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Public Education Is Under Attack

by Miriam Axel-Lute March 12, 2014

  Yesterday, public school advocates rallied at the New York state capitol to call for full state funding of public education. Participants held “R.I.P.” tombstone signs of the programs, classes, staff and resources that their schools ...

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It’s Getting Weird Out There

by Paul Rapp March 6, 2014

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  Last week, Saratoga Springs blogger John Tighe (Saratoga in Decline) was arrested on child-porn charges. His computers had been seized by the New York State Police five months ago as part of an investigation about ...

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Off the Page

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 27, 2014

  There are a lot of complaints out there about the state of  journalism these days. And indeed, there’s plenty to bemoan. But there are some bright spots too, from the turn back to long-form that ...

A Whole Latte Nothin’

by Paul Rapp February 20, 2014

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  You probably saw something about this fly by over the weekend. You thought “huh?” and moved on to more productive things. Yes, I’m talking about the “Dumb Starbucks” store that opened briefly in Los Angeles. ...

High Time for a Robin Hood Tax

by Katrina vanden Heuvel February 20, 2014

  Copyright © 2014 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global In the video, it’s 2024 and a group of four European bankers appears on a talk show to assess the impact of a financial transaction tax (FTT) enacted ...

How to Not Get People to Trust You

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 13, 2014

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  This column brought to you by the majority leader of the Albany County Legislature and the proposed chair of the newly approved Albany County Land Bank’s board, via the question and answer session held Monday ...

Let’s Litigate Like It’s 1999

by Paul Rapp February 6, 2014

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  Prince continued his purple reign of terror against his fans last week when he hauled off and sued 20-plus people, most of whom were identified only by their online handles, for posting links to places ...

This Is the Warm Up

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 30, 2014

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  Railroad workers apparently call them “bomb trains”—those tank cars full of explosive crude oil from North Dakota that sit lined up in the middle of 787 and mere feet from homes, playgrounds, day care centers ...

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I’m Afraid to Wash My Hair

by Paul Rapp January 23, 2014

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  So, did President Obama’s speech about NSA spying put your fears to rest? Me neither. I heard most of it in the car. He sounded nervous, overly careful in his choices of words, and thoroughly ...

Beating Back Inequality Won’t Be Easy

by Sam Pizzigati January 23, 2014

  Copyright © 2014 The Washington Spectator; distributed by Agence Global Half a century ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty.” That war would soon make a real difference. In the decade following its 1964 ...

See, Click?

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 16, 2014

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  In a move of technological savvy, last May, the city of Albany became the first city in New York to launch a partnership with SeeClickFix, an app/website designed to encourage people to report various issues ...

Like Somebody’s Watching Me (and You)

by Paul Rapp January 9, 2014

  Edward Snowden and the NSA. For years I’ve been writing about the privacy train leaving the station, but even at my most cynical I couldn’t have imagined how bad things had become. And though the ...

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60 Shades of Gray

by Zoe Carpenter January 9, 2014

  Copyright © 2014 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global “I’m exhausted,” claimed 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl on Sunday, as she ticked off a list of clean-energy companies that have failed in recent years. What’s really getting exhausting ...

The Fight Comes Home

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 8, 2014

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  If you have paid even a modicum of attention to the climate-justice fight over the past couple years, you have probably been aware of both the movement to keep fracking out of New York state, ...

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The Three-Legged Stool of Economic Development

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 31, 2013

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  Urbanist gadfly Richard Florida recently attempted to tip the sacred cow of "eds and meds" (universities and hospitals) economic development by arguing that cities with a high percentage of employment in those sectors tended to ...

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Santa Fidelis

by John Rodat December 24, 2013

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  A darkened room is dominated by a large projection screen. A map of the world’s continents glows in blue digital light. Individual red lights densely dot those outlines and with trails of red connecting them ...

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Still Burning

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 19, 2013

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  I am and always have been a big fan of the winter holidays. Though I am not religious in the usual sense, nor much of a theist, I am a big champion of the power ...

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Yellin’ of Troy

by Paul Rapp December 12, 2013

  Well, well, well. Copyright issues rarely rise above blog chatter and me bitchin’ about things here. Rarely do they take center stage in a significant public forum. But lookie here! Troy represents! The Night Before Christmas ...

Five Things Engage NY Didn’t Intend to Teach My Kid

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 5, 2013

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  It’s always good to look on the bright side of things, right? (Or at least frequently good. Relentlessly doing so veers toward denial.) Nonetheless, when you have a kid in school in this age of absurd ...

A Sci-Fi Holiday

by John Rodat November 27, 2013

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  A dining room at Thanksgiving. The table is laden with traditional fare: a dirigible-sized turkey glistens golden brown, a snowy Himalayan mound of mashed potatoes steams, gravy rich and black in a ceramic boat so ...

Fight for Your Right to Advertise

by Paul Rapp November 27, 2013

  Sorry I missed the last two columns. There have been gnarly litigation deadlines and some armed insurrections up the mountain. I’m now in a strange sort of exile, operating out of a safe house with ...

We Would Like To Apologize For . . .

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 20, 2013

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  I’m traveling this week again. This means, among other things, that I get to hear a lot of people and companies say “We apologize for the inconvenience.” It took me a little while to realize why ...

The Celebrity Report: Haiku

by John Rodat November 13, 2013

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  His kimono flows. David Bowie loves ping pong. Iman won’t play him.   The chips and snacks aisle: A roadie buys Funyons. Lady Gaga smiles.   No, Donald Glover is not the child of Danny. Nor Corey’s either.   Tom Hanks hates the mail. So many flyers for ...

“Smart” Kids and Hard Tests

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 6, 2013

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  A couple of weeks ago now, I attended the forum on the Common Core standards in Albany with Commissioner King. The parents and teachers and board members and principals who spoke were as a rule eloquent. ...

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Your Own Private Idaho

by John Rodat October 31, 2013

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  Lou Reed conjured a NYC of which he became the embodiment. His cultishly loyal fans are—must be—attracted to those quasi-mythical neighborhoods the way that fantasy and science-fiction fans are attracted to Middle Earth or galaxies ...