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Britain is being stalked by a zombie elite – time to take them on | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
But the nurse at the food bank, the council employee in a homeless shelter: these political actors are new and we don’t know what script they will follow.
politics  uk 
45 minutes ago by libbymiller
Meteor?: Bright light, loud noise rattle Michigan residents
DETROIT (AP) — The National Weather Service says the bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky across the Detroit metropolitan area may have been a meteor. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  drudge  report  feed  esoteric  feedly  news  today  politics 
1 hour ago by Buffalo_Goku
Loneliness is harming our society. Your kindness is the best cure
The commission will be outlining its thinking at the end of the year with requests for government and business. But we’ll also be explaining how we all have a role to play. Jo knew this. She said that tackling loneliness is “something many of us could easily help with – whether looking in on a neighbour, visiting an elderly relative or making that call or visit we’ve been promising to a friend”.
politics  society  leeds 
1 hour ago by terry
May appoints minister to tackle loneliness issues raised by Jo Cox
“I want to confront this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones – people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with.” May paid tribute to Cox’s work, saying she hoped the initiative would aim “to see that, in Jo’s memory, we bring an end to the acceptance of loneliness for good”.
society  politics 
1 hour ago by terry
Retrato de una universidad en crisis: menos financiación pública, más gasto privado y más lejos de Europa
España es el sexto país que menos invierte en educación terciaria respecto al PIB de toda Europa.
spain  education  politics 
3 hours ago by carlesbellver
Stumbling and Mumbling: Genes & the left
Freddie DeBoer has also had interesting things to say in this in the past. I think there's a real fear on the left, perhaps justified, that any acknowledgement of the heritability of IQ and/or its loose positive correlation with "outcomes" will lead to full Moldbug-style HBD talk. (Let's also acknowledge that talking about IQ in general can feel kind of masturbatory, a prelude to posting on LessWrong.)

But this gets it spot on, in that:
1) all other things being equal IQ (or some similar metric) does make a difference, but, crucially, all other things are not equal and we shouldn't ignore that;
2) a person's worth is not determined by their IQ

The trick is to acknowledge differences without ascribing value. Humans have been bad at this, historically.
politics  IQ 
3 hours ago by tkmharris
Study: 42 percent of Republicans believe accurate — but negative — stories qualify as ‘fake news’ - The Washington Post
All those media-trust studies have a tendency toward the rote. Yes, we already knew that the public had little trust in the country’s journalistic organs. Yes, we knew that finding credible sources could be a harrowing pursuit for the public. Yes, we knew that an increasing portion of the U.S. public felt that the news was biased.
Yet this nugget from a new Gallup-Knight Foundation survey just about knocked the Erik Wemple Blog out of a decade-long media-research torpor:
Four in 10 [or 42 percent of] Republicans consider accurate news stories that cast a politician or political group in a negative light to always be “fake news.” [The corresponding figure for Democrats is 17 percent.]
gov2.0  politics  fake_news  GOP 
7 hours ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Study: 42 Percent of Republicans Believe Accurate — but Negative — Stories Qualify as ‘fake News'
Erik Wemple:
All those media-trust studies have a tendency toward the rote. Yes, we already knew that the public had little trust in the country’s journalistic organs. Yes, we knew that finding credible sources could be a harrowing pursuit for the public. Yes, we knew that an increasing portion of the U.S. public felt that the news was biased.
Yet this nugget from a new Gallup-Knight Foundation survey just about knocked the Erik Wemple Blog out of a decade-long media-research torpor:
Four in 10 [or 42 percent of] Republicans consider accurate news stories that cast a politician or political group in a negative light to always be “fake news.” [The corresponding figure for Democrats is 17 percent.]
17 percent for Democrats is a depressing enough figure. 42 is absurd.
fake_news  politics  gov2.0  daring_fireball  GOP 
7 hours ago by rgl7194

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