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An exemplary study in story management: Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (2015)

An exemplary study in story management: Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (2015) Update A July 13, 2018 Atlantic article is entitled: “The Russians Who Hacked the 2016 Election: Robert Mueller’s latest indictment reaches back to the origin story for the investigation into interference.” [End]   I’ve been reading with interest a Brookings Institution study […]


Feb. 15, 2017 Toronto Life article: “The $1-Billion Hellhole.” Previous posts share backstories about superjail.

A Feb. 15, 2017 Toronto Life article is entitled: “The $1-Billion Hellhole: When the Toronto South Detention Centre opened in 2014, it was supposed to herald a progressive era of incarceration. Instead, the superjail has become a house of horrors for the men inside, many of whom have yet to be convicted of anything.” In a […]


Toronto’s 1950s emergency housing: An informative, comprehensive overview by Kevin Brushett (2007)

Where will the people go? At a previous post, I’ve shared a PDF link for a paper entitled: “Where will the people go: Toronto’s Emergency Housing Program and the Limits of Canadian Social Housing Policy, 1944-1957 (2007).” This is a valuable paper. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from its overview of the history of Toronto-area postwar […]


CBC The Current podcast: We are natural storytelling machines, not statisticians – The Undoing Project (2017)

A Jan. 27, 2017 CBC The Current article (with a link to a podcast) is entitled: “How two game-changing psychologists changed the way we think about thinking.” Click here for a transcript of the Jan. 27, 2017 CBC interview > The CBC interview on which the article is based, was with the author Michael Lewis. […]


The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression (1999)

Stereotypes have a powerful effect in organizing our thinking and behaviour, as I’ve noted in a series of posts including one entitled: Perceptions of warmth and competence drive our stereotypes: Cuddy et al. (2008) Labels are a matter of life and death. Estonia My parents fled Estonia as refugees in 1944. This fact provides a context for […]