One Month More

One of the problems with celebrity culture that I’ve noticed these past few years is that as the variety of entertainment media has increased over the past century, so have the number of well-known entertainment figures who will eventually die. This hasn’t been so much of a concern with the Internet Age yet — I don’t think anyone can say that’s even reached a quarter of a century yet — but particularly as the actors who thrived during the post-World War II economic boom, to…

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Mom, 1945.07.27-2016.10.29

When I was about ten years old, Mom kept going to this medical centre that wasn’t a hospital, but an office in some suburban office park. My brain couldn’t wrap itself around the idea that medical care could even be done in a place that wasn’t a hospital or a doctor’s office like the one I went to when I was sick. After going there a couple of times, my parents told me what was going on: Mom had a tumour near her pituitary gland.…

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Albatross!

Stabenow, Peters slam GOP Senate for dropping Flint aid (Grand Haven Tribune) When will millennials start liking Hillary Clinton? (USA Today) During the 2004 election, and to a lesser extent the 2000 election, Democrats expended a lot of time and energy trying to silence Ralph Nader and David Cobb, their presidential campaigns and their supporters. Democrats lost both of those elections. In 2008, and again in 2012, there really wasn’t that same push, at least by the Democratic Party establishment, to obstruct and silence the presidential…

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Cold Winds of Change

Mid-September to mid-October has been a real problematic time for me. Most people with seasonal depression either have trouble with the deepest part of winter, or else the entirety of the season; I don’t know anyone else who has trouble with this specific time of the year. Even after I started teaching, the joy I feel after the first weeks of teaching new students has worn off by this time, and as the equinox approaches I find myself having a more difficult time feeling good…

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Packing (Dildoes) on Campus

Dildos descend on UT Austin in ‘Cocks Not Glocks’ protest of guns on campus (mysanantonio.com) In honour of the release of my first book, 50 Critical Thinking Exercises for Humanities Classes (and yes, I’m gonna self-promote the everloving crap out of it, so get used to lots of gratuitous links and mentions), I thought I’d explore a news story from this past week that ties in directly to one of the exercises in my book: The promised protest of open carry laws on Texas college campuses this past…

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