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Greedy Landlords, Merciless Consumers: A Case Study of America's Recession Vultures

I was stuck in traffic with a broken tape deck, barely paying attention to the stupefyingly flat drone of NPR when I heard a story that made me want to carpet bomb the entire US. Just get it done with….

Posted on: February 17th, 2009 | Comments (32)

Recession Gloat: Executives Too Incompetent to Fire Me

The past few weeks, national headlines swirled with distressing news for an American workforce already cowering in fear. As the world suffers the worst economic turmoil since the Great Depression, two-thirds of American CEOs plan to fire employees in the…

Posted on: February 11th, 2009 | Comments (41)

How my buddy was kidnapped and pistol-whipped for 22 days...and other Mexican kidnapping stories

MONTERREY, MEXICO — Kidnapping and Mexico, they go together like beans and rice. There has always been a kidnapping industry in Mexico. It’s not for nothing that we have become the kidnapping capital of the world. Yep, that’s a true,…

Posted on: February 3rd, 2009 | Comments (30)

Tax the Poor: California's Evil Financing Strategy

It was 11:00 am on Saturday morning when I woke up and jumped out of bed in panic. I realized that the night before, I had parked my car in a 2-hour parking zone around the corner from my house….

Posted on: January 30th, 2009 | Comments (30)

Death Porn Special: Faces Of Chuvash Death

If you’ve ever been in Russia, you’ve no doubt seen the token dead-drunk man, barely stumbling home from work in the middle of winter. You probably thought to yourself: What happens if that guy falls and passes out? Well, here’s…

Posted on: January 28th, 2009 | Comments (6)

Global Dispatch: How Do People Buy Drugs in Mexico?

Pancho Montana is an eXiled Special Mexican War on Drugs Correspondent. As a native of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, located in northern Mexico, Mr. Montana lives in Gulf Cartel territory. That means the streets belong to the Zetas, a paramilitary organization…

Posted on: January 26th, 2009 | Comments (24)

The Modern Speakeasy: Buying Smack on the Streets of LA

Drugs may be the major American story of our era, the thing that did more to alter behavior and law, that redistributed income to the poor far more dramatically than any tinkering with tax codes, that jailed more people and…

Posted on: January 5th, 2009 | Comments (30)

Tips for New Paupers

Little did I know that when I lost everything last year, I was doing research. At the time I thought it was just stupidity or bad luck or both. But now that the economy’s crashing, it turns out I’ve been…

Posted on: October 15th, 2008 | Comments (35)

Horrific Flashback From My Soviet Childhood

A few weeks ago, I went to see a new Russian horror film called S.S.D. (the acronym translates to “Death to Soviet Children”) about a bunch of annoying Moscow urbanites who get slaughtered while shooting a reality TV show in…

Posted on: October 8th, 2008 | Comments (1)