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Favorite Rejects 2022-02-15
Scholars find: — No evidence of an increase in misperceptions — No evidence of an increase in conspiracy theories — If anything an *increase* in basic political knowledge
This is an important topic. I think many people express excessive levels of concern about too many different things. It's incoherent and reflects a failure to set priorities. By definition, only a small number of things can be the truly important things.
@mattyglesias Why do you seem always come down on the side of *nothing matters*
I think if you read me regularly you'll see there are issues that I do think are very important. But I try to be restrained in the number of subjects I attach top-tier significance to because otherwise you're not conveying any information.
In summary, vaccine skepticism is a fairly serious problem but I don't think "misinformation" is the right way to think about what the problem actually is. Knowing all the details of the Kennedy Assassination is the hallmark of a crank. slowboring.com/p/misinformati…
U.S. intelligence officials allege a conservative financial website with a significant U.S. readership is amplifying Kremlin propaganda. Officials said Zero Hedge, with 1.2 million Twitter followers, published articles created by Moscow-controlled media.
Now that Iowa isn’t a swing state and the caucuses don’t matter anymore and high commodity prices are annoying people maybe we can do something about this?
It doesn't get much attention any more, but US corn ethanol remains a scam -- a giant government welfare program for agribusiness, with virtually no economic or environmental benefits. https://t.co/QZhkZrXmxh
David Roberts @drvolts
There ought to be a collective of software-freedom folks who sit around thinking of the most heinous applications of new technology, and then do the bare minimum implementation needed to patent the idea & sue anyone who later attempts to implement anything similar.
Good enough reason for improving relation with Iran
In high-profile call last wk, the Saudi king rejected Biden's plea to boost oil production as elections loom. "High gas prices will almost certainly be blamed on the party in power...the Saudis are using the oil weapon against Democrats," staffer told me https://t.co/7Hqe9Ybk10
Ken Klippenstein @kenklippenstein