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Is Atheism/Religious Apathy Killing People?

“Deaths of despair” are rising among middle-aged whites, and may be due to a reduction in religion. According to Marketwatch, which reports a study by researchers at several universities, “deaths of despair” have been growing dramatically among middle-class white Americans. Deaths of despair, according to Wikipedia, are deaths attributed to “suicide, drug or alcohol overdose, or liver…

Modern Super Bowl Rings are Oversized, Gaudy, and Ridiculous-Looking

Are you commemorating a hard-fought championship that took blood, sweat, and tears to earn, or starring in a rap music video? A lifetime ago I worked at a Saturn dealership in Memphis, TN. One of the very first — if not the first — Saturn dealership to ever open in the country, in fact. My career as…

‘Quick Change’: A Solid, Sadly Forgotten “Cromedy” Sapphire

Pagliacci meets the heist genre in a comical crime caper that proves there are no easy getaways. In July of last year I initated a review of the late ‘80s/early ’90s sub-genre I’ve dubbed the “cromedy” (crime/comedy), beginning with early 1992’s Christian Slater-starring Kuffs as my inaugural piece. This article will constitute the second in what I’d…

Reviewing Some of My Crypto “Mistakes” in 2022

An end-of-year look-back at my crypto investments, and a 2023 look-forward. Is it worth HODL’ing to infinity? Also, some price predictions. 2022, we gotta talk, man. What the hell happened? You were supposed to be the year cryptocurrency went super mainstream. The year where everything that wasn’t dirty, dirty fiat went to the moon, baby.…

Review: Avatar: The Way of Water

A stunning visual spectacle, as expected. But does the story match up with the eye-popping CGI? Last week I wrote an article titled I Love ‘Avatar’ and Haters Can Choke. An aggressive response to a nearly decade and a half of people unfairly singling out James Cameron’s 2009 smash hit, and beating it over the head…

Sorry, Tattoos Are Still Stupid

So, I was sitting in some vinyl or cheap plastic-covered chair, in a low-lit room, surrounded by a few strangers. I had my sleeve rolled up. I was ready for what was coming. Then she came by. Set up all her equipment. Rubbed some disinfectant on my arm. And after making sure everything was a…

I Love ‘Avatar’ and Haters Can Choke

“Avatar is just Fern Gully in space.” “Avatar is just Pocahontas in space.” “Avatar is a white savior movie…in space.” “Avatar left no pop culture footprint.” “Avatar is the most successful failure ever.” “Avatar has phenomenal CGI but a terrible story and stock characters.” Yeah, yeah, go fuck yourselves. You know, for a movie so…

Did Humanity Peak in the Late ‘90s-Early 2000s?

Or is this just pedestalization of the past? I’ve followed ZubyMusic on Twitter for almost three years now, at least since around 2019. If you’re not familiar with the artist, “Zuby,” short for Nzube Olisaebuka Udezue, is a 36-year old English rapper educated at Oxford University, with a substantial and growing audience of worldwide fans.…

Should the Voting Age Be Raised to 28?

Is voting an inherent right? Or is it something that should be “earned” with maturity? I was scrolling through Twitter on Election Day afternoon when I came across Peter Schiff’s tweet, which I’ve screenshot above. If you aren’t familiar with Schiff, he’s a popular gold bug, media commentator, and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital. He…

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