Trolling on Craigslist, A New 419 Internet Scam

New Orleans       In many cities Craigslist is the modern go-to site for buying and selling, having decimated its competition years ago in what’s left of the print industry. It’s a clunky site with nothing fancy to it, but, hey, it’s free, and it’s popular, and stuff moves, so many of us are all over it [...]

Internet Enabled Neighborhood Discrimination?

New Orleans   This is our question for the day.  Are people using the supposedly “neutral” tool of the internet to get around fair housing laws that prevent housing discrimination?  An intriguing piece in the New York Times raises this issue in looking at the data explosion that gives exceptionally specific data on individual communities that therefore [...]

Taxpayers Should Never Have to Subsidize Discrimination

New Orleans      The White House has announced that President Obama will sign an executive order barring discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers.  Essentially, the President is adding sexual orientation and preference from government contracts as part of the banned list including race, color, sex, national origin, and religious preference.  The order is estimated [...]

The Terrible Challenge of Building Resources for Change on a Global Scale

New Orleans      Some time ago there was an op-ed in the Times that caught my eye, even though it was coming at me from a weird and somewhat disturbing angle. Juan Zarate and Thomas Sanderson had written a piece on the challenge that national security interests face in dealing with terrorist and other radical change [...]

Increases in the Minimum Wage Correct Inequalities in Wage Distribution

Kiln     One of my projects for my wor-cation had been to finally finish reading Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.  I had ordered the book from the first notice, read 50 pages, and then just couldn’t see hauling the weight on airplanes.  I even read that Amazon e-book surveys based on noting “underlining” on [...]

Reading the Chief Organizer Reports in Tehran and Around the World

Chicago     A little more than a decade ago, Azar Nafisi, an Iranian professor, author, and now ex-patriot, wrote a very enjoyable book called Reading Lolita in Tehran:  A Memoir in Books.  It was a memoir obviously so it was about her own experiences before, during and after the revolution and what it was like to [...]