Books

The Bone Clocks – The Most Beautiful Novel I’ve Ever Hated

(NOTICE: This is a review and plot summary of David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, and will contain significant spoilers for it, as well as spoilers for some of Mitchell’s other works, notably including Cloud Atlas.) Like probably most of his readers, I first ran across David Mitchell’s work when I read Cloud Atlas, a flawed but very memorable fiction that pulled the reader through...
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Politics

9/11 Truth Conspiracy Won’t Die Despite Years Of Debunking

  This is the first anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001, that I can remember not including overripe memorials. I know there were some, but they weren’t so pervasive as to invade my sphere of media and immediate friends. It was quite a nice change, and it gives me hope that the threat of ‘nevar 4get’ might yet pass. A reactionary touchstone like...
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Environment

Climate Change Is Coming, Whether You Believe It Or Not

We can’t see, day to day, the changes we’re making to our planet with our ongoing, uncontrolled climate experiments. Out of sight, out of mind. I saw an image meme going around recently: A group of people about to cross a bridge that looked perfectly safe, captioned “97 engineers said the bridge is going to collapse, 3 said it’ll be fine. Who do you believe?”...
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Politics

Confederate Battle Flag Is the New Neo-Nazi Flag

(Trigger warning for white supremacy, racism, neo-Nazis, and other such trash.) Recognize this? You should. It’s the Flag of the Confederate States of America. Like the United States flag, it has a star for each state in the Confederacy. This is one of the first ones ever produced, in 1861 when there were only seven secessionist states. But if you’re like most people, you’re...
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Politics

Cellphone Kill-switches: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Governor Jerry Brown of California has signed an unprecedented law into effect: Every cellphone sold in California must have a kill-switch, allowing the phone to be remotely ‘bricked’ in the event of being stolen. State senator Mark Leno was very forthcoming. Via Time: “California has just put smartphone thieves on notice,” Leno said in a statement. “Starting next year, all smartphones sold in California, and...
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Culture

A Very Special Episode Of Morbid Optimism

Feminism is an ongoing conversation. Sometimes it’s a conversation you have to have with your friends when they catcall. Sometimes it’s tension with a co-worker when you correct how they refer to the pretty woman in the accounting department. Sometimes it’s a shouting match over Thanksgiving dinner. The most important part of the conversation, though, is really the part you have with yourself. When I...
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Humanism

Male Intersectional Feminism In Thirteen Minutes

Trust me – if you made it to this site? You have the time. Thirteen minutes isn’t a lot to ask for one of the most condensed, coordinated, eye-opening descriptions of male feminism I’ve ever run across. Abraham Popoola is a storyteller. It’s how he bills himself and it’s a title he definitely deserves, as you’ll see. His own story includes his struggles with...
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Culture

Entrepreneurism Vs. Rape Culture, Round 1

Two of America’s favorite social forces – entrepreneurship and rape culture – are about to go head-to-head. A new startup by the name of ‘Undercover Colors’ is attempting to crowdfund a line of nail polish which, when dipped in a drink that’s been poisoned with Rohypnol or GHB, changes colors. If it works and gets enough public support, we could see the end of...
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Politics

Second Amendment Hero Protecting Us All From The Moon

Sometimes this stuff just writes itself. We hear a lot about gun ownership and ‘how it’s supposed to be’ from pro-gun goofballs. It’s getting so that we can almost quote them their rules: Hands off the trigger, don’t point your gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy, a gun is always loaded especially when you think it isn’t. This is talismanic, superstition-y stuff. This is some...
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Environment

Solar Plant’s Unexpected, Fiery, Avian Murder Consequences

  File under: Problems we weren’t expecting to have. You would think we’d all remember the kid with the magnifying glass burning ants on the sidewalk every summer, but no. We built a huge solar array with laser-like focal points that sets hapless birds on fire as they pass through it. Serves them right for flaunting their natural ability to fly, maybe, but with...
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