three words

April 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

doctor.  wes.  browning.

wes browning

the undiscovered genius in seattle journalism.

too modest to create a stir.

too smart to be a part of the system.

a master of prose:

 

real change newspaper, feb 12-18, 2014

re: the size and scope of seahawks victory parade crowd

“I heard they found a Ecuadoran fisherman near Safeco field hours after the parade, dazed though healthy, who claimed he became adrift with a young friend at Denny Way. He said his young friend was lost to him because he refused to eat raw birds, but everyone just winked and thought, sure he ate his friend. Why not?

 

real change newspaper, apr 9-14, 2014

re: money equaling speech according to supreme court

“I’d like to think that our system still works and promotes smart, corrupt people to the top, instead of incompetents. After all, if you’re in the hands of conniving cutthroat geniuses, you have at least the comfort that they won’t do anything that ruins their gravy train. But if your life is controlled by mere idiots…”

wes browning is a national treasure. a writer for the times. real change indeed.

Recursive Recursiveness

April 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

The sensation of wanting to laugh and cry at the same time often occurs when talking about climate deniers.  It sounds like there was an interesting study done on the fever brains of climate deniers.  The study found that climate deniers are prone to believe in conspiracy theories.  What followed was a conspiracy among the conspiracy theorist, climate deniers to sue a journal for libel if they published a study correlating their climate denialism to believing in conspiracy theorists.  Let me quote from the link, which is less confusing:

In February 2013, the journal Frontiers in Psychology published a peer-reviewed paper which found that people who reject climate science are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories. Predictably enough, those people didn’t like it.

The paper, which I helped to peer-review, is called “Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation”. In it, cognitive scientist Stephan Lewandowsky and his colleagues survey and analyze the outcry generated on climate skeptic blogs to their earlier work on climate denial.

The earlier study had also linked climate denial with conspiracist thinking. And so by reacting with yet more conspiracy theorizing, the bloggers rather proved the researchers’ point.

Yet soon after Recursive Fury was published, threats of litigation started to roll in, and the journal took the paper down (it survives on the website of the University of Western Australia, where Lewandowsky carried out the study).

A lengthy investigation ensued, which eventually found the paper to be scientifically and ethically sound. Yet on March 21 this year, Frontiers retracted the paper because of the legal threats.

Another tragic-comedic story unfolds.  A bunch of climate denying conspiracy theorists conspire to suppress scientifically sound article on their recursive fury.  Welcome to the house of mirrors.

condescension rebuked

April 2, 2014 § 6 Comments

condescension rebuked

local business owner puts foot in mouth…hilarity ensues

hunter’s legacy

March 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

congrats to matt for all the rolling stone words!

matt

now that he is moving on to bigger and better things, i want to take this moment to thank him for all the personal inspiration. it is no hyperbole when i say there have been hundreds of times when something he wrote made an effect on me.

from his final rolling stone post last month:

At the time, I was having a hard time re-acclimating to life in America and was a mess personally. I was broke and having anxiety attacks. I specifically remember buying three cans of corned beef hash with the last dollars of available credit on my last credit card somewhere during that period. Anyway I botched several early assignments for the magazine, but Will was patient and eventually brought me on to write on a regular basis.

It was my first real job and it changed my life. Had Rolling Stone not given me a chance that year, God knows where I’d be – one of the ideas I was considering most seriously at the time was going to Ukraine to enroll in medical school, of all things.

seeing matt speak last year at town hall in seattle was also one of the highlights of my life. when he illustrated the sub-prime mortgage crisis with only a dozen volunteers from the audience, it was more magic than any vegas show featuring tom jones or david copperfield. matt taibbi is among the list of americans who really have a passion for truth and justice. he fights tirelessly, and has fun doing it (friedman haiku anyone?)

you rock and roll, man. keep up the good work…

transit authority

March 19, 2014 § 1 Comment

where do you think all the money for
gas,
insurance,
licensing,
registration,
maintenance,
parking,
repairs,
depreciation,
[and all the other expenses that are associated with owning and operating an i.c.e. vehicle] goes?
eh rush?

i’ll give you a hint.
it’s a money grab by the business interests that sucks money from the poor and middle class. mass transit is the opposite of control. it’s anonymous transportation.

mass transit is a liberating mode of transportation.
it is for everyone rich or poor.
several dollars will get you across most major cities in the world.

try driving your car around in shanghai, rush, let me know how it goes…

Ratings Game

March 19, 2014 § 1 Comment

imagesCAKVBWF8 The word ‘mature’ isn’t worth saving.  It probably means too many things to too many people.  Nevertheless, it is worth questioning if “M” for Mature Video Games is really the definition of ‘mature’ that should be sold to the legions of video gamers out there.  Why should a middle schooler who games away, shooting the heads off and hearts out of an endless parade of gorified pixels, get to think of themselves as participating in something that is mature?

“M” for Mature video games often (always?) cater to part of the psyche that is anything but mature.  The games scratch a primal itch, that humans might be better off without scratching.  Arguably it is a great thing to soak the brains of youngsters with mature violence, a great release and all that.  Maybe there is an argument for getting it out of your system, or just relaxing and having fun, but don’t try to get serious by saying that mowing down zombie armies is a “mature” thing.  You will find no science or scholarship in this post, just a bald assertion that “mature” is a shrewd marketing tactic to get young teens salivating for a chance to sratch the primal itch.  Let everyone game away, but don’t let anyone kid themselves that that they are gaining or participating in maturity by getting their hands on the world of “M” is for mature games.  Ratings systems or never cool (see Hays Code, Index Librorum Prohibitorum, or Parental Advisory), but they are even less cool as sales gimmicks.parental advisory

introducing: meta

March 7, 2014 § 1 Comment

i realize this tale from florida (the nation’s dirty underwear®) is torn from the msm 24 hour news cycle, but lately i look for examples of meta behavior. meta being so far above something, as to reduce it to a lower game. raising the stakes. moving the goalposts. all of these are related to foucault.

this is a prime example of meta.

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