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A Change of Trend

You know something’s different when the least popular kind of topic on this blog gets a lot of attention. Last week, I wrote about the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. I have noted in the past that posts on international politics are massively unpopular here, so I was surprised when this one attracted so much attention. I suppose it’s indicative of how much attention Americans are paying to Brexit, compared with how much we tend to care about other international topics (which is to say, not much).

Link Roundup: June 25, 2016

Did you come here looking for links? Are you lost? Don’t worry, I’ve got some. Social Justice * [This Georgia lawmaker is a champion for college men accused of rape. And he's winning.]( -- The way universities handle rape cases leaves much to be desired. Attempting to dismantle what they've established so that they can be even less effective doesn't help, though. * [1 in 10 CalTech students is homeless, study finds](http://www.


In a historic move, the United Kingdom just voted to leave the European Union. Why did this happen and what does it all mean? Right up to the day of voting, it looked like the votes to remain in the EU would win out. Instead, the UK voted to exit the EU by a comfortable margin of 52-48. Certain consequences are unfolding quickly. Prime Minister David Cameron has already promised to leave office by October.

A History of the World in a Postmodern Novel

Julian Barnes’ A History of the World in 10 1⁄2 Chapters is a great book, just so you know. I apologize for having two reviews in the same week. It wasn’t intentional, that’s just how these things go sometimes. (The other one is here, in case you missed it.) _A History of the World in 10 1⁄2 Chapters _is a postmodern novel, which might make it sound inaccessible, but it’s quite the opposite.

Child Support Debit Card Nightmares: Part 2

There is finally an ending to a story that began some months ago! Back in March, I posted about some difficulties I was having with a child support debit card. The short version: after weeks of making phone calls, and several hours on the phone, I was left with the promise of getting a call back that would hopefully solve my problems. As it turns out, that call never came.

When Gods Look Away

Having recently played through the game Gods Will Be Watching, I thought I’d give it a review and some analysis. Major story spoilers ahead! Gods Will Be Watching (hereafter GWBW) is a point-and-click adventure thriller, according to developer Devolver Digital. In a futuristic science fiction setting, you play as Sergeant Abraham Burden, originally of the Constellar Federation, and at other times a mercenary working for the Everdusk Corporation, and still other times a member of the terrorist group known as Xenolifer.

Taking Trolls Seriously

What’s the deal with Internet trolls, anyway? The New Republic offersan intriguing review of a new book entitled This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture, which does pretty much what it says. Folklorist Whitney Phillips plumbs the depths of troll culture and psychology and finds that, for people who consider themselves so novel and edgy, the truth of the matter is that their repertoire is altogether simplistic and well-worn:

Into the Summer

Tomorrow, with the summer solstice, marks the official beginning of summer. This is not to say I have any big plans for this blog over the summer. I have some interesting issues to contend with, though. I’ll be out of town on a few separate occasions, which will make putting up new posts challenging. That will likely result in shorter posts–perhaps brief comments on links of interest, as I’ve done in the past–or posts relevant to whatever I happen to be doing at the time.

Link Roundup: June 18, 2016

Our link experts have been hard at work cultivating only the best links for your perusal. Please enjoy their selections. Politics * [More companies opt to sit out Trump's coronation in Cleveland]( -- Can't blame them for not wanting to be anywhere near this dumpster fire. * [Conspiracy theories aren't just for conservatives]( -- Some compelling evidence that liberals are just as susceptible to conspiratorial thinking as conservatives. * [The shadowy war on the press: how the rich silence journalists](http://www.

The Danger of Bad Metaphors

When comparing two groups of people by way of metaphor, make sure it says what you mean to say about each group. An ill-conceived metaphor can undo your argument, and needlessly damage others in the process. This is primarily a response to a New Republic piece by Jeet Heer, released yesterday. Entitled “Breaking Mad,” it compares the Republican Party’s embrace of white supremacy to drug addiction. Imagine an autopsy that concludes the cause of death was a drug overdose.