American Prison by Shane Bauer (Book Review)

American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment By Shane Bauer Penguin Books Paperback $18.00 (Previously in Hardcover) ©2018 Nonfiction 351 Pages Many people in the United States first heard of Shane Bauer in 2009, when he and two other Americans, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, were arrested on false charges of spying on Iran.  They were held for more than two years before the U.S. State Department secured their release. All three Americans who were subjected to that trauma co-authored a memoir and wrote about their experience in Mother Jones Magazine.  However, Shane Bauer had a continuing … Continue reading American Prison by Shane Bauer (Book Review)

Guess Who’s Calling Himself a Victim Now?

I’m imagining this subway groper refusing to get out of bed and whining that women are so mean.  He’s chewing on the corner of his pillow and complaining that the pillow is getting icky. We don’t know the name of this man because he escaped before the police arrived.  He knows his name, though.  He just can’t quite put it together in his head well enough to realize what a fart he is. No, that isn’t speculation on my part.  If you’ve known enough people like him, you find them predictable. The woman he assaulted took a risk, but if … Continue reading Guess Who’s Calling Himself a Victim Now?

Exploiting the Bereaved

If you’ve ever received an odd telephone call shortly after a loved one’s passing, you may have heard from a con artist who takes advantage of people who are in mourning. Please take a look at Sid Kirchheimer’s article in the current (March) issue of AARP Bulletin.  He describes some of the common tactics used by dishonest people to exploit a person’s death, and offers advice on how to avoid being taken advantage of if your family is targeted that way: https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2018/scams-using-obituaries.html?intcmp=AE-MON-R1-C3 Continue reading Exploiting the Bereaved

A Heartfelt Apology to Anyone I May Have Offended — Not!

Earlier this afternoon, while walking home from the gym I had an experience which other women can identify with.  It doesn’t happen to me very often anymore because I’m older, but I remember how it used to feel and I still work up as much anger now as I did when I was in my twenties.  The only difference now is most of the time I get angry on behalf of the young women who currently get the abuse. I was on Geary Street near Powell on Union Square in San Francisco. A man who was in the mood to … Continue reading A Heartfelt Apology to Anyone I May Have Offended — Not!

Thefts From Mailboxes

At the end of this post, please find a link to a DNA Info article about a common and harmful crime:  Checks being stolen from blue sidewalk mailboxes. Although the thefts documented in the article were committed in one section of Manhattan, it’s a national problem. Unfortunately, many people can’t avoid using an outdoor mailbox on the rare occasions when they still send something through the U.S.P.S.  If nothing else, try to deposit mail before the last collection time.  Then, it shouldn’t sit there overnight.  If you believe a check or other delicate item has disappeared in transit, contact your bank … Continue reading Thefts From Mailboxes