Category: Society

A Supreme Court Strategy for Democrats

Democratic Senators should refuse to approve any Supreme Court nominee until Merrick Garland is renominated. This would be a principled stand that allows Republicans to make amends for their recalcitrance, offers a centrist appointment to a divided country, and is less radical

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Tackling the Problem of Fake News

Slate is launching an attempt to mark fake news. They will “rely on crowdsourcing and human moderation by Slate staffers and contributors.” There will probably be sabotage attempts by bad actors, and the results will be criticized for liberal bias

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Only Conservatives Fall For Fake News Stories

There has been much coverage of fake news stories and how they might have affected the election. Interestingly, the news site owners said that the only stories that went viral were pro-conservative ones. He was amazed at how quickly fake news

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The Environmental Impact of Food

One of the reasons I reverted to vegetarianism was the environmental impact of meat, so I was taken aback to read that cheese is the 3rd-highest in terms of CO2 production, ahead of pork, salmon, turkey and chicken. Detailed figures are

How to Regard This Week’s Race Conflicts

William Saletan has written a Slate article There Is a War Over Race in America in which he brilliantly redraws the dividing line: This is the central thing to understand about what happened in Dallas: Black people who target whites are

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You Can’t Fight Words With Swords

Let’s talk about ISIS. Yes, it’s a military organization, amongst other things, but far more than that, it’s an idea, a radical Islamic idea. It’s a terrible idea, based on medieval attitudes, but it’s still an idea. Hands up who

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Continuing NYTimes Bias

I have railed for months about the pro-Clinton bias in the NYTimes. Today’s headline reads Three Crucial States Show Tight Races Between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton PARA 2: “The Quinnipiac University surveys, released on Tuesday, show Mrs. Clinton leading Mr.

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Actions Have Consequences

Paris/San Bernadino happened because of ISIS. ISIS arose because Iraq was invaded. Iraq was invaded because of 9/11. 9/11 happened because of U.S. missile strikes on Bin Laden’s HQ, see White House daily brief, Wikipedia. The missile strikes happened because

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What Religion Would Countenance a Confidential Handbook?

From a NYT article about a new anti-gay policy of the Mormon Church: It appears that the new rules were not supposed to be made public. They were issued as changes to a confidential handbook, and sent out by email

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Our beliefs resist new facts

Mother Jones has a really interesting article on how our beliefs block new information: Pre-existing beliefs, far more than new facts, skew our thoughts. Feelings arise before conscious thoughts and color them. Confirmation bias gives more weight to facts that

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