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POSTED: Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 12:25 PM
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Because some people insist on making the 21st century look exactly like 19th and 20th century futurists and sci-fi writers thought it would, Soylent Green is now a real thing. Sort of. It's not made of people, and the "green" has been dropped from the name, but Soylent is a nutritious "food replacement product," and a lot of people donated their money to get it made. Forbes reporter Caleb Melby is taking the stuff on a test drive and living off of it for a whole week. In solidarity, I will consume nothing but hot dogs and beer for the rest of the summer.

"Despite all the criticism, Soylent is now sitting on $425,000 — which it will use to jump-start its post-food movement. There’s just one problem. While Soylent has open-sourced its ingredient list, and is running tests with a small cadre of volunteers, nobody has bothered to publicly, independently confirm Rhinehart’s health claims. And that’s a long list of health claims. History has a name for products that profess to improve so many disparate aspects of the human condition: snake oil. Which is not to say that Soylent is snake oil. It just sounds too good to be true.

"There is, of course, only one way to settle this score, Dear Internet.

POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 11:43 AM
Fashion statement or call to action?

With major arguments being made this week over the Defense of Marriage Act, gay rights have been a hot topic. And with all hot topics come some kind of social media trend. What’s caught on quite a bit over the interwebz is that red-and-pink equal sign, thanks to the Human Rights Campaign.

Look at your list of friends or scroll down your Twitter feed. I’m certain it will pop up in some way, shape or form. Some companies, like Fab.com, have even gone so far as to customize their own.

I love seeing all of this love and support for something that’s absolutely worth fighting for, but what are we actually achieving here? Look, it’s an easy way to show you stand your ground of favoring marriage equality but it doesn’t carry enough weight to flip anyone’s decision. In fact, I think it’s pretty lazy. Do you think any of these old heads in Supreme Court have Facebook? NO! It’s as effective as slapping another bumper sticker on your Honda Hybrid. It’s essentially, a fashion statement.

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