Category Archives: government

I’m Voting YES to End the Death Penalty in California (After Years of Supporting It)

“As of October 2015, we have executed over 1,414 individuals in this country since 1976. 156 individuals have been exonerated from death row – that is, found to be innocent and released – since 1973.  In other words, for every 10 people who have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in the U.S., one person has been set… Read more »

Wrongful Convictions on Instagram

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We’ve started a new Instagram profile that focuses on raising awareness on the issue of wrongful convictions.  You can find and follow here: Wrongful Convictions on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/wrongful_convictions/ In addition to this new Instagram page, we wanted to share with you some of the podcasts we’ve been listening to lately.  These are truly excellent podcasts and have provided hours of… Read more »

Wrongful Conviction: Version 3.0 – The Adnan Syed Story

Recently while at work I had a discussion with someone about the Making A Murderer documentary.  She was very well versed in the story and seemed very intrigued by the topic, so I recommended to her that she look into another riveting documentary detailing wrongful convictions: Paradise Lost, the story of the West Memphis Three.  She then in turn recommended… Read more »

Thoughts Near the Donald Trump OC Rally – 4/28/16

So, Tezi and I just made it back to her place after being stuck in the snail’s-pace traffic surrounding the Donald Trump rally which took place within walking distance from Tezi’s home. Even as I type this, we can still hear the helicopters in the air, and what sounds like dozens of more police cars heading to the rally vicinity where… Read more »

The Big Short (The Book The Movie is Based On) by Michael Lewis (Reviewed)

After seeing the theatrical version twice I decided to read Michael Lewis’ superb non-fiction account of governmental/and/corporate greed run-amok that just nearly devastated our national economy back in 2007/2008.  After reading the book, I saw the movie another two times- hey, it’s been playing at the $3 theater for a couple weeks, so it’s been easy! Having read The Big… Read more »

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice (Reviewed)

Another important read in the all-too-real world of wrongful conviction. Benforado takes an approach that I haven’t come across yet. He spends a lot of time bringing forward psychological studies and applies them to our criminal justice system. The science behind why our system fails us so often is very closely tied to our human tendency to believe with full… Read more »

Too Big To Fail – Or: Our Government Failed Us Big

An excellent read. I’m curious now to somehow watch the HBO documentary that was made (with the same author?). I felt that the author of this book, though comprehensive in his detail, too often gave an apologetic and even rationalizing explanation as to the motives and intentions of the primary actors in the catastrophic events and decisions that took place…. Read more »

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi Summary & Review

Paolo Bacigalupi. Bacigalupi. He’s Portuguese, and I have a lot of fun saying his name. Bacigalupi! 🙂 Also, he wrote a book called The Water Knife, which I recently read and very much enjoyed. I had previously read a great book by Bacigalupi called The Windup Girl, and his writing has only gotten better in this most recent publication. I expected The Water… Read more »

Best Dystopian Novels! – Jer’s Top Five Apocalyptic Books!

Whether you’re looking for a great book gift idea, or looking for a great new read for yourself, here’s Jer’s top five apocalyptic book recommendations. These are some of the best books in a large and ever-growing genre. Jeremy’s been a fan of dystopian literature for years, and sadly, many of the books in this category tend to disappoint. But… Read more »

How Americans remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of the date the United States government/military dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese towns of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  More than one hundred thousand people were killed in these bombings.  The vast majority of those killed in the bombings were civilians, including women and children.  Read that again: we dropped nuclear bombs on targets that… Read more »