News

  1. Doing link roundups is hard. Come back, Nicole!

    322 comments
  2. Why is this not already a band name? Start this band!

    414 comments
  3. *WITH THE IMPORTANT CAVEAT THAT THE OFFICIAL LINE RIGHT NOW IS THAT HER SHELL CORPORATION WAS CREATED SO SHE COULD PURCHASE PROPERTY PRIVATELY AND WITHOUT FANFARE, WHICH IS CERTAINLY POSSIBLE, I DON'T MEAN TO IMPLY SHE IS 100% A TAX DODGER BUT IT CERTAINLY RAISES SOME QUESTION, OKAY, BACK TO THE FAN FICTION NOW, AGAIN BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS IS JUST FOR THE SHEER DELIGHT OF LIBERTARIAN HERMIONE

    101 comments
  4. These new ads for bleach are raw as hell and I'm honestly not ready to live and die in this world. I'm not strong enough. I'm soft and afraid and my bloodline is weak; I know this. Rome has lost its breed of noble bloods, and I'm the most lost out of anybody. Have you seen this? Are you prepared to meet God?

    188 comments
  5. Last night North Carolina's legislators held a special session in order to prohibit local governments from passing anti-discrimination laws, particularly targeting an ordinance in Charlotte that would have allowed trans people to use public restrooms corresponding to their gender.

    129 comments
  6. This was an extraordinarily disappointing article, because the headline led me to believe that researchers had somehow discovered the first cases of sadness in children?

    29 comments
  7. Long-time readers will remember that both Nicole and self have a deep, abiding, uncritical love for Deep Springs College, the bonkers, hyper-isolated, working cattle ranch slash all-male two-year university in Eastern California.

    146 comments
  8. Oh man, this is well worth reading in its entirety. This is just incredibly solid, well-reported local journalism. Sam Levin covers online racial profiling in Oakland.

    49 comments
  9. The National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox announced today that they are expanding their partnership in a venture that will include National Geographic's cable channels, its 127-year-old magazine, digital and social platforms, maps, travel, and other media. Under the $725-million deal, Fox, which currently holds a majority stake in National Geographic's cable channels, will own 73 percent of the new media company, called National Geographic Partners. The National Geographic Society will own 27…

    58 comments
  10. There's been some good and thoughtful reporting over the Rentboy arrests over the last few days. From Graeme Reid at Human Rights Watch: Rentboy.com connects male escorts to clients in the same way that Uber does for transport, or Airbnb does for accommodation. There are no middlemen, thus affording users control and autonomy over the services brokered through the website. The website connects consenting adults. None of the government statements about the raid have…

    101 comments
  11. 1. Mallory, did you even know what the Army Rangers were before you heard about Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, the first two women to complete the grueling Army Ranger School training? I did not. 2. Do you have complicated feelings about the role of the American military at home and abroad? I do. 3. How many times did you have to re-read this article before you realized that finishing Ranger…

    87 comments
  12. No, she's a monster, obviously; Frank Norris' The Octopus might as well have her on the cover. Forbes ran one of the neatest, soundest, trimmest little hit pieces I've ever sen on Elisa Stephens & co. and their dreadful, exploitative Academy of Art University racket this week. It's a wretched Rube-Goldberg machine designed to match up human beings with vast quantities of debt and everyone in San Francisco has at least one friend who's lost something…

    72 comments
  13. From the Washington Post: "An ordained pastor with the United Methodist Church has been keeping a daily vigil outside the Waller County Sheriff’s Office and County Jail, where Sandra Bland died under disputed circumstances last month. On Monday, Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith let pastor Hannah Bonner know how he feels about her vigil by telling the pastor that she should 'go back to the church of Satan that you run.'…

    24 comments
  14. This weekend marked the one-year anniversary of Mike Brown's death in Ferguson at the hands of Darren Wilson.

    17 comments
  15. Of the now-seven black churches that have burned in the week since the Charleston massacre, at least three are currently being investigated by the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau as possible arsons. The latest church, Mount Zion AME in Greeleyville, was burned by KKK members already in 1995. (The WhoIsBurningBlackChurches tag on Twitter is a particularly helpful tool.)…

    13 comments