Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux

Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux is a writing fellow at the Prospect. Her email is ameliatd@prospect.org

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: To Nugent, or Not to Nugent

  • Remember Ted Nugent? If the sands of the past year have managed to erase all thoughts of the ageing rocker, gun fanatic, and raging conservative, you're in for a rude awakening. Nugent is back in the headlines after declaring (at—where else—a gun website) that President Obama was a "chimpanzee" and a "sub-human mongrel."

Needling for Change

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For the first few years Liz Evans worked at the Portland Hotel Society, a network of homeless shelters in central Vancouver, she would arrive at her job already exhausted. On her morning walk through Downtown Eastside—a neighborhood infamous as the poorest zip code in Canada—she stepped over drug addicts passed out in doorways and sidled around alleys where people would cook dope and shoot up in broad daylight. It was 1993, and Vancouver was in the throes of an HIV epidemic. Tens of thousands of impoverished injection drug users were crammed into a fifteen-block radius. The Portland Hotel Society was one of the few housing projects in the city that welcomed drug addicts, and working there felt like triage. Evans, a nurse, trained her staff to intervene when the residents overdosed. “It was such a painful time,” Evans says. “These weren’t people who were partying or using drugs to have fun. They were poor and sick and dying.”

Daily Meme: A Brief History of Presidential Groveling

  • Art history majors, relax. The president doesn't think that you should chuck your books on contemporary color theory and go take a course in carpentry.

Why Don't We Have Viagra for Women Yet?

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Last week, a small drug company called Sprout Pharmaceuticals announced that its version of “female Viagra”—a medication designed to enhance women’s libidos—was going back for yet another battery of tests. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants more data on how Sprout’s drug, the whimsically named “flibanserin,” affects driving ability.

Daily Meme: Northern Liberal Elites Are the Real Racists

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