Category: The Popular Culture

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Oh, Romantics!

Oh, Romantics, please listen to Stephanie Coontz’s brilliant observations in the first half of this lecture (before she starts giving measures of ‘remedies’ for our culture, which I find less convincing): Her founding thesis, which I think is entirely correct: Marriage was never for love. It was...

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Marriage 2.0

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by Liam Scheff A friend was asking me about this notion of not being ‘married’ to strict monogamy. He was saying that he understood – and had even had a ‘slip’ here or there, but worried it would disrupt his long-term relationship. Still, he said, when given...

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American Schadenfreude

by Liam Scheff Americans love to watch people suffer humiliating break-ups. At least, the circulation of People, US, and the National Enquirer would make us think so. They reflect tales of ‘cheating’ on a daily basis for our ‘schadenfreude‘ – our happiness at the expense of the...

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Oblivion – The Argument/Review

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by Liam Scheff Note: This conversation may or may not have taken place, yesterday, soon or tomorrow. This “Argument Review” is a story in the Fragments series. Jeff is stalling – still. Still waiting for me to say it for him. “How is it possible that you...

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The Dividing Line

The Dividing Line by Liam Scheff The Choice Will Be Yours, Mine and Ours. Divided We Stand, United We Fall: Solar, Wind, Oil, Coal, Nuclear.  The arguments pile up in disorganized, swaying towers, in colonies and countries of data – kilowatt hours and gigawatt years, energy returns...

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Oscar – A Real See You Next Tuesday

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by Liam Scheff I always enjoy it when the culture becomes self-righteously vexed, because it lets us see what a bunch of cunts we all really are. The Onion called a young actress a ‘cunt’ in an online thread, and then apologized. The response has been the...

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Are You a Member of the Laziest Generation?

by Liam Scheff Do you stop yourself from writing complete, unabbreviated words, even when using a full-sized keyboard? If so, you may be unintentionally making yourself less intelligent. Do you find that you forget words that you are certain you used to know? It’s because you don’t...

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If Babies Could Talk…

What is in a Vaccine? “formaldehyde, aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate, thimerosal, and polysorbate 80 (Tween-80), gelatin, ammonium sulfate, formalin, and sucrose, sorbitol, hydrolized gelatin, chick embryo, hydrolized gelatin, human diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue, aluminum hydroxide, benzethonium chloride, and formaldehyde, formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, ammonium sulfate, and...

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A Brief History of Christmas

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Originally from Dec 1, 2007. Happy Saturnalia… From today’s Wall Street Journal, a very good, and succinct History of the holiday, by historian and author John Steele Gordon. A few excerpts: “In its earliest days, Christianity did not celebrate the Nativity at all. Only two of the...