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21 Sep 13:50

Giant East Village Soup Dumplings Are Already Selling Out Within 15 Minutes

by Serena Dai

Each one costs about $12

The newest line-inducing food craze in New York comes from the mother-son team behind Drunken Dumpling, a tiny restaurant in the East Village specializing in soup dumplings. The biggest draw: a soup dumpling so big that it can only be sipped through a straw. Yuan Lee and his chef mother Qihui Guan opened the restaurant last week, and almost immediately, lines started forming to eat and, of course, Instagram the monster-sized soup dumpling.

Guan, a former math teacher who also used to work at Joe’s Shanghai, is so far the only person at the restaurant who can make them, meaning that only 25 are available each day. Despite the rain on Monday, people lined up before the doors at 137 First Ave. even opened, Lee says. "Let me tell you sweetheart, if I expected it to be like this, I would have rented 3,000-square-feet," he says. "I would not rent an 800 square feet restaurant with a 300 square feet kitchen. I would have five staff like my mom doing this."

[the making of the giant soup dumpling]

Drunken Dumpling is not the first place to create such a gigantic soup dumpling. Guan first spotted the phenomenon on the internet from restaurants in China. An outpost of a Chinese chain Wang Xing Ji in Los Angeles has even been selling one since 2012. (Critic Jonathan Gold aptly compared it to a water balloon.) Guan tells Eater in Mandarin that she wanted to recreate it herself when her family decided to open a restaurant. It took two tries before she made a version that she liked, with her ideal mix of chicken, pork, and vegetable broth, and a thin dough wrapper. It costs $11.75.

The giant dumpling is created much like any other soup dumpling. Guan boils a broth for six to eight hours until it’s a milky color, eventually adding vegetables, pork, chicken, crab, shrimp, and more. The broth gets portioned out in a small bowl and rests in the fridge, which turns it into a gelatinous solid. Guan then turns the bowl upside down into a dumpling wrapper and steams it for ten minutes.

It grows about 25 percent in size — she puts a piece of cabbage on top of the dumpling so that it doesn’t stick to the cover — and once it’s out, you can jiggle the soup gently from side to side, watching it swish around inside the dough. Though the wrapper is not quite as thin as a smaller dumpling for logistical reasons, Guan still prides herself on its translucency. The straw to drink it must puncture the skin gently, lest soup unleash itself onto the rest of the table.

The mother and son may add a bigger chunk of pork inside the dumpling later so that it mimics its smaller cousins a little bit more, but for now, it’s "literally a big bowl of soup" inside a piece of dough, Lee says. "We wanted to have as much soup as possible," he says. "This is the soup that I drank when I was a baby boy."

Chef Qihui Guan with a giant dumpling Nick Solares

[Qihui Guan with the giant soup dumpling]

The other, smaller soup dumplings — one with pork and one with crab and pork — have also sold out every day. After they’re all gone around 8:30 p.m., Guan starts prepping again. In the last week, she and Lee stay up chopping and prepping until about 1 a.m. They get back to the restaurant at 9 a.m. the next morning to do it all over again.

Guan says she’s looking forward to when they train people to do some of the work. Once that happens, she will have more time focus on her favorite — desserts.

Watch: How To Make Dumplings at Home

09 Sep 14:21

‘Brunch’-Flavored Candy Corn Is Now Terrifying the Halloween Aisle

by Clint Rainey

Apparently hoping to combine America’s two most #basic crazes — brunch and limited-time novelty flavors — with the bonus of high blood sugar is another new candy corn from Brach’s. For $2.50 this Halloween, Target shoppers can grab these exclusive variety bags of “Brunch Favorites,” which...More »

16 Sep 16:30

Cup Noodles Will Make Its Freeze-Dried Instant Ramen a Little Healthier

by Clint Rainey

Instant-ramen-maker Nissin Foods is leaping aboard the sudden new trend of bringing Americans natural versions of items often found in vending machines. The brand says Cup Noodles is undergoing a recipe change, the first in the 45-year-old college staple’s history, that will give the product an “improved nutritional...More »

16 Sep 20:33

New York’s Fast Food Workers May Soon Have A Little More Schedule Stability

by Serena Dai

Restaurants will have to set schedules two weeks in advance

The lives of New York’s 65,000 fast food employees may soon be a little less hectic. Crain’s reports that Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to introduce a law that will force fast food restaurants to schedule shifts in advance. Labor advocates have complained for years that unpredictable scheduling makes it hard for fast food workers to take other jobs that they need for extra income or find care for children and sick family members. The mayor’s new law requires employers to post schedules two weeks in advance and pay employees when they have to make a last minute change.

The announcement comes right after the campaign to raise the chain restaurant minimum wage to $15-per-hour. It’s part of an ongoing effort to try improving income inequality in the city. Besides advance scheduling, the legislation also bans restaurants from asking employees to work two shifts that are within ten hours of each other — an addition that would end the practice where employees close the restaurant one night and open it again the next day. It's currently common for restaurants to schedule people last minute based on software that helps them track demand, according to Crain's.

Though the legislation would only apply to fast food restaurants if passed, changes in the chains tend to have a trickle down effect to mom-and-pops and full-service restaurants, too. The demand for restaurant labor is high, and restaurants seeking quality employees have said they must stay competitive on wages and benefits to attract them.

25 Sep 16:40

Orange Time-Travelling Manga Gets Anime Sequel Film Written by Creator

November 18 film retells story from Suwa's view, then continues story
21 Sep 20:06

“AutoPanther” japanese commercial, animated by...

AutoPanther” japanese commercial, animated by legendary Shinji Hashimoto.

23 Sep 14:00

NYCC ’16: Here are your instructions for Main Stage Clearing and Badge Tapping

by Heidi MacDonald
15NYCCday2-3.jpgAs New York Comic Con looms ever closer, they’ve announced the Main Stage Clearing and Badge Tapping – procedures and…wow, clearing rooms is not easy. New York Comic Con will once again clear the Main Stage Presented by AT&T after each Panel. This year you will be required to tap your Badge in the morning […]
23 Sep 20:30

NYCC ’16: Exclusive listing of ALL the 2016 New York Comic Con panels with panelists

by Heidi MacDonald
As in the past, the folks at ReedPOP have graciously shared a text file of ALL the panels at NYCC, all 200+ of them. Please note, although the list is current as of a few weeks ago, it is NOT the final panel list, as that changes right up until the last minute. You’ll be able […]
14 Sep 20:08

Otakon 2016: Artist Alley

by reversethieves

narutaki_icon_4040_round This year I didn’t spend as much time in the alley as I usually do. So I’m not too keen on making any overall observations about what was there this year. I will say there seemed to be a lot more artists making comics, fan or original, than I’ve seen in years past. Oh how I wished I could have gotten more!

Anyway, this is mostly a shoutout post for the amazing artists that I picked stuff up from at this year’s Otakon.

With a tagline like “Delinquent Animals!” there was really no way that my first purchase wasn’t going to be Cry to the Moon an original comic anthology by Love Love Hill (Twitter: @love_love_hill). They had a ton of other comics as well, and now I wish I had picked up more.

I added a number of other prints to my collection, the range of styles on display was just fantastic. I picked up a Detective Conan print which was a Yotsuba parody by papricots (Twitter: @papricots). A gorgeous pastel-y Full Metal Alchemist print by Corrie Young (Twitter: @coryoungart) I couldn’t pass up. A perfectly colorful Joseph and Caesar from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2 print by Animus Rhythm had to be added to my pieces. And a rare Slayers print by Kim Madison (Twitter: @deadsidekicks) was a treat to find. I couldn’t pass up a Saint Tail postcard by Chu (Twitter: @chumaruko).

Not surprisingly Fire Emblem Fates stuff was out in full-force. Since I wasn’t all that happy with the game however, I was glad to still see Fire Emblem Awakening stuff about (as usual very little other FE titles). So I picked up a delightful Fire Emblem Awakening fanbook by Emmy (Twitter: @shaburdies). She even drew a little Cherche on the inside cover for me!

Along with the book by Emmy, I got a Splatoon postcard. I saw a number of other squid-related pieces in the alley. I got another postcard, this one advertising the roller by Milkbun (Twitter: @milkbun). And I picked up a squid sisters button by Sara Wawa (Twitter: @sararawawa)

Other buttons I added to my collection are a License-less Rider from ONE-PUNCH MAN button by Voidbug. A Fukurodani logo from Haikyuu!! button by Cosmic Crown. Another set of Joseph and Caesar from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2 buttons, these ones by J. Calderone.

No surprise, I got another Link from the Legend of Zelda button but in this one he is using a bow and it was made by Maya Kern (Twitter: @mayakern). I also scooped up a cool Zelda double-sided bookmark (one side was shiny!) by lani (Twitter: @lanimani).

A unique booth by Cara Mcgee (Twitter: @ohcararara) was selling tea blends, each themed after a character from a series. The blends were in tins with custom artwork and made about 3-4 servings. And strangely enough there was tea based on Rainbow Rowell’s novel Carry On. Not anime, but a very unexpected find all the same, and I couldn’t pass it up. I picked up Baz Grim-Pitch tea.

Being me, I rounded things out by buying some dog stuff. I picked up a dog button from Lauren who I’ve gotten things from in the past. And I found a beautiful print of Japanese Spitz breeds by Naomi Romero (Twitter: @NaomiRomeroArt).

Last, but certainly not least, I want to mention Katie Tiedrich (Twitter: @katietiedrich) the artist of Awkward Zombie. She was not in Artist Alley but in the Dealer’s Hall selling books and prints, plus signing and sketching as she did so. When I bought a book, she asked, “Who is your favorite Fire Emblem?” I answered the only correct way, “Lyn.”

~ kate

Filed under: Conventions, Editorials, Events, Otakon
24 Sep 05:30

Orange Manga Gets 2-Part Spinoff About Future Suwa

Takano to debut spinoff manga in October
08 Sep 17:00

[Apartment 507] Teen Girl Sherlock Holmes Novel “A Study in Charlotte” Gets Manga-style Cover: US vs. Japan Marketing in Action

by sdshamshel


So A Study in Charlotte, an American novel about a young female descendant of Sherlock Holmes, is getting a Japanese release, and it has a cover from a manga artist. I’ve written some thoughts about this method of marketing, which you can read here. Namely, can a cover like this influence people’s perception of the contents inside?

16 Sep 20:02

Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party is a Delightful Literary Take on Clue

by Natalie Zutter

Edgar Allan Poe Murder Mystery Dinner Party web series Shipwrecked Comedy

What’s that gentle rapping, rapping at your chamber door? Why, it’s a brilliant new web series that marries the murder mystery of Clue with plenty of deep-cut literary references. In Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party, the socially awkward writer takes on the role of Wadsworth, orchestrating a night of good times among his fellow famous scribes in which each author must play a character at one of those painfully extended icebreakers, the murder mystery dinner party. But when one of the guests pulls a Mr. Boddy and expires facedown in his soup, the guests must figure out which one of them is playing the role of murderer.

Shipwrecked Comedy is really killing it (pun so intended) with this web series, which is released in 10-to-15-minute long installments. The dialogue is witty, the stakes compelling, the Clue connections undeniable: Louisa May Alcott is almost as awkward as Mrs. Peacock; Mary Shelley certainly evokes Mrs. White with her funereal garb and deadpan delivery; H.G. Wells possesses the quiet ingenuity of Mr. Green while being completely unable to function in normal conversation; and poor, constantly-forgotten Emily Dickinson can’t catch a break, not unlike Colonel Mustard. And while I can’t really assign a Clue analog to George Eliot, the actress playing him is a laugh riot, all overly-machismo swagger and “very convincing” mustache. Ernest Hemingway, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Charlotte Brontë, Oscar Wilde, and Agatha Christie round out the rest of the authors, while sassy ghost Lenore makes a perfect partner in crime (as it were) to Poe, who’s too distracted by the pretty but dumb Annabel Lee to appreciate his non-corporeal companion.

Also, there are moments like this Homeland shout-out that made me giggle uncontrollably:

Edgar Allan Poe Murder Mystery Dinner Party web series Shipwrecked Comedy

So far four chapters (all with delightful titles) of the 11-part series have been released. Get caught up below:

While you’re waiting for new installments, you’ll be jitterier than Poe’s narrator listening for the tell-tale heart.

via Boing Boing

18 Sep 01:30

The Eccentric Family TV Anime Gets 2nd Season (Updated)


I can't push the LIKE button hard enough!

Main cast, staff return for new series adapting Tomihiko Morimi's 2nd novel
14 Sep 16:46

Once Bullied Teenager Creates App So Kids Will Never Have to Sit Alone Again

Meet Natalie Hampton, a 16-year-old Californian responsible for the creation of "Sit With Us," an anti-bullying app launched on September 9, dedicated to eliminating any and all "Mean Girls" situations.

Inspired by personal memories of spending her entire seventh grade school year eating alone, Hampton, now a socially happy junior in high school, believed a cell phone app was necessary in order to eliminate unnecessary rejection.

And the app is already receiving an outburst of positive feedback. "People are already posting open lunches at my school," Hampton told NPR's "All Things Considered," a small act of kindness that will really make a difference in so many lives.

Have a student in elementary, middle, or high school with a smartphone? Spread the word and have them download the app to begin putting an end to bullying. For free.

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14 Sep 19:00

The White Knights of the First Amendment

by Anonymous

In June 2016, faculty defenders of the First Amendment faced off against University of Oregon administrators and staff in a symposium originally intended to educate people about the work of the campus’ Bias Response Team. At places like Emory University, University of Oregon, University of California, Santa Barbara and over 100 additional institutions, Bias Response Teams were created to “provide targets of bias a safe space to have their voices heard, to promote civility and respect, to effect change around these important issues in a quick and effective manner and to ensure a comprehensive response to bias incidents.” But according to First Amendment advocates, when the BRT contacted faculty members to talk about complaints that had been made to the BRT concerning—to take one example, derision about the use of gender-neutral pronouns—this created a climate that undermined their freedom of speech. There was little room for discussion at this symposium, recorded for the purpose of podcasting, but a great deal of conversation about the dangers of “safe spaces,” “politically correct thought police” and the “chilling” effects of institutional responses to bias.

What happened on the University of Oregon campus was not an isolated incident, but part of a string of similar incidents that have unfolded over the past two years—in which mostly white, cis men have transformed criticism of their speech and the ideas they propagate from women, queer people and people of color into challenges to their freedom.

Devon Buchanan / Creative Commons

Devon Buchanan / Creative Commons

As Alice Marwick and Ross Miller point out in an article about online harassment, hateful, defaming or harassing speech is protected by the First Amendment—which has made it extraordinarily difficult for women, people of color and queer people to protect themselves from online harassment. In attacks on campus BRTs and so-called “social justice warriors” (SJWs), conservative students on college campuses are now extending Men’s Rights Activists’ use of the First Amendment to protect their ability to harass and discriminate against marginalized folks.

We asked Ms. if we could publish this article using a pseudonym because of our concern that we will be harassed by Men’s Rights Activists and those who sympathize with them. Our desire for anonymity is at once a symptom of the climate we go on to describe and a by-product of an emphasis on free speech that is proving to be a screen for unethical and vicious on- and offline harassment. These attacks are part of a longer tradition of conservative attacks on campus activists aimed at ridiculing and undermining critiques of sexist, racist and homophobic utterances and practices under the guise of protecting freedom of speech.

Political Correctness, GamerGate and Defenders of the First Amendment

The current attack on campus social justice activists has its roots in the early 1990s, when “political correctness” entered popular culture. The term, originally used on the sectarian left, was revived in 1991 by conservative Allen Bloom in his The Closing of the American Mind. Bloom followed the longstanding anti-communist tradition of suggesting that liberals were policing speech on college campuses. In the subsequent series of articles written by conservative journalists, the 1990s moral panic about political correctness re-animated an older anti-communist trope that saw threats to systems of power from which they had long benefited in struggles for civil rights, economic equality and gender equity. Transforming victimizers (those espousing racist or sexist beliefs that understood people of color and women as being genetically inferior to White men, as in The Bell Curve), critics of political correctness represented themselves as champions of free speech and First Amendment Rights. They were, they claimed, being silenced by left wing criticism when, in fact, they were intent on silencing their critics.

In the summer of 2014, the inheritors of this political legacy once again rallied around the belief that they were the beleaguered defenders of free and open speech and journalistic ethics during a series of incidents that became known as GamerGate. The Men’s Rights Activists campaigns mobilized during GamerGate began in the wake of the suicide and mass shootings perpetrated by Elliott Rodgers in Isla Vista, California in May 2014, notably online protests against the hashtag #yesallwomen.

Online attacks against women gained momentum later that summer, with an aggressive online attack on independent game developer Zoë Quinn. Quinn released the interactive fiction game Depression Quest in February 2013. The game was intended to draw attention to the challenges of living with this illness, but it also drew the ire of male gamers who made it their business to police what counted as a legitimate or “serious” games. When Quinn’s game received positive reviews, online protectors of the integrity of games understood to be serious (e.g. manly) began to grumble and then take shots at Quinn. Motivated by the belief that praise for Quinn’s game resulted not from the merits of her design, but because of Quinn’s relationships with journalists writing about games, the situation erupted in August 2014, when Eron Gjoni, Quinn’s former boyfriend, published an inchoate, meandering post. In it, Gjoni claimed that a favorable review of Depression Quest on the gaming blog Kotaku resulted from Quinn’s presumably sexual relationship with the reviewer.

While this had all the appearance of a tempest in a teapot—a sullen and jealous response to an ex’s success, typical of abusive relationships in which abusers seek to undermine any successes the object of their violent attentions may enjoy—the incident quickly galvanized Men’s Rights Activists, already active in the wake of the Isla Vista shooting. Quinn was subjected to myriad acts of online harassment. She received death threats and was doxxed (e.g. private and identifying information about her was published on the Internet). People who dared to speak up for her and who linked the treatment of Quinn to hostile climates in the gaming and tech industry, like Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu, Felicia Day and Ellen Pao, were subjected to similar forms of harassment. When Zoë Quinn criticized Gjoni, he responded with an attack on SWJs, a group of people described as the direct descendants of the political correctness crowd. Men’s Rights Activists who rallied to support Quinn’s boyfriend used the First Amendment to claim they were ones harmed by GamerGate, despite the very real consequences faced by Quinn and others, including doxxing, online harassment and death threats. Men’s Rights Activists were just exercising their right to free speech, defending themselves against “misandry,” they argued in their defense, apparently unaware of how death threats might make women think more than twice about speaking their minds.

Most significantly for our purposes, GamerGate allowed college dropout and self-identified “faggot” Milo Yiannopoulos to rise to internet fame through the ensuing publicity. Yiannopoulos published “leaked” documents that purported to prove the very forms of corruption within gaming journalism of which Gjoni had accused Kotaku. Yiannopoulos proved an effective poster child for people whose real intent was to promote and defend online harassment. These GamerGate activities led to Yiannopoulos’ gig as the tech editor for Breitbart News in October 2015. Around the same time, Yiannopoulos began to engage in what New York Magazine describes as the “campus-outrage outrage cycle.” In this, Yiannopolous appeared on college campuses, making inflammatory and provocative statements and serving as “free speech bait” to provoke teachers and students into protests. The protests were then picked up by conservative journalists and activists, used to prove that social justice warriors were enemies of free speech and to justify attacks on targeted protestors.

Publicity and Raising the First Amendment Banner

Yiannopoulos’ misogyny has been well-documented. His attacks on feminism have consistently flown under the banner of political correctness and alleged feminist attacks on free speech, as his campus tours have illustrated. In 2015, at the University of Manchester, he debated the topic, “From liberation to censorship: does modern feminism have a problem with free speech?” In early 2016, he went on his self-titled “The Dangerous Faggot” tour, with appearances at Rutgers in February—where he taunted protesters by saying, “you’re idiots if you believe women get paid less than men, or if you believe rape culture exists.” In March, he continued at the University of Pittsburgh, claiming that feminism drew women into lesbianism because they “have a much more malleable sexuality than men do.” Feminists were “man-haters,” he told the crowd, adding that “the Black Lives Matter movement is an act of ‘black supremacy.’” These appearances were publicity stunts intended to provoke feminists, anti-racists, LGBTQ+ activists and their allies into protests that to be used as fodder for the campus-outrage outrage cycle.

Yiannopoulos’ tour, and conservative news coverage of it, uses the First Amendment as a rallying cry for harassment and hate speech. Without the First Amendment as a shiny banner excusing anything that Yiannopoulos or MRAs say about people supporting social justice campaigns on college campuses, their cause appears as nothing more than what it is: aggressive sexism, racism and homophobia. But under the banner of protecting free speech and the First Amendment, these campaigns serve as justification for silencing those who hold opposing viewpoints.

This is more than a rhetorical game. The repressive, silencing consequences of campaigns by people like Yiannopoulos, whose stated goal is “to go through life as offensively as possible,” have been evident in several cases that have unfolded over the past year. In May 2016, conservative news outlets The Daily Caller and Breitbart News reported the resignation of a professor at DePaul with headlines “DePaul Professor Offended By Milo Announces Resignation, Calls Free Speech Delusional” and “DePaul Sociology Professor Angrily Resigns Over Milo Visit”. The professor in question was Dr. Shu-Ju Ada Cheng, an associate professor of sociology who in fact had submitted her resignation in December 2015, prior to Yiannopoulos’ visit.

While Dr. Cheng explained her resignation as a response to DePaul’s failure to address racism in higher education, news stories cited Yiannopoulos’ visit as the cause. This marked the intensification of the “campus-outrage outrage cycle.” Dr. Cheng’s criticism of institutional racism was conflated with Yiannopolous’ visit and she was subsequently demonized in online publications as a villainous enemy in the battle of free speech versus social justice warriors. Although advocates of Yiannopoulos claimed that student protests at DePaul and Dr. Cheng’s letter constituted a threat and “chilling effect” on their free speech, it was Dr. Cheng and students at DePaul who faced significant online harassment in the shape of racist phone calls and death threats.

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Consequences of the “Chilling Effect”

While Yiannopoulos has been appearing as the spokesperson for a new movement for free speech, other events over the last year demonstrate how free speech is increasingly being invoked to turn victims into victimizers in the name of journalistic ethics. In November 2015, racial tensions at the University of Missouri culminated in a series of protests, including a hunger strike by graduate student Jonathan Butler and a threatened boycott by the University’s football team. During one particularly volatile protest, Dr. Melissa Click was filmed attempting to protect student protesters from reporters. Conservative news outlets quickly reacted to the video, filmed by Mark Schierbecker, focusing on Dr. Click’s improbable and impetuous call for “some muscle.” The video quickly went viral: here was an open attack on free speech by an actual SWJ, a feminist scholar who had written about Twilight, a text reviled by online misogynists. Dr. Click’s defense of student protesters—who had no reason to embrace conservative journalists who often espoused White supremacist views—was transformed into an attack on all journalists and the figure of the diminutive mother of three calling for “some muscle” became the symbol for SWJ’s real goals: to silence all critics.

The onslaught of media attention and the backlash on campus argued that Schierbecker was the true victim in this scenario. Schierbecker became a rallying point for an existing network of news outlets intent on framing social justice advocates as overly-sensitive defilers of the First Amendment. Schierbecker has gone on to promote himself as a defender of the First Amendment, referring to himself as a “free-speech activist” while contributing to publications with a history of attacking the speech of social justice advocates. In a piece for Breitbart News, Yiannopoulos joined in the fray, calling Dr. Click the “media professor who hates journalists” and helping to contribute to the image of Schierbecker as a victim of social justice warriors intent on destroying the freedom of the press.

In February 2016, Dr. Click was fired from the University of Missouri after outrage in the conservative press, the mobilization of free speech defenders on UM’s campus and their allies in the conservative legislature. That same month, David French published an article in the National Review, identifying Bias Response Teams as enemies of free speech on college campuses. Despite BRT’s stated purpose of promoting civility, respect and understanding, in French’s estimation, Bias Response Teams were actually enemies of the First Amendment.

The attack on BRTs heated up as additional articles on Bias Response Teams swiftly began to appear in conservative publications. In late March 2016, at the University of Oregon, after several faculty members objected to derisive comments on the journalism school’s listserv concerning the Washington Post’s adoption of gender-neutral pronouns, a faculty member called the Bias Response Team for support. The meeting did not go well.

In the wake of additional criticism, several male journalism professors at the University of Oregon publicly began to cry First Amendment as a strategy for diverting attention from the original critiques. At a subsequent panel, a group of professors at the School of Journalism and Communication, including Professor Kyu Ho Youm and former Dean of the School, Tim Gleason, took up French’s concerns that the BRT was chilling free speech. Rather than contributing to dialogue, the Bias Response Team, they asserted, impeded it. With little awareness of the experiences of students facing backlash against growing vocal opposition to buildings named after documented racists and the designation of several campus bathroom as gender-neutral, tenured professors claimed they were the ones being threatened. At a panel discussing the BRT, both Gleason and Professor Tom Wheeler reported fearing the impact of anonymous reports on professors’ careers. Rallying around free speech allowed tenured male professors to claim they were the victims of the BRT, completely obfuscating original charges that tenured male professors were not being respectful in their behavior on the listserv and were, in fact, creating a climate that was hostile for women, people of color and LGBTQ+ people alike. In an article published in June 2016, Professor Kyu Ho Youm dramatically compared the BRT’s visit to “the dispatching of the thought police” and spoke of a UO colleague who “endured a real-life chilling experience with the BRT.”

No one could, of course, point to such “real-life chilling experiences,” save for the obvious discomfort these professors expressed at having been criticized. In fact, there is far more evidence that the people attacked by free speech activists are the ones who are experiencing actual chilling effects. In the case of the Mizzou protests, Black student activists’ experiences of racism on campus, including death threats, were completely subsumed by the media feeding frenzy around Dr. Click. This media feeding frenzy, moreover, resulted in this untenured professor receiving numerous death and rape threats, including the following:

“I hope your mother dies of brain cancer.”

“I plan to belly-laugh when someone shanks you or sets you on fire in the next week.”

“Sport should be made of you, in which you are passed around a cell block for a week straight, then cut loose to be hunted down and killed. If hell exists, I want to be there to take part in your eternal agony. You do not deserve a marked grave.”

“I hope you’re gang-raped by some of the very animals with whom you’re so enamored.”

Conservatives’ discomfort with criticisms of their misogyny, racism and homophobia pales in comparison to the experiences of Dr. Click and other social justice activists in campaigns initiated and intensified by people who, without irony, describe themselves as defenders of free speech. The pattern is evident: First Amendment and free speech activists troll college campuses using high visibility social justice issues like transgender bathrooms, Black Lives Matter and gun reform—even going so far as to promote Yiannopoulos along with gun giveaways at campus events—to draw out potential targets. Although they claim to be protectors of fragile First Amendment rights, their bullying behaviors are evident in the online attacks that follow from the targeting of social justice warriors. In contrast to those claiming to feel a “chilling effect” as a result of educational conversations in an educational institution, people like Dr. Click, Dr. Cheng and supporters of the BRT face a chilling effect of a large-scale network unafraid to send hate mail, death threats and other insinuations of violent retaliation.

Who Is Protected by Defending Free Speech?

Not coincidentally, the ramping up of attacks on campus activists coincides with Donald Trump’s campaign for U.S. president, a campaign full of the kind of rhetoric used by Men’s Rights Activists. Trump , who Yiannopoulos refers to as “Daddy”, has long been an opponent of what he describes as political correctness, which as his campaign unfolds has meant attacks on women, Muslims, immigrants, Mexican-Americans, queer people, racial justice activists and veterans. Arguments made by campus First Amendment activists line up very evenly with Trump’s platform and his devil-may-care attitude toward the effects of his own speech acts.

Domestic violence activists have long understood that the most dangerous moment for people—mainly women—in abusive relationships is when they walk out the door and turn their backs on abusive relationships. In these bitter attacks on social justice, we may well be witnessing the painful uncoupling of social justice activists from forms of journalism that have never served them well.

We have every reason to believe that these attacks will only intensify as faculty, students and staff head back to campuses this fall. We can see already see evidence of this in the formation of a Task Force on the BRT at the University of Oregon and a letter sent to incoming freshman at the University of Chicago stating the university does not condone the creation of “safe spaces.”

We want to offer guidance for those encountering defenders of free speech or grappling with accusations that “social justice warriors” are bullies seeking to quell speech. To begin with, it is vital to recognize that the incidents we’ve discussed, along with many others, are not disparate or isolated incidents. The backlash against Dr. Click, Dr. Cheng, Ms. Quinn and the BRT are part of a wave of organized political activity gathering under the banner of free speech. Because the First Amendment can only be defended in relation to a series of conjured threats to it, free speech “activists” are seeking publicity and public targets as the focus for their crusades. We must not feed the trolls in the hope that if you leave them in the cave, they will eventually eat themselves.

As legal scholars like Alice Marwick, Russ Miller and Sky Croeser have argued, it is also vital to recognize that the First Amendment is not the Word of God. It has its limits and historically has not been friendly to those who would challenge those in power. When free speech is called upon as a rallying cry, we must think of whose speech is being promoted and defended. In GamerGate, the “campus-outrage outrage cycle” and claims to journalistic ethics, free speech is summoned in defense of online harassment and threats. Marwick and Miller contend that hateful, defaming or harassing speech is protected by the First Amendment—yet the effect of such speech repeatedly target particular groups.

“Research suggests that those most likely to be the victims of hateful, online speech are women, sexual minorities, and people of color,” the authors wrote. “In other words, harassment breaks down along traditional lines of power.” In keeping with Marwick and Miller’s argument, attacks against individuals or groups of people perceived to be challenging those in positions of power like Dr. Cheng, Dr. Click and Bias Response Teams function to maintain power structures in higher education that have long allowed those in power to speak without consequences.

Higher education has an ethical and pedagogical responsibility to promote educational opportunities that enhance understanding and inclusion—which is precisely why academics and student activists are being targeted by these campaigns. Better than anyone else, we know that speech has consequences. We know that criticism, grounded in thoughtful consideration and research, plays a vital role in democracy and helps us to refine and advance as a society.

Social justice activists understand, perhaps better than anyone else, how difficult it can be to hear criticism and to learn from it. We are committed to having those conversations on our campuses, but the current defense of the First Amendment is not a defense of open conversation and free speech—it is a defense of harassment and a defense of those who wish to wield inflammatory rhetoric elevating white supremacy, misogyny and homophobia without consequence or criticism.

In the interests of promoting dialogue in which all people are full participants—regardless of their race, sex, gender, sexual orientation or citizenship status—we need to be vigilant and cautious in the dangerous months ahead.

13 Sep 23:13

Naomi Osaka Takes Twitter By Storm

Naomi Osaka is back home in Japan and into the second round of the Japan Women's Open Tennis, and the 18-year-old celebrated in the best way: by joining Twitter.
07 Sep 10:55

Isekai Shokudō Gourmet Fantasy Light Novels' Author: Anime Is in the Works

Story of restaurant that serves cuisine from another world every Saturday
06 Sep 12:51

Bad News, Everyone!

by thingsthatareawful

For those who have been thirsty for the worst advice, the Bad Advisor has wonderful, terrible news: Bad Advice will now appear every Tuesday at The Establishment. Read the first installment of brand-new bad advice here, now!

The Bad Advisor will continue to post Good Advice Interludes here on the ‘tumz, and she’ll link y’all every week to the new column in case you forget. (Don’t forget!)

04 Sep 20:00

'The Eccentric Family' Project Gets New Announcements in September

The official English Twitter account for the anime studio P.A. Works noted on Sunday that the cast and staff of The Eccentric Family (Uchōten Kazoku) television...
02 Sep 08:15

Yoshitoki Ōima Draws New A Silent Voice Manga Episode for Anime Filmgoers

New manga episode will have story not in manga or film
31 Aug 01:00

Onihei Crime Reports in Edo Historical Novels Get TV Anime

Blood Lad's Shigeyuki Miya directs at Studio M2 for 2017 premiere
30 Aug 20:00

Ishiyama-dera Picture Scrolls Get CG Anime Adaptation

Anime will depict 1st illustration in scrolls showing founding of temple
29 Aug 23:17

The Women Succeeding in a Men’s Professional Baseball League

by John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro

On Friday night, at Albert Park, in San Rafael, California, the Sonoma Stompers ran onto the pitching mound, hugged one another, laughed, and sprayed champagne. Jose Flores, their six-foot-four closer, had just sailed a fastball by the San Rafael Pacifics slugger Brent Gillespie, leaving the bases loaded and preserving the team’s 5–4 victory. With it, the Stompers claimed the Pacific Association title. Five hundred and ninety-two fans were on hand to watch.

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29 Aug 20:28

In firing human editors, Facebook has lost the fight against fake news

by Olivia Solon in San Francisco

It took only two days for an algorithm to highlight a fake story about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Facebook’s influence on news dissemination makes such mistakes arguably irresponsible

Two days after Facebook announced it was replacing the humans that write the Trending Topics descriptions with robots, a fake article about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly appeared in its list of trending stories.

On Friday, Facebook announced that in a bid to reduce bias it would make the Trending feature more automated and laid off up to 26 contractors hired to write and edit the short descriptions that accompanied each trend. On Sunday a story headlined “Breaking: Fox News Exposes Traitor Megyn Kelly, Kicks Her Out for Backing Hillary” found its way into the list of trending stories – despite the fact that it’s not true.

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29 Aug 10:00

California has urged President Obama and Congress to tax carbon pollution | Dana Nuccitelli

by Dana Nuccitelli

The California state government passed AJR 43, urging the national government to pass a revenue-neutral carbon tax

Last week, the California state senate passed Assembly Joint Resolution 43, urging the federal government to pass a revenue-neutral carbon tax:

WHEREAS, A national carbon tax would make the United States a leader in mitigating climate change and the advancing clean energy technologies of the 21st Century, and would incentivize other countries to enact similar carbon taxes, thereby reducing global carbon dioxide emissions without the need for complex international agreements; now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of California, jointly, That the Legislature hereby urges the United States Congress to enact, without delay, a tax on carbon-based fossil fuels; and be it further Resolved ... That all tax revenue should be returned to middle- and low-income Americans to protect them from the impact of rising prices due to the tax

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30 Aug 11:57

World heritage in the high seas: oceanic wonders explored

by Guardian Staff

A report launched on 3 August by Unesco’s World Heritage Centre and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) explores the importance of marine life in the open ocean, which covers more than half the planet

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29 Aug 16:30

The Speakeasy #080: Voltron, Kubo and the Two Strings, Otakon, Akito the Exiled

by reversethieves

Ongoing Investigations: Voltron Legendary Defender by Dreamworks, Kubo and the Two Strings by Laika, and Code Geass: Akito the Exiled by Sunrise.

Food for Thought: What is the most important thing for Otakon to get right its first year in D.C.?

Topics: Otakon 2016


And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

Last Goodbye

  • 1 oz cognac
  • 3/4 oz cherry brandy
  • 1/4 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 tsp grenadine syrup
Pour into an old-fashioned glass half-filled with broken ice, and serve.

Filed under: Anime, Cartoons, Conventions, Editorials, Events, Otakon, Podcasts, The Speakeasy Tagged: Code Geass, Kubo and the Two Strings, Otakon, Voltron
26 Aug 15:54

32 Neighborhoods Every Food Lover Should Visit in NYC

by Eater

Field notes on 32 NYC dining districts around the five boroughs

New York City has more than 200 major neighborhoods, along with dozens of micro 'hoods. You can spend a lifetime exploring and understanding your way around them. Here's a guide to 32 of our favorite dining districts, with notes about their local culinary superstars.


by Greg Morabito

East Village and Lower East Side: Don’t be fooled by all the frat-tastic bars and fast-casual restaurants — these two neighborhoods are where some of New York’s most exciting chefs are cooking right now. Top-notch East Village/LES dining establishments include Momofuku Ko, Oiji, Empellon Cocina, Dirty French, Wildair, Contra, Babu Ji, Hearth, Huertas, Mission Cantina, and Superiority Burger. For a taste of old-school NYC, head to Katz’s, Russ & Daughters, John’s of 12th Street, or Veselka.

Greenwich Village and West Village: The Village has tourist traps aplenty as well as some of the city’s most beloved neighborhood bistros, taverns, and trattorias. Highly recommended: Carbone, Annisa, Blue Hill, Lupa, Joseph Leonard, The Spotted Pig, Little Owl, Gotham Bar & Grill, and Minetta Tavern.

Tribeca, Battery Park City, and the Financial District: The best restaurants in these Downtown neighborhoods tend to be mid-priced and upscale establishments. For fine dining, consider booking a table at Batard or Atera. For something a bit less spendy but still very nice, head to North End Grill, Locanda Verde, The Odeon, Marc Forgione, Tribeca Grill, Nobu, or Little Park. Brookfield Place has a great food court as well as a location of Italian American crowd-pleaser Parm, and the new Eataly offers a little something for everyone.

Manhattan Chinatown: There are so many restaurants in this massive Downtown neighborhood that it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. For dim sum, Golden Unicorn, Royal Seafood, Oriental Garden, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, and Jing Fong are the titans, and all of them are worth checking out. Shanghai 456 has mind-blowing soup dumplings. Great NY Noodletown is a late-night classic. Nha Trang Centre is a solid choice for pho. Wo Hop and Hop Kee are the keepers of the old-school Chinese-American flame. And Peking Duck House is one of the city’s best BYOBs.

Soho, Noho, and Nolita: Somehow, these three zones retain an astonishing number of restaurants that are both trendy and absolutely worth your time and hard-earned cash. The hit list includes Lafayette, Il Buco, Mile End, Estela, Jack’s Wife Freda, The Dutch, Le Coucou, Il Buco Alimentari, Sadelle’s, and Balthazar.

Chelsea/Meatpacking District: This stretch of the West Side can be hit-or-miss, but the hits are very strong. Consider dining at Del Posto, Legend, Chelsea Market, Txikito, Sullivan Street Bakery, Toro, Santina, Nishi, or The Red Cat.

Flatiron/Union Square: One of the best places to try celebrity chef restaurants in NYC. Recommended: Gramery Tavern, Craft, ABC Kitchen, Eataly, Aldea.

Nomad/Gramercy: The city’s hottest hotel restaurants and bars are located in these two adjacent neighborhoods, as well as a few fine dining heavy hitters. Recommended: The Nomad, The John Dory Oyster Bar, The Breslin, The Clocktower, Upland, The Cannibal, Eleven Madison Park, Marta, Maialino, and Hill Country.

Midtown: A tough nut that's worth cracking. 39th Street has some terrific Sichuan restaurants. The Korean restaurants along 32nd Street are excellent for solo-dining or group outings. Ma Peche and Fuku+ bring some Momofuku thunder to an otherwise boring stretch of 56th Street. The Modern, Gabriel Kreuther, Betony, and Nobu 57 are fine expense account spots. Jimmy’s Corner is the greatest bar on earth. And Keens, La Grenouille, and 21 Club are the stone-cold classics.

Upper East/Upper West: The areas on either side of the park are home to many independently-owned restaurants that cater to a well-pampered clientele. Take-out spots and family restaurants abound, but there are some great eats if you know where to look. Check out Robert Sietsema's detailed guides to the Upper East and Upper West Sides before exploring.

Harlem and East Harlem: The east side is a bustling Latin community that has Mexican, Dominican, and Puerto Rican restaurants in spades, as well as a handful of great Caribbean cafes. East Harlem is also where you'll find NYC's only coal-oven slice parlor, Patsy's. To the west, Harlem's longstanding soul food establishments sit alongside new bistros, bars, and cafes — the area has seen a restaurant boom in recent years. Toward the northern tip of the Island, in Washington Heights, you'll find more terrific Domincan and Puerto Rican restaurants.


by Greg Morabito

Long Island City: A jumble of industrial zones and quaint residential blocks with some very good old-school Italian restaurants (Manetta’s, Bella Via, and Manducatis are standouts), plus a number of solid cafes (Cafe Henri). For barbecue, check out John Brown, and for gonzo-delicious Quebecois-inspired fare, hit up M. Wells Dinette or M. Wells Steakhouse.

Astoria: This bustling neighborhood has a diverse collection of restaurants, many of which are affordable or at least moderately-priced. This is an especially great neighborhood for Greek, Italian, and Middle Eastern restaurants, as well as pubs and beer bars. A few hits: Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna, Rizzo’s, the Queens Kickshaw, Sac’s Place, BZ Grill, Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, Pye Boat Noodle, Hinomaru Ramen, and King of Falafel.

Jackson Heights: With a wide array of mom-and-pop restaurants serving Indian, Thai, Brazilian, Mexican, Peruvian, and Himalayan fare, Jackson Heights is one of New York’s best neighborhoods for cheap eats. Some of Eater Critic Robert Sietsema’s favorite Jackson restaurants include: Phayul, Taqueria Coatzingo, Aroma Brazil, and Samudra.

Flushing: New York’s busiest Chinatown has a huge collection of restaurants. A few of Flushing’s greatest hits include the Muslin lamb chops at Fu Ran, the wontons with chile oil at White Bear, cold skin noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods, and the bamboo stir fry at Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan. You could also spend an entire afternoon eating around the food court in the Golden Shopping Mall.


by Greg Morabito

Greenpoint: An old Polish neighborhood with an ever-growing population of hipsters and condo-dwellers. Head to Karczma and Christina’s for traditional Polish fare. Alameda, Paulie Gee’s, Glasserie, and Five Leaves are the best of the trendy new places.

Williamsburg: Brooklyn’s quintessential hipster ‘hood. Although Williamsburg is rapidly losing its cool as more chains and high-end condos move in, the neighborhood still has some outstanding casual restaurants. New Brooklyn destinations include: The Four Horsemen, Egg, Emmy Squared, Lilia, Reynard, Marlow & Sons, Diner, Allswell, St. Anselm, Fette Sau, Meadowsweet, and The Commodore. For a taste of the old neighborhood, go to Bamonte’s, Frost, or Peter Luger.

Bushwick: An industrial neighborhood with excellent Latin-American restaurants and ultra-hip American establishments. Essentials: Taqueria El Fogon, Roberta’s, Faro, Santa Ana Deli, Arrogant Swine, and Okiway.

Bed-Stuy: A sprawling, largely residential neighborhood that’s rapidly gentrifying. Destinations: A & A Bake & Doubles, Peaches Hothouse, Saraghina, Royal Rib House, and David’s Brisket House.

Park Slope/Prospect Heights: Welcome to brownstone Brooklyn. All your bases are covered here in terms of decent take-out. But these conjoined neighborhoods also contain some of Brooklyn’s most lovely dine-in restaurants, like Franny’s, Olmsted, Talde, El Atoradero, and Al Di La.

Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill: These charming Brooklyn neighborhoods have a lot of restaurants that cater to families, but you can also find some real gems along Court and Smith streets. Neighborhood superstars include: Frankies 457, Lucali, Wilma Jean, Prime Meats, Buttermilk Channel, Clover Club, Battersby, and Nightingale 9.

Crown Heights: West Indian cafes sit alongside hipster bars and bistros in this Brownstone-filled neighborhood bordering Bed-Stuy and Prospect Heights. Destinations: Gloria’s, Food Sermon, Berg’n, Silver Krust, Crabby Shack, Mayfield, and Glady’s.

Red Hook: A mix of docks, industrial zones, housing projects, and cobblestone streets full of ancient brick buildings, Red Hook has a flavor all its own. It also has one of the city’s most exciting and eclectic restaurant scenes. Recommended: Defonte’s, Hometown, The Good Fork, Baked, Home/Made, and Red Hook Lobster Pound.

Sunset Park: Brooklyn’s Chinatown is home to some of the city’s best dim sum restaurants, as well as the massive Industry City complex, which contains a food hall and a number of food start-ups and commissary kitchens.

Coney Island: In addition to crispy fried Boardwalk delicacies, diners can find solid pizza, tacos, and old-school candy in this seaside community. Totonno's is worth the trip, alone. Recommended: Nathan'sTotonno'sGargiulo'sWilliams Candy, and Dona Zita,

Brighton Beach: Home to America's largest Russian-speaking community, this neighborhood has a large collection of Eastern European and Asian restaurants. Five recommendations from Eater critic Robert Sietsema: Elza Fancy Food, National, Beyti Kebab, Skovorodka, Cafe Kashkar, and Piroshky Stand.

Staten Island

by Robert Sietsema

Port Richmond: Sloping down to the Kill Van Kull — the waterway that separates Staten Island from Bayonne, New Jersey, Port Richmond is one of the city’s foremost maritime neighborhoods. It is also one of the great pizza hotspots, boasting Denino’s (a former seaman’s bar) and Brother’s, famed for its Sicilian sheet pizzas, but also the master of many different pie styles, including deep-dish Chicago. For dessert, hit up the original Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices.

Ward Hill and Tompkinsville: A trip uphill on Victory Boulevard through these adjacent neighborhoods takes you by most of Staten Island’s vaunted Sri Lankan eateries, including New AshaSan Rasa, and Dosa Garden, but there are plenty of other interesting places along the way, including one of the city’s foremost taquerias, El Gallo Azteca.

Dongan Hills: Get off the Staten Island Rapid Transit light rail at the Dongan Hills stop and you’re right across the street from Lee’s Tavern, purveyor of distinguished bar-style pizzas (try the clam or Italian sausage!), and not far from Lobster House Joe’s, a real Maine-style lobster pound conjoined with a Sicilian seafood joint.

The Bronx

by Robert Sietsema

Arthur Avenue: Also known as Belmont or the Bronx’s Little Italy, the meat markets, bakeries, and old grocery stores are enough to draw you to this sainted old neighborhood, just south of Fordham University and the Bronx Botanical Garden. The restaurants are alone worth the trip, including those inside the Arthur Avenue Market, the old-guard Mario’s, and the modern Italian Roberto’s Restaurant. For a change of pace, check out one of the Slavic places, like Gurra Café.

Mott Haven: Get a flavor for New York City’s first suburbs at the southern tip of the Bronx, now one of the metropolis’ great Latin neighborhoods. Some of the city’s only food from Oaxaca, Mexico can be found at La Morada, while you can visit an old-fashioned lunch counter at Brook Luncheonette and a great working-class pizza parlor (with no seating) at Golden Pizza. Just north and east of the neighborhood find Venice Restaurant, a 65- year-old Italian restaurant that benefits from its proximity to the Hunts Point Market (in other words, order seafood).

Riverdale: This hilly Jewish and Russian enclave offers a relaxed atmosphere denied most of the city’s urban neighborhoods. Go right to Liebman’s Kosher Delicatessen for some of Gotham’s best pastrami, and some great hot dogs, too. For exceptional Thai in an unexpected place, try Siam Square. Try Greek Express for gyros and souvlaki in a relaxed atmosphere.

26 Aug 12:19

Vintage posters of America's national parks – in pictures

by Sarah Gilbert

A collection of posters created to promote tourism to the national parks is part of the creative legacy of the New Deal developed by Franklin D Roosevelt. Between 1938 and 1941, the Works Progress Administration and its Federal Arts Project designed a series of artworks promoting, and inspired by, the landscapes and wildlife of the parks. The collection is housed in the Library of Congress

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28 Aug 14:56

Car hacking is the future – and sooner or later you'll be hit

by Alex Hern

Security is finally being taken seriously but the fact that we are increasingly entrusting our lives to self-driving cars creates unease

“Car companies are finally realising that what they sell is just a big computer you sit in,” says Kevin Tighe, a senior systems engineer at the security testing firm Bugcrowd.

It’s meant to be a reassuring statement: proof that the world’s major vehicle manufacturers are finally coming to terms with their responsibilities to customers, and taking the security of vehicles seriously.

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