Eric Bias
Just your standard issue progressive NYC millennial by way of WV. Interests in migration, politics, social science, data viz, and tech. Have bike, will travel.
A handy Empire State Trail directional sign at Hopewell Junction.

It’s mid-November as I write this, approaching the tail-end of autumn in the Northeast. The days are getting colder, and the nights are coming earlier, so the window of time to get any upstate rides in before the impending snows close the trails is waning.

I had ridden the North…

Photo by Miko Guziuk on Unsplash

During the first several weeks of his new term, President Biden wasted no time in fully dedicating himself to the erasure of much of President Trump’s harmful legacy. Through a volley of executive orders, Biden allowed transgender Americans to serve openly in the military again, rejoined the Paris Climate Accords

For almost as long as I’ve lived in New York, one of my favorite pastimes has been exploring it, not under the streets via the subway, but on them, by bike. One of the first things I bought for myself a few months after I moved here was a clunker…

Mosul, after the bombs fell. Photo credit: AFP

If you have kept up at all with news last year regarding the prolonged conflict with the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, then you’ve likely seen the devastating images of once large, beautiful cities like Mosul and Aleppo bombed to unrecognizable expanses of rubble. In Iraq alone, more…

Here’s a little thought experiment for you. Let’s imagine for a moment that under the cover of darkness, a hostile foreign power landed a covert team of intelligence operatives on an American beach. They secretly infiltrated the headquarters of a major US corporation, ransacked the company’s computer files, and then…

AFP Photo/Henning Kaiser

When thinking about the current, turbulent events in Turkey, two notable quotes come to mind. The first is from none other than Turkey’s embattled president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who remarked that democracy “was a vehicle, not a goal.” …

“Who’s bollocks idea was this nonsense? Oh wait, mine.”

So, that happened.

Last month in an unprecedented referendum, a majority of UK voters advocated leaving the European Union largely amid fears from many that immigration, sovereignty, and the British national identity is drifting out of control.

The response, as predicted, was not pretty. The British pound sunk to its…

Growing up, my political leanings always trended left of center, maybe more than most. I was an enthusiastic supporter of Ralph Nader in 2000, even so far as to print out all 30-odd pages of the Green Party platform to measure each bullet point against my own beliefs. In 2004…

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