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Guest Post - Oh, the stupid
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 10.25.14

Natilo sends in: Did we talk about this already in ought-nine? 'Cause man, you could illustrate the new edition of "how to lie with statistics" with this chart alone.

Heebie's take: I'm not saying the chart is dumb. I'm just saying it listens to TI. (Be sure to scroll down for the extra-comprehensive version of the chart.)

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Posted by Ogged on 10.24.14

Kevin Drum has cancer. All the best to him and his wife. But, as I mentioned to him via email, it could be worse, he could have become allergic to cats.

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All Hail Duke
Posted by Ogged on 10.24.14

This is pretty great.

Boxill was directly involved in sending students' work for the classes, Wainstein's report said, and went so far as to suggest the grades her players should receive.

In one email exchange Wainstein uncovered, Deborah Crowder, the department secretary and mastermind of the scheme to set up the no-show classes, responded when Boxill forwarded a paper for a women's basketball player in 2008.
"Did you say a D will do for (the basketball player)?" Crowder wrote to Boxill. "I'm only asking because 1. no sources, 2, it has absolutely nothing to do with the assignments for that class and 3. it seems to be a recycled paper. She took (another class) in spring of 2007 and that was likely for that class."
According to the report, Boxill replied: "Yes, a D will be fine; that's all she needs. I didn't look at the paper but figured it was a recycled one as well, but I couldn't figure out from where."

This is very great.

Boxill is a senior lecturer in the philosophy department and was chair of the faculty from 2011 to earlier this year. She directs the university's Parr Center for Ethics.

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Guest Post - Economic Buttressing of Abuse
Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 10.24.14

Minivet writes: I had heard of some of these behaviors before, but as things individual abusers do as aspects of their assholishness, not connecting the dots to see comprehensive, deliberate schemes to force dependency on a partner.

Heebie's take: It really is a powerful framing - that alongside physical or verbal abuse, economic abuse should get its own recognition. That you can control and terrify someone by continually making them financially unsteady to the point of abuse. The article details four common ways for an abuser to do so.

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Lock And Pop
Posted by Ogged on 10.24.14

This says California will survive a megadrought. Maybe it will, maybe it won't, but this was news to me.

But agricultural production and associated industries such as food processing make up only about 4% of California's overall economy

I would have guessed four or five times as much. But maybe it won't matter anyway.

Sections of the Hayward, Rodgers Creek and Green Valley faults are nearing or past their average earthquake recurrence intervals, according to the study published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

The faults appear to be locked, unable to accommodate the inexorable movement of the Pacific Plate past the North American Plate, and that means it's only a matter of time before one of those stuck segments gives way, producing a large earthquake, says the study's lead author, Jim Lienkaemper, a research geophysicist at the U. S. Geological Survey.
In fact, there's a nearly 70 percent chance that one of them will rupture within the next 30 years, Lienkaemper says.

I think the news here is that the faults are "locked," and we're not just blindly waiting for plates to slide. Whatever it means, California, if I can't have you, no one can.

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Posted by Heebie-Geebie on 10.23.14

We used to have a dinky keyboard that did not even have a full 88 keys on it. My mom was horrified that Hawaii was practicing piano on something with such awful quality, and wanted to buy us a piano. I balked at both the price and size of something that she considered to have sufficient quality sound, and so we compromised on a nice digital piano. (I know, we're reverse-compromising on a gift she's giving us. It's a routine that's been in place for most of my life. It plays to my reverse-snobbery and lets Mom feel like she won't be exploited if she pampers me.)

Anyway, the piano came with a book of 50 Greatest Hits, and so I've been dabbling in playing real music for the first time in twenty years. (As opposed to my own dinky creations.) First I discovered that they had Jagerlied, by Mendelssohn, which I played in high school. Here's my point: muscle memory is amazing. Within a few tries, I can more-or-less play it smoothly again. (Nowhere near as fast as in the link, though.) Whereas working out a new song is pretty awkward. I have an instinct for what notes to play, but if I have to stop and work it out, I'm incredibly slow.

It's really fun to dabble in that space where you have an instinct for how to move your body (or fingers), and it's faster than your thinking brain can think. In this case, it's because my thinking brain is so rusted shut, but it's still fun.

Totally unrelated except that it's music, enjoy some of my very basic taste under the jump. You can always win my heart with a Blackstreet-esque ballad of heartbreak.

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What It Was Like Having An Abortion In 1959
Posted by LizardBreath on 10.23.14

A family friend writes about her experience having an abortion in New York in the fifties. It's a particular type of story I'm really glad to see -- her reason was that she did not want to be pregnant at that time. There's nothing for the sanctimonious moralists who want to judge whether there is really enough objective hardship in a given situation to justify an abortion; she decided what she was going to do with her body based on what her plans were for her own life.

It's a good story, and she's an amazing person.

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Eiffel 65 got nothing on this
Posted by Ben on 10.22.14

Listen: All Blues.

Listen again: All Blues.

If you had announced that you were releasing a note-for-note remake of Kind of Blue, and had fomented thereby (and by your use of "Pierre Menard" as your liner notes) all sorts of high-brow thinkin', and endangered, too, the lives of many oysters, whose closely held treasures many were mad to get their hands on, wouldn't you want to make sure that the difference between your version and the original wasn't obvious, within seconds, from the drumming? It's one thing to claim that the part of the point is the demonstration that style will out or differences will peep through or that note-for-note recreation isn't really possible (or is possible but doesn't encompass everything)—none of these things being, I would have thought, very interesting anyway—but if you do that you have to at least make a good solid effort at it. You can't just half-ass it.

Anyway, this is a good review of their efforts.

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