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Required Reading… “The white flight of Derek Black”

There’s an incredible story in today’s Washington Post about Derek Black, the son of Don Black, the man behind the white nationalist website site Stormfront, and how he came to renounce the racist ideology he’d been raised to believe in. Given all of the terrible things we’ve seen taking place this election season, as Trump’s […]

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Rudy’s other theories about Obama…

Yesterday, I posted something here about Rudy Giuliani’s repeated suggestion that, up until Obama took office, Republican presidents had kept us safe from terrorism, ignoring the fact that the 9/11 attacks, which happened during the second Bush administration, took place when he was Mayor of New York City, seven years before Obama took office. Well, […]

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Running out of things to say about mass shootings… well, almost

I tried to write something last night about the Orlando shooting that just left 50 people dead, but I gave up an hour or so into it. I’d sliced my hand open earlier in the day while working on the renovation of 209 Pearl Street, which made it difficult to type. [My right thumb was […]

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Uber builds its own company town by putting its drivers in vehicles they can’t afford

Uber will eventually be a platform for the sharing of driverless cars. You’ll pay a flat fee every month, and a vehicle from their fleet (probably still owned by private individuals) will pick you up every time you press a button on your iPhone, and take you to wherever you need to go. Until then, […]

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Thinking about death, the legacy we leave behind, and David Bowie’s Blackstar

I had the occasion to spend some time this afternoon with a friend who, in spite of serious ongoing health issues, is launching a new social venture intended to bring resources to third-world farmers. When discussing his decision to launch something incredibly ambitious at this point in his life, when his heart is only functioning […]

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