The Indirect Victims of the Drug War

By: Thursday October 2, 2014 11:10 am

A very big reason the justice system is overwhelmed and conditions at our prisons are so terrible is due to overcrowding from the drug war. According to the FBI’s nationwide statistics, “The highest number of arrests were for drug abuse violations.” It is the single biggest source of arrests in the country. The drug war has caused our prison population to explode and puts an incredible financial strain on the judicial system. We have one fourth of the world’s prisoners despite having only 5 percent of the world’s population.

 

Labor Day Reading: The New Yorker on Anonymous, LulzSec and H.B. Gary

By: Monday September 1, 2014 7:58 am

I started to skim the latest cover story from the New Yorker and couldn’t stop reading it. It’s a long but fascinating chronicle of the history of Anonymous, and particularly of Christopher Doyen, a.k.a. “Commander X,” one of the early participants in Anonymous and the Peoples Liberation Front. Aron Barr of H.B. Gary was attempting [...]

New Yorker: NYT Editor Fired for Seeking Gender-Neutral Wage

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 7:15 pm

From the “Love Me I’m A Liberal” department:

The New Yorker is reporting that today’s firing of The New York Times’ first female Executive Editor, Jill Abramson, occurred because she was “pushy” with the paper’s masters er, CEO and owner.

Obama Calls New Marijuana Legalization Laws “Important”

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 1:04 pm

If Obama wants to improve this broken situation there is plenty he could do. He has the power to reschedule marijuana, he could allow banks to take accounts from marijuana businesses, and he of course has the power of the pardon.

These new words are great, but it is actions that matter.

David Koch Fallout From New Yorker Article; Koch Continues Harassment of Journalists

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 6:00 pm

Amid concerns that Koch Industries could buy several major U.S. newspapers from Tribune Company, industrial billionaire David Koch was forced to step down as trustee of WNET, New York City’s largest public TV station, after the New Yorker revealed how WNET gave Koch inappropriate influence over its programming. Mr. Koch was floating a seven-figure donation over WNET’s leadership as the station aired a movie that portrayed him as a particularly greedy Manhattan resident.

Sure enough, WNET didn’t get David Koch’s hefty donation.

Happy Mothers’ Day

By: Sunday May 12, 2013 7:00 am

With the list of marriage equality states doubling in the last six months and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s introduction this week of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act which would remove barriers to same-sex couples who wish to foster or adopt children, it is fitting that The New Yorker honors mothers this year with a Happy Mothers’ Day cover.

Thoughts on Careless or Irresponsible Use of the Term “Anti-Semite”

By: Saturday December 22, 2012 7:45 am

Three recent events have brought an onslaught of hurling the term “anti-Semite” toward a number of people who certainly do not warrant such an epithet.

The last of these three instances has evoked an almost shocking level of vitriol directed toward a public figure who has been what most regard as a voice of sanity in the midst of crazed rhetoric toward Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas or the Palestinian people themselves, by uber Zionists.

Israel, Iran, and the Bomb

By: Sunday February 5, 2012 10:30 am

The US and its allies have been attacking one evil empire after another for decades, including the evil empire of Mohammed Mosaddegh, the scary Red Menace in Iran, in 1953. We have nothing to show for any of them. Why do US, European and Israeli leaders think this time things will be different?

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