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Pop Culture and Sex Trafficking

  Here’s the story. Snoop Dogg/Lion participated in sex trafficking (“pimping” glamorizes and sterilizes the nature of what he did–it’s sex trafficking). The path toward redemption, if he’s interested, would be to donate to and become involved in genuine global anti-trafficking efforts. But Snoop doesn’t get it. He says athletes “bought pussy” from him. That dehumanizing


JL Schatz: A War on Freedom and Food

Warscapes graciously gave us permission to repost this piece by JL Schatz. There’s a war going on. It’s a war against consumer knowledge, against immigrants, a war against the impoverished and a war against animals. This war is being waged through Ag Gag laws that silence information about how food is produced in the United States. These


Michelle Shocked Jumps the Shark

I try to ignore celebrities, or the “celebrity” of celebrities . . . that is to say, I try to see through their status into their personalities. But I’m terribly sad this week. I’ve been a Michelle Shocked fan since the late 1980s and consider “Arkansas Traveler” and “Short Sharp Shocked” folk (with dash of punk)


Confessions of a Juiced Journalist

Before Congress creates yet another useless special investigation committee and subpoenas me, I wish to come clean and confess. I took steroids. Strong steroids. The kind that bulk you up and make you look like Stone Mountain. In my case, they just fattened me up, gave me rosy-red cheeks, and destroyed about half of my

Walter Brasch

Brasch Goes to Court, Fighting for Open Records

In July of this year, Walter Brasch, award-winning journalist and longtime contributor to the old Shared Sacrifice page and politicalcontext.org currently, filed four Right to Know requests with the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, for documents pertaining to state government issues. The Association fought the requests, and the issue is now in court.  Dan


BREAKING–Penn State Trustees Violate State Law (again)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.–The Penn State Board of Trustees, still sanctimonious in its public moral outrage, continues to violate state law. The Board held a private three hour meeting, Wednesday evening [July 25] to discuss the NCAA sanctions and the role university president Dr. Rodney Erickson played in accepting the sanctions. Erickson, according to the Centre

Kindle Fire Temp = Fahrenheit 451

or Why I Don’t Own an E-Reader (yet) In the future there will be no need for Ray Bradbury’s book-burning firemen of Fahrenheit 451. The books will simply disappear before our eyes, or – perhaps worse – they will be edited to comply with the approved messages of the masters without our noticing. Bradbury resisted


Fifty Shades of Bourgeois

Perhaps we should be happy that twenty million readers worldwide have embraced their inner spanker and/or spankee. Perhaps we should accept that the vessel of truth is, in this case, highly imperfect. Written as a spin-off of Twilight fan fiction, entirely in present tense, with awkward inner monologues and lacking in any descriptive prose, the

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