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Heads up, dog people!

Meet Sprint, an adorable (check out those eyebrows!) six-month-old pit bull mix who's looking for love — more specifically, looking for a permanent home in the San Francisco Bay Area. He turned up on Lisa's doorstep recently, and she and her friend Janet are hoping to find him a new family. Could it be your family? Read on for fun facts about this sweet little dude.

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Travel Diary: Way down south in Sewanee

I'm going to start this post by admitting that, most mornings, I wake up and immediately turn on the Today show. Partly it's a kind of alarm supplement, to ensure that I don't fall back asleep. Partly it's because I like to know if anything was attacked or blown up or wiped out or otherwise disaster-fied in the previous 8 to 10 hours. And finally, I find Matt Lauer and Al Roker oddly soothing...

News flash: boys like relationships

Cheers to a new study reporting that, contrary to age-old stereotypes about teenage boys as indiscriminate horndogs, 16-year-old boys' primary motivations for dating are that they "really like the person" (via the New York Times health blog).

It's kinda sad that both the study and the even-handed New York Times treatment is cause for celebration, but when most media discussion of gender...

Reader Shock: Anecdotes Are Not Trends

The New York Times is at it again, publishing yet another random collection of anecdotes masquerading as a bold new trend. With today's doozy, "Parent Shock: Children Are Not Decor," the paper of record continues to perfect the art of taking a nominally interesting subject -- in this case, the struggle to keep one's multifaceted identity from being completely subsumed into the role of parent...

Digging your grave with a knife and fork

Even though I take some issue with her critique of Skinny Bitch (more on that soon), Julie Klausner’s diet fads video is pretty awesome. Happy V-day…

 

Grassroots media: Evolving beyond survival

Please spread the word about the Allied Media Conference!

Since 1999, the AMC has been bringing together grassroots media producers and organizers, educators, students, and artists to build an independent, participatory media movement.

 

It’s the only conference I consistently attend, and I always leave inspired, encouraged, and re-energized to continue the...

From “The Crap In Products You Didn't Know About” File

The fact that unregulated bioaccumulators like lead and mercury are added to cosmetics is hardly a new story to Bitch Readers.  Here's another one.  Unilever was using an oil called "squalene" in many of its Ponds and Dove products. Squalene can either be made from rice and wheat or from dead sea shark livers.  Guess what?  Unilever apparently preferred the shark squeezins...

Download Party!!!

My Valentine's Day present to you!

DeVotchka's "Mad And Faithful Telling" won't be out until March 18th, but download the single "Transliterator" from Stereogum for a taste.  This is the poppiest song on the entire album;  "Mad And Faithful Telling" (which sorta sounds like a subtitle to a modern Canterbury Tales, dontcha think?) marries...

What I'm reading right now

Susan Faludi's The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America. I'm only on page 97, but so far am (unsurprisingly, given her track record) blown away by her brilliance.

Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. A voice of sanity among the nutritional madness of processed food and competing, confusing, and flat-out ridiculous health claims.

Scarlett...

Meatless

Feminists who are also vegan aren't having the best time of it lately. In Our Fair City of Portland, the nation's first vegan strip club has opened. Casa Diablo features a faux-meat-rich Mexican menu and a slate of mostly vegetarian and vegan dancers who are prohibited from wearing leather, silk, or wool (now that sounds itchy). Notes longtime "ethical vegan" and the club's owner, Johnny...

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