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First Amendment Friday: January 27, 2017

Rap as a crime, the GOP advocates a religious right to discriminate, women take it to the streets, and Hollywood fights for the right to lie about its age.
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What Hillary Clinton Could Learn from Charity Fundraisers

Hillary's tendency to talk about herself may have hurt her--and in that, fundraisers may have something to teach future politicians.

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Dear White People, Your Safety Pins are Embarassing

Wearing a safety pin is a really great way to show off your white privilege and make yourself feel better while doing little to nothing for the people who have actually been hurt by Trump.

How to Easily be a White Ally to Marginalized Communities

Leave your safety pins at home, and take action that will actually help the people and communities hurt by Trump.

It’s About Time Someone Called Out “Blue Bloods”

Writing at Slate, Laura Hudson does a fine job outlining the real problems with Blue Bloods. It's not just about bad writing; the show reinforces a worldview that leads to oppression and discrimination against millions of Americans.

The demons within the walls

Is there any invertebrate creepier than the house centipede (AKA "thousand-legger")? I grew up in Upstate New York, and had never encountered one of...

Breaking Bad outside the US

I finally got around to watching Breaking Bad (I know, late to the party) and like most people I’ve been taking it in four-to-six-episode doses. One...

The Myth of the Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Each year, thousands of people in the United States are diagnosed by doctors with brown recluse spider bites--but most of these diagnoses are probably wrong, and many are made where brown recluse spiders don't even exist.

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