The World According to Starburst

Philosophers have pondered the mysteries of humanity for millennia. Any conundrum you can imagine has been covered in countless ways, many of them contradictory.

One of the most popular is the link between pleasure and pain, happiness and suffering.

The Mars Corporation has weighed in on this timeless topic, and they show the need for suffering to enhance pleasure through their Starburst offering.

Let’s explore their ideas.

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The harrowing consequences of the #MeToo campaign

It was just last week that the #MeToo campaign started. In case you missed it, women throughout social media used that hashtag to call out that they were the victims of sexual harassment or abuse. Sometimes they shared the full story, and sometimes they just used “Me too” to call attention to the widespread nature of the problem.

As with most populist movements, it has had unintended consequences. That’s what we’re here to talk about now.

Let’s talk about the issues it’s caused men.

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CIA dog fired for being sensible

Meet Lulu.

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Sup?

Lulu is a Labrador, and part of the latest CIA training class for bomb-sniffing dogs.

Today, in a public announcement, perhaps meant to shame her, Lulu was fired. As I’ll discuss, she has nothing to be ashamed of.

There are also lots of pictures of Lulu here, so you can just look at those if you want. There’s no shame in that either.

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Point/Counterpoint: Dogs

With so much going on in the country and the world, it’s time to bring back a popular SCS format, and let two of our experts debate the merits of a hot-button issue.

However, many topics are too hot of a button right now, and for others it’s apparently not the right time to talk about it, so we’re going to talk about …[spins wheel]… dogs.

Take it away, experts!

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Look What You Made Me Write

We have very few rules here at Soft Core Sophistry, but one of them is that when Taylor Swift drops a new single after a long hiatus, our hiatus must also end.

Her new single “Look What You Made Me Do” is out, and with the release of her new music video on Sunday, it’s time to give it a full accounting.

Let’s delve deep into what some unnamed someone made Swift do.

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Unnecessarily Deep Review of Crappy Song Lyrics: “Words” edition

In the past, I’ve reviewed Taylor Swift and OMI‘s hit singles, pointing our how insipid they are.

Today, we’re going to look at a lesser-known song, AMZY’s “Words”. Chances are you haven’t heard it. They’re a local band that’s been getting some airplay and stage time in Denver, and that made me hesitate to include them in this series. It’s not really fair to hold local acts to the same standards as national hits.

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Needing Taylor Swift, now more than ever

I might have been a bit premature a couple of weeks ago when I said with the election over, the anger permeating our country would dissipate. Whoops!

Instead, we have descended into a bitter division. We have protests against the president elect before he’s even taken office. We have the same president elect crying that the theater should be a safe space for his vice president elect.

We need a voice we can all listen to, to tell us what to do, so we have something extra to be thankful for.

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