The 40 Funniest Ways Self-Driving Cars Will Fail Fucking Hard

I’ve made it no secret I loathe the very idea of self-driving cars. The techie nerds can wax poetic about how mapping and apps and laser-guided whatever will ensure our streets will be safer, cleaner, less congested places where human error is no longer a factor in the 40,000 car-caused fatalities in the US each year.… Continue reading The 40 Funniest Ways Self-Driving Cars Will Fail Fucking Hard

There Won’t Be Resilient Coastal Cities in the 22nd Century

In the lexicon of urbanist jargon, the term ‘sustainability’ has become virtually meaningless. We know cities will never be sustainable, not in their energy use, their food production, or their ability to afford economic or housing stability to large numbers of their populations. This is, of course, largely by design. Cities are epicenters of global… Continue reading There Won’t Be Resilient Coastal Cities in the 22nd Century

Street Name Sexism is the New Confederate Statue

New Orleans made national news last week when its city council voted 6-1 to remove four statues honoring Confederate president Jefferson Davis, General P.G.T. Beauregard, the Battle of Liberty Place, and even General Robert E. Lee whose likeness sits atop a massive column at the center of a plaza that shares his name. While the decision would be a no-brainer… Continue reading Street Name Sexism is the New Confederate Statue

Bicycling, Brandalism, and Black Bloc at the Paris Climate Talks

It’s that time of year again, when world leaders and masses of activists convene to grapple with a dying Earth. Largely indifferent to the effects of climate change, overpopulation, and ecological collapse, this year we’ve seen a slight intensifying of rhetoric from Barack Obama and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel. Even notorious climate denier Vladimir Putin made a… Continue reading Bicycling, Brandalism, and Black Bloc at the Paris Climate Talks