My new piece from last night is sort of a review of the year of Occupying, from the Wisconsin camp-out in the Capitol to yesterday's Occupy the Ports protests. I see that the coverage of that action today is fairly muted, with no real estimate of how much commerce was stopped by protests that weren't actually big enough to grind down all economic activity. (The Los Angeles/Long Beach port is more than 30 miles long.) And while I talked to labor leaders who were annoyed, I thought the comments of the SEIU's Stephen Lerner were interesting: He argued that Occupiers could basically raise more hell than labor could, which would create more angst for the elites.
TODAY IN SLATE
Smash and Grab
Even When They Go to College, the Poor Sometimes Stay Poor
Republicans Want the Government to Listen to the American Public on Ebola. That’s a Horrible Idea.
The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented
Tom Hanks Has a Short Story in the New Yorker. It’s Not Good.
Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy
It’s also a mess. Can the movies do better?
An All-Female Mission to Mars
As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.