If Pop Stars Were Clean Energy, Taylor Swift Would Be Natural Gas
America / Culture / Energy / Environment / Politics

If Pop Stars Were Clean Energy, Taylor Swift Would Be Natural Gas

If Keystone XL is the Kim Kardashian of energy, what is Taylor Swift? Obviously Miss Swift is natural gas. Media and music darling, Taylor Swift (aka T-Swift) has spent the last few years cultivating the perfect image: “The patriarchy-friendly, virginal, good, pure, feminine, pretty blonde girl that has been an American ideal for decades,” says … Continue reading

The Minority Report: Rectifying the GOP’s Struggles with Minorities
America / Culture / Politics / Presidential Race 2012 / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Minority Report: Rectifying the GOP’s Struggles with Minorities

 “When Newt dropped out of the race and Mitt Romney became the nominee, we decided to support Mitt Romney,” said a statement by Café Con Leche, a Republican organization that favors comprehensive immigration reform. “Numerous attempts to connect with the Romney campaign’s Hispanic outreach proved fruitless. In our one year of existence, we’ve also had … Continue reading

Wen In New York: The American Capacitation of Chinese Censorship
America / China / Communications / Culture / Foreign Policy

Wen In New York: The American Capacitation of Chinese Censorship

The vacillation surrounding China’s view on public censorship is a troubling harbinger for the future of Sino-global affairs. 2012 saw a series of political scandals involving the communist regime: From the ambitious escape of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng to the government cover-up of British diplomat Neil Heywood’s murder. Yet it is the latest revelation in … Continue reading

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DNC 2012: The “Things You Shouldn’t Say Out Loud” Department

Watching the Democratic National Convention, I’ve been struck by one overarching thought: whatever you believe about the issues discussed, many of them are not things that should be said out loud, at least if you’re trying to attract votes. It’s obvious that the Democratic Party has taken this opportunity to speak to their base.  The … Continue reading