Fri, 27/01/2023 - 05:30
I understand that change is hard and that for many people transgender issues are confusing. (I’m not sure why, exactly, it’s not like it’s new. I knew transgender people back in the 70s…) The apparently desire among the right wing to cause harm to transgender people, ostracize them, discriminate against them — especially those who have turned it into a culture war crusade for cynical political purposes — is making me sick. And the fact that they feel the need to lie about constantly tells you everything you need to know: On Jan. 11, 17-year-old Rebecca Phillips approached the lectern at a sparsely attended city council meeting in Santee, a suburb of San Diego, California. No item on the agenda brought her to city hall that night. Instead, she tearfully recounted how a local YMCA had followed state law and company policy by allowing a transgender woman to use the same locker room that she did. She had no contact with the woman and claimed only to have seen her, but the experience left her “terrified,” she said.
Fri, 27/01/2023 - 04:00
What else is new? Charles W. Cooke at National Review skewers Trump, saying he “has completely lost his grip on reality.” (Did he ever have it?) Needless to say the MAGA cult could not care less what National Review says about their hero. There was a point in time at which Trump’s unusual verbal affect and singular nose for underutilized wedge issues gave him a competitive edge. Now? Now, he’s morphing into one of the three witches from Macbeth. To peruse Trump’s account on Truth Social is to meet a cast of characters about whom nobody who lives beyond the Trump Extended Universe could possibly care one whit. Here in the real world, the border is a catastrophe, inflation is as bad as it’s been in four decades, interest rates have risen to their highest level in 15 years, crime is on the up, and the debt continues to mushroom. And yet, safely ensconced within his own macrocosm, Trump is busy mainlining Edward Lear.
Fri, 27/01/2023 - 03:01
The Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association (APA), at its Fall 2022 meeting, elected R. Lanier Anderson (Stanford) as its next Chair. The term of current Board Chair Dominic McIver Lopes, concludes at the end of this June, at which point Dr. Anderson will take up the position. Dr. Anderson, the APA notes in a press release, was member-at-large of the APA board of officers from 2018 to 2021; he has also served on the APA finance committee, the Pacific Division nominating committee, and the Pacific Division program committee. Anderson was executive director of the North American Nietzsche Society (NANS) from 2015 to 2021, and chair of the NANS program committee from 2004 to 2021; a member of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and Fulbright Program screening committees; and Senior Association Dean for the Humanities and Arts at Stanford University. He is a member of the American Society of Aesthetics and the North American Kant Society, as well as a member of the editorial boards of the European Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Nietzsche-Studien, and Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Dr.
Fri, 27/01/2023 - 02:30
Let people know whom to blame when the GOP strangles the recovery Democrats should promote the hell out of the Biden recovery (Washington Post): The U.S. economy grew by 2.1 percent in 2022, notching six months of solid growth despite widespread concern that the country might be on the brink of a recession. Those fears have been assuaged — at least for now. The economy posted another consecutive quarter of steady expansion between October and December, with economic activity increasing at a 2.9 percent annual rate. Consumer spending contributed to the strong fourth-quarter showing, especially given the slumps in large parts of the economy, including housing and manufacturing. Admit weak spots where they exist (inflation is coming down, but is still too high), but trumpet the upsides. The GOP would even in a downturn. “You may see [growth] and think the economy is out of the woods, but that would be entirely the wrong read,” said Joseph LaVorgna, chief economist at SMBC Nikko Securities America who expects a recession midyear. “There are a lot of variables that are all pointing in the same direction: There’s a housing recession.
Fri, 27/01/2023 - 02:12

Israel's denial of entry into Al-Aqsa to the Jordanian Ambassador marks a dangerous development for the holy site and a potential catastrophe for Palestine and the world, warns Miko Peled.

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Fri, 27/01/2023 - 01:00
Your evil government, the lizard people’s evil government A report issued Wednesday by the Secret Service finds that one-quarter of mass shootings in the U.S. between 2016 and 2020 were motivated by ” a belief system involving conspiracies or hateful ideologies involving anti-government, anti-Semitic, and misogynistic views.” Lina Alathari, the chief of the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center, told reporters the conspiracies included beliefs such as 9/11 never happened, or that the United Nations was coming to take their guns, or that aliens or lizard people were preparing to take over the world. “Mental illness is not a barometer for dangerousness and it is not a correlation for mass attacks. The vast majority of individuals with mental illnesses in this country will never be violent. In fact, often, they are the victims of violence,” Alathari said. At least six were radicalized online. “One attacker had started subscribing to an online message board about 18 months prior to his attack,” she said.
Fri, 27/01/2023 - 00:29
The 2020-21 Mark Blaug Prize in Philosophy and Economics has been awarded to Malte Dold and Alexa Stanton (Pomona College) for their paper, “I Choose for Myself, Therefore I Am: The Contours of Existentialist Behavioral Economics“. The Blaug Prize is awarded by the Erasmas Journal for Philosophy and Economics (EJPE) and is intended to promote and reward the work of junior scholars in philosophy and economics. The prize is named for Mark Blaug (1927–2011), a founder of the field of philosophy and economics. The prize includes a cash sum of 500 Euros. Malte Dodd is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Pomona College in California. Previously, he spent two years as a post­doctoral fellow at New York University. He holds a master’s degree in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bayreuth, and received his PhD in Economics from the University of Freiburg. Alexa Stanton graduated from Pomona College magna cum laude in 2020, with a major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), and a minor in Computer Science.
Thu, 26/01/2023 - 22:01

"We can either electrify the status quo to reach zero emissions, or the energy transition can be used as an opportunity to rethink our cities and the transportation sector," says lead author of new report.

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Thu, 26/01/2023 - 20:30

The Autons are closing in on 1970s London in the second half of the political spy-fi full-cast audio adventure, Torchwood: Double, released today by Big Finish Productions. Louise Jameson returns as the deeply flawed but brilliant ex-MI5 agent Roberta Craven – investigating murders, the Nestene Consciousness and the oil crisis in the climactic finale of […]

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Thu, 26/01/2023 - 20:00
Martina Fazio and Gary Harper During recessions, and indeed pandemics, housing prices usually fall. Yet between March 2020 and December 2021 (‘the pandemic’), housing prices grew in the UK, reaching at the time their highest growth rate in a decade. During this pandemic, many more people could work from home, which potentially influenced their housing … Continue reading Location, location, location? How UK housing preferences shifted during the pandemic