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5 Unexpected Activities That Encounter Startling Racism

by Mark Anderson
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When people think of racism, most of them imagine stuff that is very overt and obvious — slurs being yelled, people being denied entry to certain locations, black makeup smeared over the face of a very stupid white dude, etc. These are all things that shout “RACISM” through a Confederate-flag-colored megaphone. But what most non-minorities never consider is that acts of racism can be found in small, niche settings and scenarios as well. Scenarios they’d never consider. Scenarios like … 5 Cosplay As a proud blerd (black nerd), I love conventions, and I love dressing up as my favorite characters […]

Trade in Dead Sea Scrolls awash with suspected forgeries, experts warn

by Mark Anderson
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Two experts say a significant number of fragments bought in multimillion-dollar trade are suspected fakes A multimillion-dollar trade in fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls fuelled by a surge in interest from wealthy evangelicals in the US includes a significant number of suspected forgeries, two prominent experts have said. On scholar said the problem was so serious that up to 90% of the 75 fragments sold since 2002 could be fakes. Six of 13 fragments bought by Steve Green, owner of the US arts and crafts retail chain Hobby Lobby, are among the potential fakes, another expert said. The figures […]

A List Of Things Every Modern Writer Is Tired Of Hearing

by Mark Anderson
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ThoughtCatalog 1. We’re tired of hearing that our work is too ’emotional’ or ‘vulnerable’ or ‘heartbreaking.’ Writers write from their hearts and our work usually stems from intense and deep emotions resulting from pain or from heartbreak. Don’t make fun of our hearts. Don’t make fun of the deepest and most vulnerable parts of us. 2. We’re tired of people thinking we’re going to write about them or we’re sending them subliminal messages through our writings. We’re tired of people reading too much into the things we write and making assumptions without trying to ask us first what we meant or […]

Phoenix homeowner pulls plug on Christmas lights after city crackdown

by Mark Anderson
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Multi-colored Christmas lights are seen in Brownsville, Texas.  (Associated Press) For the past 30 years, Lee Sepanek and his wife Patricia have celebrated the holidays by festooning their Phoenix home with 250,000 festive lights. The couple’s annual display draws visitors from all over. But this year, their house will be dark. The reason: City officials have raised concerns about noise, traffic and parking issues, as well as with the Sepaneks’ sales of cocoa and baked goods to offset costs, the Arizona Republic reported. “I even bought a whole bunch of new stuff,” Lee Sepanek, 66, told Phoenix’s Fox 10. “I […]

In Game of Thrones Withdrawal? Brandon Sanderson Can Help.

by Mark Anderson
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If he werent such a nice guy and I hadnt devoured the book, I might accuse Brandon Sanderson of engaging in a fantasy writers pissing contest. After all, his newest epic in the popular Stormlight Archive series, Oathbringer, clocks in at 1,242 pages. But Sanderson has managed yet again to succeed in making something that looks like a door-stopper instead feel like your favorite sleek personal accessory. In his newest installment, Sanderson, a masterful worldbuilder, is bringing the one he has created towards its destruction. The characters weve followed and loved in the first two booksDalinar, Adolin, Shallan, Jasnah, Kaladin, […]

The YouTube Celebrity Taking the H-1B Fight Public

by Mark Anderson
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When he uploaded his first YouTube video, there was no way Kumar could have expected that he’d become a public face of H-1B visas: an advocate—and a truth-teller—for a way of life he can barely tolerate. Alexis Fitts is Backchannel’s senior editor. ——— Sign up to get Backchannel's weekly newsletter, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On his channel, Kumar Exclusive, Kumar serves as an everyman narrator of the experience of recipients of the coveted H-1B skilled worker visa, which allows foreign workers to fill technical jobs in America. His dispatches offer both user-friendly how-tos (how to find […]

During the Holiday Season, Home Is Where The Games Are

by Mark Anderson
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Tucked away in my mother's house, somewhere in the room that used to be mine, is a Nintendo GameCube that's not mine. My own GameCube is God-knows-where—languishing on some GameStop warehouse shelf, or in someone's garage, buried beneath an electric drill after an impulsive used-game purchase in the late 2000s. But this other GameCube, the one that's there now? I have no idea how it got into my room. My stepdad is a collector of various forms of junk, and one day when I visited it was just there, an apparition from gaming past. The role games play in our […]

This Is Why Copay-Free Birth Control Is So Important To Me

by Mark Anderson
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Why Copay-Free Birth Control Is So Important For My Health, Profession, & Wealth Today, as I do every three months, I went to my local pharmacy to pick up my birth control. As I walked up to the counter, I let out a sigh relief that I didn’t have to open my wallet to receive my chosen form of contraception. This is all thanks to the birth control benefit included in the Affordable Care Act, which designated birth control as preventive health care and made all FDA-approved contraceptives copay-free with insurance. I am one of the more than 62.4 million […]

I Put My Height In My Dating Profile & I Wish You Would, Too

by Mark Anderson
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Should You Put Your Height In Your Dating App Bio? The Case For Always Including It I’ve gone through a million iterations of bios on dating apps. For a while, I liked to quote TLC’s “No Scrubs” to ward off losers. When I returned home from my summer in Israel, I added a Jewish star emoji. And during my senior year of college, my bio was, “Probably drinking wine right now,” because my favorite/only hobby was drinking while swiping to distract myself from panicking over post-grad plans. You get my drift. But there’s one piece that’s never changed: I always […]

10 Gifts To Buy Yourself This Christmas, Because You Know You’ve Had Your Eye On A Few Things

by Mark Anderson
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10 Gifts To Buy Yourself For Christmas, Because You Know You’ve Had Your Eye On A Few Things Just because people say it’s better to give than to receive, doesn’t mean you have to play martyr and deny the fact that when you wake up on Christmas morning to presents under the tree, you’re pretty damn excited to rip off the wrapping and see how your loved ones chose to spoil you this year. You work hard, and probably don’t play as hard as you deserve, so it’s not a crime to scope out gifts to buy yourself for Christmas. […]