The Symbolic Third and the Warrior Cop

 “Are cops constitutional?” This is the question Radley Balko poses to start his book, Rise of the Warrior Cop; the militarization of America’s police forces.  Beginning with Ancient Rome and quickly moving forward through the American Revolution and 19th century, Balko provides an historical and philosophical foundation for a detailed discussion of American police since […]

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Journeys in Spam

I receive a lot of spam comments on this blog. I moderate (e.g. delete) them to keep things clean here. Most are advertisements for payday loans or inane comments followed by a link, but sometimes there are real gems. Here are a few of my favorites. Formatting is preserved and usernames are in bold.    I simply couldn’t leave […]

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Expected Value: a crash course

When analyzing politics I think largely in terms of expected value. This is a really useful tool I recommend for anyone interested in logical thinking, and it comes up in how I write on this blog. This post is a crash course in the subject. In mathematics, specifically probability, the expected value of something is […]

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Firing McCabe: A thought

For more specific details of what is going on, check out Lawfare’s wonderful piece on what we do, and don’t, know about this event.    Last Friday the political world was rocked, a weekly occurrence these days, by the surprise firing of former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe. Attorney General Jeff Beauregard Sessions […]

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Foodprint Optimization: A start

Depending on who you ask I am a vegetarian, flexitarian, freegan,  lacto-ovo vegetarian, broke, and/or someone who overthinks their diet. With the exception of the last one, all of these descriptions are technically inaccurate. I don’t eat meat, unless the food will otherwise be thrown away and my consumption of it will not create an […]

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