Thanks for not raping us, all you ‘good men.’ But it’s not enough. - The Washington Post
NC comment: "She doesn’t see it. She is an intelligent, trained historian but she doesn’t see it. If you demand that anybody who supports you must be ideologically pure in both thought and actions, then that just eventually leaves you swinging in the wind. . . .
As a trained historian she must know the concept of ‘fellow traveler’ or even a ‘sympathizer’ but that is not good enough for her. As for her solution of training boys “to walk humbly and care deeply”, tell me that that does not have blowback written all over it. When she can take up common cause with girls that work on sales or women that fight hard to support and raise their children at home, then I will believe that she may be on the right track."
4 days ago
Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption | by Marcia Angell | The New York Review of Books
It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of TheNew England Journal of Medicine.
24 days ago
Walter Benn Michaels on how liberals still love diversity and ignore inequality | Lit Feature | Chicago Reader
one of the central functions of race in the last half century has been to empty the vocabulary of victimization so that people don't know what it means to be victimized or exploited because of their class position
26 days ago
Many Analysts, One Data Set: Making Transparent How Variations in Analytic Choices Affect Results - R. Silberzahn, E. L. Uhlmann, D. P. Martin, P. Anselmi, F. Aust, E. Awtrey, Š. Bahník, F. Bai, C. Bannard, E. Bonnier, R. Carlsson, F. Cheung, G. Christe
Twenty-nine teams involving 61 analysts used the same data set to address the same research question: whether soccer referees are more likely to give red cards to dark-skin-toned players than to light-skin-toned players. Analytic approaches varied widely across the teams, and the estimated effect sizes ranged from 0.89 to 2.93 (Mdn = 1.31) in odds-ratio units. Twenty teams (69%) found a statistically significant positive effect, and 9 teams (31%) did not observe a significant relationship. Overall, the 29 different analyses used 21 unique combinations of covariates. Neither analysts’ prior beliefs about the effect of interest nor their level of expertise readily explained the variation in the outcomes of the analyses. Peer ratings of the quality of the analyses also did not account for the variability. These findings suggest that significant variation in the results of analyses of complex data may be difficult to avoid, even by experts with honest intentions. Crowdsourcing data analysis, a strategy in which numerous research teams are recruited to simultaneously investigate the same research question, makes transparent how defensible, yet subjective, analytic choices influence research results.
7 weeks ago
Things have never been so good for humanity, nor so dire for the planet - The Globe and Mail
There’s a terrible danger in praising human progress (oh fraught notion!), one that white men such as myself are embarrassingly prone to: We mistake our good luck and the tireless work of others for personal merit, and promptly forget all about the multitudes who aren’t yet in the yacht.
neoliberalism  climate-change  identity-politics 
7 weeks ago
The autistic view of the world is not the neurotypical cliché | Aeon Essays
"Instead of discussing their driving passions, my companions prefer to gossip about near-strangers, or to compete for airtime at the expense of listening and perhaps learning something useful. They are endlessly obsessed with their status and their identification with their tribe. . . . If this seems like a terrible generalisation to you, based on a flawed understanding of someone else’s way of perceiving the world, then you’re beginning to get the point." No, actually it sounds accurate to me.
8 weeks ago
The Bully’s Pulpit - David Graeber
Bullying creates a moral drama in which the manner of the victim’s reaction to an act of aggression can be used as retrospective justification for the original act of aggression itself.
psychology  politics 
8 weeks ago
Taibbi: Censorship Does Not End Well – Rolling Stone
Americans are not freaking out about this because most of us have lost the ability to distinguish between general principles and political outcomes.
9 weeks ago
IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Volume 20, No. 2 (Summer 2018) - Privilege -
the elite university has as its primary social function the sorting of the population. (And it seeks rents commensurate with occupying such a choice position.) It detects existing inequalities, exacerbates them, and certifies them. And whatever else it does, it serves as a finishing school where the select learn to recognize one another, forging a class consciousness that has lately hardened into a de facto caste system.
education  identity-politics  neoliberalism 
12 weeks ago
A Literary Inquisition: How Novelist Steven Galloway Was Smeared as a Rapist, Even as the Case Against Him Collapsed - Quillette
“I believe that in order to have civil and human rights for women there have to be civil and human rights, period, including the right to fundamental justice, just as for women to have the vote, there has to be a vote,”
june 2018
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