Was Gatsby Great? The Great Gatsby Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #5

In which John Green continues to explore F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. In this installment, John looks into the titular Gatsby’s purported Greatness. Gatsby’s single-minded pursuit of Daisy, his checkered past, and his checkered present all play a role in determining whether he was, in fact, great. Here’s a hint: you don’t haveContinue reading “Was Gatsby Great? The Great Gatsby Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #5”

A Fire And Cyberattack Cause Major Blackouts Across Puerto Rico

A large fire at an electrical substation for Puerto Rico’s new electricity provider, Luma Energy, knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of the island’s residents Thursday. At the height of the blackout, nearly 800,000 customers were without power, according to Luma. By midnight, roughly 60,000 customers were still in the dark. “The fire causedContinue reading “A Fire And Cyberattack Cause Major Blackouts Across Puerto Rico”

Gay Marriage Support SKYROCKETS To Record High – Secular Talk

U.S. support for legal same-sex marriage continues to trend upward, now at 70% — a new high in Gallup’s trend since 1996. This latest figure marks an increase of 10 percentage points since 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize same-sex marriages.

Chicago Cop Donned Police Hoodie While Storming Capitol: FBI

Karol Chwiesiuk was once anointed “police officer of the month.” On Friday, he appeared before a federal judge. Chicago police officer Karol Chwiesiuk decided to participate in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol that resulted in five deaths, including a police officer, and a nation unnerved. All in a Chicago Police Department hoodie.Continue reading “Chicago Cop Donned Police Hoodie While Storming Capitol: FBI”

Victims of Christian group tied to Amy Coney Barrett come forward with tales of sexual abuse

In interviews with the Washington Post, women who lived under the watchful eye of a Christian group with direct ties to Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett explained that when they went to leaders of the group to describe incidents of sexual assault, they were denied help or ignored. The report notes that “People of Praise” —Continue reading “Victims of Christian group tied to Amy Coney Barrett come forward with tales of sexual abuse”

Former GOP lawmaker hit with new voter fraud charges after FBI investigation: report

According to a report from Alaska Public Media, former Alaska State Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R) is facing four new counts of voter fraud related to the 2018 election with officials pressuring a former aide of hers to testify against her. LeDoux, who ran for the U.S. House seat held by Rep. Don Young (R-AK) in 2008, previouslyContinue reading “Former GOP lawmaker hit with new voter fraud charges after FBI investigation: report”

Revealed: rightwing firm posed as leftist group on Facebook to divide Democrats

FEC investigation failed to uncover link to Rally Forge, a firm with close ties to Turning Point USA A digital marketing firm closely linked to the pro-Trump youth group Turning Point USA was responsible for a series of deceptive Facebook ads promoting Green party candidates during the 2018 US midterm elections, the Guardian can reveal. In anContinue reading “Revealed: rightwing firm posed as leftist group on Facebook to divide Democrats”

Like Pale Gold – The Great Gatsby Part 1: Crash Course English Literature #4

In which John Green explores F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of the Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby. John introduces you to Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby, Daisy and Tom Buchanan, and the other characters in the novel, and tries to look beyond the surface story to figure out what this thing is ABOUT. Set in the 1920’sContinue reading “Like Pale Gold – The Great Gatsby Part 1: Crash Course English Literature #4”

ALEC exposed: The backroom where laws are born (2018)

This is a glimpse into the world of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-funded charity that pays for lawmaker trips to resorts where they leave with ready-to-pass bills. Neither ALEC nor the Georgia legislature would show us where the money comes from, or who it goes to.

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