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Monday, January 16, 2017

Y@ Speak: health caring

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Last week in Twitter: The battle for health care, the ballad of King Cake Baby, Mississippi being supremely Mississippi, and resistance in the days before the Trump era.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land, to speak at UNO Jan. 18

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Arlie Russell Hochschild. - COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
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  • Arlie Russell Hochschild.

Arlie Russell Hochschild, a sociologist whose spent five years in Lake Charles trying to understand red state voters, will speak at the University of New Orleans next Wednesday.

Hochchild's recent book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, adds to a growing volume of scholarship about the "Great Paradox," or how conservative voters embrace politicians and policies that seem to oppose their own interests: the poor Appalachia resident who hates "Obamacare," the Gulf Coast fisherman who votes to deregulate the oil industry. You can read an essay adapted from the book here; it was a National Book Award finalist in 2016.

She'll appear in the Innsbruck Room at UNO's University Center at 1 p.m. Jan. 18. It's free to attend.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Brands vs. brawn at the WrestleMania announcement press conference

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:42 PM

Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference
  • Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference

WrestleMania is the biggest event in pro wrestling and one of the biggest entertainment events in the world. On April 8, 2018, WrestleMania will be back in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The press conference formally announcing this, held in the Superdome's Iberville suite, was a joint presentation by the pro wrestling behemoth WWE and representatives of our city, our state and their various sporting and event organizations. Watching the gears interlock was fascinating. It was a node of interaction between two gigantic institutions— the "New Orleans brand" and the WWE brand, cuddled up like two different, specialized cells passing a molecule of money across their membranes.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Y@ Speak: the birth of King Cake Baby

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 6:31 PM

We're frozen in place with no choice but to eat all of this king cake until our waists expand to break the ice. Or just wait a couple minutes and it'll be 94 degrees with 4,000 percent humidity. It's our annual awakening of the King Cake Baby from his diapered slumber under the wood of the basketball court, emerging only to deliver cakes and make some sportswriter dork spill a few hundred words about "nightmare fuel" or whatever. (I am #TeamKCB.) Also this week: everyone is fired and Comic Con.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Y@ Speak: still writing "Drunk Don Lemon" on all my checks

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 6:12 PM


As we dropkick 2016 into a pit of snakes, let's look back at the last greasy-thumbed tweets fired off before our very ugly baby of a New Year arrived. It's got all the classics: hating on the Saints, incredulous reactions to the weather, municipal failures, Sidney Torres, crime and DeRay's bookbag. Plus: Don Lemon losing entirely all of it on live TV. And sure, why not, a couple of "what does David Duke look like?" goofs. Happy New Year.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Y@ Speak: game theory

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 5:34 PM


Things we will bury with 2016: numbered tweets, "THREAD" and "game theory." But first, here are some tweets about the dumb weather, our broke state, and the cause of heart disease that is the New Orleans Saints.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Judge sides with AG Landry in LGBT discrimination suit

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 12:45 PM

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In a blow to LGBT rights in Louisiana, Baton Rouge's 19th Judicial District Court Judge Todd Hernandez ruled against the inclusion of anti-discrimination language in state contracts, which Gov. John Bel Edwards authorized in an executive order this year. State Attorney General Jeff Landry had refused to sign state contracts that included language protecting LGBT people from discrimination; the state Legislature repeatedly has turned down measures to update anti-discrimination laws to include protections for LGBT people.

Hernandez ruled that the governor overstepped his authority by creating the order. Edwards says he intends to appeal the issue.

"We are disappointed in the court's ruling today," Edwards said in a statement. "In his ruling, the judge declared that Louisiana law recognizes the governor as the constitutionally superior officer to the attorney general, but did not agree that the executive order is within the authority of the governor to implement. With great respect for the role of the Louisiana legislature, we continue to believe that discrimination is not a Louisiana value and that we are best served as a state when employment decisions are based solely on an individual’s qualifications and job performance.”

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Y@ Speak: and now we elect a new treasurer

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Louisiana and everyone else suffer a post-election comedown and forthcoming withdrawal. Meanwhile: Donald Trump in Baton Rouge, Newell Normand on TMZ, the Hayes trial and more in this week's edition.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

PoliticoPopUp2, social/political multimedia art exhibition, opens Dec. 10

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 12:09 PM

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Catalyst Collective
's PoliticoPopUp series returns to New Orleans Art Center for a weeklong exhibition (Dec. 10-18) of political art in different mediums. The show features photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, video and more by 40 artists, many of whom struggle to show their work due to its provocative social or political commentary.

At the opening and closing events for the exhibit, there's live music by ZenBeatz and Tranche and a poetry reading by well-known Jewish-American poet Rodger Kamenetz (The Jew in the Lotus, The Lowercase Jew).

Opening and closing parties take place 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10 and Sat., Dec. 17. This is the show's second year.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Y@ Speak: "fake news"

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 6:15 PM


The U.S. Senate race is closing, short-term rentals are going to explode, Louisiana mourns Joe McKnight and fights for justice, Mike Pence stumps in New Orleans, and the Saints are a very fun, anxiety-free football team.

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