Wednesday assorted links


2. Where Marx, Engels, Lenin and Castro failed, Google will pave the road! Yes, more searches to uncover the secret plotting of the bourgeoisie elite and shine a light on the thinking of the masses!
But at least he admits it's difficult to interpret the results. I like researchers who have that kind of self-criticism.

He's clearly saying he's not sure Google dictates what search terms users type in.

If Trump labels Medicare for All socialism but Medicare conservative free market, paying workers to put money in their pockets to spend buying stuff from businesses costly socialism, but tax cuts to put money in the pockets of the working poor to spend buying stuff conservative free market, why would googling "socialism" be the result of google's leftist bias?

Obama did the true "triangulation" in "Audacity of Hope" by looking for every conservative idea he could support and adopting it for his agenda.

Newt and Nancy campaigned for cap and trade, and today Exxon is campaigning for a carbon tax, so are Exxon and Newt radical leftist socialist as Obama was described when advocating a single market based method for reducing green house gas emissions instead of complex regulations?

Conservatives and the GOP policy wonks proposed requiring everyone to buy health insurance in a market, providing subsidies and prohibiting insurers from refusing to sell to all customers. Once Obama adopted that strategy it became suddenly radical leftist socialism. It was conservatives who argued Medicaid was cheaper when it came to providing health care to the poor, basically because States rationed access to care. Which meant Obama was a radical leftist socialist rationing health care access.

So, what does the label "socialist" really mean?

We the People meaning everyone is equal under the law is socialism?

Is the opposite of socialism the belief that We the People, the 13th, 14th, and others are unconstitutional?

And why doesn't the 2nd amendment apply to surface to air missles, grenade launchers, armed drones, atomic bombs? Is arms control conservative? If not, is the NRA socialist for failing to sue to ensure everyone can own rocket launchers and WMDs?

#1 Wrong counterfactual. What matters is total substitution. That a Nike or car manufacturer not fully offset with foreign production the drop in pollution at home doesn't take into account the foreign firms that step into the breach, both as marginal producers of weak substitutes but also inferior intermediate goods that emit more pollution.

5. What does the fitness tracker show if you put it on a dead person's wrist?

An athletes heart.

Note this Twitter feed on global emissions by region. Especially the second graph on the growth of Asian emissions.

The one mistake he makes is inferring that because the official labeling of some increase is "consumption" that he can say with clear identification that China's increase is not due to exported pollution. Wrong answer.

#2 "Interest in socialism has vastly increased relative to interest in libertarianism." That's really quite sad.

#5 I tried this on my sandwich and it apparently has a BPM of 666. I like spicy food but this is downright wicked!

I was just talking to a friend who grew up under Bulgarian communism, and we agreed that it was shocking that kids today might be enamored of socialism proper.

But then it is natural too. They have no memory of the real thing.

Things keep going the way they are they will soon enough.

"History does not repeat itself. It is like a river. It snakes and serpetines and its courses and bends ever approach each other. Its waters you can never stand in twice, but the banks, sandbars, and foliage always look familiar." - Eugene Weber, western civ UCLA

Well....guess they have to learn the hard way.

I am an optimist. There are plenty of examples of success in the world, and people can follow those.

We do have to get a bit back on track with trust in US institutions and commitment their maintenance, but I think we can do that.

Especially the banks, tight?

Stop here, all! It seems that from the authors of the study to all the commenters here, everyone is taking a big non-sequitur.

My interest in Nazism is greatly superior to my interest in embroidery, as can be easily seen in my google and wikipedia search over the years. This doesn't mean that I am enamored with Nazism, not even that I prefer it to embroidery as a human activity.

2. Trying to explain to most people why socialism doesn't work is like trying to explain to a two year old why they can't have a cookie. Not only is the two year old not going to understand it, but they are going to forget why within five minutes anyway. Libertarianism is a political philosophy for adults.

Libertarianism is normally the post-adolescent transition from inculcated socialism to a more dynamic worldview.

What is the right answer?

It depends, there are a lot of questions.

Free college...err...cookies for all! Same thing age 22 or 2.

California had it, or pretty close, pre-Reagan. My UC tuition in '60's ran about $20 per semester.

Reagan had the good sense to take away free cookies from the smelly "beatniks and radicals." And the financial problem grows enormously if you have virtually everyone attend some form of college (as opposed to the smaller share of the population that attended college in the past; the rerun of Gov. Moonbeam has not lavished money on public universities like his dear old dad).

My tuition was $86/semester long after Reagan - but before the great surge in college cost.

Proof of the old adage that you can have a welfare state or open borders but not both.

I also paid cheap tuition to get a STEM degree from UC in the 80s. CA chose to adopt 10,000,000 illegal ignorants in the 1990s and has declined ever since. Once again, consider the average IQ and fertility of Mexican citizens in the US. We have paid a very high adoption fee.

I don't know, my mother was the daughter of Mexican immigrants (who became naturalized American citizens), and her family's diligence for her education allowed her to get full scholarships to get her J.D. So there's something to be said for both immigration and for education not to be gatekept for wealth.

Admittedly, the immigrants in question abandoned their hacienda with the Mexican Revolution and had to start again from nothing (so my grandmother's stories included the value of carefully brushing out your hair fifty times each side each night as a child, and how the cannery would burn her fingerprints off when she worked there), so it was a really odd mix of stories of wealth and privation.

So, why haven't you moved to highly virtous West Virginia which has gone from somewhat diverse to almost pure homogenous with few immigrants? Only 46% of those born in West Virginia, almost all white, stay in West Virginia.

Or Montana?

54% of the people living in Montana are immigrants, but only 2% are foreign born, the largest number of Montana immigrants born in California.

Or Mississippi?

Note, 75% of the people born in California stay in California, tied with Georgia, and North Carolina, for second place behind Texas where 82% of Texas born citizens are still in Texas.

The State's with fewest foriegn born see substantial emigration of generally white native born citizens. Blacks, Latinos, Asians are generally less likely to emigrate from the State they were born in than whites in the 21st century.

I stopped using google as I did not like the search results, they were both heavily tailored to my history and skewed left wing. I now use DuckDuckGo for almost all my searches. The google data maybe suffering from selection bias.

Came to say the same thing. Google is intentionally suppressing right leaning results, so it's not a surprise right leaning people tend not to use their search relative to left leaning people. The more partisan the people (and the more likely to be googling politicized terms) the bigger the disparity. I also find the time series to line up reasonably well with my subjective experience of Google's increasing partisanship over time. Good point about tailored results too: If I watch, for instance a Jordan Peterson video on YouTube (I don't even agree with him on very much), I suddenly get a huge influx of anti-trump stories in Google news, apparently Google's taking it upon themselves to 'educate' anyone they determine to be a 'low Information' (right leaning). It's creepy and off-putting, and a big part of why I switched to duckduckgo.

For me the worst part were the heavily tailored results, it was like searching in tunnel or with blinders on. The left wing skew was annoying but not fatal, wikipedia suffers from it as well, but I still use it. If you use google, you will suffer from extreme confirmation bias.

🤔 I must've misunderstood what you meant by tailoring in this context. If you feel like results are exclusively confirming your established biases, how can they also skew left-wing? Either you're biases are not left-wing, in which case one statment seems to contradict the other, or your biases are left-wing, in which case it seems not possible to know if Google is extremely tailoring to them, or is skewed left-wing overall.... Not trying to call you out, just trying to understand the point you're making.

I am a doughty cuck!

That you arrrrr matey! That you arrrr!

2. Of course, Google searches are left-wing; right-wingers already know everything they will ever learn so what's the point of a Google search. As for the results of Google searches, are they more left-wing, suggesting bias at Google? Is that why right-wingers don't use Google? Maybe it's markets: right-wingers don't use Google searches, for the reasons they already know everything they will ever learn, so Google is simply responding to its market.

Congrats. Even the “cuck” troll considers this simplistic.

I thought the piece on Google searches was pretty good, and the conclusion was pretty fair, that you can't really tell.

It is not a random survey, is a self-selection of interests, no doubt including many "hate searches" of things people actually despise.

As practical advice, if you don't want the wrong they just returned imma learn to do a good query.

Apologies for not rereading those speak to text errors.

I think he discounts antagonistic searching too readily, given Venezuela's prominence in the news.

5: From Tyler's description at first I thought this article was going to be another one about Chinese authorities battling against customers who steal mass quantities of toilet paper, including using facial recognition sensors.

What I couldn't figure out was how fitness trackers would help; then I read the article so never mind.

5. Oh my God, I almost didn't read this because I assumed it would be something boring about stolen toilet paper.

But this article is actually important. It illustrates that the difference in quality between consumer electronics and medical electronics is much greater than consumer electronics people believe. And certainly greater than their customers believe.

I worked for 10-15 years in medical electronics. I know how hard it is, how diligent you have to be, and how time cannot really be compressed in test and validation cycles.

I have tried to explain this in social situations to consumer electronics people, and they're like "oh no, our companies are worth billions we know everything."

Well, maybe you don't. Maybe medical standard testing procedures are not just a bit better than consumer electronics, maybe they are orders of magnitude better.

Interesting, the article (which very well may've been written from a consumer electronics point of view) seemed to imply that the consumer devices did a good job at measuring human pulse rates, and did a poor job of measuring bananas' pulse rates.

But you are saying that they may do a poor job of measuring human pulse rates (or perhaps dead or dying human's pulse rates), and medical-grade devices are much better.

Presumably much more expensive too? Which makes me think of the frequent criticisms of military procurement, often military-grade equipment has to be much sturdier and more reliable than consumer equipment.

And is medical equipment also much more expensive than the consumer equivalent?

That might be a good parallel. The thing about both medical and military technology is that it is important that they work at the most critical time for the most critical answer.

I assume that these things are getting heart rates for bananas because their consumer priority is to be giving you a reassuring answer all the time. That smoothing might have an impact on their ability to give you the right answer on your body. (!)

Were any of these, including the Apple watch, to try to qualify or medical status they would have to prove their ability to avoid both false-positive and false-negative results.

Including "the watch is not now on a person, do not send ambulance."

4. Robert Nozick was married to Gjertrud Schnackenberg. People say there is not much good poetry written today, but that woman can write!

I am an extremely crabby person when it comes to good writing - everyone, from Homer on, it seems to me, even if they were the best, basically stumbled along a line between being interesting and gifted, as we wanted them to be (one side of the line) and being dull and unaware , as almost all artists (not saints ... artists, there is a difference, sad to say for the artists among us, but the truth is the truth) usually are (when you think about what they could have been if they were much better, could have been better than - that is, better than dull and unaware of the next step in being a real artist - first, paint the face, then show the soul .... that is the progression - the progression that even the best artists find so difficult ... when you think of that, it almost makes you want to cry) , and when anyone of us think about the unusual places we have lived - that apartment near the park, that house with so many children, the suburbs with the extra room that our beloved uncle or aunt basically spent the last year or two of his or her mysterious life dying in --- well, we remember that the world is fascinating and glorious, after all, and your (I am now transitioning to the second person voice, if you are a grammarian) attempts to challenge us with your words as depictions of the world are not likely to be more interesting than the world itself (friendship, constancy, acute awareness of exactly what can and cannot happen in nature, those birds, those dragonflies, that day when the sun topped the mountain at just the right moment to make the wild horses think that second thought and look you in the eye, in the shadow of the Western mountains , where the fields were green and there was a patch of water that when we were young we would have called a pond - but it was just a standing pool of water, in the midst of hundreds of square miles of Western grass, hundreds of miles west of Chicago or Des Moines, and it was so good, when I was younger and happier a friend and me assembled a jigsaw puzzle picturing that Western field, with those horses and that water in which they were reflected - but never again in this world will I assemble such a jigsaw puzzle with such a friend - although I would like to, I am not one of the fortunate ones): we all remember a moment like that, unless we are truly the poor of the earth.

There are no good philosophers any more, there never were, maybe a couple, but as God is my witness, all the ones I have heard of were not the philosophers they thought they were. Every once in a while a poet says something that is not untrue. Lamplight, baby, lamplight. Tomorrow's sun will be just as ancient as the sun that first day, when the sun was a day old. You know that, I know that. Be proud enough of what you know to never want to pretend to know more than you know. Proverbs 8.

It was a "Big Ben" puzzle, and if I wanted to, I could do the research and drive to that patch of land way out West and look at the green meadows and the blue mountains that someone (whom I will never see again in this world - can you imagine how sad that is) who loved me once worked with me, in those long gone blissful hours, worked with me to put together the puzzle, a thousand pieces, we framed it when we finished.

Think about that, and then think about Proverbs 8, and how they connect (nothing good is ever lost)

please don't respond if you think you can tell me I was wrong to cite Proverbs 8: if you think that I was wrong to cite Proverbs 8 , before trying to explain to me why I was wrong, keep silent for a moment, and try and remember this:

I have my faults and I have no real talents except this one talent

I know how intensely you have loved the world, no matter who you are

you see that love for the world in horses, dogs, cats, with no problem if you understand animals, and ... as much as we care about animals, let's not discuss them for a moment .... if you care about people you also see that love for the world almost as clearly in people you talk to ( cor ad cor loquitur) ... of course you need to care about animals, too, no matter what

the specific and wonderful details are almost an afterthought, specific and kind and like the words we heard long before we knew we would hear such words, but when we knew that it is easy to explain

(nothing good is ever lost)

so no, unless you understood that before I said it, I almost certainly do not need to know why you might think I was not right to cite Proverbs 8

thanks for not responding. for me, it would be too late, anyway - you are just human and you cannot redeem the years the locusts have eaten, although of course, if you tried, one would be grateful: but don't try, you can't. Someone else has done it anyway. Better: Spread the good news. Proverbs 8, or similarly good news. Either you care about other people or you don't, if you do, you don't need my advice, if you don't, don't worry, reread Proverbs 8, and find other sources of good instruction.

I know how intensely you have loved this world no matter who you are. Your starting point will not be my starting point, but nobody cares, eventually. Nothing good is ever permanently lost.

I have my faults and I have no real talents except this one talent:

I know how intensely you have loved the world, no matter who you are

For the record, I could have been good in sales, but instead I worked harder jobs. You know why? Because I care about other people. Maybe I thought it would be best to let other people to have the salesperson jobs, maybe I thought it would be wrong to take the easier job (sales) instead of the harder job (drudgery labor).

Also, when you know in your heart that "nothing good is ever permanently lost", you know it just wouldn't be fair for you, having that knowledge, to go into sales.

Maybe I failed to look or listen closely enough, but somehow I could not find out who was interviewing Bob Nozick.

Michael Toms. He died a few years ago, at the age of 72, from diabetes - that is a difficult way to die. The San Francisco paper (SF Chronicle) wrote up a good obituary on him, focusing on his "Socratic" discussions with people who faced the big questions, which were heard on various radio stations, and elsewhere. They quoted his wife as saying he was a wonderful person.

Given that every attempt to make the tax code more progressive or the safety net more comprehensive is met with cries of "socialism!" it's not surprising that people's interest or confusion would rise leading people to Google the term and read the central authors.

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