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I Support Strong Women of Color Unless They Are Politically to My Left - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
The women of color I admire are strong. They see institutions, like ICE, that abuse and degrade women of color and think, “I can run them.” They don’t wait for a man’s permission to profit off of war. They aren’t afraid to get right up in President Trump’s face and say, “Sir, I just voted for your military budget.” They don’t just take money from the NRA; they take it like a boss. I’m talking about strong women of color like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, the Koch brothers, the Mucinex Man. Yes, the Mucinex Man is a woman of color. Green is a color, and gender is fluid. Get with the times.
humor  politics  wokeness 
6 days ago
Stumbling and Mumbling: On commodification
Very broadly speaking, there are two types of commodification. One is endogenous such as in the case Harry is complaining of, whereby the media treat its subjects (in some cases with their cooperation) as commodities to be used to sell papers. Another example is when non-monetary motives such as professional pride are displaced by financial ones. Yet another is when internet companies such as Facebook and Google convert data about their customers into something they can sell to advertisers.

A second type of commodification occurs with state assistance. One huge way in which this occurred was through the privatization of land, via the dissolution of the monasteries and enclosure acts. These helped create not only markets in land, but also in labour (pdf) as peasant farmers were driven into the industrial labour force. This process is still going on. Other examples are: privatization and outsourcing; the imposition of tuition fees which have converted universities into commodities; copyright laws which allow capitalists to commoditize elements of music; and low state pensions which have given space to companies to sell over-priced private pension management. 
money  history  economics 
16 days ago
The Erotic Professor - The Chronicle of Higher Education
One of the conventions of the genre, in fact, is for the erotic professor to imagine what her students must be feeling by reference to what she once felt, and then to state that feeling as if it were a universal law ("intellectual magnetism, a notoriously protean force, often shades into erotic attraction"), scarcely noticing that when she had that feeling, she was a student on her way to becoming a professor. What about the student on her way to becoming an HR rep? Or an accountant?
academia  college  sex  work 
20 days ago
How Your Digital Purchases Could Serve the Perfect Surveillance Network – Reason.com
If you were a KGB agent in the heyday of Cold War surveillance, how would you design the perfect snooping system?

This system should gather good dirt on all people within the Soviet Union. We want to identify people and their habits to build behavioral profiles and keep tabs on their comings and goings. And it should it be as unobtrusive as possible; we wouldn't want the masses to start making a fuss about our valiant civic undertaking. What would you do?

This was the question posed to a group of academics attending a 1971 conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies at Georgetown University. They had two days to dream up a perfectly evil surveillance architecture.

Their answer? "This group decided that if you wanted to build an unobtrusive system for surveillance, you couldn't do much better than an electronic funds transfer system."
money  credit 
6 weeks ago
How Tax Policy Gave Us White Claw
As a gay man in New York with a well-stocked bar, I am used to my friends coming to my apartment and asking for vodka sodas. What people like about a vodka soda is what it doesn’t contain. All it has is alcohol, water, and carbonation — no extra flavorings, no caffeine, and no calorie content other than from alcohol. It’s the chicken breast of mixed drinks: broadly acceptable, gets the job done, nothing fancy. So, why did it take so long for it to come ready-to-drink in a can?

Part of the answer lies in the fact White Claw, which markets itself as “hard seltzer” and “spiked sparkling water,” is not precisely a vodka soda in a can. It doesn’t contain vodka or any other distilled spirits. Instead it is made through fermentation, like beer, but starting from a base of sugar instead of cereal grains like barley. Then, carbonated water and flavoring are added.

Because White Claw is brewed like beer, it’s taxed like beer, which is important because beer is taxed in the U.S. at a much lower rate than spirits. If you made a product similar to White Claw by mixing vodka with seltzer and putting it in a can, a six-pack would be subject to more than $2 in additional taxes when sold in New York City.
food  business  alcohol  taxes 
6 weeks ago
The Beloved, Bedeviled Banana | JSTOR Daily
The bananas Americans are accustomed to eating are actually a rather new phenomenon. Gros Michel was the kind of banana eaten in the United States from the 1890s to about 1960. They were supposed to have been delicious, superlative in “flavor, aroma, and peel color,” according to historian John Soluri. The U.S. banana cartel cleared a lot of jungle to grow them. The banana kings also maintained “banana republics” in the Caribbean and Central American to keep those bananas, and profits, heading north.

The Gros Michel was very popular in its heyday. By 1913, per capita consumption of bananas in the U.S. exceeded twenty pounds, second only to apples. An effort to tax bananas as an exotic “luxury good” that year was defeated as importers, retailers, and consumers countered that it was the “poor man’s fruit.” It was around that time when advertisers first hit on the boxed breakfast cereal, milk, and sliced banana combination.
history  food  fruit 
6 weeks ago
Winter Isn’t Coming. Prepare for the Pyrocene. | History News Network
So there does exist a narrative, one of the oldest known to humanity, and one that has defined our distinctive ecological agency. It’s the story of fire.  Earth is a uniquely fire planet – it has been since life clambered onto the continents.  Equally, humans are a uniquely fire creature, not only the keystone species for fire but a species monopolist over its manipulation.  The fires in the Arctic testify to the planetary antiquity of fire.  Nearly all are kindled by lightning and burn biotas nicely adapted to fire; many could be suppressed, but extinguishing them will only put off, not put out, the flames. By contrast, the fires in the Amazon bear witness to a Faustian pact that hominins made with fire so long ago it is coded into our genome.  They are set by people in circumstances that people made, well outside ecological barriers and historical buffers.
science  history  books 
6 weeks ago
Stumbling and Mumbling: Capitalists for Corbyn
Of course, the experience of the US economy and S&P 500 since the 80s suggests that profit-led growth is best (pdf) for capitalists. But sometimes (pdf), this is not an option – if, like now, pro-capitalist policies fail to induce strong rises in capital spending. When this is the case, wage-led (pdf) growth (pdf) is a reasonable second-best. And Labour offers the chance – only chance – of this.
history  politics  economics  capitalism 
6 weeks ago
5 Programming Languages That Are Probably Doomed
Not all programming languages endure forever. In fact, even the most popular ones inevitably crumble away, as new generations of developers embrace other languages and frameworks they find easier to work with.

In order to determine which programming languages are likely doomed in the medium- to long-term, we looked at the popularity rankings by TIOBE and RedMonk, as well as Dice’s own database of job postings. If your career is based on any of the following languages, we suggest diversifying your skill-set at some point. 
ruby  rstats  perl 
9 weeks ago
Stumbling and Mumbling: The dubious logic of commodification
We can immediately dispense with the claim that working longer is good for our mental and physical health. If this is the case, it is a reason for banning age discrimination and encouraging lifelong learning so that older people’s skills don’t become obsolete - in short, for giving people the real choice of how long to work. “Forcing people to be free” used to be a very unconservative idea*.
economics  commodification 
9 weeks ago
French Radical Eye for the Conservative Guy - Existential Comics
The enlightenment was a stupid idea, and we never should have done it. Also I don't care for the French.
history  philosophy  conservatism 
9 weeks ago
How "Carpe Diem" Got Lost in Translation | JSTOR Daily
As John Keating teaches his students to value their own individuality above conforming to rules, he stands on his desk, as he says, not to feel taller, but to remind himself that we must constantly look at things in a different way. By seizing the day rather than plucking it like a flower, however, we’re actually conforming to hidden cultural values that we all share, not looking at the world in a different way from the norm, but in the same way as everyone else. These are cultural values that some argue have been co-opted by advertisers to sell us more things that we’re told will make us happier.
latin  history  literature  translation 
9 weeks ago
Regrowing Germany's Trees After WWII | JSTOR Daily
According to Stilgenbauer and McBride, it’s time to pay more attention to the histories of urban forests after war. “Governance and ideology matter,” they write, as evidenced in the big differences between reforestation in Dresden and Hamburg. But it was individuals’ love for their trees that helped reforest both cities. “This record of human affinity for trees in the city offers perhaps the best hope to tap after future disasters.”
trees  history  germany  wwii 
9 weeks ago
Franklin, the American State that Wasn't | JSTOR Daily
So when North Carolina ceded its western territory to Congress in 1784, Franklinites jumped into what they saw as a political vacuum. Farr describes the would-be state-builders as “speculating elites” who needed order to “pursue various land schemes and their governing legitimacy.” As the replica of the capitol in Greeneville suggests, this was all very frontier. The currency, too, was chaotic: Spanish and Portuguese gold coins, paper money issued by the various states and the federal government, and leftover British pounds and shillings all circulated. Barter was the easiest method of economic transaction.
history  us 
9 weeks ago
Seaton: Deputy Tyrone’s ABCs | Simple Justice
A is for Arrest, I like to do to stiffs
B is for Baton, this tool I club you with
C is for Criminals, all are bad guys
D is for Defendant, people who always lie
E is for Execute, it’s what we do with warrants
F is for Forfeit, how cops civilly line their pockets
crime  laws  police 
9 weeks ago
Police violence a leading cause of death among specific U.S. groups, ‘sobering’ study finds - ScienceBlog.com
Risk of being killed by police peaks between the ages 20 and 35 for men and women and for all racial and ethnic groups, the study found. Black women and men and American Indian and Alaska Native women and men are significantly more likely than white women and men to be killed by police. Latino men also are more likely to be killed by police than are white men.
crime  death 
9 weeks ago
Fundamentals of GIS | Coursera
Explore the world of spatial analysis and cartography with geographic information systems (GIS). In this class you will learn the basics of the industry’s leading software tool, ArcGIS, during four week-long modules:

Week 1: Learn how GIS grew from paper maps to the globally integrated electronic software packages of today. You will install ArcGIS on your computer and learn how to use online help to answer technical questions.

Week 2: Open up ArcGIS and explore data using ArcMap. Learn the foundational concepts of GIS, how to analyze data, and make your first map.

Week 3: Make your own maps! Symbolize data and create an eye-catching final product.

Week 4: Share your data and maps and learn to store and organize your data.

Take Fundamentals of GIS as a standalone course or as part of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialization. By completing the first class in the Specialization you will gain the skills needed to succeed in the full program.

Students who need an ArcGIS license will receive a non-commercial, 1 year student license for participation in this course and specialization.
gis  education 
10 weeks ago
Marketing the Cosmic Crisp: Will Consumers Bite? - Knowledge@Wharton
For apple aficionados who share in the opinion that the Red Delicious can “rot in hell,” as one Vice.com columnist wrote in an expletive-laden diatribe on the mealy fruit, there’s a new variety that promises to tickle the taste buds. The Cosmic Crisp is an intriguing hybrid of the popular Honeycrisp and Enterprise varieties that should find its way into some grocery stores by fall.
apples  food  economics  marketing  business 
10 weeks ago
Rituals of Childhood
Social science also teaches us something about how rituals end, although not enough. The most important step is to kindle a belief that there are other ways to live, other forms that collective life can take. That can be surprisingly hard to do, because a side-effect of ritual life is that participation in it powerfully reinforces its seeming inescapability, even when people are uncertain or disbelieving of the sense or meaning of what is happening. That is why change, when it comes, often comes suddenly and unexpectedly, as people finally acknowledge not just privately in ones and twos but publicly to one another that what they have been doing amounts to an empty parody that no-one really believes. A further difficulty is that this sort of sudden, collective collapse is in many ways the good outcome. A worse one is when solidarity is replaced with its bitter sibling, schism. Instead of competition or conflict within some framework that opponents are nevertheless bound to, real schism yields much of the febrile, effervescent energy of collective solidarity, but delivers few of its stabilizing benefits.
politics  religion  sociology 
11 weeks ago
Stumbling and Mumbling: The missing backlash
Fourthly, as David Leiser has shown, people are terrible at connecting economic facts. They just don’t link the collapse of banks with a decade of stagnant real wages. This is not helped by a media which has a bias against emergence. For example, in Jon Sopel’s interview with Gary Cohn yesterday neither party asked the extent to which the US’s economic performance might for good or ill be due to forces outside direct political control.

Which brings me to something else. For decades political debate about the economy has been framed by the presumption that capitalism is basically fundamentally healthy and that the role of the state is to provide the framework of stable policy and light regulation which frees this underlying dynamism. The question has been: how can the state serve capital? rather than: what must be done to fix or replace a rotten system? Because ideas often linger on after their factual base has withered, we are stuck in this paradigm. This is why the Tories managed to get away with describing post-crisis government deficits as the fault of Labour rather than bankers.
history  economics  politics 
11 weeks ago
Two years of preschool creates positive impact 50 years later – Library Research Service
A longitudinal study of the impacts of preschool participation found that the study participants as well as their children experienced a variety of positive outcomes. The original participants had lower rates of crime, higher rates of employment, better health, and better executive function than the control group over the course of their lives. Children of the original preschool participants had a better chance of completing high school without suspension, never being arrested, and being employed full time compared to the children of the control group. The control group did not attend preschool and had similar social and economic backgrounds.
schools  education 
11 weeks ago
The Miyawaki Method: A Better Way to Build Forests? | JSTOR Daily
In 2010, Shubhendu Sharma cleared the grass from the 75-square-meter backyard of his family home in the city of Kashipur, in India’s Himalayan Uttarakhand state. Into the intensely compacted soil he planted 224 saplings of some 19 species of shrubs and trees— timber, and guava and mulberry among other fruit trees. Then he weeded and watered and monitored. He watched as the young, frail plants leafed and flowered, quickly growing tall and thick, as a dozen species of birds moved in to the newly lush habitat, as a thermometer registered coolness beneath the trees—a difference of some 5 degrees Celsius from the surrounding air—even in June’s blistering heat. And August’s Monsoon rains, which once puddled on the surface of the yard, absorbed into the dirt “like a sponge,” says Sharma. In a year, his backyard had become a self-sustaining mini forest.
plants  botany  forests  trees  Afforestt 
12 weeks ago
Want to Fight Climate Change? Plant 1 Trillion Trees.
That may sound like a lot of trees, but the Earth has room for their gnarled bows and branches. In a new study that excluded cities and agricultural areas, researchers found that the planet has nearly 3.5 million square miles (9 million square kilometers) to spare for trees. Such newly planted trees could cut carbon (a part of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere by nearly 25%, bringing it down to levels not seen for nearly 100 years, the scientists said. [Image Gallery: A Rainbow of Fall Leaves]
environment 
july 2019
Paying (for) attention – John Quiggin
The case of so-called ‘guerilla’ or ‘viral’ marketers is even worse. As the name implies, guerilla marketing efforts are based on disguise, with seemingly ordinary social contacts being used to market goods or services, ideally in such a way that the target audience is left unaware they have been marketed to. This kind of activity is criminal when it is used to tout stocks, but it’s no better, in ethical terms, when it’s used to sell goods or services.
marketing  information  ethics  advertising 
july 2019
The Best Books on World War II | Five Books Expert Recommendations
But Anna Reid’s book goes far further because, with excellent research in archives which weren’t available before, she is able to show how totally cynical Stalin’s attitude was to Leningrad. Indeed it was a major factor in the appalling loss of life and suffering, which is very hard to appreciate. When I was researching my own book Stalingrad, and for years afterwards, I couldn’t look at a plate of food without thinking what that would have meant to about a dozen people in Stalingrad. In Leningrad it was even worse. There are photographs, for example, of the same woman taken just a few months apart for her identity documents and in a matter of months she has become an old hag, even though she started off as a rather plump young woman. So the effects of starvation on a whole society is indeed worth studying and I think that Anna Reid has done it brilliantly. Another interesting aspect of her book is her exploration of the extent to which people living in Leningrad had to resort to cannibalism in order to survive.
wwii  history  books 
june 2019
Kant Fight the Moonlight - Dead Philosophers in Heaven
Yeah Machiavelli was a republican. But it’s hard to be a proper republican if your country has no state; The Prince just describes the fact that there is no state or nation in history that hasn’t been founded on massive violence (arguably creating the biggest, fattest, ugliest paradox of western political philosophy, just to mention.) He also lets us know that any state at least partially dependant on consent, if it’s going to last, is going to have to learn how to deceive its citizenry. Machiavelli wrote in a time when people still remembered the Dark Ages (they really did suck!). The state was the only guarantee of culture, law, art. Machiavelli was a brilliant historian, rhetorician, political philosopher (even though he hated philosophy –  but of course that just makes him cooler right?) Yep, he had republican and early democratic values, but mostly, the aim of unifying and stabilising and Italian state was completely outside morality.
comic  humor  history  philosophy 
june 2019
Chimpanzee Disaster | Hannah Niemeier | First Things
Carson Vaughan’s first book, Zoo Nebraska, is an absurd story, less funny than sad. And it’s about much more than an impractical dream that became a failed tourist venture. The chimpanzee disaster captures the story of Royal, but it's a tale that echoes in other rural towns struggling through the turn of the century: Faced with a diminishing population count, few economic opportunities, and dwindling reasons to stay together, its residents held their one hope for survival so tightly that they suffocated it.
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The story of Royal’s zoo is an ambitious undertaking for a first book, and Vaughan handles it with an eye for detail, an ear for regional idiosyncrasies, and an empathetic understanding of the various perspectives on this emotional and deeply personal story. But he’s no Truman Capote. He often over-dramatizes, going heavy on the purple prose in what is clearly intended to be a painterly writing style.
books  zoos  animals 
may 2019
Meritocracy Is Good But We Don't Have It » IAI TV
The second meritocratic principle is equal opportunity. The first principle tells us that the fastest runner ought to get the medal. But that is a necessary condition, not a sufficient one, for a fair race. We must also ensure that every citizen begins from the same starting line. If some begin their adult lives with undeserved advantage (e.g. wealth, family connections) and others are born in disadvantaged communities, then those features — rather than merit — shape what they may become. In a meritocracy, all children are brought to the same starting line through measures like estate taxes and public education.
philosophy  society 
may 2019
What If There’s Nothing You Should Do? » IAI TV
You may think that our inability to believe this general error theory is itself a problem for the theory. But I do not think it is. Just as a theory can be true if we do not believe it, a theory can also be true if we cannot believe it. Of course, if we cannot believe a theory, we cannot sincerely say that it is true. But we can defend the theory without saying that it is true: we can put forward arguments against the alternatives to the theory and say that these arguments together seem to show that the theory is true. As long as we do not say that these arguments actually show this, we are not insincere. Moreover, if we did need to be insincere in order to defend this general error theory, that would not be a problem for the theory. It would merely be a problem for us.
philosophy  belief 
may 2019
A simple way to shape cookies - Flourish - King Arthur Flour
Portioning out drop cookie dough is pretty straightforward. Past generations of bakers used a couple of tablespoons. Today, many of us use a cookie scoop. But there’s another way to shape cookies, one that doesn’t require the repetitive motion of spooning or scooping over and over again.

Believe it or not, all you need is less than a minute and a knife to divide a big batch of cookie dough into oven-ready tablespoon-sized portions.
recipe  baking  cookies 
may 2019
Baby Name Animation
I was playing around with the gganimate package this morning and thought I’d make a little animation showing a favorite finding about the distribution of baby names in the United States. This is the fact—I think first noticed by Laura Wattenberg, of the Baby Name Voyager—that there has been a sharp, relatively recent rise in boys’ names ending in the letter ‘n’, at the expense of names with ‘e’, ‘l’, and ‘y’ endings.

Our goal is to animate a bar chart showing this distribution as a bar chart with one bar for each letter, which we’ll draw once for each year from 1880 to 2017 and then smoothly stitch them together with gganimate’s tools.
names  rstats 
may 2019
Handy statistical lexicon « Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
These are all important methods and concepts related to statistics that are not as well known as they should be. I hope that by giving them names, we will make the ideas more accessible to people:
statistics 
may 2019
A Legendary Scientist Sounds Off on the Trouble With STEM - The Chronicle of Higher Education
I am unhappy about STEM. That is, I’m unhappy about how it’s presented as the principal portal for careers in science and technology. Young people — in some cases, young enough to be as far back as grammar school — are presented with this intellectual triathlon in order to go into science and technology.

There’s no question that we need all the ablest people that can be recruited to go into science and technology to keep this country strong. But STEM is an unnecessarily forbidding set of stairs.

Consider a young person who’s thrilled by seeing a natural system, a remarkable geological formation that stirs the imagination, or a group of animals or plants. This youngster says, Boy, when I get to college, I would like to move on to a career in science, and biology especially. Now, the STEM-oriented teacher — if we are following the STEM ideology as we hear it — says: "I think that’s a good ambition. But remember that biology is based substantially upon chemistry. So, I advise you to start getting a good background in chemistry. Oh, and while you’re at it, you should keep in mind that chemistry is based upon, to a major degree, principles of physics. So consider starting to get a background in physics, too. And, oh, I almost forgot: To get into physics, and a lot of the best parts of chemistry, you’re going to need ‘M,’ mathematics. So I want you to get started on math courses right now."
may 2019
These Gravity-Defying Sculptures Provoked Accusations of Demonic Possession | JSTOR Daily
Demons and artists, it seems, pull from the same bag of tricks. They’re illusionists. They take the plain, humdrum matter of the world and transform it somehow, make it seem brighter, nobler, more wondrous, more terrifying. And here we have Bertos, taking blocks of solid stone and transforming them into something light and airy like a whipped-up meringue. Bertos’ sculptures weren’t monumental, they were ornamental. They were conversation pieces, meant to sit on some end table in a fabulously overwrought Rococo room. There, in their natural habitat, they would have been in perfect harmony with everything else: the fluffy, gilded rocaille decoration on the walls, the illusionistic fresco painted on the ceiling, probably featuring some fleshy, winged nymphs and cupids tumbling weightlessly through cotton-candy clouds.
art  magic  history 
may 2019
Monks wondering why God wants them to make shitload of beer
> “Apparently our beer is an ‘ancient and holy tradition’ but it’s still stronger than Stella. I had four bottles last night and couldn’t even remember the Lord’s Prayer this morning because my head felt like it was in a vice.
ntown 
may 2019
The Steelwool Scrub – A Fallacy — Crooked Timber
Intellectually, it IS unfair to strawman a position by conflating it with its least thoughtful, most irrational, animus-afflicted exponents. Yet descriptively – sociologically – it’s absurd to steelman a socio-cultural order-or-group by conflating its practices and norms with unrepresentative, intellectual outliers. If you think the reason trans people struggle for respect, recognition, rights is that they are surrounded by well-meaning, rationally-convicted neo-Thomists, you’re nuts. Trans people struggle and suffer because they are members of a despised, oppressed minority group. SSM was a fight because gays face irrational animus, not a thicket of para-Aristotelian arguments. Spinning actually-existing bigotry as, ideally, the better angel of some natural law argument, is just a weird way to excuse what’s right there in front of you.
politics  religion  philosophy 
may 2019
The fundamental laws of Facebook - without bullshit
Facebook’s algorithm is supreme. All policies and engineering efforts serve the algorithm.
facebook  socialmedia  business  internet 
may 2019
Misreading the latest jobs numbers
No, the U-3 rate—the headline rate that’s most commonly cited—refers to work of any kind, not just full-time. A common, and justified, criticism of that rate is that you only have to have worked an hour in the previous month to be counted as employed, and to be counted as unemployed you have to have actively looked for work. There’s a broader definition of unemployment, the so-called U-6 rate, that accounts for people who want full-time work but can only find part-time and for those who’ve given up the job search as hopeless (“discouraged” workers). That was 7.3% in April, a bit higher than the 6.8% low in late 2000, and a lot higher than the U-3 rate.
economics  unemployment 
may 2019
How to make fluffy pancakes - Flourish - King Arthur Flour
The secret to many light and fluffy baked goods is eggs. They’re a miraculous ingredient when beaten. They can transform heavy batter into an ethereal cloud with just a bit of mixing and heat.
breakfast  pancakes  recipe 
may 2019
Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog: Ontario goes crazy, sets out to destroy its excellent universities
1. None of these 'metrics' actually measures how well we educate, because that would be hard. Instead they're a pig's breakfast of Stuff Govt Likes: unis will be assessed on things like our graduates' incomes (don't ask me how), partnerships with industry, experiential learning (a good in itself apparently, rather than something that could be done well or badly), and graduation rates (so don't flunk any more students, please -- and you'd better not admit any who might face financial or other obstacles and drop out).
education  canada  ontario 
may 2019
A Final Round of Advice for Final Exams - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Instead of having students scramble to finish a final exam and then bolt out the door, faculty members should end the semester with a memorable learning experience — an epic finale, Anthony Crider, an associate professor of physics at Elon University, wrote last year. Unlike a test, a "finale" can spark discussion and reflection afterward.
education 
may 2019
Teaching applied ethics — surveying the students. — Crooked Timber
Altogether the post-class survey makes me feel that some of the course objectives have been met. It’s not that I want anyone to change their minds, but I do want them to think seriously about the issues and, since most haven’t thought seriously about most of the issues before taking the class, some mind-changing ought to be happening. And, I am more confident than I used to be that I succeed in not disclosing (and not, in Hess and McAvoy’s lovely phrase, leaking).
education  ethics  philosophy 
may 2019
Dr. Keynes Was Right: The Easy 80 Percent
Today brings yet another example. Pharma had been dining out on filet and caviar for decades with the Easy 80%. Now, the impossible 20% is all that's left. They, we now know, are frauds. They don't work miracles. They don't conjure all these compounds out of their own pockets. They depend on the Damn Gummint for the smarts.
culture  economics  medicine  pharma 
april 2019
Why Did the Victorians Harbor Warm Feelings for Leeches? | JSTOR Daily
“There is no doubt that the medicinal leech is one of the most beautiful of animals,” wrote British zoologist Arthur Everett Shipley in 1914. Yes, the leech: blood-sucking, marsh-dwelling, annullated worm, faceless except for its rings of teeth. Yet in Shipley’s eyes, leeches were magnificent. Their bodies were works of art, marked with “a delicious harmony of browns and greens and blacks and yellows, a beautiful soft symphony of velvety browns and greens and blacks.” Their movements were graceful, even “seductive” (his words).
history  medicine 
april 2019
Archeologists Discover Apostle Peter's Concealed Carry Permit | The Babylon Bee
Church leaders say this is a glorious moment for evangelicals who had held for decades that Christ and the apostles were strong advocates of the 2nd amendment and the right to carry.
guns  politics  religion  satire 
april 2019
Changing racial differences in attitudes on changing racial differences « Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
The data here points to a more complex view of recent history. The nastiest of the racists may have felt freer to express themselves in word and deed. And when they do, they make the news. Hence the widespread perception that race relations have deteriorated. But surveys can tell us what we don’t see on the news and Twitter. And in this case what they tell us is that the overall trend among Whites has been towards more liberal views on the causes of race differences in who gets ahead.
statistics  research  race  us 
april 2019
Lessons about statistics and research methods from that racial attitudes example « Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
For students and teachers of statistics or research methods, I think the key takeaway should be that you don’t want to pull out just one number from a survey; you want to get the big picture by looking at multiple questions, multiple years, and multiple data sources. You want to use the secret weapon.
statistics 
april 2019
The 4 Questions to Ask before You Unplug | JSTOR Daily
> It’s comforting to imagine that without the lure of Facebook and Twitter, I’d have written three novels, filled the freezer with meals, and refinished my hardwood floors. But I remember life before social media: my freezer was just as empty, and my floors just as scuffed.
ntown  internet  socialmedia 
april 2019
Why rent matters
"The rent is too damn high."

--David Ricardo
atbcom  economics  history 
april 2019
“HTML Ninja Technique” – Articles – Learn – Symphony.
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xslt  xsl  ninja  ninjutsu 
april 2019
The desert of plenty
> This is a world of plenty. We have all we need, and we can create all we need. Yes, there are pockets of scarcity – energy, for example, and minerals, and even water. But all of these are problems that can be solved. The question is whether we really want to. For the scarcities that we hang on to, and that we create through artificial support of asset prices and systematic rigging of markets, are all that separates us from our familiar world and the desert of plenty.
economics  ntown 
april 2019
Songwriter Writes Off Catastrophic Eight-Month Relationship As Business Expense
“Any half-ass songwriter can double down on an inherently flawed relationship so they can eventually mine that wreckage for content down the road — but a professional will take the time to itemize that failed relationship so they can protect their profit margins. That disastrous weekend trip to her parents’ house where I got hammered and started crying? That’s absolutely a write-off: it inspired tracks two through five, and the last half of 10.”
humor  satire  ntown 
april 2019
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