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Rudy Giuliani, supposedly Trump’s attorney (working on what issues, exactly?), and recently featured in a starring role in the impeachment hearings as Trump’s capo and sub rosa Secretary of State (specialty, smearing career State Department employees with the assistance of a couple of since-indicted Soviet émigrés), was interviewed this week by the Guardian. During the […]

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Fans of Brexit’s Vote Leave campaign might remember Dominic Cummings’s reflections on the uses (and abuses) of data in politics. Cummings, often hailed as the mastermind behind Vote Leave, is an eloquent advocate for how getting the data science right contributed to Vote Leave‘s success, and he has a prickly – even “psychopathic” – reputation as a man who won’t suffer data-science fools (or at least those whom he deems foolish) gladly.

No doubt Cummings is right that charlatanism infests the ranks of political “data scientists”, but a more charitable term than “charlatanism” for much iffy “data science” might be “ad-hockery”: Adventurous wunderkinds promote ad-hoc heuristics which seem to work well enough, or which work until they don’t, or which may work, but which haven’t yet been vetted by systematic scientific reasoning. Ad-hoc heuristics aren’t inherently deceptive, or incapable of delivering what they claim to deliver. They deserve to be met with plenty of skepticism, of course, but skepticism needn’t always include suspicion of fraud.

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Yesterday, SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket into space, carrying a ballast payload that… just for fun… consisted of a red Tesla Roadster with an empty spacesuit strapped in the front seat. Most people thought this was pretty cool. If you were one of them, Nathan Robinson at the The Guardian (a.k.a. Buzz Killington) […]

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Science fiction author Ursule K. Le Guin has died. I want to talk about one of her obituaries–but a search of the site shows no one has commented on her death. So first, a quick summary of her life: Le Guin was a remarkable writer. She was also a member of the far left. Both […]

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EdwardsThe Guardian is reporting that the Trump campaign provided VIP access to James Edwards of Political Cesspool and Donald Trump, Jr. has granted a radio interview with Edwards, who was permitted to broadcast from within a VIP area at a recent Trump event. From the article:

Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of the Republican presidential frontrunner and one of his political surrogates, has granted a 20-minute radio interview to a prominent white supremacist who broadcasts what has been dubbed as “the primary radio nexus of hate in America”.

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