browsing catharsis – 03.30.11
March 30, 2011
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Obama is George H. W. Bush, not George W. Bush.
A pop rock song for Kansas City Royals fans.
Arnold Kling angry in congressional testimony. He was borderline uncivil, but the Committee Chairman overreacted as well. I was just rather Kling stop emphasizing Freddie, Fannie, and the CRA’s role in the crisis, because emphasizing them over other factors is a position I no longer consider credible.
Dilbert ripping on green jobs a little.
Why can’t America agree on anything except that Rebecca Black sucks?
Republicans are on average more literate in science than Democrats and Moderates. I don’t mean to defend Republicans, but left-liberals endlessly cite anything demonstrating that being progressive is somehow more scientific or intelligent by nature. Moreover, this study did something I never thought of before. Just as Republicans are more likely not to believe in evolution, Democrats are more likely to believe that astrology is for real. These positions on scientific matters are everything ideology and not a sign of intelligence. Perhaps Republicans’ ideological bias against evolution has some real negative effects, but “not caring that food has been genetically modified” and “not believing that all pesticides cause cancer” are much more important from the standpoint of human welfare. Besides, I don’t think Republicans would be so skeptical of evolution if the Dawkins crowd wouldn’t keep on insisting on the non-sequitur meme that evolution disproves religion.
Someone I know released a dance music album. Give it a shot if you don’t hate “techno.” You could probably classify it as house or chiptune if you want a genre to shoehorn it into.
There’s going to be a seminar on sabermetrics at Harvard this May. I’m on the fence on whether I’ll apply. It will kill an entire weekend and I have zero interest in learning about the physics side of analytics, and two of the sessions are on that.