File this under that insanely annoying reality we all must face together. Writing about the telecom industry and its mostly duopolistic reign of terror over the spectrum and our wallets might sound mundane. But this story was probably one of the most popular article I’ve written in months. It eventually got picked up by the [...]
Sure, it sounds like something out of psy-fi. But then again so does a bankster-engineered depression, executed by lightspeed supercomputers running proprietary algorithms from math and compsci PhDs. And look how that worked out. I probed deep into the econopocalypse’s wired nether regions for AlterNet to discern how a electronically initiated Flash Crash could wipe [...]
[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
Driving down the broad avenues of Cleveland, Ohio, was like flipping through the pages of a picture book about the rise and fall of our industrial empire. Where demolitions had not removed things — a lot was gone — stood the residue of a society so different from ours that you felt [...]
Sure, it’s a hyperbolic title, but the sentiment is real enough. As I reported for AlterNet today, cities across not just America but the world are shortening yellow lights in order to create more ticket revenue from suckered drivers running gamed red lights.
The simple civic problem is that those cities are creating more lethal [...]
Technology is neither our friend nor our enemy. It is merely the tool by which our desire, paranoia and innovation shapes the world. It works great if we’re looking to level the playing and paying field in art and commerce. It often works better when we are using it to destroy ourselves. I broke down [...]