The author as an infant, before he was aware other people were themselves sentient. Awww.

Finding light

“Although the accepted wisdom about the US overdose crisis singles out prescribing…the crisis is fundamentally fueled by economic and social upheaval, its etiology closely linked to the role of opioids as a refuge from physical and psychological trauma, concentrated disadvantage, isolation, and hopelessness.”

Opioid Crisis: No Easy Fix to Its Social and Economic Determinants, Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD, MPH, Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH, and Daniel Ciccarone, MD, MPH American Journal of Public Health, December 2017

This is a personal, non-fiction essay about the opioid epidemic and how we respond.

Substance abuse is notoriously intractable; the most common prognosis I’ve heard is…


Like a meteorite or arsonist.

Fire plunged or erupted, freedom crater, a family room corona.


Homeland Security’s definition seems loose.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, anti-fascist protests at Berkeley and in Huntington Beach were acts of domestic terrorism, and so were “J20” protests in Washington, DC the day of President Trump’s Inauguration.

A September 20 Field Analysis Report, “Assessing Potential Threats to Special Events And Mass Gatherings in the South Central Region,” found, brilliantly, that “confrontations at First Amendment-political rallies have been a flashpoint for violence between some anarchist extremists and their ideological opponents — including white supremacist extremists (WSEs) or militia extremists.”

According to the report, such events made up half of domestic terrorism incidents between January…


As a matter of fact I would LOVE to subscribe to your newsletter.

This is not a good book that I’m reviewing.

In fact it’s one of the worst things I’ve ever read on any subject in the published English corpus.

But first, two disclosures: 1) Owing to the lack of demonstrable evidence that any “God” exists, I lack belief in the existence of any gods, this makes me an atheist; 2) I didn’t read the whole book, I can’t, it begs the same question over and over again and it gets painful fast. I’ve linked in case you’re a masochist or Catholic (although he also goes after the Catholics).

Marx wasn’t a Satanist and neither is anyone else

Richard Wurmbrand argues that communism, renouncement of faith, and active participation…


A sordid collection to be sure

About time I posted these. Two years ago I started working on a database. I might again, or you can.


Empty the cages.

I’ve written about Etowah County Detention Center and its contract to hold ICE detainees, and will be writing more soon — this post is for public information, an announcement of an event tomorrow night at 7:30 at the facility. It’s part of a national call to action, Resistance Outside and Behind Bars.


Birmingham Sanctuary march, July 1, 2017

Jeff Sessions just won’t stop this shit.

One more recent step by the Trump Administration, and especially the Department of Justice office which oversees immigration court — the Executive Office of Immigration Review, EOIR — which makes it harder for immigrants to plead their credible fear of persecution is to take government lawyers from the regional court granting asylum the least and put them in charge nationally.

Jason Dzubow writes in The Asylumist today how the Trump Administration has appointed a new ICE Principal Legal Advisor, a new Acting Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and Counsel to DHS Secretary, all from the Atlanta Immigration…


As the US House passes legislation to crack down on “sanctuary cities,” Birmingham should become one

We need satisfiers, joiners, lovers. These heated, torn, distracted ages are to be compacted and made whole. — Walt Whitman

The House passed Kate’s Law and the “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act” last week , monstrous legislation that even opens by misrepresenting federal law, but Saturday’s march was planned long before, as a demonstration of support for a proposed ordinance that would make Birmingham a so-called Sanctuary City.

Birmingham City Council passed a resolution in January which is not legally binding —the proposed legislation, a fulfillment of that resolution now undergoing a 60 day review by the city’s…


….it is not. Nice flag though, racist side of the road.

Jeff Sessions’s DOJ wants it to be even harder for immigrants to access justice

The Department of Justice is attempting to enforce for the first time a 9 year old professional conduct guideline for lawyers appearing in immigration courts, using it against a non-profit organization offering free legal services to immigrants.

UPDATE:

The DOJ has filed a notice of collection activities, seeking to update its list of pro bono providers of legal aid in immigration court. The notice was filed 6 days ago, to be followed by a 60 day period during which “comment is encouraged,” ending August 25.

Legal service providers seeking to be included on the List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers…


It was a SALSA shutdown, but three s’s in a row seemed like a bit much

The Walmart Neighborhood Market on Lorna Road in Hoover, Alabama, serves a fairly wide cross-section of the local population. It’s located just inside the city limits of a large suburb just south of Birmingham, just minutes from the upscale Riverchase Galleria — an area also home to many service industry employees and other wage workers, as well as at least two gas stations that serve as, often bustling, day laborer depots.

A salsa troupe approached on foot shortly after 6:30 PM Saturday, leaving a rendezvous and pre-dance orientation at the Adalente Workers Center, located in the back of a non-descript…

Kenneth Lipp

Journalist. Covert surveillance, law enforcement, federal courts, local tabloid fodder. Respondeat superior. If it can be destroyed by the truth it should be.

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