Reality Check: Flags Are Bullshit

Or An Ornery Stroll Down Our Useless, Pathetic Clinging To Symbols

 

Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment.

– Mark Twain

 

My little swastika

My little swastika

You can do

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Rock Reads: A Summer Guide For The Rock & Roll Literate

Looking for a celebration of music in words to while away your lazy summer days?

 

Elvis Has Left The Building – The Death Of The King And The Rise Of Punk Rock – Dylan Jones (2014)

The title of this one, beyond being intriguing and a fine idea, is …

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Reality Check: The Body Experiment

Or Torturing One’s Self For Results          

 

            I found a way to cut your cholesterol numbers in half.

In half.

I did it in 40 days and so can you.

Read on, Macduff.

Here’s a reality check for ya: Most of what we eat is shit. A spectacular number of us …

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Reality Check: Welcome (Back) To The Jungle

It is not possible to know at this time the precise scope or the duration of the deployments of U.S. Armed Forces necessary to counter terrorist threats to the United States.
– Excerpt from a letter accompanying a classified report to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate President Pro …

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Reality Check: Goodbye Patriot Act

Hello USA Freedom Act

And so the odious unconstitutional boondoggle merrily passed into law during the über paranoia of 9/11 and renewed time and again for 14 long years is gone. We say goodbye to the Patriot Act, one of the most intrusively open-ended pieces of legislation ever considered by …

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Nick Howard @ Rockwood Music Hall

MANHATTAN, NY—“This is the first time I’ve sold out a headlining show anywhere in the U.S., so thank you, New York, thank you,” Nick Howard humbly exclaimed to the packed room at Rockwood Music Hall in the East Village before ripping into an hour set of songs from his new …

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Reality Check: Readers’ Responses

Editor’s Note: Due to the overwhelming responses to the AN OPEN LETTER TO PETE TOWNSHEND ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 70TH BIRTHDAY – Issue: 5/20/15, we decided to send our favorites to press this week. We have not skipped the comments to previous columns. They will be given voice in

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Reality Check: Elizabeth Warren Unleashed

Elizabeth Warren is what makes writing about politics interesting. She is the Democrats’ answer to Ted Cruz. She represents the polar end of a national party and can and will make waves to muck up the works when she can. In the end, though, her voice will be watered down …

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Reality Check: An Open Letter To Pete Townshend On The Occasion Of His 70th Birthday

Dearest Pete,

First off, happy 70th.

This must seem a surreal sentiment considering you will forever be known for having written that you hoped to die before you…well…you know. However, in a very distinct way you never really did get old, did you? I mean, of course, we’re all careening …

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Reality Check: Readers’ Responses

Sir,

You are missing the entire point of Israel in your tirade about the megalomaniacal Benjamin Netanyahu. (WHERE THERE IS NO THERE…THERE—Issue: 3/11/15) While I also find him a vile personality and completely self-serving, and while you do make a fair point that a) the United States government has no …

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