Tuesday, August 30
First Amendment Right to Openly Record Police Officers in Public
Tuesday, June 28
Tuesday, June 21
Friday, June 17
Monday, June 6
"If we're going to reject all the writers who have unlovely, untimely, or unworthy views that inflect their writing, what will be left? Dale Carnegie and Shel Silverstein? No, I think we will have to be content with learning from the unworthy. And often the first thing we will learn is that the universe is not here to please us. It is unfortunately chock full of people who aren't particularly nice."Against Art in Politics, and Against Politics in Art (The Atlantic).
Thursday, May 26
Wednesday, May 25
Thursday, May 19
Wednesday, May 11
"Being open about uncertainty is not just a case of reporting some kind of statistically-derived “margin of error”. There are many ways for a conclusion to look statistically robust but be wrong. What is needed is to be clear about the underpinning assumptions and open-minded about what would happen if the assumptions were mistaken."A quick chat with Tim Harford, a man I am certain has some useful observations to share.
Monday, May 2
"Yes, bin Laden the man is dead. But he achieved all he set out to achieve, and a hell of a lot more. He forever changed who we are as a country, and for the worse. Mostly because we let him. That isn’t something a special ops team can fix."The Agitator: He Won.
Friday, April 29
How eyewitness and confessions can result in convictions of innocent people.
Monday, April 25
Thursday, April 21
Saturday, April 9
Friday, April 8
Friday, March 4
(Thanks, John Brocklehurst.)
Wednesday, March 2
Friday, February 18
The SFPD and DEA found no piles of marijuana money at 243 Diamond St., one of six addresses raided simultaneously in San Francisco that morning. Instead, they found Clark Freshman, who rents the penthouse at the two-unit building. Freshman, a UC Hastings law professor and the main consultant to the television show Lie to Me, was put into handcuffs while in his bathrobe as agents searched, despite Freshman's insistence that they had the wrong place and were breaking the law.Something that happens all the time, just maybe this time with consequences.
Wednesday, February 9
"I asked how, if these people were so reprehensible, they had all arrived at such elevated positions in the church. “They weren’t like that when they were in those positions,” Davis responded. The defectors we were discussing had not only risen to positions of responsibility within the church; they had also ascended Scientology’s ladder of spiritual accomplishment. I suggested to Davis that Scientology didn’t seem to work if people at the highest levels of spiritual attainment were actually liars, adulterers, wife beaters, and embezzlers."The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology (The New Yorker).
Tuesday, February 8
Sunday, February 6
Göring: Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.
Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.
Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.(Via Reddit.)
Thursday, February 3
Clearly that kind of justification, especially one so costly and receiving so much attention, deserves some intelligent critique.
Wednesday, February 2
Wednesday, January 26
Friday, January 21
Monday, January 17
Friday, January 14
Thursday, January 13
Only those who take leisurely what the people of the world are busy about can be busy about what the people of the world take leisurely.-- Chang Ch'ao via Lin Yutang.
Tuesday, January 4
"So where are you from?" I asked. "England," she replied. "We can't buy from you," I said, "since you're not local!"
"I'm not for sale," she replied.
"Everyone's for sale."
Anyway, here's a brief explanation on why the economics (and the implied morality) of the buy local movement is fundamentally flawed.
Full disclosure: I sometimes enjoy locally sourced foods and goods, but recognize it's a shopping choice, not a moral one, as the authors put it. Some of the gifts I gave at Christmas were locally made, but then I took them to California so I don't know what that means as for "local-ness." One was a book buy a guy who lives in my city, but I don't know where the printing was done. And yes it's a true story above.