Notes on ‘Camp MTV’

by Julie Klausner
Oh to be Young
“God gives each of us only what we can handle” was advice a lesbian bike messenger and Brussels Griffon owner gave me when I expressed guilt about our relative suffering. She had just shared with me a harrowing story about growing up poor in the South with a father who sexually abused her, following my own disclosure that I had a[……]

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Mormons Fined for Unreported Anti-Gay Marriage Political Work

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been fined by the state of California for not reporting as political activity the hours that church employees spent in political action for the “Yes on 8 committee.” The fine is minor but it’s extremely gratifying that no longer can anyone claim that the church was not acting in California as a po[……]

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Coheed and Cambria Covers The Smiths (What?)

In a move that is probably due to the Large Hadron Collider making everyone in the world insane because of neutrinos and what not, Coheed and Cambria, the prog-rock band that mostly writes about spaceships and evil alien empires, covered The Smiths-they did a cover of “A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours,” off The Smiths’ last album Strangeways,[……]

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A Q&A with the Creator of “I Write Like”: “The Algorithm is Not a Rocket Science”

by Katjusa Cisar
This week’s meme is I Write Like, a new website that uses an algorithm of mysterious methodology to tell you which author’s work your writing most resembles. You enter some text-”your latest blog post, journal entry, comment, chapter of your unfinished book”-and a split-second later, it spits out the html code for a blog-ready bad[……]

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Drinking During Work: The Extension

Many of you have complained that you were notified about National Duck Out For A Drink Day too late to properly celebrate the occasion. I am sympathetic to your plea, and also deeply moved by the fact that it is, at least here in New York, an absolutely gorgeous day. So, by the power vested in me by the Internet, I hereby declare today, August 26th[……]

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The Way We Protest Now

Facebook has good ideas! “Subversively move Tony Blair’s memoirs to the crime section in book shops. Make bookshops think twice about where they categorise our generations greatest war criminal.” This will also work for Decision Points come November.

Ciudad Juarez: Ignacio Coronel and What Happens After a Drug Lord is Killed

by John Murray
In a luxury suburb of Guadalajara last Thursday afternoon, one of the key leaders of the Sinaloa cartel, Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Coronel, was shot dead during a brief gunfight with Mexican Army special forces. Drawing on intelligence gathered over the past few weeks, the Army staged a raid on a home they believed was linked to drug traffick[……]

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