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“Picking the man and then searching the law books”

Two weeks ago, the Justice Department issued a public notice inviting applicants “‘to refer anyone who had any information’ that might build a case against [George] Zimmerman for either a civil rights violation or a hate crime.”  It reminded me of something in Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in Morrison v. Olson, 487 U.S. 654 (1988),…

What risk management has taught me about the Trayvon Martin shooting

One of the byproducts of having spent the past two decades in risk management is that, for better or worse, I tend to view everything I see in the news through that lens.  This has certainly been the case this past week, as cable news networks, talk radio stations and political blogs have suddenly reaffixed…

On “Truth” and Its Consequences – Why We Need A New Business Model for 21st Century Journalism

On January 6, NPR’s This American Life aired an hour long and fairly damning segment on the working conditions of the Chinese manufacturing workers that build Apple products. To say the show got some attention would be an understatement. Within a few weeks it had become TAL’s most downloaded episode – quite an achievement for…

The Violent Gang Member in This Picture Is Easily Identifiable By His Tell-Tale Outerwear

Being a white male of means, I’m never entirely comfortable getting on a soapbox and talking about racism.  You never know what is really in another person’s heart, and it’s difficult to unpack what you yourself are bringing to the party from your own head.  Plus, most talks of racism neatly divide everyone into the…