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By Louis Rive Everyone had jobs as paperboys. Trekking aimlessly through the Edinburgh winter with Ikea catalogues and double-glazing sales leaflets. They made it a lot easier when the council brought in the big recycling bins. Now we didn’t have to disperse it any longer. All was great in the golden summer of 2003, we…

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Commuter Hell

By Louis Rive Commuter hell. They were supposed to be on strike those work shy bastards. I have sunk the best part of a bottle of single malt in anticipation for travel chaos leading to a day in bed eating toast. But no, and reduced service means two things. 1. It’s even busier than normal…

Does Salon Serve a Purpose?

By Rowan Kane I read Salon pretty frequently. They are one of the most reliably steady streams of liberal and progressive opinion on the American Internet. But are they actually doing any good? Are they positively contributing to the public discourse by providing a forum for debate on the progressive agenda? Or are they simply…

Waiter

By Louis Rive The argon light hums in a back room. There are no windows so gradually the flickering cylinder illuminates the boxes stacked high on either side. I stare at the identical crates. They all hold different sizes of glasses. High balls to wine glasses, champagne flutes to slim jims. I don’t need to…

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The NCAA is Capitalism

By Rowan Kane College athletics, as driven by the NCAA, is the perfect microcosm of modern American capitalism, as driven by the financial industry: it has made massive amounts of money for a very few – primarily white men; it has compromised the very foundations upon which it was built – primarily traditions of amateurism…

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What’s Wrong with March Madness?

By John Sommers-Flanagan Being in the middle of March Madness is an excellent moment to step back to briefly reflect on the nature and function hype and hyperbole. Let’s start with a look at madness. Madness is a 14th century term for insanity and insanity implies a break from reality. As such, March Madness is aptly…