“Fallout” [the game] and fallout [the nuclear reality]

“If I had foreseen Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I would have torn up my formula in 1905.” –Albert Einstein. Next month, “Fallout 4,” a highly-anticipated video game releases. Dealing with various Americans a couple centuries after nuclear war, the Fallout series is known for its strong writing, dark humor, and bleak outlook. “War never changes,” Ron…

You can’t have a political movement without moving. But bring your smartphone, too.

People marching in lines. Banners, signs and paraphernalia everywhere. A familiar scene at rallies and protests. At first glance, little beside the intensity has changed since the late nineteenth century when the street first became the stage. Yet, take another look. The seasoned activists march with their chins raised high. The youth, on the other hand, keep their…

Net neutrality: Will you be in the slow lane or the express lane?

Speed up. Slow down. Block. Assuming that the above five words are nothing more than a description of Super Bowl tactics would be incorrect. That’s because the words also define tactics the largest Internet service providers (ISPs)—Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable—might soon be using to bolster their bottom line. This radical change to…

Boots on the ground, working for democracy

“The government this.” “The government that.” These are often the lead-ins for criticisms from right-winger malcontents. To them, it is as if the government is a monolith made up of demons who are secretly plotting to undermine everyone and everything that they value. From a bird’s eye view, this is silly. Most of the government’s…

NSA data collection raises more questions than answers

In his book, The Republican Brain, Chris Mooney describes how there are certain types of issues in which Democrats mimic the illogical positions of most Republicans. He cites examples such as the Keystone Pipeline and fracking for natural gas. Both of these involve considerable data analysis. Sometimes Democrats distance themselves from the data because it…

Where your electronic waste goes: A ruined city in Ghana called “Agbogbloshie”

Agbogbloshie. Does the name mean anything to you?  Probably not. But it should. Agbogbloshie is hardly a household word. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue with familiarity. But it should be as familiar to us as the names of some of the storied (and reviled) places where our high-tech toys are designed and manufactured. …