Melanie Mallon

Melanie Mallon

Melanie is a freelance editor and writer living in a small town outside Minneapolis with her husband, two kids, dog, and two cats. When not making fun of bad charts or running the Uncensorship Project, she spends her time wrangling commas, making colon jokes, and putting out random dumpster fires. You can find her on Twitter as @MelMall, on Facebook, and on Instagram.
  • PoliticsPhoto of Quickies: Trolling Ted Cruz, Black Punk Bands, Back to the Future Deepfake

    Quickies: Trolling Ted Cruz, Black Punk Bands, Back to the Future Deepfake

    Ted Cruz Positively Outraged That The Government Would Interfere With His Reproductive Rights, Wonkette: In the time-honored tradition of trolling forced-birth conservatives by introducing legislation to control men’s reproductive rights, Alabama state rep. Rolanda Hollis has introduced a bill requiring men to undergo a vasectomy at age 50 or after fathering a third child, and Ted Cruz is pretending he’s…

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  • Random AsidesPhoto of BCT: A Boring Boring Chart

    BCT: A Boring Boring Chart

    This week’s post is a brief and uneventful break from all the digital BS we wade through every day lately. It comes from the Upside Down a published source, a magazine for structural engineers, who apparently read with mirrors while standing on their head. Behold, the Boring Spacing Trends chart! At first glance, the years being at the top instead…

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  • PoliticsPhoto of The Evolution of Racism in America

    The Evolution of Racism in America

    Some of the most eye-opening information on the internet comes in the form of a tweet thread, with Black twitter and History twitter leading the way. This week’s post combines the best of those worlds with a thread on the history of racism in the United States, by Michael Harriot of the Root. “One of the most popular misconceptions about…

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  • PoliticsPhoto of Quickies: Death by Meteor 2020, Black SF Authors to Read, White Nationalists Get DC Police Escort

    Quickies: Death by Meteor 2020, Black SF Authors to Read, White Nationalists Get DC Police Escort

    Large Majority of New Hampshire Democrats Prefer Death by Meteor Than to See Trump Win Again, Rolling Stone: “Somewhat surprisingly, 28 percent of conservatives joined the majority of Democrats on wiping out all of mankind rather than dealing with another four years of Trump. And to no one’s surprise, 68 percent of women polled, more than any other group, would…

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  • PoliticsPhoto of Bad Chart Thursday: How Trump Sees Voters

    Bad Chart Thursday: How Trump Sees Voters

    In response to an argument no one was making, a Trump supporter gifted everyone on a Facebook thread with this week’s featured chart. I think it was secretly a cry for help because it (unintentionally?) mocks Trump. Here’s the chart in question: The top of the chart is not credited, although it resembles a US government agency pie chart, such…

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  • PoliticsPhoto of Fact Check: Uncensured Lies on the Senate Floor

    Fact Check: Uncensured Lies on the Senate Floor

    I masochistically watched nearly every hour of the Senate impeachment trial*, and I can say unequivocally that Trump’s lawyers’ defenses were blatant lies. This is not surprising, of course, but these lies are vastly more dangerous when they are repeated without censure on the Senate floor. Millions of Americans who watched all or part of the trial* would have a…

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  • ActivismPhoto of Quickies: Racist Attacks on Black Businesses, ERA Lawsuit, and Trump’s Itch to Kill Civilians

    Quickies: Racist Attacks on Black Businesses, ERA Lawsuit, and Trump’s Itch to Kill Civilians

    More Georgia Racism: Snellville Business Owners Find ‘No More N***er Businesses’ Letters Pinned to Their Stores, the Root: The headline really says it all, and I don’t want to give the letter itself any more views, but check out the link for details. White racists continue to get more and more emboldened. Democratic AGs Sue to Force US to Ratify…

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  • ActivismPhoto of Senate GOP Votes to Decimate Congressional Oversight

    Senate GOP Votes to Decimate Congressional Oversight

    Even the least jaded among us are probably not surprised by the Senate GOP’s decision not to try the impeachment of Donald Trump by voting against documents and witnesses. Republicans have always had an abusive relationship with the US Constitution, professing love for it while chipping away at its protections (voter suppression efforts, attacks on the press and the first…

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