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Debate Forum Left, 10/11/11

Time for outrage By Benjamin Tompkins To say the Occupy Wall Street movement is disjointed and without a cohesive agenda is like criticizing Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” because it looks like a reoriented urinal. Once you understand the message, you understand why it looks the way it does. 1917, the year “Fountain” was rejected by the […]

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Debate Forum Left, 9/27/11

Sins of Faithless Trolls (SOFT) By  Benjamin Tompkins Well of course the University of Dayton (UD) is “allowed” to deny the Society of Freethinkers (SOFT) the right to organize, the same way the Catholic Church is “allowed” to deem homosexuality a sin and Ben Roethlisberger is “allowed” to rape people as long as he’s winning […]

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Michelle Bachmann and HPV

*I recently realized I have been misspelling Michele Bachmann’s name.  This is because I hate her.  I will not be changing it in any previous work because I absolutely refuse to engage in any behavior that further validates her as a human being beyond what is necessary to point out the depth of her ignorance.  […]

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Floyd Mayweather destroys Ortiz – or, Don’t be a Menace in the Ring while Drinking Your Juice on PPV.

A lot of people are pissed after last night’s Mayweather/Ortiz fight.  I agree.  They should be pissed.  One of the fighters in that ring shortened a $59.99 PPV event for 1.5 million people because instead of fight he decided he’d rather make out.  There is no porn on earth worth $59.99, especially on Saturday night when the […]

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A Quick Note on Quixtar

Yes, it is a pyramid scheme.  Sorry.  The only difference between Quixtar and, say, an email chain letter fishing for idiots to send you their kids’ college funds, is that you make everyone in the pyramid switch from regular supermarket toilet paper to Amway brand toilet paper.  That’s how the cash keeps flowing.  Every poor […]

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Ah, the Ponzi Scheme

Rick Perry.  Ponzi scheme.  I have this terrible suspicion that the Republican party is going to be very sorry for labeling Perry with that one if he actually wins the nomination and has to run for President.  Social Security is one of those sacred cows that occupies a…how do you say it…”strange” position in our political dynamic.  Everyone thinks […]

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Commentary Forum: Ben Tompkins, 9/13/11

Know your role, shut your Facebook page to students By Ben Tompkins I would be very, very surprised indeed to hear any serious professional educator strongly disagree with the decision of Dayton Public Schools (DPS) to ban teachers from adding their students as friends on Facebook. I’ve been involved in professional music education for the […]

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Shat Trek part 2: Courage in the Face of Illness

The filter through which William Shatner sees the world is so unbelievably distorting that he borders on schizophrenic.  He is literally the only person in the universe I can think of who can see a set of clear, undeniable events, and actually experience something totally, narcissistically different from the rest of humanity.  For instance, many […]

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HTTAP – Bachmann’s $2 gas (simple)

Yes, there were lots of numbers in there.  I’ll give everyone a simple example of capitalistic forces. Coke costs, for simplicity, $1 a can.  Maybe it’s high, maybe it’s low, whatever.  You’ll quickly see this makes no substantive difference for my argument.  Coke sells 27,375,000,000 gallons a year.  That’s the equivalent of 292 billion cans a year.  […]

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How to think about politics – Principle 1: Contemporary example. Michelle Bachmann’s $2 gas.

*I recently realized I have been misspelling Michele Bachmann’s name.  This is because I hate her.  I will not be changing it in any previous work because I absolutely refuse to engage in any behavior that further validates her as a human being beyond what is necessary to point out the depth of her ignorance.  […]

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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]