Ignorance and Humility

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN There is a humility that is missing from our political discourse. Consider the reality of our fundamental ignorance. We fit a more or less incomplete sequence of past events into our understanding of and (mostly) assumptions about reality and possibility. We are overwhelmed with information. Our time and attention are limited, and …

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Zero Dark Thirty

photo of Dick Cheney rendered through a filter making the image look aged and crack. Superimposed on his forehead to look like the shape of his brain inside, is a drawing of two figures waterboarding a third figure in an orange jumpsuit

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN One part nerdy, one part torture porn, Zero Dark Thirty is a cold, amoral view of torture interposed with the more mundane and methodical practices of intelligence gathering, analyzing, and debating. Kathryn Bigelow (director) and Mark Boal (producer) are talented film-makers and manage to sustain a vision and an emotional tension from …

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Election Fraud? True or False: Flush it Down the Memory Hole

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Most of you no doubt remember the controversy surrounding the implementation of electronic voting terminals. Most famously, Diebold voting machines are believed by many to have helped fix the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. For years elements in the Democratic party took a lead in exposing the security problems with these machines, …

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Immigration and Conservative Doublethink

Contradictory arrows popping out of cartoon head. Large red letters: "DOUBLETHINK"

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Tune in to the mainstream conservative media (on talk radio, or the #1 cable news network FOX) and we hear all this bluster and anger over Obama’s recent decision to stop deporting those persons who who entered the country illegally* (i.e. without documentation) at age 16 or younger, are no older than …

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Occupy: The Left or The 99%?

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN We may not like what sometimes even more than half (or approaching half in other cases) of our fellow citizens believe on some particular issue, and we don’t have to support their views, but we can’t pretend they don’t really believe it; nor that we understand that issue better, and they would …

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