Monthly Archives: February 2015

Monthly Archives: February 2015

Come to the NYC Debut of A Dangerous Game!

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A Dangerous Game Director Anthony Baxter finds himself on a journey to global hot spots where Donald Trump and other rapacious developers – often in cahoots with local officials – are using golf as a smokescreen for massive luxury resorts that end up costing the earth. With appearances by Hollywood star Alec Baldwin, environmental icon Robert Kennedy Jr, the world’s most famous businessman, and a cast of memorable local heroes who aren’t taking it any more. I’ll be featured on a panel …

Ode to the Social Gadfly

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This one is dedicated to all those annoying gadflies out there. You know who you are. You’re speaking inconvenient or uncomfortable or economically-unprofitable truths on the daily. Your old friends probably don’t call you. You don’t get invited to their parties, but sometimes you crash them anyway…   Feeling somewhat embattled myself lately, I thought I’d open the history books and console myself with some of the more controversial figures of the last century. Detroit has produced more than its …

Dispatch from Detroit: Runaway Water Rates And the Case for Nonpayment

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Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. -Frederick Douglass, 1818-1895 Water and sewerage rates in Detroit are literally out of control. Rates have risen 119% in the last decade. This month the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is proposing another 12% rate increase, even as they cut the water to thousands of low-income residents. Many families spend upwards of 20% of …

Dispatch from Detroit: I’m Quitting Facebook

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tl;dr version: I’m shutting down my Facebook profile. If you don’t care why and just want to know where I’m going instead, jump down to the big bold link below…   I’m busting out of the Facebook factory, friends. I’ve just had enough! I’ve had enough of the endless comments, click-bait memes, and other mental noise pollution. The whole thing feels demeaning now: I am more than an aggregation of my “friends”, a collection of photos, a series of Facebook event …

Dispatch from Detroit: Debt-roit

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Croatia, a small Mediterranean country of 4.4 million, just did an amazing thing: it wiped clean the debts of its 60,000 poorest citizens. Their Deputy Prime Minister, Milanka Opacic, said   They will be given a chance for a new start without a burden of debt.   The move will unfreeze bank accounts to nearly 20% of Croatians whose accounts were frozen last year for non-payment. Among the debts include in the mini-jubilee, or debt cancellation: “banks, telecommunication companies, major …