On Memes

Be ye on guard against knowledge that everyone “just knows to be true.” As regular readers know, I am something of a stickler for footnoting and citing references. In a recent post I explored the widely held belief that state prison-planning is calculated by elementary school literacy rates, a proposition that appears to be categorically …

To Occupy Such a Time as This

Amidst the uncertainty swirling around the global occupy movement, a group of citizens in my city are forging ahead with a laser-sharp plan. Like many people (indeed, perhaps the majority of the population) I find myself supportive of the occupy movement’s general values, at least in principle. (In fact, most of the people I talk …

The Occupy Success?

Last night I visited the occupy movement’s camp in my city. It was a chilly, October evening, and from the standpoint of meteorological comfort it is clear that Arab Spring was much better idea than Occupy Fall. I went to chat with the demonstrators about their personal agendas for protesting. Above all, I had a …