2002, 2007, 2012, 2017, 2021.

#20yrsago John Ashcroft covers up blind justice’s booby https://web.archive.org/web/20020124151626/https://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/HallsOfJustice/hallsofjustice.html

#15yrsago Google founder regrets censoring China https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2007/jan/27/news.newmedia

#15yrsago Japan’s health minister: Women are “birth-giving machines” https://web.archive.org/web/20070305015449/http://www.tokyomango.com/tokyo_mango/2007/01/health_minister.html

#10yrsago Here’s the utterly inconsequential recording that resulted in NZ PM John Key ordering raids on the free press https://web.archive.org/web/20120130200045/https://juha.saarinen.org/7955

The deadly myth of the fentanyl contact high.

A ‘thin blue line’ flag but instead of a blue line, you can see the top of a greasy pepperoni pizza.Image: Zack Middleton (modified) CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Despite what you may have heard, cops have a relatively safe job. Cops are injured and killed with less frequency than roofers, truckers, fishermen, and pizza-delivery people. Cops are basically armed bureaucrats and their primary role is to file reports about crimes, not intervene in dangerous situations.


Now, you…

The long-run effect of Obama’s choice to bail out lenders, not borrowers.

The Obama administration’s most consequential decision was to address the Great Financial Crisis by bailing out the finance sector, rather than borrowers. It was an unforced error, directed by Goldman-Sachs bankers elevated to the ranks of finance regulators, and we are still living with its consequences.

The choice to enact…

Forthcoming in the March 2022 issue of Locus Magazine.

xploded diagram of internal 3 speed Shimano hub from a Sears bicycle

Science fiction has a longstanding love-hate relationship with the tech tycoon. The literature is full of billionaire inventors, sometimes painted as system-bucking heroes, at other times as megalomanical supervillains.

From time to time, we even manage to portray one of these people in a way that hews most closely to…

My last pre-op podcast.

This week on my podcast, I read my latest Locus Magazine column, “Science Fiction is a Luddite Literature,” an essay about the historically unsupportable libel that turned “Luddite” into a slur.


Far from rejecting technology out of some reactionary fear, the Luddites instead demanded a renegotiation of the social…

The Dems may do something to materially improve voters’ lives. Maybe.

The drowning elephant sculptures at the La Brea tar pits; an Uber sign is sinking into the tar. Monopoly’s ‘Rich Uncle Pennybags’ is exiting the frame bottom left, holding a bag of money.

It’s hard not to freak out, watching Biden get punked by Joe Manchin over Build Back Better. Manchin’s transparent ruse — splitting the infrastructure bill from BBB — was obviously a prelude to a betrayal.

Thanks to Dem leadership’s foolish error, the party that holds the House, the Senate and…

Cory Doctorow

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