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Slate Star Codex

I haven't figured out how to characterize this blog, but author Scott Alexander is thoughtful and seems rigorous, and it fascinates me. Brought to my attention by the "How to Use 23andMe Irresponsibly" post (http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/11/12/how-to-use-23andme-irresponsibly/).
From the "About" page:

Welcome to Slate Star Codex, a blog about science, medicine, philosophy, politics, and futurism.
(there’s also one post about hallucinatory cactus-people, but it’s not representative)
blog  philosophy  psychology  economics  politics 
october 2018 by JJLDickinson
Bikeable Communities - Bike Friendly Community in Long Beach
Parent organization of Bikestation, involved in many local efforts to make Long Beach a more bike-friendly city. (But not just Long Beach!) The bad news is that the website doesn't seem to have changed since 2016.
bicycling  community  transportation  LongBeach  travel  politics 
october 2018 by JJLDickinson
LBO News from Doug Henwood | Insta-punditry on political economy.
LBO = "Left Business Observer." Henwood seems to be an expert at researching and interpreting statistics, and brings a point of view to it.
news  politics  economics  blog 
june 2018 by JJLDickinson
An Apology for the Internet — From the People Who Built It
Transcript of an encounter group of prominent dissidents. Nice to know there are thoughtful people nearby, if not at the controls. Is there hope? Time will tell.
Internet  business  Facebook  politics  civilLiberties 
april 2018 by JJLDickinson
Detect and Track Political Bots on Twitter
This site tracks political propaganda bot activity on Twitter.
politics  propaganda  Twitter  machineLearning 
april 2018 by JJLDickinson
Hamilton 68: Tracking Putin's Propaganda Push... To America
"In the Federalist Papers No. 68, Alexander Hamilton wrote of protecting America’s electoral process from foreign meddling. The Hamilton 68 dashboard, a project with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, seeks to expose the effects of online influence networks and inform the public of themes and content being promoted to Americans by foreign powers."
politics  propaganda  Russia  Internet 
april 2018 by JJLDickinson
DNA Science Blog | Genetics in context
Ricki Lewis, author of this wonderful blog, knows genetics--and her science fiction--and has a ready sense of humor.
"Ricki Lewis is a science writer with a PhD in genetics. The author of several textbooks and thousands of articles in scientific, medical, and consumer publications, Ricki’s first narrative nonfiction book, “The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It,” was published by St. Martin’s Press in March 2012. In addition to writing, Ricki provides genetic counseling for parents-to-be at CareNet Medical Group in Schenectady, NY and teaches “Genethics” an online course for master’s degree students at the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical Center."
blog  science  genetics  politics  scienceFiction 
february 2018 by JJLDickinson
Senate Judiciary Committee interview of Glenn Simpson | Classified Information | Government
Redacted transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee's interview with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson. Release by Senator Dianne Feinstein after Committee chairman Senator Chuck Grassley resisted.
politics  corruption  law  research 
january 2018 by JJLDickinson
Cults, Cons and how to talk to someone in the conservative bubble
Having meaningful conversations with conservative ideologues, as informed by understanding of (a) cult deprogramming and (b) con victims.
december 2017 by JJLDickinson
EPIC - Algorithmic Transparency: End Secret Profiling
Per the Electronic Privacy Information Center email newsletter.

As more decisions become automated and processed by algorithms, these processes become more opaque and less accountable. The public has a right to know the data processes that impact their lives so they can correct errors and contest decisions made by algorithms. Personal data collected from our social connections and online activities are used by the government and companies to make determinations about our ability to fly, obtain a job, get security clearance, and even determine the severity of criminal sentencing. These opaque, automated decision-making processes bear risks of secret profiling and discrimination as well as undermine our privacy and freedom of association.
Without knowledge of the factors that provide the basis for decisions, it is impossible to know whether government and companies engage in practices that are deceptive, discriminatory, or unethical. Algorithmic transparency, for example, plays a key role in resolving the question of Facebook's role in the Russian interference of the 2016 Presidential Election. Therefore, algorithmic transparency is crucial to defending human rights and democracy online.
EPIC  AI  algortihmicTransparency  politics  law  government  civilLiberties 
november 2017 by JJLDickinson
(29) Don't Be a Sucker - 1947 - YouTube
1947 War Department propaganda film dramatizes Nazi demonization of minorities to gain power. This is a tactic against which we can never let down our guard: not in the United States, nor anywhere else.
movie  history  propaganda  Nazism  politics 
september 2017 by JJLDickinson
A9RB768.tmp - Ch_XXVII-7-d.pdf
This is the real deal: The Paris Agreement, in several languages. The English version accounts for 25 pages, with a lot of white space. It's not that big a thing, although understanding it calls for a lot of knowledge of a broader context.
politics  agreement  Paris  climate  change  carbon  dioxide  environment 
june 2017 by JJLDickinson
The Real Money Political Prediction Market
Market-based prediction of political events; per Vanessa Chau.
gameTheory  politicalScience  politics  market 
may 2017 by JJLDickinson
a "journal of art and politics"; per Dave Ayer, through his link to an image of "Muerto Mouse."
art  politics 
february 2017 by JJLDickinson
OR Books
Contrarian publisher; per Dave Ayer.
book  publishing  politics  Internet  hacking  making  sharing  activism 
august 2016 by JJLDickinson
LenaGonzalez.com | Progress you know…
Lena Gonzalez will represent Long Beach City Council District 1 as of her predecessor and ex-boss Dr. Robert Garcia's accession to the mayoralty, 7/15/2014.
LongBeach  District1  politics  government  LenaGonzalez 
july 2014 by JJLDickinson
Robert Garcia for Mayor 2014
Mayor of Long Beach, as of his 7/15/2014 inauguration.
LongBeach  politics  RobertGarcia  government 
july 2014 by JJLDickinson
Paul Davis creates a separate forum for political rants & takes no prisoners.
DeepSpringsCollege  blog  PaulDavis  politics 
october 1999 by JJLDickinson

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