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Ferguson On My Mind

by Miriam Axel-Lute September 11, 2014

  Outside my house, two young African-American boys, maybe 9 or 10, scoot by on skateboards. One is carrying something on a leaf and stops to show me a giant slug. We chat about it a ...

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Understanding the Fappening

by Paul Rapp September 4, 2014

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  Let’s talk about naked ladies on the Internet! You already know about the big “leak” of “personal” photographs of various (mostly) young actresses and you probably already have a strong opinion about it. As usual, ...

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Through the Roofie

by Evie September 4, 2014

  “I found a bathroom, and the image I saw in the mirror shocked me. My face was swollen and covered in blood. It looked like I had been beaten.” It was our first night back at ...

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Vote Teachout

by Miriam Axel-Lute August 28, 2014

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  Part of progressive frustration with the Tea Party, aside from shaking our heads over the sheer lack of enlightened self-interest shown by most of its on the ground supporters, is jealousy. They run primary campaigns ...

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Where There’s Smoke

by Evie August 21, 2014

  Naked, with my back stiff against his headboard, I sat there silent, self-conscious, and shocked. Ouch, I thought, which applied to both my mental and physical state. I held his blue striped comforter tightly over ...

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In the House

by Paul Rapp August 21, 2014

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  Until fairly recently I didn’t get the whole house concert thing; at least I didn’t think it was for me. The idea of going to somebody’s home for a private concert struck me as something ...

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Income for Everyone

by Miriam Axel-Lute August 12, 2014

  If you wanted to come up with a totally cockamamie idea to attribute to someone to smear them as unrealistic bleeding-heart socialist, what would you come up with? Possibly “the government should just give everyone ...

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What’s Your Number?

by Evie August 7, 2014

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  “It has to be over a thousand,” my Aunt Dee said, in reference to the number of people she believed my grandfather had slept with in his life. Just 12 years old, I sat at the ...

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Compassion for All at the Border

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 31, 2014

  If your social media feeds lean the way mine do, you’ve likely been seeing a picture of a sign getting passed around that says “Keep the kids. Deport the racists.” As slogans go, it very neatly ...

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A Gamechanger and a False Alarm

by Paul Rapp July 23, 2014

Net Neutrality update: Well, the FCC received well over a million comments on its “Notice of Rulemaking” to consider ways to destroy the Internet. Last week so many comments were coming in that the FCC’s ...

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Artists and Urban Renewal

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 17, 2014

  Conventional wisdom says that artists and gay people are tend to be pioneers in distressed neighborhoods, signs that change is ’a coming. While there have been some funny, and likely apocryphal stories about unlikely conservatives ...

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Hell to the Redskins

by Paul Rapp July 10, 2014

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Hey, it’s been awhile! Sorry, extenuating circumstances every which-a-way . . . Anyway, there was all sorts of rejoicing a couple of weeks ago when a panel of administrative judges at the Trademark Trial and Appeal ...

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Small World

by Stephen Leon July 6, 2014

  A Saturday morning sometime last season in the TV room, tuned in to the English Premier League. I’m watching Manchester United with two or three of my sons. Wayne Rooney and co. are being challenged ...

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Actually United States

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 3, 2014

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  Americans are a people hopelessly divided by culture wars and fundamental disagreements about the role and appropriate size of government. You know this; I know this. Everyone knows this. In some parts of the country ...

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Dry Detroit

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 26, 2014

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  Water is a human right: Even the much beleagured CEO of Nestle, who has been accused of trying to privatize the water resources of poor communities for the benefit of its bottled-water profits, officially agrees. He ...

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Small, Gritty, and Equitable

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 19, 2014

  At the United Tenants of Albany annual dinner last week, Mayor Kathy Sheehan spoke about her “equity agenda” for the city of Albany. We’re only as strong as our weakest neighborhoods, she said. We have ...

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The Real Benghazi Scandal

by Katrina vanden Heuvel June 12, 2014

  Copyright ©2014 The Nation; distributed by Agence Global The illogic of the Republicans’ obsession with Benghazi—and with Hillary Clinton’s role in the tragedy—has been documented ad nauseam, and suffice to say that five investigations, 50 briefings, ...

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Making Reparations

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 5, 2014

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  I bought my house with the help of a downpayment from my parents. My parents got help to buy their house from my father’s parents. At the time when my father’s parents bought their house, ...

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Higher Borrowing

by Michelle Chen May 30, 2014

  Copyright © 2014 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global With tuition costs more than doubling over the past generation, and student debt now exceeding $1 trillion, everyone knows the cost of college is too damn high. About ...

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Who Owns the Land?

by Miriam Axel-Lute May 22, 2014

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  When I was a 20-something my family received a copy of the board game Monopoly as a gift. Being all varying levels of anti-capitalists, but certainly united in not being fans of rich guys in ...

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Digital Amnesia

by Paul Rapp May 15, 2014

  Well, the net neutrality crisis I talked about last time will take a long time to play out, but it’s sure started playing. A couple of weeks ago, it was leaked that FCC Chairman Thomas ...

Calling Don Draper

by Miriam Axel-Lute May 8, 2014

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  Many years ago, I took a humor writing class in New York City. It was one of the most rigorous, challenging classes I’ve taken. (And for those who don’t know, I was a biochem major.) Unfortunately, ...

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Welcome to the Information Low-Way

by Paul Rapp May 1, 2014

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  A little over two years ago we beat back SOPA/PIPA, legislation that would have allowed Big Media to control the Internet. The defeat was stunning. The bills were flying through corrupt and know-nothing congressional committees, ...

Imprisoned America

by Miriam Axel-Lute April 24, 2014

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  I recently served on my first jury. It was a fascinating and challenging experience, which happened to involve a brawl around the corner from where I live. We as the jury took our job very ...

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I Wanna Live With the Digital Girl

by Paul Rapp April 17, 2014

  Neil Young has long railed against digital music, particularly MP3s. He once observed that listening to an MP3 was like looking through a screen that only allowed one color through each hole. And of course ...