True stories of Chicago Police sexism and abuse of power

Playwright and actress Sarah Pitard remembers her interactions with the Chicago Police Department and wonders how they relate to news stories about police brutality across the United States. These are her words, which she calls "The Chicago Misogynistic P.D., a Prototype of Urban-American Policing." One day, coming home from rehearsal in Chicago, a man tackled … Continue reading True stories of Chicago Police sexism and abuse of power

Donna Day: Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer

Thirteen days ago I received an email with the subject line "sad news." In it a friend told me that his sister, who I know, had given birth to a son the previous Sunday, but Luke was born with a massive brain tumor and died one day later. The "sad news" promised in the subject … Continue reading Donna Day: Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer

Vaccination, measles, and the dangers of informed ignorance

There is a father in California who is worried about his son getting measles. He has a reason to worry because his son hasn't been vaccinated. Carl Krawitt's son Rhett can't be vaccinated because his immune system is too weak after finishing three years of chemotherapy to treat his leukemia. Now, with Rhett's leukemia finally … Continue reading Vaccination, measles, and the dangers of informed ignorance

Refreshing isn’t always refreshing

I'm working late while it is happening. Oblivious, I get on the train, take out my phone, and look at my Twitter feed. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. People are saying that TV news wasn't covering it. That seems horribly wrong but okay for me since I only have my phone. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. There are pictures. Frightening images … Continue reading Refreshing isn’t always refreshing

What is the Heartbleed bug, and what should you do about it?

Do you use the Internet? Congratulations, your data has been vulnerable for about 2 years and is even more vulnerable now that the Heartbleed bug has been revealled publicly. Until web sites patch this OpenSSL vulnerability that little lock and https that you've been taught will keep your data safe as it travels across the … Continue reading What is the Heartbleed bug, and what should you do about it?