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The Suwayda village of Dama and Druze Militias: A Case Study

57 minutes agoMiddle East / Syria : Syria Comment

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi I have previously written about Druze militias in Suwayda province and other areas of southern Syria here and here. To summarize briefly the conclusion of those studies, it is clear that ‘Jaysh al-Muwahhideen’Show More Summary

Photo: The Smuggest Man On The N Train Invites You Into His Subway Car

People sometimes need to transport their belongings via the subway, and people sometimes like to sit on furniture while riding the rails. But only one man has the moxie to do both of these things while looking for all intents and purposes like the smuggest lifeform on Earth, a mix of Sean Parker, a CIROC vodka ad, and a poodle on its birthday. [ more › ]

It's Time To Think About Your Demise (An Interview With Caitlin Doughty, the Internet's Favorite Mortician)

9 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Caitlin Doughty, host of Ask a Mortician, has a new book out—Smoke Gets in Your Eyes—and is reading at the University Bookstore tonight at 7 pm. So, how do you want to go? Not as in how you’d like to die—I’m guessing “in my sleep” or other variations on “quick and painless” are going to be number one, with a bullet (so to speak). Show More Summary

All's Not Quiet on the Democratic Front: Why Occupy Wall Street Still Matters Today

On the third anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, don't be so sure that that the ranting and raving about income inequality, fracking and student debt is dead. Although thousands are no longer protesting in the streets, a quiet revolution inspired by Occupy principles has been brewing in the American public. Show More Summary

#WhyICare: Sandy Survivors Demand Action on Climate Change

Across New York City, there is one name that's on the tip of everyone's lips.. Sandy. Nearly 2 years out from Hurricane Sandy, the most destructive and deadly storm to hit New York City, communities across the five boroughs are still recovering. Show More Summary

Just for Laughs Brings the Funny to Toronto

Five comics talk about yelling at hecklers, drowning in debt, and avoiding Hitler as the 10-day comedy festival approaches. It’s the time of year when everyone could probably use a good laugh—the recent drop in temperatures is making...Show More Summary

Much Ado About Theatrics: 'Django Unchained' Actress Gets to Follow the Rules Too

I'll be the first person in a dogfight to throw down for equal justice and constitutional rights under the law for all people. I've been an advocate and community activist supporting race relations for nearly two decades in Los Angeles. Show More Summary

Northern Powergrid offer £1,000 reward for information on metal theft

Crimestoppers are working with Northern Powergrid to raise awareness about the dangers that metal and cable theft can create for the public. This is a serious crime that can result in power cuts to a community’s network, destruction of property, serious environmental damage and major disruption for homes and businesses. More importantly, metal and cable theft […]

Morning Reads for September 17–They’re Pretty Good

No promises of quality this week, sorry. “Every Mother’s Son” is literally the only palatable song from Lynyrd Skynyrd. Do I have some qualms, quibbles and quandaries with the philosophy, practices and prognostications with this? Yes. Did Creative Loafing generally get it right? Yes.  Atlanta had 10th-largest Metro GDP in 2013, GA’s GDP hit $307.2 billion. #money […]

Kobayashi Battles the Tiny Hamster in the Eating Contest You’ve Eagerly Awaited

According to the rules, there are roughly two times in life when it's acceptable to watch videos of food consumption: One is when it's competitive eating contests onscreen, and the other is when it's tiny hamsters doing the nibbling....Show More Summary

Religious Crimes and Free Speech: From Pussy Riot to Fellatio with Jesus Statuary, the Controversies Keep on Coming

Consider it a Pussy Riot-like controversy of a very different kind, with the hullabaloo this time not transpiring in Vladimir Putin's Russia, but in the Alleghenies of Pennsylvania and without any of the trappings of a protagonist making...Show More Summary

Kingston Presses for Full Debate on Syrian Aid

In Washington, Congress is preparing for a vote on President Obama’s request for funding to help Syrian rebels fight ISIS. At this stage, it looks like the proposal will be handled as an amendment to the continuing resolution that will fund the government past the end of the September 30th fiscal year. Georgia Congressman Jack […]

New Zealand Underground-Rock Catalyst Peter Gutteridge, 1961-2014

3 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Peter Gutteridge, a key figure in New Zealand's shockingly strong rock scene from the '80s and '90s, passed away Monday morning in Auckland, NZ. He was in his early 50s. Gutteridge had recently returned to his home country after hisShow More Summary

10 Weirdest Restaurants in the World

Spice up your eating experience at these incredibly weird restaurants around the world. You'll be dodging ninjas and dining out of a toilet in no time! Think we're kidding? Read on, because these restaurants have to be seen to be believed. Modern...Show More Summary

Yeah, Sure, What Happened to the Seahawks in San Diego Was Bad, But You Know What? It Doesn't Matter

3 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Noah Benezra Sad Seahawks fan Lindsey is almost as sad as sad Seahawks dog Chevy. For the first time since the Seahawks became World Super Champions, their Insufferable Journey to Rewinnining the Super Bowl™ took a hit, as they fell to the San Diego Chargers 30-21 in weirdly hot San Diego, California. Show More Summary

Yeah, Sure, What Happened to the Seahawks in San Diego Was Bad, But Here's Why It Doesn't Matter

3 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Noah Benezra Sad Seahawks fan Lindsey is almost as sad as sad Seahawks dog Chevy. For the first time since the Seahawks became World Super Champions, their Insufferable Journey to Rewinnining the Super Bowl™ took a hit, as they fell to the San Diego Chargers 30-21 in weirdly hot San Diego, California. Show More Summary

Comedian Michael McDonald: 'I love Georgia'

I still remember the high school days when my buddies and I would huddle around a desktop monitor to watch clips of comedian Michael McDonald’s famous Stuart character from “MADtv” before trying — and failing miserably — to mimic his squeaky voice and vacant expression. Show More Summary

China introduces e-lanes for texting pedestrians

Credits: Getty Images Alt Text: Texting But the city's attempt to reduce injuries caused by smartphone 'zombies' seems to be having the opposite effect One-Minute Read Monday, September 15, 2014 - 3:50pm Authorities in the Chinese city...Show More Summary

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