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Thanksgiving is… Contested

The autocomplete feature of Google describes the most common searches containing a phrase. The most common searches about Thanksgiving Day, being thankful, being grateful (and their negations) give us a bit of a glimpse into the cultural concerns we give about Thanksgiving. Here are the Google autocomplete results about Thanksgiving Day that appeared on Thanksgiving […]

Meet The Political Donation Deadline For 2016 In November 2014, Or Else…

There is nothing that communicates the message that a political organization has no respect for its grassroots supporter than an email that contains the phrase “tonight’s critical FEC deadline”. Campaigns and PACs that think of voters as dupes love to try to convince people that there are deadlines for political donations, and that if money […]

With Zero Ebola in the United States, the #Obola Meme Spreads Virally

November 10: Craig Spencer, the last Ebola Patient in the United States, is declared virus free, bringing the number of people infected with Ebola in the United States to Zero.

Number of posts on Twitter on November 11 using the #Obola hashtag to criticize Barack Obama’s policy for containing Ebola in the United States: 245

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Your Chance To Be Soaked In The Blood Of People You Kill

This advertisement for a video game is currently making the rounds on Facebook: “Only the strong survive in Game Of War. Are you up for the challenge? Realtime. Worldwide.”

This description, accompanied by the image of a blood-soaked soldier, is all-too close to reality – realtime – worldwide. Only the armor on the soldier […]

The Only Online Video Production Of Shakespeare’s Play King John

King John was the very first of Shakespeare’s plays to be adapted into a movie, in 1899. 115 years later, there is only one complete film version of King John available to watch online. It’s an outdoor production by a group of volunteers in Wichita, Kansas – and it’s about what you’d expect… including the […]

New Verizon TechZine Aims for Millenial Audience While Banning Talk About Surveillance

Patrick Howell O’Neill of DailyDot reveals that telecommunications megacorporation Verizon wants to set up its very own supercool tech news page called “SugarString.” It’s supposed to appeal to “Millenials” and be superslick and popular-like…

… except visitors can’t leave any comments on any of the articles or participate in any active way on the site, […]

Fact Checking Hi and Lois on those Golden Gas Pumping Days of Yore

When I opened the paper on October 18, Chance Brown’s Hi and Lois comic strip struck me soundly. Poor Hi, we’re meant to conclude. But are the circumstances related in the strip accurate? I did a bit of fact checking:

Correction 1: Gas hasn’t had a price of $3.99 per gallon in the United […]

The Most Sophisticated Books In The World?

At a shopping mall in Orange County, California today, I came across a book store with a big front window featuring a photograph of a woman with dark lipstick riding a motorcycle and the words, “The most sophisticated books in the world.”

Walking closer, I peeked inside and found that the store was mostly […]

For a Grieving Child I Love: Love, Aubrey

A few months ago, my wife was diagnosed with a deadly cancer that will kill her sooner or (a bit) later and is causing a lot of pain along the way. I’m not only married; I have school-aged children, too. While I keep one eye on my wife I keep another on my children. They’ve […]

** Breaking News: ** 139 Americans Die Of Ebola in One Day

With 139 Americans dying of Ebola in just one day, can our nation possibly sustain this death toll in the future?

… oh, wait. No, no, never mind. Those are the daily deaths in the United States from influenza and pneumonia, not Ebola.

Oops. My bad. I mixed up the rows when I was taking […]

Mythological Mechanics Of Oil Spill Amnesia Explored By Consumer Researchers

I have often remarked, with surprise and dismay, how quickly the American people have been to forget about oil spill disasters like the Exxon Valdez and the Deepwater Horizon. I noted how, just months after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, Barack Obama began efforts to expand offshore drilling in […]