<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Uncensored]]> <![CDATA[Personhood USA flops]]> <![CDATA[Foreskin follies]]> Last year, when I wrote a column supporting an end to routine circumcision of male newborns, I got a letter from a reader who blasted me for being hypocritical. How can you support freedom of choice for women, the reader asked, and not support freedom of choice for parents?.]]> <![CDATA[You work too hard]]> If you're an American, chances are you're going to spend most of them working. From flipping burgers as a teenager to greeting customers at Walmart past retirement age, you're going to spend about 52 years of your life as an employee...]]> <![CDATA[Get your goat]]> Denver might well beat Boulder County when it comes to getting its goat on, as the Denver City Council is currently mulling over an ordinance that would enable Denver residents to apply for a permit to own up to eight hens and/or ducks, together with up to two goats for milk, yogurt and cheese.]]> <![CDATA[Baloney on veggies]]> Back in 1981, the Reagan administration set about creating a budget for fiscal year 1982 that would include $27 billion in cuts to so-called entitlements. The school lunch program, which provides meals to kids from low-income families, was cut by $1 billion.]]> <![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[City Council helps gardens grow]]> Human hands. Earth. Seeds. Water. Sunlight. It’s an ancient and powerful combination, the result being healthful food, a sense of peace, connection with nature and the seasons. That connection is something that more people are rediscovering each year as the urban farming movement gains momentum.]]> <![CDATA[Hospital fails rape test]]> Some Colorado hospitals may not be up to the task of treating rape victims. That’s one possible conclusion after the recent release of the arrest affidavit in the rape case against Denver Bronco cornerback Perrish Cox.]]> <![CDATA[Pantywaist politicians]]> Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled that elected officials can vote by secret ballot on controversial issues, even during public meetings.]]> <![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[It’s time to talk about rape]]> In October, it will have been 20 years since I wrote my first Uncensored column. The subject of that column was sexual assault, a topic that I’ve covered again and again. The column was written in response to a series of ignorant letters to the editor written about rape by men from the Boulder community.]]> <![CDATA[Human weeds]]> <![CDATA[Occupy your holiday]]> Here’s how Wall Street wants you to celebrate the holidays: spend, spend, spend. They want you to rush out and shop until your credit cards are smokin’ hot. They want the affection you feel for your loved ones to translate into stuff — more sweaters, more iGadgets, more games and toys. They want your money to trickle up, not only through your purchases, but also through the credit card interest you’ll be paying until the next holiday season. Who cares if you protest as long as you buy more shit?]]> <![CDATA[It's about doggone time!]]> Boulder County Parks and Open Space has decided to enforce dog rules up at Walker Ranch, issuing a “directed patrol” for the Meyers Homestead Trail. This means rangers will be patrolling the trail at all times of the day and will be issuing tickets on sight to people who let their dogs run off-leash. ]]> <![CDATA[Women are not farms]]> I spent an afternoon some time ago with a master composter who, while helping me improve my composting game, offered this summation of our consumer-based economic system: “It’s all about making more people to sell more shit to.” He was making an argument for an economic system based not on consumption, but on self-sustainability.]]> <![CDATA[To cut or not to cut?]]> The plain fact is that circumcision is an elective procedure that offers a handful of possible benefits, while causing newborn boys proven pain and exposing them to a host of unnecessary risks. Part of Jewish and Muslim tradition, circumcision was uncommon in the United States until health care practitioners of the Victorian era, infected with the anti-sexual fervor of their time, began to advocate male and female circumcision as a way to cure both boys and girls of the evil and dangerous habit of “onanism,” i.e., masturbation.]]> <![CDATA[‘Birth control moms’ fight back]]> On Feb. 20, Rush Limbaugh said there was no such voting block as “birth control moms,” suburban married mothers for whom contraception is a key issue. I wonder what he thinks now that 98 advertisers and Hawaiian and Massachusetts radio stations have dropped his show.]]> <![CDATA[The people’s park]]> The city of Boulder has taken up the issue of parking at Chautauqua and appears to be headed toward yet another neighborhood parking permit (NPP) program that would require residents to buy a parking permit in order to park in some places around Chautauqua.]]> <![CDATA[A test for ‘Make My Day’]]> A sound wakes you from deep sleep. For a moment, you think it must have been your imagination. Then you hear it again — movement inside your house — and you realize that it’s real. A stranger has invaded your home in the dead of night.]]> <![CDATA[Passing the tipping point]]> Let’s take a moment from sweating in this record-breaking heat and the catastrophic fires to think about something even less pleasant — the end of the world as we know it.]]>