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Meanwhile, final results are in for…

Meanwhile, final results are in for that *other* election (NZ). Labour took 3 electorate seats off National. National lost 2 seats overall, to Labour and the Maori Party. And there were some other less-obvious but interesting developments: #nzpol

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Carbon pricing: “The “cost” of a form…

Carbon pricing: “The “cost” of a form of energy is not an objective property of the universe, measured by a market cost-o-meter. It’s a social construct, the result of assumptions built into the way we calculate value.” grist.org/article/discount-rates-a-boring-thing-yo…
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Those people who have been calling the…

Those people who have been calling the PM “Taxcinda” must be feeling a bit foolish now
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Listening to @radionz , impressed with…

Listening to @radionz , impressed with the endless creativity of pollsters’ excuses for their inaccurate poll results.
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I understand the need for opposition…

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I understand the need for opposition politics, but parties are all supposed to help run the country. We should rename them “Assistant Parties”, so National is the largest Assistant Party this term. Their job is to help the government, with support & opposition as needed.
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A gentle reminder. From ideology….

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Does building and expanding motorways…

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Does building and expanding motorways really reduce congestion and emissions? – sciblogs.co.nz/climate-explained/2020/10/07/does-b… twitter.com/sciblogsnz/status/1313625673127268352/…
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Wealth tax! It’s not a bad idea. But…

Wealth tax! It’s not a bad idea. But people seem scared of it for some reason. www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm
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Bernard Williams writing about the…

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Bernard Williams writing about the internet, from back in 2002. Bleakly insightful. twitter.com/martin_oneill/status/12859497149202432…

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And here is a BBC Philosopher’s Arms…

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And here is a BBC Philosopher’s Arms with Miranda Fricker, about Kant, Hume, racism and moral blame www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038c7bq
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A rising tide lifts all boats and…

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A rising tide lifts all boats and drowns everyone it catches without one.
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Don’t know who needs to hear this but I…

Don’t know who needs to hear this but I can’t stop thinking about it. Just let that sink in. #twittertropes
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“When making decisions, instead of…

“When making decisions, instead of asking ourselves which option will give us the best results, we should be asking which option will give us good-enough results under the widest range of future states of the world.” psyche.co/ideas/why-efficiency-is-dangerous-and-sl…
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Commentators who don’t know what…

Commentators who don’t know what they’re talking about just make everything worse. twitter.com/LouieTheRed1/status/129919072367416115…
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Stop whining! It just makes things…

Stop whining! It just makes things worse. twitter.com/NewsroomNZ/status/1298718427465412610
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“To be led by a coward is to be…

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“To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.
To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.”

Octavia Butler—writing decades ago in a prophetic book set in the 2020s—on how (not) to choose our leaders www.brainpickings.org/2020/08/23/octavia-butler-pa… twitter.com/brainpicker/status/1297622916692168704…

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Continuous improvement: “the government…

Continuous improvement: “the government is doing an excellent job of continually updating their response and strengthening border controls” www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/2020/08/19/covid-19-b…
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JIRA points are astrology for…

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JIRA points are astrology for engineering managers
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Don’t repeat misinformation, even for…

Don’t repeat misinformation, even for the purpose of debunking it! twitter.com/sciblogsnz/status/1293767650787565569
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Best voting advice: Voting isn’t…

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Best voting advice: Voting isn’t marriage. It’s public transport. You’re not waiting for “the one”. You’re getting on the bus. And if there isn’t one going exactly to your destination, you don’t stay home and sulk. You take the one that’s going closest to where you want to be.
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“The first thing people should do is…

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“The first thing people should do is stop and take a deep breath. Pause and notice how we’re feeling. Once we’re calm, remember that we’ve done this before. We can remind ourselves of what Levels 2 and 3 were like and what we did to get through them.” twitter.com/smcnz/status/1293130947437592576
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“Cancel culture” is the logical…

“Cancel culture” is the logical extension of what we might call “messaging culture”: every speech act is classified as friend or foe, literal content can barely be communicated, and very little faith exists as to the rational faculties of the audience. www.nytimes.com/2020/07/21/opinion/should-we-cance…
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My new article on three arguments for…

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News media: “We need you anxious,…

News media: “We need you anxious, pre-pissed, addicted to conflict. Moreover we need you to bring a series of assumptions every time you open a paper or turn on your phone, TV, or car radio. Without them, most of what we produce will seem illogical and offensive.”
– Matt Taibbi
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“People don’t want to be honest; people…

“People don’t want to be honest; people want to be right.” twitter.com/DoubleDownNews/status/1281172383957647…
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Foreign Affairs: Unrest continues for a…

Foreign Affairs: Unrest continues for a seventh day in former British colony www.thaienquirer.com/13861/foreign-affairs-unrest-… via @ThaiEnquirer
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Happy Tau Day. Yes, pi is STILL wrong….

Happy Tau Day. Yes, pi is STILL wrong. tauday.com/ #tauday #tau #pi #fb via ifttt.com/recipes/414895-tweet-about-tau-day
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Some politicians and journalists are…

Some politicians and journalists are trying to manufacture outrage. We should just keep calm and carry on. www.newsroom.co.nz/ideasroom/1243845/the-media-nee…
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