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Punk Rock’s Message in Myanmar

Punk Rock’s Message in Myanmar

Kyle Seasly

November 7, 2013

In George Orwell's essay/short story "Shooting an Elephant," where he was stationed in Burma (now Myanmar), he remarked: "I thought that the greatest joy in the world would be to drive a bayonet into a Buddhist priest's guts." It seems that certain punk rockers in Myanmar share a similar sentiment today. In Mya...

Different in Similarity

Different in Similarity

Adam Heymann

October 17, 2013

Classical and jazz. Punk and metal. These pairs of music movements have much in common. The truth is, though, they are all quite different in their sounds as well as their cultures. Some set the stage for dance, others are meant for pure intellectual contemplation and some exist for pure rebellion an...

Fracking Offers Few Unbiased Answers

Fracking Offers Few Unbiased Answers

Dani Hupper

October 10, 2013

The public debate on hydraulic fracturing (the process of pumping a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to crack rock formations and release natural gas) is nearly impossible to follow. It's hard to find unbiased information on a subject so intermingled with political and economic self-...

Filibusters Waste Taxpayers’ Time

Filibusters Waste Taxpayers’ Time

Andy Monserud

October 3, 2013

  Filibuster. Filibuster. It's a fun word, isn't it? J.K. Rowling thought so when she named a fictional brand of magical fireworks after it. It sounds so silly and happy-go-lucky. What isn't funny is the fact that a filibuster is even more idiotic than it sounds. Chronically aimless and generally futil...

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