this week i

pay attention to the ministry of truth.  scientific consensus needs amplification against these bottom-feeders

watched the birds (1963), not enough blue jays.  "why are they trying to kill people?"  "i wish i could say"  bodega bay aka australia

recognized madeleine peyroux singing in the shape of water.  are togas just low quality kurtas?  the polish spell vodka wodka.  and aren't we all?

ask if spiders see candles as we see volcanoes?  multitasking should have started and ended with picture in picture

watched betty blue.  milkman mopped up eyeblood handprints just because it was the neighborly thing to do.  mid-eighties france paradise


representative sampling was designed by statisticians in the 1920s, making it possible for social scientists to discover the attitudes of millions of people by surveying just a small - but mathematically representative - fraction of them.  a new industry of opinion polling, audience research and market research grew over the course of the 1930s, led by companies such as gallup

in a plebiscitary democracy, power lies with the person who designs the questions

(2) arrival in turkmenistan

at istanbul, a team from turkish airlines had arrived at the boarding gate two hours before the flight and set up a perimeter around the desk using stretchy queue barriers.  the entrance was guarded by a number of ground staff.  as soon as i began walking towards it carrying my passport and boarding card, the reason for the precautions became clear.  i was approached by one turkmen after another, each of them cursing when i refused to accept the bubble-wrapped packages they tried to press on me

(3) an unimaginable future

(4) enough to destroy all life on the planet many times over

the us and the soviet union survived the cold war, living on a knife edge of fear that drove each to accumulate more than 30,000 nuclear weapons

(5) transformative justice

mariame kaba, a police and prison abolitionist, emphasizes that a society without such institutions is not so far-fetched: affluent communities-where police do not patrol school halls, where misbehavior in schools results in counseling rather than jail, where people do not worry for their safety, and where addiction and mental illness are treated rather than criminalized-are"living abolition right now," she has said

in a survey of people released from prison in boston.."40 percent...had witnessed someone being killed, nearly half were beaten by their parents...16 percent reported being sexually abused," and half said they had been "serious injured...growing up...almost no one's entry point into violence is committing it"