Thanks to social media, everybody can be a pundit today, and that’s ruining how we build a factual understanding of our world and what’s happening in it.

According to popular folklore, Andy Warhol, famous artist and accidental mentor to Paris Hilton, once predicted our influencer and social media culture with the aphorism that in the future, everybody would be famous for 15 minutes, which eventually gave rise to the expression “15 minutes of fame.” In reality, the story is a little more complicated and Warhol himself said he never actually came up with that. Instead, the quip is the end result of an exchange between him and photographer Nat Filkenstein in which Warhol mused that everyone wants to be famous, prompting Filkenstein to scoff “Yeah, for about…

From BBQ Becky to Permit Patty, lawsuits may actually the least of America’s bigots’ problems.

Jennifer Schulte (BBQ Becky) calling the police on black people for barbecuing

In yet another effort to govern solely to an increasingly extreme and concentrated base, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the formation of a “Religious Liberty Task Force” which will exist for, let’s face it, the sole purpose of making sure bigots are allowed to be bigots with no legal repercussions. So if your delicate sensibilities are offended by a gay couple trying to get married or order a cake, or women having birth control, or seeing a transgendered person in the flesh, the Trump administration is ready to swoop in and save you from the wrath of all those nagging…

According to President Trump’s Twitter feed, MS-13 is practically “infesting” every city in America. But police in cities where they operate beg to differ.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stands in front of pictures of MS-13 gang tattoos during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

If you were to go by President Trump’s words, the American Southwest is about to be overrun by less of a gang and more of a force of nature called Mara Salvatrucha, but far better known as MS-13. He claims the gang seized entire towns which were liberated by ICE, which is puzzling since rescuing occupied territory is usually the military’s job rather than that of a deportation force. …

What would happen if we started debating how to solve our biggest problems in good faith again?

American flag at the Westfield World Trade Center, New York (Unsplash/Augusto Navarro)

A funny thing happened to Conor Lamb after he won PA-18, a district gerrymandered into being for the sole purpose of giving Republicans a safe seat in the House. Overnight, the former evil agent of Pelosi with anti-American, leftist values turned into a young Republican, according to Fox News and right-wing pundits. How? He campaigned as a disciplined moderate who saw the benefit of some conservative ideas and reaching across the aisle, which was enough for the GOP to start chanting “One of us! One of us!”

Now, it would be easy to dismiss this sentiment as the denial stage…

Greg Fish

slightly radioactive techie, writer, editor, and computer lobotomist

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