Mike Pearl

Mike asks stupid questions to smart people and then writes about it.


What Would Happen in the Minutes and Hours After Trump Got Impeached and Convicted

From Mike Pence refusing to take the oath of office to fears of a "Cival War," we gamed out some plausible and bizarre scenarios.
Mike Pearl

This Is Exactly What Will Happen After the Last Fish in the Ocean Dies

The devastation of the vast majority of the world's marine life is much closer than we think.
Mike Pearl
climate change

'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life

"It's super painful to be a human being right now at this point in history."
Mike Pearl

This Is Who Sells Those Crappy Shampoo Packets AOC Found in Migrant Detention

The Bob Barker Company was once accused of profiting off sweatshop labor, among other strange and disturbing episodes in its past.
Mike Pearl

Burnout Is Real, and the Solution Is Radically Changing How We Work

"It should not be necessary for all of us to work our asses off."
Mike Pearl
Late Capitalism

How a Real Class War, Like with Guns, Could Actually Happen

Democrats seem increasingly comfortable with "incivility," while Republicans are more shameless than ever about helping the rich. Where is this going?
Mike Pearl
Views My Own

Climate Change Edgelords Are the New Climate Change Deniers

People who get off on being wet blankets about the coming climate apocalypse are as bad for the cause as skeptics, if not worse.
Mike Pearl
Can't Handle the Truth

Don't Worry, Tide Pods Aren't Going Anywhere

Don't believe the story about Tide pulling the toxic little guys off the shelves.
Mike Pearl
Can't Handle the Truth

Trump Has No Idea What 'Fake News' Means

The president is apparently super mad about reporting errors that outlets have already apologized for. Weirdly, he doesn't seem to care about errors that make him sound good.
Mike Pearl
Donald Trump

Trump's Year of Living Dangerously with North Korea

Directing rhetorical “fire and fury” at North Korea has given the world a daily dose of fear, and become the centerpiece of Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Is it working?
Mike Pearl
Can't Handle the Truth

Hawaii's Mistaken Ballistic Missile Alert Shows How Fake News Spreads

And more stories that turned out to be nothing.
Mike Pearl
Can't Handle the Truth

Is Fake News Actually Not a Big Deal?

According to the latest research, fake news consumers are also real news junkies. Does balancing out your fake news with real news make everything OK?
Mike Pearl