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When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland Actually, Miley’s dance was newsworthy.

The Federal Budget Is Like Your Family’s Budget!federal-vs-famiily-budget

Mothers are not ‘opting out’ – they are out of options – Opinion The revival of old fashioned hobbies is (to some extent) about maintaining identity and creativity while living in poverty

Like so many movements born in times of economic ruin, homebirth is presented by the media as a lifestyle trend, a return to “natural living” much like the rise of bicycling (cannot afford a car), “shabby chic” (cannot afford new clothes or furniture), and gardening (cannot afford fresh produce). Desperate or pragmatic economic decisions are rationalised with moral superiority. In the post-employment economy, “opting out” is often code for “cannot afford a job”.

Pinching Pensions to Keep Wall Street Fat and Happy. Contracts only protect those who can afford the better lawyers

Doctor Science Knows: Gay-hatin’ and Subtractive Masculinity.

Figurative Wood Sculptures by Willy Verginer

Figurative Wood Sculptures by Willy Verginer wood sculpture

Nicest rejection ever Academia has a huge problem. Now new PhDs are being denied entry level jobs that’re supposed to last 1-2 years because of competition from people who’ve been in those sorts of jobs for many years.

Don’t Fly During Ramadan

August 26, 2013
by sarcozona

“Some people,” he said, “take off headfirst into any body of water and six glasses later someone in Haarlem gets typhoid from drinking their misery. God, take my hand and get me up out of this great argument—the more you go against your nature, the more you will know of it—hear me, Heaven! I’ve done and been everything that I didn’t want to be or do—Lord, put the light out—so I stand here, beaten up and mauled and weeping, knowing I am not what I thought I was, a good man doing wrong, but the wrong man doing nothing much, and I wouldn’t be telling you about it if I weren’t talking to myself.

From Nightwood by Djuna Barnes

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You’re a Part-Timer: How Corporate America Used the Great Recession to Turn Good Jobs Into Bad Ones.

A Nation Unhinged: The Grim Realities of “The Real American War”

We Don’t Even Know What We Don’t Know

MAP: Global Flood Damage Could Exceed $1 Trillion Annually by 2050

Installing robust protective infrastructure that accounts not just for sea level rise but also population growth and future shoreline development could reduce annual losses to $52 billion.



August 19, 2013
by sarcozona

Allies vs. role models

Even when the people around you are interested in stamping out oppression, if they haven’t experienced it or spent much time listening to the people they’re interested in helping, they often can’t help you. A particularly funny example from gilly‘s … Continue reading

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The Military Mindset Behind ‘Stop & Frisk.’

The economic and cultural dominance of Filipino sailors I love how “augmenting their masculinity” means treating women better. The opposite is often true.

Gasoline lead may explain as much as 90 percent of the rise and fall of violent crime over the past half century Stop investing in prisons and start paying people to clean up lead contamination.

Hold on to your balls! This fish will eat them Invasive fish ruin skinny dipping

As a gay parent I must flee Russia or lose my children

Activists destroy GMO test plot Ignorance is ugly and terrifying

Loopy Ideas Are Fine, If You’re an Entrepreneur

A Texan Tragedy: Ample Oil, No Water Water is more valuable than oil

Dept. of Irony: The Inescapable Boomers

Painfully adorable couple wed on bus where they first met

The Keystone XL pipeline alternative you’ve never heard of is probably going to be built

Indo-Aryans, Dravidians, and Waves of Admixture