop silencing hate crimes – you’re only contributing to them by blatantly lying. — Nanditha (@nandithanr) June 20, 2017
“Torres then took Nabra with him in his car to a second location nearby in Loudoun County”. It was road rage up until he ABDUCTED her. — smolly (@MMMollyAnn) June 19, 2017
Just like the murder of the 3 young Muslims in Chapel Hill NC 2 yrs ago over a parking space. Bullshit! Say it- Hate crime! — val (@Shanti1) June 20, 2017
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council of American-Islamic Relations, told CNN, “[T]here are not always overt statements of bias made during the crime. But we firmly believe that many of these crimes would not have occurred at all if the victims were not perceived as being Muslim.”
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In February 2015, three young Muslims were killed in North Carolina. Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha were newly married, and Yusor’s younger sister Razan often came over to stay with the couple at their home. The two women both observed hijab.
Craig Hicks, a neighbor, harassed them continuously in the weeks leading up to the killings. Yusor’s father later said she had told him, “Daddy, I think it is because of the way we look and the way we dress.”
On the day of the murders, Hicks sprayed Deah with bullets, shot the sisters execution-style in the head, and shot Deah once more before he left. The Chapel Hill Police Department stated that the crime was motivated by “an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking.”
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I am a young Muslim woman, and I wear hijab. I live in New York City, among people from every conceivable walk of life; but I harbor no illusion that my identities do not make me more vulnerable to attack.
I pin my headscarf tightly, so that it can’t easily be ripped off.
I throw in a few words of English when I speak Arabic, so that I am not kicked off a plane.
Muslims are increasingly likely to be targeted by hate crimes, with the latest FBI hate crime statistics showing an increase of 67% between 2014 and 2015. More recently, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has reported a sharp acceleration in Islamophobic incidents after Trump’s November election.
But Muslim women in particular – who can often be more easily identified by their clothing – are even more recognizable targets. Their very presence in public spaces, as both women and visibly Muslim people, places them at a doubly heightened risk of discrimination and violence. In Nabra’s case, she faced a risk that was triply heightened: she was also black.
On May 26, a man killed two people and injured a third on a train in Portland, after they confronted him for shouting racist and anti-Muslim slurs at two teenage girls. One of the girls was black. The other was Muslim, and wore a hijab.
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In the early morning of June 21, a 24-year-old man reportedly set Nabra’s memorial on fire. He was arrested and charged with “attending or kindling bonfires.” Sergeant Anna Rose explained, “[T]he memorial did not appear to be specifically targeted.”
The police report did not list hate bias as a possible motivation.
"I'd read the two BROTHER POWER THE GEEK comics as a small boy, and thought they were seriously weird. Rereading them as an adult they were still seriously weird, and funny, and touched with a sad, strange nostalgia. I'd been reading some Ken Kesey, and somehow the idea of Brother Power as a final remnant of flower power began to possess me. 'At least you didn't bring back Prez,' said my friends, relieved. Little did they know."
--Neil Gaiman, Midnight Days
Mild gore on one page.
( 'Like where did the beeeautiful people go?' )
I was just reminded that I dreamt last night that I was hanging out with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. OBVIOUSLY. Why wouldn't I be?
That seems at least as likely as my being a barista, lol!
Naturally, we shall use this as the jumping-off point for another thread about how frequently I and the other contributors/mods and other Shakers appear in each other's dreams. Shakes-related dreams come up in comments fairly regularly, and one of the most common subjects among reader emails is telling me that they dreamed about me and/or another contributor. (And, no, the vast majority of these are not the least bit creepy.)
So: Fess up. Have I appeared in your dream as your first-grade teacher? Has a fellow Shaker met you for drinks on the moon in your sleep? Has Deeky come to you in the night as a gummi-worm wielding organ grinder? Did I just invent the quadruple entendre with that last sentence...?
Tell the tales of your Shakesville Dreams here.