Entries by Tom Levenson

Poverty Kills. So Does The Color Bar

Today, The Guardian reported on an analysis of life expectancy by neighborhood in 500 American cities.  In that study, Chicago stood out, for all the wrong reasons.  The predominantly white, lakeside Streeterville district is a lovely place to live — for a long time, to ninety.  A few miles away, in the mostly black, Englewood neighborhood, […]

“I Have Never Made But One Prayer To God…

…’Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’…” And, for us as well as Voltaire, “God granted it”: More than 20,000 Christians have signed a petition calling for the cancellation of Good Omens, the television series adapted from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s 1990 fantasy novel – unfortunately addressing their petition to Netflix when the series is made by […]

Money Kills

I believe I hold anti-vaxxers in the same regard I do gun-worshippers.  It’s all ok until you put someone else at risk…which you do all the time. What triggered this latest outburst of dismay and disdain? This Washington Post report on a new front in billionaire fuckery: A wealthy Manhattan couple has emerged as significant financiers of […]

At Last, An Explanation For The Death Of Reason In The Republican Party

This news out of Hawaii explains so much! Hawaii’s health department has released fresh warnings about a parasitic worm that can infest human brains after officials confirmed that three more visitors to the state picked up the infection. Not just any worm, either, but one perfectly named in the context of Republican political gamesmanship: The parasitic worm […]