upcoming tests for democracy in september

Soundtrack in my head: Holly Beth Vincent, "For What It's Worth (Stop Hey What's That Sound)" It turns out that this month of September will have several critical tests for democracy coming up. The U.S. Senate will be voting on a constitutional amendment to overturning Citizens United most likely sometime this week.  For the first … Continue reading upcoming tests for democracy in september

joe strummer sang about this border crisis hypocrisy 30 years ago

Soundtrack in my head: The Clash, "Straight To Hell" The image of Americans protesting against busloads of refugee children represents a new low in American hatred of the "other."  To them, it matters little that these children are refugees and desperately fleeing for their lives.  They are "illegals" that don't belong here--regardless of their needs, … Continue reading joe strummer sang about this border crisis hypocrisy 30 years ago

your boss’s religious exemption and you

Soundtrack in my head: The Flaming Lips, "Shine On Sweet Jesus" The US Supreme Court's decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby has opened the floodgates for supposedly secular companies to claim a "religious exemption" from rights that employees and potential employees would otherwise enjoy. Suddenly, a new reality is emerging that when a company owner's … Continue reading your boss’s religious exemption and you

Lyft and Uber: 20% tech, 80% talk, and 100% invasive species

Soundtrack in my head: They Might Be Giants, "Don't Let's Start" vainodesositis / Pixabay How would you feel if a new company set up shop in your town and immediately proceeded to start breaking the city's laws? And when threatened with enforcement of such laws declared that your laws were outdated and needed to be … Continue reading Lyft and Uber: 20% tech, 80% talk, and 100% invasive species

internet censorship: brought to you by your internet service provider

On 14 January 2014, a federal court ruling paved the way for internet censorship. Service providers such as Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, and others can which websites you can and can't access and which apps you can and can't use. This was in response to a legal challenge filed by Verizon last fall in which it … Continue reading internet censorship: brought to you by your internet service provider

a capitol transformed

The Capitol has been occupied by peaceful protestors 24/7 for a couple of weeks now.  I know many people who have chosen to sleep over at the Capitol as part of the occupation effort.  The Capitol has always been open to the public, and people routinely cut through the Capitol to get from one side of the Square to the other.  But I've never seen it look like this before...