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Our Selfie-Obsessed Culture Has Gone Too Far

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 4:30pm 5/5/2015 at 4:30pm

We live in a culture obsessed with digital presence.

When I joined Facebook in 2003, I never imagined that over a decade later I’d use the platform to network with bosses and clients, connect with family, and participate in discussions and debates with people half a world away. I definitely never...

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Robert Downey Jr. is over your tendency to politicize everything

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 11:45am 4/29/2015 at 11:45am

Last week, Iron Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron star Robert Downey, Jr. walked out of an Avengers promotional interview after British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy decided to dive into the motivation behind a comment RDJ made in 2008 about the correlation between incarceration and progressivism. Here’s the offending utterance:

“I have a...

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Mom Sets #BaltimoreRiots Son Straight

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 2:45pm 4/28/2015 at 2:45pm

I know this has made the rounds quite a bit, but it’s still worth playing.

Kind of speaks for itself, but here’s the story:

This Baltimore mom saw her son throwing rocks at police on television.

That didn’t sit well with her.

The video shows the mother repeatedly striking her boy, ch...

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Chipotle taking GMO food off the menu?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 27, 2015 at 5:40pm 4/27/2015 at 5:40pm

Today marks Chipotles first “GMO free” menu day. The burrito chain announced they will no longer prepare food containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

According to the New York Times:

“This is another step toward the visions we have of changing the way people think about and eat fast food,” said...

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Blue Bell gets a lot of love from Texas

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 8:00pm 4/26/2015 at 8:00pm

For the longest, Blue Bell was solely a Texas establishment. Their factory is right up the road from Houston. Kids would take school trips to the Blue Bell factory (and I imagine they still do). Everyone grew up looking forward to their seasonal offerings. And Blue Bell was the treat you...

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Baltimore reporter robbed on camera by rioting teenagers

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 6:30pm 4/26/2015 at 6:30pm

We’re slowly losing the distinction between the protest and the riot.

Last night, chaos broke out in Baltimore after protests against the death of Freddie Gray turned into riots that damaged property and police cars, and resulted in...

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Male student accused of rape by ‘mattress girl’ sues Columbia University

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 24, 2015 at 5:45pm 4/24/2015 at 5:45pm

You might remember Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who vowed to carry her mattress around campus in protest of her alleged rapist who remained on campus. Sulkowicz turned what she says was a horrible tragedy into performance art; performance art that will suffice as her senior thesis.

Sulkowicz chose not to...

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Because it’s Friday: Speaker Boehner mows the lawn

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 24, 2015 at 4:15pm 4/24/2015 at 4:15pm

Earlier today, the Speaker’s office released a light, approachable (we’ll talk about this later), “Happy Spring” video from the Man himself, showing John Boehner purchasing and installing a new blade on his push mower.

Watch it here:

He may be the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, but he still...

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Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 8:00pm 4/23/2015 at 8:00pm

When I read Aleister’s post detailing the ludicrous trigger warning issued by Georgetown’s radical feminists for Christina Hoff Sommer’s talk, I was taken aback by this tweet from from an attendee of an event for the Association of Writing and Writing Programs.

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Yale study reveals unusual regional grammar usage

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:15am 4/21/2015 at 10:15am

You’ve seen the maps delineating the largely regional usage of words like “y’all” versus “you guys.” But what about the more subtle differences in English usage?

Yale’s Grammatical Diversity Project produced some rather fascinated results. The study “examines syntactic differences among local varieties spoken by considerably smaller numbers of people.” Digging far...

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Paul Revere’s midnight ride happened 240 years ago

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8:50pm 4/17/2015 at 8:50pm

Tomorrow evening marks 240 years since Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride.

Made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Revere’s ride has become an iconic piece of American revolutionary history. Longfellow’s poem was riddled with inaccuracies, but made for an entertaining rhyme.

LISTEN, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight...

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Etsy goes public

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 3:15pm 4/16/2015 at 3:15pm

Etsy has long been my internet happy place. The online market provides craft-makers, artists, photographers, and virtually every creatively-minded individual a place to hawk their wares. And with over one million active sellers scattered across the globe, there’s an abundance of fabulously kitschy, and often customizable items to chose from.

I’ve purchased...

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Welcome to the District of Thrones

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 13, 2015 at 8:30am 4/13/2015 at 8:30am

It’s cherry blossom season in DC.

I walked down to the tidal basin this weekend to see them. It really is wonderful—white petals flying everywhere, and when the wind blows just so, the little flowers make a lovely rustling sound.

It’s almost enough to make you forget the garbage that politicians...

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How to correctly express approval at a feminist conference

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 27, 2015 at 1:00pm 3/27/2015 at 1:00pm

Earlier this week, British feminists made mock-worthy headlines due to a request made at the Nation Union of Student’s women’s conference.

The request?

So how does...

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Stop clapping! You’re triggering feminist anxiety!

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 8:38pm 3/24/2015 at 8:38pm

Today will go down in history as the day feminists officially stepped beyond the bounds of self-parody.

UK based outfit, the National Union of Students is hosting a conference for women. The multi-day conference for union delegates began today. Motions up for consideration at the conference include designating the abolishment of prisons...

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No evidence of rape at UVA fraternity say Charlottesville police

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4:30pm 3/23/2015 at 4:30pm

The seminal case in the fight against ‘rape culture’ ended today, leaving a giant, gaping hole in the Rape Culture agenda.

An investigation conducted by the Charlottesville Police Department found no evidence of rape at the accused University of Virginia fraternity.

Months ago, Rolling Stone broke Jackie’s story. Jackie claimed she’d been...

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Starbucks’ ‘Race Together’ cancelled — for now

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 23, 2015 at 3:00pm 3/23/2015 at 3:00pm

If there were an award for ill-conceived marketing campaigns, ‘Race Together‘ would earn the gold. Starbucks’ latest social justice endeavor that encouraged baristas to engage customers in conversations about race came to a resounding halt Sunday.

One week after its launch, the corporate coffee behemoth decided to cancel the first phase of...

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