Category Archives: Scathing Social Commentary

Middlebrow Megachurch Infotainment

Benjamin H. Bratton on TED talks: Let me tell you a story. I was at a presentation that a friend, an Astrophysicist, gave to a potential donor. I thought the presentation was lucid and compelling (and I’m a Professor of … Continue reading

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This is one of those stories where . . .

. . . you sit in the car long after you’ve arrived at your destination, listening because you can’t turn off the radio. The astounding and tragic story of Fritz Haber, who had a hand in both feeding and murdering … Continue reading

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What’s love got to do with it?

Over at Collectors Weekly, Hunter Oatman-Stanford offers a tonic for those craven types who continually extol the virtues of “traditional marriage” without having the foggiest idea of what they’re actually referring to. Though the murky concept known as “love” has … Continue reading

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Don’t call it ‘random’

Charles Pierce was at LAX when the shooting occurred and had this to say about the coverage: There already is some talk about this event being a “random” one. But it is not. These things are becoming as regular as … Continue reading

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James Webb on that Russell Brand nonsense: “Read some fucking Orwell”

James Webb of That Mitchell and Webb Look and Peep Show wrote a great response to that Russell Brand interview that was all the rage on Facebook for about 17 seconds last week. What were the chances, in the course … Continue reading

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“We have elected people to govern us who do not believe in government”

Charles Pierce has written the perfect summary of How Came We to Our Current Unfortunate Situation: We have elected an ungovernable collection of snake-handlers, Bible-bangers, ignorami, bagmen and outright frauds, a collection so ungovernable that it insists the nation be … Continue reading

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John Stewart on the shutdown

Consider this as a suitable alternative to a 10,000-word, spittle-flecked rant.

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