Capitalism’s velvet fist: job retention

Capitalism’s velvet fist: job retention

Jun. 23, 2014 by

Popular iconography is “velvet handcuffs”. It’s that place you don’t like or even hate, but the benefits are so good you can’t  quit. Or, you’re so much in debt, you can’t “afford” to. Better term: velvet fist. Get outta line and

A case for no privacy whatsoever

A case for no privacy whatsoever

May. 1, 2014 by

“It’s not about anonymity. It’s about having a say in how others treat potentially sensitive, even confidential information about our lives, our families, our health, our credit–everything.” – Comment on NPR blog This will be hard to swallow. Contention: the need

Why palliative activism brings comfort, little change

Why palliative activism brings comfort, little change

Feb. 11, 2014 by

Palliatives serve a purpose. Palliative activism works: Activists feel better when they’re active. The current global protest known as The Day We Fight Back is drawing activists and their armchair variants by the thousands. Websites, Facebook profiles, blogs across the

Why NSA surveillance is a good thing for the 99%

Why NSA surveillance is a good thing for the 99%

Jan. 18, 2014 by

The topic of the day is surveillance. The POTUS spoke Friday about wide-sweeping “changes” he ordered to make NSA programs [presumably] better. If you read the comments accompanying speech coverage, few Americans seem to be drinking the Kool-Aid. It’s not