Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MeFi Roundup of Climate Change Links

Decarbonization etc.

Reading the comments at MeFi is not always a good idea...  There are not-infrequently interesting and insightful...but it's largely a smug, semi-rational left-wing echo chamber...so I often just stick to the links...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sean Hannity Has Still Not Made Good On His Promise To Be Waterboarded

As Reddit reminds us...

Wow. A blowhard, a chickenshit and a liar...

Of course, in the interim, it has become irrefutable that waterboarding is torture. Hell, I don't even blame him for not going through it really...but if he's not going to make good on his promise, then he needs to admit that the reason is that he now realizes that it's torture, and he doesn't want to be tortured.

Or course people like Hannity rarely admit that they are wrong...

Could Leticia Van de Putte Turn TX Purple?

Maybe...  A little bit purpler, at least...

Monday, April 21, 2014

ALEC and the Koch Brothers Target Green Energy

Obviously, solar power is the biggest threat our nation currently faces...

New Chronology

No written history prior to 800 A.D.?

Totally crazy, of course...but pretty damn amusing.

The SCP Foundation

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Is Oculus Rift Sexist?

Believe it or not, this question is less uninteresting than you might think...

Three-Point Landings

Friday, April 18, 2014

Colored Entrance (pic)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Death of College Debate, "White Privilege" Edition

Friday, April 11, 2014

So Far as U.S. Public Policy Goes: Nobody Cares What You Think Unless You're Rich

link

We're on a trajectory to have a fair approximation of a plutocracy soon enough.

Social Security Administration and Treasury Department Stealing Money From People "To Pay Parents' SS Debt"?

link

Apparently the idea is that they are taking money from the oldest sibling if they think that children indirectly benefited from illicit benefits their parents got.

That sounds like an extremely thin justification to me.

Three Independent Experts Refute Willingham's Claims About North Carolina Athletes

We been bombarded with claims about UNC athletes in the media. CNN's yellow journalism in particular has been laughably irresponsible, recycling the same unsupported claims from Willingham over and over and over, to make each incarnation of the same story seem like some new revelation of wrong-doing.

It's been pretty well-known on the Carolina boards for some time now that Willingham's credentials are paper thin (she has only one presentation and no publications in the relevant areas in eleven years). In recent weeks it's also become clear that her claims are radically exaggerated--and it's become hard to resist the conclusion that she is dogmatically pursuing a jihad against Carolina athletics. Even when unequivocally called out on misrepresentations, she refuses to admit error but, instead, dodges the criticism and goes on the attack again.

Today the university released a report from three independent experts who, working independently of each other, each concluded that Willingham's claims are unsupported by the data.

College athletics needs reform. There's no doubt about it. And the AFAM scandal at Carolina was just godawful. But a rabid campaign to smear UNC athletics isn't warranted, and isn't doing anything to fix the problem.