Mike Pearl

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


Don’t Panic. We’re Not Running Out of Food

If you're worried about meat rationing, here's what's really going on.
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Coronavirus Has Transformed the Climate Movement Into Something New

Activists are scrambling to deal with the pandemic while trying to make sure no one forgets about global warming.
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How Not to Be a Coronavirus Jerk

Let's dive into concepts like patience and empathy, and what they will mean to you, the aspiring non-jerk.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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."
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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