So Why Isn’t the U.S. Acting Quicker?

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Politics and disinformation campaigns have delayed progress for decades.

Quick — what year did major oil producers first begin to realize the negative effects of pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere?

Was it in 2006, when Al Gore’s film The Inconvenient Truth created the first real mainstream buzz about climate change?

Or was it 1988, when NASA researcher Jesse Hansen testified before the US Senate about the dangers of global warming, earning him a spot on the front page of the New York Times and dozens of television appearances (including…


Many consider Rivals 1 the best season in the history of The Challenge.

Pairing hated enemies like Kenny/Wes and CT/Adam together and bringing on nearly every big character of that era made Rivals the biggest season at that point in Challenge history.

But one has to wonder…why did it take the show so long to do a Rivals season?

It wasn’t until Bill Simmons got a question about it in his mailbag column in 2010 that got the momentum going to have Rivals, or as they called it back then, “Frenemies”.

The show hadn’t done many partner seasons up to…


8 Seasons: Battle of the Bloodlines (2nd place), Rivals III, Invasion of the Champions (3rd place), Dirty 30, Vendettas, Final Reckoning, Total Madness (3rd place), Double Agents (2nd place)

7–3 Elimination Record

19 Challenge Wins

Daily Challenges: 8/10

Eliminations: 8.5/10

Finals: 6.5/10

Politics: 8/10

If somebody from the future told me after Final Reckoning that Cory would be in the top 20 of my all-time rankings within 2.5 …


3 Seasons: Invasion of the Champions (3rd place), Vendettas (Final), Double Agents

1–0 Elimination Record

10 Challenge Wins

Daily Challenges: 8.5/10

Eliminations: 8.5/10

Finals: 7/10

Politics: 7/10

A terrific athlete with a less-than-stellar mind, Nicole’s career has been plagued with bad luck.

She started out on Invasion and immediately established herself as the best female athlete of the non-champions, winning the opening challenge, The Over Under.

Although she was on the wrong side of the numbers on the Underdogs, she was able to skate all the way to the Bloodbath without seeing an elimination.

Ashley and Amanda worked together against…


Ever since the advent of vote-offs on Battle of the Seasons (season five), The Challenge has been just as much about politics as it is about competition.

On shows like Survivor, social game and strategy are considered two separate categories, but on The Challenge the “political game” is both things rolled into one.

While it’s generally agreed upon who the best political players in Challenge history are, there’s less discussion about the worst.

So without further ado, here’s the 10 worst political players in the history of the show.

Honorable Mentions

Wes Bergmann- If this list was being made after Battle of…


Every week, I’m going to rank the players based on their impact in the episode. These rankings are going to be completely subjective (so please don’t spend too much time critiquing them) based on my feelings of how entertaining the characters were, how they did competitively/politically, and how the episode impacted their overall game.

I’m going to keep running totals to determine who has the best season on Double Agents. The winner of this prestigious championship will be awarded the grand prize of nothing.

Also, since more than half the cast has been eliminated, the scoring will now be in…


Every week, I’m going to rank the players based on their impact in the episode. These rankings are going to be completely subjective (so please don’t spend too much time critiquing them) based on my feelings of how entertaining the characters were, how they did competitively/politically, and how the episode impacted their overall game.

I’m going to keep running totals to determine who has the best season on Double Agents. The winner of this prestigious championship will be awarded the grand prize of nothing.

Also, since more than half the cast has been eliminated, the scoring will now be in…


Every week, I’m going to rank the players based on their impact in the episode. These rankings are going to be completely subjective (so please don’t spend too much time critiquing them) based on my feelings of how entertaining the characters were, how they did competitively/politically, and how the episode impacted their overall game.

I’m going to keep running totals to determine who has the best season on Double Agents. The winner of this prestigious championship will be awarded the grand prize of nothing.

Also, since more than half the cast has been eliminated, the scoring will now be in…


Every week, I’m going to rank the players based on their impact in the episode. These rankings are going to be completely subjective (so please don’t spend too much time critiquing them) based on my feelings of how entertaining the characters were, how they did competitively/politically, and how the episode impacted their overall game.

I’m going to keep running totals to determine who has the best season on Double Agents. The winner of this prestigious championship will be awarded the grand prize of nothing.

Also, since more than half the cast has been eliminated, the scoring will now be in…


For years, I’ve wondered about the potential of a “senior tour” for The Challenge.

Mark Long has turned this dream into reality, nearly single-handedly getting this show made.

All Stars premieres April 1, which means we will simultaneously have a regular Challenge season, a spinoff season and a Real World season going on at the same time.

It’s a good time to be a fan of Bunim-Murray entertainment.

THEME

This season being called All Stars and TJ saying in the trailer that this is to determine “the greatest of all time” is obviously a little absurd.

This cast was clearly intended…

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