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Freelance Journalist and Writer, Pacific Standard

I write about crime and criminal justice for @pacificstand and others. Previously: @CJR, @capitalnewyork, @longformpodcast, @thebafflermag

America’s water crisis is so much bigger than California

salon.com — This article was originally published by Scientific American. Why do I keep hearing about the California drought, if it's the Colorado River that we're "killing"? Pretty much every state west of the Rockies has been facing a water shortage of one kind or another in recent years.

Here’s the only explainer on California drought you need

grist.org — Pretty much every state west of the Rockies has been facing a water shortage of one kind or another in recent years. California's is a severe, but relatively short-term, drought. But the Colorado River basin - which provides critical water supplies for seven states including California - is the victim of a slower-burning catastrophe entering its 16th year.

California's Drought Is Part of a Much Bigger Water Crisis

scientificamerican.com — Why do I keep hearing about the California drought, if it's the Colorado River that we're "killing"? Pretty much every state west of the Rockies has been facing a water shortage of one kind or another in recent years. California's is a severe, but relatively short-term, drought.

California's Drought Is Part of a Much Bigger Water Crisis. Here's What You Need to Know

propublica.org — The Colorado River is dying - the victim of legally sanctioned overuse, the relentless forces of urban growth, willful ignorance among policymakers and a misplaced confidence in human ingenuity. ProPublica investigates the policies that are putting this precious resource in peril.

Q&A: Ian Klaus on the History of Fraudsters, Fakes, the Financial Press, and More

thebaffler.com — Trust is like gold: it's at the heart of capitalism, and it's a commodity that can be either invested or squandered. As Ian Klaus tells it, the history of modern finance is a story of the constant interplay between trust and risk, and between gentlemen and rogues.

The Utopian Vision of Pawnee, Indiana

thebaffler.com — Parks and Recreation, now entering its final season on NBC, has always represented a very particular, very liberal fantasy about how government should work. Though the city of Pawnee, Indiana is broadly drawn to the point of caricature-every branch of government seems to have its own set of quirks, from the stoned dudes of Animal Control to the sleazeballs who work in Sewage-it's also, in its way, a utopia.

Democracy in Greece, for Now

thebaffler.com — In seven years' time, Athens has been transformed from one of Europe's gleaming capital cities to Europe's version of Detroit-much of it dirty, forlorn, its storefronts abandoned, its population in decline. Graffiti is ubiquitous. There are homeless beggars huddling on the steps of vacant buildings, and makeshift soup kitchens set up in public parks.

Q&A: Judy Wajcman on the Scapegoating of the Email Inbox, Busyness as a Status Marker, the Division of Labor at Home, and More

thebaffler.com — Last April, an erroneous story got passed around online that the French government was considering making it illegal for people to answer work emails after 6 p.m. It was soon discredited-the proposal came from two unions, in the context of a contract negotiation, rather than from the government-but not before the mischaracterized version was picked up by what seemed like every single news site in America.

Don't Believe the FBI's Most Recent Hate Crime Statistics

psmag.com — Crimes targeting black and transgender Americans persist, but they are under-reported and under-recorded. * Last week, as the world's eyes turned (and hearts opened) to the victims of the shocking terror attacks in Paris, two smaller cities reckoned with their own crimes of hate and fear here at home.

London's Poor Fetish - The Baffler

thebaffler.com — Visit any bar in the hip London districts of Brixton, Dalston or Peckham and you will invariably end up in a warehouse, on the top floor of a car park, or under a railway arch.
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Jul 02, 2015

"We need to be thinking about crime as an endemic social process—something that’s bubbling out from social strife." psmag.com/politics-and-l…

Jul 02, 2015

The latest critique of "broken windows" - private conflict causes more crime than public disorder, say these profs: psmag.com/politics-and-l…

Jul 02, 2015

RT @nbj914: The limitations of the “broken windows” theory and our unreasonable expectations of the police: psmag.com/politics-and-l…

Jun 30, 2015

Ferguson police response violated protesters' right to free-speech, says the Justice Dept. stltoday.com/news/local/cri…

Jun 29, 2015

Whitey Bulger to students: stay in school. "If you want to make crime pay go to law school." nyti.ms/1KjkgUF

Jun 29, 2015

“If you were writing a movie plot, they would say that this was overdone,” Mr. Cuomo said nyti.ms/1fZlVUr

Jun 29, 2015

RT @alysiasanto: What is life on Rikers actually like? We spent months interviewing dozens of people to find out. This is Rikers: themarshallproject.org/2015/06/28/thi…

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