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 …

Survivor is Not a Democracy

October 6 is coming up for provincial elections here in Canada. Campaigning is full-throttle. To the South, we are watching the presidential nomination process with our usual Canadian, um, intrigue. The political world seems electric. And toxic. All too often it sounds like politicians would have us believe that their rivals wake up every morning …