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2015 Hugo Nominees Announced
But Leckie's made it. So at least potentially, the right result will emerge?

Or is the idea that if they could game the nominations, they'll be able to game the ultimate winner?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:47 PM on April 4, 2015
Yeah, I take alasdair's argument to be: "Here's how a lot of SF looks from the perspective of the hegemonic identity. It's actually kind of despicable that that identity gets as much credit, attention, and representation in SF as it does."

I don't see anything in what he's written here that is a defense of that identity except perhaps the kind-of-justification that this kind of escapist reading is fun and the really good books in SF sometimes are downers.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:42 AM on April 5, 2015
Given the ongoing decline of SFF sales, mostly the whole kerfuffle brings Sayre's Law to mind.

So - read any good books lately?

Before you panic too much, bear in mind that Nielsen is only measuring print book sales in certain outlets — and e-book sales are probably picking up much of the slack here. If anything, I'm guessing SF and fantasy readers are more likely to be heavy adopters of e-readers, due to our tech-savvy leanings.

posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:53 AM on April 5, 2015
an end-state where books end up getting awards that would not have necessarily won awards simply on their own merits, and in the long run that hurts the value of the award.

I get more out of io9's list every year than I do from the Hugos. Awards can serve a lot of roles, but the politicization of the Oscars doesn't make them somehow less effective at marketing their winners. What I'd most like to see is juried prize awarded for the genre, something… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 10:02 AM on April 6, 2015
The latest GRRM post makes me really happy. Democracy all the way down!
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:35 AM on April 18, 2015

Getting What You Paid For
Why is the app available for iOS of iPhones don't support it?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 3:52 AM on April 17, 2015

Do book challenges harm diversity in writing?
I suspect this data is skewed because we don't have the contrast class. It's not: "young adult novels" but rather young adult novels assigned as summer or course reading.

On the other hand the data is skewed because the author doesn't weight books that are repeatedly challenged and banned. Then, too, it would help to know how often books are challenged and successfully banned, and what the stated reasons are.

I too suspect that… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 3:42 AM on April 15, 2015

The Paradox of the Necktie Resolved
I have a few friends who can *rock* a tie. The key is that, like Graeber, we have enough social capital and professional status to be the people who don't have to wear a tie.

When you start looking at the world that way, it gets interesting: who has to dress up to get attention and uptake? Who can wear whatever is comfortable and fun? Who is signaling their respectability and authority? Who doesn't need to signal?

At some point, if you're having… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:49 AM on April 13, 2015
There's a part of me that wants to channel the Last Psychiatrist here and point out that REAL power is wearing whatever it takes to own billions and command politicians. It doesn't matter how George Soros dresses, or the Koch brothers: they'll dress for the task at hand, but their power comes from elsewhere.

We look at rich people's fashion and try to emulate it hoping thereby to gain wealth and status, which makes us little better than the Cargo Cult.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:56 AM on April 13, 2015
Could this be done better? Could it be done nicer? Probably. But at the same time, it's pretty easy to see that there's a metric fuck ton of nicely written, nicely reasoned anti-capitalist and anarchist argument out there ( a little bit produced, yea verily, by me) but the world is not yet fair, nor all men glad and wise.

I don't get this. First of all, no one asks for niceness for its own sake; we ask for niceness only for efficacy's sake. I'm… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:14 AM on April 13, 2015

Samuel Delaney reviews Star Wars
I can't read this on my screen but it doesn't matter; it is awesome.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:52 AM on April 11, 2015
Ok! Thanks for the transcript.

It took me decades of watching and arguing Clerks-style to come to these conclusions. Delany is smart. (Even his comment that Luke should have dueled Vader in the first movie is interestingly wrong, in a way that anyone would be having seen just the first film and not knowing what was to come.)
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 10:14 AM on April 11, 2015

Is that Hulu with a hard U or a soft U?
The ad-free versions are generally available for $2 per episode on Amazon and iTunes.

So basically if you watch more than four episodes of Hulu Plus content a month, Hulu and its ads are worth it.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:19 AM on April 10, 2015

"There is just no acceptable level of any chemical to ingest, ever."
God, no one mentioned the bovine secretions in my ice cream before! Now I'll never sleep!
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:33 AM on April 7, 2015

“I’m not going to stop watering,”
Is anyone writing on the relationship between Ostrom/Bloomington school work on water and the current crisis? It'd be interesting to see that kind of post mortem, since the Ostroms famously used water rights in LA to show that large and disparate networks of users could still manage a common pool resource.

If so, I'd love links or (if the relevant scholars are reading this thread, which seems possible) submissions to a symposium on related issues for the journal I edit. (Yes, self-links.)
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:07 AM on April 6, 2015

Portrait of the Artist
Love me some Camus, and Hannah Arendt too:
And just as you [Eichmann] supported and carried out a policy of not wanting to share the earth with the Jewish people and the people of a number of other nations…we find that no one, that is, no member of the human race, can be expected to want to share the earth with you. This is the reason, and the only reason, you must hang.I do think it's notable how simple and straightforward the arguments against the death penalty are, and how… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 3:15 AM on April 2, 2015
Something I worry about is which exemplars we choose: the average death penalty case is not a terrorist or a mass murderer.

The median death row inmate was tried in the South. He killed a law enforcement officer or a woman, and could not afford his own attorney. Indeed he was living below the federal poverty line when he was arrested. He has a mental illness, though not one that would qualify him for the "insanity" defense. His IQ is well below average… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 11:48 AM on April 2, 2015

Can you wiggle? Can you chomp?
That 3quarksdaily review is great except all the funny things that are wrong: Tweet crowd funded the book "on Facebook" and wrote D&D 3rd edition, a "computer game."

Still, I like that this exists.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 3:53 PM on March 25, 2015

Communicate affordably with imprisoned loved ones
I don't quite get the excitement. All of these services are already available.

The reason this is a good venture capital investment is the same reason these services are so evil, generally: there's a massive profit margin to be made extracting rents from people whose basic rights are abrogated and then sold back to them by private firms.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:44 AM on March 25, 2015

No ropeclimbing?
Yeah, I thought about sharing this more widely but a. it looks a little like some of those scenes from Triumph of the Will, and b. I have a hard time believing that those are the only students at La Sierra, so where are the non-white, non-fit kids? Did they get excluded for the film? Or are we supposed to believe that this program turned every male student into that same track star physique?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:39 AM on March 25, 2015

The irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous
G.O.D. = Group of Drunks

Problem solved.

The fact that Cochrane is probably going to reverse their findings... that's amazingly wonderful news. I deeply love Cochrane work but I've always thought that the quality of the data was insufficient to justify their 12 step study.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:13 AM on March 18, 2015
Even if AA can be proven to be effective (and I lean toward the side that it probably can), I see very few attempts to incorporate scientific findings into AA/NA. Even if the basic premise is sound, I find it difficult to endorse any organization that so vehemently considers its practices to be beyond reproach.

All the calls for AA to become more evidence-based strike me as really odd. You might as well go to Metatalk and demand that Metafilter… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 1:24 PM on March 18, 2015
Pardon what must be a reading failure on my part, but that rebuttal piece appears to read like: "Her conclusions are wrong because she used an old study; here is a link to it. Newer studies say the opposite; here are some crickets chirping."

+1 on the fact that the rebuttal article provided no citations." The study is likely to be overturned" is gossip; not science, unless Dr. Kaskutas has actual evidence (in the form of published and
… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 1:43 PM on March 18, 2015
AA's methods can't be analyzed or improved based on empirical results.

What intervention are you calling for, here? What method do you want to see changed in the 12 steps group dynamic, and how?

It's so weird that people keep calling for rationality and empiricism in such a generic way. It's like "evidence" is just your version of "woo." How would you treat alcoholism and addiction, in your world where AA… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:35 PM on March 18, 2015
If science tells us that what AA teaches is wrong, and possibly harmful, I'd prefer that AA adjust to the science instead of circling the wagons.

Let me try one more time. You keep saying AA is wrong. What is wrong about it? What should they do differently?

So far, I've seen lots of vague denunciations, but not a single specific methodological change. Notice that to demand a methodological change, you have to know what 12… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:26 AM on March 19, 2015
Studies have suggested that AA's insistence on abstinence and its tenet that alcoholics are powerless may lead to increased binge drinking from individuals who attend AA and then relapse. (The study I've seen says that it is worse in AA than in control groups.) I think that AA should investigate that more deeply, and work with doctors and psychologists to ensure that this doesn't happen.

You've only done half of your task. You've described (sort of)… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:08 AM on March 19, 2015
From what I can see, an idealized program of treatment might work like this:

Out of a 1000 people, about 300 would have substance abuse problems. (cite)

Out of those 300 people, 160 would respond well to encouragement and short cognitive behavior therapy to moderate their use. (cite)

Out of the 140 remaining people, about 40 would be able to use naltrexone to moderate or cease drinking over a long period. (Cite)… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:27 AM on March 19, 2015
Perhaps the single-digit success rate

Umm... try about 50% success rate. Of course, that still leaves half the substance abusing population in need of an effective treatment. And it's clearly wrong to make attendance court enforced. But it's weird to keep pretending that 12 steps groups don't work at all.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 3:00 PM on March 22, 2015
The figure doesn't say that. Not does the article it comes from.

I mean, it's right there. Read it.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:08 PM on March 22, 2015

A New Skyscraper on the City Sim Skyline
If I can't build strong towns, I don't wanna play.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:55 AM on March 20, 2015

It's not about the food—it's about your surroundings.
The ultimate tension in libertarianism is that free will is overrated. We can talk about incentives and choice under constraint, but these are just ways of pointing out the futility of the freedom libertarianism prefers.

That said: it seems quite possible to agree that soda taxes are elitist and calorie information is ineffectual without adopting libertarianism, so I don't much buy the shade thrown here.

It seems more progressive to contrast… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:08 AM on March 16, 2015
Really? What do you think a non-libertarian might say on these topics?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 10:12 AM on March 16, 2015
For me, personally, being a libertarian is a good reason for me to believe none of what a person thinks or says.

Yes, the logical thing to do when shown to be guilty of motivated skepticism is clearly to double down on it.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 11:16 AM on March 16, 2015
A lot of different kind of people call themselves libertarian. Some are idiots. (Some who call themselves progressives are idiots too.) Some of them do so because they worry about regulatory capture by the industries that they regulate, which seems like kind of a smart reason to worry about regulation.

Libertarians have been criticizing the farm lobby that created the high fructose corn syrup problem for a generation. Libertarians are the ones that pointed out the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 12:06 PM on March 16, 2015
That's really all anyone asks! Universal discounting of the sort that people have practiced in this thread (and that you articulated so provocatively) basically can't be right, especially with very ideologically diverse groups. But I also think progressives have a lot more in common with libertarians than with Christian dominionists or Republicans or whatever. It makes me sad when I see people gunning for libertarians on issues that ought to be common cause.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 12:33 PM on March 16, 2015

Greece: Phase Two
Is it austerity if you're still living well beyond your means? It seems like Greece wants to default on its loans but then keep getting loans.

I'm all for default, because the creditors have been getting a massive risk premium. But you can't expect to fool people twice. At some point Greece has to start taxing in addition to spending.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:56 AM on March 14, 2015

New scrutiny on re-homing of adopted kids
This is outrage filter... And I'm fucking outraged.

What in the actual fuck is going on in people's heads here? And what can we do?

Also: what is the relationship between re-homing and the various Christian dominionist practices of corporal punishment and active resistance to child welfare investigations?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:50 AM on March 9, 2015

A free to play DayZ/Minecraft mashup is Steam's most popular 2014 game
This should be the place where people suggest games. For instance, I avoid Crusader Kings 2 because I'm scared it will eat my soul.

Instead I play Elder Scrolls Online very, very sparingly. :-)
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:15 AM on March 9, 2015

"I have to admit I've tasted it from time to time. It tastes terrible."
Isn't all water basically the same age? I mean some is formed through chemical reactions, but most of it just circulates.

I know this is addressed in the link, but I'm not satisfied by the answer.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:07 AM on March 5, 2015
BRB, driving to Baltimore. Maryland MeFites, start the bail collection.

I'm hearing meetup!
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:16 PM on March 5, 2015

“We aren’t judged by the worst mistake we ever make."
I think it's just the opposite: people with a criminal record are much better off in the job market if they have a degree. Nothing says "reformed" like a BA, and it seems that many employers at that level are much more tolerant, where employers of unskilled labor can afford to discriminate.

(Full disclosure: I run a college program in a prison.)
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:29 PM on March 2, 2015

When the Sun Briefly Turns Off the Power
Cool story.

I can't help thinking that they should just take a vacation day. Power the hospitals and other crisis centers and tell everybody else to expect a brownout and spend the day goofing off.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 11:04 AM on February 28, 2015
-This thing may have a problem.

-No it won't. You just hate thing.

-Actually, I love this thing which is why I work on thing for a living. And why I'm prepare to deal with the problem, so don't worry.

-So you're getting paid! You made up the problem for money!

-I'm not actually going to get paid more for solving the problem with the thing.

-See! There is no problem with… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:20 PM on February 28, 2015

Hangover Producer Seeks to Repay His Debt to Society
It is *also* true that civilians entering a prison are treated arbitrarily and capriciously, often especially if they're there to help. There are many rules, often with weak or contradictory justifications, and they are randomly enforced.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 4:19 AM on February 28, 2015

“Humans are the dominant race of Thedas,”
I find the question of race in fantasy pretty interesting, especially with regards to the "racist murder hobos" conventions of killing all the subhumans, so I want to like this.

But it seems to me that metaphors gonna metaphor: if you want to map white supremacy onto the racial subjugation of elves by humans, you can't also have humans be "chromatically" divided and hierarchized without ruining the metaphorical work that species is doing in your… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 1:53 PM on February 27, 2015

You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of 2% annual CPI growth
What was the reason in 2008?

My sense is that the Federal Reserve didn't know what to do: perhaps NGPD targets would have worked (Bernanke had published theoretical work in this direction) but the FOMC didn't (and don't) have their ducks in a row for it. Bernanke called for and expected Congress to respond, repeatedly telling them that tight federal fiscal policy (that is, too low spending, not running high enough deficits) was exacerbating the crisis and slowing the recovery.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:24 PM on February 24, 2015
are you saying that inflation may be positive here because it reduces the real value of savings, thus making it more attractive to use that money to employ people? If so, is there good evidence that the vessels most capital is held in are actually fixed to nominal value, because that seems suspect to me.

I think the first is a standard assumption in this kind of work: it's the paradox of thrift idea that drives most progressive macro theory. But I do… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:05 AM on February 25, 2015
Fiscal policy affects aggregate demand, either directly (by purchasing stuff and hiring people) or indirectly (giving loans or tax breaks to households and firms to do the same)

But the Fed moves last, so anything Congress does will just reduce the Feds' willingness to boost inflation, and aggregate demand will fall back to where it was previously.

Notice that right now we have a 2% inflation target, but it's not a level… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:15 AM on February 25, 2015
I agree with everything you say here. But I'm not sure how it responds to the point that fiscal policy can't trump Fed policy.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:42 AM on February 25, 2015
Thanks! That makes a lot more sense.

I think my concern is: the Fed will choke off (fiscal policy-led) growth because it has the wrong idea about how macro policy should work.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 10:16 AM on February 26, 2015

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