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Isle of Dogs Details

Isle of Dogs is director Wes Anderson’s second feature-length animated film, following the 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox. It is a charming, stylish stop-motion film about the dogs of Megasaki City, a fictional Japanese city governed by corrupt officials who are biased against dogs. Following an outbreak of  “canine saturation,” “Dog Flu,” and “Snout Fever,” all of the dogs of Megasaki City were exiled to Trash Island, including the mayor’s own dog, Spots. The story follows Atari Kobayashi, the ward and adopted nephew of the mayor, as he crash lands on Trash Island to find Spots. He is aided by a motley crew of dogs from an assorted range of backgrounds: Rex (Edward Norton), the natural democratic leader; Boss (Bill Murray), a Continue reading Isle of Dogs Details

Catholic Church Concerned about Michigan Child Abuse Bill

The conviction of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics national team doctor who is set to spend the next 40 to 125 years of his life in prison for decades of sexual abuse, prompted Michigan lawmakers to propose a bill that would retroactively extend the amount of time child victims of sexual abuse have to sue their abusers. The bill, which passed into law on February 20th, is concerning to the Catholic Church, who have shelled out billions of dollars to settle U.S. clergy abuse cases with the victims. Continue reading Catholic Church Concerned about Michigan Child Abuse Bill

Cape Town Dangerously Close to Running Out of Water

Cape Town, South Africa is dangerously close to becoming the first city in the world to run out of water. “Day Zero,” a term coined by the Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s main opposition party, is predicted to arrive sometime between April and May. This is the day when the Theewaterskloof Dam — alone responsible for more than half of Cape Town’s surface water supply — will finally run dry, and the taps will officially turn off. Continue reading Cape Town Dangerously Close to Running Out of Water

Volkswagen Under Fire for Animal Testing

Last Thursday, the New York Times released an article that uncovered an even more heinous layer of the Volkswagen diesel scandal. Following concerns surrounding the adverse health aspects of diesel exhaust, scientists funded by Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler (owner of Mercedes-Benz) conducted an unusual experiment: Ten monkeys squatted in airtight chambers, watching cartoons for entertainment as they inhaled fumes from a diesel Volkswagen Beetle.

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Aziz Ansari: Bad Date or Sexual Harassment?


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On January 13th, an article was published on which describes a woman’s unsettling date with actor, comedian, and star of Netflix sitcom “Master of None,” Aziz Ansari. Published directly after Ansari’s appearance at the Golden Globes wearing a “Time’s Up” pin, the piece details how “Grace,” a 23 year old Brooklyn-based photographer (renamed to protect her identity), experienced something that is, unfortunately, a shared experience of many women: a man who won’t take no for an answer. Continue reading Aziz Ansari: Bad Date or Sexual Harassment?