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My issue with jack-off journalism

This gem from Ben Schiller's Does Raising Taxes On The Rich Actually Reduce Inequality? Sometimes: The resulting effects "on overall income inequality are exceedingly modest," it says. Households in the 1% would pay $58,233 more on average, while the top 0.1% would pay $297,582 more. It would generate $95.6 billion in ...

Photo by Miss Karen

Why so many bullets?

(this essay originally published in 2012--sadly, it's more relevant now than ever) People are often surprised by how many guns I've shot, and I suppose they have every right. I'm a liberal, the son of college professors raised in a sleepy little university town. I'm for women's rights, gay rights, and racial equality. I ...

A photo of two puppets named Denise and Kermit

It’s puppets, all the way down

There is buzz about Kermit the Frog Kermit the Frog is a puppet The buzz involves Kermit the Frog's new girlfriend, Denise, who is also a puppet The buzz includes real-world analysis of people's reactions to the look of the new puppet, Denise, as compared to other actors, who are not puppets Denise is not credited ...

Debbie Harry on stage in Camp Funtime t-shirt

You cannot seduce Debbie Harry with your mind

Know this. It can’t be done. Not even if, at 21 and feeling invulnerable you bundle into an old Saab and drive two hours south from Gainesville to Orlando. The car is hers. Your girlfriend’s. You had an old 1975 Volvo but ignored your dad’s warnings. “Put oil in it. Keep a bottle of oil in the back, and every time you ...