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Charlie My Boy

So Much More Than Just a Dog
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There was no traffic at 3am. That’s good in one respect as I needed to get my dog to the Emergency Animal Hospital and it’s horrible in another respect in that I knew what would happen when we got there. There was a little more traffic at 4:30am, when I drove back to my house [&hellip
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Did you know Brenda Walsh has breast cancer? Do you even know who Brenda Walsh is? If your answer to the former is shock and dismay, or mournfully tsk-tsking the cruel passage of time, then you are “of a certain age.” If ...
You Can Predict the Rain Because Your Ankle Hurts

This Is When You Know You’re Old, Part Deux

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Did you know Brenda Walsh has breast cancer? Do you even know who Brenda Walsh is? If your answer to the former is shock and dismay, or mournfully tsk-tsking the cruel passage of time, then you are “of a certain age.” If you don’t know who she is, please quickly walk away from me and [&hellip
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The Olympics are supposed to be about the global community coming together in the spirit of friendly competition to celebrate elite athletes. But of course humans are the absolute worst, so the Olympics never end up being ...
So. Many. Things.

It’s the Olympics, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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The Olympics are supposed to be about the global community coming together in the spirit of friendly competition to celebrate elite athletes. But of course humans are the absolute worst, so the Olympics never end up being that good or that simple. We let companies shamelessly and un-ironically use the Olympics to sell things like [&hellip
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Many months ago I stopped reacting to every terrible thing that came out of Donald Trump’s mouth. It was an act of self-preservation otherwise I would have had to stop working, sleeping, and even breathing. Every time we ...
Angry Cantaloupe May Be the Name of My New Band

Questioning the Sisterhood of the Traveling Misogynist

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Many months ago I stopped reacting to every terrible thing that came out of Donald Trump’s mouth. It was an act of self-preservation otherwise I would have had to stop working, sleeping, and even breathing. Every time we turn around he is saying something new and terrible. Whether it’s mocking a disabled reporter, attacking the [&hell
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Fighting makes me feel icky. When people disagree, part of me wants to curl up into the fetal position and pretend it isn’t happening. That’s the part that just wishes everyone would get along. But everyone doesn’t get ...
1st Rule of Political Fight Club: Stop Being an Asshat

Political Fight Club

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Fighting makes me feel icky. When people disagree, part of me wants to curl up into the fetal position and pretend it isn’t happening. That’s the part that just wishes everyone would get along. But everyone doesn’t get along. Pretending there aren’t differing opinions on significant issues that impact our daily lives is not just [
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Dear-sweet-mother-of-pearl, this campaign season just will not end! It feels like we’ve been hearing about 2016 since 2013—probably because we have—but finally we have the major party conventions behind us. Also the ...
Hope Out The Ying-Yang

Everything You Wanted To Know about the DNC 2016 in Philly (But Couldn’t Bear to Watch)

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Dear-sweet-mother-of-pearl, this campaign season just will not end! It feels like we’ve been hearing about 2016 since 2013—probably because we have—but finally we have the major party conventions behind us. Also the Libertarian National Convention which blew the RNC and DNC out of the water when it came to brevity and weirdness. But
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First of all, your vote definitely counts. A representative democracy only works if people vote, and the more informed we are and the more we vote the better it works. And your vote counts a ton in your state and local ...
But your vote still counts.

You Might Not Get to Choose the President This Year

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First of all, your vote definitely counts. A representative democracy only works if people vote, and the more informed we are and the more we vote the better it works. And your vote counts a ton in your state and local elections. For instance if you live in Eastern Tennessee please go out and vote [&hellip
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This past weekend I went to see Ghostbusters with three other ball-busting women and afterward we were so enraged at the yoke of oppressive misogyny and sexism holding us back that we kneed every man we saw in the balls and ...
Psych! I Found Men Irrelevant Way Before Ghostbusters

I Just Watched Ghostbusters and I Now Find Men Irrelevant

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This past weekend I went to see Ghostbusters with three other ball-busting women and afterward we were so enraged at the yoke of oppressive misogyny and sexism holding us back that we kneed every man we saw in the balls and set a bunch of dumpsters on fire. Okay, it wasn’t that dramatic. We really [&hellip
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We have to hand it to the Donald: The Republican National Convention was sure-as-shit entertaining to watch with him dry-humping the corpse of the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt into the ground. Seriously, ...
All Trump Was Missing Was a Majestic Escalator

Everything You Wanted To Know about the RNC in Cleveland (But Couldn’t Bear to Watch)

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We have to hand it to the Donald: The Republican National Convention was sure-as-shit entertaining to watch with him dry-humping the corpse of the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt into the ground. Seriously, this was some good TV. It wasn’t so good if you thought in terms of “Oh, sweet baby Jesus this [&hellip
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I missed all of the initial hype about Pokémon Go when it was released earlier this month. At the time, I was vacationing in Iceland and doing my best to avoid the mostly-depressing news from both the U.S. and rest of the ...
Not Just Another Game

I have avoided Pokémon Go so far. Here’s why I’m about to give in.

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I missed all of the initial hype about Pokémon Go when it was released earlier this month. At the time, I was vacationing in Iceland and doing my best to avoid the mostly-depressing news from both the U.S. and rest of the world. I would occasionally peek at The New York Times and ESPN during [&hellip
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I was going to write about how dogs are better than people but given the news all around us that seems too obvious. Of course dogs are better than people. Dogs are all about love. Dogs love us even when we're terrible. They ...
Though Sometimes It's Tough To Remember

Dogs Make Me Believe in Humanity

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I was going to write about how dogs are better than people but given the news all around us that seems too obvious. Of course dogs are better than people. Dogs are all about love. Dogs love us even when we’re terrible. They spend their lives waiting for us to come home and spend time [&hellip
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In case you hadn’t noticed it, the world decided to go to hell in a handbasket the exact same moment The Snap Download took a brief hiatus from illuminating all the ways the world sucks (for all the ways the world ...
Just Kidding! The World is Imploding!

Nothing To See Here, Folks

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In case you hadn’t noticed it, the world decided to go to hell in a handbasket the exact same moment The Snap Download took a brief hiatus from illuminating all the ways the world sucks (for all the ways the world doesn’t suck, listen to the final section of our podcast, This Week in Jackassery, [&hellip
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The recent FBI announcement of the scale of Secretary Clinton’s disregard for regulations when it came to her official government email has me at a loss for words. From the beginning, the “scandal” didn’t bother me ...
You're Still My Girl But Come On!!

What The Hellary!?!

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The recent FBI announcement of the scale of Secretary Clinton’s disregard for regulations when it came to her official government email has me at a loss for words. From the beginning, the “scandal” didn’t bother me as much as many friends and readers thought it should. I was more troubled by the news of some [&hellip
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Last week another batch of frozen foods was recalled due to possible listeria contamination. This time it was frozen peas and mixed vegetables from Bountiful Harvest, Great Value, Live Smart, Market Pantry, First Street, and ...
Listeria doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

The Outbreak that Won’t End

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Last week another batch of frozen foods was recalled due to possible listeria contamination. This time it was frozen peas and mixed vegetables from Bountiful Harvest, Great Value, Live Smart, Market Pantry, First Street, and Sprout. These products are just the latest to become part of a listeria outbreak that has already affected hundreds
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