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Why we can't have nice private corporations
As long as we have for-profit prison companies, the US will continue to have the largest prison population on the planet.

Just so we're clear, only about 3% of US prisoners are in for-profit prisons. So this is definitely false.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 4:19 AM on August 4, 2015
Corrections Corporation of America has 4% of US prisoners on it's own, and is not the only private prison company, so the above claim is definitely false. And beyond that, the above claim ignores the many other for-profit players in the prison-industrial complex.

I got my numbers wrong, a little. The number is 5% for the total for-profit prison population. (CCA has most of the market share.) I got my numbers for private prison beds from Pro Publica,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:26 AM on August 4, 2015
The more relevant point here is that almost half of immigration detainees are now in private detention centers. Found via By the Numbers: The U.S.’s Growing For-Profit Detention Industry, from Pro Publica.

In fact it's more than that: 2/3, not 1/2. But that's a vanishingly small part of the overall prison population.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:29 AM on August 4, 2015
It's not vanishingly small. The immigrant detention is increasing and the overall prison population is decreasing since 2008, though it went up last year. So immigrant detention is a growing small part of the overall prison population.

It's a percentage point. It's a drop in the bucket. It's also a gross human rights violation, so I'm not really interested fighting over the meaning of adverbs. I don't understand the nitpicks, here: none of them… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:27 AM on August 4, 2015

"Have the arrow pointing in the direction of the flow of music."
We are very easily tricked by price and hype. I just wish more people would recognize the generality of this problem.

Audio, food, wine, suits, cars, schools, etc. There are shitty versions of each, but the high end is all fiction.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:32 AM on August 1, 2015

Pell Grants for Prisoners
grobstein, while no one yet knows the details (likely still being hammered out), because of the focus on "experimental sites," it will likely only involve established college programs for the time being. This likely means the Bard Prison Initiative's umbrella of programs through Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Grinnell College in Iowa, Goucher College in Maryland, and the University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College in Indiana. They also planned to start ten more programs in… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:05 AM on July 28, 2015
Hey look! I made it into the Marshall Project!

Obama is Reinstating Pell Grants for Prisoners.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:02 AM on July 31, 2015

It has become death, destroyer of worlds
Self-driving car accidents and biased training data will be enough to damage AI's reputation.

Every single one of the Google Car's accidents have been caused by other drivers.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 11:43 AM on July 27, 2015

What if Spider-Man's Uncle Ben was shot by police rather than a burglar?
9If I were giving someone super powers, I would give them the power to make people see events and pay attention to them, because that would at least make them think.

But that's just what this would do! Remixes and reboots are now an important part of our culture: they're how we tell ourselves the story of what we have seen in a way that we can understand it. We have to create frames for those observations that help them hang together in salient ways,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:09 AM on July 27, 2015

Preventing a nuclear Iran. . .for 15 years.
Prediction: there will be much FUD on this deal. Yet this is really as good as any nuclear deal has ever been. It literally does not get better than this.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 3:28 AM on July 18, 2015
Joe Cirincione: "The deal eliminates the three ways Iran could build a bomb [Uranium, Plutonium, and Covert facilities].... The beauty of this agreement is that Iran gets to keep its buildings and we get to take out all the furniture."
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:54 AM on July 18, 2015
In most discussions of the nuclear deal, the word "Iraq" never comes up. That’s insane.

Again and again, pundits who championed the invasion of Iraq—people like Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer—appear on television advocating the same worldview they advocated in 2002 and 2003, and get to pretend that nothing has happened over the last 15 years to throw that worldview into question. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which championed the invasion… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:42 AM on July 27, 2015

This train is coming like a ghost train
This reminds me of my current reading of Charles Stross's Annihilation Score, where the scariest parts actually are the bureaucracy.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:12 AM on July 26, 2015

It is then that I know I have lost. Had lost long ago.
I somehow missed it when this was first posted, but I want to point out some things that are awesome:

1. The definition of tragedy as a meeting of the lawyers for characters in Antigone. (GENIUS.)
2. The bit in the middle about the WTC really closely resembles my own experience: I missed a meeting and spend at least my first hour trapped in a subway car under the WTC worrying about that rather than the smoke/air quality. Also, walking home was pretty arduous… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:51 AM on July 24, 2015

How I Quit Spin
Uh oh, it's a double.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:40 AM on July 24, 2015

no single penile aspect is essential for a penis to be considered pretty
No, I am 100% dead serious about comparing CMDP to the minmax strategy-jockeying dynamics of e.g. Magic: the Gathering tournament ladders.

CMDP is all about lighting (natural, multisource) and framing/focus. For the most part, selfies are downgraded so you need a second person to act as photographer. CMDP also rewards athletic guys who include a lot of their bodies within the frame, which I personally hope gets nerfed in the next update.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:04 PM on July 22, 2015
I am really disappointed that no one picked up on my metagame/nerf joke.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:21 AM on July 23, 2015

A rarified air.
The guy grew up with an airplane obsession, and now he spends his life on airplanes.

This is kind of like when the autistic kid with a bus obsession steals a bus and drives it around picking up passengers and delivering them to their destination. No one is hurt and it increases the amount of joy in the world.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:58 AM on July 21, 2015

Cheeseburger ethics
also weakness of will, but putting that on one side

I have a dog in this race, but I think akrasia is the most important ethical issue, and the one that most smart ethicists have been working on since Aristotle. Even many contractualists and deontologists are just trying to produce action-guiding principles for the purposes of better overcoming their own intellectual akrasia.

Also, painquale may have been joking, but I think… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:24 AM on July 15, 2015
It seems that what we know is that expertise in the research and pedagogy of ethics is not enough to make us better people. Perhaps such expertise is behaviorally inert, or perhaps we started off as worse people and ethics got us up to about average. Meanwhile, we're still stuck with the questions from the Meno: is virtue even teachable? And what is virtue, anyway?

I am suspicious whether this can help us resolve issues outside of moral psychology, like meta-ethical… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:32 PM on July 15, 2015

That clock =never= rings.
This doesn't include many of my favorites, but it does give some good suggestions. That's worth something: apparently Witcher 3, Pillars of Eternity, and Divinity Original Sin are worth picking up when they go GOTY or whatever.

Inquisition and New Vegas were the best games I've played since Planescape. The Mass Effect series was also pretty amazing, and I agree 2 is the best even if they're largely incomprehensible in isolation.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:20 AM on July 11, 2015
This is fair BUT! BUT! The really solid-citizen thing to do would be to present an ordered list of all items, with links to the full discussions. It could go after the article or whatever.

Given that you've complained about this in two separate comments, you should probably take a look at the link BECAUSE THEY DO EXACTLY THAT!
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 1:45 PM on July 11, 2015

Marital privilege and singlism after Obergefell v. Hodges
I attribute this claim to Elizabeth Brake, though doubtless others have made it as well. Basically, the idea is that in a society where marriage deserves this status as the essential institution, citizens who are not married are automatically second-class. Certainly policies that encourage and support marriage have the the side effect of creating an inequality with the unmarried, but beyond that the equation of marriage with maturity and flourishing causes us to conclude that the unmarried are… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 12:40 PM on July 6, 2015
It's financially beneficial largely because it's subsidized by the state.

On some ways of accounting for them, especially with wage inequality among spouses, the tax subsidies are pretty massive, but this still isn't true. Binding romantic partnerships of all sorts are financially beneficial because they allow people to share expenses, insure each other against hardships, and collaborate in major purchases.

In most of the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 12:57 PM on July 6, 2015
But no marriage at all? It's almost unthinkable. Almost.

This is where the focus should be on the role of the state rather than the forms of the relationship. Sure, it's difficult to imagine that every monogamous marriage would become polygamous after some Supreme Court case. But it's not so hard to imagine minimizing or privatizing marriage, making those relationships--for the most part--purely a personal matter. Straight monogamous marriages would… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:08 AM on July 7, 2015

"Cars 2 always comes in last in Pixar rankings, and justifiably so."
WaPo nails it.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:48 PM on July 5, 2015

Tragedy at Emanuel AME...again.
Reading Baldwin today:

"Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity."

And also this:

"I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain."
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:31 AM on June 18, 2015
Yesterday was actually the anniversary of the beginning of the original slave revolt and reprisals. So this may well be VERY old-fashioned terrorism.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:59 AM on June 18, 2015
Time for a New Black Radicalism:
As things stand, there is no rational space for mere hope — recent events in the light of the facts of history discourage naïveté. A truly intelligent hope leaves little to chance and encourages conviction and action to better secure a preferred future — in our case, a racially just America. It seems to me the way to hope today lies in the promise of a resurgent black radical politics.
by Yale's Chris Lebron
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:06 AM on June 22, 2015
Plenty of northern states and cities are fucking terrible to Black people. Seems weird to say that the North gets to lord it over the South when the South has Atlanta and New Orleans and the North has Pennsyltucky and New Hampshire. I've lived in both, and as far as I can tell very little of the regional rivalry is rooted in concerns for eliminating white supremacy.

Would that it were so. That flag is still a hate crime all by itself, though.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 4:45 AM on June 23, 2015
Still thinking about James Baldwin: Forgiveness in Charleston and South Africa: Political or Theological?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 11:10 AM on June 24, 2015
Yeah, arson science is basically non-existent.

The number of specifically black churches burned makes it clear what's going on, but crime scene investigation can't assume that just because white supremacists are burning churches that any specific fire is a result of that. Worse, there's actually a lot of structure fire in a year, nationally. Something like 366,000 structure fires occur nationally each year, and old, not-up-to-code structures (like historic churches) are… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:58 AM on July 1, 2015

One step closer to the hydrogen economy
Does this make sense as jet fuel, then?

My sense is that *where* you emit carbon matters, so perhaps we should emit less of it at 30,000 ft.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:38 AM on June 29, 2015

ACA passed "to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them"
The last paragraph of Scalia's dissent is a wonderful flounce:

Perhaps the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will attain the enduring status of the Social Security Act or the Taft-Hartley Act; perhaps not. But this Court’s two decisions on the Act will surely be remembered through the years. The somersaults of statutory interpretation they have performed (“penalty” means tax, “further [Medicaid] payments to the State” means only incremental Medicaid payments to… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:39 AM on June 25, 2015
Also, if you're interested, Obergefell v. Hodges (the same sex marriage case) will be decided tomorrow or Monday.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:43 AM on June 25, 2015
Scalia is just so depressing. Someone so obviously intelligent, but who is so transparent about his willingness to adopt whatever set of "principles" serves him in the moment even ignoring his past statements or decisions on the matter, and so breathtakingly unconcerned with the long-term legitimacy of the court.

I've been reading and Scalia looks dead-consistent on this case. He's always thought that scrivener's errors should only be… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:59 AM on June 25, 2015

Can you solve this puzzle?
The more I think about this distinction between "true" logic puzzles and the real-world kind, the less I buy it.

The fact that the average US light bulb would not work in the puzzle is enough to distinguish it from both a logic and a physics puzzle. If the puzzle specified that the light bulb was incandescent, then it's at least a physics puzzle. If the puzzle specified that the light bulb was incandenscent and then explained what that… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:28 AM on June 23, 2015
I'm sometimes a bit confused by the eye color puzzle too, and batfish's question really hits the nail on the head.

Arguably, after the speaker announces the existence of a blue eyed person, everyone now knows that there are either 99 or 100 blue eyed people. The problem is that everyone else already knew something like this: the blue eyed people knew that they might be blue eyed, so there are 99 or 100, and the brown eyed people knew that there were 100 or 101. If you… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:44 AM on June 24, 2015
For N=3, everyone can already see 2 or 3 blue-eyed people. If its 2, then the drama above should play itself out after two days. When it doesn't that means N=3.

Sure, that's the standard line. But, this is what happens when you start with n<3. If it's just Alice and Bob, then they never realized that the other one knew there were people with blue eyes. Alice knew that Bob had blue yes, but not that Bob knew that he had blue eyes, and vice versa.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 11:05 AM on June 24, 2015
mhum, I think I'm pretty satisfied with that answer. I guess my question was: why didn't that happen years ago?

Everyone arrives on the island, and is given their rulebook or whatever. On the first day, at dinner, Alice sees Betty's blue eyes, and sees Betty seeing Claire's blue eyes. Alice knows that Betty knows that Claire has blue eyes, and that Claire knows that Betty has blue eyes. Nobody says anything, but they each think to themselves "Someone on this island… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 1:13 PM on June 24, 2015
Right, sorry. To answer your original question, the guru forces everyone to include "someone has blue eyes" in their mental model of the cascade. Before the guru spoke, no matter how many people had blue eyes, they all had a cascade model that was reducible to a dyad, where A and B assumed the other one must not realize that they're the only one with blue eyes. After the guru speaks, no one can include that claim any longer as a part of their mental model of anyone else.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 1:45 PM on June 24, 2015
This was a fun thread. If you actually enjoyed working out the levels of induction with us, you may enjoy the teasers you find reading the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosopjy entry on Common Knowledge. I did. Especially important is the "is common knowledge attainable" section because it helps show why we don't have to keep going for n=6 and so on.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:48 AM on June 25, 2015

Kim Konquers NPR. NPR Unhappy.
The real snob move is to hate NPR for dumbing things down. They rebroadcast TED talks, people! Plus they only produce like a half hour of actual news all day and just repeat it over and over! They've got all the same problems as the 24 hour cable news channels except they don't even try it fill the time! Then, on the weekend, they have a quiz with corny jokes (which they'll ALSO rebroadcast repeatedly to keep from having to do any actual work) and a variety show that reuses a bunch of old old… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:29 PM on June 21, 2015

A super-human ability to instantly recognise faces they barely know.
All white dudes look alike to me.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 4:21 PM on June 14, 2015

The most important new trade agreement is also the most secret.
Why does it have to remain secret after being signed?

So just to be clear, I think it's the DRAFTS that have to remain secret after signing. The agreement itself will have to be public when it comes time to ratify it.

The idea is that exposing the various drafts in the near future would expose the wrangling and trading: constituencies would refuse to endorse or ratify the agreement just because they're mad about a particular… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 3:40 AM on June 10, 2015
The current format lends itself to abuse in the opposite direction, though.

That's certainly possible, right? But think of it like this: say that they're negotiating some provision of the TTIP where the EU has strong regulations and the U.S. has weak ones (GMOs for instance.) The two parties come to a compromise: something halfway in between the two regimes that will lead to slightly fewer regulations in the EU but slightly more regulations in the U.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:26 AM on June 10, 2015
I find the asymmetry between industry access (as "cleared advisors") and citizen access troubling. But the groups with privileged access do include the AFL-CIO, Public Citizen, and NRDC.

I'm not saying that's good enough, and those groups are certainly outnumbered by industry groups. But if Public Citizen and NRDC and AFL-CIO and the textiles people are all on board, I think I'll likely be satisfied with the result. That's labor, the environment, and good… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 10:12 AM on June 10, 2015
The public can "know what's in it" AFTER it becomes binding law (of course the majority won't even then)... no thanks.

That's not true. The public will know what's in it when it is completed and before it is ratified. So it will not be binding law unless we read it and like it (modulo representative democracy.)
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 10:17 AM on June 10, 2015
By the way, I agree that NAFTA has likely been pretty bad for Mexico. There are mitigating factors, like the fact that Mexico was basically undercut by China because it couldn't do the currency peg thing. (So some of China's gains were at Mexico's expense, and China needed those gains more.) Also, of course, the downfall of the PRI and the rise of the drug cartels exposed some massive governance problems and created the conditions for what is basically a civil war. Still, figuring out if and how… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 12:48 PM on June 10, 2015
Ha! We've never lost an ISDS case! Yes we have! Here are some examples of things that aren't ISDS losses! QED!

Still, jpe, I wonder if you have an account of how this is actually going to promote growth. It seems like it might be too much about establishing various kinds of rents, especially for intellectual property.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:07 AM on June 11, 2015

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