Thursday, May 26

Home Insecurity

You have no recourse against police invasion of your home. Our 4th Amendment rights have been gutted. Recently "three of the five (Indiana Supreme Court) justices agreed, "there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers." One law for citizens, another for agents of the state. It sounds so alarmist or radical when stated so, but it's so evident in practice that it's also banal.

Wednesday, May 11

Why We’re All Far Too Sure of Ourselves

"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

He's dead, but... we didn't really win, did we?

"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.