Fighting Crime…With Homelessness

Just when I thought I’d heard every awful thing in the criminal justice system — Actually, I’ve learned by now that the criminal justice system is an unending source of unjust practices and terrible outcomes, so let me start again… It’s been a while since I heard any new stories about awful things in the… Continue Reading →

A Little Oscar Math

One of the stories going around this week was that several black celebrities — including Spike Lee, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith — had announced they would not be attending the Academy Awards ceremony this year in protest of the lack of black acting nominees. Or as director Spike Lee put it in his… Continue Reading →

How To Win the Big Powerball Drawing!!!

There’s only about a dozen hours left to buy Powerball lottery tickets before the big drawing Wednesday evening. As I write this, the estimated jackpot prize is $1.4 billion dollars, making it the largest jackpot in the history of the game. And because I love my readers so much, I’m going to tell you how… Continue Reading →

David Bowie 1947 – 2016

So David Bowie died last night. I’ve been watching the word break across Twitter. Reactions from everyone — from sex workers to Weird Al to Elon Musk. Until today, I only half-believed that #DavidBowie really existed. He made more sense as a legend weird kids made up to make us all braver. — Laurie Penny… Continue Reading →

Oregon Under Attack — A Modest Proposal

So far the authorities in Oregon are handling the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters pretty well. They seem to be following a low-conflict approach rather than letting their egos get in the way, so the standoff hasn’t erupted into violence. That kind of low-conflict approach had helped to end an earlier standoff… Continue Reading →