Things that are not partisan:
Into the Borg Wide Open
These days, it's fashionable to see creativity in opposition to technological progress. While it's true that we exist at a time when the economics of cultural production are being reshaped, the easy narrative...
Help Lux Eterna Records + The Contrarian Rebuild Our Studio!
Hello! Casey Rae, proprietor, here.
If you wondered why things have been kind of slow 'round these parts, well, let's just say I took a few on the chin over the last couple of years, and am slowly...
Hobby Lobby v. Women, or Fear and Loathing at the US Supreme Court
On Monday, July 30, the United States Supreme Court ruled on a case that will have profound implications for healthcare, women's rights and labor relations for some time to come. You probably heard...
On Monday, July 30, the United States Supreme Court ruled on a case that will have profound implications for healthcare,...
Zeppelin Sued for "Stairway to Heaven"
This week, Jimmy Page gave an interview with the New York Times in which he pushed back on accusations that Led Zeppelin ripped off certain African American blues artists. Almost on cue, the band gets sued by Spirit—American folk-rock contemporaries that never reached the dizzying heights of the mighty Zep. Spirit's main man, Randy California, died back in 1997; this suit (which is still being...
Needle and the Damage Done: Medical Conspiracies Go Mainstream
A new study of 1,300 adults is out in this month's JAMA Internal Medicine that explores the degree to which Americans believe in medical conspiracy theories. Perhaps unsurprisingly, about half of the people surveyed believe in at least one.
A third of the participants, for example, believe that the government (specifically the Food and Drug Administration) is actively involved in preventing...
Last week, I found myself in a protracted online debate about the (now failed) nomination of Debo Adegbile to head up the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice—the federal agency tasked with enforcing anti-discrimination laws. Adegbile started his career as a Big Law litigator in New York and then moved on to work at the NAACP Legal and Educational Defense Fund, which is where this...
In keeping with last week's theme of all things Slavic and creepy, I decided to turn my focus on mail order brides after repeatedly seeing ads for the totally reputable AnastasiaDate.com. One of the heart-warming stories the website features is that of 45-year-old Utah-based Nathan Adams and 34-year-old Elena Adamchiyk. Tired of American women, Adams enthuses that life with the Odessa-born blonde...