Gerry Canavan

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Scholastic Burn

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February 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Heat Wave

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October 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Some More Tuesday Links

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* I wrote a short blog post for HASTAC compiling some recent thoughts and links on “openness” in the university system, which are likely no surprise to anyone who follows this blog but which I include here for the sake of completeness regardless.

* It’s cute that Josh Marshall thinks Bachmann just making sh!t up means her run at the GOP nomination is over. Of course, what this actually means is that it’s now an open question whether Gardasil causes mental retardation in young girls.

* Elizabeth Warren announces for Senate tomorrow.

* Here comes Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.

* The Trash|Track Project asks: Why do we know so much about the supply chain and so little about the removal chain? Via Melody.

* And via On Gender-Identity Disorder and the DSM.

The DSM work group assigned to gender identity disorder, a panel of specialized field experts, has already bowed to some external pressures. It has made clear that it intends to change the name of the diagnosis from “disorder” to “dysphoria”—which describes a passing mood rather than a fixed state. The work group has also made public its plans to not only preserve the core GID diagnosis, but to retain an even more controversial entry: GID in children.

… The second argument in favor of keeping GID in the diagnostic manual is where things get ethically murky. The removal of the diagnosis may also remove insurance coverage for transsexual adults who are being treated with hormonal or surgical reassignment. As of now, a diagnosis of mental illness is the only mechanism that transsexuals have for medical insurance to cover mastectomies, testosterone injections, and genital reconstruction surgeries (though very few insurance companies cover any sort of gender reassignment, because it is most often considered “cosmetic”).

Megan Smith, a Nebraska-based psychotherapist and an advocate for the removal of GID from the DSM, claims that the insurance argument is the one she most often encounters. Smith believes keeping the diagnosis for the sake of insurance coverage is “unethical and unscientific.” Smith argues, “I don’t believe it’s our obligation as mental health professionals to change psychiatric evaluations in order to play ball with insurance companies.”

Friday Afternoon About-to-Go-See-Harry-Potter Links

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* Erick Erickson, cheering on apocalypse: Obama has a legacy to worry about. Should the United States lose its bond rating, it will be called the “Obama Depression”. Congress does not get pinned with this stuff. See also. Steven Benen on the reality gap. Ezra Klein: How default would harm homeowners, cities, businesses and everyone else.

* And then there’s Rick Perry.

I tell people, that “personal property” and the ownership of that personal property is crucial to our way of life.

Our founding fathers understood that it was a very important part of the pursuit of happiness. Being able to own things that are your own is one of the things that makes America unique. But I happen to think that it’s in jeopardy.

It’s in jeopardy because of taxes; it’s in jeopardy because of regulation; it’s in jeopardy because of a legal system that’s run amok. And I think it’s time for us to just hand it over to God and say, “God, You’re going to have to fix this.” […]

I think it’s time for us to use our wisdom and our influence and really put it in God’s hands. That’s what I’m going to do, and I hope you’ll join me.

* Osama bin Laden was working to assemble a team of militants to attack the U.S. on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, according to communications Navy SEALs seized from his Pakistani hideout when they killed the al Qaeda leader this spring. The article claims that the planned attack targeted the U.S. train system.

* Fox News is comparing the News Corp. hacking scandal to companies that were hacked. The only suitable reaction is awe.

* And local news now: Lawsuit filed over Duke basketball tickets.

A woman filed a lawsuit Friday against her sister, her sister’s husband and Duke University regarding the transfer of two tickets that once belonged to her father for games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Katina Dorton is seeking unspecified damages and asking the court to invalidate the “fraudulent transfer” to Gordon and Sophia Caudle that occurred without the knowledge or consent of her father or other family members, according to the complaint.

“This is important and it’s valuable,” said Randall M. Roden, an attorney for Dorton. “She’s a graduate. She genuinely wants to support the Blue Devils and go to the games. But she was shocked by the way Duke handled this.”

Out of Their Minds

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Moments like this point to a growing asymmetry in our politics. One party, the Democrats, suffers from the usual range of institutional blind spots, historical foibles, and constituency-driven evasions. The other, the Republicans, has moved to a mental Shangri-La, where unwanted problems (climate change, the need to pay the costs of running the government) can be wished away, prejudice trumps fact (Obama might just be Kenyan-born or a Muslim), expertise is evidence of error, and reality itself comes to be regarded as some kind of elitist plot.

Like the White Queen in her youth, the contemporary Republican politician must be capable of believing as many as six impossible things before breakfast…

Reality’s Well-Known Liberal Bias

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It’s been a while, but it looks like it’s time for another round of “Is Academia Biased Against Conservatives?”

Jonathan Chait and Paul Krugman step up to the plate to rebut, which I present only on the basis of the shout-out in the last paragraph of Chait’s post:

Conservatives like to present this as an issue of Marxist English professors, but the reality is that scientists, mathematicians, and people trained in rigorous thinking of all kinds are overwhelmingly rejecting them.

On Bias

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So rather than pointing out what actually happened — that right-wing claims about march attendance were false and debunked by news organizations — they have to pretend that this is, as always, nothing more than an irreconcilable dispute about reality between the Right and the Left, and it’s not up to Time to tell their readers what the truth is, because that’s not their role, since they’re objective and unbiased.

Glenn Greenwald on the 9/12 rally and reality’s well-documented liberal bias.

UPDATE: Steve Benen just put up another case study in media “objectivity.”

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September 17, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Birther Madness

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A rare bit of good news for Barack Obama as the GOP party establishment—always known to play things fair and down the middle—declares the birther story debunked. Even Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter think birthers suck.

But worry not, fellows—turns out this was all the liberal media’s fault.

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July 29, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Midday Links

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Midday links.

* John McCain advisor Steve Schmidt goes off on the Times for accurately reporting reality’s well-known liberal bias.

* According to a recent poll, 0% of Americans believe the economy is improving. You read that right. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a poll report where 100% of the sample agreed on something; Bush truly is a uniter and not a divider. By the way, the Decider’s overall approval rating is now a thundering 19%.

* Which is probably why McCain-Palin is using so much of the Bush braintrust.

* McCain says we have to put an end to golden parachutes for bad CEOs like his advisor Carly Fiorina, who received $45 million from HP after running the company into the ground. This follows his blistering attacks on the influence of lobbyists in Washington like his campaign manager, Rick Davis, paid $2 million over five years to lobby on behalf of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

“The value that he brought to the relationship was the closeness to Senator McCain and the possibility that Senator McCain was going to run for president again,” said Robert McCarson, a former spokesman for Fannie Mae, who said that while he worked there from 2000 to 2002, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac together paid Mr. Davis’s firm $35,000 a month. Mr. Davis “didn’t really do anything,” Mr. McCarson, a Democrat, said.

* And who better to put in charge of rebuilding the economy but the man who destroyed it almost single-handedly, Phil Gramm?

* And Tina Fey has just one wish.

“I want to be done playing this lady Nov. 5,” she said. “So if anybody can help me be done playing this lady Nov. 5, that would be good for me.”

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September 22, 2008 at 4:34 pm