Category Archives: Bullshit As a Load Bearing Structure

Je Suis Potemkin

Remember the picture of all of the world leaders uniting to lead the Paris March after the Charlie Hedbo murders? Well… Image is everything…

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The Rule of Base Ten Numbers and New York’s Teacher Evaluation Insanity

Many moons ago, I defined the Mad Biologist’s Rule of Base Ten Numbers: …the Mad Biologist’s Rule of Base Ten Numbers is a pithier way of describing how certain numerical estimates or quantities are chosen based on little or no … Continue reading

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Nothing in Movement Conservatism Makes Sense Except in the Light of Creationism: The Contraception Edition

With apologies to Theodosius Dobzhanksy. Amanda Marcotte describes what happens when the Gish Gallop collides with reproductive health: Conservative: I don’t want to pay for your abortifacients! Liberal: Look, there are two lies in there. One, you are not “paying … Continue reading

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The ACA Foul-Up: The Difference Between “We Can Do That” Versus “We Could Do That”

I’ve stayed away from commenting on the actual details of how Healthcare.gov got so screwed up, largely because details–as opposed to guesses–have been scarce. But a recent NY Times article on the subject is very revealing (boldface mine): The prime … Continue reading

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Malcolm Gladwell and Revisionist Civil Rights History

Look, those people are tricking the police into beating them! (from here) I thought once you’ve been a Big Tobacco shill, you really can’t sink any lower. I was wrong–there’s always revisionist history that slights the civil rights movement (behind … Continue reading

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It’s Never Too Early to Teach Kids to Hate Learning

New York’s high-stakes testing regime has now metastasized to kindergarten. Really (boldface mine): Because of a tough new curriculum and teacher evaluations, 4- and 5-year-olds are learning how to fill in bubbles on standardized math tests to show how much … Continue reading

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My Thoughts on ‘Cleanses’…

…are best described by this part from a spoof of Whole Foods: I pass the table where the guy invites me to join a group cleanse he’s leading. For $179.99 I can not-eat not-alone… not-gonna-happen. They’re doing the cleanse where … Continue reading

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