A pictorial history of Occupy Wall Street ten years on

I encountered Occupy Wall Street on October 1st 2011. That was the day nearly 800 people were arrested after being directed by NYPD to march across he Brooklyn Bridge roadway. Once there they were kettled and taken into custody. It was the largest mass arrest associated with the Occupy movement…


By not remaining true to their creators’ intent

Needless to say, there are beaucoup spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen these movies, or read the books that inspired them, consider stopping now and give them a go. They’re all pretty worthwhile, bugled endings notwithstanding.

The Exorcist III, 1990

Dir, William Peter Blatty; screenplay, William Peter Blatty from his…


Consider the presidential election of 1876

That year, with US Grant having decided not to seek a third term, Democrats anticipated regaining the White House. Their man, elected on the first ballot at convention in St. Louis, was the popular and charismatic governor of New York, Samuel J. Tilden.


And now, twenty years on, that means what exactly?

I dropped my son, Aaron, off at middle school, 1st Avenue & 16th Street, across from Beth Israel. Instead of going back home to Park Slope, I stopped at the Union Square Starbucks. My wife, Lisa, called from her office in Garden City.

“They say a plane just hit the…


Opinion

Adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.

Criticized, on both sides of the aisle, for seeming to draw the GOP away from its ideological roots, former President Trump finally came home when he fell back on the party’s tried and true method for returning to power: i.e. kowtowing to America’s enemies for short-term gain.

Or, in a…


Are activists making the right call in denigrating the Great Emancipator?

There’s been a lot of criticism of our nation’s 16th president in the past century-and-a-half. Recently, however, much of it comes from a surprising source: the anti-racist left. What’s even more surprising is how familiar many their arguments are. …


Can public awareness change the culture & practice of law enforcement?

Recall Barack Obama’s famous, or infamous, “Beer Summit,” which brought Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cambridge, Mass Sergeant James Crowley to sit down like civilized men and discuss their differences over brews?

While the event is lionized today as an example of Obama’s ability to bring people together…


How one French feminist repackaged standard-issue feminism with a provocative title

Pauline Harmange hates men so much she wrote a book about it.

She calls it: I Hate Men.

Catchy title. Right?

It’s more elegant in the original French: Moi, les hommes, je les deteste. I found it on a table at The Strand. A slender volume clothed in a bright…


I think I at least understand what you're expressing here without having experienced it myself. Philando Castile, in particular, was egregious because he had so many citations & warrants pertaining to licensure & registration, but relatively few moving violations.

In short, why was he being stopped & his license scrutinized…


I want to offer some preliminary comments, very preliminary, because a five-art series such as this offers a great deal to digest.

Focus on department as whole, their ability to serve the public interest in a manner consistent with the Constitution & greater good, & hold supervisors accountable for malfeasant…

Andrew Katz

LA born & raised, now I live upstate. I hate snow. I write on healthcare, politics & history. Hobbies are woodworking & singing Xmas carols with nonsense lyrics

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