Slovenian Guest: And speaking of real journalism, I bet you didn’t know about this or that. Real archive crawling research, actual blogosphere exclusives, for anyone who wants them.
Slovenian Guest: A few links of relevance: “The Brass Check” Full PDF “A Guide to Pseudo-Events” PDF “Getting It Wrong” 57min YouTube “Public Opinion” HTML ebook And my own recommendation: Edward Bernays – Propaganda (PDF)
Bob Sykes: The origin Binet IQ test was intended to do just that — identify students needing special help. The connection to genetics was unknown at that time.
T. Greer: Moreover, if you are living in or traveling through a place where blacks are the majority — and some of these stories make it clear that this was the case — then it doesn’t make sense to subject blacks to more scrutiny. At that point you’re just saying “subject everyone to scrutiny.” Which is basically what the phrase “situational awareness” means, right?
Toddy Cat: “I call bullshit. This is US civil engineers with too large of a budget and feeling continental envy.” Totally agree. If roundabouts save lives, I’m Marie of Romania. I’ve nearly had three crashes on our local roundabout, and I try to avoid the thing whenever possible.
Guy: “…not being afraid to scrutinize them at all because of their race.” I agree with that, but focusing on race will work great right up until you give the benefit of the doubt to someone who looks like you, then die when it turns out that actions did speak louder.
Steve Johnson: “So what did I learn from the above examples? I learned that watching for clues is much more important than looking at race.” All that and he still misses it. Blacks are more likely to be criminals. You should be subjecting them to more scrutiny based on race — not being afraid to scrutinize them at all because of their race.
Nick B. Steves: Rejection of vast swathes of the Mainstream (i.e., Progressive) Narrative makes for sometimes unexpected bedfellows.
Grasspunk: Do people really believe that fires are good for you? Fun and romantic, maybe, but not good. The main reason to base your heating on wood was cost. There also seems to be a bit of confusion between recreation fire use and with data from regular fire use in dense urban areas. The people that might be romantic about fires don’t run them very often. I guess there could be a slippery slope: romantic fires could lead to harder fire use and addiction.