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…
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)
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…
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.…
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)
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…
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,…
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