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If Mario were "Maria" and Peach and Toadstool were pretty little princelings, it would probably look something like this. Genderswaps for the win.

Bruce E. Levine offers persuasive and frightening reasons why young Americans don't fight back. This is a must-read.

Rick Perry, like many conservatives, is impervious to facts. And it makes him look like an idiot. But, sadly, no one is going to mind much.

A bunch of Belgian fans taunted Japanese goalkeeper Kawashima Eiji (who plays for Lierse S.K.) by chanting "Fukushima" at him, proving that Belgians can be unprecedented dicks, too. Or maybe it's just something about football fans? Or sports fans in general? Or people? Anyway, this is pretty up-there on my list of things that I find totally vile. As Kawashima rightly noted: it's not remotely funny.
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Need another reason to dislike Rick Santorum? Here's one: he's a damn, dirty hypocrite.

A new study finds that American students know less about their own history than any other subject. All in all, only "20 percent of fourth graders, 17 percent of eighth graders and 12 percent of high school seniors demonstrated proficiency on the exam" that was recently administered nationwide. So not only are Americans particularly bad at knowing their own history, but that knowledge declines as they get closer and closer to the voting age. Explains a lot, don't you think?

An oldie, but a goodie: Ms Magazine interviews Feminist Hulk. Do you guys follow Feminist Hulk on twitter? Because if you don't, you damn well should.

Jay Smooth calls LeBron James out for drawing our attention to the fact that, at the end of the day, sports really don't matter.

Artist Anish Kapoor has rejected plans to exhibit in China. His decision stems from his disapproval of the Chinese government's detention of artist Ai Weiwei, and--frankly--I wish more people in the art world would follow his cue. We have no business doing anything that supports China's arts program right now; doing so (through exhibition exchanges, art auctions, and what-have-you) is completely farcical.

Artist Shea Hembrey discusses how he staged an international art show of 100 artists who were all himself.

Stanley Fish explores the new field of Geo Humanities and suggests that the development of new intertextual discourse between (socially) theoretical and scientific fields demonstrates the power and influence of the humanities long after many people suggested that it was a dead field.
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In what has to be the biggest "duh" in the history of duhs an official global report has found not just that the War on Drugs has failed, but that it has had devastating consequences for the world community. And I say unto you: "Duh."

Feministing provides links to two new blogsites that challenge the idea that we live in a post-racial or post-sexist society. Click on the link and check out I'm not racist but... and I'm not sexist but... for glimpses of the ongoing racism and sexism that is subtly rampant in the global culture.

The judge of the Australian Sir John Sulman Prize for subject, genre, or mural painting apparently decided the fate of the finalists with a coin toss. And he's not sorry he did it either. Some people are up in arms about it, but I think it's an interesting statement about the nature of competition in the realm of the subjective. Because if you think about it, one man's opinion is as arbitrary as a coin toss.

What the million-mark sales of Lady Gaga's latest album mean to the future of the recording industry.

The SF Giants totally rule:


May. 24th, 2011 12:14 pm
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The Onion takes aim at the GOP 2012 "candidate crisis" in a hilarious new video.

The president of Focus on the Family admits that they've probably lost the gay marriage issue, citing the fact that more and more young Americans simply have no opposition to it given that they see it as a rights issue rather than a moral issue.

Indiana has a new law that will strip Planned Parenthood of medicaid funding, and the White House plans to fight it on the grounds that it violates the rights of patients to seek treatment from their preferred providers. Though it may be difficult for the White House to push this without hurting medicaid recipients in Indiana, there's also a lawsuit in the works that may yet save the day.

Mark Schmitt discusses how the Ryan plan reveals the age gap in the US and urges progressive politicians to start crafting and championing policy that speaks to the reality of younger citizens, whose experience of the economy and society is vastly different from that of the Greatest Generation who had everything handed to them on a silver fucking platter. (Actually, he put that last bit much more diplomatically than I did. I know they fought an important war and all, but their behavior since then has left a lot to be desired I think.)

Ezra Klein tries to get at the heart of why the Republicans initially supported the Ryan plan even though they seem to have been aware of the fact that it a) was no good and b) hadn't a snowball's chance in hell of passing.

Grab your pom-poms because it looks like competitive cheerleading might finally get recognized as a sport!

And finally: you've probably had this conversation about music at least once in your life. If you're lucky, you had a good long laugh at yourself shortly thereafter. If you're not, you can have one now.


May. 17th, 2011 02:08 pm
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The NY Times reports on how proponents of nuclear power in Japan (both political and private interest) had ignored power plant related safety concerns for more than a decade. Not only that, but it looks like the cooling systems at Fukushima might have been manually shutdown. If this is true, the entire crisis might have been the result of human error.

In the meantime, some people think that the situation in Fukushima is good for the whales. Now, I'm all for conservation, but I have absolutely zero use for people who feel more concern for animals than they do for other humans.

A lot of attention has been paid to the health problems attendant upon female modeling (as well as on the unrealistic body image expectations such modeling creates). But what of male modeling? Turns out, that industry is just as unhealthy and just as damaging to body image perceptions.

Ezra Klein discusses the miscalculations made by Democrats in their campaign to get the debt ceiling raised. Of course, part of the problem is that the majority of Americans just don't understand what a failure to raise the debt ceiling limit will mean for the country. But still, it looks like some serious ball-dropping on the part of Democrats took place recently.

In the world of golf (yeah, I follow golf--what?), K.J. Choi became the first Asian man to win the Players Championship this past weekend in a sudden death playoff against David Toms.

And in more good news, the Uganda "Kill the Gays" bill appears to be well and truly dead. Thank god.

Oh, yeah, and it's a good day to be a SF Giants fan. (Actually, it's always a good day, but today's especially good.) The Giants will become the first professional sports team to create a video for the "It Gets Better" campaign. The video campaign seeks to combat the psychological effects of teenage bullying on LGBTQ youth. Go Giants!

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