Celebrities, Movies, Rants

Rachel Dolezal’s kid is amazing!

Inexplicably, and without wanting the fame, Dolezal has found herself in the public eye as cultural enemy number one, a person who has done one of the rarest things you can do in our polarized society, where everyone who isn’t us is either a hipster or a culture warrior, a racist or a SJW, a misogynist or a feminazi: she’s managed to offend everyone.

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History

Hannibal crossing the Rhône

Hannibal’s combination of subterfuge, technological innovation, expert planning and even using animal psychology to trick the elephants by making them think that rafts were a land bridge make me feel pretty humbled that I couldn’t even manage to have my cabinet stocked with cereal this morning.

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History

Was Brutus really Julius Caesar’s son?

For while he was still a young man, as it seems, Caesar had been intimate with Servilia, who was madly in love with him, and he had some grounds for believing that Brutus, who was born at about the time when her passion was in full blaze, was his own son.

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Celebrities

Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Rape: Why Has No One Investigated This Allegation?

For years, we’ve squealed with delight at all the ways Tyson annoys conservatives. The rise in their hatred for him has been matched pound for pound with how much we’ve grown to love him. He’s become a hero to atheists, to feminists, to late night hosts, to fans of space exploration, to nerds, to science-loving comic book readers, and to environmentalists. Is Tyson too much of a hero of the left for us to believe he could have moral failings?

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Personal Shit

“I’m not a criminal. I’m a good person.”

Incarceration often becomes our litmus test. It’s the dividing line between us, the generally “good” people, and them, the people who did bad things so often that they finally got the punishment they deserve. The danger with this methodology, though, is that staying out of jail is a lot more about luck than skill, about not being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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