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Re: “The Starting Five, 12/11/13

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Posted by Ankit Raghav on 03/03/2016 at 10:58 AM

Re: “What Jonathan Brooks said!

So according to BS1988, dining at Milktooth a handful of times and living here for 5 years gives him/her the authority to comment on all things Indianapolis. As an Indianapolis native for 23 years (the other 3 spent in Skokie, a suburb of Chicago) I am offended when you try to distill Indy's essence with only a paltry 5 years of experience under your belt. New York owes it's current food culture to the variety of people living there and its coastal location. If New York were nestled in the heartland of America it would assuredly not be the bastion of culture it is today. Yet, the 'style' that has become synonymous with Brooklyn has been borrowed from New York's outlying rural areas. The organic aesthetics, artisan pickles, cheese and breads and craft liquors, etc. were NOT perfected in the heart of the city. They were culled from smaller, rural New England cities and possibly even the Midwest and Southeastern coast.. where people don't make pickles because they taste good with artisinal bread and cheese but because the crop surplus MUST be preserved. If you have trouble describing the identity of Indianapolis it is only because your view of the city is so myopic compared to the other major cities you've visited or lived in, where it is much easier to grasp. I have argued this with my friends in Chicago many times: "Indianapolis has plenty of culture, you just have to look harder and travel farther" to quote myself. Expand your view to places not listed in any "top 10" list and you will find more craft breweries than most major cities, a large smattering of Affineurs (cheese-agers, most of them located outside the metropolitan area), a larger population interested in Basketball than most, a city that favors cars more than bikes probably because of the rich history in manufacturing and racing (Indianapolis was once bigger than Detroit in terms of automobile manufacturing) but also because the size of the city is so much larger you could not bike from one side to the other like some East-coast cities. So if anything, Brooklyn's food scene was borrowed from elsewhere, not the other way around; though I see how you could mistake that when Brooklyn is more nationally recognized. Indianapolis is not a wannabe anything.. our homely Midwestern style has been perfected over decades and remains intact. You are a wannabe Hoosier, if anything.

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Posted by Logan Meyer on 03/02/2016 at 6:41 PM

Re: “What Jonathan Brooks said!

As someone who has dined at Milktooth on several occasions, and been fairly impressed, I need to say something. I have lived in Indianapolis for the past 5 years, after moving from Chicago for work. I have seen tremendous growth in Indy, which is great, but also seen a certain "attitude" come with the opening of new establishments around the city. I'm sorry to inform anyone new to this, but what we see in Indianapolis as new and innovativing, has actually been done in New York, Chicago, and LA for over a decade. I've only been to Broklyn once, and that was almost 5 years ago, but I can see the comparison of Indy (Fountain Square, Mass Ave area) to Broklyn. Please point me out one restaurant in Indy where you can honestly say "this has never been done before." Sure places like Milktooth, Bluebeard, Black Market, Linertine, Union 50, Vida etc are good, but none of them have set a new bar. Indy has always tried to keep up with the pace of Chicago, and make comparisons about how they (Indy) are better. I didn't realize there was a competition. I've seen it for years in articles around Indianapolis. They are two completely different worlds. Indy charges $1200 for a studio apartment (Nuvo had a article about that a few weeks ago) but yet has a mall (circle center) closing 25% of its stores. Who's does Indy think it appeals to? Just because people are wearing flannel, beards, oversized bold framed glasses, doesn't mean we also need to follow that trend. As someone who works at a bar on Mass Ave I have seen the clientele completely change in the past few years. There is no sense of "self" in Indy. Only a replica of what has been done for years. Brooks is a great chef, and its great to have places like Milktooth, but let's just take a breath and slow down. We are Indianapolis. Maybe in 10 years when all these trendy apartments downtown drop their rent and actually fill up, we fix circle center mall, finally finish all the never ending construction around indy, actually maybe clean up the violence that haunts Indy (I know not as much as Chicago). Then we can create our own sense of self. Right now we are just another stereotypical hipster wannabe.

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Posted by BS1988 on 03/02/2016 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Bernie Sanders: It’s about time

I'd like to see a President Sanders, wheels off if necessary. However, if it doesn't happen we can thank him for getting the focus right. Clinton is talking about things she would most likely ignore. and maybe,she will have to keep her Sanders-prompted promises.

Posted by Ronald Tierney on 02/24/2016 at 5:59 PM

Re: “The Starting Five, 2/16/2015

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Posted by Rajkumar Bansal on 02/19/2016 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Savage Love: White privilege?

She's annoying and ignorant as hell. I'm sure he's getting some side pussy that appreciates how he looks.

Posted by MsLafaye on 02/18/2016 at 12:23 PM

Re: “The Starting Five, 12/11/13

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Posted by Rajkumar Bansal on 02/15/2016 at 9:27 PM

Re: “So That's a Thing: Vorarephilia

Some important details.
#1. There are female voraraphiles. This makes the neofreudian ideas about men wanting to be pregnant exceedingly unlikely.
#2. Consent is common, but by no means universal in voraraphilic fantasies. Fantasies involving totally unsuspecting and unwilling victims being eaten (mostly) whole and alive, with often graphic and explicit digestion are not uncommon.
#3. Predator/prey distinction is extremely significant. Also, it bears mention that while many such fantasies include two sentient or human partners, one consuming the other, many of them could be more accurately described as peril, with the predator being non-sentient. I.E. voraraphiles may fantasize about someone being eaten by a Green Anaconda.. Or a dragon.. Or a housecat. It isn't that they are fantasizing ABOUT the predator. They're fantasizing about they prey being eaten.

It also bears mention that they are not necessarily playing the role of predator or prey. They could be watching. They could have orchestrated the entire thing, or they could be hopelessly trying to stop it.

#4. Voraraphilic situations often intentionally involve bad consent. I.E. someone wanting to be eaten, but not harmed, and the predator going back on their promise of no harm, or someone wanting to be eaten, but withdrawing consent after some stage, usually being eaten, and the predator finishing them off. Alternatively, a vore situation might begin non-consensually, only for the prey to realize that they actually do want to be in the situation. In an ironic twist, there are even such things as unwilling predators. In fact, three are even situations where the predator or prey don't even know they're in that situation.

#5. There is probably not one cause for vore fantasies. They differ in themes and nature considerably, and the best "research" on the subject appears to be idle speculation by people with a vested interest, and self- reported ages and situations when they noticed it, varying from before they had developed sexual attractions, to puberty, to adulthood.

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Posted by Poster on 02/14/2016 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Your kid and my kid are not playing in the pros

Our small town (10,000) does not have a Rec league for all ages. Ours goes to 5th/6th grade for the girls, and you might get 8th grade for the boys. The level of interest significantly drops. Probably cuz "it's not cool to play on Rec leagues" at that age, "that must mean you suck" Drugs are huge in our county. We have quite a few traveling softball, baseball, and baskeball teams because we NEED something in OUR area. I for one would coach one of these teams if I didn't have 4 kids participating in sports. It is our lives and for now it IS my drug prevention.

Posted by Joelle on 02/13/2016 at 11:07 AM

Re: “#NUVOpop: Jonesy-ing For More Comics

Great picks.

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Posted by Mark Anthony on 02/13/2016 at 1:45 AM

Re: “Hillary’s “Midwestern sense of humor”

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Posted by Donald Eric on 02/12/2016 at 1:29 PM

Re: “The top 5 tips for living in your vehicle

There are lots of benefits to being mobile, and having the freedom to always move around. You would need to be really comfortable with the vehicle you are staying in though, I would like a top of the line RV. I think sometimes living in such a small place will really cut down on clutter, and make you overall happy, plus you can drive your home anywhere you want. http://www.sauderscamping.com

Posted by McCall Hazelson on 02/09/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “IndyGo’s Red Line: About time!

I, for one, am thrilled that Indianapolis is moving forward with the Red Line and the other lines in the Indy Connect plan, as well as rearranging local lines for more frequent services on a grid system. No respectable city or region has a transit system where going ten miles takes an hour by public transport. Other mid-size cities and metros have shown that automobile-dependency is not the way forward, Indianapolis cannot afford to continue to be the odd one out when we are competing with places like Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, Salt Lake City, Charlotte, and so on.

Yes, some parking spaces will go, but 90% of the spaces on College Avenue are staying right where they are. Things will be okay.

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Posted by G1991 on 02/03/2016 at 11:03 AM

Re: “We are Flint, why Flint is us

It bears noting that it wasn't as simple as the Flint River being polluted. The people who approved the water switchover willfully ignored the step of putting an additive in to stop the river water (which is higher in salt content than lakes) from corroding the lead seams in the pipes. This is a step that is normally done because river water having higher salinity is a known problem factor.

They skipped this step entirely, and THAT is why the pipe welds are now leaching lead into the water. That's not to say that the Flint River isn't polluted. But the saline content is the main culprit, and an entirely knowable and preventable one.

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Posted by DJ Shiva on 02/01/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “IndyGo’s Red Line: About time!

There are not enough street parking now and what does the city under Ballard do? Eliminate even more spaces for electric cars that benefit very few. Will this new idea end up benefiting few at the cost of the many?

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Posted by Bob Zeldendorf on 01/31/2016 at 1:01 PM

Re: “IndyGo’s Red Line: About time!

They got rid of the parking lid ?? World is going to hell!

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Posted by Jack Nolan on 01/27/2016 at 2:21 PM

Re: “People leaving Indiana? Mike, say it isn't so.

Well, duh! Ever been to "Grant County"? It's like Tennessee had a baby with the banjo-picker from Deliverance, then immediately had a baby with that baby's own sister.

Not our state's most desirable destination.

Posted by Thorvington Finglethorpe on 01/26/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Great Recession lingers in Indiana

Preacher Pence doesn't care about anyone except his well healed buddies and what his financial contributor's tell him to do. Oh, and his personal god.

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Posted by Bobbi Goodman on 01/25/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Canna oil, prohibition and an open letter from a parent

Does not say much for a state government. The good this plant does and can do far out weighs the what bad they consider. Keeping people ill and unemployable over the cannabis plant is a farce. With the truth and lies being out in the open.Them continuing the current course They are guilty of murder and treason period.

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Posted by Robert Rhea on 01/24/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Canna oil, prohibition and an open letter from a parent

Well, I was all aboard until she alienated everyone else that needs this medicine. Chronic Migraines will keep me unemployed, and the only medicine that can stop the Migraines is THC.

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Posted by Brian Pickell on 01/22/2016 at 7:39 PM

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