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You Are Not Alone: The fight for electronic privacy reaches Beacon Hill

Your tinfoil-hat fears about Big Brother might be justified.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 15, 2013


Education reform: The battle ahead

Scream On
Five years ago, as George W. Bush was pushing No Child Left Behind, his younger, even sleazier sibling Neil was picking the initiative's pockets.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 26, 2012


It’s Adam And Eve, Not Adam And Scumbag Steve

The Year In Christian Memes
In 2012, Christians manifested a wholly new phenomenon by creating their own memeosphere, and by flipping Scumbag Steve and his other advice animal ilk into pro-gospel statements.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 20, 2012


Newtown and The Media's Delusional Narrative on Caucasian Mayhem

It wasn't too long into fall semester before white kids from cozy towns resumed brutally slaughtering innocent school children.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 19, 2012


Banger style: Hip-hop ringers of 2012

In recapping 2012, I embraced the chance to parade some recent unsung hip-hop ringers.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 18, 2012


Still battling the BPPA

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The last time that the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association dropped an issue of its official newsletter, the Pax Centurion , the outcry was immense: Mayor Tom Menino called the publication "garbage," advertisers fled, and a subsequent dust-up revealed that most of the publication's revenue passed through a company run by felons.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 14, 2012


Weed the People

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The only real role of towns and cities is to figure out where patients will be able to buy, or not to buy, prescription pot.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 04, 2012


Hip-Hop: Get On Down

The record industry has always treated hip-hop as a disposable commodity, so that even iconic work has gone without the slick packaging of archival rock and pop projects.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 04, 2012


Harvard students push for fossil-fuel divestment

Oil and ivy
Throughout's Do the Math tour this month, climate-change warrior Bill McKibben has blasted Harvard, his alma mater, for the school's failure to fully divest from South African companies two decades ago.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 29, 2012


When Disaster Strikes

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For better or worse, hometown pride is as central to hip-hop as misogyny and marijuana.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2012


The musical activism of Boots Riley

When Occupy erupted last year, politically aggressive artists had the choice either to walk the walk or quiet down.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 26, 2012


Slaine’s next number

Rap sheet
It's been two years since Slaine drove the getaway car in Ben Affleck's Boston heist flick The Town .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 03, 2012


Crate digging with Hub rap archaeologist Pacey Foster

Hip-Hop History
Pacey Foster used to fly home from college in Indiana, hustle to his Newton bedroom, and reach straight for the radio dial.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 15, 2012


We’re still screwed

To everyone on social media who thanked "god" for the Obama win: next time, please pray for a president who isn't bankrolled by the likes of Goldman Sachs, who respects civil liberties, and who doesn't indiscriminately bomb civilians. For now, you're just making your divine master look like a duplicitous, war-mongering asshole.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 16, 2012


American Airlines busted for union-busting

Scream On
An inebriated Denzel Washington isn't your biggest problem at the airport.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 07, 2012


You must think first... before you movie

RZA and Roth: Behind The Man with the Iron Fists
It's a snowy night in late 2006, and Hostel director Eli Roth is stranded at Logan Airport with RZA. The two are bound for Los Angeles, on their way home from hanging with Quentin Tarantino in Iceland.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 01, 2012


Stein or Supreme: What kind of voter am I?

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I'm an Italian Bostonian from Korean Queens who's embarrassed by Caucasian corniness and loves soul food. Race isn't my big issue, though; I despise Glenn Beck and Tyler Perry equally, adore Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, and loathe both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 31, 2012


An attack ad you’ll never see

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Here's a Mitt Romney commercial that could topple the popular notion that President Obama cares more about vulnerable Americans than his challenger does.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 25, 2012
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