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The desperate hustle as a way of life

April 23, 2014
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The desperate hustle as a way of life

Here is the future: nobody gets any job security. Nobody gets a fair wage while they have a job. Nobody gets a retirement fund or even any guarantee they’ll be able to eat tomorrow. And almost everyone is doing everything they can just to get by—and paying some substantial portion of their earnings to...
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UPDATE: Open Walls Baltimore 2 met with protest citing lack of diversity, Gaia responds

March 25, 2014
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UPDATE: Open Walls Baltimore 2 met with protest citing lack of diversity, Gaia responds

UPDATE: Gaia, the Baltimore street artist who curated Open Walls Baltimore 2, issued a response, which you can read at the bottom of this post. Last night, Luminous Intervention protested the launch party for Open Walls Baltimore 2 with an event called “Open Walls = Sausage Party,” projecting images on the side of Metro Gallery that criticized...
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Two Baltimore-ites busted for rappelling Procter & Gamble: VIDEO

March 13, 2014
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Two Baltimore-ites busted for rappelling Procter & Gamble: VIDEO

So a week ago a bunch of Greenpeaceniks went all commando on Procter & Gamble’s Cincinnati headquarters, and it didn’t make the news here that I saw. One of the protestors, Marcella Largess, is from Baltimore. Another, Nima Shahidi, hails from Fallston. They were protesting the use of palm oil, saying its harvest threatens...
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Some or All Fears: “Breaking My Heart” post sparks debate

February 7, 2014
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Some or All Fears: “Breaking My Heart” post sparks debate

Yesterday, Tracey Halvorsen published a post on medium.com called “Baltimore City, You’re Breaking My Heart: This is why people leave.” In it, she talks about her struggles living in Baltimore, in which she reels off a litany of things she’s “tired of,” mostly the crimes and perils of city life, for example: “I’m tired...
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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Bullshit

January 23, 2014
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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Bullshit

Governor Martin O’Malley delivered his final State of the State address this morning. It did not disappoint, so full was it of measures and metrics and, oh God, in the online version, even footnotes: “Goals.  Deadlines.  Performance measures.  This is also how we are making our air and our waters cleaner. ” Anyone who...
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Mayor high on false hope lacks courage of Schmoke

January 16, 2014
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Mayor high on false hope lacks courage of Schmoke

As a number of lawmakers, such as Del. Curt Anderson, Del. Sheila Hixson, and Sen. Jamie Raskin,  take a courageous step towards ending the failed war on drugs in Maryland, Governor O’Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake continue to take a cowardly, pusillanimous approach. (Now that $RB is taking O’Malley’s spots on Sunday morning programs, it’s...
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The End of Net Neutrality

January 15, 2014
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The End of Net Neutrality

Fuck the FCC. I’ve hated those bastards ever since the 1990s when they repeatedly busted the pirate radio station I was helping operate in Albuquerque, N.M. The range of our broadcast was directly proportionate to how high one of us could climb a tree to hang the antennae. We were in a different location...
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Farewell to Baltimore Oriole Brian Roberts

December 17, 2013
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Farewell to Baltimore Oriole Brian Roberts

After 13 years with the Orioles, second baseman Brian Roberts, a two-time winner of City Paper‘s Best Oriole award, is departing for Yankee pinstripes, signing a 1-year deal worth $2 million plus incentives, according to a report in The Sun. Though the O’s have had a lamentably stagnant offseason, this makes sense as a...
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Spitbloggin’: No turkeys on Thanksgiving

November 29, 2013
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Remember when I said the Ravens were done? I was just kidding. But even without the playoff implications, the Thanksgiving Day game was one to watch. Joe Flacco vs. Ben Rothlisberger is turning into the blood and guts version of Manning vs. Brady and Ravens vs. Steelers has become easily the best rivalry in...
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Five takeaways from last night’s Ravens debacle

September 6, 2013
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Five takeaways from last night’s Ravens debacle

1. It’s hard to peg 21 points on an un-thrown flag, but I’m going to do it anyway. The Ravens weren’t looking like world-beaters in the first half, but they were winning. All of that changed when John Harbaugh failed to throw the challenge flag on a Wes Welker dropped ball early in the...
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End prohibition: Mencken, marijuana, and me

August 30, 2013
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End prohibition: Mencken, marijuana, and me

Yesterday, the Justice Department finally announced that it would not prosecute individuals in states that have legalized marijuana or sue the states to reverse their laws. During Maryland’s last largely successful legislative term, where gay marriage and the Dream act were passed and the death penalty repealed, our officials let us down on marijuana...
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Nine reasons the Baltimore vs. D.C. debate needs to die

August 14, 2013
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Nine reasons the Baltimore vs. D.C. debate needs to die

This morning, the folks over at b dropped a pretty hefty lists of reasons — 100 in all — our city, Baltimore, is better than nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Holy hell, that’s a lot of reasons. Naturally, people in D.C. weren’t going to let this go unanswered, so a writer at Washington City Paper...
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