Figuring out the data to use is important. On May 9, 1864, Union General John Sedgwick said “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance” three separate times. After the third statement, he became the highest ranking Union officer to die in battle. He was missing a couple relevant pieces of information – first, the… Continue reading The Useable data on Covid
As you could figure, the problem with Marx’ theoretical communism is in two concepts – first “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs” kind of breaks down fast in the real world scenario, and second, when all property is publicly owned, real decision-making is in the hands of the manager. … Continue reading Developing International Socialism
“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation…even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”
-Leonardo da Vinci
As I was retiring, the American Community Survey(ACS) was replacing the long-form Census questionnaire. There is merit to the argument that a survey can provide data that is as good as a form that one out of six people fill out – both are, after all, actually surveys. Still, as a rural sociologist whose primary… Continue reading When the official data isn’t good data
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Covid19 stimulus payments have begun to trickle into North Lincoln County again, and as the current PSE/Postmaster of Fortine, I feel it’s quite important to spread this information around. You see, some of these stimulus payments aren’t as official-looking as they could be. The above piece of suspicious-looking mail is actually a stimulus payment from… Continue reading Stimulus payments, not junk mail!
Two weeks past, Sandi Elster asked if I knew anything about our red squirrels. While I’ve spent some time with Pine Squirrels in other places, I’ve not had a chance to observe for an extended period of time here yet – the presence of dogs interferes with that. However, I have met them once or… Continue reading Chickarees, our local Pine Squirrels
When I start the chainsaw, I attract deer. The inflow starts with a doe who learned, as a fawn, that my chainsaw meant there would be winter food near the house, She shows up, with her yearling daughter and two fawns. She often chooses to browse the mosses and lichens on the trees, as do… Continue reading Thinning in Winter