Gene Lewis Perry

If life were like fairy tales, I'd have been devoured by trolls already.

More posts from the OK Policy Blog

Posted on | July 29, 2013 | 2 Comments

In the year since I last updated.

OK Policy posts again

Posted on | June 21, 2012 | Comments Off on OK Policy posts again

It’s been basically forever since I updated this list, but it’s mostly for my own archives. Here are all my posts at the OK Policy Blog since the last update. Not including my daily news briefing In The Know, which you should subscribe to.

More OK Policy posts, plus a poem page

Posted on | October 16, 2011 | Comments Off on More OK Policy posts, plus a poem page

It’s been a good while since I updated this site, but the blogging goes on at Below are my posts since the last update.

I also added a poetry page page to archive some stuff I’ve written over the past decade. Find it under “Other Writing” in the sidebar or click here.

My posts for OK Policy, continued

Posted on | June 21, 2011 | Comments Off on My posts for OK Policy, continued

For my many followers here (no one)

Posted on | May 2, 2011 | Comments Off on For my many followers here (no one)

All my blogging these days happens at Here are my posts so far:

the SUV in the room

Posted on | October 15, 2010 | Comments Off on the SUV in the room

Steve Lackmeyer deleted my comment on this post.  Not sure why.  (For a minute I worried that I was becoming a troll, but then I realized that trolls never worry about being trolls, so therefore I’m not.)

Anyway, I might as well post here “What OKC Central Doesn’t Want You To See.”  Lackmeyer complains about a Forbes list that ranked OKC as the 9th most dangerous city because they included transportation deaths, which put a “skew to the data.”  But why should people killed by cars be out of bounds?  They are just as dead, and I would say just as murdered, as someone who fell victim to a mugger.

As illustration, here’s a side project that I have been doing for a little while:

Yes, it’s morbid.  But it has to be, because otherwise we would never notice these deaths.  The constant trickle becomes ordinary background noise.  You have to see them all at once to realize the scale.  If we had an average of 2 people every day dying from violent crime in Oklahoma, it would be a huge deal.

It’s indicative of a very widespread misconception that the negative effects of car culture are somehow a part of nature and therefore don’t count.  We say people died in a “car accident,” which is a nice way of holding no one responsible.  It’s the same logic as when people argue that mass transit doesn’t work because it is subsidized, even though roads receive many times the amount of taxpayer subsidies every year.

But we are responsible, as individuals and as a society.  We make the choice when expanding highways every year instead of investing in mass transit and walkability.  We make the choice to condone wreckless driving, often blaming pedestrians for being on the road when an inattentive driver runs them down.  We don’t take seriously our responsibility when behind the wheel, and we show it by texting, eating, or talking on the phone instead of paying attention to not kill someone.

That doesn’t describe all drivers, of course, but it describes enough of them that it is a legitimate problem.

Update: Some time after this was posted, my comment reappeared on OKC Central.

Oklahoma creating new felonies and increasing sentences even as corrections budget is slashed

Posted on | May 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Oklahoma creating new felonies and increasing sentences even as corrections budget is slashed

Oklahoma’s prison population has grown 10 percent in the last 10 years. Fifty-three percent of the inmates were convicted of nonviolent crimes. Budget cuts threaten to eliminate 15 percent of the prison work force, and inmates are already sleeping in dining halls and exercise rooms.

What’s Republican Senate Leader Glenn Coffee’s response?

“It’s not a dollars and cents issue with me.”

The problem with Facebook

Posted on | May 7, 2010 | Comments Off on The problem with Facebook

Exhibit A: Facebook was letting friends spy on each others’ chats

Facebook chat is now down as the social network races to close a security hole that let people see their friends’ live chats. The security bug was exploited, ironically enough, by fiddling one’s privacy settings, as this TechCrunch video demonstrates.

Exhibit B: Facebook’s Gone Rogue; It’s Time for an Open Alternative

Facebook has gone rogue, drunk on founder Mark Zuckerberg’s dreams of world domination. It’s time the rest of the web ecosystem recognizes this and works to replace it with something open and distributed.

What I really dislike about Facebook is that you can’t export your own posts to your hard drive or another site. Facebook doesn’t respect our rights to our own content, so we get the worst of both worlds: neither privacy nor ownership. I’m still there because that is where friends are, but if there was a popular open alternative I would jump ship in a second.

Interfaith Dialogue of the Day, part XVIII

Posted on | April 19, 2010 | Comments Off on Interfaith Dialogue of the Day, part XVIII

hate mail from third graders

Posted on | April 15, 2010 | Comments Off on hate mail from third graders

“It’s tough being called a heartless Pluto-hater, particularly by a dismayed eight-year-old.”

the perils of social networking

Posted on | April 15, 2010 | Comments Off on the perils of social networking

Watch what you say on Facebook! Your terrible puns will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Lawton man arrested for Facebook jokes
According to the affidavit filed by Det. Ken Parsons, Chaston posted the following online threat: “thinking about shooting up an old folks home … could call it youthenasia ….lol someone has to put them out of their misery.” He then added another comment to the post: “…well thought about doing a drive-by at a daycare, but that didn’t sound as cool …. lol”


Posted on | April 5, 2010 | Comments Off on awesome

Barack Obama Looking at Awesome Things
Call me a whistleblower if you want, but the truth is the truth. President Obama spends most of his time looking at awesome things.

Not to be confused with Obama feigning interest in mundane things.


Posted on | April 4, 2010 | Comments Off on beautiful

Musical Solar System – based on real orbital frequencies

Via Inky Circus.

every bit helps

Posted on | March 30, 2010 | Comments Off on every bit helps

My friend Isaiah McCaslin will be a great Representative for Oklahoma, but he needs your help to get there. If you’re sick of what’s going on with our current legislature, this is how you change it! Please donate whatever you can.

Contribute now to Isaiah McCaslin (OK-HD-44)
Join us! So far, 15 supporters have contributed $1,360.

quote of the day

Posted on | March 29, 2010 | Comments Off on quote of the day

“”if one is trying to harvest a truffle wood discreetly without alerting the locals, it’s generally a mistake to show up walking a pig on a leash”

Unearthing the Sex Secrets of the Périgord Black Truffle –
The cynosure of every foodie’s dreams is about to yield its most intimate secrets to a team of French and Italian researchers who have decoded its genome.

Zombie Bitches Kickin Peoples Ass

Posted on | March 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Zombie Bitches Kickin Peoples Ass

Via Oklahoma Rock Newsblog.

What makes a good downtown?

Posted on | March 26, 2010 | Comments Off on What makes a good downtown?

Video is full of great advice with real world examples… density, variety, people on display, and NO surface parking lots!


Posted on | March 24, 2010 | 1 Comment


Posted on | March 24, 2010 | Comments Off on meme’d

It is time to pass health care reform.

Posted on | March 21, 2010 | Comments Off on It is time to pass health care reform.

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