In where I talk about copyright and distribution pitfalls, the paywall, “exposure” and scratch the surface of the mess that is Medium.

Medium, is, in fact, such a mess that it’s earnestly hard to choose where to even start. The massively unfair advantage it gives to already long-established platforms — not even individual authors, entire platforms that effectively make up Medium’s own competition — such as The Atlantic or Jeff Fucking Bezos that can use their clout to dominate the front page and drown out actual individuals? Is it that when individuals actually do make it to the front page…


Apparently, people in San Francisco and Oakland thought the best way to prevent smashed windows is to left thieves right on through.

Car theft sucks regardless. Maybe if your shit was going to get stolen anyway, there’s no reason why to have to add cleaning up a smashed window in the process and putting it on the insurance bill. But leaving your car unlocked is still a pretty stupid way to go about it.

Take this admittedly ancient Bloomberg CityLab article about the merits and demerits of locking your car — yes, people debated this. The rationale is what I…


Under any other circumstance, the deaths of 200,000 Americans would be considered a grievous act of war mandating a response in kind.

The delicate balance of the Cold War was kept in check by a certain policy most commonly known by an acronym many have prosaically quipped as “appropriate”: MAD, or Mutually Assured Destruction. In short, we were assured the Soviet Union would not attack us, because if they did, we would attack in kind; and the nature of both the first and reprisal strikes would render both nations virtually uninhabitable, potentially for the rest of history — potentially, bringing…


The one-two punch of failed pandemic response — and continuously failing society itself — is waking people up to the disease that is the establishment and the right-wing responsible for Trump.

What happened to George Floyd is not unique. Even in the context of being concurrent with Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery it is not unique; Breonna Taylor was fatally shot after what’s effectively a police-sanctioned home invasion in late March, just when most of the country was entering “lockdown”. …


Full Disclosure: this really isn’t about Jacinda Ardern. At all. It’s about throwing away context, and being more aware of how media and journalism is trying to shape “the new normal” — and to what ends.

But where do I even begin? I feel the most honest answer is indeed with Jacinda Ardern. For starters, who is she and what brought her up? Chances are, if you’re reading this specific article, you already know — and the fact that I can even wager that bet in confidence is part of a deeper issue here. But on the off-chance you don’t…


Not only is it perfectly OK to be experiencing anger, but it’s the only emotion that will make us realize what truly went wrong.

There are many emotions flying around right now. Many of them are emotions that outside parties and interests are trying to foist upon us — whenever a call for togetherness is being primarily championed by mega-corporations already de facto responsible for controlling vast parts of our information intake, we have a moral obligation to be suspicious. It is also understandable to feel sadness and hopelessness, especially by those directly affected by the pandemic (and even those…


Even a symbolic lawsuit for exactly nothing is important to ensure a legacy of accountability.

There is no doubt that the pandemic, even on a global but especially national scale, is largely the fault of President Donald J. Trump. Trump had knowingly destroyed any ability to respond to a pandemic for the sake of his own ego and power, and his defunding of the WHO may have contributed greatly to the pandemic spreading outside of China in the first place to become a global concern. We have a moral obligation to hold Trump accountable. Ideally, that accountability comes in the…


Trump is literally killing America. We have a moral imperative to remove him. Here’s a plan on how to do it, lawfully and peacefully, as inspired by the heroes of the Ferguson protests without waiting for another half-baked impeachment hearing.

The first key to understanding how is what motivates Donald J. Trump on everything, including why he ran for President in the first place. To him, the entire universe exists as a popularity contest — it’s #Winning expressed as a governing life philosophy. And no more ultimate popularity contest exists than the election of a new executive in charge of…


The powerfully wealthy and privileged are using the pandemic to reshape the world to kill off “the burdensome masses”.

At best, this is a mix of honest tone-deafness and cluelessness — mixed in with absolute deliberate action and careful guidance. The ratio cannot be any less than 40–60% and more likely is 5-95% or higher. No greater illustration of what I mean exactly exists than the continued fumbling and tone-deafness of the Democratic National Party. First, we have “our hero”, Joe Biden. Biden is dangerously unequipped to handle race issues, especially relevant for the pandemic for reasons I’ll get to…


Invented ostensibly to preserve democracy, the Electoral College now only serves to irreparably doom it.

Perhaps you’ve seen one of umair haque’s latest headlines over the weekend — Hello? America? Is Anyone in Charge of This Sinking Ship? Now before I answer his question, I need to address a few things — namely, that as a foreigner living in a foreign land, umair haque is an outsider looking in. He’s not privy to context and nuances that are going on — always important for understanding truth behind news, and indeed the complete failure to appreciate such context and nuance is…

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