Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Psychopathology of Bike Hate

Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:
When my late Father, then 75 years old, retired – many years ago, he decided to ride his bicycle from Portland Oregon to Portland Maine, and did so. One thing that amazed him was the number of people along the way who threw things at him from their…

Cecily McMillan’s sentencing: the state gets what it wants

Monday, when it was all said and done, Cecily McMillan received a three month prison sentence plus five years probation after being convicted of assaulting a police officer during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration on the six-month anniversary of the original occupation of Zuccotti Park. Many believe that any sentence including  jail time–indeed any sentence at all –was […]

Newark’s $100 M School Debacle

  A long-form report just published in the New Yorker caught my attention. Five years ago, then- Newark Mayor Cory Booker persuaded Mark Zuckerberg (mister FaceBook) to donate $100 M to improving the schools of the city of Newark NJ. There were a number of conditions put on the money, but the upshot was that […]

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How come there are no pot holes in the Netherlands?

Originally posted on BICYCLE DUTCH:
“How come there are no pot holes in the Netherlands?“ Every time I show Dutch infrastructure to foreign guests that question keeps coming back. And it’s not just people with an interest in road design that notice it. “In the Netherlands I did not see one pot hole in the…

The Future is a Dark Place

  Several weeks ago I reported on the death of Michael C. Ruppert. His passing was self -inflicted and was anticipated by many who’d followed his work. In the last months of his life, the VICE Network people made a documentary about his work called Apocalypse, Man. After I viewed it, I started looking at the blogs and […]

Cecily McMillan: The Jury objects

Apparently, nine of the jurors who decided the case of Cecily McMillan are suffering from buyer’s remorse. They’ve sent the attached letter to Judge Zweibel asking for leniency in sentencing McMillan, an Occupy Wall Street activist, who was convicted of assaulting a police officer. According to their letter, they were prevented from learning that a […]

Cecily McMillan is convicted of assault

I had a bad feeling about this from the first day in court (which I showed up for). Cecily McMillan was found guilty of felony assault of a police officer yesterday. I had done a post about this a few weeks ago, so if you need context go here. The case was marked by suppression […]