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Political Debates on German vs US TV: Paging John Stewart

Last week I spent a few days with family, friends and startups in Germany. When I was at my parents we watched a television debate about Islam, religious freedom and German society. I was struck by the stark contrast to most political...Show More Summary

The Redemption of Neil Strauss

The only edition of Neil Strauss’ The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists available at my local bookstore comes bound in gold-embossed faux leather with gilded page edges and a satiny red ribbon to mark your place....Show More Summary

Party City Allegedly Bans Woman from Company Facebook Page for Criticizing Sexist Costumes

last weekHumor / odd : Geekosystem

Halloween season tends to reveal a lot about the way society as a whole profits from and pigeonholes marginalized groups. In addition to the transphobia and racism of many costumes, the outfit options available for very young children--particularly the ones sold at chain stores--often reinforce sexist gender norms.

Royal Society Winton Prize

They've announced that the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books goes to Adventures in the Anthropocene, by Gaia Vince. See the publicity pages from Chatto & Windus and Milkweed, or get your copy from (it's conveniently just out in paperback in the US) or

Eight Catholic Colleges End Relationships With Planned Parenthood After Expose’ Report

Eight Catholic colleges have responded to a Cardinal Newman Society report by removing or editing website pages that indicated links between the colleges and Planned Parenthood. But more than three weeks after the report exposed scandalous associations with the nation’s largest abortion provider, most other colleges cited in the report have taken no action to […]

Mass shooting plot thwarted at World Pokemon Championships

I didn’t want to do this story. When the story first broke I posted a link on my Facebook page that said “That’s it. We’ve failed. The last one leaving society please turn out the lights.” However the more I read about the story and saw just how outlandish it was I had to comment. […]

Will Facebook's New 'Donate Now' Buttons Be a Boon for Nonprofits?

Facebook is about to get a whole lot more useful for nonprofits. Today, the social giant launched a "Donate Now" button organizations can plug directly into their Pages and ads to aid fundraising efforts. The American Cancer SocietyShow More Summary

Get a First Look at 'Gotham's' Season 2 Villains (Exclusive Photos)

Meet Theo and Tabitha Galvan, toast of the upper crust, headliners on the society pages and, oh yes, they kill people. read more

The man who builds up private libraries - book by rare book

Topic: Books Where do the impeccably selected libraries that appear in society pages and design magazines come from? Many are the work of private library curators - who scour the world to find the books that will both look pleasing on the shelf and reflect the interests of the library's owner. From The man who builds up private libraries - book by rare book - BBC News

Charleston shooting brings out the worst in race-mongering radical profs

(Paul Mirengoff) Anthea Butler, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, takes to the pages of the Washington Post to advance the proposition that “racial hatred and white supremacy...continue to pervade our society.” She relies mainly on media coverage of the Charleston massacre and other instances of racial violence. Show More Summary

LA Times editorial board calls for prosecution of journalistic sources

4 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The LAT's editorial page calls for Snowden to return to the US to be put on trial because we live in a "society of laws," but this commitment to the rule of law only reaches to a single source, and not the many "unnamed sources" who reveal secrets that have been tacitly cleared by the US government. Read the rest

After discovering coffee...

"I am SO awake right now!" :P This adorable fuzzlet is Kona. She's up for adoption with the Sacramento House Rabbit Society in Sacramento, CA. Read more about Kona on her Petfinder page here. Good luck bun! Hope you're adopted...

Paranormal Event Planner Scams Town

So I saw this story posted today on the Facebook page of our friends at the Antietam Paranormal Society. I’m not sure how true this story is (it’s from the Examiner), but considering recent events in the paranormal community, as well as comments on this planner’s Facebook page, it’s hard to dismiss it. There seems to be […]

The 100 Worst Puppy Mills Exposed By The Humane Society Of The United States

Researchers from the Humane Society of the United States painstakingly reviewed hundreds of pages of state and federal inspection records to uncover and expose the worst 100 puppy mills in the United States and just released their 2015 report, according to the DoDo. Show More Summary

A physician anesthesiologist reports in from Afghanistan

A guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to As a physician, you never quite get used to being paged in the middle of the night. The shrill tones emitted via a radio frequency device that seems squarely stuck in the 1980s are almost always the first sign of something gone wrong, […]

The Facebook Revolution in Egypt Continues: But Not How You Might Think

During the Arab Spring, the revolution in Egypt was often described as a Facebook Revolution. On Facebook pages like "We are all Khaled Said," Egyptian civil society organized itself and coordinated its protests in Tahrir Square. Even...Show More Summary

Down for the Count

"I win!" "...Ermph!" :P This adorable twosome are Peaches and Cream, a bonded pair up for adoption with the Missouri House Rabbit Society in Chesterfield, MO. Read more about them on their Petfinder page here. Good luck buns! Hope you're...

GoFundMe Shuts Down Page for Christian Bakers Forced to Pay $135K to Militant Gays

Living according to moral principles in an increasingly authoritarian society dominated by the belligerently depraved comes at a price. Currently that price in Oregon is $135,000: An Oregon commission proposed

Why the Claims Neoliberals Make About Markets Are Wrong

By Ed Walker of You can follow him at Twitter at @MasaccioEW, and here’s his author page at Firedoglake. It is a truth universally acknowledged by all good citizens that markets are the only way to organize a society. The implication is that the role of government is to support and protect the operations […]

Barbara Pym and the New Spinster

“You’ll see it’s exactly like her novels. Everyone here is from their pages,” Laura Shapiro said, when I told her that this was my first time at the Barbara Pym Society’s annual North American conference. It was a Friday night in the...Show More Summary

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