On dealing with horrible bosses, in Hollywood and elsewhere. We’re using less gasoline. This is a good thing. “I have a friend who is a police officer and he never watches police procedurals. Even in the years when the Law & Order franchise owned the soul of NBC he wasn’t ever tempted to tune in. […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance celebrates the advance of marriage equality and looks forward to the day when it comes to our state as we bring you this week’s roundup.
News flash: “Reality” TV is heavily scripted and directed. Film at 11. A look at the extremely warped world of marriage counseling and advice columns of the pre-feminist era. “The prohibition against clause-final prepositions is considered a superstition even by the language mavens, and it persists only among know-it-alls who have never opened a dictionary […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance implores you to get a flu shot since the flu is a much bigger threat than ebola as it brings you this week’s roundup.
A psychic tour of lower Manhattan. “Today the media are covering the next part of this story, the inevitable outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, mostly among children who have not been vaccinated.” Congratulations to Irish teenagers Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, winners of the 2014 Google Science Fair. “There were many kinds of people […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance hopes everyone read at least one banned book last week as it brings you this weeks’ roundup.
Immunization rates in the toniest LA preschools are in line with immunization rates in developing countries like Chad and South Sudan. “In short, mainstream economics – and the concept of homo economicus – recognizes only half of what makes us human. We are undoubtedly motivated by self-interest. But we are also fundamentally social creatures.” I […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance wishes it had as much vacation time as Congress does as it brings you this week’s roundup.
I once had “equinox” played against me in a Scrabble game. On a triple word score square. Needless to say, I lost that game. How to find your tribe, in one easy step. “Rigorous studies tend to find that wellness programs don’t save money and, with few exceptions, do not appreciably improve health.” This is […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance doesn’t need Congressional approval to bring you this week’s roundup.
“But if policymakers really want to clean up the tax code, they need to look at tax breaks that are embedded in our system. And the best place to start is with some of the most regressive ones: taxes breaks for homeownership.” Wait, so that silly Budweiser town thing involves a real, actual town? Who […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance commends Sen. Wendy Davis for her courage as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Ten things college professors hate. I’m going to guess teachers at other levels don’t like most of those things, too. Some employers are still being jerks about contraceptive coverage. “If we want to write Ulysses, our generation may not be sexting enough.” “A few colleges are doing something else about the problem of campus rape: […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance hopes everyone had a good Labor Day as it brings you this week’s roundup.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a nice little windfall for the ALS Association, but what they really need – what we as a country really need – is a greater public investment in medical and scientific research. Thanks to the stupid sequester and our general fetish of “balanced” budgets, we’ve cut a ton of […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance wishes everyone a Happy Back To School Week as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Have you ever said to yourself “What the world really needs is a Tumblr of motivational cat posters with Samuel Beckett quotations“? Well my friend, you are in luck. Sometimes life really does hand you lemons. “Several new apps offer quick ways for college students facing unsafe or uncomfortable situations to reach out to their […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance stands with the people of Ferguson in their quest for peace and justice as it brings you this week’s roundup.
“Late last year, scientists unveiled the complete genome of a female Neanderthal whose 130,000-year-old toe bone had been found in a cave in Siberia. As it turned out, her sequence of some 3 billion DNA letters was not all that much different from mine or yours.” “So, we go from bogus attempts to stifle criticism […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance is glad to live in an age where we can zap political ads on TV if we want to as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Now Republicans would like for you to believe that “reproductive health” and “women’s health” are two different things. Don’t trust USB devices. Like, at all. This guy hates being stuck in traffic more than you do. “The [Harry] Potter books in general are a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance thinks Congress can stay in recess all the way till November as it brings you this week’s roundup.
An older link, but since I’ve been seeing the question come up, here’s why grocery store rotisserie chickens are cheaper than uncooked chickens. A little mockery can go a long way. The state of California is doing just fine, thanks for asking. Dogs get jealous, too. How to raise kind children. “Like I said, I […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance prioritizes due process over expediency as it brings you this week’s roundup.
We have nothing to fear but people who fear inflation itself. Take a tennis ball and a soccer ball and blow the mind of some little kids. Three words: Aerosol cake batter. And you “bake” it in the microwave. Or save time and just spray it directly into your mouth, because of course you would. […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance mourns the tragedy of MH17 as it brings you this week’s roundup.
“And that means that the Koch brothers, who spent an estimated $30 million on ads opposing Obamacare, might have actually had a hand in getting people signed up for insurance coverage.” Reading the polls is a little trickier than usual this year. As Neil Gaiman once said, George R.R. Martin is not your bitch. Financial […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance wishes you all a Happy Bastille Day as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Same-sex marriage may soon be the law of the land, but you can still be fired for being gay, and you can still be discriminated against in a lot of other ways, too. Ted Cruz lies every time he opens his mouth. This is not a surprise. Want more Frozen? It’s on your teevee this […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance has been driving around asking about incendiary chemicals as it brings you this week’s roundup.
News flash: Spending a lot of time on your butt watching TV may be bad for your health. If you’re going to take money from the devil, you really need to do some serious good with it. “How did you know my name was Elsa?” “Well, aren’t most girls your age named Elsa?” What’s the […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July as it brings you this week’s roundup.
From the You Keep Using That Word – I Don’t Think It Means What You Think It Means department. These are the people you should sit next to if you don’t want to get bitten by mosquitoes. “If bad behavior—using the nation’s full faith and credit as a hostage to political demands, shutting down the […]
The Texas Progressive Alliance managed to tear itself away from watching the World Cup just long enough to bring you this week’s roundup.