Building a 72-Hour Disaster Kit

Disasters aren’t relegated to fault lines and Tornado Alley. Climate chaos is already affecting most of the world and the United States is no exception. Extreme storms, tornadoes, blizzards, and flooding are all affecting regions long considered “stable”. When we are unable to help ourselves, we become a liability to others, and as more of our friends encounter difficult and dangerous scenarios, we know we can no longer assume “it won’t happen to us”. I highly recommend a versatile 72-hour emergency kit in your home (and slightly different kits for your vehicle). Why 72 hours? During disasters, local governments are often overwhelmed and rely on state and federal aid. On…

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Dear Women: We Won’t Let Them Take You

Part of the social contract of living in the United States of America is the tacit assumption that sometimes things aren’t going to go your way, and that when they don’t, you don’t have to go all snakeflag about it, because you’ll always get another chance. American democracy is built on do-overs and self-correction. It’s designed, in theory, to enact the will of the American public. I suspect very few Americans would tell you they feel it does that effectively, and part of the reason for that is that two key entities specifically subvert the will of individuals: The Electoral College was put into place because the nation’s founders thought…

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A popular heirloom seed company is in hot fascist water because we live in a hellworld.

You may know Cliven Bundy best as an insane racist rancher who got into an armed standoff with federal agents (and walked away, on account of being old, wealthy and white, and having a militia at his beck and call) over feeling entitled to graze his cattle for free, for decades, on vulnerable grasslands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. After providing more libertarian stroke material than a middle school swim meet, Cliven Bundy largely faded back into the irritable bowels of middle Americans who can’t process information. A quick presser about how America is in upheaval because of abortion, and how ‘the Negro’ was probably better off picking…

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Who Does It Serve To Circulate PETA’s Stupidity?

Infamous animal rights activist organization PETA (That’s People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, not People Eating Tasty Animals as you’ve probably heard your drunk uncle bray while plunging bacon into his dude-pipe) made headlines everywhere this week with another effortless and unpersuasive campaign to get people to change the idioms they use about animals: We can probably agree that PETA is hurting more than it’s helping at this point. I was a card-carrying PETA member in the early-to-mid 00’s. I was drawn in by their upbeat and positive veganism campaigns which, at the time, seemed reasonable. They were selling proven health and environmental benefits and, of course, the all-important…

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It’s Time To Call Climate Change Deniers What They Are: Extinctionists

“The climate has changed before.” “Earth is actually cooling.” “They predicted an Ice Age in the 1970s.” “Climate change is a leftist agenda hoax perpetrated by George Soros and the Chinese.” These common statements are either categorically false, or don’t represent anything like good faith arguments. When only 15% of conservative Republicans believe that human-influenced climate change exists at all, and 36% of Americans identify as conservative, what you have is a recipe for policy obstruction, misinformation, and thrallhood to the wealthy that is guaranteed to lead to human extinction. That’s it. That’s not hyperbole or scare tactics. That’s scientific consensus. That’s the peer-reviewed math, folks. It’s a zero-sum extinction game…

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Ancient Humans Used Ritual to Heal, Grieve, and Manage Anxiety

In order to understand the relationship of humans to ritual, one must first understand the nature of humans: we’re basically jumped-up, unspectacular, middle-of-the-food chain animals that have a lot to worry about. Sure, we worry about different things these days – rent, healthcare, the wholesale collapse of our biosphere. We don’t worry about lions much anymore, but worry is in our DNA. You could think of humans as playing a video game and discovering a cheat code – they jump right to the top without ever really having to get good at playing. You know who’s good at playing? Lions. Sharks. They came up the hard way, and they don’t…

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Things Actually Look Pretty F’ing Bad, You Guys

Let me say here and now that I don’t blame anyone for not wanting to look. Unlike most “red pill” scenarios where people are trying to explain away a loss of privilege rather than looking within, for the science-minded person, taking a good hard look at the end of the world is overwhelmingly supported by facts. Once you really wrap your head around the scale of the problems facing our continued existence as a species, it’s hard to view the world through any other lens. It’s always going to be hyperbole to say that the world is going to end, until the day it isn’t. We know it can happen…

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