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  • Wandering Eye: Troubles for the Red Cross, perception vs. reality, and David Simon reveals details of his next miniseries

    Wandering Eye: Troubles for the Red Cross, perception vs. reality, and David Simon reveals details of his next miniseries
    Is America's best-known relief agency a disaster pimp? Some of the Red Cross' employees are saying so, with documentation to back it up, according to a joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica. During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, "40 percent of available trucks were assigned to serve as backdrops for news conferences," the news outlets say. The story says aid was "politically-driven," lots of food was wasted, and—holy what?—sex offenders were housed with kids. "It was just clear to me that they weren't interested in doing mass care; they were interested in the illusion of mass care," says Richard Rieckenberg, who helped lead the Red Cross' response to Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. This is of course shocking. Except it is also kind of normal. The organization was fined $9.6 million in 2009 for violations of blood safety rules. It was criticized after Hurrican Katrina and 9/11, when the organization handed out money to folks who arguably didn't need it and diverted some $200 million of donations to administration and long-term goals. Back in 1993 there was a consent decree with the FDA over blood safety, which have led to millions of dollars of fines ever since. The Red Cross is, arguably, Exhibit A for the late Chris Hitchens' proposition that some organizations' actions are too often judged according to their reputation, instead of the other way around. (Edward Ericson Jr.)
  • No Trivia: Detective Daniel Hersl's "Timecop," a Netflix Original series

    No Trivia: Detective Daniel Hersl's "Timecop," a Netflix Original series
    Dear Netflix, I have been a loyal subscriber to your service since 2013 and recently have fallen in love with wonderful original series such as "Lilyhammer" and "Hemlock Grove" and, to some extent, the lesser ones such as "House of Cards" and "Orange Is...

    Best Fiction

    Best Fiction
    At first, Laura Lippman resisted her husband David Simon’s suggestions to write a crime novel based on the story of Julius “The Lord” Salisbury, a Mobtown underworld character who disappeared in 1970 rather than go to prison, and was...

    Wandering Eye: Law enforcers seizing cash, foreign money to U.S. think tanks, an appreciation for "Homicide," and more

    Wandering Eye: Law enforcers seizing cash, foreign money to U.S. think tanks, an appreciation for "Homicide," and more
    The Washington Post has published the first and second parts of its three-part series about law enforcers seizing cash from motorists, taking more than $2.5 billion with little in the way of legal challenges despite constitutional concerns surrounding the...

    David Simon was totally NOT fired

    David Simon was totally NOT fired
    David Simon, the former Sun reporter and more recent cable TV show-maker, says he’s stunned as a cow hit by a sledgehammer by a false claim published yesterday in the Huffington Post. Titled "Libel per-se," Simon’s blog post on the matter...