Friday, November 17, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Oldie but goodie

Landsburg summarizes a remarkable and simple proof of Gödel’s Theorems. Here.

P.S. Scroll down to comment 12 too.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

Caught lying about Trump- CNN, ABC, HuffPo, NBC, NYT, AP, CNBC, Guardian

First this, where Abe can be seen dumping the rest of his box first.

And then this, showing a compendium of the media lies about it.

Update: the estimable Glenn Greenwald documents four more media spread lies this week.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Coyne

On craziness
When two professional athletes need to argue about who’s been the most damaged by tattoos and dreadlocks, then you know something’s gone wrong with society.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Worth noting

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Update: I posted that in the expectation it would be the stupidest thing I saw on the web today. Live and learn.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Leonardo Says

From Michael Nyman's opera Facing Goya.
I have probably posted this before but ...

BONUS Songs for Tony


Monday, October 2, 2017

Initial Reports

As of this moment I have read the following initial reports about the Las Vegas shooter, Paddock
  •         Long criminal record
  •        No criminal record
  •         Numerous posts on facebook
  •         No posts on facebook
I see people trusting initial reports all the time. In fact, when someone waited for more information, half the country went crazy condemning him.



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tribal witlessness

Everything is kneeling here. I believe Trump is a genius at distraction. The repeal of Obamacare just crashed and burned, and Trump’s endorsed candidate just lost a senate primary, but he has everyone talking about kneeling at NFL games. To his great benefit even aside from the distraction. This is a fight Trump cannot lose.  

What strikes me though is how blind the NFL was and is to what they done to themselves. A commenter name buwaya made an point I thought insightful. Sports fandom is based on a hallucination: the idea that your team are warriors for your tribe.

That might be true for high school football, but it’s not even remotely true for professional sports. That’s why the NFL’s mistake here is so big. Now people see their supposed tribal warriors being rude to them. People see disrespecting the flag as rude.

And worse than being rude to them, being rude about them.  Especially those to whom the main appeal of the NFL is rooting,  that tribal appeal I mentioned, the flag too is a tribal symbol that they value. Dissing it is dissing them. There's your tribal hero, attacking your tribe.  

So the NFL has punctured the illusion; hallucination is harder to maintain. This will be catastrophic for the NFL. One telling thing I have seen a lot of is people giving up fantasy football.  That should scare the NFL witless, but I think they already are witless. 

UPDATE: Ouch!

UPDATE Oct 19: Ouch!