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Very interesting indeed. The election is not so much Republican vs. Democrat as it is "pro-american" vs. "anti-american." Having won the house and senate, the democratic party has immediately shown its anti-american colors. They try to make it about Bush. But time isn't on their side. Everybody knows Bush is on the way out, and Cheney isn't running. So it's not like 2000, where Gore seemed to be standing in for "4 more years" of Clintonesque absentee governance. As the candidates establish their own identities, and get asked pointed questions about their view of America and its place in the world, they're gonna show their colors.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2007 on In Search of a Narrative at ShrinkWrapped
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Great posting! The oddball blogger alfin2100 has been posting on this topic for almost two years now. His conclusion is very close to Dr. Eppsteinn's.
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It is incompetence to try to force a political solution upon a situation that cannot support it. Sometimes you must give war a chance first, before peace can be built. Iraq isn't ready for a political solution yet. Many more jihadis, Sadrists, and other fanatical religionists have to bite the dust first. Unfortunately more coalition troops and civilians will also die. If you want to stop the war, start killing the muslim clerics who promote jihad.
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2007 on More Stupid Politician Tricks at ShrinkWrapped
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Is the west not already in "their" front yard? Israel, UAE, Qatar, part of Lebanon? And like you say, most Iraqis and most Iranians would like to have a more western style government and western commercial ways. What's a radical bloodthirsty imam to do? It's almost beyond the capacity of dim-witted hide-bound tradition-mired bird-brained religionists!
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2006 on Polling and its Discontents at ShrinkWrapped
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Polls are a good way to portray propaganda as scientific truth. First: Design the poll to get the results you want, by writing insinuating questions, and ordering the questions in the poll to get maximum priming effect. Second: Select your respondents in such a way as to maximize the preferred answers to the questions. Third: Have the poll taker shade their voice to subconsciously indicate which answers are preferred. If the person answers with the non-preferred answer, ask them if they are sure and give them a chance to change their mind. Accept the preferred answer. Fourth: Try different types of analysis--sometimes omitting surveys with missing questions, sometimes including them--until you get the best results. Fifth: Write your story to emphasize the questions that seem to prove your point. Brush aside any questions that seem to contradict your point, or simply don't mention them. Sixth: Even if you know the poll is crap, bluff your way through as if it was the most scientific instrument in the world.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2006 on Polling and its Discontents at ShrinkWrapped
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I agree, the debate between Spelke and Pinker over at edge.org is excellent. A person can easily compare the two viewpoints and get a better idea what they themselves think about the issue. My take on the debate is that Pinker seems to want to get at the heart of the issue, whereas Spelke is happy to stay with the idea that there are no meaningful differences, and leave it at that.
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