Just tell them “Drinking drain cleaner is bad for you!” and wait for nature to take its course

Apparently, “rollin’ coal” is a thing. And what, you ask, is “rollin’ coal?” That’s a great question! It’s, well, I’ll let the article describe it: In small towns across America, manly men are customizing their jacked-up diesel trucks to intentionally emit giant plumes of toxic smoke every time they rev their engines. They call it […]

The stingray story gets weirder still

Yeah, so I know I said I’d keep it positive, but I’ve been feeling very unwell indeed and when I’m unwell and I read stuff like this, it’s tough to let it pass without comment. The U.S. Marshals actively encouraged the police to alter a probable cause affidavit (PCA) in cases where stingrays had been […]

I Need To Be Somebody Else For A While

You know, sometimes when you wallow in snark and negativity and you’ve just trained yourself to notice all the things that are wrong in the world, it can really mess with your head. I needed to take a few days off to re-set myself; I feel like I was starting to cross the line between […]

No matter what you think about Edward Snowden…

Last week, the EFF published a list of 65 things we learned from the Edward Snowden leaks. It’s grim reading, but here are some of the highlights: 5. Although the NSA has repeatedly stated it does not target Americans, its own documents show that searches of data collected under Section 702 are designed simply to […]

The world of Stingrays gets even stranger

If you’re not already familiar with the Stingray cell phone tracking device, let me give you the quick-and-dirty: It’s a device that spoofs cell towers, tricking your phone into connecting to it, and providing law enforcement with information about your whereabouts (and potentially a great deal more). There’s not a great deal of information available […]

Great Moments in Self-Congratulatory Marketing

Have you seen the 2014 list of the “Most Well-Read Cities in America?” Without clicking the link, you might wonder how such a list was compiled. Did they survey the inhabitants of each city to determine how many books they read over the previous year? Nope, instead, it’s just a list of who bought books […]

Consistency Has Never Been Their Strong Suit

Alrighty! We’re already getting calls to impeach President Obama for trading prisoners to achieve the release of an American P.O.W. Because, you know, an authentic conservative icon would never make an illegal deal to arm terrorists in exchange for hostages and then try to cover it up.*   * To be fair, Reagan said that, […]