Now I wanna know what the Boebert amendment is.
Raskin to Boebert: Democrat is the noun. When you use it as an adjective, you say Democratic.. As if every time we mentioned the other party it just came out with a kind of political speech impediment like, oh, the Banana Republican Party. pic.twitter.com/eSVfqzeZqN— Acyn (@Acyn) February 28, 2023
"I would like to say 'This book is written to the glory of God', but nowadays this would be the trick of a cheat, i.e., it would not be correctly understood."--Ludwig Wittgenstein
"Talk to me about the truth of religion, and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolation of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand."--C.S. Lewis
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
“Math Is Hard”
A safe space where she can rant and rave and spew her nonsense?
hahaha https://t.co/sCiy5DhwX9— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 1, 2023
In that first tweet MTG rants at the man next to her, telling the story of a cousin who voted in 2020 but was told at the polling place he’d already voted absentee. Except, she insists, he hadn’t. The context isn’t provided, except it seems to be an investigation of election integrity. MTG’s integrity and knowledge can be judged by the NBC story, because she claims to the room that a hand recount of Fulton County alone found an additional 2000 votes for Trump. But the statewide recount found only 1300 additional votes for Trump.
As usual, everything @RepMTG says is a lie.https://t.co/4fc90uKBvA— BigHornStew (@BigHornStew) February 28, 2023
The Energy Department And The FBI
Not the government agencies I look to first for information on disease process, infection issues, and laboratory procedures or integrity. Especially biological or biomedical laboratories.
The FBI has apparently been saying this. While their confidence is higher than the Energy Department’s is (“moderate” vs. “low”) the two of them are still out on a limb https://t.co/1pfxDfLbRU https://t.co/LB5rmM4OZU— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) March 1, 2023
Could This Be Why The House GOP Is Not Running Biden Out Of Town On A Rail Yet?
Or could it be this?
Golly, it appears that @JamesComer is a raging hypocrite about pressure of govt. Hopefully the beat sweetener crowd will write it up. https://t.co/aTD0a6zScs— emptywheel (@emptywheel) February 28, 2023
Or (my favorite) this?
"Is this the Global Times from China?"— Brian Tashman (@briantashman) February 28, 2023
"No. This is... [looks at it] [pauses] yeah it might be"https://t.co/seVAga8Jd0
"A mind is a terrible thing to waste."
Greene: Reading levels dropped by 2 points— Acyn (@Acyn) February 28, 2023
Greene: There is one million five hundred and twenty-four, five hundred and twenty-four and four hundred eighty-one thou— this is over one million pic.twitter.com/7bqNwFnEbn
Matt Gaetz cited and entered into the record an article from the Global Times.— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) February 28, 2023
He was apparently surprised to learn it's a Chinese outlet.
What's more, the Trump administration in 2020 labeled it propaganda. https://t.co/EbjAPwIupB
As I Said, "News" Is Not A Legally Defined Term
And no, the Dominion lawsuit, either in court filings or in final resolution, is not really going to change anything. And the Damascus road experience is always an individual, never a corporate, experience.
Scalise doesn't describe what precedent he fancies Kevin McCarthy following, and NBC didn't bother to ask or correct him.— emptywheel (@emptywheel) February 28, 2023
Cmon, people.https://t.co/cYsm3znNrP pic.twitter.com/OK3T2f9Ng6
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."
It can't. The simpler solution is: Quit paying for cable.
Here's another question about Rupert's confession he helped Donald Trump cheat in the 2020 election:— emptywheel (@emptywheel) February 28, 2023
How can this be used to force cable companies to stop requiring subscribers to pay for Fox?
I'll freely admit this is the first time I came across the term "Cochrane analysis." Clearly Dr. Hotez is using it here to indicate such an analysis is not a "gold standard," which makes me wonder where the NYTimes reporters got the idea that it is. Probably from one source, which was good enough for them. Which puts me in mind of my freshman English students when I assigned a research paper and tried to force them to actually do, you know, research. As opposed to taking the first three hits on Google and writing 2000 words from them. Now I know that at least some of those students ended up writing for the NYT; or might as well have.
2/n The NY Times had that awful article claiming a Cochrane analysis is a gold standard for debunking the effectiveness of masks when we know otherwise, namely the flaws in Cochrane methodology and the high effectiveness of N95s— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) February 26, 2023
A systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a specific research question. Researchers conducting systematic reviews use explicit, systematic methods that are selected with a view aimed at minimizing bias, to produce more reliable findings to inform decision making.
A Cochrane Review is a systematic review of research in health care and health policy that is published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
Effectively, it's a proprietary term. It's the "gold standard" because the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews says it is. Again, I'm not trained in science to the degree I can review and critique this database or one of its "reviews," but I do know as someone trained in research techniques that this is as far from the "gold standard" of academic research as you can get. It may be good; it may be bad; but "gold standard" implies universal acceptance of the method and the results it produces. And when someone on the internet can show the reasoning behind the study is so poor as to be either intentionally misleading in its conclusions, or the authors are pitifully out of their depth (like the NYT reporters), it really calls in to question the validity of a "Cochrane review." Which is what Dr. Hotez was getting at.
Start here (or read the whole Twitter thread if you want). The conclusion of the Cochrane review is that "masks don't work!" (which will come as a surprise to healthcare workers the world over). The analysis is a bit detailed (as it should be), but it's also Twitter, so how detailed can it be? But if you can shred the analysis itself in a series of tweets....
But that's not saying "masks don't work". That's saying "we don't know if masks work". Quite a different statement! We'll get back to that— Tomas Pueyo (@tomaspueyo) February 27, 2023
First, let's dive into the data. What studies matter the most? Those w/ heavy weights
Bundgaard 2021 pic.twitter.com/15C2yoWDad
There is a pattern in this "review," in other words; and it becomes more and more noticeable, kind of like the reality that FoxNews is a propaganda outlet, not a journalism effort. The study referred to in that tweet supports masks; but, as other tweets point out, the Cochrane review decides it really means masks don't work.
Aiello 2012: 1st thing to notice is the year. This is pre-COVID, when masking science and awareness was much, much lower.— Tomas Pueyo (@tomaspueyo) February 27, 2023
Anyway, what did they do? Study (ONLY!) 1,200 students across campuses in 2007-2008. Here's the result:https://t.co/vhew6s3pFm pic.twitter.com/8E36NSuGUw
The "poor adherence to protocol" was among Muslims on pilgrimage to Mecca. They were given masks, but this was in 2015; pre-covid, IOW.
But... hoooow does the Cochrane meta-analysis incorporate this info into their meta-analysis? For the 2nd group of studies, they say this study counts for more than one fourth of the impact, and the impact was... Masks increased infections by 40%!!! pic.twitter.com/VXuF3lyRbk— Tomas Pueyo (@tomaspueyo) February 27, 2023
Yeah, seems those facts should be taken into account. But no, and in fact this study carries great weight in the final analysis. And then there is the fourth study:
Now imagine you're a Hajj pilgrim in 2015, before COVID. You receive free masks and are told how to wear them. You'll then hang out for 24h with millions of other pilgrims— Tomas Pueyo (@tomaspueyo) February 27, 2023
How well do you think you're going to be wearing your masks?? pic.twitter.com/Zkw8rORAOF
And then there's fun with numbers! Remember this is supposed to be a "a systematic review of research in health care and health policy." Such a review should not weight studies by simply counting them twice:
COVID infections were lower by 18% in the group wearing masks.— Tomas Pueyo (@tomaspueyo) February 27, 2023
It's not a lot of ppl, but it's much more recent, post-COVID, controls for "we just did an intervention", was as blind as they could make it...
There's even magic involved!
Notice how the Hajj and college studies (Aiello and Alfelali) appear in 2 sections. In the 1st, their weights add up to as much as a COVID-era study of 350,000 ppl (this is actually funny)— Tomas Pueyo (@tomaspueyo) February 27, 2023
In the 2nd section, since the best study didn't do lab analyses... conveniently absent!
Hey, presto! And what do we conclude from this farrago?
What does the abstract say?— Tomas Pueyo (@tomaspueyo) February 27, 2023
These are true magicians! They took a study that claims that mask adherence significantly reduce the risk of influenza-like illnesses, and then twisted it to say masks increased risks by 150%!
And it could just be Dr. Hotez knows more about this than we non-experts do. Non-experts like the clueless reporters at the NYt.
• More fun facts: the 78 RCT studies have a total of 611k participants... More than half from the Bangladesh study!— Tomas Pueyo (@tomaspueyo) February 27, 2023
• There are MANY other COVID-time mask studies that showed impressive results. They're not perfect either. But better than theirs?https://t.co/NX5CvBQXkg
Saying It Makes It So!*
Those tapes are as secure with Carlson as if they were in cardboard boxes in Trump’s office at Mar-A-Lago!
The obvious follow-up here: How can Marge be sure that McCarthy hasn't ALREADY given this info to Putin, which is not dependant on what shows up on Tucker's show?https://t.co/wqDfAiJh6y pic.twitter.com/nYYx1VDjOX— emptywheel (@emptywheel) February 28, 2023
That tail is not going to wag that dog, and DeSantis knows it. He just lies to his advantage. (The board is the new taxing authority, same as the old one, for DisneyWorld. It’s stacked with DeSantis cronies who appreciate the cushy gig but have no authority even over the taxing district, because any real change would shift the tax burden for DisneyWorld to the locals. And DeSantis doesn’t want that to happen.)
DeSantis also suggested that the board might push for a say in Disney’s content.— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 27, 2023
“I think that all of these board members very much would like to see the type of entertainment that all families can appreciate.”https://t.co/ifULeyxg45
I'm surprised we aren't hearing more about this scandal!
Has the DeSantis board ruled that Donald Duck must wear pants yet?— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 28, 2023
Clearly A National Divorce Is In Order
Marjorie Taylor Greene claims 'insane' woman and son attacked her in restauranthttps://t.co/LYkLSW0BSa— Raw Story (@RawStory) February 28, 2023
"They had no respect for the restaurant or the staff or the other people dining or people like me who simply have different political views,” Greene said. “They are self righteous, insane and completely out of control. I was sitting at my table, working with my staff, and never even noticed these people until they turned into demons.”Then we can herd all such people into a blue state and never be bothered by political intolerance again. And clearly we need to:
"People used to respect others even if they had different views," she said. "But not anymore. Our country is gone.”
School Daze, Texas Style 🏫
"School choice" does not mean the schools will choose you.
ah the epitome of free choice pic.twitter.com/r0Kjh0ARik— George Conway🌻 (@gtconway3d) February 27, 2023
It's a fairly good review of the current effort in Texas to provide "vouchers" and "school choice," although it focusses far too much on the travails of one school board member in one atypical (but convenient to Austin, hem-hem) school district. There's not enough attention paid to Dan Patrick and promoters of vouchers, and why they promote them, except to note the effort was pretty much started after Brown v. Board finally got to Texas (where it hit my East Texas small town school district years before it got to "liberal" Austin, because school desegregation was still a court matter when I moved there in the late '70's, and continued to be so for another decade. My East Texas ISD just shut down the black schools and never looked back, although Robert E. Lee High school, the one I attended, was finally torn down (terrible architecture) and replaced with "Tyler Legacy." The other high school was named for President John Tyler, a noted segregationist and racist who championed Texas' entry into the Union to have another slave state involved. So, yeah, racism runs deep there.) To answer my own question, why do they promote them? Follow the money.
They banned Nobel prize-winning books and targeted critical race theory. But what seems like an outbreak of local skirmishes is part of a decades-long push to privatize the Texas education system, @mimiswartz writes.— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) February 16, 2023
Read our full March cover story: https://t.co/hoSADu1wiS pic.twitter.com/U0yu2IXC5f
Some well-managed and well-funded charters lived up to their promises, but many became mired in scandal. This may have been because, as one school historian noted, “the State Board of Education granted charters to just about everyone who applied.” The objections to charter schools are akin to those regarding vouchers: when students leave public schools, the money goes with them, often to institutions of debatable quality. As critics of both vouchers and charters have asserted, this setup often proves more lucrative for the companies that run them than beneficial to the students who enroll.
Yes, unlike private schools, the SBE was not very discriminating, and it was a fiasco so bitter and public the program was ended in the next legislative session and basically never spoken of again. Dan Patrick & Co. think public memories have faded enough we can try again. No one really expects the results to be any different.
You have to understand people in Texas have no clue how schools are financed, except when they see their annual tax bill. Payment of school taxes goes directly to the district, but that money goes to Austin where it is redistributed under "Robin Hood," because Texas has rich and poor school districts and the Texas Supreme Court decided several decades ago the financing system violated the Texas Constitution because rich districts did very well, thank you, and poor districts, as we say in Texas, sucked hind teat. Austin has been redistributing funding ever since, taking local dollars away from local districts. When my district pointed this out to parents and taxpayers about 10 years ago, there were screams of protest that the district was "wasting money" or sending it to Austin rather than using it here. They didn't understand that had been going on for 3 decades (at that time), or why it was going on at all. Ignorance is bliss. And it's perpetual.
Most people in Texas still don't understand school finance. They just think they're paying too much and getting too little because that's what everybody tells them. The local school board put four crazies on the board (of the type discussed in the TM article) who vowed to "fix" the "reading scores" which they were convinced were down in the district. The fact is those scores stayed strong through the pandemic shutdown and rose when students returned to the classroom. The new board members faced that reality and now don't know what to tell the people who elected them expecting radical change and "improvement." But they'll make up something.
And the mouth-breathers will believe it, because they prefer to.
*Further complicating the matter, "Robin Hood" works by considering the value of taxable property in a district. The more valuable the property the "richer" the district, and the more likely it is to be tagged as needing to give up some of that money to the general fund to be sent to other, poorer districts. But if you both assess the wealth of a district on the basis of its property values and allow the taxes for that property to be removed from the district before distribution to the state, aren't you screwing over the urban districts likely to have residents who want their kid in private school? Rural districts usually have only public schools, some so small the superintendent is also the high school principal. They won't face that problem, so you screw over the big city districts (Dallas/Fort Worth area; Houston area (there are nearly a dozen ISD's in the Houston SMSA alone), Austin, San Antonio, El Paso) who lose money two, maybe three times, before it's over. Somehow I don't see the Legislature working out that little wrinkle in one session; much less meeting the concerns of rural districts who can't afford to lose any tax dollars. Basically, I don't see this happening. But I'm an optimist.
Donald Trump Is A Stupid Man
And you can’t fix stupid.
Trump mocked for proposing China trade war https://t.co/rGG29VxLK6— Raw Story (@RawStory) February 27, 2023
"I will implement a bold series of reforms to completely eliminate dependence on China,” Trump says, phasing out imports from China including electronics, steel and pharmaceuticals.
Trump also promises to “ease in a system of universal baseline tariffs on most foreign products. On top of this, higher tariffs will increase incrementally depending on how much individual foreign countries devalue their currency.”
Demonstrating that he still does not underhand how tariffs work, Trump claims his plan will bring “trillions and trillions of dollars pouring into the United States treasury from foreign countries.”
In the full video posted to his Truth Social platform Trump falsely claims that when he was President “China paid to the United States hundreds of billions of dollars and no other president got ten cents, legitimately, ten cents.”
Trump thinks tariffs are paid by governments to governments. He doesn’t understand they act like a tax on imported goods, paid by the consumer to the government.
He fills in his ignorance by imagining the “hundreds of billions of dollars” his tariffs brought to the Treasury. Such ignorance is impenetrable, and has no business being behind the Resolute desk of the Oval Office.
And this is such a neatly crystallized example of the fact.
Then again, so is this:
They’re definitely eating the crayons 🖍️.
"It was a Chinese bioweapon and also we did way too much to avoid being killed by it," is a position.— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 28, 2023
Monday, February 27, 2023
Your Reminder That…
At first, right after the election, from Rupert on down, Fox executives were trying to clamp down on election denial. pic.twitter.com/cX1wIpOv1F— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) February 27, 2023
"News" is not a legally defined term.
Per the filing, on November 8, 2020, Rupert Murdoch met with Lachlan and Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott about the "mounting viewer backlash to Fox," and embarked on a strategy that involved platforming election liars. pic.twitter.com/DDPHS6QBRQ— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) February 27, 2023
Another Fox news-side person, this time Leland Vittert, getting chewed out by the Fox execs for not being pro-Trump enough. pic.twitter.com/FL2AVsneIp— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) February 27, 2023
Fox News is not a news channel. Rupert Murdoch has just been caught exploiting the PERCEPTION THAT FOX NEWS IS A LEGITIMATE NEWS ORGANIZATION to give the Trump campaign a significant advantage in the election campaign.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 27, 2023
This a BFD.
But "actual malice" is:
It is hard to overstate how much of an advantage it is to have your opponent's ads in advance during a close election.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 27, 2023
It's a massive edge
In a presidential, you have a lot of money but there is very little time
Learning your opponents' strategy in advance is invaluable
Dominion tried to book a representative on Fox programs that pushed lies about the company but were declined. pic.twitter.com/ezgrQTpnpo— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) February 27, 2023
Here we are, I've been waiting for this -- Fox's internal research department "fact-checked the allegations and debunked the charges" against Dominion, but Fox kept airing them.— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) February 27, 2023
Fox subsequently canned the "Brain Room" members. pic.twitter.com/fca5Uhtzw2
And there is so much evidence of actual malice in the public record of this case that it could be used in law school textbooks.
doesn’t being a billionaire get you out of having to slit your own legal throat in a deposition? What has the world come to? https://t.co/BDjL8AFMLY— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 28, 2023
On Fox News, eh? https://t.co/ADLJonSQTQ— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 28, 2023
If I Owned A Tesla, I'd Be Selling It Now
Because this is just getting weirder:
Elon, in response to the Dilbert comic being pulled after the creator said that Black people are a hate group and "I don't wanna have anything to do with 'em":— Best of Dying Twiter (@bestofdyingtwit) February 26, 2023
“The media is racist" pic.twitter.com/6s74KDdMz4
Or maybe I'd get drunk and drive it into a Girl Scout cookie stand at a Wal-Mart:
wtf is this plot twist pic.twitter.com/DElSQ9uvDe— Best of Dying Twiter (@bestofdyingtwit) February 27, 2023
Either way, I'd be embarassed to have it in my driveway.
Girl Scouts rushed to the hospital after Tesla driver crashes into their cookie stand https://t.co/C19iOyy3OF— Raw Story (@RawStory) February 27, 2023
There I go jumping to conclusions about Elmo and Adams again!
Elon musk isn’t a racist he just finds racist tweets by racist people to be really cool and interesting in a non racist way— eve6 (@Eve6) February 26, 2023
Inquiring minds want to know!
It’s as if Musk has asked himself what he, a white South African raised in apartheid, can do to keep associating himself with it.— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 27, 2023
These would sell like hotcakes at CPAC. pic.twitter.com/97JTQ0B9K2— Don Hammond (@bluestatedon) February 27, 2023
Unless He Puts Us Back On The Gold Standard....
... and makes us use bees for money, this is all just empty promises.
Say goodbye to those color tvs https://t.co/VHioNGP66P— Reed Galen (@reedgalen) February 27, 2023
Honestly surprised he hasn't had it tattooed yet. https://t.co/8DzbLSlG5q— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 27, 2023
We can't believe it, either.
99% of Trump’s waking hours are consumed with the thought, “I was actually President.”— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 27, 2023
"A Handful Of Physicists At The Energy Labs"
2/n The NY Times had that awful article claiming a Cochrane analysis is a gold standard for debunking the effectiveness of masks when we know otherwise, namely the flaws in Cochrane methodology and the high effectiveness of N95s— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) February 26, 2023
From what I know of physicists and like-minded "hard" science guys, this is objectively true. Also explains how the idea escaped the labs, and what labs it escaped from.
4/n I’m not sure what the heck is going on, but the optics to me: piling on to anti-science witch hunts now underway by the House committees. An attempt to whitewash the misdeeds of the House Freedom Caucus and FoxNews during the pandemic and how they caused needless deaths— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) February 26, 2023
But Seriously, Folks
I think Americans are united in the knowledge that MTG doesn't know her ass from a hole in the ground, either.
Mostly, Americans are united in the knowledge that you are one of the most egregious pieces of filth to ever wander the halls of Congress.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 27, 2023
You’re morally repulsive, deeply unpatriotic, and a capering grotesque. https://t.co/JKPyZzVPRe
"Ashes, Ashes, All Fall Down"
In regard to the incapacity of secular philosophy to do that, I've pointed out before, I. F. Stone observed when commenting on Socrates in Plato's set-up job ran circles around a shoe-maker, that the shoe maker could make a pair of shoes while the entire 2400 year tradition of Socratic philosophy had never come up with even one universal truth. Adding scientific method to that has not seemed to improve their odds of getting to one. And morals are hardly the easiest aspect of philosophical inquiry to find them in.
I will also point out that the various modern attempts to replace revealed religion with formal philosophy, the various and uniformly idiotic schemes of utilitarianism, the modern field of ethics which seems to have turned back to the eugenicist and Nazi projects of drawing up lists of those it is desirable to kill, something which you can do and not only keep but flourish in a modern, university based philosophy department almost eighty years after the largest of the modern scientifically conducted genocides was revealed to the world, only one of a myriad of the 20th centuries modern genocides that outdo past ones.
Socrates didn’t offer himself as a sacrifice, he always offered his companion in dialogue as a sacrifice. In just (!) one example, he tosses Euthyphro on the funeral pyre of the latter’s ethics, a pyre Socrates has built during the dialogue, then happily watches him burn. He goes on to mock the city of Athens in the next dialogue, and then accept their judgment as a matter of ethics that polishes his apple quite nicely. It’s a rare feat to be a relentless critic of both ethics and morality in life (at least the life portrayed in Plato’s dialogues) and yet die a moral and ethical exemplar, to be even considered for millennia a pre-cursor Christ figure.
One admires Socrates his ethics while it’s easier to consider Thomas More a sanctimonious prig (and I think he was). But More is moral; Socrates is self-satisfied. More reminds us of our selfishness. Socrates makes us wish we could be as admired because ultimately:”My death; is it possible?” As long as we can’t really conceive our own death, our own personal extinction, we can imagine ourselves in the company of the admiring as we make the “ultimate sacrifice” without really making it, because we want to prolong being the center of that admiration, and because we can’t really imagine our own death. Especially since death, as Wittgenstein observed, is the only experience of life that is not lived through. It’s a fine thing, to be admired; but when you’re dead, how do you experience that admiration?
When does Socrates ever guide someone out of a moral dilemma, or ever offer an ethical solution, even useful ethical guidance? More argues against the ruling power for the sake of morality; Socrates argues for a personal reward for teaching people how unethical he’s shown them to be, without teaching them what moral (the opposition to ethical, implicitly, in the Euthyphro dialogue) would be. Socrates (as Kierkegaard pointed out) is purely negative, and the telos of that is purely self-satisfaction. Who wouldn’t prefer that to the sacrifice required of being moral?
Dilbert cartoonist says he got canceled even though 'everyone agreed' with his racist tiradehttps://t.co/hpBFq8UFhD— Raw Story (@RawStory) February 27, 2023
Scott Adams is satisfied that he is “ethical,” because “everyone agrees with him.” What he means is, the people who agree with him are the only ones that matter. The rest are presumably a hate group who should get as far away from him and the “right people” as possible. Who wouldn’t prefer that to the sacrifice required of being moral? Far easier to sacrifice others than to make a meaningful sacrifice yourself.
The framing of that tweet intrigues me. When, pray tell, was the era of extreme rationality where "accuracy, science, and truth" had unlimited influence? The year of Buck v. Bell? The years of Nazi genocide, based on genetics from England (Darwin, et al.) and laws from America (back to Buck v. Bell). The years of the Tuskegee experiments? The years of slavery when it was established by phrenology (then a science) that blacks were inferior to whites because of brain capacity in skulls, or just the shape of skulls? (Stephen Gould wrote a fascinating book on the subject; I wish I still had it.) I could go on, but you get the idea. Sacrifice, as I say, is the key, and one sacrifice that must be made is that my pet ideas, like "accuracy, science, and truth" all walk hand in hand, never err, and are "objectively sound," are perhaps indeed subject to scrutiny, criticism, and even rejection. "Sacrifice" is a very personal term here, and it exacts a very high cost.
It's so frustrating to be alive in an era of extreme irrationality, in which accuracy, science and truth simply have limited influence.https://t.co/fcXsdpGTf1— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) February 27, 2023
ASHES, ashes, all fall down. How could I have forgotten? Didn't I see the heavens wiped shut just yesterday, on the road walking? Didn't I fall from the dark of the stars to these senselit and noisome days? The great ridged granite millstone of time is illusion, for only the good is real; the great ridged granite millstone of space is illusion, for God is spirit and worlds his flimsiest dreams: but the illusions are almost perfect, are apparently perfect for generations on end, and the pain is also, and undeniably, real. The pain within the mill-stones' pitiless turning is real, for our love for each other-for the world and all the products of extension-is real, vaulting, insofar as it is love, beyond the plane of the stones' sickening churn and arcing to the realm of spirit bare. And you can get caught holding one end of a love, when your father drops, and your mother; when a land is lost, or a time, and your friend blotted out, gone, your brother's body spoiled, and cold, your infant dead, and you dying: you reel out love's long line alone, stripped like a live wire loosing its sparks to a cloud, like a live wire loosed in space to longing and grief everlasting.
IN some monastic communities, monks go up to receive the ashes barefoot. Going barefoot is a joyous thing. It is good to feel the floor or the earth under your feet. It is good when the whole church is silent, filled with the hush of people walking without shoes. One wonders why we wear such things as shoes anyway. Prayer is so much more meaningful without them. It would be good to take them off in church all the time. But perhaps this might appear quixotic to those who have forgotten such very elementary satisfactions. Someone might catch cold at the mere thought of it.
“But Will You Say That I Am Mad?”
Your reminder that Poe’s original is the best example of an unreliable narrator in literature.
Basically all of Trump's Truths these days. pic.twitter.com/qzX5ujR8kh— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 27, 2023
Sunday, February 26, 2023
There Is Still A Third Rail In American Public Life
And grasping it with both hands does not mean you don’t conduct electricity. Although maybe now the NYT will decide we can decide what Elmo stands for.
Elon Musk's response to Scott Adams racist rant.— Chet Faliszek (@chetfaliszek) February 26, 2023
Do you know who talks like Elon Musk?
You know those people he brought back on the platform and then elevates their voice by retweeting and replying to them as they call for a white only state?
Yeah, them. https://t.co/Vn2168Abur pic.twitter.com/QWLjvZmIGa
Any-hooo. https://t.co/oyE1rNylUK— Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) February 26, 2023
You’d think, wouldn’t you? Of course, it’s not an absolute rule, is it?
Elon Musk, Dilbert guy fan may be the most predictable development yet.— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 24, 2023
Maybe it’s the quality of his character, or something.
What is there to evaluate? https://t.co/liIGasItLb— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 26, 2023
Elmo is from South Africa, right?
If I ran a failing social media site that was headed for bankruptcy, I would simply lure advertisers back by siding with Dilbert on his plan to reintroduce segregation pic.twitter.com/SFzEQAUZTz— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) February 26, 2023
Chuck Todd Told Jake Sullivan On MTP That Covid Now Confirmed To Be Lab Leak
Misleading, irresponsible headline by @WSJ with this covid lab leak story. Many people won’t read past it to learn that the Energy Department holds a minority view among US agencies and rated this conclusion as “low confidence” https://t.co/ouKXgXlJPC— Mark Follman (@markfollman) February 26, 2023
Apparently Nate Silver didn’t read the article, either.
Readers don’t learn until the end of the 3rd paragraph that the Energy Dept holds a minority view—and they don’t learn until the 5th paragraph that its conclusion is rated “low confidence”— Mark Follman (@markfollman) February 26, 2023
Square that with the WSJ headline announcing that Covid “most likely” came from a lab leak
But, you know, his opinions on the future (elections) are still reliable. Although “discussion of the issue” really should stick to “known facts,” even now.
Welp. The behavior of a certain cadre of scientists who used every trick in the book to suppress discussion of this issue is something I'll never forget. A huge disservice to science and public health. They should be profoundly embarrassed.https://t.co/nZqzjrvo8F— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) February 26, 2023
To be clear, I’m not ‘against’ the lab leak theory — I’m for sticking to the known facts (and not distorting them in headlines or social media posts) while investigation of the pandemic continues, as @juliettekayyem puts it well here. 7/x https://t.co/4sly5Pw63q— Mark Follman (@markfollman) February 26, 2023
“Sir, This Is An Arby’s”
Wrong grand jury. The next one reviews the evidence and votes on indictments. The recommendations of the special grand jury are not binding on the criminal grand jury.
Defense attorneys for fmr. President Trump are criticizing the Fulton Co., Georgia Special Grand jury probe after the forewoman spoke publicly.— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) February 26, 2023
And they tell @CostaReports that if District Attorney Willis issues any charges, they would likely challenge "faulty indictments." pic.twitter.com/zKiVbYlszm
Fear Of A Brown (Or Even Thinking) Planet
Yes, she really did.
MTG Outdoes Gazpacho Police, Claims 6 Billion Invaders On Southern Border https://t.co/ZmBTgurfZj— #TuckFrump (@realTuckFrumper) February 26, 2023
Meanwhile, Tulsi Gabbard:
6 billion!? Out of 8 billion on the entire planet? Can we please remove this menace now? How bout now? #DontdoQkids pic.twitter.com/y37PEEN61M— Steve Blum 🔜 Collect-A-Con Orlando (@blumspew) February 24, 2023
Again, she really did:
Tulsi Gabbard says Biden cabinet based on 'geneticist principles embodied by Hitler' https://t.co/rd8dXLxzvt— Raw Story (@RawStory) February 26, 2023
Gabbard shared with Fox News host Jesse Watters her theory that "what we're seeing here is [Democrats'] philosophy, identity politics. And this is one of the main reasons why I left the Democratic Party because you seeing how their agenda of identity politics is directly undermining the traditional Democratic values that were expressed so beautifully and clearly, by Dr. Martin Luther King, that we should judge each other not based on the color of our skin, but based on our character."No word on what’s wrong with the character of anyone in Biden’s Cabinet.
Especially when the people associated with the ideas of Trump or DeSantis do this:
I’m starting to see a trend in these focus groups with Dems and a lot of swing voters.— Sarah Longwell (@SarahLongwell25) February 25, 2023
Step 1. They say they don’t want Biden to run again.
Step 2. They say Biden’s too old.
Step 3. They say they will vote for Biden over Trump OR DeSantis. https://t.co/54rv2gVUlV
Or even this:
What a weird story. I hit my head with a brick. Now my head hurts pretty bad. https://t.co/cjG1fzwu0n— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 26, 2023
To be clear this is a member of one of the most famous vocally anti-abortion families……admitting she got an abortion…… https://t.co/ia3WrqMZj1— josie duffy rice (@jduffyrice) February 26, 2023
Due to risks of complications with passing the fetus at home, she said she decided to check in to a hospital to perform a dilation and curettage procedure to remove the fetus from her womb.
Jessa tearfully recalled the moments leading up to the procedure, saying, "I was able to thank God in that moment for giving us this life, even if we wouldn't be able to hold this baby in our arms."
Apparently she lives in a blue state where she isn’t at risk of criminal prosecution.
Saturday, February 25, 2023
The Right Wing Is A Bubble
Every video on the internet from Ukraine is a fake?
“What catturd2 said,” says the former National Security Adviser to the President of the United States. https://t.co/Fy9iJNBfQr— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) February 25, 2023
But Twitter Told Me Carlson Rules The World!
Watching Tucker Carlson for Work | The New Yorker https://t.co/sAorai0rbm— Joe Trippi (@JoeTrippi) February 25, 2023
At the same time, perhaps because she follows him so closely, Abughazaleh is skeptical of the conventional wisdom that Carlson is one of the most powerful people in the United States. She and the other Media Matters researchers all seemed convinced that it was more the 8 p.m. Fox time slot that bestowed power. For millions of viewers, “it’s just a Pavlovian response to put on Fox News at eight o’clock,” Lawrence said. “Tucker needs the eight-o’clock hour on Fox News way more than Fox News needs Tucker.”
Fox News has been the country’s most watched cable channel for twenty-one years. That impressive streak belies how few Americans actually watch it—the network averaged 1.49 million viewers a night in 2022—but it remains something of a thought leader for the conservative movement. The network, its producers, and opinion hosts are adept at sussing out which culture-war wedge issues will keep viewers tuning in. Those viewers seem to represent the G.O.P.’s primary voter base—often older, more dedicated partisans—that has propelled increasingly extreme candidates into the mainstream over the past two decades.
And that conservative movement has given us the House GOP and Trump as the GOP nominee for the third straight time. I don’t understand why we’re still supposed to be losing.
So Goes The WSJ
The House, several prominent (in the news, at least) GOP Senators, all of the announced GOP POTUS candidates, along with the base of the party, is quite a “small group” of the party.
The GOP for more than 70 years has been the party of strong defense. Trump and a small group of congressional Republicans risk throwing all that hard-earned credibility away, writes @KimStrasselhttps://t.co/D2B2Dm5f9x— Wall Street Journal Opinion (@WSJopinion) February 25, 2023
A GOP candidate who won’t distance herself one inch from Trump, and speaks this way in public because: a) South Carolina, and b) Trump.
sounds like she needs a Basic History Year or two https://t.co/2bHGydPG29— George Conway🌻 (@gtconway3d) February 25, 2023
So Now This Is A Thing On Twitter
If you look hard enough for it.
The catturd faction has moved on from loving Putin to claiming the Ukraine isn’t actually happening. https://t.co/FeuIUeNGNV— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 25, 2023
2/ Seemingly choreographed they've all jumped forward in the last few days to state how their own cocooning suggests that the whole war may be fake, a potemkin war. The Ukrainians are a country of crisis actors now.— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 25, 2023
It’s very much a Twitter thing. Call me when it starts replacing news coverage of the war.
4/ And here's another focused on the conflict more generally. https://t.co/ByuyGFTpkz— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 25, 2023
That would work, too.
Can't we outfit Catturd with a press badge and a camera and send him to Kherson to answer all of his questions?— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 25, 2023
TDS Is Not Just For Breakfast Anymore
Lawyer up, Sluggo.
It just may be possible—hear me out here—that "TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME" may be something different than what he thinks it is https://t.co/3aPAHDS0CS— George Conway🌻 (@gtconway3d) February 25, 2023
The judge who oversaw a special grand jury investigating efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia says he instructed jurors they were prevented from discussing deliberations but did not face restrictions in talking about the panel's final report.
"The contents of the report are not deliberations," Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney told CNN.
McBurney also said that the special grand jury, which has faced criticism from Trump and his legal team, did its job consistent with the rules governing special grand juries in the state.
And maybe get some lawyers who know the laws of Georgia, and who try cases in court, not in the headlines.
And honestly, nobody gives a shit for your fanciful legal opinions. Trot those out in court yourself and see where they get you. Even your lawyers have refused to do that. They know better.
Trump’s Saturday morning seems to have been that he got up, maybe had a call with his lawyers going through the three pending criminal investigations into his conduct in DC, Manhattan, and Georgia, and then hopped on Truth Social and attacked each accordingly. pic.twitter.com/SmLurARt9d— Robert J. DeNault (@robertjdenault) February 25, 2023
Friday, February 24, 2023
What Else Ya Got?
"...yet we are the ones that are supposed to be for Putin. I don't think so."
“Hold me Tucker. Hold me like a lover.” https://t.co/2wIF6mIKCN— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 24, 2023
Reading this article, I am glad that the reaction of everyone else in the room to the idea that Russia might invade was "something is wrong here, this feels like some Great Game bullshit," because that was certainly how I felt in 2014. https://t.co/j4F5r6kp7m— Kevin Riggle (@kevinriggle) February 24, 2023
"[O]ne thing that has struck me throughout this process — and certainly struck me throughout the fall of ’21 — is that a lot of the times Putin and Russia were saying very plainly what their intentions were and what they wanted to do.— Kevin Riggle (@kevinriggle) February 24, 2023
"You can really affect the decision-making process of a potential adversary. We were beating Putin’s lie to the punch, and we know that by doing so we got inside his decision-making loop."— Kevin Riggle (@kevinriggle) February 24, 2023
"GEN. PAUL NAKASONE: We sent a [U.S. Cyber Command] team forward, and they land in Kyiv on the fourth of December. [Next day], the leader calls back, and she tells my Cyber National Mission Force commander, her boss, “We’re not coming home for a while. In fact, send more people.”— Kevin Riggle (@kevinriggle) February 24, 2023
"invade another, that one big country can’t bully its neighbor, that one country can’t try to erase another off the map. Those principles have been so important since World War II to try to prevent another major conflagration.— Kevin Riggle (@kevinriggle) February 24, 2023
"GEN. MARK MILLEY: Right off the bat, the president issued a set of guidance, publicly in speeches. He said the purpose of this operation, of what we’re doing — the why — is the rules-based international order.— Kevin Riggle (@kevinriggle) February 24, 2023
MTG is a clown. She may be a big noise in the GOP, but she’s still not even Tailgunner Joe, and she’s never going to be. She discredits the GOP and herself, because the adults are in charge and there’s nothing she can do about that.
"GEN. MARK MILLEY: The demographic of present-day Ukraine is that anybody who’s 60 years or younger knows nothing but freedom for the most part, and a country like that is not easily conquered."— Kevin Riggle (@kevinriggle) February 24, 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023
“Are There No Workhouses?”
"Reimpose work requirements"
story as old as time -- Republicans trying to take away your healthcare pic.twitter.com/q4CKSs4Dsj— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 23, 2023
This could easily be a student essay I read and graded over and over again over 20 years.
They’re sticking together, it seems. pic.twitter.com/dJ36BHUS5w— George Conway🌻 (@gtconway3d) February 23, 2023
Did Somebody Forget…
...to check the LSD levels in the water coolers at “Fox &!Friends” again? Because they’re making sense, and that’s bad for the brand.
Steve Doocy: "During the Trump administration apparently even when there were derailments, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao never visited the sites ..."— The Recount (@therecount) February 23, 2023
Brian Kilmeade later says, "There was nothing that equated to this during the Trump administration." pic.twitter.com/4brD5dFYhj
The Internet Is Making Us Stupider
In one tweet he managed to get European and American history wrong.
"If 'national divorce' is such a stupid idea, then what do you say to THIS" ::points to a millennium of European wars that have killed hundreds of millions of people:: pic.twitter.com/tvbhF9y9Za— Elon Musk is a fascist🐘🐘🐘 (@mumbly_joe) February 23, 2023
How To Make Matters Worse
Let’s don’t, and say we did.
If Kevin McCarthy is going to give 1/6 footage to Tucker Carlson, then Dems should make it available to real news organizations.— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) February 23, 2023
I've confirmed with the Capitol Police that House Dems can access the footage. This GOP propaganda stunt can't go unanswered:https://t.co/kgB421Ru6i
Kevin McCarthy as Speaker:— emptywheel (@emptywheel) February 20, 2023
1) Set up an insurrection protection committee
2) Snuck insurrectionist Matt Gaetz onto committee in last minute swap
3) Provided video that will disclose how to disable defenses to pro-insurrection propagandist
Sargent argues doubling down on a bad decision is fighting fire with fire. Except no news outlet is going to review 41,000 hours of tape (Carlson’s claim) and spend days/weeks on a dedicated program picking excerpts for publication/broadcast.
This gives you an idea of what you can learn about a single camera by looking at several hours of footage (including how to disable it).— emptywheel (@emptywheel) February 21, 2023
Now imagine this a thousand times over. pic.twitter.com/ol8R8QfXQn
I’ll Keep This Short And Sweet
I’m not an unalloyed fan of Thom Hartmann; but I’m not only not going to quote from this at all, I’m going to recommend you read it. If I started pulling quotes, I’d end copying the whole thing. Easier to just tell you to follow the link.
Death is the new Republican badge of honorhttps://t.co/0FfOVuIIi6— Raw Story (@RawStory) February 23, 2023