I’m Afraid of Americans

Obama takes fire for Crusades comparison (CNN.com) Reaction to ISIS mirrors the run up to Iraq war (All In with Chris Hayes) Scott Walker loses his mind: What’s behind his delusional ISIS-unions comparison (Salon.com) A few weeks ago I came down with a horrible, horrible stomach flu, making me as sick as I can recall being in at least seven years. I passed one night in utter and complete pain, lying on my bed and trying not to move for fear of making things worse, even…

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On Cloppers and Clopping

The original Star Trek television series was the backdrop for a lot of the bonding I did with Mom when I was young. Back before we had cable, reruns of the original Star Trek were one of the few things my mother made a point of catching whenever they were on, because she’s always had a huge crush on William Shatner dating back to before he even appeared on The Twilight Zone. For my part, I identified a lot with Spock, if only because he was the closest…

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Sit On My Face and Tell Me You Love Free Speech

The UK’s sexist new pornography restrictions  aren’t just an act of state censorship, but could be the first step towards something even worse (The Independent) U.K. Sex Workers Sitting on Each Other’s Faces for Their Right to Fist (Gawker) If you study human sexuality for any length of time, particularly fetish culture, you quickly gain an appreciation for the seemingly limitless ways in which we humans experience erotic enjoyment. I’ve often argued that the infamous “Rule 34″ of the Internet, that if something exists then…

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Adventures in Cell Phone Hell

If you’ve done any studies in macroeconomics, then you know that capitalism is not, in and of itself, a perfect and foolproof system. When a company is able to develop a monopoly on something, particularly a product or service that is vital to the people in a community, then there’s a great risk of harm simply because the monopolistic company can set whatever price they want on their product or service, since there aren’t competing companies to keep a check on rising prices; similar problems…

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