Monthly Archives: October 2011

why occupy toronto?

Occupy Toronto has been going strong for a few weeks now, hosting protest marches on Saturdays and camping out in a park downtown, not far from Bay Street, Toronto’s financial district. Some might ask, why would Canadians want to participate in this movement? Canadian banks were subject to much stricter regulations than their American counterparts, […]

perils of automated web advertising

We got the attached invitation to a Jewish holiday celebration (not our congregation) via email. Note the advertisement evite chose to pair with a Jewish event!

kitty shepherding

We’ve all heard that getting faculty to do anything is akin to herding cats. This post describes the process of doing so in a way that literally made me cackle out loud.

more on handling biased media

Author Chris Hedges does a pretty good take-down of right-wing CBC host Kevin O’Leary here: Just my impression, but it seems like progressives are more and more doing this kind of thing: directly attacking unfair attack journalism instead of either being overly calm or just avoiding the networks.

left-wing media

A friend of mine received the following request for an interview from a radio news program, who wanted an expert to discuss the Occupy Wall Street protests. Wanted someone who could explain to us if this appears to be an actual political movement or just hundreds of teens and college kids getting together to protest […]

page turners

Funny, or terrifying? iPad makes baby confused about what to do with a “magazine.” Norwegian sketch comedy! Envisioning what tech support for new technology was like in medieval times.

organizations, occupations, and work

NEW BLOG ALERT: The Organizations, Occupations, and Work section has started up its own blog. Check it out! I think this is a wonderful idea — an ASA section setting up a blog to discuss ideas, convey interesting research in their area, and dialogue with the public. Check them out. Welcome to the sociology […]

ask a scatterbrain: unresponsive editor

A reader writes: I have an outstanding R&R at Journal X. I submitted my last set of revisions in March and I have since sent three inquiries about the paper’s status and received no response to any of them. Is there anyone else to contact when an editor is unresponsive? Do I have any recourse […]

confronting intolerance

I fear that Robert Jeffress’ recent comments are a harbinger of things to come — the public expression of intolerance and bigotry. Now, had this happened against Jews, or gays, or Muslims, or women, or Lations, (that is, “you should vote for Perry over X person because X belongs to _______ group”) I suspect there would have […]

a hero of our time

I posted something on facebook that was rather critical of Steve Jobs. Teppo asked that I discuss it at greater length on scatterplot. So here goes. I think people are not wrong to suggest that Jobs was one of the most influential people of the last quarter century. I would call him “A Hero of […]

money and politics, nc style

The New Yorker has a good, thorough article on Art Pope, right-wing political benefactor in North Carolina. It’s interesting, and demonstrates the pervasive nature of Pope’s influence on NC politics, education, and culture. However it does make some of the same mistakes often made in discussions of money and politics.


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