Four Ways Louisiana Can Save Its Coastline

Coastal Louisiana is sinking, a problem that dates back nearly a century. Canal systems and oil-and-gas drilling have permanently altered the landscape, causing wetlands to vanish at a dramatic clip. But in recent years, the rate of land loss has accelerated, spurred by catastrophes including Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, which happened five years…



Our Gun is an Awesome God

Left of Sinner | The spirit of Christ’s message and of New Testament Christianity is fundamentally at odds with gun culture. But that’s how idols work. Instead of choosing between guns or God, gun-centric American evangelicalism has instead sought to place guns on level with God.


How Recreational Pot Could Make Everybody Happy

Marijuana, for most of its recent history, has been defined by skepticism and negative stereotypes. And why wouldn’t it be? Its use, along with LSD, is tied closely to the hippie counterculture of the 60s and 70s, which rejected mainstream societal structure and values and looked to these drugs for expanding consciousness. The 1980s’ War on…


Senator Lindsey Graham “91% sure” he’ll run for president

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is “91% sure” he’ll run for president, meaning there will be yet another long shot candidate. “If I can raise the money, I’ll do it,” he said on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.” He added, “I think I got a good message, I think I’ve been more right than wrong…


President Obama comes out strongly in support of medical marijuana

President Barack Obama offered qualified support for efforts made in the U.S. Senate to decriminalize medical marijuana during an interview for CNN’s documentary “Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution,” which will make its debut Sunday night. Hosting the program is Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the network’s chief medical correspondent. Gupta asked the president his opinion of the proposed…


Alabama Shakes braves the outer reaches on Sound & Color

A little more than three years ago, as Alabama Shakes mythology goes, Brittany Howard was still delivering mail for a living. Now, after hundreds of gigs, mountains of effusive press and a surprise 750,000 in sales for the Athens, Ala., quartet’s 2012 debut, Boys & Girls, Howard and her bandmates are about to release a followup,…


Being an atheist in the Deep South doesn’t make me a victim

I’m an atheist. I don’t know why that matters in any way, but to a lot of people, it does. I also don’t think that I’ve suffered from any meaningful discrimination because of my atheism. I understand that it does happen. I’ve seen the polls. I know the stigma. I realize that it’s a “bad thing” to be an atheist (or a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Catholic) in most of the Deep South—especially Mississippi—but I don’t care.



Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership a Threat To Fair Use and Internet Freedom?

Internet freedom advocates are concerned that a vast new trade partnership supported by the Obama administration and placed on the path to fast-track approval by Congress Thursday will permit multinational corporations to crack down on freedom of speech and the right to privacy online. The complaints are aimed at a crucial part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership…


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