Category Archives: Framing

I Don’t Get This “Phantom Menace” Superbug Rebranding Crap

Last week, I came across this article that referred to carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (‘CRE’) as a “phantom menace.” It struck me as odd, since the article claimed CRE is known as a phantom menace, yet I had never heard that phrase … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Your Talk Backwards

While Stephen Walt is discussing writing, I think this applies to speaking as well (boldface mine): A second reason is the failure of many scholars to appreciate the difference between the logic of discovery and the logic of presentation. Specifically, … Continue reading

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This Looks Like a Good White House Petition

I signed this petition (actually, I was one of the first) because it raises a point that is very important: In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama said: “We know our economy is stronger when our wives, … Continue reading

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A Question About “Tax Cuts Must (Usually) Be Paid For”

In a kerfuffle between two groups of economists, both of whom as far as I can tell, currently want the same policy–deficit spending to give people jobs–Brad DeLong writes: Cutting spending in the future when you would not otherwise have … Continue reading

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The Limits of Individualism: Why You Need to Get a Flu Shot

Before I get into this, everyone should check out PalMD’s post on flu–it’s a neat little post. One of the reasons that people don’t get flu shots is that we haven’t done a good job of explaining to people why … Continue reading

Posted in Framing, Influenza, Public Health, Vaccination | 4 Comments

Apparently, the Boston Public Library Is a Tax Collecting Entity

With the decision last week about Obamacare, in which Chief Justice Roberts defined the penalties associated with the individual mandate as a ‘tax’ (if you don’t purchase healthcare of some sort, there’s a penalty), there has been a lot of … Continue reading

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Mario Cuomo Was Wrong: You Govern in Poetry

Gov. Mario Cuomo once said, “You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.” Well, a kiss-and-tell column by former Republican congressional staffer Mike Lofgren has been making the rounds. It’s a very good encapsulation of the Republican political and governing … Continue reading

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Anti-Vaxxers and the Lizard Brain

Humans are stupid.
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On Genetic Denialism

Explaining heritability isn’t easy.
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Posted in Framing, Genetics, Genomics | 6 Comments

Click-Throughs, Advertising, and Branding Versus Point-of-Sale

If Internet publishing is to be lucrative, it has to figure out how to viewed as an effective branding tool as opposed to a point-of-sale mechanism.
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Posted in Economics, Framing, Internet, News Media | 2 Comments