Archive for December, 2007

The Green Light of Greed

December 30th, 2007

I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s celebrations. One day rolling into the next, despite a single digit change in the date, has never caused me to want to put on a plastic party hat and revel with the masses.This year, though, I feel a pressing need to obliterate not only 2007, but [...]

Benazir Bhutto, 1953-2007

December 28th, 2007

“I am not afraid,” Benazir Bhutto told TIME magazine last month. “I am ready to die for my country.” Tragically, the courageous and beautiful Bhutto did not die for such a noble cause — but was instead murdered on December 27, along with 20 of her fellow citizens, [...]

Jonestown, Guyana: Effect & Reflections, 29 Years Later

December 11th, 2007

I. The Horror of Jonestown
I was sixteen years old, and just months into an emancipation that was all at once frightening, peaceful, and confusing. I had no idea what I was doing, but was determined to let experience be my teacher. After a few fits and starts in the foreign territory of Northern California, I [...]

Megan Meier: Targeted Even After her Death

December 9th, 2007

By now, most people are familiar with the story of Megan Meier, a vulnerable 13 year old girl who committed suicide after a particularly detestable internet hoax, concocted by the mother of one of her acquaintances, led to a massive online bullying session.
Recently, prosecutors announced that there would be no charges filed against Lori [...]