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[Doing Our Very Best to] Finish Strong

November is finally wrapping up and much to my chagrin I don’t have much to show for it, at least here on Culture War Reporters. There was of course the interview I conducted with ex-porn star Christopher Zeischegg on the 7th, which I remain immensely proud of, but since then my regular offerings have been less than sparse.

The reason for that being the return of CBS’s 2 Broke Girls, a sitcom that I’ve been reviewing since 2013. Given that the timeslot has been moved to Thursday nights, that robs me of the hours I would normally devote to my Friday blog posts. Excuses aside, this all leaves me feeling not unlike Peter Jackson on the set of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

-because, like Peter Jackson, I found myself with a lack of time in which to prepare. Unlike Peter Jackson, however, my blog posts were not to be penned by Guillermo del Toro, and I did not have to scramble to write them once the acclaimed filmmaker dropped out. I don’t have any great excuses, is what I’m saying.

All that being said next week I’m planning on giving us all a break in preparation to wrapping things up in December. Gordon may still deliver on that post he promised, but in general I have every intention of doing what I can to make sure I can deliver content that meets my own standards as 2015 comes to a close. In the planning stages are [hopefully] one more interview, a book review, and a post on violence and video games that may or may not be growing more outdated with every passing week.

Apologies on my part, and here’s to my becoming a better editor in 2016.

Post Incoming

Readers, I’m sick.

Sick of the repellent terror attacks in France, sick of the vile reaction many have had to it, sick of the endless cycle of violence, misinformation, and Islamophobia.

I’m also literally sick.

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There will never, in the history of man, exist a better encapsulation of what it feels like to be sick.

And it is for that reason and that reason alone that you will be spared my inevitable torrent of righteous/self-righteous indignation- for this week, anyways. Buckle up, kids- next Monday we’re going to be ripping apart the following individuals with the kind of viciousness not typically seen outside of a Gareth Evans movie.

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Our punching bags will be as follows:

Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Rick Snyder, and the spineless, xenophobic, dirtbag governors of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin- all of whom have issued refusals over the past 48-hours to allow the settlement Syrian refugees within their borders.

There will be blood.

Unfurling Our New Feature: Twice-a-Month Guest Posts!

Here at Culture War Reporters we have three primary bloggers: Evan, Gordon and yours truly (Kat). While we each try to cover a range of different subjects, there are only so many topics we have the knowledge or interest to write about.

In order to give our wonderful readers a wider range of opinions, we have, in the past, tried to bring on more writers. For a while, our friend (and regular commenter) Stew wrote some fascinating, and more scientifically-focused, posts for the blog. Unfortunately, he realized that he needed to stop writing for us so that he could prioritize his studies. While we had others who considered signing on as regular bloggers, they were unable to fully commit to posting once a week every week for, well, who knows how long [Forever. -Evan].

Since it has proven to be exceptionally difficult to find writers who can sign on for such a heavy commitment, we have decided to unfurl a new feature that would allow anyone (yourself included) to write for the blog as a one-time deal.

Yes you, and you.

If you would be interested in contributing an article for Culture War Reporters I encourage you to check out our CWRStyleGuide.docx. Feel free to email us beforehand if you want to check if your topic is one that would be a good fit for the site.

And keep your eyes peeled for our first guest post, which we will be sharing this Thursday! Guest posts to be put out every first and third Thursday of the month.

Another One of Those Weeks…

So this has been a weird week. On Monday we had Gordon essentially mourning the destruction of a priceless historical site, with Kat covering how grateful she was for her loving husband just two days later. Emotions have been running a little bit high around here, to say the least.

On my side of things I have just barely been keeping it together with my family’s return to North America, and unfortunately this is the week where I let things slide a little bit. I’m also expecting some new life-changing events by the end of next month. On that note, there should also be some very cool changes on this blog as of . . . October, maybe! All credit goes to Kat on that, but I need to do my side of things and work on it as well.

At this point I also have more blog post ideas than I know what to do with, so I have no excuses in this upcoming month. Thank you for reading. Below is a video game gif for your troubles, because that’s how life feels sometimes:

Stew Departs

Hello all, and welcome back from the CWR hiatus!

It is with great sadness that I must now bow out as an author at CWR, especially after such an embarrassingly short run.  While there’s no shortage of topics to cover, it turns out that I simply cannot balance the blog with my graduate studies and teaching responsibilities this coming Fall.

As passionate as I am about science in general, and, in particular, how it interfaces with the culture we live in, I’m currently constrained to devoting most of my critical thinking to these adorable beasts:

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The Northern Map Turtle

Fun fact: there are roughly 300 known species of turtle in the world today, and nearly half of them are threatened and endangered.  That’s pretty terrible, especially since these hearty guys have been around since before the friggin’ dinosaurs.  Even more troubling is the fact that it’s basically 100% our fault.  The species I’m working with is threatened in much of its existing range in North America, so I’m both excited and apprehensive about our continued efforts on this project.  So rest assured, I’m leaving for the best reasons.

I’ve followed this blog from its inception, and will continue to do so.  I’m proud to have contributed to it, and look forward to continuing on with you, dear readers, as one of your number.  Please do continue to stop by, and comment frequently!

Cheers.

Culture War Reporters’ Memorial Day Montage

War.

For the vast majority of the lives of every writer here at CWR, wars and rumors of war have been a part of daily life. As of 2013, over 43% of the US military is comprised of men and women aged 25 or younger, an additional 22% just barely older. The majority of this nation’s army are tasked with fighting in conflicts many are barely old enough to remember the start of. The once rare presence of a person in uniform has now become a commonplace in airports all across the continent, and for good or ill, the armed forces have become a major element in our culture, and we here at CWR have engaged the subject over and over again.

Today’s post comes to you on Memorial Day for Americans. In the spirit of the day, I figured we should take a moment to offer a review on the material we’ve produced on the subject of the military. The good, the bad, the ugly- altogether.

Why We Need Graphic Violence

Violence in media is often cited as being one of the chief sources of violence in everyday life. But is our paralytic fear of showing blood and gore actually a good thing? Here we argue that disturbing images need to be seen for us to be really and truly disturbed, and that there’s no better place to start than with war. How else can we measure the real cost?

Stars Earn Stripes (Is A Terrible, Awful, Idiotic Abomination)

Fortunately cancelled after only four weeks of airtime, NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes stands as a demonstration of just how depraved we can be when it comes to exploiting the horror of war and our sympathy for folks in uniform. Here we break down every repellent detail of why this show (and shows like it) are as damaging as they are deluding.

No War, No More

During the height of tensions with North Korea during the spring of 2013 there was more than a little bravado on the side of Americans mocking the little dictatorship and laughing at the prospect of bombing the country out of existence. Frustrated by the cavalier attitude of so many, we provided this reminder of the actual nature of war and conflict.

Shame Day: War As A Fashion Statement

Later that same year, Evan covered the trend on militaria as a fashion, targeting the ironic(?) use of Vietnam War caps specifically. Disrespectful to veterans? Trivializing of combat? Read on to see for yourself.

(Admittedly, the title’s probably a giveaway. It’s still a good piece- read it anyways.)

America Wants Dead Soldiers

In what was perhaps the most shocking titles ever given to a post here at CWR, yours truly argues that the sympathy offered the members of the armed services (especially on days such as today) are by and large crocodile tears. Actual gratitude to the men and women in uniform has a strange habit of disappearing when it involves any actual sacrifice or effort on our part. Read on to discover why.

The Black And White Of American Sniper [No, This Isn’t About Race]

While real support for the armed forces is no easy task, honest criticism’s no picnic either, as Evan demonstrates in his analysis of the reactions to American Sniper. In addressing the legacy of celebrated marksman Chris Kyle we examine how quickly both history and our depictions of it can be distorted to complement our own views. If you look at nothing else today, look at this one.