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Lake Effect | Better Than a Boycott

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Nov 12,2008 - nPlans to punish the LDS Church for its hardcore, inhuman support of California’s Proposition 8 through a tourism boycott of Utah are likely to backfire (see Private Eye). Still, that church has to be slapped somehow. Problem is, how do you boycott a church? n nThere’s one very good way, if you’re one of the many individuals who have “fallen away,” as they say: R...

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Lake Effect | We Swing Both Ways

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Nov 5,2008 - nIf you’ve ever had the experience of reading a blog and not being able to figure out whether its author is a babe or a dude—and if you find that kind of information valuable—you’ll love GenderAnalyzer.com. When you enter the URL of your favorite blog, the analyzer uses its highly sophisticated, space-age atomic whiz-bang algorithm to determine the sex of a blog’s aut...

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Lake Effect | Grave Matters

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Oct 29,2008 - In today’s pre-fab world of factory-made costumes and punch-’n’-go jack-o’-lantern templates, it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Halloween. nTo the ancient Celts, of course, Samhain was a very special time—it was the time when the entire village would judge you based on the amount of thought and creativity you put into your costume and Halloween decorations...

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Lake Effect | 3 br., 2 bth., 12 fcst. nbrs.

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Oct 22,2008 - nAre you in the market for a house? Then has Betty Perry’s bank got a deal for you! nPerry, the elderly Orem woman who infamously was thrown in jail last year for neglecting to water her lawn, apparently hasn’t had better luck this year. According to a Salt Lake Tribune story, her house has been foreclosed upon, and she has left the state. nThe charming home has three bedrooms, two ba...

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Lake Effect | The Spectrum and the Rainbow

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Oct 1,2008 - The St. George Spectrum & Daily News events listings for Sept. 27 included an environmental expo, a book festival, an electronics-recycling program and a chili cook-off. (They also included the strangely foreign-sounding introductory statement “So....

Lake Effect

Lake Effect | Beers, Yes; Queers, No

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Sep 24,2008 - September has been an exciting month for those who breathlessly anticipate LDS Church statements. Such statements regularly emanate from 50 E. North Temple, but two of them have garnered considerable attention this month.nOne, optimistically interpreted...

Lake Effect

Lake Effect | Don’t Be an Ash

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Sep 17,2008 - The cremation controversy is back in the news—surprisingly, though, this time it’s not raging in the Provo Daily Herald. A Jennifer Toomer-Cook story in the D-News’ Sept. 13 religion section reported that, while cremation has become...

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Lake Effect | A Hadron for Destruction

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Sep 10,2008 - If you are reading this, the Earth has survived its gravest threat to date: the first “full proton beam injection” Sept. 10 at the Large Hadron Collider on the French/Swiss border. According to some people—those scientists again—the...

Lake Effect

Lake Effect | Weather or Not

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Sep 3,2008 - Nutjob political agitator group Focus on the Family Action (which is the arm of Focus on the Family devoted to nutjobs on the go) removed a video from its Website calling for members to pray for “rain of biblical proportions” during Sen....

Lake Effect

Lake Effect | Tokenism

By Brandon Burt
POSTED // Aug 27,2008 - TRAX ticket-vending machines are moody. With a smooth technique and a bit of finesse, you can often induce one to accept dollar bills in exchange for a $2 one-way adult fare. If the machine doesn’t like your looks, however, it rejects your currency...
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