Bystander Effect


Here’s the scene: The camera pans over a neighborhood at dusk. There’s the ice cream/coffee shop, the community garden. There is the neighborhood god, which isn’t a boy making perfect three-pointers in the pocket park, but the Greek god painted on the side of a building in a swirl of blues and purples. There is […]

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Why People Should Stop Saying Homeless People Have an Entitlement Problem


CW: Homelessness Someone I know recently called people who are experiencing homelessness “entitled.” Context: A person wearing business casual was walking down a crowded outdoor mall in the middle of the day. A person experiencing homelessness interacted with Business Casual in some way–and then attacked Business Casual with a bear hug from behind as the […]

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Food Security in a Changing World


Let’s talk about food security. And by food security, I don’t mean the biosecurity side, which is what some government types mean when they talk about food security (meaning, how do we keep someone from introducing — intentionally or not — a biological agent into the food supply system and then contaminating it. Don’t worry, […]

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More than 1/2 of Public School Children are Low-Income: Or, why we need to stop talking about “equality”


The Washington Post recently featured an article that talked about the increasing percentage of youth in America who both live in poverty and attend public schools. The article was problematic in itself — and not only because the actual study, if you look it up, points out that more than half of children in public […]

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