On Nazism and Jews

This sort of thing should not be necessary. However, due to long time mentally ill online stalker Oliver D. Smith (see here), and various people who repeat his lies and distortions, writing something like this has become necessary. At various times, my colleagues are accused of being connected to me, “well-known neo-Nazi” (as one random…

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Data coder needed [job ad]

Data coder needed Research assistant job for 15 USD/hour. I need to estimate the percentage of English speakers per country for use in a study as a control variable. I want to use Wikitravel information. We find phrases discussing the English ability of ~230 countries/territories, such as: “English is spoken by almost no one, even…

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Against melatonin

So, some smart people say melatonin is useful for sleep deprivation. I submit that it doesn’t do much of anything. Take a random meta-analysis cited in favor: Brzezinski, A., Vangel, M. G., Wurtman, R. J., Norrie, G., Zhdanova, I., Ben-Shushan, A., & Ford, I. (2005). Effects of exogenous melatonin on sleep: a meta-analysis. Sleep medicine…

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Trying to force academics to apologize for reporting official employment statistics

This is beyond even normal levels of stupidity seen in politics and smear attacks. felixonline.co.uk/news/6705/kings-lecturer-sparks-racism-row/ Image form for easier reposting Here’s the data from the DST report: www.dst.dk/da/Statistik/Publikationer/VisPub?cid=20704 Any journalist with even 5% of a brain could have easily verified this. The Norwegian and Finnish data are from Skardhamar et al 2014.

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Science and politics: USA edition

One can find quite a lot of popular articles on the topic: newrepublic.com/article/139700/democrats-party-science-not-really reason.com/reasontv/2016/07/15/are-republicans-or-democrats-more-anti-s www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2016/apr/28/can-the-republican-party-solve-its-science-denial-problem www.pewinternet.org/2016/10/04/the-politics-of-climate/ www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/why-republicans-still-reject-the-science-of-global-warming-w448023 www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/democrats-have-a-problem-with-science-too-107270 www.city-journal.org/html/real-war-science-14782.html www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/09/left-science-gmo-vaccines with wildly diverging conclusions. So what is true? It at these times that we want to take a look at the raw data ourselves. Fortunately, The Audacious Epigone did some legwork for us: Item Rep%…

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