December 2011

Driven to Predatory Loans

30 December, 2011 // 0 Comments

A car can be a powerful tool, especially for low-income people in communities with inadequate public transit, which is many. Lack of transportation can be a barrier to seeking work, to getting adequate nutrition, to reaching a doctor’s office. ...

Turning the Border Into A War Zone

29 December, 2011 // 0 Comments

Good fences, goes the saying, make good neighbours. Walls and fences have been used as messaging for thousands of years; early humans probably made a point of building fences as soon as they could figure out how to do it. We’re fond of fences ...

Disability Does Not An Unfit Parent Make

27 December, 2011 // 0 Comments

Attempts to minimise discussions about ableism often place it in a historic context—this is something that used to happen, this is the way things used to be—the idea is that things aren’t that way anymore, so the claim that ...


25 December, 2011 // 0 Comments

People often like to say that California does not have seasons. These are the same witty people who seem to be under the impression that the entire state is a palm-lined beach that remains a balmy 72 degrees year-round. This despite the fact that ...

The Sweetness of Good Camp

24 December, 2011 // 0 Comments

I have a huge, deep, intense fondness for campy television. It’s one of my things. Look at Buffy. This is camp to the max, complete with cheesy sets and fake-looking blood and dim lighting to cut stunt costs. Or Grimm, which is borrowing a ...


22 December, 2011 // 0 Comments

There is a thing that happens before the sunrise, where the sky is dark and still in the east with the occasional winking star, and then something seems to shift, quietly. If you blink and look again it will be gone, but if you wait long enough and ...
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