So…sodas. Here’s the deal: I loved sodas. OK, I still do. I’m down to one a week, which is an astronomical achievement. For all of us, really: Earthlings are addicted to all kinds of things, and always will be.
But…sodas. They can kill you. It’s so obvious, like global warming, that so-called debate is simply a [...]
I grew up on hip hop in Long Beach during the ’70s and ’80s, and in Berkeley during the ’90s. Throughout that time, it was packed with party jams but also resolutely intent on speaking truth to power. Sure, it was shot through here and there with knuckleheads just trying to get ahead, but it [...]
Here’s a bankrupt idea: Lobby for private toll roads that supposedly ease traffic congestion, rather than public transportation systems designed to provide traffic alternatives. Then greatly overcharge to build said roads, and skim off profits as they go bankrupt and are sold back to the public for tidy sums. Not a bad racket if you [...]
I’ve been following the sometimes merry digital pranksters of Anonymous for awhile now. But I was stoked when my AlterNet editor Jan Frel asked me to break down their genius undressing of Aaron Barr’s so-called cybersecurity outfit HBGary Federal and, by association, everyone from the Chamber of Commerce and powerhouse law firm Hunton & Williams [...]
America sniffs the global average when it comes education. And the last thing it needs is lame advice from Microsoft’s Bill Gates. But that’s what it’s getting, according to my recent article for AlterNet, whose smartass title comes from my excellent editor Jan Frel. Gates’ big idea? Increased class sizes, decreased teacher counts, fewer advanced [...]