Beware the Prison-Industrial Complex

November 3, 2009 | Comments Off on Beware the Prison-Industrial Complex

President Eisenhower’s last address to the American people warned them to “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. . . in the councils of government.” He warned that, unchecked, the interests of an industry devoted to war could endanger the liberties and democratic processes of the American […]

Copyright Infringement: Worse Than Murder?

October 26, 2009 | Comments Off on Copyright Infringement: Worse Than Murder?

I am a criminal. I have years of experience with a certain criminal activity. I started in high school on advice from a friend, and pretty soon I found a group of similarly-inclined friends to roll with and we ratcheted up our involvement some more. I learned new techniques in college and avoided the crackdowns […]

Lies Cannot Drive Out Lies; Only the Truth Can do That

October 26, 2009 | Comments Off on Lies Cannot Drive Out Lies; Only the Truth Can do That

About a month ago Congressman Alan Grayson (a Democrat from the Florida 8th) stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and described the Republican’s idea of health care as “‘Don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.” While it would take a stretch of the imagination to say that more […]

What’s Height Got to Do with It?

October 21, 2009 | Comments Off on What’s Height Got to Do with It?

Anyone who has taken the time to stroll around the arms and armor section of an art museum or who has carefully studied the size of a bed in a historical home easily comes to the same conclusion: the average person was a lot shorter in the past than he is now! A suit of […]

“Kill Me, or Else You are a Murderer.” – Kafka’s Last Words

October 16, 2009 | Comments Off on “Kill Me, or Else You are a Murderer.” – Kafka’s Last Words

Although it has been a crime punishable by up to fourteen years in prison to assist in the suicide of another in England since the passing of the 1961 Suicide Act, it is no secret that violators of the law often go unpunished – even when their role in the suicide is public knowledge.  But, […]

Lethal Injection: The New Frontline Against the Death Penalty

October 7, 2009 | Comments Off on Lethal Injection: The New Frontline Against the Death Penalty

Over the years many different strategies of challenging the constitutionality of the Death Penalty have made their way through the courts. The latest line of attack is focused on lethal injection. Last year, in April, 2008 the Supreme Court came down firmly on the side of upholding lethal injection. In Baze v. Rees the Supreme […]

If You Were the Judge…

October 7, 2009 | Comments Off on If You Were the Judge…

Warning: this entry contains graphic and disturbing content of a horrific crime.  Reader’s discretion is advised. On April 13, 2007, a 23 year old graduate student attending Columbia University School of Journalism headed back to her apartment building in Hamilton Heights, a neighborhood located in Harlem, Manhattan.  She was subsequently followed to her apartment by […]

Obama’s Education Plan

September 30, 2009 | Comments Off on Obama’s Education Plan

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”- Malcolm X No matter where individuals may fall on the political ideology spectrum,all can agree with Malcolm X’s statement. A child without a quality education is a child with little hope for a prosperous future, which is […]

Beyond I-Got-Mine-Jack Health Care

September 29, 2009 | Comments Off on Beyond I-Got-Mine-Jack Health Care

This opinion piece by Professor Erin Ryan appeared in the Virginian-Pilot on September 21 and in the Star Ledger on September 22. Finally, I have the private health insurance I’ve always dreamed of: reasonable deductibles, pre-conditions cared for, no draconian limits. It’s taken a lot of hard work to position myself for employment that promises […]

Is Worrying About AIDS Sooo 90s?

April 9, 2009 | Comments Off on Is Worrying About AIDS Sooo 90s?

Today The Washington Post reported on a brand new five-year AIDS and HIV awareness campaign – Act Against AIDS. The article quoted the Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Kevin Fenton, who said that Americans have settled into complacency about the disease and that we have a false sense of security. The new […]

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