Tech & society

A Boeing 737 MAX 9 blew an escape hatch on Friday. Here’s how a once-great engineering company created deadly planes.

  Boeing no longer makes “amazing flying machines.” Typing that sentence brings a lump to my throat. My brain sees the “Red Barn,” part of the Museum of Flight adjacent to Boeing Field that pays homage to early Boeing innovation. Friends (geeky ones) held their wedding reception at the museum. I may have Georgia red […]


Unauthorized digging causes natural gas pipeline rupture; news organizations label it a “leak”

In 2010, news organizations labeled the Deepwater Horizon explosion a “spill” even though it was an explosion. This week, news organizations labeled as a “leak” the fact 37,000 customers in eastern Washington and northwestern Idaho have no heat or hot water and can’t cook meals. Yes, the pipeline was “leaking” natural gas. Why? An unnamed […]

Politics and civics

Israel and Palestine: 56 years of occupation

Hamas attacked Israel on October 7 2023. The Netanyahu government responded swiftly and indiscriminately. At least 1,400 people in Israel and 5,000 people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) have been killed. Most are civilians. One of my students at the University of Washington has had their (fortunately unoccupied) family home destroyed by bombs. They […]