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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

In his Facebook post, Rosenberg says repeatedly that "everybody f-ing knew" what Weinstein was doing to these women but nobody wanted to take a stand because Harvey was their "Golden Goose."

"We were willing to overlook what the Golden Goose was up to, in the murky shadows behind the barn," Rosenberg writes.

And who is the "we" he is referring too? Oh, just every mover and shaker in Hollywood including, "You, the big producers; you, the big directors; you, the big agents; you, the big financiers. And you, the big rival studio chiefs; you, the big actors; you, the big actresses; you, the big models. You, the big journalists; you, the big screenwriters; you, the big rock stars; you, the big restaurateurs; you, the big politicians. I saw you. All of you. God help me, I was there with you."

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.

Then, my colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way. We looked at what interventions might have saved those people, and the case for the policies I'd lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence. The best ideas left standing were narrowly tailored interventions to protect subtypes of potential victims, not broad attempts to limit the lethality of guns. read more

Thursday, September 21, 2017

George Will: At most moments, 312 million are not listening to excitable broadcasters making mountains of significance out of molehills of political effluvia. Still, after a season of dangerous talk about responding to idiotic talk by abridging First Amendment protections, Americans should consider how, if at all, to respond to "cheap speech." [Eugene] Volokh anticipated today's a la carte world of instant and inexpensive electronic distributions of only such content as pleases particular individuals. Each person can craft delivery of what MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte called (in his 1995 book "Being Digital") a "Daily Me." In 1995, Volokh said that "letting a user configure his own mix of materials" can cause social problems: Customization breeds confirmation bias -- close-minded people who cocoon themselves in a cloud of only congenial information.

Friday, September 15, 2017

We are in a place few would have expected a decade ago. One set of newly bold extremists includes self-conscious national socialists as well as other overlapping forces driven by white identity politics. Though covered with a façade of egalitarianism, an alternative extreme has much more in common with the tactics and even philosophical framework of fascism than even it understands. Both groups of extremists seem determined to provoke the other into more and more serious confrontations. A feckless president has contributed to polarization by giving comfort to the alt-right -- as his equally feckless predecessor did by endorsing BLM -- and seems at a loss when confronted with the consequences. And an increasingly concerned and leaderless center witnesses what looks to some like the unraveling of their country, and are uncertain what to do about it.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The science fiction author Jerry Pournelle died Friday at age 84, his son Alex announced. Pournelle attended Dragon Con a week earlier in Atlanta and wrote on his Chaos Manor blog that he was suffering from the flu. Pournelle collaborated with Larry Niven on The Mote in God's Eye, Inferno and Lucifer's Hammer. He also had a long running column in Byte magazine offering computer advice from an often befuddled user's perspective. He received 5 Hugo and 3 Nebula award nominations and was the first winner of the Campbell Award.


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