Oregon is expunging marijuana violations from citizens’ records. Portland’s Metropolitan Public Defender’s office will run “expungement clinics” to forever seal records of past pot crimes.

Off The Grid Wonderful! When I was the Governor of Minnesota, I, along with Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Batson and Attorney General Mike Hatch, expunged many marijuana records. I ran into that all the time. People came to us that got caught 25 years ago with a bag of pot, and it was still interfering with their

The U.S. has nearly six times the number of gun homicides as Canada, more than seven times as Sweden, and nearly 16 times as Germany, according to UN data compiled by The Guardian.

Off The Grid I don’t doubt the statistics because gun ownership is covered by The Second Amendment. But with that ownership comes great responsibility. Is it going to be abused? Certainly. What I find interesting is that when they do these statistics of all these countries that have banned guns, Mexico is never part of the

According to Donald Trump, many Native Americans are “extremely proud” that the term “Redskins” is the name of Washington, D.C.’s football team.

Off The Grid Does the NFL allow the n-word? Would Donald Trump say it’s ok if a team was named that? What the hell is the difference? That term was used during the genocide of Native Americans. Nothing else. We should be ashamed of that genocide, not honor it by naming a team after it.

According to The Guardian, not so secret private enterprise is bolstering North Korea’s economy.

Alex Logan If capitalism could be represented in a symbol, it’d be the Golden Arches of McDonald’s. If the economic system had a mascot, it’d be Ronald, their terrifying greasepaint and nightmares clown (which I’ve never understood why a company would want associated with edible products of any kind). Honestly, Grimace would be a better

Low corn prices have cut into Monsanto’s seed and herbicide business.

Jen Hobbs When Air France announced last week that it will cut 2,900 jobs, the employees retaliated by storming the corporate headquarters. A violent mob forced Air France managers to flee — their shirts were ripped from their backs, and they had to scale fences to escape.  Meanwhile in the United States, Monsanto announced today that it will eliminate 2,600 jobs

Martin Shkreli has yet to decrease the price of Daraprim, the drug his company purchased and immediately increased the price by 5000%

Off The Grid Martin Shkreli became one of the most hated people in the nation last month for increasing the price of the life saving drug Daraprim. When he decided to increase the price by 5,000% from $13.50 to $750 per pill, a media firestorm followed. This caused him to reverse his decision, promising to

It’s ironic: a keynote lecture about surveillance and censorship from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman was destroyed out of fear of not following government guidelines.

Jen Hobbs Purdue holds a “Facility Security Clearance” from the U.S. government to conduct national security research using classified documents, according to Board of Trustees documents from 2014.  What Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman discovered is that rather than this contract granting Purdue the freedom to discuss and research information that is already classified, it actually gives the

Manoj Bhargava has over $4 billion dollars that he doesn’t need, so he is going to try to save the world instead.

Off The Grid Princeton dropout turned 5 Hour Energy millionaire, Manoj Bhargava, is giving away billions of dollars that he “doesn’t need.” After dropping out of school because he was bored, Bhargava returned to his home country of India and launched the caffeine shot company, 5 Hour Energy, in 2004. Retail sales reached over $1

Is Joe Biden capitalizing on his own son’s death?The VP claims that his son, “tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.”

Off The Grid I don’t think he’s capitalizing on his son’s death at all. It was a moment between Joe Biden and his son and it’s none of my damn business. That simple. If Joe’s son wanted him to run, only he and his son know that for sure. It’s not going to make any