Saturday, May 30, 2020
Sultan Man Bad
I believe that the perpetrators of this inhumane act shall receive the punishment they deserve. We will be monitoring the issue. I remember with respect George Floyd and extend my condolences to his family and loved ones.— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) May 28, 2020
No wonder Angela Merkel doesn't want to come to Maryland
|Photo illustration from Bild of what's possible under Germany Coronavirus restrictions.|
Bobos in Limbo
Monday, May 25, 2020
That man in Ankara
For future reference
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Strict Rules of Golf
The Grand Unified Theory of Nate Silver
Feel like there's a bit too much talk in the media about how much spread of COVID is growing or shrinking (R) and not enough about *levels*. Both are important. Sustaining a plateau (R=~1) can be a disaster if the level of cases is high. Or a pretty decent outcome if it's low.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) May 23, 2020
Friday, May 22, 2020
Mr Nasty, Mr Nice
The times that are in it
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
A free sentence for all opinion columns
Monday, May 18, 2020
Song of the Day
There is always a Tweet
“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.” – Albert Einstein— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2014
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020
The New York City coronavirus disaster in one sentence
Friday, May 15, 2020
Flatten the truth
Saturday, May 09, 2020
Weekend film recommendation
Smaller might be better
Friday, May 08, 2020
Best Coronavirus I ever had
Thursday, May 07, 2020
Regression to the mean
This tweet and the associated thread is such a perfect variation of the famous statistical fallacy. Silver looks at a change in cases and relates them to the initial level, inserts some semi-causal views about why the levels vary, and then declares that there is a group in the middle that's "stuck." Once average, always average.
One observation related to this:— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) May 6, 2020
States that have seen clear declines in new cases tend *either* to have had either a LOT of cases early on (e.g. NY, LA) or very FEW cases (e.g. MT, HI). The states in the middle (e.g. MD/VA) aren't seeing much, if any, decline, conversely. https://t.co/NhLUwFu0sF
Monday, May 04, 2020
They were an issue in Ireland up to the early 1980s. In some houses, they probably still are an issue.
Anyway, Ireland (thankfully) has several cohorts that have never had to think about chilblains. Until now.
They are a mysterious Coronavirus symptom in some cases (New York Times).
Sunday, May 03, 2020
Rorschach meets Luhmann
What does this photograph show?
If your lens on the world is social media in western Europe or North America -- also known as the Valley of the Squinting Tweeters -- it shows too many people and too large groups in a park on a sunny Coronavirus-era day.
What it actually shows in people in Jamwon Hangang Park in the megacity of Seoul. And as the associated Yonhap story comments, they are complying with social distancing. Koreans -- with major success in mitigating Coronavirus and a tradition of messaging about responsible behavior (Robocar Poli!) see an orderly scene in the photograph. But change the caption to a western city, and someone will be along soon enough to declare evidence that no one is complying with social distancing. The reality of social media.
Saturday, May 02, 2020
Al Qaeda in the Upper Peninsula.Directly above me, men with rifles yelling at us. Some of my colleagues who own bullet proof vests are wearing them. I have never appreciated our Sergeants-at-Arms more than today. #mileg pic.twitter.com/voOZpPYWOs— Senator Dayna Polehanki (@SenPolehanki) April 30, 2020