I wanted to hate this. Okay, I really, really wanted to hate this. When I saw a PR pitch in my inbox from Rock the Vote, I got a little excited. I’ve been looking for something to pitch to Salon…

Conservatives really hate Neil deGrasse Tyson, and The Federalist’s Sean Davis has finally given them some ammunition — beyond just deriding him as a “nerd,” a particularly lame insult. After all, thinking it’s bad to be a nerd only reinforces the…

The notion that man-made climate change is warming our planet — with potentially devastating consequences — has been affirmed by 97% of relevant scientists — so why do so many conservatives deny its existence? And why do those conservatives who…

Is this job at HuffPost the worst gig in media?

I should not be writing this post. After all, last week I sent the Huffington Post a job application; this is not the best way to curry their favor. That being said, fuck that shit, amirite? As a freelancer who lacks…

Anyone who’s been visiting this blog waiting for updates (if such a creature exists outside the realm of fiction) has waited quite a long time. While I’ve written for VICE and subbed in for a daily column at Salon in…

Climate change: Where "good news" is shorthand for "doing anything at all"

There is no single issue in the world today more pressing and less hopeful than man-made climate change. Evidence from hundreds of thousands of years of paleoclimate data clearly shows a direct relation between atmospheric carbon and rising temperatures. We’re uncertain…

A century of secessions?

Yesterday, the people of Scotland voted against seceding from Great Britain, a decision that has certainly calmed the nervous hearts of Brits the world over. In the run-up to the vote, after polls had shown a likely toss-up, commentators dissected…

The hard-charging reporters at Vocativ are asking the tough questions. On Wednesday, they released some “Deep Web Reporting” answering this long-pondered puzzle: why do students continue to let themselves to get gouged by greedy textbook publishers, when free (albeit illegal) pdf versions…

After a long battle with lung cancer first reported last July, things were looking better for JP MorganChase CEO Jamie Dimon. Multiple reports — from his company, his doctors and even the man himself — suggested that, after eight weeks…

Nine Massively Depressing Charts About the Millennial Generation

On Salon today, I’ve got a long piece about the changing nature of wealth in America, where an increasing share of the richest citizens are inheriting their wealth rather than coming from more humble origins. The article includes three charts from…