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A Disturbing Sign of Our Times, The Weaponization of Lies and Slander

A Disturbing Sign of Our Times, The Weaponization of Lies and Slander

Roy Moore. While it is still too early to make a definite judgment regarding the validity of the claims against him, a lot can be said regarding the facts surrounding the case. Just like with Trump in October of last year, accusations suddenly came out from under the woodwork at a particularly “convenient” time for his political opponent. The same is happening now regarding Roy Moore. He had a significant lead in the polls in a solidly red state. He…

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Reclaiming Visual Glamour From The Left

Reclaiming Visual Glamour From The Left

What does “politics is downstream from culture” mean in practice? Earlier today I was browsing through music videos on YouTube and the gears and cogwheels in my brain started spinning. I don’t usually use YouTube for music videos so in general I’m quite unfamiliar with music videos as a medium. I just finished “The Power of Glamour” by Virginia Postrell a few days ago, so I was primed to be aware of the glamorous set pieces contained in the videos….

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Brain Orgies, Degeneracy and Standards of Value

Brain Orgies, Degeneracy and Standards of Value

Awareness is key when it comes to the standards of value that you use to measure yourself against. I know this to be true, because I used to compare myself to values almost completely opposite to the ones I hold today. Growing up as a teenager and young adult in a post 9/11 world is a different experience than it was earlier, for instance during the 90’s with its innocence. The political and cultural battle lines have hardened and the…

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Supplanting Real News With Left-Wing Comedy

Supplanting Real News With Left-Wing Comedy

I’m becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of diversity of opinion amongst web-based political talk shows. As a guy that is interested in politics way more than the average person, I often seek out esoteric tidbits, anecdotes and interesting minutia. Sadly, I often find that only shows with a clear left-wing bias cover the particular stories I’m interested in. I find myself confronted with either giving them views and ad revenue or with not finding out more about the stories….

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Is “Boring-Shaming” the new Slut Shaming?

Is “Boring-Shaming” the new Slut Shaming?

I have been “boring-shamed” in my life. I’ve been accused of being a boring person. I don’t go out and drink until I vomit, I don’t sleep around with a new Tinder-partner every week, I don’t have a clue who won the season finale on “insert reality program here” and you won’t find me at the neighbourhood weekend party. In other words, I must be supremely boring. Ever since I was a kid, partying, drinking and other similar activities had…

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Are Children’s Stories Healthy?

Are Children’s Stories Healthy?

Lying in bed last night, I had the following though pop into my head. Are Disney princess stories healthy for children? In Disney stories and in fairytales a common theme recurs. A great example is the movie “Titanic”. The poor man gets the rich girl. They would have lived happily ever after, except for the drowning part. The stories we expose our children to aren’t representative of how relationships actually work. Like attracts like. There is a reason that rich…

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