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Are They Harming Anyone?

It's an argument I hear (read) about the Straight Pride Parade being organized in Boston, "Are they hurting anyone?" Admittedly, it's mostly coming from 20 something year old, edgelord wannabes prancing about on 4chan. But they are people of voting age and I think it's important to honestly answer their obviously rhetorical question. Plus, I…

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So You Think You’re Oppressed

Being oppressed sucks, hardcore. You are taken advantage of, dehumanized, and very often spend your days fearing for your life. Being oppressed means you've had your basic rights as a human put in jeopardy. No one wants to be oppressed. But everyone wants to claim they're oppressed. Counter-intuitive right? Sadly not at all. Our society…

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If I Had a Billion Dollars

Congratulations! You are now one of the proud, few billionaires in the world. I dunno how you did it, maybe you started a tech company, maybe you inherited your wealth from dear, old dad, maybe you were just super lucky and won the lottery. Whatever happened, you now have a billion dollars. That's $1,000,000,000.00 in…

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An Open Love Letter

Here's to you, you crazy few, you proud and pure, stubborn and stalwart few. Here's to how you go against the grain, stand up for what you believe in against all adversity, and stick to what you know is right, no matter what. I'm jealous of you, and I raise my glass to you. So…

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A Quick Guide to Critical Thinking OR How to Spot Bullshit

I recently had a couple of conversations that greatly disturbed me. One was with my former illustrator, Elaine Tipping, who mentioned that they'd never been formally taught qualitative reasoning, or the scientific method, and the other with my girlfriend, who seemed both impressed and surprised by the fact that I research and link to various…

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VOTE GODDAMN IT!

I'd like to talk to my more conservative/centrist friends. Namely: what does it mean to be a conservative and specifically a Republican. I've been doing a bit of hunting and fact gathering, as well as searching my memory for the good ole fashion values my school system taught while I was growing up, and I…