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Rhetorical Address to Gun-loving Bunker Hunkerers

So it’s happened again. But it can, after all, be reliably predicted. Soon, once again, a psychopath, armed to the teeth, will kill a large number of people, trending to be a larger number each time. Periodically in the news cycle, becoming an accepted part of the background of our interconnected lives, accepted reluctantly,

Nerds don’t need you

Last night nerds shut down the Internet. To be accurate, some clouds of sport and p0rn remained online, but the only tubes that mattered went through NASA, or to be more specific, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The NASA spokesperson was quick to apologize for the overload, however in true PR cluelessness, she missed the

Mars ‘Curiosity’: Empty Pipelines and Promises

This Sunday night millions of people worldwide will be glued to their media delivery systems watching not (just) the Olympics, but the most ambitious and daring interplanetary landing ever. The Mars Science Laboratory created by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will land on Mars at 10:31pm PDT. The unanimous hope of everyone watching will be

The secret life of TV commercials

TV commercials that reveal a sickness A couple of dandelions force their way up through cracks in the sidewalk—just two yellow wildflowers looking for the sun. A tall, rawboned white guy stalks up; he’s armed with the weed killer Round Up, instead of a six-gun. He spots the dandelions—and turns toward them. The dandelions

Who is ‘Bandar Bush’ ?

Bob Woodward laid it out in State of Denial: George W. pulled Bandar aside. “Bandar, I guess you’re the best asshole who knows about the world. Explain to me one thing.” “Governor, what is it?” “Why should I care about North Korea?” Bandar said he didn’t really know. It was one of the few

Batman and the painful irony of the Colorado movie theater shooting

The painful irony… All those people, including children, were shot dead by an armed lunatic at a Dark Knight screening. Many others were maimed and some more may die. It’s a cruel tragedy—and everyone’s heart goes out to the families of victims. President Obama immediately appeared in public, and spoke feelingly, his voice breaking with

Guthrie-inspired Roots-Folk fest

In honor of the Woody Guthrie centennial, we’ve put together a little Raw Story music fest. Hopefully, it won’t sound too much like your local PBS pledge night. First up — The Seekers. My mother had this record and played it incessantly when I was a litte one. Paul Robeson’s version of Oh Shenandoah

(You can’t) meet the Billboard Liberation Front

In the mid-’90s, one day soon after having migrated from Dixie to San Francisco, this writer stumbled upon an odd and interesting advertisement whilst strolling the Mission District near the armory. A billboard on the side of a Victorian corner-store prominently featured a saluting soldier in dress blues, captioned with the header: ‘MAKE A

Can you beat him?

The eloquent remark from the YouTube channel this comes from bears repeating, here : “Rainbow Bunchie aka. Final Boss of Internet jumping for 10 hours ..Can you beat him?” Of course, if one cannot fathom why this video is not at least of some very general importance regarding the culture, then how can one

John Law and Last Gasp announce Cacophony Society history book

Finally, those on the West Coast who’ve memorized the genealogy of pranksterism and how it spills out continuously into the mainstream can rest their flapping gums: A book concerning The Cacophony Society’s proto-history is coming out. Fans of Last Gasp already know the underground publishing house’s books are always richly twisted, and this one

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