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Martyrdom and the Marketing of the Afterlife

Considering the Afterlife as an eternal baseball game illuminates why 72 virgins might not be the ideal final reward.

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One Nation, OMG

Agreeing to disagree doesn’t make your argument less 'right' -- but it does make it more reasonable.

Politics

Sarah Palin's Creative Vocabulization

Armchair pundits lit up the blogosphere when Sarah Palin tweeted a non-word. Don't we have more important things to worry about?

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Birth of a Nation (Cesarean Delivery)

How long must the Gulf Coast suffer before we reconsider the humanitarian upside of southern secession?

Internet

Is Social Networking the Future of Voting?

Imagine new legislation on every voter's Facebook homepage: voters could click on the post to learn more about it, add a comment to the discussion (140 character limit), and then click "Like" or "Dislike". Click. Click. Done!

Books

An Uncommon History of Common Things by Bethanne Patrick and John Thompson

Thanks to this book, a friend greeted me with an earnest handshake, and I remarked that the handshake developed in England several hundred years ago as a means for people to demonstrate that they were not holding weapons.

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Result Not Typical: Improving Political Marketing

The US government is cracking down on misleading advertising; shouldn't political propaganda be included in the discussion?

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Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing - Holt [$14.00]

Technology

Table Space: The Final Frontier

The impressive part of 2001: A Space Odyssey isn’t what they have in the future, it’s what they don’t have: clutter.

Culture

Deconstructing the Clap

Rock music is the only art form that invites amateurs to perform along with the professionals – like an oversize version of Kumbaya -- and with predictable results.

Politics

Bailing Out the Bailout

To help pay back the debt, we may need President Obama to wear an actual UPS uniform for the “delivery” of his next State of the Union speech.

Culture

Shirt Happens

Are CNN journalists writing news headlines these days, or t-shirt slogans?

Books

Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is my favorite evidence of the resurgence in syntactical attentiveness.

Books

The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Superstitions by The Diagram Group

Science is great, more power to it, but superstitions are fun, the little bits of weird poetry scribbled into the margins of the Algebra book.

Politics

One Last Legacy for Bush

With George W. Bush eager for a way to salvage his legacy, perhaps we can throw him a bone in the name of Homeland Security.

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The Manitobian Candidate

Have shadowy forces spent years preparing a puppet candidate who will support their causes? Yes -- and you’ll be surprised who’s pulling the strings.

Books

Semantricks & The Daily Candy Lexicon

Since, like Shakespeare, we ignore the bulk of available words, a few amusing new bon mots isn’t going to clutter the word soup any further. They will certainly help to spice it up, though.

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I'll Swap You Two Wydens for a Biden

Getting America’s youth to pay attention to politics doesn’t require a change in message, but a change in messenger -- baseball card style.

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Hope, Fear and Marketing

It’s more than mere semantics that one US presidential candidate has taken “hope” as his own concept. Is “fear” showing signs of fatigue as effective voter motivation?

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Let's Spice-up the 2008 Election, Iron Chef-Style

Chefs quickly manage a range of dishes, their staff swiftly execute, and the result must be excellent. Let's put McCain and Obama in aprons to see how they might really work.


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