Category Archives: Arts, media & society

Books, music, journalism, communication, language, film, fine art, social networking. Commentary thereof or any random sorts of musings relating to any of the above.

What does “responsible, no-nonsense journalism; coverage that can’t be bullied” mean?

What does it mean when NPR (public radio in the US) is promoting itself with statements like “responsible, no-nonsense journalism; coverage that can’t be bullied”?  

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It would be an absurdity if it were a crime to “threaten” to seek legal recourse

It is not a crime to want to do something to stop or prevent an illegal activity (unless it is).   Twice, involving Canadians of European heritage, I’ve had approximately the following situation lead to problems where a false representation … Continue reading

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Information that more Canadian citizens need to know

1) You can’t just claim to feel threatened as an excuse to have the police come and drag off a roommate that you initiated a verbal disagreement with and persist in continuing with. 2) Filing a false report is a … Continue reading

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Choice of comparator scenarios in policy analysis

Choice of comparisons of anti-poverty approaches (or many policy analyses) are driven by the list of the top most politically probable. For example, you don’t compare 9, 10 and 11% options in modelling the effects of a shock or government … Continue reading

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Report from “Targeted Individuals Toronto” Starbucks meeting (very past tense)

One guy arrived with a second guy and inferred that he was maybe a member of a gang, or threatened by a member of a gang into silence or both. A third guy on a phone at the other side … Continue reading

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Repeated stupidities in reporting on election outcomes where no single party obtains more than 50% of representative seats

Let’s say there are 100 seats. Party A gets 49 seats. Party B gets 48 seats. And Party C has 3 seats. Repeatedly, again and again and again, the media reports this is a way that suggests that the real … Continue reading

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Has the one-drop rule left the house? What sort of absurdities can be obtained? From human to chimpanzee in 15 generations or less

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What you would do you now would not do. What you would not do you now do. Conservative anti-bullying reversals

In the early 2000s decade, Conservatives were strongly anti-bullying and at the provincial level were heavily in favour of “zero tolerance” approaches to bullying. Now, it seems that Conservatives are not only not concerned with bullying, but tend (more so) … Continue reading

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Confirmation bias in the social media age as more relevant than desirability bias in the pre social media age?

Previously, some mere hundreds or thousands of varying sizes of media outlets competed for advertiser and subsriber dollars in media markets. To sell, it obviously makes sense to try to sell people what they want to read, what they want … Continue reading

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Belgium conquered Congo and not the other way around because grains are amenable to taxation and cassava is not

Via marginalrevolution.com, a book coming out in August explains how grains, as easily visible while growing, storable, and suitable for allocating rations, were amenable to taxation and hence the building and maintaining of larger political entities. The book is called Against … Continue reading

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