...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life...

Sunday, February 26, 2017


"This morning, you can be on his right hand and his left hand if you serve. It's the only way in."

[from this remarkable, prescient sermon]

I think it might be time (if not too late) to leave FB

"Sam Woolley of the Oxford Internet Institute’s computational propaganda institute tells me that one third of all traffic on Twitter before the EU referendum was automated “bots” – accounts that are programmed to look like people, to act like people, and to change the conversation, to make topics trend. And they were all for Leave. Before the US election, they were five-to-one in favour of Trump – many of them Russian. Last week they have been in action in the Stoke by-election – Russian bots, organized by who? – attacking Paul Nuttall."

Saturday, February 25, 2017

This is a terrific, sad, sadly terrific poem

my friend Aaron wrote, right here, and you can and should read it.

Dismissed, Targeted, Lied About, Alienated

This is a list of the people groups our current president has, in the last months of his candidacy and in the first month of his presidency, through rhetoric and policy, dismissed, targeted, lied about, and alienated:

- women
- journalists
- people of color
- trans people
- Chicagoans
- immigrants
- refugees
- scientists
- protestors
- Muslims
- people who work at universities
- people who are good at their jobs
- the intelligence agencies
- school teachers
- public employees

Am I missing anyone?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Economics & Fairness

You know, David, in many ways, it's important to remember that the rational actor model that economists build is a model. It's very powerful in that it does explain how people behave under many circumstances, but sometimes you can forget that this is a model and start to think that this is not just a useful mathematical tool but a code for behavior. Zarghamee mentioned that Adam Smith quote - "it's not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer and the baker" - and said that Adam Smith's mother cooked, cleaned and cared for him through much of his life. So even as he was touting the virtues of selfishness, he was depending on someone else acting unselfishly.
- Shankar Vendantam, 2/21/17, NPR

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017