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Scientologists in Ferguson

Amien Essif I was in St. Louis over the weekend for the “Ferguson October” event, and after the march and the subsequent rally, I was looking for a place to eat. That’s when some guy rushed up to me and handed me a booklet that I immediately regretted taking. The 75-page publication had all the […]

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An Allegory About How Crime Is an Economic Problem

I hate artless metaphors that are supposed to illustrate economic problems, where widgets stand in for real products and free markets stand in for the way markets actually work. But I’m going to try one out on you, just because this is a blog, and bloggers are allowed to be artless while still being relevant. […]

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) and his creative team landed on the right phrase. After minutes of deliberation and a test audience of at least one of their wives, they release it on Twitter.

Pro-Life Gun Advocate Makes Funny Joke (Just Kidding)

By Myra Mayer “If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.” Such is the wit and wisdom of Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas). This is going to be his campaign slogan which he publicized via Twitter Friday, and of course it’s all over the Internet now. The Atlantic threw something up, Time magazine, Slate, and of […]

An AR-15-style assault rifle. (Photo courtesy of John Crowley.)

Sandy Hook’s Bright Side? Someone Made $2.3 Million

The Sparrow Project, an activist media group, published a report last week alleging that two asset management companies, Owl Creek and Impala, seized on the December Sandy Hook massacre as an opportunity to profit from gun sales. The Sparrow Project cites a Feb. 14 Bloomberg report on Owl Creek Asset Management’s disclosure of a 2.4 […]

The original Milgram experiment

The Milgram Experiment Is Destined to Repeat Itself Forever

New research on the effects of violent video games, reports the New York Times, has shown that playing Mortal Kombat for fifteen minutes made subjects more “aggressive.” But how did they record that? Recall that in the early 1960s Stanley Milgram’s notorious experiment tested the human willingness to torture people with electric shock when under […]

Guns and the collective unconscious

On Fear and Firepower: A Close Reading

“Seven rounds is not gonna cut it if there’s ten people coming to your house.” So said a man interviewed by Your News Now (YNN) at a pro-gun rally in Albany, NY. He was voicing his concern that the seven-round limit imposed by the recently passed NY SAFE Act would “hinder his ability to protect […]