This is hardly the spiciest hot take on this blog. It’s not even a particularly new one. Women’s suffrage icon Lucy Stone did this all the way back in 1856 before women could vote. Her original argument, written in 1847, still holds largely true: “The custom of calling women Mrs. John This and Mrs. Tom […]Read more "Why Women Should Keep Their Maiden Names (How Language affects Sexism)"
The following contains minor spoilers to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The beginning of Crimes of Grindelwald is a microcosm of the rest of the movie. It starts off in the American equivilant of Azkaban, and you get to see a bunch of really cool stuff. You’re mind starts to compare and contrast this […]Read more "Fantastic Beasts is Basically a Star Wars Prequel"
It’s 12:30 pm central time at the time of writing this. Most elections have been called. Democrats will lose 4 senate seats. This is really bad. Republican “swing” voters like Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins lose all their leverage and relevance. A mostly rubber stamp for radical Nazi-lite judges is available for Trump to cripple […]Read more "Another ‘Historic’ Election – Not Quite Nothing"
James Gunn got hired to do Suicide Squad 2, which is hilarious, because just taking the other guy who had success with a super hero movie and just having him do a sequel to a completely different super hero movie with nothing in common with the previous one is just the most DC move ever. […]Read more "The James Gunn Issue Isn’t What You Think"
The following are statements of certainty where there lies at least some arguable glimmer of false hope if nothing else. I’m assuming a worst case scenario because that is what has happened so far in this country in the last two years. In some ways, this is a classic “set the bar impossibly low and […]Read more "Brett Kavanaugh – America’s Night of Long Knives"
I like to kick off my writing with a punchy opening, either a bold statement to hook someone or a fun anecdote. Given the nature of this topic, I think there’s a certain level of pendantic disclaimers that is necessary because of both its fundamentally personal nature and how new it is as a concept […]Read more "Hot Take: Social Media is Actually a Good Thing"
Larry Nance Jr once did this in an actual NBA basketball game. Zach LaVine is allegedly the same species as you and I. He can do this: A non-basketball fan would assume that both players, being capable of athletic feats beyond imagination, must surely be great NBA players. But they’re not. Both are, in fact, […]Read more "Eminem’s Kamikaze Is Like if NBA Dunks Were Also Mildly Sexist"
“I’m amazed that there is such misunderstanding of what our country is about, that people would hate us. I am, I am—like most Americans, I just can’t believe it, because I know how good we are, and we’ve got to do a better job of making our case. We’ve got to do a better job of explaining to the people in the Middle East, for example, that we […]Read more "John McCain – The Last of a Dying Breed"
“Sticks and stones may break by bones but words can never hurt me.” This popular childhood idiom is only true in the literal “technically not wrong” sense. It is not the words themselves that cause the harm, but the action and intent that the words are associated with. If I were to drive down to […]Read more "It Doesn’t Matter Whether or Not Trump Used the N-word"
The future isn’t Robocop. The future is RoboDoc™. The terror of automation decimating the lower middle class union manufacturing jobs is the defining narrative of the 21st century economy. In 1913, Henry Ford broke down the task of assembling cars into its most basic functions, then divied up those functions among the work force so […]Read more "Robots Are Taking Our Jobs – But Not the Ones You Think…"