<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Uncensored]]> <![CDATA[Occupy yourself]]> Law enforcement wants to put it down with mesh nets, pepper spray and nightsticks. Conservative news pundits want to minimize it by feeding sound bites designed to denigrate both the protesters and their cause to brain-dead audiences who’ve long since lost the capacity for independent thought. Corporate greedheads want to ignore it and distance themselves from it, as if it sprang from the minds of people who are off their meds and not from concrete recent events that exposed Wall Street as a den of well-dressed thieves.]]> <![CDATA[Mental health care, not gun laws]]> In the aftermath of the Aurora theater massacre, we’ve seen an understandable, if misguided, call for tighter gun control, including a renewed ban on “assault weapons.” But since the suspect in this case broke a great many laws to carry out his mass killing, including acquiring an extended magazine for his AR-15, it’s hard to say what we’ll gain by making it harder for citizens to own weapons.]]> <![CDATA[City Council’s bad decorum]]> <![CDATA[Carr goes off the rails]]> Boulder City Attorney Tom Carr has notified our city leaders that he wants to eliminate our right to jury trial for most municipal tickets. Why? In part because he would like to do away with the glut of requests for jury trials from homeless people who’ve been ticketed as a result of the camping ban and the park closure rules.]]> <![CDATA[Personhood USA flops]]> <![CDATA[Science and contraception]]> What did the study reveal? That human factors — such as forgetting to take the pill at the same time every day — play a huge role in contraceptive failure and unwanted pregnancies. When that human error factor is removed, women enjoyed a 99.1 percent effectiveness rate from contraception.]]> <![CDATA[What's old is new]]> If you haven’t watched the BBC series The Edwardian Farm, I highly recommend it. A series that ended this past January, the program features historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who attempt to show what daily life was like during the Edwardian period on a farm at Morwellham Quay, a historic quay in Devon in southwest England.]]> <![CDATA[Dems shouldn’t smirk over Santorum]]> In 1981, when I was a high school junior, a law was passed in the United States that made it illegal for lenders to discriminate according to sex or marital status.]]> <![CDATA[New Age outrage]]> <![CDATA[Say no to corporate personhood]]> On Tuesday, July 19, Boulder City Council will hear from members of Boulder Move to Amend, who are asking council members to place a measure on the November 2011 ballot that would call for the abolition of “corporate personhood” — the granting of constitutional rights to corporations as if they were people — and the notion that money is a form of speech. Let’s hope City Council is listening. ]]> <![CDATA[Larceny in the heart]]> Although I didn’t support SOPA/ PIPA, I was happy to see Congress at least exploring the issue of online piracy. I was concerned by the hate-filled anonymous rants of people who defended their right to steal — as if there were something noble about taking another person’s work without paying for it. These people probably felt it was OK to cheat on tests in high school, too. But I digress.]]> <![CDATA[White guilt]]> <![CDATA[Drunk on power]]> <![CDATA[Rethinking pink]]> The furor over the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings (and then reversal) revealed the questionable nature of the foundation’s policies and the strength of a quiet majority that refuses to allow extremists to make women’s health a hostage of the abortion wars.]]> <![CDATA[Why people growl about dogs on open space]]> I grew up in Boulder. My father, who during my childhood was an avid rock climber, mountaineering instructor and member of Colorado Mountain Club, helped construct some of the trails we hike on today. When I became an adult, it seemed right to give back to the mountains that had always meant so much to me and my family.]]> <![CDATA[Santorum gives us reason to fear the fringe]]> During my adult years, I’ve watched the issue of reproductive rights descend from a debate about abortion to a debate about contraception, including condoms. Now, as the evangelical Christian movement has pushed its way deeper into politics, we finally have a Republican candidate who is willing to reveal the endgame:]]> <![CDATA[Sex, race and abortion]]> Republicans in the U.S.House of Representatives took a long walk off the short pier of stupid this week when they introduced the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act. This act, the brain fart of Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., would leave doctors subject to lawsuits and prison time if they were to abort fetuses based on the fetuses’ sex or race.]]> <![CDATA[Protesting is our right]]> The first time I heard about the disgusting concept of “free speech zones” at protests, it was at big national political conventions leading up to the 2004 presidential election.]]> <![CDATA[Closing down freedom]]> City Manager Jane Brautigam has proposed a new rule that would close city parks and open space from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. — or at any time the city manager declares an “emergency closure.” A hearing on the matter is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Jan. 3 in the city council chambers.]]> <![CDATA[There's no easy fix for homelessness]]>