What We Talk About When We Talk About Gentrification

Contrast this with this. In the former article, Farhad Manjoo tells San Franciscans that they need to accept their new Silicon Valley-working denizens: “Every positive turn, here, is met with fresh angst: People worry about that renewed success will ruin the environment, exacerbate class divisions, push out old-timers, and make it harder for everyone to…

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Africa and the International Criminal Court

Is the International Criminal Court unfairly prosecuting leaders from African countries? Probably not. That hasn’t stopped Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta from mounting a vigorous P.R. campaign to suggest that he’s the victim of racism. Consider also something that the NYRB article didn’t address: the African regional human rights complaint and enforcement system. The African Court on Human and…

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Know Your Rights

This new infographic making it around the Internets is largely correct. The infographic talks about how to deal with police. Yes, you should politely (very politely!) refuse to consent to a search, and all that. But remember that the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are not in the car with the police officer…

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No Contraception for You

Not only should religious employers not have to provide contraception for their employees, but their employees shouldn’t be able to get contraception from anywhere. That’s right: the employer’s religious freedom outweighs the employee’s private health care decisions. At least I hope so! Then we can get The Handmaid’s Tale re-shelved as nonfiction.

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Ride-Sharing Services Need to Grow Up

I’m no fan of Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, or other “ride-sharing” services. Not because I disagree with the business model, but because there isn’t sufficient regulation. This lack of regulation allows ride-sharing services to make preposterous claims, such as that they are not transportation companies and not liable for anything that goes wrong when a traveler…

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Canard Watch: Minimum Wage Is for Kids

It’s long been a talking point among Republicans that increasing the minimum wage would benefit only teenagers. The premise is that most people who are paid minimum wage are not people who need to actually support themselves or anyone else. But that little thing called data belies that premise: The classic image of the high-school…

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2013 by the Numbers

2013 was quite a year, marked by the revelation that the NSA has for years been engaged in a dragnet surveillance program they claim is legal (but which Judge Richard Leon says is not); by the intransigence of one political party, leading to a shutdown of the U.S. government for 15 days; by the floundering…

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Yes, Justice Ginsburg Should Retire

Slate’s Emily Bazelon wrote an erudite, thoughtful piece on why Justice Ginsburg shouldn’t retire yet, even though everyone wants her to: I think from her perspective she is taking a long view of history, not a case by case one, or a term by term one. She has to believe that justice will win out…

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This Is Where I Live Now

Hi, there. Previously, I wrote at a WordPress-hosted blog. But isn’t it about time for an “online presence”? So I snapped up a domain name and some hosting from Dreamhost and set about creating this new blog, which is basically going to be the same as the old one. But there might be Special Guest…

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