Fetterman’s relentless trolling of Oz about his carpetbagging is hilarious for sure, but I wonder if it really makes much of a difference outside the circle of Very Online politicos on Twitter. Nationalization of state/local races is probably great for fundraising, but I’m skeptical it has much impact on actual voters.
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The House Of Love’s 1988 self-titled record is one of those albums that I don’t listen to very often, but whenever I do, I’m floored by how great it is.
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I prefer hot weather to cold, but I’m feeling kinda done with it being 95 degrees out every single day.
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The recap at the beginning of the first episode of Obi-Wan does a great job of making the prequel trilogy actually seem good.
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I have been listening to the audiobook version of The Art Of Screen Time by Anya Kamenetz. At about the halfway point, my main takeaway so far is that kids with parents whose circumstances allow them to be engaged and interested on an ongoing basis are a lot more likely to have a healthy relationship with digital media. Unfortunately, it seems like most of the forces and incentives in our society and economy work against such circumstances.
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“I don’t disagree” is a phrase I’m trying to purge from my usage. If I agree with something, it is better to state that positively. If I don’t agree strongly enough to state that positively, then I ought to be clear about that (and why).
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The Dangerous Populist Science of Yuval Noah Harari – Current Affairs:

We have been seduced by Harari because of the power not of his truth or scholarship but of his storytelling. As a scientist, I know how difficult it is to spin complex issues into appealing and accurate storytelling. I also know when science is being sacrificed to sensationalism. Yuval Harari is what I call a “science populist.” (Canadian clinical psychologist and YouTube guru Jordan Peterson is another example.) Science populists are gifted storytellers who weave sensationalist yarns around scientific “facts” in simple, emotionally persuasive language. Their narratives are largely scrubbed clean of nuance or doubt, giving them a false air of authority—and making their message even more convincing. Like their political counterparts, science populists are sources of misinformation. They promote false crises, while presenting themselves as having the answers. They understand the seduction of a story well told—relentlessly seeking to expand their audience—never mind that the underlying science is warped in the pursuit of fame and influence.

Harari seems like the current decade’s Malcom Gladwell.

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