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Larry Womack is the founder of 1450 Media. Prior to that, he was an Associate News Editor of The Huffington Post (front page, West Coast / evenings,) and Executive Editor of RawStory.com.

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Race, Guns and Bernie

(114) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 9:46 AM

Perhaps I should have called this piece, "Three Reasons I Will Be Inundated with Hate Mail."

It's a difficult situation, you see, born out of a seemingly endless series of tragedies: Black Lives Matter protesters commandeer the stage at Bernie Sanders events, in order to hold Sanders

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The South Seemed Pretty Sure It Was Fighting for Slavery

(2133) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 10:31 AM

It is only very recently, as the debate over the confederate flag has been renewed, that I have come to realize just how deeply the myth that the Civil War wasn't really about slavery has taken root. I had always been under the impression that people who sported the flag...

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An Open Letter to Every Climate Change Denier

(705) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 7:18 AM

We know that certain things trap heat. We can test that very easily. In the case of at least one greenhouse gas, you yourself probably confirm this every day without even realizing it.

We know that we are pumping billions and billions of tons...

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Anyone Else Think James Franco Should Sue the Hell Out of Gawker?

(65) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 9:57 AM

Sorting through the avalanche of condemnation following Gawker's role in the alleged blackmailing of David Geithner, something else caught my eye. In a now-deleted tweet, current Vanity Fair contributor Richard Lawson admitted:

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In the series of tweets that followed,...

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Confessions of a Cersei Lannister Lover

(42) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 9:24 AM

While everyone else was elated last weekend to finally see the nastiest living Lannister locked away, I was gleefully imagining what it will be like when she makes good on that threat to Unella: "Look at my face. It's the last thing you'll see before you die." I already plan...

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How to Be Obnoxious Online

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 9:37 AM

Imgur was the Akkadian word for "agreed." Imgur-Enlil, name of the wall, appears untranslated in English versions of the Mesopotamian creation myth that the Judeo-Christian and Greek/Roman ones both seem to have evolved from. (Or shared common roots with.) It was also a Neo-Assyrian name for the city of Balawat...

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The Future Is in the Stars

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 10:25 PM

This morning, Leonard Nimoy passed away, taking with him a brilliant, sensitive soul and a character that has for half a century been one of the most popular and enduring reflections of our humanity. But when we mourn him, we mourn not only an actor, artist and humanitarian. We mourn...

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Gay Media Drinks the Bleach

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 8:51 AM

Parker "drink bleach" Molloy has returned to The Advocate's online edition, following a one-month suspension over alarmingly abusive online behavior.

Like many people, I wholeheartedly believe that people can change, that online interaction too often brings out everyone's worst, and that we all...

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When You Say, 'I Believe in Sexual Equality, But I'm Not a Feminist...'

(30) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 9:15 AM

I hear: "I want all of the benefits that come from gender equality, but wish to distance myself from the associated stigma that, through this very statement, I myself am propagating. This is most likely a selfish and intellectually dishonest act of image crafting. Respect that. Feminism means you have...

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Rape Culture Pervades Gay Culture Too

(35) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 12:56 PM

Way too many people seem to think it's funny, or even impossible, for a man to be raped. I'm not sure that it matches the indifference with which we view the rape of women, but the reactions are still disturbing.

Too often they even come from gay...

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We Need a Serious, Federal Digital Privacy Law

(65) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 9:58 AM

If anything good is to come from this weekend's celebrity phone hack, let's hope it's federal action that finally takes seriously the problem of non-consensual online sexual exploitation -- along with all other forms of digital privacy invasion. For years now, our laws and culture have been inexcusably behind technology,...

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I'm an American Citizen. If You Want to Remain a Cop, Don't Violate My Human Rights

(465) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 9:09 AM

In light of the horrific situation in Ferguson, an op-ed ran in today's Washington Post, chillingly titled, "I'm a cop. If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me." Not "obey the law." "Don't challenge me."

Here's a bit of what this upstanding public servant has to...

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Hypocrisy of the Pro-Slur Crybabies

(66) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 9:19 AM

A few things to ask yourself before you claim the right to use a slur: Do people find it hurtful? Is your life experience different from theirs? Do you honestly believe it hurts you more to not use it? Does thinking that make you kind of an asshole?

First,...

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The Face Police

(23) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 9:10 AM

Please repeat after me: it is never OK to publicly say an unkind thing about another human being's face. "You have a bad face," no matter how it is phrased or framed, is never really constructive criticism. I know, I know. It seems strange that anyone should have to say...

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Ted Nugent's Jailbait Problem

(75) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 10:10 PM

Another campaign appearance, another Ted Nugent controversy. Mainstream Republicans and everyone to their left are appalled. But no one is surprised. Nugent's incendiary rhetoric (read: infamous idiocy) is, at this point, expected and tiresome. It has become difficult to muster the outrage.

More unfortunate is that these incidents...

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No One Cares About Your Damn Religion

(778) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 8:09 AM

Have you ever noticed how God always agrees with you? Not as often with your neighbor, your congressman, your family or even the pope. But he (or she, or it,) definitely agrees with you. Other people just aren't enlightened enough to realize that. Yet.

Funny how that works.

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17 Trillion Reasons America Needs a Math Lesson

(510) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 7:46 AM

Somewhere, as I write this, a team of Democratic aides is hammering away at a budget deal. Their negotiating partner is the office of Very Serious Deficit Hawk Paul Ryan, whose eponymous budget would have managed to increase the deficit while simultaneously devastating the...

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Mother Monster Dearest

(183) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 8:02 AM

"What you like is in the limo
What you get is no tomorrow
What you need you have to borrow"

- "Fame," by David Bowie (w/John Lennon and Carlos Alomar)

At some point in the final reel of Crayton Robey's Making the Boys, Dan Savage argues that, "To...

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Scenes From a Class Struggle Starring Marianne Faithfull

(6) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 10:30 AM

I love Marianne Faithfull with a truly irrational passion, but had decided to skip this show. It is southwest of San Jose, in a suburb of a suburb known as Saratoga. In the past, I have flirted with ideas of attending Lucinda Williams and Leonard Cohen shows in the same...

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Sex, Gender and the Greater Truth Forgotten in the Marriage Equality Debate

(40) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 1:00 PM

My name is (regrettably) Larry and, barefoot, I stand at just over 6-foot-4. I have long been home to a 5-o'clock shadow that emerges each day at 10 a.m. sharp. (I sometimes catch myself using my chin to scratch.) Though I don't want to oversell it, I like to think...

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