Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#antigunmemes

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent this week V-8 slapping yourself in the face as the biggest collective of asshats from your high school/former job/whoever the fuck that is and how do I even know anyone from South Carolina(?) who have somehow taken over your feed posting about the Constitution and prayer and mental illness and guns and...

Cancel these Olympics! An Oral History of all that is awful with the Games Part 2: The 21st Century

Part 2 of 2: Every four years, some city with a bankruptcy wish hosts a Summer Olympics, usually successfully! Every four years, somebody says it’ll fail or won’t be ready in time and should be boycotted, postponed, cancelled or moved. Click here to read Part 1. Written by Kyle Magin This summer, the Zika virus and impending collapse of Brazil’s political system...

How the chase for clicks and analytics-based reporting may simultaneously kill the media and elect Trump

Finding our way back to a Dark Ages of information one click at a time. By Andrew J. Pridgen In the old media Dark Ages, only the office flu went viral. Articles were shared by passing them across the breakfast table. And liking something meant, you actually liked it—not that you felt you needed to in order to placate someone looking...

Donald Trump’s complete inaugural address…with subtitles

Fully annotated. By Donald J. Trump (with Andrew J. Pridgen) Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you. I wanted to say fuck you, but Ivanka suggested I start on a high note. So I’ll save it for farther down. We, the citizens of America are now joined in a...

Farewell, reason

Obama's final speech was celebration, pause and harbinger. Written by Bridget Clerkin Farewell, reason. Farewell, measure. Farewell, you ugly and unpopular and slow plod toward progress. The President’s swan song was a declaration of its times, in turns anxious and strained, beseeching even, but stirring and hopeful; a parent sending his child out into the world, breath held tight and fingers crossed. His...

The challenge of raising a child in the age of Trump

...Also known as trying not to be crippled by the futility of simply not knowing what's coming next. By Andrew J. Pridgen This morning my little boy inched to the edge of the three-meter diving board and stared down at his swim teacher treading water below. He looked at me, then glanced back down at the water. He paused, backed up...

The Fault In Our Stats

The pollsters got it wrong. Math did not predict the 2016 election. Nate Silver fell from grace. So how do we explain all that? Look no further than the mighty burrito. By Andrew J. Pridgen It did not take long this election season for me to figure out there was a fatal flaw in boy wonder Nate Silver’s once impenetrable...

Republican Convention: When hatred trumps humanity

It is no coincidence that Cleveland is about to erupt in violence. There is a single party, a single man to blame. By Andrew J. Pridgen There will be blood spilled in the streets of Cleveland. The host city for the Republican Convention this week is not abuzz with possibility or promise, it is a heavily armed paramilitary police state. Protesters,...

The Evil has Landed

Why is America being flown by the asshole on the plane? By Andrew J. Pridgen It happened. It happened like how you woke up this morning. You don’t know how you did but you did. We elected, freely elected, the candidate endorsed by the KKK, white supremacists and those who occupy the highest offices in the Kremlin. Congratulations, we are...

Welcome to an evening of campus-sponsored fascism at Cal Poly

Cal Poly is hosting a narcissistic, demagogue hate-speech monger in Axe hair gel, and the university’s president is acting like there’s nothing he can do about it saying he’s “defending free speech.” No. No, he is not. He is sponsoring intolerance and spreading propaganda. #ResignArmstrong By Andrew J. Pridgen Satan’s sophomoric personal dubstep DJ MILO is set to speak at Cal...

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