The Politics Of The Pill
Mar21

The Politics Of The Pill

Perhaps the oddest thing that can be said about the recent debate over birth control (and the expectation that it be covered by medical insurance) is that it’s being discussed in 2012.  No, not 1692, nor even 1962.  We’re re-debating birth control…and somehow, as a society, getting the entire discussion completely wrong.  And here are the reasons why this topic is 2012′s greatest political fail. ~ Birth control...

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Zombie outbreak in Uganda?!
Mar21

Zombie outbreak in Uganda?!

  A weird disease (called ‘The Nodding Disease”) is afflicting children in Northern Uganda – leading them to stumble, sit, nod and commit wanton acts of pyromania while suffering from amnesia.  And no, this isn’t a joke.  Additional cases have been seen in Sudan, Liberia and Tanzania (with unconfirmed reports stretching into Ethiopia).  And this is why we have the right to bear arms….because it was...

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Finally, a website gets it right.
Aug22

Finally, a website gets it right.

Admittedly, I’m a fan of Grantland Rice.  If you don’t know who that is, you’re likely not a sports fan (or were born after 1980).  Grantland Rice was a renowned sports writer during the first half of the 20th century (and the most important sports coumnist of the 1930′s).  Famous for his fluid prose…he demonstrated a naturalistic ease derived from his passion for poetry and the hard discipline of...

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Apple and the Death of Podcasting
Jul20

Apple and the Death of Podcasting

It’s not Apple’s fault, really.  The original idea (hearkening back to the grand year that was 1998) was to create an internet-transmitted radio show that could be downloaded to an array of portable devices (though, the traditional recipient would become the ubiquitous iPod and similar iTunes-enabled devices).  Despite everyone’s strenuous efforts and best intentions, “podcasting” didn’t really...

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The Mystery of the Mad Monk’s Missing Member
Mar16

The Mystery of the Mad Monk’s Missing Member

As the Romanov dynasty came to a thundering close in 1917, questions naturally arose. What happened? Why had public sentiment turned against Tsar Nicholas II? Why would a Russian royal family take counsel from a shabby rambling zealot from Siberia? And, whatever happened to his penis after his assassination? Salient questions all. Rather than attempting to re-examine the many moments that led to Rasputin’s murder and the downfall of...

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