Browsing Month May, 2006

I support immigrants and immigration

I support today’s protests by those who believe that it should never be a felony to be an illegal immigrant in the United States. I support nationwide amnesty for illegal immigrants. I support the creation of guest-worker programs. I support giving immediate family members first priority and fast-track status when they apply for residency, asylum, more…

Small-Time Scams and Grifts

I love this thread at Gothamist about small-time scams and grifts. I’m always interested more in the mind of the perpetrator than I am in that of the victim. There’s the high level of persistence. There’s the taking chances of running into the same marks again. There’s the low payout. There’s the massive amount of more…

Things in my apartment which beep

Totally ripping off a quick jot by Felix Salmon, who ordinarily writes persuasive articles—they’re of such high quality to call them “blog entries” would be to demean them—on politics, urban planning, media, and other public interest topics that need a fresh bird’s-eye view. Things in my apartment that beep or ding and which have not more…