Author: Michael Konik

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How to Pick a Candidate Worthy of Your Vote, in Four Easy Steps

Look Within. Ask yourself: What are my core values? If I were President, what positions would I hold? What would my priorities be? Be honest. If, say, self-enrichment and personal convenience is the most important thing to you, own it. If taking care of others is most important, own that. If spending your money on...

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Amy Schumer in “I Feel Pretty”

Although we can understand it’s appeal to connoissuers of vulgarity, we’re not a big fan of Amy Schumer’s saucy stand-up comedy. Which is why her performance in “I Feel Pretty” knocked us out. Yes, she’s funny. But in this movie about one woman’s journey of self-acceptance (of her body, of herself), Schumer is vulnerable, brave,...

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Stop Sanders!

The major players of American “neo-liberalism” — which might be more accurately called “neo-corporatism” — are panicking. Thanks to their abject failure to provide “Change You Can Believe In,” their failure to stem the tide of angry right-wing extremism, and their systematic “free trade” evisceration of the middle class, the Clintons, Joe Biden, and Barack...

SB 50: How Wall Street Speculators Plan on Destroying Single-Family Homes

Anyone who lives in or visits Los Angeles can see we have a humanitarian crisis on our hands. More than 60,000 people are without homes, and the numbers grow every month. The allegedly booming economy has trickled up to the rich; meanwhile many working people experience the ravages of downward mobility. Priced out of increasingly...

Bold Predictions for 2020

We’ve consulted the elves, fairies, and ancient spirits flitting around our garden, and they’ve offered some insights into the future. We predict: + A cataclysmic environmental disaster on the scale of the 9/11 attacks, such as the entire continent of Australia going up in flames, will spark a global revolution of unprecedented size and impact,...

Bodied

We regret that the sensationally smart, funny, and illuminating feature film Bodied has a title that offers little clue to what the film’s about. Namely: battle rap. This sub-culture of popular culture is both fascinating and ripe for satire, and the brain trust behind the movie — producer Eminem, writer Alex Larsen and director Joseph Kahn...

Third Eye Spies

The Central Intelligence Agency has earned both renown and scorn for its “secret” programs designed to encourage American hegemony over the rest of the world. For years a tantalizing rumor circulated around the Internet: The CIA was using psychics to perform “remote viewing” of distant targets. The new documentary Third Eye Spies confirms the rumor —...

Peanut Butter Falcon

Few movies combine backwoods professional wrestling, Outer Banks crabbing, and a main character with Downs Syndrome. Few movies are as charming, endearing, and ravishingly human as The Peanut Butter Falcon. Based loosely –very loosely — on Huckleberry Finn, “PBF” charts the unlikely friendship between an escapee from  a state-run residential facility (Zack Gottsagen) and a felonious fisherman (Shia...

One Humble Way to Make America Truly Great

Here’s how: Instead of infecting young minds with mythic propaganda offered in the standard American History curriculum, texts that downplay the immorality and barbarism of our nation’s founding, expansion, and ongoing operation, we could offer future generations something much more like the truth. Instead of telling stories that celebrate slaveholders, murderers and pathological psychopaths, we...

An Artist’s Take on Reality

“What the ancients knew, we are slowly re-discovering. Subtle energies that exist in the individual, exist in all of us; from the humblest grain of sand in the ocean to the massive galaxies mirroring a non-local connection, where language or math is different but the universal archetype is the same. This physical world that runs...