Friday, November 25, 2022

Nobody Could Have Predicted

Afternoon Thread


To Be Sure

In a column about the Colorado shooting, Michelle Goldberg couldn't just not throw in TO BE SURE THERE IS A LEGITIMATE DEBATE HERE.

She has been horrible ever since she spent the runup to the Iraq war hunting for commies among the Iraq war protesters.

The Trans Question

Direct line from all your favorite centrists contributing to this bigotry and the increasing threats to all LGBT people.

The inevitable answer to all the Just Asking Qweschins.



Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thursday Night

Rock on.

Dangerous Narcissists

People are being mean to Lonnie on twitter, so he's gonna send his cars to kill your kids.
Tesla Inc. is making its controversial driver-assistance system available to customers previously deemed not safe enough behind the wheel to test it out.

Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk tweeted that the system Tesla calls Full Self-Driving Beta is now available to anyone in North America who’s bought the option and requests it from their car screen. Until now, some paying customers have been blocked from accessing the feature known as FSD because they didn’t score high enough on metrics Tesla uses to set insurance rates.
The "insurance rates" thing isn't real, though, just one of Lonnie's bits of nonsense. Business reporters are so dumb.

Before Trump, There Was Palin

I'm not comparing the personalities, though they are comparable, I'm comparing the media treatment. Politico back then was basically the Sarah Palin daily. The guys that ran the place called her something like, "The Most Important Political Force In America" (sorry, it's a holiday, I'm not looking it up). Her every facebook post got the kind of attention Trump's tweets once did.

Context matters, and the context of all-Palin-all-the-time and centering the Tea Party was the country had just overwhelmingly elected an African-American guy named Barack Hussein Obama. He won Indiana!, with huge margins in the House and even 60 votes (briefly) in the Senate.

There's no level of Democratic success that can stop our political press from centering these weirdos, even as they become actual Nazis.

By Sarah.

We Are Aware Of All Internet Traditions


Time to make the Turkee.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Wednesday Night

Rock on.

Happy Hour

Pre-turkee edition.

Holiday Schedule

Through the next couple of days. Or not! You never know.

Have A Seat, Michael

The Justice Department is seeking to question former Vice President Mike Pence as a witness in connection with its criminal investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to stay in power after he lost the 2020 election, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The World's Worst Press Corps

The White House Press Corps.



Mysterious Synergies

The ‘Blockchain Eight’ wrote a bipartisan letter in March attempting to chill the SEC’s information requests to crypto firms. FTX was one of those firms.


The eight members were Reps. Emmer, Donalds, Auchincloss, Warren Davidson (R-OH), Ted Budd (R-NC), Darren Soto (D-FL), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), and Ritchie Torres (D-NY). Budd was elected this year to the U.S. Senate.
Sean McElwee, the head of Data for Progress, said that given the poll results, it’s irresponsible for progressives not to consolidate behind Torres, who he said in 2019 was, along with Tomas Ramos, “expected to run as AOC-style progressive outsider.”
In a previously unreported letter, Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.), with five self-identified progressive "policymakers, activists, journalists, pollsters and grassroots organizers," warned the CFTC that prohibiting political prediction markets could worsen "the public's understanding of our democratic process" and promote "unsafe, black market exchanges."

The signers included Sean McElwee, the founding executive director of progressive think tank Data for Progress; Drey Samuelson, the one-time chief of staff to former Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.); Dylan Matthews, a journalist at Vox; Joel Wertheimer, a civil rights attorney; and Ethan Winter, a senior analyst and pollster at Data for Progress.
Sean McElwee, the founding executive director of the polling outfit Data for Progress, has reportedly advised Bankman-Fried. Data for Progress received $48,000 from Protect Our Future in June. Bankman-Fried, McElwee, and data bro David Shor jointly hosted a fundraiser for Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) this spring, according to The Intercept.
Prolific tweeter McElwee has gone silent, perhaps in part after receiving criticism for being the Pete Rose of pollsters, betting on races he was polling.

Heckuva A Job

This is funny, but this is not funny. Musk is lying here, of course, there was no deal with any group, no group would have the power to make such a deal, and in any case Musk has backtracked on all of his "commitments."


I'm not quite sure where, precisely, EA jumps from "donate a kidney and donate money to buy mosquito nets," which, whatever the precise merits of those things, are in the spirit of what most people would understand by hearing the term, "Effective Altruism," to, "and The God Kings Of The Movement Must Be Allowed To Accumulate All the Wealth To Fight The Robot Apocalypse of 4837."

It really isn't any different than any other scam megachurch, complete with the Holy Writings from the Oxford Philosopy Professor.
Feedback and advice. Why, then, did MacAskill make these assertions? In the first few pages of the book’s introduction, MacAskill writes that it took more than a decade’s worth of full-time work to complete the manuscript, two years of which were dedicated to fact-checking its claims. And in the acknowledgments section, he lists 30 scientists and an entire research group as having been consulted on “climate change” or “climate science.”

I wrote to all the scientists MacAskill thanked for providing “feedback and advice,” and the responses were surprising. None of the 20 scientists who responded to my email said they had advised MacAskill on the controversial climate claims above, and indeed most added, without my prompting, that they very strongly disagree with those claims.

Many of the scientists said they had no recollection of speaking or corresponding with MacAskill or any of the research assistants and contributors named in his book. The most disturbing responses came from five scientists who told me that they were almost certainly never consulted.

“There is a mistake. I do not know MacAskill,” replied one of the scientists.
Prosperity Gospel for agnostics, indeed. Not the first time the scammed are those who imagine they are least susceptible to scams. Even now if you bring this up on social media someone is going to jump in with, "what's wrong with mosquito nets???", as if MacAskill invented them.

All part of the scam. Awaiting the follow up New Yorker piece.


Starting a new movement, Effective Blogging.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Tuesday Night

Rock on.

Happy Hour