Among the many transgressive elements in the 1974 American film classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the character Franklin, played by actor Paul A. Partain -- still possibly the most offensive portrayal of a disabled person ever committed to film. Franklin's infantile selfishness is best encapsu ... More >>
A whole bunch of people stood around in a light rain on the National Mall in Washington DC today, knowing that the churchies were going to say the lousy weather was baby Jesus weeping on them. But a few sprinkles didn't deter the thousands of godless atheists who seemed to really enjoy the parade o ... More >>
Lucy Cooke may have one of the best jobs on the entire planet. She's a documentarian, a sloth documentarian; you've probably seen her work in the happiness-producing "Meet the Sloths," her video about the Aviaros sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. Animal Planet has realized her talents (and the great po ... More >>
With the ascension of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and other GOP candidates who don't cotton to this evolution or climate change stuff, people have begun to ask if Republicans and conservatives are actually becoming hostile to science. It doesn't help that one of those people is Repu ... More >>
Self-satisfied, insider-y, predictablea case against the New Yorker Festival
A theoretical physicist weighs in on a hot-button topic
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