You may have noticed this story in the Wall St. Journal several days ago: Tide Turns on Border Crossing – Number of Immigrants Arriving From Mexico Now Equaled by Those Going Home Net migration from Mexico has plummeted to zero thanks to changing demographic and economic conditions on both sides of the border, a new study […]
How does a bad guy become a bad guy? And how does an author make him a good guy while it’s happening? That’s the task Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga set for themselves in The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor. The two men take one of the most notorious villains from Kirkman’s graphic […]
Several years ago we made a trip to Shetland and some of the Orkney Islands, and it was a trip well worth making. One of the things we got to do was poke around a number of Neolithic sites, many of which were underground homes, if not outright collections of houses. One of the remarkable […]
Used to be, they built airports near cities. Now we’re going to build a city near an airport. Because, you know, we built our airport nowhere near the goddamned city, I guess. I love the 5280, but sometimes I think a little more oxygen wouldn’t hurt anything….
Kansas's war on workers, coming soon to a state near you (and by the way, how can the Secretary of Labor do her job when she doesn't even know what the AFL-CIO is?)
by Colin Curtis In recent history Kansas has become the breeding ground for extremist right wing agendas, legislation and beliefs. The Kansas Republican Party has abandoned the moderate beliefs of former heroes like President Dwight Eisenhower and turned into the main water carriers for the Kochs, ALEC and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. Since the […]
by Lee Camp
It’s a common theme I’ve noticed running through a lot of zombie apoca-lit: Other people, not zombies, represent the real danger. That’s certainly true in The Walking Dead—in the comics and in real life. Partway through the first hardcover volume of The Walking Dead, I notice that principle art duties shift from Tony Moore to […]
The rights of Burma’s ethnic nationalities continue to be ignored.
Maya Lin, best known for the stunning Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, has throughout her career done a number of other remarkable works, both as an artist and as an architect (not that these are mutually exclusive categories). A recent project of hers is called “What is missing?” It’s very much worth a look. The […]
Six errors plus two shortcomings equals 49 former NASA employees with no climate science credentials damaging their own reputations.
A disturbing survey of the Gulf region, why and where the “BP oil spill” has expanded into the massive disaster widely predicted (but officially denied). And the oil drilling industry adventure is surging, Trickle-down Wreck-economics with a vengeance.
Spring break, 2011. I’m in Ashtabula, Ohio, visiting my mother, and The Walking Dead are everywhere. Or so it seems. American Movie Classics, AMC, is about to release season one of The Walking Dead on DVD, so the cable channel is promoting it heavily. I watch virtually no TV, but it plays almost constantly at […]
Today is one of those days when I feel sorry for those who aren’t soccer fans. Seriously. Because what happened earlier this afternoon in the Champion’s League semifinal at Camp Nou in Barcelona was one of the most exciting things I have ever witnessed in any sport. And I don’t do hyperbole. I mean this […]
You know The Donald™. He likes to be, well, public. So when he wanted to build a fancy new golf course and super-duper resort in Scotland a couple of years ago, he went public. And after his proposal was turned down by the local planning authorities, he went nuclear and got his good buddy Alex […]
by Sarah Stockton You’ve heard them. Maybe while you’re driving down the road, listening to your favorite station, the music is suddenly interrupted by a block of radio commercials. They can be frustrating when all you want is to listen to some good music that gets you through rush hour or a long-distance drive. But […]