I am wanting to start a “book club” that has no particular theme. I will send out my street address as that becomes necessary. I and the members need a couple of weeks to read the book(s). The theme can be anything of interest to the group members. Send out an email to get things started. Lend some ideas as to what would work for you…
Thanks for all you do… Steven
This new diagnostic category may be introduced in the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel – 5th Edition: Blame Evasion Disorder. Sufferers of this disorder tend to voice these precepts:
1. Women practice and are the cause of sexism.
2. Minorities are racist and therefore promote racism.
3. Washington, D.C., the territory conservatives owned from 2001 to 2009, is liberal.
4. Poor people, undeserving of loans, who possess very little ecomonic power, caused the housing market melt-down.
5. Gays and lesibians are out to destroy the concept of heterosexual marriage.
6. All Liberals are evil and racist.
People with this disorder tend to rant on and on at conservative blog locations. Treatment for this very sad disorder is not yet available. Psychosurgery options may need to be considered.
Thomas Frank helped do some of the leg-work on identifying this new condition. Read more here.
Why won’t they leave us alone? Is there a sign on our foreheads?
Check out this dude:
Dude, the earth is VERY, VERY OLD!!!
We read Richard Dawkins books to our infant children.* Please go elsewhere!
* At least, I used to…
Trolls are posters who write outlandish comments to disrupt discussions on blogs. See Wiki for a history of the term.
The abreviation DNFTT stands for “Do not feed the trolls.” The rationale for this feeding avoidance is “the most effective way to discourage a troll is usually to ignore him or her, because responding tends to encourage trolls to continue disruptive posts.” (See the Wiki source above).
I have a different thought about this subject; the DNFTT premise has an underlying premise that how trolls are responded to has an effect upon how they act. I would counter that premise by contending that all trolls are who they are and were the same yesterday and will be the same tomorrow. Trolls are nothing, if not predictable.
I believe it would be possible to organize a series of experiments that would test the hypothesis that trolls change or cease their posting if ignored. My prediction is that they would not change or cease trolling.
Just think: we could use internet trolls as lab rats for experiments. They are just as plentiful as rats, and it is more difficult to get attached to them, so destroying them at the end of the experiment would be less traumatic. How convenient!
Since I know that many of you are missing the inane arguments from the other place, I thought I would do my civic duty and report on what the Cicadas are saying. They, according to this scientist, are thinking that their underground homes are getting too hot and they are leaving them early. This has been a consistent pattern and attributed by this scientist as more evidence of climate change.
More information here.
Some thoughts from The Nation that you won’t see on the other blog.
In an interesting WashPo editorial today, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., of Harvard University brings up the interesting question about whether Academia is fulfilling its mission of contributing to public policy. He notes the trend that Academic research is getting ever more specialized and as a result less relevant to applications that Public Policy requires. In the void left by Academic Institutions, a growing number of public policy “think tanks” have rushed in to fulfill Public Policy needs. Often times, these so-called “think tanks” are merely the marketing agencies, dressed up in scholarly clothing, for various large corporate interests. See the Flint Hills Public Policy Institute (read Koch Industry Propaganda Arm) as a local example of this marketing effort which has been dressed up in innocent appearing academic clothing.
Think tanks have many a scholar readily available with a nice list of talking points that can be conveniently sold to state and national legislatures. The Wichita Eagle publishes reports the Flint Hills group provide like it is fair and balanced opinion/research.
A consumer warning: Beware of who funds the pretty info supplied by think tanks/public policy groups – for it just may be a nice looking Trojan Horse.
See the Washpo editorial here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/12/AR2009041202260.html?hpid%3Dopinionsbox1&sub=AR