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Florida farm workers tell how drugs, debt bind them in modern slavery
HASTINGS — LeRoy Smith thought he had hit rock bottom when he found himself trolling Atlanta's gay district, looking to exchange sex acts for a hot hit off a crack pipe. Then he wound up on a…
Published: May 12, 2012
Length: 9 minutes (2402 words)
The Distress of the Privileged
In a memorable scene from the 1998 film Pleasantville (in which two 1998 teen-agers are transported into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV show), the father of the TV-perfect Parker family…
Author: weeklysift
Published: Sept. 10, 2012
Length: 9 minutes (2250 words)
Stop guessing whether a bill will work. Instead, let’s test it.
I’m a policy reporter. My job is to explain to my readers whether smaller class sizes help students learn, whether tax cuts boost economic growth and whether housing programs help families…
Published: Dec. 7, 2012
Length: 1 minutes (498 words)
Thorium
About a century ago, an adventurous Scandinavian discovered the first black thorium rock on a remote island in the Norwegian Sea. Now thorium is slowly heating up debates about the future of nuclear…
Source: rein.pk
Length: 6 minutes (1683 words)
Happiness Is a Worn Gun
In the 1943 noir thriller The Fallen Sparrow, John Garfield asks the police inspector whether his permit to carry a gun is still valid. “Good for a year,” the cop says wearily.…
Source: harpers.org
Length: 28 minutes (7106 words)
The Penny Arcade Report
The media will find a link between the perpetrators of violent acts and video games. This isn’t particularly hard; this is the modern world of smart phones and tablet computing. Like it or…
Length: 6 minutes (1511 words)
Citizen Coupon
Imagine there was no such thing as a library, and that members of the current neoliberal policy consensus were to sit down today and invent it. They might create complicated tax expenditures to…
Author: Mike Konczal
Length: 7 minutes (1848 words)
The Problem With The Big Bang Theory...
I’ve been meaning to post something about The Big Bang Theory for a while now but it’s taken me ‘till now to really understand what it is about the show that makes me…
Length: 11 minutes (2767 words)
Dear Hacker Community - We Need To Talk.
Some parts of this article deal with misogyny, sexism, and harassment, while other aspects of it respond to experiences of down-right douche-baggery. It doesn’t apply to all of you, but a…
Length: 12 minutes (3079 words)
Should We Tax People for Being Annoying?
Driving home during the holidays, I found myself trapped in the permanent traffic jam on I-95 near Bridgeport, Conn. In the back seat, my son was screaming. All around, drivers had the menaced,…
Published: Jan. 8, 2013
Length: 3 minutes (753 words)
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