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The Oregon Ducks Capture the Best and Worst of College Football

by on Jan.12, 2015, under Opinion

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At The Atlanticjust in time for the College Football Playoff National Championship, I wrestle with the thrill and agony of being an Oregon Ducks fan.  


Coca-Cola gave L.A. residents ‘free’ rain barrels. What’s the catch?

by on Nov.21, 2014, under Opinion

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At the Los Angeles Times, I take a closer look at Coca-Cola's latest bluewashing campaign: 1,000 "free" rain barrels for L.A. residents.


Brazil’s ‘1984’-stlyle security may be coming to your city

by on Jul.15, 2014, under Opinion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Los Angeles Times, I write about Brazil's 1984-style security at the World Cup — and what it may mean for public spaces around the world.


If Brazil cares about its legacy, it won’t silence World Cup protesters

by on Jun.10, 2014, under Opinion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Los Angeles Times, I write about freedom of expression during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


After rape investigation, University of Oregon needs to show courage, not crisis management

by on May.19, 2014, under Opinion

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At the Los Angeles Times, I write about the University of Oregon's bungled response to rape allegations against members of its men's basketball team. 


The NBA won’t tolerate racism, so why does the NFL tolerate ‘Redskins’?

by on Apr.30, 2014, under Opinion

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At the Los Angeles Times, I ask whether the NFL will still tolerate its Washington franchise name in the wake of the Donald Sterling fiasco.


Climbing Everest shouldn’t just be an item on someone’s bucket list

by on Apr.22, 2014, under Opinion

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At The Los Angeles Times, I write about the aftermath of the deadliest avalanche in Mt. Everest history. 


Hey you guys, don’t sign up for a ‘Goonies’ sequel!

by on Apr.08, 2014, under Opinion

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At the Los Angeles Times, I argue that a sequel to The Goonies would be a horrible, horrible idea. 


Beware of Oculus Rift: If you think Facebook is bad now, just wait

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Opinion

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At the Los Angeles Times, I write about Facebook's recent acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus. 


NCAA should stop exploiting student-athletes, pass a Bill of Rights

by on Mar.19, 2014, under Opinion

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At the Los Angeles TimesI argue that March Madness is the perfect time for the NCAA to pass a student-athletes Bill of Rights.


Why ‘retarded’ deserves to be retired

by on Mar.10, 2014, under Opinion

 

 

 

 

 

At the Los Angeles Times, I discuss why the word "retarded" deserves to be retired:

Words lead to action, and while trading one word for another won't change reality overnight, it can help usher in an new era. Consider the early 20th century, when the American Breeders Assn. studied how best to cut off the "defective germ-plasm" of the U.S. population. Consider the later 20th century when the "mentally retarded" were kept out of sight and mind in nightmarish institutions like the Willowbrook State School In the 21st century, thousands of Americans with "intellectual disabilities" are organizing politically for the first time, finding their voices and advocating for their right to dignity and respect, including  that has tormented them for years."

 


The Mexican Drug War Is Not Sexy

by on Jun.27, 2012, under Opinion

At The Atlantic, I write about how movies, TV, music — and the police — have a warped way of portraying the drug war.