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A Conspiracy in Caracas.

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Share This.Venezuela is on fire. Literally. Garbage fires permeate the streets of Caracas as pro and anti government forces square off in an increasingly bloody showdown. You can tell a lot about someone by who they blame for Venezuela’s suffering, especially at the extreme ends of the spectrum. Hard core conservatives see socialism run amok. Conspiracy theorists see the country as a warning about the dangerous, meddlesome reach of the Read More

The Rise of the Asshole Rich.

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Share This.Tom Perkins is a billionaire venture capitalist  who made his fortune backing Silicon Valley start-ups. He helped turn AOL, Google, Amazon, and a host of other companies into household names.  He made some shrewd decisions, and did very well.  So far so good.  No one begrudges him and his success. But like so many of the uber-rich these days, he’s a deeply deluded man with an inexplicable persecution complex. Read More

China’s Despicable Taste for Ivory.

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Share This.We’re told in this day and age that no culture is superior to any other.  None are better, none are worse…only different.  But we all know this is crap.  Certain cultural practices are abhorrent.  They can be judged, and they should be judged. Many wealthy people in the west African nation of Mauritania still keep slaves. The oil-rich Emirates in the Persian Gulf import laborers from south Asia, confiscate Read More

It Was a Very Good Year… 2013 in Review.

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Share This.With the Oscars now in the rear view mirror, our film enthusiast, Steven Briggs, avoids all Academy Awards punditry and gives us an affection recount of the year 2013 in film. Quaalude overdose and Stoli martinis. Infant stealing nuns and a pill smuggling cowboy. Subway shootings and a fake British accent. From feisty females to the recurring collapse of the American dream, 2013 will prove to be a year full of Read More

Fuxk Tibet.

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Share This.Fuck Tibet. What’s Tibet done for you lately? Thought so. “Free Tibet” has been a battle cry for activists for more than a decade , and I’m glad someone’s out there voicing that opinion. Activists keep the debate alive, and slowly but surely tend to pull things along in the right direction. But the whole iconic strawberry-fields-kumbaya Tibet myth has got to go. I’m not defending China’s imperialist aims. Read More

A Microbial Revolution.

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Share This.Designer Peter Trimble brings us closer to an environmentally efficient future with Dupe. A microbially induced casting procedure, Dupe uses sand and urine to make a biostone that is structurally comparable to concrete. The process, which emits no greenhouse gases, is only an experiment but actually proves to be the more environmentally safe option when compared to concrete. Concrete is responsible for 5 % of the worlds manmade C02 emissions. Dupe may Read More

William S. Burroughs Turns 100 at Munch Gallery.

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Share This.Had William Seward Burroughs lived, he would be celebrating his 100th birthday this week. But let’s not get caught up in the couldas and wouldas, we are happy to find out that Munch Gallery will be celebrating the writer’s legacy by holding a special 24 hour reading. Starring Marshall Weber (who has been doing these specific types of marathon readings since 1994), the event will feature a marathon reading Read More

Why the ‘Bound 2′ Video is a Satirical Masterpiece.

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Share This.As of right now, Kanye West’s video for the single “Bound 2″ is at 14,417,991 views on YouTube. Out of the 225, 368 viewers that chose to vote on the video on YouTube, 163,637 of them gave the video a “thumbs down.” Some even called it terrible. Directed by British fashion photographer Nick Knight, the video is an Americana influenced wet dream that features wingless Pegasus, flawless landscapes, and most importantly, Kanye West on Read More

The JFK Assassination. | 50th Anniversary.

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Share This.November 22nd will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. As we close in on this woeful date, many people and news organizations have been looking back at the events of that day and the ensuing chaos that ended in the swearing in of President Lyndon B. Johnson and the death of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who allegedly shot President Kennedy. Read More

Quiet Time.

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Share This.Artist Molly Crabapple and RSA Shorts presents The Power of Quiet, a charming animated manifestation of Susan Cain’s best selling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. An articulate affirmation for those who rather stay at home and keep to themselves, Quiet suggests that being an introvert isn’t exactly a death sentence. In the book, Cain points out that those who have less of a social life have Read More