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For fifteen hours, we hold sovereignty in our hands
I don't really know what Scotland should do, but I love the way politics looks there right now. It's a real participatory moment, and they seem to have discovered what Arendt called the "revolutionary treasure" of intense and effectual citizenship, deliberation, and activism. Even without (or before) independence, they're practicing isonomy. I wish more of their and our politics looked like that.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:04 AM on September 18, 2014
On one level, it's awesome when people are really engaged in serious questions, but on another level, it lends an intensity to things that isn't always welcome.

I understand that, though I think Scots have mostly acquitted themselves very well on this. I guess I'd say: politics should be that intense and consequential. The fact that it's mostly not that intense in the US and UK is evidence that most elections aren't really that... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:17 AM on September 18, 2014
I'd love - LOVE - this amount of political engagement if it weren't for people walking into polling stations today and voting Yes on the understanding there'll be a Currency Union and seamless EU membership.

The fundamental problem of democratic politics is the obvious ignorance that pervades the demos. But, honestly, I think this is an argument for more democracy, not less. We're ignorant because our choices don't matter: there's no point in... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:32 AM on September 18, 2014

The culture of poverty does not exist
But... but... if if it's not culture, then it must be prejudice! And I'm not prejudiced!
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:04 AM on September 17, 2014
The causes of gun violence in black urban communities are intimately tied to the trade in illegal drugs.

Illegal drug use and trade IS a public health problem! There's nothing apolitical about public health, though it does tend to be a politics of the administrative state and NGOs/community groups rather than the legislative and electoral understanding of politics. (To me that's a plus: defining politics as "the things professional politicians... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:18 AM on September 17, 2014
this sentence illustrates exactly the problem with "gun violence is a public health problem" if you believe in social justice.

I believe in social justice. I also believe that the goals of social justice will involve some community members, interest groups, and mass movements lobbying the state to form administrative bodies that prevent further injustices. If you believe that social justice requires the dissolution of the state, then you... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:57 AM on September 17, 2014
Saggy pants get far too much criticism in the African-American community, too.

I was in a Black-owned coffee shop in Baltimore this year that had a prominent sign claiming that sagged pants were a secret code for prisoners to signify to each other that they'd be interested in gay sex, so if you sag your pants you're unknowingly acting gay.

Black elites telling other African-Americans how to dress (and using homophobia to do it) points up the real... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:39 PM on September 17, 2014

Geopolitical duct tape and costly disasters.
What is supposed to be in the classified 9/11 Report that would somehow change our minds?

I mean, what's the supposition? Is that the part of the report that says that Saudis helped finance bin Laden? (Duh.) Or something more sinister?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:36 AM on September 17, 2014
Imagine the bizzaro-world where everyone was talking about how our ally Saudi Arabia had backed Al-Qaeda instead of Saddam.

This seems to be well-known already (I certainly believed it prior to this link, and I'm not a scholar of the region or a military professional.) So what would access to the classified part of the report do that the existence of this common knowledge has not?

I think Kadin2048 puts it better: very little... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 10:26 AM on September 17, 2014

A sliding tile puzzle and music theory all in one!
Lovely! What do you do with Es?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 3:03 PM on September 15, 2014

The President has nothing but free time, Toby
Rules for ranking WW:

1. There are only four seasons. Too bad they didn't try to find someone to fill Sorkin's shoes.
2. Toby is #1 but if there were more seasons CJ might have risen to that slot.
3. Charlie is in the top 3.
4. Josh belongs very, very low; certainly below Donna.
5. Jed Bartlett #4 after Toby/CJ/Charlie in whatever order.
6. Will Bailey and Sam Seaborn are tied for some spot because they play... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 10:55 AM on September 12, 2014
Seaosn 5 was an atrocity but 6 was good and 7 was very very good.

Oh, they remade West Wing? I'll have to check that out.

I feel like Sam was a mostly deadweight character... Josh at least got constantly called on it

Yeah, I dunno: both Sam and Will seemed like these principled, bumbling, brilliant guys who basically can be substituted for each other in any... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 11:16 AM on September 12, 2014

"Professors are citizens."
I've signed a petition, and I also sent Wise an email back when it seemed like there was still a chance they'd reverse themselves.

At least one conference has already been canceled.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:06 PM on August 26, 2014
I suspect the chancellor believes she is legally obligated to forward the appointment.

In any case, the Board all signed a letter confirming Wise's earlier decision. It would be surprising if they now turned on her.

That said, I'm happy to be surprised and I know UI folks will be organizing around this meeting with all their might.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:18 AM on September 2, 2014
Joe in Australia, I appreciate you lining the tweets up like that. I find that when they're assembled in that order, they're actually much more clearly *not* advocated base anti-Semitism but articulating how supporting Palestine becomes unjustly (and inaccurately) equated with racism, such that anyone who supports Palestine or criticizes Israel should come to expect the label. (Sort of how liberal faculty celebrate making their way onto Horowitz's "Dangerous Academics" list.)... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:15 AM on September 4, 2014
I really don't get the "he's a jerk" line. If New Zealand killed 2000 Australian civilians, 500 of them children, how polite do you think you'd be? The man has a penchant for rudeness online, but that's pretty much par for the course: Mefites are often much less polite than Salaita has been, and yet our site has a reputation for civility!

I mean, it'd be totally reasonable to take Salaita to Metatalk for a callout, and I'd even favor a... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:06 AM on September 10, 2014
He may not be an anti-Semite, but the people firebombing synagogues or assaulting Jews in the name of Palestinian nationalism certainly are.

Yes! I agree! But if I call synagogue firebombers names on twitter, does that mean I'm a jerk and I don't have a right to my job? That's where I get confused.

Like, take the Goldberg tweet: Goldberg discusses watching a friend beat a Palestinian man almost to death, and then covering it... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:19 AM on September 10, 2014
But to say that the nature of his inflammatory tweets doesn't impact his ability as a teacher... it would, I assure you it would.

Salaita's teaching record suggests otherwise.

A lot of people mistake our online personas for our offline personas. Just yesterday someone said to me that after having known me online for many years, they were surprised on meeting me in person at how warm and friendly I was. I'm not warm, here. But... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 4:45 AM on September 11, 2014
Basically my point was: don't let's bring up the war again.

The tweets are the text. The war is the context.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:35 AM on September 11, 2014
Where exactly does one bubble in "I am afraid to speak openly about my personal experience with this topic in class because I fear the teacher my be biased; I don't know, but I don't want to find out"?

Students are asked to rate a professors "concern and respect" for them. Salaita scores (on this and other factors) are quite high, as you would see if you read the link I posted.

Given the chance,... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:53 AM on September 11, 2014
Some anti-Zionism is motivated by anti-Semitism.
Salaita is an anti-Zionist.
Therefore, Salaita is an anti-Semite.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:50 AM on September 11, 2014
I am interested in the relationship between identifying children casualties and the blood libel.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:13 AM on September 11, 2014
It's notable that Israeli twitter was full of eliminationist rhetoric during the runup to the invasion of Gaza.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:54 PM on September 11, 2014
Have the authors of those messages been given jobs at the University of Illinois?

No, but one of them is the Prime Minister of Israel.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 4:44 AM on September 12, 2014

The pumpkinification of a nation
Coffee should taste like coffee. Ice cream should also taste like coffee.

Quoted for the goddamned truth.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 4:09 AM on September 12, 2014

downsides of the ice bucket challenge
I am beyond thrilled that this has worked out so well, and I only hope that someday, I or someone else manages to sex up indigent criminal defense so effectively.

Part of my irritation is how we devote so much more charitable giving to "innocent" rather than "non-innocent" causes.

So ALS kills many fewer people than diabetes but gets much more money, heart disease kills more people than breast cancer but... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:45 AM on August 25, 2014
Why is this a competition?

Because it demonstrates a systematic bias against poor people whose diseases and deaths are treated as less worthy.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:54 AM on August 25, 2014
ALS does not know what class you are.

No, but the people giving the money do.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:57 AM on August 25, 2014
Even if you have all the money in the world, ALS is still lethal, and very quickly. Diabetes isn't always.

Here is a chart. ALS kills a few people regardless of race or class. Diabetes kills a lot of people, and it disproportionately kills non-white people with low socio-economic status.

Breast cancer kills women regardless of race or class. COPD disproportionately kills non-white people with low socio-economic status.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 10:06 AM on August 25, 2014
It sure as hell knows what race you are.

Sorry, I have no idea what this means.

We're referring to racial and ethnic incidence rates. The incidence of ALS is 1.80 per 100,000 person years among Caucasians, 0.80 among African Americans, 0.76 among Asians, and 0.58 among Hispanics.

For diabetes, 38.7 African-Americans will die of diabetes per 100,000, while 19 whites will die per... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 10:20 AM on August 25, 2014
breast cancer kills about as many people as prostate cancer does, and yet the former gets much more funding

That's not quite true. Breast cancer kills about twice as many people as prostate cancer, and breast cancer receives about 36 times as much as prostate cancer in donations.

breast cancer charities have not done anything wrong by accepting so much money

Given how much money... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 10:26 AM on August 25, 2014
Thanks for the cites; I found 21,000 prostate cancer deaths to 41,000 breast cancer deaths, but that was from 2011.

I do think it's relevant how much of the money makes its way to research. But I also think schmod's point is relevant: how much of the money makes its way to promising research. The best guesses of experts should guide our efforts and expenditures, not the latest social media trend.

I also think there's a... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 10:46 AM on August 25, 2014
Yeah what the hell is going on in that chart?

Could you explain your concern? When I look at the chart, the circles appear to be correctly drawn. For instance, HIV/AIDs receives ten times less money than prostate cancer and the circle appears to be ten times smaller. Roughly 3.5 times as many people die of heart disease as COPD, and the circle is about three to four times as large.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 12:05 PM on August 25, 2014
Okay, that seems right.

I think the bigger problem is using a single charity, but the data visualization issues are relevant here too. (For whatever reason using the the diameter relationship makes sense to me, but I can see the argument for areas.)
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 12:27 PM on August 25, 2014
You're joking, right? This is like a parody of sanctimonious righteousness.

Hold on now, I think he has a point. Because what's more nihilistic than pointing out racial and economic disparities in health care?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:59 AM on August 26, 2014

...takes greater formal and intellectual risks than most
It's funny to see literary academics discovering something SF/Fantasy/comic nerds have loved and adored about their genres for decades: the epic world-building.

It's quite likely that any academic today with an interest in David Mitchell is also a nerd of some stripe. I wouldn't do what I do if I hadn't grown up with sci-fi, and it's always been thus. Dystopian and utopian stories start off as literary and philosophical genres, and really they still... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:59 AM on August 25, 2014

Urbanicide
Ok, so this sounds fairly reasonable to me. Over-preservation is bad for the other thing that UESCO is supposed to care about: development and human rights. In that sense, urban development and urban preservation are opposites. It's not clear what mechanisms are in place to enforce World Heritage rules, but clearly there are some effects or else it would be truly meaningless.

But I always worry when a theoretical physicist is the one making political arguments outside... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 11:16 AM on August 22, 2014
But who does the nominating?

You have to jump through like a thousand hoops and bribe a bunch of people to get the Olympics or World Cup to come to your country. But it's still a terrible waste of money for the people who live there. If it's anything like getting an international competition hosting, then these kinds of designations will usually end up being sought by politicians who care more about international prestige and tending to the interests of specific... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 12:08 PM on August 22, 2014
Another problem with preserving medieval cities is that they're not built to code.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:06 AM on August 25, 2014

"This stuff isn't science fiction. The robots are here right now."
Robots will never write think pieces, let alone produce nifty video essays, will they? Because the demand for these seems to be infinite.

Robots are also really bad at motivating learning (look at MOOC retention rates).
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 1:13 PM on August 13, 2014
Strictly speaking, this video commits the lump of labor fallacy.

If you think about what people with enough money for essentials want, it's very often the services of other people. They want to be sold things, taught things, receive coaching and therapy. They want to be engaged and excited.

The owners of the robots will want those things too; there may be fewer boring office jobs, but there will be more jobs as psychologists, trainers, marketers,... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 4:56 AM on August 14, 2014

Amazon vs. Hachette, an Epic Battle Faught with Letters and Addresses
books are still the largest conduit of new ideas, particularly ideas that are large enough to require, well, a book to express them.

I read my Marx electronically now. Piketty too!
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:15 PM on August 11, 2014
Guys, chill out. You're both great at the snark, but it's exhausting to read in such large quantities. If there's a point buried under all this rude assurance, I can't find it.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 6:38 PM on August 13, 2014

Gaming's race problem
Yay for the shoutout to Gaming as Other! Those conversations rock.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 12:39 PM on August 13, 2014

"We have a rape gif problem and Gawker media won't do anything about it"
The thing is, Gawker could totally follow Metafilter and win out. I'd probably pay $5 to comment across all their sites (sorry, but I'm in love with io9 and addicted to LifeHacker), and they have the reach to make that kind of fee pay off.
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:33 AM on August 13, 2014

Amway journalism
Wait, Craig Newmark is the bad guy here?
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 5:49 AM on August 10, 2014
Craig Newmark (via Craigslist) killed the classified ad, a major source of revenue for newspapers.

I don't know Newmark personally, but I know people who do and I get the impression that he is anything but a "remorseless corporate Viking."

Journalism has taken many forms over the years; it's crazy to think that its final form should be the one where a monopoly on advertising junk sales and escort services is a... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 9:41 AM on August 10, 2014

Basically I'm just making potato salad. I haven't decided what kind yet.
It's a tough one. I help run a Patreon campaign with a serious mission, and it sucks being out-campaigned by a joke. On the other hand, there are awesome comics writers out-campaigning me too, and I can't really say I have any claim to the awesomeness of Dinosaur Comics. Ryan North deserves all the money in my book.

People spend money as they like. Unsurprisingly, they mostly spend it on entertainment. The potato salad story is way more entertaining than my campaign, so... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 7:05 AM on August 9, 2014

Vulnerable to coercion or undue influence
The problem is that if you introduce market forces, then of course the least-advantaged will end up participating in the trials, since they need the money the most.

The solution is to conscript all Americans into drug trials. It can be like jury duty: each of us takes a turn (say every five years) and then you're off duty. If a drug targets particular illnesses or conditions, then people with those conditions will be in a special pool of drug triers. All medical care... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 8:13 AM on August 5, 2014

Sometimes you gotta say...
You know, I found this article persuasive. Reading through it, I could feel my mind changing. Now, I kind of accept that Cruise was the victim.

It's taken nearly ten years. Longer, really, if you count all the years since Risky Business. All that time to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the actor's gaze. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! I feel like I'm going to cry. But it's all right, everything is all... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanacea at 2:40 PM on August 4, 2014

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