‘Mad Max’ Is Here, and SHELL Is the Lord Humungus

It’s been almost a week since shit went down in Portland. In case you missed the news, a Shell ice-breaker bound for the arctic was blocked by hordes of kayaktivists, and a dozen or so dangling Greenpeace blockaders. For over forty hours, the icebreaker Fennica was detained under de facto citizen’s arrest, costing Shell several million dollars… Continue reading ‘Mad Max’ Is Here, and SHELL Is the Lord Humungus

The Ransom Gillis House and the White Riots of 1943

After several derelict decades, the famed Ransom Gillis house is once again making headlines. Built in 1876 by young architect George D. Mason, the Venetian Gothic brick mansion has become the fixation of pop culture as a shooting location for mega-comic crossover ‘Superman vs. Batman‘, as well as mega-remodeler Nicole Curtis of HGTV’s Rehab Addict. Numerous attempts at refurbishment have failed since… Continue reading The Ransom Gillis House and the White Riots of 1943

A Hellscape Among the Ruins: Zug Island

Most rust-belt cities are rebranding themselves with all sorts of green/sustainable accolades lately. Modest accomplishment is trumpeted with loud fanfare. Amid this greenwashing, city councils jubilantly downplay the harm remaining heavy industries cause. Usually, they pretend they don’t exist, or that JOBS are more important so go back to bed, pollution isn’t that bad. This deception proves effective:… Continue reading A Hellscape Among the Ruins: Zug Island

Can Bike Theft Promote True Affordable Housing?

With cities growing ever safer, more sanitized, more well behaved by the day, the financial hurdles of being able to afford these swelling citadels for the rich spiral ever upwards. American crime, or at least the violent type you hear about on the McNews, has been declining for decades since leaded gasoline was banned. In its place… Continue reading Can Bike Theft Promote True Affordable Housing?

Battle Royale In the Arena of Detroit’s Commons

In the Siege of Detroit, upon provocation Major General Isaac Brock’s British forces captured and held the midwest fort and city, heralding the War of 1812‘s start in July of that year. Detroit holds the unique distinction of being the only American city to fall and be occupied by a foreign military – for over a year… Continue reading Battle Royale In the Arena of Detroit’s Commons

Bikes In the Battle of Baltimore

Last week saw much civil and not so civil unrest across the nation as May Day 2015 served the duel role of being an International Workers Holiday and mass protest against the lethal police brutality that prompted Baltimore to riot just days prior. Contrary to corporate news narratives, America has a history rich in riots, uprisings,… Continue reading Bikes In the Battle of Baltimore

Justified Rage In the Streets of Baltimore

Watching the local corporate news feeds and listening to the paid talking heads covering the protests in Baltimore on Saturday, one might be forgiven for thinking blocking traffic and smashing windows was somehow a greater act of violence than Baltimore police murdering Freddie Gray. This summer America got a much-needed wake up call about why people… Continue reading Justified Rage In the Streets of Baltimore

Which City Will Hillary Clinton Bomb First?

Barring some personal or political tragedy, Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States. [edit: published prior to Bernie Sanders’ campaign launch] She would be the first female commander in chief of the world’s most violent and active military. Like every other male president in my lifetime with the exception of Jimmy Carter, Hillary will almost certainly… Continue reading Which City Will Hillary Clinton Bomb First?

Shutting Down Streets to Celebrate a #CopFreeChristmas

Last Saturday, dozens of Portlanders took to the streets in opposition to police violence, and in opposition to the idea of police all together. Titled ‘A Cop-Free Christmas’ the event included creative acts of traffic blocking, as well as some equally creative remixed Christmas caroling up and down festive Peacock Lane, a wealthy Portland holiday institution. Full… Continue reading Shutting Down Streets to Celebrate a #CopFreeChristmas

Smart Growth Is Killing Us, Bring On the Smart Decline

We’ve been in ecological debt for over a century. We’re exponentially increasing the human population while per capita consumption of the Earth’s resources also rises. Biodiversity is in free-fall as habitats are destroyed and wildlife is being hunted to extinction. The powers that be and their PR firms know all this. They’ve focused on changing a… Continue reading Smart Growth Is Killing Us, Bring On the Smart Decline