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Entries by Mark Olmsted from 09/2009

The Devil They Know: Biography of an American Inmate

| Posted 09.01.2009 | Politics

A system which punishes the poor for reacting unexceptionally to their poverty has created a criminal class which views prison as a sort of career.

A Job Nobody Wants: In Defense of (Gasp!) Drug Dealers

| Posted 09.11.2009 | Politics

The man at the gas station who hands over Marlboro Lights is never called the scum of the earth. The makers of Oxycontin, Valium, and Vicodin -- the biggest drug dealers in the word -- spend no time in prison cells.

What's It Going to Take, Barack? A Screed

| Posted 09.16.2009 | Politics

I admire Barack Obama very much. He's smart as hell and his attempt to change the tone of politics has been admirable. But it has failed.

Birth of a Trash Whisperer

| Posted 09.24.2009 | Green

Within a week I was hooked on collecting trash. I'd found an addiction with a very gentle high but no hangover.