Category Archives: current events

Bike-share systems and the poor

This morning there was a story on NPR about bike sharing, specifically how it doesn’t do a good job of serving the poor. There are basically three reasons for this: The bike stations are not located in areas most useful to poor people; You need a debit card or credit card to use the system; […]

Shooting the moon

This article on the junior senator from Texas got me thinking. Specifically, this quote, from Cruz himself: “I do think the impact of a handful of principled leaders who are fearless in the Senate is significant, and I think it’s significant even going from two to three. If you have three, you pretty quickly get […]


I’ve been doing a lot of reading about guns lately. No surprise. I’m going to round up some of the more interesting stuff I’ve read and look for some common threads. The Constitution First is this detailed analysis of the Second Amendment by Gary Wills. He digs deep into the language, history, and politics prevailing […]

Facts are stupid things

Truthiness in 2012.


The right wing’s war on sex should anger men as well as women.

Three things

Three things I have read in the past few days: From Innovation Starvation, by Neil Stephenson My parents and grandparents witnessed the creation of the airplane, the automobile, nuclear energy, and the computer to name only a few. Scientists and engineers who came of age during the first half of the 20th century could look […]

The universal design critic

A little bit of it is in all of us

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The news business in a changing world.

The new GOP playbook

The budget shortfall is not the cause of pain. It’s the justification.

Are your papers in order?

How do I prove to Arizona that I belong here?