The Perfect Solution to Homelessness

Posted September 26, 2015 by

The past month  has seen national media stories on rising homelessness in New York City, San Francisco, Madison, Los Angeles and other cities. Each story describes the problem, the local government response, and the insistence from homeless advocacy groups that
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Bobby Fischer’s “Pawn Sacrifice”

Posted September 25, 2015 by

Like many chess enthusiasts around the world in 1972, I followed the “Match of the Century” between the mercurial, yet troubled American chess Grandmaster Bobby Fischer, and the Soviet World Champion, Boris Spassky with a passion. After losing the first
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Big Soda and the Campus Health Conspiracy

Posted September 24, 2015 by Kyle Pfister

This week, Michelle Obama’s “Partnership for a Healthier America” announced the expansion of its #HealthyCampus initiative — a collaboration with 38 US colleges (including my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison) to improve the health of campus environments for students.
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The Royal Road

Posted September 24, 2015 by

No living human beings ever appear onscreen in local filmmaker/critic Jenni Olson’s video essay “The Royal Road.”  Statues honoring Father Junipero Serra and Spain’s King Carlos III are the only humanrepresentations seen in Olson’s meditative film.  Yet their historical legacies
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Uber Drivers Running on Empty

Posted September 24, 2015 by Seth Sandronsky

Twenty-six-year-old Takele Gobena is part of the “on-demand” economy, working full-time as a driver for Uber and part time for Lyft. The Ethiopian immigrant quit his job at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and purchased a new car to drive for
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Dems Fear Repeat of 2000 in Election 2016

Posted September 22, 2015 by

The 2016 presidential race is showing remarkable similarities to 2000. And that has Democrats and progressives understandably nervous. Recall that Democrats entered the 2000 presidential nomination cycle with Vice-President Al Gore the virtually certain nominee. Gore’s backing by Party insiders
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SF Boosts Spending to Stop Ellis Evictions

Posted September 22, 2015 by

Two events last week highlighted San Francisco’s growing financial investment in  stopping Ellis Act evictions. First, the city allocated another $234,000 to Ellis eviction legal representation. This brings the total to $744,000, allowing the Tenderloin Housing Clinic to hire another
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Drought Lawns: The Ungreening of Los Angeles

Posted September 22, 2015 by Mark Vallianatos & Robert Gottlieb

In the 1947 science fiction novel Greener Than You Think, a scientist invents a powerful fertilizer intended to boost crop production and combat hunger. The salesman she hires, however, sees more business potential in lawn care, and convinces a Los
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