Hunter O'Brien

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The Long and Brutal History of Fake News

Bogus news has been around a lot longer than real news. And it’s left a lot of destruction behind.<p>The fake news hit Trent, Italy, on Easter Sunday, 1475. A 2 ½-year-old child named Simonino had gone missing, and a Franciscan preacher, Bernardino da Feltre, gave a series of sermons claiming that the …

Bewildered in “Bloom County”: How its long hiatus transformed the still-beloved comic

<b>Cover detail of "Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope" (IDW Publishing)</b><p>Berkeley Breathed: “There’s a spiritual context to it all, although I really hate that I said the word ‘spiritual’”<p>Scott Timberg<p>September 3, 2016 9:30pm (UTC)<p>It’s a bit like a beloved Reagan-era rock band getting back together …

Los Angeles

New Atheism’s fatal arrogance: The glaring intellectual laziness of Bill Maher & Richard Dawkins

<b>(HBO/Janet Van Ham/Reuters/Chris Keane/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>For all their eloquence, New Atheists show little interest in understanding how believers really think or feel<p>Sean Illing<p>May 9, 2015 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Atheism has a storied history in the West. From the irreverent Voltaire to the iconoclastic …

Religion

A writer walks into a bank: Facing the financial fallout from a life dedicated to art

<b>(Newnow via Shutterstock)</b><p>The pain of admitting to a mortgage officer “I write realistic fiction” for a living is almost too much to bear<p>Rachel Basch<p>March 22, 2015 8:30pm (UTC)<p>The mortgage broker is very polite and very young. He grew up in town and graduated high school a few years ahead of one of …

Self-employment

GOP can’t quit the Christian right: Why it’s still the party of religious fundamentalists

<b>Joni Ernst (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)</b><p>From reproductive rights to immigration, Republicans are still beholden to their wingnuts. It can’t last for long<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>March 20, 2015 4:30pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>In a recent interview on Fox, Christian right writer James …

Religion

Louie Gohmert: “It’s time to bomb Iran”

<b>Louie Gohmert (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)</b><p>Texas congressman guns for another Middle Eastern war<p>Luke Brinker<p>March 20, 2015 1:49pm (UTC)<p>Skeptics of the multilateral negotiations on Iran's nuclear program typically insist that they don't favor a war with the Islamic Republic; they simply don't like the …

Democratic Party

Rem Koolhaas: “There’s Been Very Little Rethinking Of What Cities Can Be”

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect dishes on cities, what architecture and film have in common, and the idiocy of design competitions.<p><b>Gary Hustwit: Why is the design of so many cities so bad?</b> <b><br>Rem Koolhaas:</b> Very few cities these days are really designed, and that may be partly the problem, the …

Architecture

The 10 worst sex and romance tips from the Christian right

If religious conservatives had their way, all sex would be missionary and no man would suffer from “blue balls”<p>Katie Halper<p>February 25, 2015 7:45pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p><b>1. Dump the Infidel</b><p>Dan Miser, author of Single Woman Seeking Perfect Man has a must-read column …

Jesus