Monthly Archives: July 2012

Strip Clubs on the Brain

One of the New York Times’ current “most popular stories” is titled “Strip Clubs in Tampa are Ready to Cash in on G.O.P. Convention.”  Let the snarky comments among male reporters about getting the “good stories” commence. There are so … Continue reading

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Asinine and Unhelpful Analysis on Syria

I had never heard of Jane Harman , who is apparently a retired politician, but I do know two things about her: 1. Her assumptions about socio-econo-political engineering are asinine. 2. She doesn’t appear to have much useful to say about political violence. … Continue reading

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A Look at NSF’s Political Science Review Process

US Congressman Jeff Flake’s recently approved amendment to bar the National Science Foundation from spending money on political science research has drawn considerable attention (e.g., here, here, here, and here).  One thing that occurs to me is that those of us … Continue reading

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Another View of PSU

A colleague of mine at Penn State posted this on FB, and I like it.

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Confusing “No Violence” with “Good News”

Over at Political Violence @ a Glance my friend David Cunningham sort of drinks the Kool Aid offered by my friends at Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP), confusing the absence of violence with a positive state of human affairs.  This is disturbingly common … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Mobilizing Ideas:
Last week Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick’s post drew our attention to news of India’s National Human Rights Commission calling out a local government for its remarkable decision to order  protesters to seek professional counselling.  Over at my own…

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Random Events that Kill People

Readable PDF of graphic above here Some lone asshat (inevitably male, usually young, usually white) decides to open fire on an unarmed crowd of civilians in a non-combat zone.  I got nuthin but a life-sapping feeling in my gut and … Continue reading

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The 5% Rule and Indiscriminate Killing of Civilians

Source: Satellite image of Qabun neighborhood, 18 July 2012, (c)DigitalGlobe A remarkably successful bombing yesterday in Damascus has me reflecting on Mark Lichbach’s 5% Rule conjecture that no government can survive an active mobilization of five percent of its citizens.   … Continue reading

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Morality Play?

Source: SHChambers.com Last week over at Political Violence @ a Glance Christian Davenport asked us to pay more attention to state violence.  Today, at Foreign Policy, Adrienne Klasa writes about the trial in London that will expose a great deal … Continue reading

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What do NHRI’s do?

Over at Mobilizing Ideas Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick posts in response to a story he read in the Times of India: Protestors against a proposed nuclear power station were made to undergo psychological counseling.  What’s this now? Seriously? The People’s Movement Against Nuclear … Continue reading

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