• Brett Kavanaugh: Even Worse Than We Thought, by Jessica Mason at the Mary Sue: Although the focus during Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearings was his sexual assault of Christine Blasey Ford, others […]

  • Men Now Avoid Women at Work–Another Sign We’re Being Punished for #MeToo, by Arwa Mahdawi at the Guardian: “What’s really interesting about this study, however, is that it thoroughly debunks the argument t […]

    • If that backlash stud was presented graphically, it would be a great candidate for Bad Chart Thursday.

      “Men Avoid Women . .” except, by their own numbers, most men don’t.

      Both study groups were small – compare to the much larger sample sizes used by pollsters, and which still have significant margins of error.

      The study was on two different groups. There is no continuity to show that anyone changed their stance, either positively or negatively.

      It ignores the fact that the statement “Most A=B” also contains the statement Some A=Not-B”.

      Sheesh.

  • A New Poll Shows What Really Interests ‘Pro-Lifers’: Controlling Women, by Jill Filipovic at the Guardian: “A Supermajority/PerryUndem survey released this week divides respondents by their position on […]

    • The “You may like” sponsored ads that show up are irksome to a skeptic.

    • It’s good to have some quantifiable data on the forced-birthers. There are truly terrifying areas of the country these days with the hate being out in the open. I hope that the elections over the next year continue with the shifts we sat in ’18.

    • “Pro-liferers are sexists in denial.” There’s a lot of that going around. A lot of republicans are also racists in denial, and fossil-fuel promoters are climate-changers in denial and health care privatizers are death-mongers in denial and Boltonites are war mongers in denial… Funny how they are often the same people. I wonder how much of the “denial” is real and how much is just public face-saving? I think they know perfectly well they are sexists and racists and people who want to exploit desperately sick people (I’m looking at you, promoters of chronic Lyme disease and a million other forms of quackery as well as the people who want to deny health care as a right) and people who want to murder all those foreigners they don’t like (except when they can economically exploit them.

      The good news from diving into the polls (follow the link in the link) is most people, not just democratic and minority women, seem to be on the right side of most of these issues. Get out and vote and don’t let them stop you! Organize!

      Also, when looking through the poll results, see where you fit in and think about whether you could be doing better.

      Also, watch the vlog about why the Amazon is burning. Phil Plait linked to the same video earlier today and it’s really enlightening.

      I need me some animals acting silly now.

    • “Pro-liferers are sexists in denial.” There’s a lot of that going around. A lot of republicans are also racists in denial, and fossil-fuel promoters are climate-changers in denial and health care privatizers are death-mongers in denial and Boltonites are war mongers in denial… Funny how they are often the same people. I wonder how much of the “denial” is real and how much is just public face-saving? I think they know perfectly well they are sexists and racists and people who want to exploit desperately sick people (I’m looking at you, promoters of chronic Lyme disease and a million other forms of quackery as well as the people who want to deny health care as a right) and people who want to murder all those foreigners they don’t like (except when they can economically exploit them.

      The good news from diving into the polls (follow the link in the link) is most people, not just democratic and minority women, seem to be on the right side of most of these issues. Get out and vote and don’t let them stop you! Organize!

      Also, when looking through the poll results, see where you fit in and think about whether you could be doing better.

      Also, watch the vlog about why the Amazon is burning. Phil Plait linked to the same video earlier today and it’s really enlightening.

      I need me some animals acting silly now.

  • Dating Sim Meets Survival Horror: The Game that Exposes Pick-up Artists, by Laura Hudson at The Guardian: “Created by artist and academic Angela Washko, The Game: The Game drops you smack dab in the middle of […]

  • Racism, Inc.: How Donald Trump Profits from Xenophobia, by Sophia A. McClennen at Salon: Most of us are aware of how Trump profits from his racism, but this article breaks it down, with ways to make it less […]

  • Crowd in Stadium Starts Chanting “Equal Pay” After U.S. Women’s Team Wins World Cup, by Daniel Politi at Slate: After winning the World Cup for the fourth freaking time, US women’s soccer players are still […]

  • Sinclair is forcing its stations to run a commentary segment that’s essentially a Trump campaign ad, by Pam Vogel at Salon: Sinclair’s enforcement of pro-Trump propaganda on local news in the stations it o […]

  • Deeper and Down: Verbal Hygiene for Men, by DEBUK at Language: A Feminist Guide: An interesting response to “what about the men” in relation to language policing, with a focus on patriarchal beliefs about deep […]

    • Well, tenors make more money than basses. A supply/demand demonstration if there ever was one.

      Few things sound stranger than someone pushing the pitch of their voice out of whack to achieve some ‘special’ presentation. Elizabeth Holmes’ fake voice has been called out recently. The ‘uptalk’ and girly-ism of a tranche of younger women is irritating as fuck. And lots of voice professionals hide their ‘real’ voice in public; Placido Domingo commented on that once, deliberately softening and ‘fuzzing’ his speech to cover the dense brightness that came naturally.

      Being a bass myself, I’ve caught myself many times ‘pitching up’ to sound more friendly and sociable.

  • Complete, often willful, ignorance of biology is characteristic of the anti-choice forced birth movement, perhaps even more characteristic than religious faith. Yet this ignorance is equally fanciful, imagining […]

    • The meme above shows a fetus way older than 24 weeks. Thus the person who wants to block an abortion for such a case as displayed in this meme wants a dead woman, since after 24 weeks she can only abort if her life is in danger.

      (Some states have expanded that to mean the health of the woman, but that would be a different debate.)

  • As London braces for Trump’s arrival, Sky News makes hilarious use of the baby blimp, by Nicole Gallucci at Mashable: The Trump Baby Blimp is not new, but this time around, Sky News made a trailer featuring […]

  • This post was originally published February 5, 2015, but the measles situation has only worsened since then, with anti-vaccination propaganda leading to the worst outbreak since measles was all but eradicated in […]

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    Thank you for clarifying that article! I was confused by the headline, but I thought the article was interesting to ponder. Eliminating human bias in creating models (or, more realistically, minimizing it) also seems like one of the biggest problems with deep-learning models (as with surveys, study design, etc.).

  • North Carolina: Where ‘No’ Doesn’t Mean ‘No’ When It Comes to Rape and Sexual Assault, by Dara Sharif: “Yes, in the year 2019, in North Carolina, once a person consents to sex, there are no backsies. […]

    • The article about misleading (not actually malicious, thank you headline writer) AI is a perfect example of “human” dysfunctional thinking. The AI systems have discovered p-hacking!
      The author says that training AI systems (actually, AI vision systems, though I think the same effect could happen with any sort of pattern-recognition system) by exposing them only to “real” correlations, they are much less vulnerable to generating false conclusions. But how do you recognize “real” correlations and how do you ensure that the AI is picking out real versus misleading or imaginary correlations? The answer, which took humans (and baby dinosaurs, thank you Mary!) millions of years to develop and is still far from perfect, is “science”. Don’t just find statistical correlations, use them to develop hypotheses and then test the hypotheses. Repeat.
      This reminds me of the distinction the SBM people draw between science-based medicine and evidence-based medicine. You need a comprehensive theoretical basis to ensure your statistical models aren’t just based on chance. The self-driving cars need to talk to each other so if three of them think it’s a stop sign and four of them think its a 45MPH sign, they at least know the matter is in dispute and to proceed with caution. And hopefully not with scattering experiments.

      • Thank you for clarifying that article! I was confused by the headline, but I thought the article was interesting to ponder. Eliminating human bias in creating models (or, more realistically, minimizing it) also seems like one of the biggest problems with deep-learning models (as with surveys, study design, etc.).

      • Hi again Buzz, long time no see! Your points are well made.
        I reckon the biggest piece of human bias that needs eliminating is the blind faith of developers in their new gee whiz software that turns out to be poorly designed and implemented, rushed into production well before it is ready and before seeking input from actual local experts in the field to which it is to be applied.
        Example: practically every piece of government software ever. Always they go for the cheapest quote and fail to buy the modules that actually, you know, make the system work. Systems are then retro fitted on the fly with the result that the system always remains a badly cobbled together and buggy nightmare. Yes I am a cynic on this.

  • To deny climate change in 2019, in the face of overwhelming evidence and the effects of climate change manifesting all around us, requires either a high level of ignorance and scientific illiteracy or sociopathic […]

    • It took me a while to figure out your 2nd point, about including global averages way outside the habitable range, until I realized what Moore’s inadequately described chart is actually showing. It took a very close look to discover all the bars didn’t begin at 0, but somewhere very close to 0. The tops of each bar are not the global average temperature each year, but the highest local average temperature somewhere, where? He doesn’t say. And it is probably wrong. And the bottom of each bar isn’t 0, it’s the lowest average temperature (somewhere?) Probably also incorrect.
      We can only assume the vertical scale is in degrees F, since he doesn’t say. Doesn’t he know that F goes negative? Zero isn’t the coldest possible temperature. He should h ave made the scale go to -60F, since he extends it to +120 F, or about 60 degrees above the top of the average bar. Much better, from his perspective, would have been to make the vertical axis in Kelvin, starting at 0. Then all the bars would be between 273 and 287, about 5% of the chart’s vertical size, and all the year-to-year variation would be about 1 pixel. But he didn’t do that because he is a moron.

      The chart should really be what I recently found out is called a whisker chart. Each year should have a very thin line running from the lowest regional average temperature to the highest, with a much fatter middle section encompassing the standard deviation (about 2/3’s of the sites would be in the fat section), with a line connecting the averages for each year. The vertical scale should accommodate the lowest and highest points and not much more. But he wouldn’t do that because it wouldn’t support his point. That chart would show the average temperature increasing exponentially and the thick part (not the extremes) following suit.
      I’m sure this graph is available on some climate change web site, but Google is not my friend today. No matter how I ask, it keeps wanting to show me snowfall averages in Burlington VT (a mere 200 miles away, but certainly not local to me and definitely ignoring the entire concepts of “global” and “temperature”. Feh!

  • “Fast Color” Director Points Out Film’s Lack of Marketing and Hollywood’s Old White, Male Gatekeepers, by Jordan Simon (h/t Muscadine): “‘There is so much lip service in this industry about wanting women […]

  • Donald Trump has an impressively horrific record for avoidable death tolls. At last count, American fatalities in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria have surpassed 3,000, many of them preventable had the Trump […]

    • Donald Trump follows his passions: Golf, Ivanka, and punishing people for not being him.

    • My guess is the red bar is the amount of aid promised and the blue part is the amount of aid actually provided for various humanitarian crises around the world, with the first bar representing Puerto Rico. Of course the data on the charts is totally fabricated and wildly out of scale (the red part should be 9 to 10 times as large as the blue bar in the 1st column.) Trump is attempting to claim that since the promised but undelivered aid is so much larger than the other columns (Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Indonesian tidal waves (there was another one last December) and third-world caddies being struck by errant golf balls at various Trump resorts), he is the Bestest Humanitarian Aid Promiser EVER. LOCK HER UP! NO COLLUSION!

  • Oglala Sioux Tribe Tells South Dakota Governor ‘You Are Not Welcome’ in Dispute Over Right to Protest Keystone Pipeline, by Dara Sharif at The Root. “In a letter to the Republican governor Thursday, Julian Bea […]

    • I am so glad to see some of the old posters come back. While I have continued to watch, and like, Rebecca’s video posts, I have missed the old posters. But now you all are back. Happy days are here again! 🙂

  • I should probably title this “The Return of the Return of Bad Chart Thursday: This Time I Really Mean It,” because I’ve struggled to write this column as often as I’d like—ideally, every Thursday, but now that T […]

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    Pay-to-play religion is the perfect description for Scientology.

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