Not So Goodburger

Not So Goodburger

31

Aug

2017

Recently, I was listening to the latest episode of Hold My Order, Terrible Dresser, one of my all-time favorite podcasts.  Although the week's guests were not familiar to me, I was delighted, as both a drunk and a huge RPG nerd, to learn that one of them manages a pub in Vancouver where you can order a burger complete wit ...
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The Teeth Are the Best Part

The Teeth Are the Best Part

30

Aug

2017

Watching classic TV of a previous era is always a dicey proposition.  People can get distracted by out-of-date fashions, technologies, haircuts; even the rhythms of speech and the way audiences laugh at things can seem terribly archaic to a younger viewer.  The lack of immediacy and the somewhat unchanging nature of the t ...
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She Knows Which One, Heading Where

She Knows Which One, Heading Where

29

Aug

2017

The apocalypse in fiction fulfills a lot of deep, and predictably dark, needs in the human psyche. Zombie stories are usually an exercise in psychopathy, indulging a curiously common instinct to portray the commission of mass murder without moral consequences; tales of nuclear or other technological holocaust portray a surf ...
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Don’t Do What Danny Don’t Does

Don’t Do What Danny Don’t Does

28

Aug

2017

Because of the somewhat reserved nature of leadership in the Democratic Socialists of America, and because it is a brewing scandal that recent events have shown no sign of calming, I wanted to make clear my personal thoughts on the issue of Danny Fetonte's continued presence on the DSA's national political committee.  It ...
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How We Fight

How We Fight

23

Aug

2017

Cards on the table time:  I am not a pacifist.  I don't believe that violence is never an option.  I'm opposed to violence and cruelty on general principles, but I don't think general principles really mean that much, especially when shit is starting to go down.  I always reject aggressive violence, but I have zero prob ...
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Detoxifying Fascism

Detoxifying Fascism

22

Aug

2017

Michael Shermer, in his book Why People Believe Weird Things, wrote about his workmanlike history of appearing on television chat shows to debate neo-Nazis and Holocaust revisionists. Some of his colleagues, he wrote -- even ones with impeccable antifascist credentials -- told him he was not just wasting his time, but acti ...
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The Curate’s Egg Awards

The Curate’s Egg Awards

21

Aug

2017

We are living, you know, in an age of quality television.  Everyone knows it.  I know it; you know it; that one guy on Twitter who won't stop gassing on about The Americans knows it.  Television is so good that it would be worth giving up sex for, if anyone ever had sex anymore.  Television is so goddamn great that the ...
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Learn Along with Lenny

Learn Along with Lenny

20

Aug

2017

Hey!  You!  You look like a smart guy, gal, or gender nonconforming individual!  Are you tired of being played for a sap?  Are you sick of being swindled, stuck with the check, and made out to be the A-number-1 chump at every party and board meeting?  Well, I'm here to tell you that your days of being a grade-Z mark ar ...
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Human Too

Human Too

19

Aug

2017

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice," Bishop Desmond Tutu told us in 1984, the year I first manifested what might be called a political consciousness, "you have chosen the side of injustice." Injustice, cruelty, oppression, and inequality refuse the position of neutrality; they will not recognize a central point ...
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People of Every Land, How Can You Not Be Roused?

People of Every Land, How Can You Not Be Roused?

3

Aug

2017

Today was the first day of the Democratic Socialists of America's national convention.  It's taking place in my own city of Chicago, and it's the first convention since the DSA experienced unprecedented growth in the wake of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the election of Donald Trump.  In addition, it's the first convent ...
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