“Why does September have so many Sundays?” Professor Plum asked as he walked into the mail room.

He read the mail…. (More)

Professor Plum and Ms. Scarlet then left the mail room to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library, where they’ll spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) preparing yet another pre-hurricane shopping list.

There was no staff poker game, as the Professor of Astrology Janitor was busy moving all of the Main Campus exterior furniture back into the Newer Venerable Hall corridors in advance of Hurricane Maria …

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… having just Thursday moved them from the Newer Venerable Hall corridors back outside after moving them inside last week in advance of Hurricane Irma. That forecast doesn’t yet show Maria tracking toward the Main Campus, but her current track almost exactly matches Irma’s and Irma’s eye passed almost directly over us. So we’re taking no chances.

The Squirrel and Mrs. Squirrel and their family are yet again hauling their stuff from Árbol Squirrel into the mail room, and Chef is in the kitchen making Do It Again Omelets, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

I read that 33 people have been arrested so far in St. Louis, protesting the acquittal of the white police officer who shot a black man in 2011. Why are liberal protests so violent? I think it’s because liberals have no respect for law and order.

Conservative in Punditstan

Dear Conservative in Punditstan,

We note that your question is a case study in availability bias, the human tendency to estimate the likelihood of events based on how easily we can recall examples. Police routinely issue arrest statistics after protests, especially if the protesters are there to protest police violence. The media dutifully report the numbers arrested, and thus those who are so-inclined confirm their pre-existing belief that liberal protesters are violent.

However, we note that liberal protests are less violent than many other common public events. For example, it’s true that 33 people have been arrested in two days of protests in St. Louis. However:

  • New Orleans police arrested 334 Mardi Gras revelers in 2016, down from 443 in 2015 and 501 in 2014, for an average of about 20 Mardi Gras-related arrests per day over those three years.
  • Las Vegas police arrested 18 New Year’s Eve partyers in 2016 and transported 26 to hospitals, in what local authorities said was a “well behaved” evening. And perhaps it was, as Corpus Cristi police made 85 arrests between 8pm on New Year’s Eve and 8am on New Year’s Day.
  • In 2011, Vancouver police arrested 101 people, and 140 people including 9 police officers were injured, after the Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
  • Chicago police arrested 14 people and transported 35 to hospitals last year during and after Game 7, when the Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years.
  • Meadowlands police arrested an average of 22 people at each New York Giants or New York Jets game from 2011-2015. San Diego Chargers fans were more violent, with 24.6 arrests per game.

We note that the NFL data include arrests made during pregame tailgate parties and postgame parking lot scrums, as well as in the stands during the games. That’s a six-hour period per game and the NFL-wide average is over 6 arrests per game, or roughly one arrest per hour per stadium.

We conclude that “liberal protests” are no more violent than a typical Mardi Gras or major city New Year’s Eve celebration, much less violent than a Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup loss, about on par with a Chicago Cubs World Series victory … or ‘any given Sunday’ at the Meadowlands.

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Dear Ms. Crissie,

Can Chef put out another bowl of macadamias while she’s making those Do It Again Omelets? Also, what are Do It Again Omelets?

Hauling Our Stuff Inside Again in Blogistan

Dear Squirrel,

Yes, Chef will put another bowl of macadamias on the poker table for you, Mrs. Squirrel, and your family to share. As for Do It Again Omelets, Chef is making them with crumbled bacon, chopped spinach, and grated Swiss cheese … a favorite breakfast among the faculty, staff, and students.

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Photo Credit: Jeff Robertson (AP)

Hurricane Maria graphic: CNN

St. Louis protests arrests; Mardi Gras arrests 2016; Mardi Gras arrests 2015, 2014; Las Vegas 2016 New Year’s Eve arrests; Corpus Cristi 2016 New Year’s Eve arrests; Vancouver 2011 Stanley Cup Finals arrests; Chicago 2016 World Series arrests; NFL stadium arrests 2011-2015.

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Happy Sunday!