the woodshed: the other kind of beat poets

Former Poet Laureate of the United States and UC Berkley professor Robert Haas didn’t want to believe that the police were needlessly beating students at Occupy Berkley, so he went down to the demonstration to see what was happening and lo and behold, he and his wife got their fair share of abuse. My wife ...

the woodshed: How long?

This week at Berkely.How much more will the wealthy’s bought and paid for politicians rob from the poor to give to the rich? How much more will people allow their economic and social mobility to be restricted?How much longer are audiences going to tune in while those in the political media bubble continue to comfort ...

the woodshed: Nail injured in clash with hammer

As a journalist I understand the need to use value neutral terminology in describing events much of the time, but sometimes my colleagues and I  go a bit overboard. I spent a few moments yelling at my radio over one such incident last night.In their coverage of the events surrounding the call for a general ...

the woodshed: What’s good for the goose is apparently criminal defamation to the gander

Apparently it is okay for neofascist dingbats to smear the reputation of a respected academic, trade unionist and blogger by spreading lies about him being a supporter of the Taliban,  but if you say mean things about a police spies and agent provocatuers, well…. Activist charged with criminal defamation over posting about undercover officers Police ...