December 2016: It’s Beginning To Link A Lot Like Christmas

After the piece on population mobility from Aeon, I went looking for more Big Sort analysis.  Ilya Somin and the Monkey Cage (pre-WaPost) suggest that it isn’t so big and may not even be happening at all.

From the fall of last year, Conor Friedersdorf presents a ringing defense of color-blindness.

American hegemony is probably fucked. Shen Dengli thinks so too.

I was rereading part of Summer Meditations while shirking the rest of my mounting reading list, and the next day I happened to stumble across this comparison of Havel and Orwell in the abyss of the Reason archive.

Most of this piece on the Turkish coup is just so-so but the prolonged Scientology analogy is…. memorable.

Sandy Levinson at Balkinization makes some predictions about the future of political correctness under our new orange potentate.  Many of them are already coming true, not to mention it’s a relief to see anybody using the phrase in the technical Stalinist sense for once.  The irresponsibility of much of print media in allowing the right to push narratives in which political correctness exists solely on the left is difficult to overstate.

Kissinger, refugees, and American exceptionalism.  And a reminder to myself to stick The Sympathizer on the reading list.

The epistemology of region-locking is… odd.

An interesting first-person account from the researchers who caught that remote iPhone jailbreak.  There is a special place in hell reserved for the kind of single-celled organisms who sell these exploits to repressive governments.

From way back in July, Josh Marshall points out that democracy and peace are not natural states of being but the most fragile of human creations.  José Ortega y Gasset was here first, but I suppose this will do if you don’t have time to read The Revolt of the Masses.

J. Alex Halderman on election security and paper ballots.

Stemple is a longtime feminist who fully understands that men have historically used sexual violence to subjugate women and that in most countries they still do. As she sees it, feminism has fought long and hard to fight rape myths—that if a woman gets raped it’s somehow her fault, that she welcomed it in some way. But the same conversation needs to happen for men” (nothing at the link is particularly graphic but obvious heads-up for discussion of rape).

Regarding imperial public nudity.

The data on slavery and human trafficking is totally fucked.  We know it’s happening, and that’s about all.  Take all estimates with the Great Salt Lake.

People are hilariously bad at computers.  We know this anecdotally, but now there’s charts.

A post from the depths of Language Log’s archives details the history of the term “hippie-punching.”

Presented without comment.

Daesh’s social media operatives have been having a bad year.  The Grugq suggests that those who get droned are public guard nodes that can’t be dealt with any other way.  Argue amongst yourselves.

Cathy O’Neil of Weapons of Math Destruction fame thinks we’ve elected a faulty machine-learning algorithm.

Your Auntie Weasels is something of a Scrooge, but I love two things about Christmas: the Huron Carol and mulled wine.  Wæs þu hæl, kids.


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