I’m a few weeks late pointing this out here because, frankly, writing more than 140 characters is passé, but in case you missed it — and why would you? — my last article for VICE (all caps) had to do with a recent government study finding that reports of rape behind bars are on the rise. Go read the piece but, as always, not the comments.
Also I updated the WordPress theme for this here site to another free design that I find slightly less bad.
– VICE published my latest piece on unpaid labor, concerning the use of armed volunteers by police departments across the United States.
– Salon published my interview with The Nation’s Eric Alterman regarding his opposition to diversity in the debate over Israel-Palestine.
– And finally, Salon published my piece arguing that if California Governor Jerry Brown really cares about “public safety,” he should spend the state’s emergency fund on preparation for the next earthquake, not to transfer non-violent drug offenders to private prisons.
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This year, 2013, wasn’t a bad year for me, all told, but it was a weird wooden roller coaster of a 12-month period with highs that were high and lows which are better left for my LiveJournal. In this weirdest of years, I wrote some things, some of which got traction and some of which even I’ve already forgotten. Among the pieces I remember writing which you should get busy reading, in no particular order:
“Sharing Science is a Crime,” Al Jazeera English — If you discover the cure for cancer while working for a corporation or school, you better keep it a secret.
“Steal This Article,” The New Inquiry — It may not always be practical, but it’s almost always moral to take what you need from someone who has plenty (and doesn’t deserve it).
“The Exploited Laborers of the Liberal Media,” VICE — The liberal magazine Mother Jones gave its interns/”fellows” a $500 a month raise after this piece was published, meaning they will now be paid almost the bare minimum legally allowed in San Francisco (almost).
“Libertarians Are Very Confused about Capitalism,” Salon — Libertarians like to point out that America does not enjoy a “free market,” but if that’s true: why are they always so busy defending America’s wealthy?
“US Hedge Funds Paint Argentina as Ally of Iran (& part two),” Inter Press Service – Wall Street is trying to extract tens of billions of dollars from Argentina and it’s using warmongers in Washington to try and get it.
Every year in Los Angeles County, thousands of people are released from jail without any way to prove who they are, which makes it that much harder to find a job and a place to live — to stay out of jail, in other words. In my latest for VICE, I report on an effort to change that.
Barack Obama may not have pulled the trigger that led 15 members of a wedding party in Yemen to lose their lives — to be murdered by an anonymous killer remotely piloting an American drone — but according to the US president’s own administration, he bears responsibility for their deaths just as much as if he had carried out the killings with his own two hands.
“The commander-in-chief of any military is ultimately responsible for decisions made under their leadership,” said the US State Department four months ago, “even if command and control – he’s not the one that pushes the button or said, ‘Go,’ on this.”
Since the United States is a country where the rule of law is respected and political leaders are judged by the same standards they impose on others, Obama’s trial for murder should begin any day now, which raises the obvious question: How will this impact the race for the White House in 2016?
A week after I named them in my piece for VICE on liberal outlets exploiting their laborers, Salon published my latest piece, on the NSA’s use of (paid) interns as young as 15. So, thanks to Salon for being the better left-of-center website. Now pay your interns.
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On Monday, VICE published a piece of mine concerning the liberal media’s reliance on unpaid and barely paid labor (“interns”). As I explained later to a writer for Romenesko.com, no traditionally “left” outlet was willing to publish the piece — only VICE — which is itself a commentary on the state of progressive media. I’m tempted to send all the outlets that declined or ignored my pitch a link to this.
On Friday, Inter Press Service published my interview with Madiha Tahir, a journalist who spoke to survivors of US drone strikes in Pakistan for her new documentary, Wounds of Waziristan.
I had another piece on interns that was supposed to be published this week by an outlet named in my VICE piece. Maybe next week.