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Yet Another Example of Useless Jury Research

April 10, 2012 by


Jury research is just not that impressive. Studies done by psychologists and others in the social sciences often rely on convenience samples of college students, sample sizes are often quite small, but most importantly? Juries just aren’t nearly as relevant as you might think. When the majority (read: 90-95%) of criminal cases are plea-bargained, it’s […]

Guest Post: Consuming Machines of Death

April 10, 2012 by


guest post by Warren J. Blumenfeld Editor’s Note: This piece is printed with permission. We provided the images and links.  In its attempt to pull in shoppers on so-called “Black Friday” (the day following Thanksgiving), the camping and outdoors superstore, Cabela’s, handed out envelopes to the first 800 people over the age of 18 who […]

Restaurant Misses the Point with Rihanna and Chris Black and Bleu Burger Debacle

April 9, 2012 by


A restaurant in Watkinsville, Georgia recently added a completely tasteless item to their menu: a “black and bleu” burger  inspired by Chris Brown‘s violence against Rihanna. While this is a mistake that most people would never make, this particular restaurant was not only dumb enough to do it in the first place, but to continue […]

The FBI’s 2011 3Q Stats on Bank Robberies and Loot — Yes, Loot

April 6, 2012 by


Does it strike you as odd that the FBI uses the term ‘loot’? It does me. I mean, it’s such a goofy word, loot. It conjures up five-year-olds pretending to be pirates on the playground, right? Is this some kind of weird Kindergarten Cop reference? No? You don’t find it funny?  Just me then, again. […]

The Terrible Price of Mass Incarceration

April 5, 2012 by


Have you ever driven a car, blindfolded, at a hundred and fifty miles an hour? It’s a line uttered by the creepy sociopath, Bruno Anthony, in Strangers On A Train, but it might just as well describe American correctional policy since the 1970s. We are out of control, careening down a self-destructive path, ignoring the […]

Hollaback! Has an App to Encourage Bystander Intervention in Street Harassment

April 4, 2012 by


Hollaback’s website asks a provocative question: “What’s worse than being street harassed? Being street harassed while surrounded by a bunch of strangers who could have done something, but didn’t.” Hollaback! describes itself as “a movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology.” To do this, they use an innovative approach that blends 1 part […]

4 Reasons the Supreme Court’s Decision to Allow Suspicionless Strip Searches is Stupid

April 3, 2012 by


What yesterday’s US Supreme Court opinion allowing suspicion-less strip searches for any offense says to me: Don’t piss on the street after a night of debauchery because you may get arrested. If you get arrested, you may be taken to the local jail where a bored/sadistic guard will ask you to strip down to your birthday […]

James Reynolds’ Last Suppers Photo Essay Offers A Cafeteria-Style Look at Capital Punishment

April 2, 2012 by


Fried chicken. A doughnut and a milkshake. Several bottles of Coca-Cola. An assortment of tropical fruits. These were the last meals of death row inmates recreated by a graphic artist, James Reynolds, in the United Kingdom in a series titled Last Suppers. What do these images say to you? To me, they speak not only […]


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