Small Talk, Big Talk

What do you call someone who can make anything political? Like, you could be having an innocuous conversation with someone, all small talk, and then they go off into the weeds? “Nice cool breezy weather we got today, yeah?”“Not as cold as the day we finally get all of them dirty sumbitches outta Congress an’ …

Interstellar Sights and Social Rights

We have the first image of a black hole, and it took a lot of computational power and cleverness to generate it. Great! Holy crap, yes! I’m proud of scientific progress! Katie Bouman and her team did an amazing job! What’s less amazing isn’t the reporting that Dr. Bouman was the technical lead on the …

To See a Thing Clearly, You Have to Close Your Eyes

“Hey Shawn, why don’t you ever get political or express any of your opinions? Where do you stand on things?” (Said no one in particular) Well, Billy, here’s the thing: if I am ever emboldened enough to say my peace, I have to be prepared to defend my position, because someone’s going to bodycheck me …

Supermax Profit

Imagine a land where the capitalist ideal is stretched so far, prisoners sue for and win the right to choose which for-profit private prison they will go to. Where penitentiary placement representatives do outreach marketing to convicted individuals while they wait between conviction and sentencing,  courting them with pamphlets and promises, going into broad generalities …