Trump and Political Violence

In his two 4th of July speeches, President dipshit really upped the insanity.  As others have reported it seems that Trump has now turned his culture war ire from immigrants and foreigners to who he thinks of as “domestic enemies.”  This is specifically targeted at Black Lives Matter protestors and the vague and ill defined […]

Structural Alternatives to Policing

As the events of the past few days have shown police departments in every city in America need to be dramatically reduced in size, power, and authority.  Police brutality and racism have been a longstanding problem in the U.S. and coupling that with the increased militarization of the police has lead to catastrophic consequences.  The […]

Why is Duterte so popular?

My wife was born and raised in the Philippines and on occasion we like to commiserate on the terrible Presidents of our respective countries of birth.  I have written a lot trying to explain the horribleness of Donald Trump.  I understand the appeal of Trump because he is one of the quintessential American archetypes – […]

Norway’s 9/11

I was doing some data coding on international homicide rates and when looking at the data for Norway I was reminded of how horrifying the 22/July attack was.  Anders Breivik killed 77 people, many of them teenagers.  The attack accounts for a doubling of the homicide rate for Norway in 2011.  These figures both put […]