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Is this just my excuse for apathy?

I’ve just noticed that I’ve gradually stopped taking people’s political opinions seriously — well, those of people who tell me they’re liberal or conservative anyway. The terms have become such team flags that I can’t help thinking that most people who wave them are either A. Saying exactly what their parents taught them, because they’re …

Yes, Virginia, we are freaked the fuck out by our mortality.

Fainting; seizuresIncision through abdominal musclesLoss of heartbeatElevated blood pressure, risk of strokeLife-threatening hemorrhageTorn urinary bladderBroken tailboneCut or torn flesh (your choice) between genitals and rectumCompressed intestinesFibroidsSevere painRearrangement of abdominal organsCreation of sufferers of diseases, mental illness, and painShitting the bed What is all this shit? The list of tortures shown in a horror film about …

More signs of the apocalypse

Oh joy, now it turns out that an oil slick on top of the Gulf of Mexico would have been a minor cosmetic blemish compared to the new development: we’re starting to get oil ‘plumes,’ they say, columns of oil droplets that are dispersing through the water below the surface, like colossal goopy octopi poised …

I’m completely perplexed by the debate over whether animals have emotions. I thought I’d be the last person to have serious issues with the scientific method, but come ON. If you see that look of fear on an animal’s face and don’t recognize it for what it is, yeah, you might be a smidgen of …