What You’ve Heard About Net Neutrality is Wrong

Forget everything you’ve heard about Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is not about content, it’s about poles. Your city is so dotted with utility poles you probably even don’t notice them. Those poles are the real reason why the FCC needed to change the rules around the Internet. To understand…

Net Neutrality Summary: What the FCC Did

Net Neutrality has many definitions floating through the ether. For starters, though, here is our take on what the FCC did. If you want the quick and dirty, below is a bare summary of the rules, or you can read all 400 pages here. Included mobile broadband in the…

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – MLK

Yet Another Victory for the 1% For 10 years, New Jersey has fought – and won – a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil for dumping refinery garbage into New Jersey’s land and water. New Jersey’s environmental protection agency said it would take $2.6 billion just to clean up the sludge…

For Some, Money is More Important than People

Making Money from Mass Incarceration Please understand this: there is a whole business model where people denounce taxes and government, and then simultaneously make millions on government contracts. So, the question is never how much government should spend, because government will always spend a lot. The question is, who…

Why Liberals Live Longer, Med Students Need More Funding and Supplements are Scams

New Study Finds that Liberals Live Longer Right now, my arms are raised in victory. Why? Because a bunch of researchers at Harvard studied liberals, moderates and conservatives for 15 years and conluded that liberals live longer. It makes sense, not because I think I’m predestined to win a longevity…

Yet Another Victory for the 1%

For 10 years, New Jersey has fought – and won – a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil for dumping refinery garbage into New Jersey’s land and water. New Jersey’s environmental protection agency said it would take $2.6 billion just to clean up the sludge and muck and that it had…

Making Money from Mass Incarceration

Please understand this: there is a whole business model where people denounce taxes and government, and then simultaneously make millions on government contracts. So, the question is never how much government should spend, because government will always spend a lot. The question is, who gets to participate in opportunities…

Mandatory Drug Testing Means Big Money for Big Pharma

Another opportunity for craven profiteers: drug testing. Another state made its hungry pass a drug test before it let them eat (because, apparently, people on drugs don’t deserve food). Turns out, 16,000 people peed in a cup and … 37 of them had drugs in their system. Now, many…

Housing First: A Better Way to Fight Chronic Homelessness

February 18, 2015 If you spend time in any American city, you know that the United States h​as an enormous homeless population. Men, women and children (and sometimes dogs and cats) dot our sidewalks, asking for help or handouts. Some people – like us – believe we should help…

Putting People First is Good for Business

One of the major effects of the 40 year political movement waged by big business is that we have learned how to evaluate ideas from their perspective. Think about it. When you hear about paid parental leave, you wonder if it is fair to employers because they’ll have to…