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How America Lost Its Mind - The Atlantic
"Treating real life as fantasy and vice versa, and taking preposterous ideas seriously, is not unique to Americans. But we are the global crucible and epicenter. We invented the fantasy-industrial complex."
america  psychology  history  delusions  politics 
5 weeks ago by kevan
Shooters: How Video Games Fund Arms Manufacturers • Articles • Eurogamer.net
"It is hard to qualify to what extent rifle sales have increased as a result of being in games. [...] But video games expose our brand to a young audience who are considered possible future owners."
weapons  games  america 
january 2013 by kevan
5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 10 Seconds | Cracked.com
"[Most people follow political news] purely as a form of entertainment. They're like sports fans, rooting for their "team" to win. And as you're going to find out, virtually all political news coverage is written to appeal to those people."
news  politics  america  via:newsmary 
april 2012 by kevan
Walking in America: What scientists know about how pedestrians really behave. - Slate Magazine
"Block by block, [patterns] emerge: The way people drift toward the shady side of the street on hot days; [...] the way walking speeds are slower at midday than before or after work; the way people don’t like to maintain the same walking speed as a stranger next to them; [...]."
walking  science  america 
april 2012 by kevan
One nation, seven sins - Las Vegas Sun
"By culling statistics from nationwide databanks of things like sexually transmitted disease infection rates (lust) or killings per capita (wrath), the researchers came up with a [mapped] sin index."
maps  society  america  via:clare 
august 2009 by kevan
Monopoly Killer: Perfect German Board Game Redefines Genre
It's Settlers. "To make Monopoly more competitive with German-style games, new editions are reemphasizing an old rule that no one paid much attention to: If a player lands on a property and chooses not to buy it, that real estate immediately goes up for auction."
games  board  catan  germany  america 
april 2009 by kevan
Billions of electronic-eating 'crazy rasberry ants' invade Texas - Times Online
"Billions of tiny reddish-brown ants have arrived onshore from a cargo ship and are hell-bent on eating anything electronic."
ants  technology  apocalypse  america 
may 2008 by kevan
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PS2)
Enjoyable - some nice, incremental improvements in the basic game mechanics, a good neon-sunshine aesthetic, and an almost complete excision of double-entendre business names, which automatically makes the game world much more adult and realistic.
gamelog  5stars  crime  transport  drugs  nostalgia  america  cities 
june 2007 by kevan
Brick (2006)
Overlaying film noir onto American high school at a well-judged moment, when everyone's growing up and becoming capable of anything. Nuances of dialogue were wasted on me, though, when my view of American schools is based entirely on films to begin with.
filmlog  3stars  education  drugs  death  love  mysteries  america  language  via:brendan 
march 2007 by kevan
Running the Numbers - An American Self-Portrait
"Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on."
art  photos  design  society  america  via:infosthetics 
february 2007 by kevan
US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud - Chirag Mehta : chir.ag
"[This] tag cloud shows the popularity, frequency, and trends in the usages of words within speeches, official documents, declarations, and letters written by the Presidents of the US between 1776 - 2006 AD."
politics  language  america  history  via:holly 
november 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Film | Move over Hollywood
"[From the 1960s to the 1990s], moving from movies to TV was considered slumming it, a suicidal burning of one's bridges. Not any more. Actors, like many others, have cottoned on to one fact: we're now in the Second Golden Age of American Television."
films  television  america 
may 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Why the intelligent design lobby thanks God for Richard Dawkins
"The nub of Ruse's argument is that Darwinism does not lead ineluctably to atheism, and to claim that it does (as Dawkins does) provides the intelligent-design lobby with a legal [separation of church and state] loophole."
religion  america  dawkins  law 
march 2006 by kevan
UMNnews: Atheists identified as America's most distrusted minority
"From a telephone sampling of more than 2,000 households, university researchers found that Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in 'sharing their vision of American society'."
america  religion  society 
march 2006 by kevan
village voice > film > Homecoming by Dennis Lim
Anti-war zombie film, dead veterans returning to vote out the president that sent them to their deaths. "Dante's film shows not just the flag-draped caskets at Dover Air Force Base but their irate occupants bursting out of them."
zombies  war  politics  america  films 
december 2005 by kevan
SFGate: Kansas School Board OKs Evolution Language
"In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena."
science  education  politics  evolution  america  via:sumana 
november 2005 by kevan
pfly » Blog Archive » Mapping Toponymy
Plotting US placenames, "The first thing that jumped out at me was that my guess of hollow being an eastern term and gulch being a western one was basically correct. Except for Utah, where there is a large swath of hollows."
maps  language  america  via:holly 
november 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Case of château despair for US winemakers
"From 2008 US vineyards will no longer be able to boast that a wine hails from a château unless they can prove its grapes are grown within sight of a castle. [Expressions such as] vintage, noble and classic, will also be banned unless they are true."
drinks  law  america  advertising  language  via:zarba 
september 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Killer's fate hanging on his IQ
"The intellectual stimulation the killer got by constant contact with lawyers in the case is thought to have raised his IQ above the threshold of 70, which puts him in line for the death penalty in Virginia."
brains  death  america  law 
july 2005 by kevan
Yahoo: Remarks by President Bush on Bioethics
"Every embryo is unique and genetically complete, like every other human being. [...] These lives are not raw material to be exploited, but gifts." FROM GOD. Beginning to slightly regret tuning my brain in to dog-whistle political frequencies.
genetics  religion  science  politics  america  language 
may 2005 by kevan
Misinformation: Seeing is believing
Retracted news stories living on as false-memory in non-sceptics. "Although all samples on average correctly indicated that no WMDs had been found in Iraq, a substantial minority of Americans exhibited false memory that they were discovered."
war  psychology  lies  history  america  delusions  memory  via:mindhacks 
may 2005 by kevan

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