BRAYDEN SIMMS

Joe Biden a Darwinist, too, when it comes to gays

Scientists and fifth-graders alike likely understand: Evolution takes time. The complex genetic levers pulled by this biological process are generally understood in terms of geologic eras — many millions of years — rather than in human time spans. Yet some parts of the Obama administration seem to...

Monday, May 7, 2012, 12:40 AM

Superlative PACs: Richest dominate

Have we sold our democracy to the highest bidders? Absolutely. Do you care? That depends.An analysis released this week by watchdog group Center for Public Integrity revealed that a small handful of mega-rich billionaires have been given disproportionate control over our political discourse. Of all...

Friday, May 4, 2012, 12:02 AM

Metropolitik: And the moms fight on

After a week in which Republicans turned Democrats’ rhetorical “War on Women” around on them by shifting the debate from the right-wing’s ubiquitous anti-women policies into a battle over lefties’ alleged disdain for working mothers, we thought maybe this election battle had played itself out.We...

Monday, April 16, 2012, 4:44 AM

Metropolitik: Is voter fraud a problem?

Breitbart.com attack dog James O'Keefe released the latest in his series of misleading "gotcha" videos yesterday, evidently exposing the need for voter ID laws by capturing one of his operatives committing said fraud.In the new hidden camera video, an actor requests and nearly receives a ballot for...

Monday, April 9, 2012, 10:47 PM

'Game of Thrones' season two: Fighting for the right to rule

Three things... a super fan of the 'GOT' book series demands of Season 2:AsGeorge R.R. Martin and the HBO team take "Game of Thrones" into the nextchapter, we present three spoiler-free hopes for the series from adie-hard fan of the books.1. BattlesSeason 1concluded without much in the way of epic...

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 11:22 PM

The News Corp. handbook has some unintentional irony

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. seems to be thumbing its nose at its critics, UK Parliament and perhaps the very idea of the rule of law, according to a certain interpretation of the tainted media organization's ethics guidebook, released to employees of the New York Post last month in response to the...

Friday, September 2, 2011, 5:56 PM

Metro's latest edition of The Week That Was

The latest headlines getting you down? Metro's here to cheer you up witha little news satire. Host Brayden Simms skewers the mass media withhis trademark low-brow wit.Warning: Not for the faint of humor.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 4:16 PM

Metro's latest edition of The Week That Was

The latest headlines getting you down? Metro's here to cheer you up witha little news satire. Host Brayden Simms skewers the mass media withhis trademark low-brow wit.Warning: Not for the faint of humor.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 2:10 AM

Metro's latest edition of The Week That Was

The latest headlines getting you down? Metro's here to cheer you up witha little news satire. Host Brayden Simms skewers the mass media withhis trademark low-brow wit.Warning: Not for the faint of humor.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 2:10 AM

Fantasy nerds seize the throne

In the course of a single generation, one of the most denigrated cultural institutions has risen to the top of the popularity hierarchy, influencing a new era of TV, cinema and literature.We speak, of course, of fantasy. For the longest time, merely speaking the word aloud was enough to earn you a...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 11:01 PM

Ancient sea monster no shrimp

New fossil evidence uncovered from ancient sea beds in the Moroccan desert is causing scientists to revise their conclusions on a predaceous shrimp-like creature that ruled the waters for millions of years, LiveScience reports.Anomalocaridids — soft-jointed monsters sporting pointy backs of...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 11:34 PM

The Week That Was: 4/22

Thursday, April 21, 2011, 11:18 PM

George R. R. Martin on taking 'Game of Thrones' to the screen

Game Of Thrones premieres tonight on HBO Canada, and Metro caught up with series author George R. R. Martin. In transferring these epic works from the page to the screen, have you had to make many changes?Well, of course, I didn’t actually do it. So the challenges here were largely those faced by...

Sunday, April 17, 2011, 8:46 PM

Have Bert and Ernie come out on Twitter?

The mystery surrounding the sexual preferences of Bert and Ernie — the beloved yellow-and-orange roommate puppets from the classic children’s TV series “Sesame Street” — is nothing new. But an official Twitter post, purportedly from Bert, has renewed the question in the mass media.In anticipation...

Monday, October 25, 2010, 8:25 PM

The fantastic Mr. Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson, the “young fantasy master” (as his publisher’s promotional material dubs him), was until quite recently somewhat of a major nobody.Just a short time later, he’s taken the reins of the most epic of epic fantasies, the Wheel of Time series; released a trilogy and a stand-alone...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 5:30 AM

Bed bugs spreading like crazy, survey says

A new survey claims that the United States is in the midst of a bed bug infestation. According to the National Pest Management Association, 95 percent of U.S. survey participants reported an encounter with the nefarious pests in the past year.Even more disturbing is the fact that these notoriously...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 12:21 PM

The real war in Afghanistan: Secret files leaked

Newly released military documents, provided online by the anonymous Wiki-Leaks whistleblower website, are painting a clearer — yet cynical and hardly confidence-inspiring — view of the nearly 9-year-old war in Afghanistan, The New York Times reports.The heretofore secret documents — a six-year...

Monday, July 26, 2010, 9:39 AM

Conquering the world, one ‘friend’ at a time?

Forget Google. Facebook is fast becoming the one true king of the Internet.On Thursday, the Web 2.0 site announced it had amassed a social network of 500 million users — having added some 200 million in the past 11 months alone. Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, predicted they’d reach 1...

Friday, July 23, 2010, 9:43 AM

For sale: Letters sent from home

The personal items of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan — photos sent from home, letters from distant spouses and children, military awards — have been cropping up in remote markets in Pakistan, CNN reports, as the Taliban seeks to tilt the balance in the costs of battle.Taliban insurgents are keen to...

Thursday, July 15, 2010, 12:30 PM

About-Face(book) for fortune?

Legal ownership of the Internet’s dominant social networking site is being called into question following a civil case against Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old owner of Facebook.Web designer and wood pellet magnate Paul D. Ceglia claims that a circa-2003 contract with the company entitles him to 84...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 11:46 AM