The Environmentalism That Wasn't

Our fascination with the disaster the recent hurricane wrought upon the East Coast derives from its challenge to the fiction of human control. Despite the ways in which mankind has conquered its natural environment, we still remain vulnerable to its power. Consider that what started out as little more than a collection of thunderstorms over the warm Eastern Atlantic, has now inflicted massive amounts of destruction—halting life as usual all along the eastern seaboard. The denial of our helplessness in the face of nature, manifest in the endless attempts to dominate the environment helps explains the recent failure of environmental activism concerning global warming. Half a decade ago, the rise in Al Gore’s popularity following the 2007 release of An Inconvenient Truth culminated in his Nobel Peace Prize and roughly coincided with the development of the first major piece of legislation intended to address climate change (the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill of 2009). The American public seemed more than ready to begin tackling global warming.

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FAQ with the Girl Having Sex with your Ex-Boyfriend

The execution of the rule of law in Girl World is generally understood to be litigation (as in, “That bitch took something that’s mine”) or prosecution (as in, “I can’t believe that bitch broke Girl Code”). In reality, however, girls rarely ever use any of the mechanisms of adversarial legalism that might seem readily available to them. Instead, Girl World is mostly run on a system of out-of-court settlement. While a small minority of women fight in public over disputes about whose man is whose or who has committed the absolute felony of sluttiness, the vast majority of claims are settled through quiet, mutual-friend-driven mediation.

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Memoirs from Med Leave: The Way It Began

Life is kind of like CVS. You go in and realize all the advice/coupons you should’ve taken when it’s too late. I mean, I was well aware of all kinds of important advice-like slogans. I knew how to puff, puff, and pass. I knew not to dance in the disco snow. But you realize all the good advice you haven’t taken when you wake up in a freshman dorm’s laundry room. Or a student outreach-peer facilitation-advocacy-network-alliance-community-awareness committee meeting that you’re not actually apart of. Or office hours. You see, as overstressed college students we have a million reasons to be constantly tired. But one of them usually isn’t Xanax.

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Stuck in the Bubble…and Sorry it Isn’t Cute Beb

Some wise person once said the hardest thing to do is let go, I could figure out who said that, but in all honesty, ain’t nobody got time for that. Yet truer words have never been said, tweeted, or tumbled. The day after graduation might have been one of the most traumatic and frightening days of my life, almost on par with the day I found out that figure skating wasn’t a “cool” sport or that I did in fact fail my gym requirement (grim). Graduation was frightening because I realized, as well as many of my friends and classmates that we had to let go. Many of us had spent the last four years skirting responsibility, sleeping till noon, excusing our poor behavior on being drunk, or to avoid reality all together, blacking out on the regs. I can personally say I opted to spend my four years participating in the later.

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