Nine podcasts to help you escape the horror of our dying republic

Posted on Sat 20 May 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, gaming, horror, podcasts, politics, writing • 5 min read

Let’s face it. Things are bad right now.

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, it’s hard to be happy about anything at the moment, unless you’re, I don’t know, a bridge troll, I guess? You need something to take your mind off things …


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On Kindness as a Default

Posted on Mon 14 September 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, kindness, philosophy • 4 min read

I’ve been thinking about kindness a lot lately. As anything, it’s the result of the juxtaposition of several events, but without a doubt I’ve been mostly thinking about it in the context of raising my daughter.


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A Minimum Wage of $70,000 a Year

Posted on Thu 16 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with business, culture, economics, politics, wages • 1 min read

The New York Times reports that a Seattle-based company has announced that they will be increasing the minimum wage for all of their employees to $70,000 per year.

“The market rate for me as a C.E.O. compared to a regular person is ridiculous, it’s absurd,” said …


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You Ain’t

Posted on Wed 15 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, feminism, identity, self esteem • 1 min read

Nika Harper’s recent post is gettig a lot of attention, as well it should.


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White Millennials Are a Failed Experiment in Color Blindness

Posted on Mon 06 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, feminism, politics, sexism • 2 min read

Interesting piece from PBS that makes a strong case that while Millennials have been raised to be more inclusive of diversity, the framework in which they’ve been instructed blinds them to the systemic racism present in our society.

For one, movements toward racial justice have always attracted a sliver …


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Broken Men and Their Broken System

Posted on Sun 05 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, football, nfl, sports • 1 min read

Chris Kluwe takes a look at the NFL retirement program, and provides some blistering commentary on what happens to athletes when they leave the game.

An intense drive to be the best, no matter the cost, now unsure what to strive for. A willingness to ignore risks, both physical and …


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Quote: Kelly Sue DeConnick on Feminism in Her Writing

Posted on Sat 04 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, feminism, writing • 1 min read

I don’t actually set out to write political pamphlets. I’m always writing story first, and even before that I’m always writing character first – everything is born of character. But I think that I have some very strong feelings about some things; in particular, ideas of fairness and …


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If Your Website’s Full of Assholes, It’s Your Fault

Posted on Sat 28 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, facebook, gamergate, mra, social media, twitter • 1 min read

This old post from Anil Dash has been making the rounds again this week, and for good reason.

As it turns out, we have a way to prevent gangs of humans from acting like savage packs of animals. In fact, we’ve developed entire disciplines based around this goal over …


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The Last True Hermit

Posted on Wed 27 August 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, profiles, weird • 1 min read

This GQ story about the North Pond Hermit is amazing.

One day in 1986, Christopher Knight left family and friends behind for good, and spent 30 years leaving alone in the woods of Maine, sleeping in a hidden tent. He survived by stealing supplies and books from the nearby cabins …


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Quote: Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Posted on Sun 03 August 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with business, culture, management, philosophy, quote, sociology • 1 min read

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Antoine de Saint Exupéry

I love this. There is some debate as to whether this is translated …


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