The Shirk Report – Volume 410



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Okay tone it down a bit buddy
I said stay CALM!
Here is a gallery of background actors that have no idea what they are doing
The exclamation point is key
Not just a baby, TWINS!
Stay woke
When the person you’re talking to says, “I’m not racist but..”
That does look pretty awesome
Those are some cat-like refl.. oh wait
Nice try, math
I’ve never felt closer to frogs in my entire life
Hey look a bridge!
When the hunter becomes the hunted
This made my day
When your friends say you dress like a child and this happens
Until next week



Seven Earth-Like Planets Orbit One Nearby Star
A Million People Live in These Underground Nuclear Bunkers
Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer’s Blinking LED
How to control the subjective experience of time
What If Only Females Could See Color?
Was ‘Weird Al’ the real star all along?
Sorry, Y’all—Humanity’s Nearing An Upgrade Irrelevance
The Telescopes of the Future, and What We Will See Through Them
Kara Swisher: “I talked to Mark Zuckerberg about his manifesto on the future of Facebook (and the rest of us)”
The Case for Shyness


5 VIDEOS + Trebek spittin’ bars
















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Op-Ed: Is It OK for Musicians to Punch Their Harassers?

Op-Ed: Is It OK for Musicians to Punch Their Harassers?

On February 15, New York City rapper Princess Nokia performed in the UK at Cambridge University’s Charity Fashion Show, where her efforts to help raise money for the disabled took a disturbing turn. According to front-row witnesses quoted by The Cambridge Student, the artist born Destiny Frasqueri allegedly asked an audience member, a white man, if he was being disrespectful, threw a drink on him, and leapt from the stage before hitting him three times. Returning to the stage, Frasqueri threw another drink towards the crowd and declared, “That’s what you do when a white boy disrespects you.” She then walked off the stage, ending the concert just two and a half songs into her high-energy romp of a set. 

The unnamed audience member who was attacked told the Student, “I was standing in the audience and was told by a fellow audience member that the name of the performer was ‘Abigail.’ Given that I was enjoying the performance, I shouted out ‘Let’s go Abigail!’ After I shouted this, she came down from the stage. She slapped me and threw drinks on me.” Backstage, Frasqueri told two students—Richelle George (a member of FLY, Cambridge’s network for women and non-binary people of color) and Jason Okundaye (VP of the Cambridge University Student Union’s Black and Minority Ethnic Campaign), that she could “see him mouthing dirty obscenities like, ‘Show me your tits.’” In a blog post, George and Okundaye expressed solidarity with Frasqueri: “We must emphasize that the humiliation experienced by Princess Nokia onstage is all too common in the daily experiences of women of color at Cambridge.” (Multiple requests for comment from Frasqueri went unreturned at the time of publication.)

Frasqueri’s incident is just the latest in a long line of incidents in which women (especially women of color) are objectified, sexualized, and harassed in the course of performing or otherwise just doing their jobs. It remains impossible for women to get onstage (or hell, walk down the street) without the threat of men calling out to comment on their bodies. But Frasqueri’s response is reflective of a broader trend in the way that we respond to politicized hate speech at this point in time. And make no mistake—in 2017, a white man sexually harassing a brown woman on stage at a black-tie charity event at one of Britain’s most storied academic institutions is most definitely political speech. Particularly when you consider what a Princess Nokia set can do, how her shows shake with empowerment when she adopts the “girls to the front” sentiment of Kathleen Hanna and asks her fellow women of color to heed her words.

While the student that Frasqueri struck disputes her account, it’s clear she felt her safety was compromised, and she responded to that threat with violence. Whether one condones or condemns her response, it’s no longer an outlying method of dealing with threats. Punks have been fighting Nazis pretty much since the genre was formed, but one need not look all that far back for evidence. As recently as 2013, the Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey felt the need to beat the hell out of a fan who had joined the crowd onstage during a St. Patrick’s Day performance, only to start throwing up a Nazi salute.

Ever since Richard Spencer’s on-camera face-smashing got meme’d into immortality, the previously rhetorical question of, “Is it OK to punch a Nazi?” became a legitimate part of contemporary political discourse. The music world was not exempt from this—lovable beardo percussionist Thor Harris even posted a short PSA on Twitter, in which he instructed proper Nazi-punching technique. His sentiment drew some condemnation (though technically not a Twitter suspension as suspected), sure, but he also received a fair bit of praise from more liberal corners. And when Milo Yiannopoulos was greeted at Berkeley by violent protests, the outrage drew condemnation from the President—but the message that he was not welcome rang loud and clear.

Of course, yelling “show your tits” at a woman onstage is not a Nazi act. But the groundswell of public (or at least online) support for Nazi-punching raises the question of where to draw the line. If it’s OK to punch a Nazi, is it OK to punch someone spouting hate speech towards women? Or even just disrespect and harassment? Spencer and Yiannopoulos are just two (admittedly high-profile) voices preaching anti-inclusive messages, but their sentiments are now being broadcast from the highest levels of government. The fact that it took until this week for Trump to bother commenting on the rise of anti-Semitism is concerning but not all that surprising, given his administration’s policies targeting the bodies of women, Muslims, and people of color. This political environment has emboldened a culture of bigotry and discrimination, and as the concert in Cambridge proves, it’s not just limited to the U.S. In a country where half of women say they have been sexually harassed at work, is it any surprise that a college student might feel comfortable enough to sexually harass a musician on stage as she tried to do her job?  

When a young Nazi sympathizer passing out white power flyers on the Cal Poly campus was greeted recently with a fist to the face by an anonymous masked avenger, his boldness instantly receded. He declined to even file a report or even give his name to police. This line of logic suggests that audience members will harass a performer only if they think they’re safe from physical harm. Is the Cambridge student likely to repeat his actions in the future with the sting of Frasqueri’s jabs reverberating in his memory? In theory, an eye for an eye is an ugly way for humanity to live. But history also proves that oppressors are not reformed by simply asking nicely.

Jackie-Inspired Video Essay Charts the Course of First Ladies from Kennedy to Trump

Originally created to introduce screenings of Jackie at the Rotterdam film festival, the latest from video essayist Kevin B. Lee attempts to answer the question, “How did we get from Jackie Kennedy to Melania Trump?” Like Pablo Larraín’s Oscar-nominated feature, “Not Another Camelot” uses Kennedy’s role as the first TV-savvy First Lady as the springboard to an exploration of power, media, and celebrity, but it expands its focus to the ten women who have followed her since.

Using deft editing, sometimes joining interviews with consecutive First Ladies by the same TV journalist, Lee tracks the swings between women who have embraced the power and profile of the office and those who shied away from the spotlight. (When Morley Safer asks Rosalynn Carter if she ever regrets becoming First Lady, she confesses she’d rather be taking a nice nap.) It also serves as a reminder of how decisively the political winds can shift: It’s impossible to imagine a Republican First Lady saying, as Betty Ford did, that the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade was “the best thing in the world.”

The shadow of the 2016 election looms large over “Not Another Camelot.” Lee follows Barbara Bush’s suggestion that she was immensely popular “because I’m fat and old and nobody feels threatened by me” with Hillary Clinton’s infamous statement about pursuing her career instead of staying home and baking cookies, and while candidate Clinton doesn’t make an appearance, the juxtaposition of Michelle Obama’s forthright advocacy with Melania Trump’s blandly plagiarized nostrums speaks volumes about where the office is headed in the next four years. Jackie Kennedy redecorated the White House; Melania Trump won’t even live there.

Leonardo DiCaprio Met Salt Bae While America Burns

To say there’s a lot of heavy shit going on in the world is a dramatic understatement. I don’t even have to get into politics for once to describe the bizzaro situation that we, as a culture, find ourselves in. Just the other night I watched English actor Jude Law playing an American pope who got dressed in a montage sequence set to Sexy and I Know It on an HBO show that is five episodes deep and hasn’t shown a single penis. WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FUCK IS HAPPENING TO MY REALITY?! And since our most technologically advanced form of communication, the internet, has devolved into a dank meme through that we base electoral decisions on, we now have Salt Bae. (I swear to Christ I shuddered when I typed that.) He’s the chef who sprinkled salt on something in a particularly fabulous way, so now that’s a thing taking up space in our consciousness where the cure for cancer should be. And great news! Leonardo DiCaprio got to meet Salt Bae, which is double awesome because he’s internet famous for being a weird recluse who stops fucking models when they’re old enough to rent cars. It’s a great time to be alive, and by that I mean the brain tumors should kill us all before the tidal waves get here. *checks calculations, realizes I’m just looking at zoomed in pics of Jon Hamm’s dick* Yeah, we’re all fucked.

Anyway, you kids want memes? I’ve got your memes right here.

Air steps, Salt Bae. Mother. Fucking. Air steps. BOOOOOOSH!

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