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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Music, Morals, and Madness at the Biggest The Game of the Year



The massive cost of hosting a Super Bowl (from Think Progress)

The NFL gets billions in subsidies from American taxpayers. (from CNN)

Boston boys Ben Affleck, Matt Damon step up, assume blame for Deflate-gate. (from

Seattle's Richard Sherman could miss his kid's birth and still be a Super dad. (from Salon)

NFL Cheerleaders often were minimum clothing; shouldn't they at least get minimum wage? (from Think Progress)

A not-so-brief and extremely sordid history of cheerleading. (from Mother Jones)

The NFL still has a domestic abuse problem despite Super PSA ad. (from Mother Jones)

Why Kay Perry is a perfect fit for the Super Bowl half-time show (from Slate)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rich Men, Poor Men



Poverty is rising much faster in the suburbs than in the cities. (from Moyers and Company)

5 signs the rich have way too much money. (from Slate)

Stark images capture life in one of America's poorest towns. (from Think Progress)

I see the difference in educational privilege everyday and I/m disgusted by it, teacher says. (from The Washington Post)

How poor is poor? (from The New Yorker)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

It's The End of the World as They Know It


What is Paul Krugman, economist and science fiction fan, afraid of? (from Vox)

4 terrible ways zombie movies foretell the end of society. (from Cracked)

The worst places to seek refuge during the zombie apocalypse. (from The Huffington Post)

Now, there is a doomsday preppers' concierge service. (from Slate)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

'American Sniper': Shots Firing from the Left and from the Right


A new kind of war film: The professional procedure prompts culture wars outcries. (from The Washington Post)

A look at the real Chris Kyle and the movie version. (from HistoryvsHollyood)

Noam Chomsky discusses terrifying American Sniper mentality. (from Salon)

A guide to American Sniper culture wars controversy. (from The Washington Post)

American Sniper: Is it an anti-war film that the right likes, too. (from CNN)

American Sniper illustrates the west's morality blind spots. (from The Guardian)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

5 Years After Citizens United, It's Even More Show Me The Money


5 years after Citizens United, secret money floods into politics. (from NPR)

12 ways Citizens United changed politics. (from Moyers and Company)

The true cost of Citizens United (from Salon)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

It's Getting Better All The Time. No, Really, Some Really Smart Experts Say It Is


Author Schermer speaks at the Cato Institute in DC.
A look at Michael Schermer's new book The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom. (from The Wall Street Journal)

Science and reason as forces for good. (from The Washington Post)

Maybe things on Earth aren't as bad as you think. (from NPR)

Why brutality is declining and empathy is on the rise. (from The Wall Street Journal)

Violence declining? Surely you jest. (from OurMidland.Com)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Culture Wars Redux Redux: Abortion


House Republicans pass watered-down version of antiabortion bill. (from The Washington Post)

The GOP's abortion bind. (from The Atlantic)

Abortion opponents rally on the National Mall, claim their views are the views of the nation. (from The Washington Post)

Some state continue push to ban abortions after 20 weeks. (from NPR)

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