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In Defense of a Lunatic

I am an atheist, so it feels a little weird that I find myself wanting to defend someone who, in my view, is a religious fruitcake. Still, I’ve been watching the media orgasm all over this Kim Davis story for … Continue reading

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Presidential Hopefuls Demonstrate They Eat Fair Meat Just Like People

I dunno man … eating shitty pork at the Iowa State Fair must be important. Every four years here in the US, our presidential hopefuls head to the Fair and make sure plenty of photos are taken of them touching … Continue reading

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Big Big Badda Boom!

So how come nobody is talking about the giant extinction event that the Earth is just barely gonna avoid on Thursday? 🙂 Asteroid 1999 FN53 will be whizzing past the Earth on Thursday, May 14 and will miss us by about 3 … Continue reading

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Big Brother Wants to Sell You a Goddamn “Down With Big Brother” T-Shirt

I noticed an advertisement on Facebook today for a “Down With Big Brother” t-shirt. Oh, the fucking irony! Somewhere along the way, I listed George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four as one of my favorite books in my Facebook profile. Facebook’s algorithms … Continue reading

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The President of the United States is Not a Superhero

At any given moment in history, the President of the United States might be a democrat or republican. The President might be liberal or conservative, male or female, black or white, gay or straight. Yet despite all of the possible … Continue reading

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I Fouwned The Moist Miss Speiled 4um On The InterTOOB!!!

I was browsing around VICE bright and early this morning when I stopped to read this article on the Flat Earth Society. It’s an interview and it’s pretty interesting. Among the things I learned this morning: The Sun and Moon … Continue reading

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Invasive Species: Postdocs On A NAKKID Beach

There is a place that devours overly curious postdocs in much the same way that a Venus flytrap devours bugs. It deposits its postdoc victims on a nude beach from which there is seemingly no escape. This is the story … Continue reading

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The Creeping Slime Mold That Is Spam

Last month, I posted a short story called Sputnik The Alien Spambot. It’s kind of a weird story about an alien probe that lands on Earth and has a bit of a problem with spam. Anyway, it turns out that Sputnik The … Continue reading

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Back In The Day: My HIGHLY LETHAL Latin Class Projects

Yet another asinine “zero tolerance” story caught my eye this morning: A kid in Georgia was suspended for bringing a Nerf gun to school. Fucking hell. Some of the stuff I did when I was a kid back in the … Continue reading

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Who DOESN’T Have A Neighborhood Atomic Bomb Crater?

Sixty-nine years ago today, an atomic bomb codenamed Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima. It was a U-235 device and is one of the only two (so far) nuclear bombs ever used in war. The other is of course the plutonium-based Fat … Continue reading

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ScienceNews Magazine Thinks The Onion is Peer-Reviewed

An article appeared this past week on ScienceNews titled “Schadenfreude starts young.” The gist of the article is that being an asshole starts in childhood (Schadenfreude is the pleasure derived in the misfortune of others). Interestingly, the first version of … Continue reading

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Huffington Post vs. Fox News — Advertising Ethics

I’m not a fan of Fox News. It’s not a political thing … I just don’t like them. Still, those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, and Huffington Post throws an awful lot of stones. I wouldn’t have gone to … Continue reading

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Palcohol, George Jetson, the Media, and Charles Schumer

Palcohol — the new powdered form of alcohol — is something that slipped by my radar when media reports began breaking about it a few months back. I don’t drink a whole lot, so it’s not the sort of thing … Continue reading

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Science Heroes

Everybody has heroes. This post may ramble a bit, but my goal is to look at what it means to call someone your ‘hero’. While this post isn’t meant to be specifically about my heroes, I’d like to begin by mentioning my … Continue reading

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From Spin to Outright Lie

The other day, I was prompted by a story at The New York Times to write a post about how the spin of a subject changes with the social and political landscape. Today, I noticed that writer Sam Stein at … Continue reading

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Better Living Through Chemistry

I ordered some Soylent this morning … No, not Soylent Green. That would be made out of people, silly! I ordered Soylent, which is a blend of chemicals designed to serve as a food substitute. Imagine if Ensure were designed by a … Continue reading

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Miami Beach Tidal Flooding, Past and Present

It can be interesting to look at a current news article about a reoccurring event and see how it compares to a similar story from decades past. The stories may be virtually identical, but the spin will be completely different. … Continue reading

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CNN’s Hand-Wringing Over the Cost of MH370 Search

As the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 enters it’s third month, CNN has finally removed the story from their incessant “Breaking News” feed and are increasingly wringing their hands over the cost of the search. Approximately $40 million has … Continue reading

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Are Bigoted Private Thoughts Now A Crime?

I know almost nothing about Donald Sterling. I don’t think I’d ever even heard of him before the current scandal that has taken over the media these last several days. He is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and … Continue reading

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Is a Shootout Brewing in Nevada?

What do cows, tortoises, the housing bubble, government bloat, and crazed militias all have in common? Apparently back in 1993, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decided that they needed to protect the desert tortoise. Fearing that Cliven Bundy’s herd … Continue reading

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