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Rearrange the Face of the FBI Crime Clock

The FBI Crime Clock brings a feeling of urgency to crime statistics by declaring that in 2009, there was “One murder every 34.5 minutes” in the United States. By not figuring in the size of the population in 2009 — some 307 million people — the FBI makes the nation seem to be a more [...]

One-Two Punch to Balance of Power this Week: Patriot Act and Perpetual War

While we were watching the train wreck of Patriot Act passage last week, the House of Representatives quietly passed a bill that grants the President of the United States the right to engage in perpetual war. Together, these bills concentrate power in the hands of the man who is already the single-most powerful person on [...]

Green Party Senate Candidacy Literally Killed Off By an SUV. What Can You Do?

This should be talked about more than it will be.

Maryland Green Party nominee for the U.S. Senate Natasha Pettigrew was killed today. She wasn’t walking her talk: she was riding it, riding her bicycle as a means of transportation. She was hit and killed by a massive sport utility vehicle driven by someone who [...]

50 Dead in Two Iraq Bombings Were Not Prepared

If September 2008 is the 5th annual National Preparedness Month, doesn’t that mean that the four previous National Preparedness months didn’t actually get America prepared? Perhaps it ought to be renamed National Not Quite Ready Yet Month. [...]

The Terrorist Meat Solution?

If I were a conspiracy theorist, I might conclude that Cargill Meat Solutions is up to some kind of nefarious terrorist plot to attack America with a combination of explosive steaks and biological weapons delivered by hamburger. It would be our century’s equivalent of the Nazi Final Solution, only it would be called the Meat Solution instead. [...]