All posts by Chuck Shepherd

  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD

    Torch Passed to a New Body-Modification Exemplar Eva Tiamat Medusa, 55, of the Phoenix area, has almost completed her journey (she calls it “transspecieism”) to become a “mythical beast”—like a dragon video-game character—through purposeful facial scarring, surgical...

    • Posted April 19, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD: 4.13.16

    The Power of Precedent Department of Veterans Affairs employee Elizabeth Rivera Rivera, 39, was fired after her arrest (followed by a February guilty plea) for armed robbery, but when she was sentenced only to probation, an arbitrator...

    • Posted April 13, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 4.6.16

    Fun at Work Bill Bailey (a former nine-year employee of the water-irrigation network near Grand Junction, Colorado) was awarded unemployment benefits in December for being wrongfully fired. The company claimed Bailey was insubordinate and that any complaints...

    • Posted April 5, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 3.30.16

    Hardly a “Do-Nothing” Congress In March, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the House Rules Committee, introduced a resolution to recognize “magic” as one of America’s “national treasure(s),” backed by a 711-word paean urging all...

    • Posted March 29, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 3.23.16

    Glaciers and Gender University of Oregon professor Mark Carey produced a 10,300-word journal article in January proposing a new sensitivity to Earth’s melting icecaps: A “feminist glaciology framework” to “generate robust analysis of gender, power and epistemologies”...

    • Posted March 23, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 3.16.16

    Take That, Portland! Seattle’s ambitious Office of Arts & Culture has allocated $10,000 this year to pay a poet or writer to create a work while present on the city’s Fremont Bridge drawbridge. The office’s deputy director...

    • Posted March 15, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 3.9.16

    The Square Wheel of Justice In February, New York’s highest court finally said “enough” to the seemingly endless delays on a multimillion-dollar judgment for negligence that occurred 23 years ago. Linda Nash had sued, among others, the...

    • Posted March 8, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 3.2.16

    Cat Culture Longtime National Symphony cellist David Teie announced in November that his crowdfunding project was hugely successful, freeing him to produce an album of music meaningful to cats. (Cats, for example, relax in response to the...

    • Posted March 1, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 2.24.16

    Channeling George Carlin “Military Intelligence”: The head of U.S. Navy intelligence has for more than two years been prohibited from accessing classified information (as the Pentagon disclosed to The Washington Post in January). Vice Admiral Ted Branch...

    • Posted February 23, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 2.17.16

    Intelligent Design Wired.com’s most recent “Absurd Creature” feature shows a toad devouring a larva of a much-smaller beetle, but the “absurdity” is that the larva is in charge and that the toad will soon be beetle food....

    • Posted February 16, 2016
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