If I suggested you read this, it is because you used “ad hominem” wrong

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The term “ad hominem” means directed against a person. If you are a racist, and I say you are a racist, then my statement is ad hominem. Note that the statement may be technically correct. I’m saying something about you, and you really are a racist, so my statement is correct. On the other hand, … Continue reading If I suggested you read this, it is because you used “ad hominem” wrong


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Minnesota Republicans Reject Science, Call For Increasing Death Toll

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In Minnesota, we have a Democratic Governor, a Democratic House, and a Republican Senate. We have what is recognized nationwide as one of the best responses to COVID-19 by any US State. Within Minnesota, we find the highest level epidemiology and immunology talent, with one of the top in a small handful of leading scientists … Continue reading Minnesota Republicans Reject Science, Call For Increasing Death Toll


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Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowlings Book Cheap

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There are four Cormoran Strike books, written by “Robert Galbraith” aka JK Rowlings. Obviously the JK in JK Rowlings has some significance. Anyway, they are really fantastic books. Extraordinarily well written private eye literature pieces that are not hobgoblins of the patriarchy are hard to come by. Each book is great, but as a set … Continue reading Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowlings Book Cheap


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COVID-19 Conversation: Updates and meanderings

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Updates Spain has had a major surge in Covid-19 numbers. India has more people locked down right now than any other country. Trump intends to “open up” the economy by Easter. Fortunately he is powerless to do so. The best available information suggests that Covid-19 is not mutating much, suggesting that once a vaccine is … Continue reading COVID-19 Conversation: Updates and meanderings


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Greenland Ice Melt On Track to be Worst Case Scenario

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Ice has been melting from Greenland and Antarctdica’s glaciers at a rate six times greater than 20 or 30 years ago. According to NASA, “If the current melting trend continues, the regions will be on track to match the “worst-case” scenario of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of an extra 6.7 inches (17 … Continue reading Greenland Ice Melt On Track to be Worst Case Scenario


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What will happen on Super Tuesday 2020? (Updated to exclude Buttigieg and Klobuchar)

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Super Tuesday is coming up, and I have my predictions. Last cycle, I predicted the relative performance of Sanders and Clinton in each race, and my predictions were uncannily accurate. I did better than polling and other predicting agencies or individuals. This year, things are more complicated, and I have less confidence now than I … Continue reading What will happen on Super Tuesday 2020? (Updated to exclude Buttigieg and Klobuchar)


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Your Cranky Uncle vs Climate Change

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It is said that scientists are lousy at communication, lousy at telling everyone else about their science, in understandable and compelling terms. This is of course absurd. There are tens of millions of scientists, and dozens of them are really excellent communicators! Among the many sciences, there is a science of science communication. It overlaps, … Continue reading Your Cranky Uncle vs Climate Change


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