Category Archives: politics

No really, the map is not the territory, people.

Disputes between nations over territory is nothing new. It’s the stuff of ancient wars, tribal conflicts, and modern diplomatic headaches. Kashmir is a high profile example, as is the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, to say nothing of Israel/Palestine. Part … Continue reading

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West#FAILia

In the mid-17th century, a series of treaties were signed in Europe to end a raging era of internal conflict that included the Holy Roman Empire and various kingdoms across the continent. The general agreement has been called the Treaty … Continue reading

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Speaker (Pelosi) Amplification

Rachel Maddow had a rather lengthy and in depth interview with House Democratic Majority Leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi during her last program. Maddow asked Representative Pelosi about the changes she’s seen in her 25 year tenure in Congress, … Continue reading

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#Occupy Tetrad: The Tent

The tent is one of the emerging symbols of the Occupy movement and for good reason. It’s the semi-permanent structure of the tent that symbolizes the greatest threat to figures of institutional authority. The notion that someone has claimed a … Continue reading

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Bad on TV, Part 2: The ‘Oops’ Edition

If my last post wasn’t clear enough, the chattering class’ obituary of Rick Perry’s presidential run puts it to bed: If it had been you or I, funny moment. Brain…freeze. For a politician on television, doom. The gaffe is the … Continue reading

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Bad on TV: The Original Sin of Politics

Anyone who’s either taken an introductory course in media and communication studies, or who lived through the event, will recognize the significance of the Nixon-Kennedy debates as a seminal moment in television and political history. Kennedy looked fresh, young, tan, … Continue reading

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Technics and #Occupations

I’ve been quite active in my conversation, sharing, and communication about the Occupy Wall Street movement and its counterparts around the world. As yet, I haven’t really given attention to them here, although I’ve wanted to. It was a difficult … Continue reading

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