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Doug Baldwin Sabotages the Seahawks, or “How I Lost the Super Bowl by Pooping”

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The Seattle Seahawks loss last night will live in infamy for as long as the NFL football is played. But while wide receiver Ricardo Lockette will be remembered—at least on video—for being the target of quarterback Russell Wilson’s awful pass

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Is the Universe a Hologram Even in Brooklyn?

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Early in Annie Hall, young, Brooklyn-born Alvy Singer is depressed because he’s just learned that the universe is expanding, meaning that everything is being pulled ever farther apart from everything else. It was a reasonably new concept in the WWII

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Why Much of the Backlash Against the Whiteness of the Oscar Nominees Is Prejudice

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prejudice (n) 1. preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience (From the Latin prae, “in advance,” + judicium, “judgment”) That word, prejudice, perfectly describes much of the backlash against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Nine Little Wishes for the New Year

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Like every year, 2014 was a mixed bag. And as George Santayana tells us, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So with memories of 2014 still fresh in my little ant mind, here’s a modest

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The X Factor in Xmas, or Why Christ Doesn’t (Necessarily) Matter

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They call him “the reason for the season.” They are Christians, and they’re talking about Christ. But the truth is that you don’t need to give a good goddamn about Jesus to love Christmas, because the true spirit of Christmas

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Being Politically Correct Shouldn’t Make You Stupid

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Political correctness gets a bad rap, because often there are valid points at heart. The epithet ‘retarded’ is a case in point. But a recent Huffington Post piece on the subject shows just how stupidly some people trip over themselves

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Is Pope Francis the First True Saint?

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The descriptor saint is used way too often. “Your mother was a saint,” Sheriff Sam Deeds is told in Lone Star, the context being that it’s saintly to stay with a philandering husband, the sort of talk that accurately reflects

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The (com)modification of Renée Zellweger, and how blaming society misses the mark

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“Maybe Renée Zellweger wouldn’t look like a complete stranger if society wasn’t such a judgmental dick,” read a female friend’s Facebook post.  To me that’s a far catchier headline than. “You Won’t Believe These 48 Things My Dog Did.  #12

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5 Ways to Improve the NFL Between the Lines

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You don’t have to be a football fan to have gotten an earful lately about what’s wrong with the National Football League off the field. This isn’t about that. This article focuses solely what happens between the sidelines. And as great

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7 Films You Should See and See Again

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So much—too much—of culture these days is disposable. Short attention spans are a terrible thing, yet they’re catered to by corporations and hacks who, admittedly, know how to make a buck. The late, great Roger Ebert once marveled at how a

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