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Scott Thill
Scott Thill runs the online mag His writing has
appeared in Wired, Salon, XLR8R, Alternet, LA Weekly and more. His first book, Hyperhighway to Hell, should be done by the time America is out of Iraq.

Entries by Scott Thill

Stop Running Away From Global Warming, Fort McMurray

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 2:34 PM

A boomtown pops up out of nowhere to become one of the largest, dirtiest oil projects in the world, much less its Canadian home. It quickly rips open the Earth, devastates its once-pristine natural environment, in an epoch of exponential global warming, and, in search of fast money, balloons from...

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Cli-Fi Is Real

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:13 PM

When I first popularized cli-fi in 2009, it was initially inspired by Franny Armstrong's docu-film The Age of Stupid, a work of science and fiction. Starring the late, great Pete Postelthwaite as a melted Arctic-bound archivist of a humanity that dumbly extincted itself (verb intended), Armstrong's...

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Reality: Is This Thing On?

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Climate change is real, the White House's long-awaited National Climate Assessment trumpeted on a sleepy Tuesday. It is happening now, powerfully felt here and there, in real-time. Shit just got real. Really.

But at this snail's pace, we will be ready for climate change long after it...

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Bring Us the Jobs of Enviro Journos and Scientists!

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 12:14 PM

After America's Veteran's Day militarism hangover, I scanned what few trustworthy journalism outlets are left but still couldn't avoid the headhunters. They were looking to scalp CBS supermodel Lara Logan and Washington Post fossil Richard Cohen for fucking up the low-hanging fruitcake of Benghazi and interracial marriage.

Which is a...

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The Squirrel King Aims for All-Ages Transmedia Artcraft

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 11:59 AM

In our hypermediated millennium, it's often (way) too easy to watch rather than make. The Squirrel King wants you to do both.

To achieve the merge, it's turning to Kickstarter to crowdfund a cross-demographic dive into a surreal handcrafted web series of lovers, aliens, catburglars and more -- including squirrels...

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Life to the Pixies!

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 1:56 PM

Two decades ago, our tight-knit but too-small Pixies fandom was crushed when our generation's best-kept secret burnt out after the flames of Trompe Le Monde's distorted glory. An apt title: After five stunners in five years, including the towering Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, the also aptly named Pixies...

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A Tale of Two Trials: Bradley Manning and Robert Bales

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 11:27 AM

One is the constitutional trial of the century so far, which started Monday but may forever reshape how we police freedom of speech. The other is a bloodthirsty reminder of our failure to police our post-millennial resource wars, which have cost trillions and impacted, injured or killed millions. But as...

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'Our Biggest Obstacle Has Been Comfortable Liberals': An Interview With Bidder 70's Climate Hero

(8) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 4:36 PM

An environmental idealist stops an illegal oil and gas auction by bidding for parcels he can't possibly afford. Savaged by an exponentially accelerating climate crisis, a once-proud nation rewards him... by throwing him into a hole.

Along the vertiginous fall, he tumbles through a dystopia that denies his rights, then...

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Bilbo the Billionaire: A Short History of J.R.R. Tolkien's Greed Wars

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 5:51 PM

"Really you know," said Bilbo in his best business manner, "things are impossible. Personally I am tired of the whole affair."

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit," J.R.R. Tolkien legendarily wrote one Oxford summer, while "laborious[ly]" grading papers for some always welcome side money....

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Who Is thenewno2? Dhani Harrison's All-Star Soundtracker

(3) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 12:11 PM

Taking its number from the rotating oppressor of Patrick McGoohan's immortal '60s psy-fi TV series The Prisoner, multimedia collective thenewno2 is busy fleshing out its film bona fides, lately with a swamptronic soundtrack for Hollywood's newest gothsoap Beautiful Creatures, based on the supernatural young-adult...

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What The Force? Disney Can 'Protect' Star Wars, Says Fandom, George Lucas

(5) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 12:13 PM

Can an independent visionary who created a vast sci-fi entertainment multiverse really think that a pop-culture multinational can better protect his brainchild? You bet your asteroids, kid. And he's not alone.

"I felt I really wanted to put the company somewhere in a larger entity which would protect it," Lucas...

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Wait, Did Before Watchmen Just Call Watchmen Terrible?

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 5:40 PM

Watchmen's capitalization proceeds in earnest, and with renewable controversy, in Minutemen, Darwyn Cooke's Before Watchmen prequel series opener. But perspective is everything.

Because perspective is what Cooke's comic leans heavily upon for its evocative first two pages, viewable below. Minutemen at first lovingly reboots the literary narration and clockwork...

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From Madonna to Mogwai, Swervedriver's Resurgent Sonics Achieve Escape Velocity

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 12:40 PM

From My Bloody Valentine's recently announced reissues and rarities to the April release of Spiritualized's new sonic spacewalk Sweet Heart Sweet Light, synesthetic rock is returning from orbit. But its best-kept secret still remains Swervedriver, whose muscular guitar atmospherics are also thankfully back in action, starting Monday night...

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Michael Bloomberg May Have His Own Army, But Has He Already Lost the War?

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 5:05 PM

Elected mayor of New York City two months after 9/11, Michael Bloomberg has changed political affiliations three times in the last decade, made exponential billions by digitizing our lightspeed information economy, evolved beyond a person into an elite corporate personhood, and, after extending his cosmopolis' term limits, served three...

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Sorry, But Bird Flu Bioterrorism Is Much Harder Than It Sounds

(8) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 5:06 PM

Information wants to be free, the aphorism goes, especially when it comes to science. But when it comes to explaining how a lethally airborne avian influenza pandemic transmits among humans, freed information evidently crosses over into terrorism. This is in spite of the fact that, when it comes to...

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We've Entered the Age of Mass Extinction

(10) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 3:22 PM

Mass extinction is finally fighting its way back into the news cycle, thanks to recently scary reports on climate change from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean, the United Nations Environment Program and the July issue of Science. But University of...

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John Lennon: Working Class Mythmaker

(26) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 11:53 AM

It's exceedingly hard to communicate the importance of a historical figure like John Lennon. The founder and most cerebral member of The Beatles, who settled on their band and brand name 50 years ago this August, would have celebrated his 70th birthday Saturday if not for...

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Five Shamless Sci-Fi Oscar Robberies, Spearheaded by Avatar

(45) Comments | Posted September 2, 2010 | 2:53 PM

Riding on the back of nine minutes of unseen footage, the special
edition of James Cameron's pioneering 3-D masterpiece Avatar returned
to theaters last week. But billions of dollars and path-breaking
cinematic innovations later, it's hard to ignore the part of Avatar's
comeback that tastes like...

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Show Obama The Money

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2009 | 11:10 AM

"This disaster is not set to happen in some science fiction future many years ahead, but in our lifetime," Tony Blair warned shortly after acclaimed economist Sir Nicholas Stern calculated the costs of the climate crisis clusterfuck in 2006. "Investment now will pay us back many...

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Let Them Eat Hummers

(19) Comments | Posted December 4, 2008 | 10:54 AM

With apologies to the excellent Michael Moore, and his desire to bail out the Big Three that he claims have been more "responsible than almost anyone for the destruction of our fragile atmosphere and the daily melting of our polar ice caps," but I'm not buying it.


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