Author: Erik Loomis

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This article on bottlenose attacking and killing porpoises in really brutal ways is weird enough. But it also turns out that dolphins’ “crimes” against porpoises are kind of sexual in nature. The killings coincide with the expansion of dolphin territory, but Cotter and Jefferson believe the primary motive is not territorial. The two species primarily […]

Qwikster?

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On September 19, 2011

Like a lot of people, I am perplexed by Netflix splitting its home-delivery service from its online service: Which raises the question: What is Reed Hastings smoking? As far as anyone can tell, he see

New UAW Contract with General Motors

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On September 18, 2011
In a huge victory for the United Auto Workers, the union signed a new contract with General Motors that actually improves workers’ lives rather than accept rollbacks. Starting workers get a pay raise, everyone gets a bonus in lieu of a pay raise, increased profit sharing, and health care and pensions are stabilized rather than […]

Place and Music

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On September 17, 2011

As articles pour in marking the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, many focus on the Seattle scene of the early 1990s with its flannel and dark lyrics. Of course, Seattle’s changed a

So Proud of My Hometown

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On September 15, 2011
At least as of 2009, my town of Springfield, Oregon had the highest known number of strip clubs per capita of any city in the United States. It has (or had) 7 strip clubs for a town of 58,000 residents. And I would really like to see this number compared with military towns in the […]

Wilderness

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On September 14, 2011

As Michael Lipsky points out, wilderness is a great thing, but it’s not something devoid of human influence. In fact, these are spaces that are heavily managed by humans and protected by legisla

Bourbon Season

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On September 14, 2011

So the world is going to hell. The Democrats are getting crushed in special elections, Pennsylvania Republicans are seeking to game the system to guarantee Rick Perry’s election in 2012, Israel&

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