From The Archives: On March 16th, 2012, The Star Trek: TNG episode "The Outcast" marked the 20th anniversary of its initial airing.
The episode is particularly notable for being a bold, thinly veiled allegory for homosexual discrimination.
The J'naii, an androgynous humanoid race, once had two sexes, but has since "evolved" beyond genders. However, a small portion of the J'naii are still born with a "gender alignment." These individuals subsequently develop an attraction to those who align with the opposite sex.
In "The Outcast," Soren, a female-identifying J'naii born with an attraction to males, falls for Commander Riker, and he for her. When this is discovered, Soren is charged with perversion and brough before a J'naii tribunal where she (unsuccessfully) tries to defend herself and those like her.
Despite being penned a generation ago, the passionate, poignant excoriation uttered by Soren at her trial are, sadly, as necessary today as ever:
What we do is no different from what you do. We talk and laugh. We complain about work. And we wonder about growing old. We talk about our families and we worry about the future. And we cry with each other when things seem hopeless. All of the loving things that you do with each other - that is what we do. And for that we are called misfits, and deviants and criminals. What right do you have to punish us? What right do you have to change us? What makes you think you can dictate how people love each other?
An outreach initiative started by two Israeli graphic artists aiming to bridge the sociopolitical divide between Israel and Iran by sending out simple messages of love is yielding promising results.
"My Israeli friends, I do not hate you; I do not want war. love, Peace," read one such pacific missive from an anonymous Iranian contributor. Many of the Iranians participating in this campaign have chosen not to identify themselves for fear of arrest or other reprisals.
Still, the message is being heard loud and clear -- and the campaign's creators want to ensure it gets louder and clearer.
On March 16th, the Washington Post published a correction to an article published on March 15th about a woman named Barbara Johnson that was accompanied by the photo of a different woman named Barbara Johnson.
On March 17th, the Washington Post published a correction to the correction it published on March 16th after it emerged that the different woman named Barbara Johnson wasn't named Barbara Johnson.
On March 19th, my brain broke trying to correctly summarize the Washington Post's correception.
Dubiel, co-owner of Chicago-based alternative radio station Q101, says in the description that he and his family were traveling to Disney World by way of O'Hare International Airport.
During the pat-down, three-year-old Rocco was "physically trembling with fear," according to Dubiel. "I was told I could NOT touch him or come near him during this process," he writes in one of the video's captions. "Instead we had to pretend this was 'ok' so he didn't panic."
One can only hope that in the two years since this footage was recorded, the TSA has overhauled its "toddler pat-down" policy the exclude patting down toddlers. I am certain we will hear the official
excuse explanation from The TSA Blog before long.
A brand new full-length trailer for Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman -- an epic retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale.
The film, which stars Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Lily Cole, Ian McShane, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Brendan Gleeson, Nick Frost, and Bob Hoskins, is set to open in theaters June 1st.
The new Tebowing is... Manning?
ESPN is reporting that Peyton Manning -- newly released from the Indianapolis Colts -- is engaged in "intensified contract negotiations" with the Denver Broncos to replace Tim Tebow as the team's quarterback.
According to ESPN's sources, the Broncos will attempt to trade Tebow once the deal with Manning is finalized, which only an "unforeseen significant obstacle" would prevent at this point.
In case you were wondering, casino exec is still livin de life, but he's tired of livin it alone. So he's teamed up with his cousin Stan, and together they plan to put America's economy back on track. How? I'm not entirely sure, but I think it involves threatening to keep producing these godawful rap videos until all debts are forgiven.
No doubt we'll be sipping Cristal by the supermodel hot tub this time next Tuesday.
For their third collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum (previously, and), Improv Everywhere agents (why yes -- that is Pat Cassels) transform a New York City subway car into a "sleeper car," complete with beds, complimentary pajamas and sleep masks, and a courtesy wake up nudge at the stop of your choice.