March 21, 2018
About William of Ockham
William of Ockham is a husband, a parent, and animal rescuer obsessed with Ancient Rome. He is a gun toting libertarian, and dedicated gentile Zionist who dreams of one day reading the carbonized scrolls in the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum. He's been blogging since Sept 2001 at
Social Issues

Why Less Is More When It Comes To Information

March 8, 2018 William of Ockham 0

I’ve been online since 1989 when I bought my first PC complete with a 2400 baud modem and dialed into a local online bulletin board. At that time in my life I was an information freak, reading several newspapers a day then exploring the exploding online universe at night. On [Read More]


The Day the Chinese Miracle Died

March 5, 2018 William of Ockham 1

Last week the Chinese Communist Party announced it was ending term limits, allowing president XI Jinping to hold the office as long as he wanted to. The day after the announcement I caught a BBC program discussing the move with three experts on China, all representatives from Academia including one [Read More]


Google Must Be Destroyed

January 16, 2018 William of Ockham 0

Cross-posted at TheRazor “Carthage must be destroyed.” Ceterum censeo Carthaginem delendam esse often abbreviated to simply Carthago delenda est. So ended every speech by the Roman senator Cato the Elder in the years between the 2nd and 3rd Punic wars, the latter the final war that finally accomplished what Cato [Read More]

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The Chinese Government’s New Toy: Grindr

January 13, 2018 William of Ockham 0

If you’ve never heard of Grindr, you likely aren’t a member of the gay community. Grindr is a dating app used by gays, bisexuals, transgendered and all the other allied acronyms and has been popular since it was launched in 2009. On January 6, 2018 the Chinese firm Kunlun announced [Read More]

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Eyes in the Darkness

January 8, 2018 William of Ockham 0

Driving down the country road listening to music too loud, a dog on my lap and another on my shoulder. I travel down this road several times a week, it’s a connection to larger roads that lead to the interstate, but tonight was I was driving down it to pick [Read More]


Movie Review: The Darkest Hour

December 25, 2017 William of Ockham 0

Earlier in my life I spent a fair amount of time in darkened rooms with strangers watching movies. Now I dread it. The cost. The hassle of leaving home and traveling 45 minutes to the nearest theater. The extra calories of the popcorn. As a kid I’d see four movies [Read More]

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Opioid Abuse: Plenty of Blame to Go Around

October 27, 2017 William of Ockham 0

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong,” – H.L. Mencken. The current opioid abuse epidemic in the US is a complex problem, and like all complex problems there are a variety of causes. While patients blame doctors, doctors blame health systems and insurance [Read More]


US Healthcare: It’s Complicated

August 18, 2017 William of Ockham 1

Cross-posted at TheRazor Quora is a multi-national forum where people can ask questions and post answers about almost anything. Most of the users are Americans but there is also a strong Chinese presence, and quite a few people ask questions about American life, culture and politics. While I tend to [Read More]


Israeli Postcards 2017: Feeling Jewish

May 22, 2017 William of Ockham 1

Last in series. Part 1. Part 2. Coming of age in the 1970s when Israel was often in the news, usually battling for its survival, I developed a strong affinity to the Jewish state even though I knew little as a Catholic about the Jews. In high school the Jesuits [Read More]


Israeli Postcards 2017: Jewish Stories

May 16, 2017 William of Ockham 3

2nd in a 3-part series. Part 1. Part 3. In the Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem at the craft beer stall the bartender’s accent gives him away. “I’m from Baltimore,” he says, and he’s lived in Israel for 7 years. I ask him what brought him to Jerusalem. “I wanted [Read More]

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