Category Archives: Bullshit As a Load Bearing Structure

Jill Stein And Anti-Vaxxers

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has been quite the fly in the ointment the last couple of weeks, though that will probably recede as, unlike during the Democratic convention, there’s now no easy way for her to draw attention … Continue reading

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Government Schools Versus Government-Contractor Schools

Apparently, conservatives, in line with their scorched earth approach to governance, have decided to call public schools ‘government schools’ (boldface mine): Somewhere along the way, the term “government schools” entered the lexicon in place of references to the public school … Continue reading

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The Killer App Is John Rockefeller?

Despite all the hoopla and rhetoric to the contrary, much of the ‘new’ economy, the ‘sharing’ economy, and the various other names for it is nothing more than the same old economy, just with more CPUs. With that by way … Continue reading

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Policy Nudges and Fudges

One thing the technobrat set loves is the concept of ‘nudges’, which are seemingly small changes in policy that cause behavioral changes leading to Utopia better policy outcomes. A few years ago, when ‘nudging’ people to save more for retirement … Continue reading

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An Alternative Hypothesis For Academic Obscurantism

Which is: they’re not writing for you. Noah Smith argues that difficult, if not impossible to penetrate, jargon-laden social science papers exist as a way to enforce artificial entry barriers (boldface mine): To many readers not steeped in critical theory, … Continue reading

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Conservatives Wanted to Do These Things Thursday Evening

I’ve seen sentiments like this come across the Twitter transom: It's hard to understand why people like Cruz are so eager to do what terrorists want, https://t.co/SK1y4pnJEM — David Colquhoun (@david_colquhoun) November 16, 2015 Paul Krugman his very own self … Continue reading

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Why Trump Is A Plausible Republican Candidate

Because he’s no more full of shit than any of the other candidates (boldface mine): I’m not saying that everything is great in the U.S. economy, because it isn’t. There’s good reason to believe that we’re still a substantial distance … Continue reading

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