This is a great read from Michael Lovelock on Aeon. His article, “The Makeover Trap“, sets out to explore the dynamics of the makeover in contemporary Western culture. His thesis is that this culture, whose extent of analysis stops at the individual consumer, sets up our societies for a rude awakening: Young people in the […]Read More Find Yourself
This past Saturday, April 22nd, thousands gathered in their cities to march for Science. They (myself included, full disclosure) see the buffoons in the current government who, among other things, believe climate change a Chinese plot, aim to bleed dry the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute for Health, and suspect vaccinations. All good reasons to […]Read More Don’t March Just For Science
ISIS attacked two Egyptian Coptic churches this past Sunday. Explosions killed 45 parishioners celebrating Palm Sunday in Alexandria and the northern city of Tanta in the Nile Delta. ISIS took responsibility for the blasts. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and his cabinet responded forcefully to the attacks: Egypt will “do what is necessary to confront the threats of terrorism […]Read More Emergency Law Threatens Expression in Egypt
A poem, to commemorate our 2016 Election: Trump did not destroy America Bush father and son did. Reagan, blasting Willie Norton, did. Nixon… you what the fuck he did. And you know as hell these evil men will be rehabilitated their reputations restored After the ascent of the Teflon Don. This must not happen Do […]Read More Donald Trump Did Not Destroy America
Once more, we Millennials are killing off a beloved staple of previous generations. This time, coffee. This is not a serious article (more of a blog post really) but its construction to minimize the role of economic systems/ideology causing climate change which harms coffee plants which reduces overall consumption is dangerously sneaky.Read More Blame a Millennial: Coffee!
I got a pen-name, byline, and a published article in Rabble: The meme-ification of the victims of al-Assad and Putin’s war won’t bring the violence any closer an end. Remember their names: Alan Kurdi, Omran Daqneesh but don’t let their images become your sole reality of Syria.Read More Bylines and Redlines
H/t @Irish_DinosaurRead More Ground Control to Major Elon
“Stop your flagellations and mourning,” tweets Ayad Jamaluddin, a popular author, politician and Shia cleric in Iraq. The tweet’s grim tone increases: “Your Karbala is in Mosul,” he says referencing the site of Imam Hussein’s (a key figure in Shia history) martyrdom, now a key pilgrimage destination. “Shimr and Yazid and their descendants and Ibn […]Read More Sectarian Voices on Twitter Hurt Iraq Peace Process
Yesterday’s events only help Erdogan. Whatever the next days hold for Turkey, a healthy democratic process is not one of them.Read More Erdogan’s Triumph
Black lives matter. Black lives matter. Black lives matter. Black lives matter. Black lives matter. Black lives matter. Black lives matter. Black lives matter. Black lives matter. Rest in power.Read More Repeat It and Repeat It and Repeat It.