🎧 Strong Verbs, Short Sentences, Season 3 Episode 9 | Revisionist History

Listened Strong Verbs, Short Sentences, Season 3 Episode 9 by Malcolm Gladwell from Revisionist History

"She was Joan of Arc, Madame Curie, and Florence Nightingale--all wrapped up in one."

One long, hot afternoon on Capitol Hill, in the summer of 1991, the most powerful man in Congress took on the most powerful person in American science. Science won. What does it take to end a reign of terror? The science fraud panic of the 1990s, part two of two.

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🎧 The Imaginary Crimes of Margit Hamosh, Season 3 Episode 8 | Revisionist History

Listened The Imaginary Crimes of Margit Hamosh, Season 3 Episode 8 by Malcolm Gladwell from Revisionist History

"Epidemics of fear repeat themselves. The first time as tragedy. The second time as farce. Margit Hamosh? Definitely farce."

What was it that Margit Hamosh did? What was her alleged fraud? I have been going on and on about this case for a good 20 minutes now, and I haven’t told you. Do you know why? Because we didn’t know.

It pains me to think of all these wasted hours over minutiae.

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🎧 Walk on Water | Broken Record

Listened Walk on Water by Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin from Broken Record

Eminem breaks down the influences behind his single “Walk on Water".

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🎧 CNN's Lanny Davis Problem | On the Media

Listened CNN's Lanny Davis Problem from On The Media | WNYC Studios

Did they err? Or did they lie?

Six weeks ago, CNN broke a blockbuster story: According to several anonymous sources, President Trump had advance knowledge of the infamous Trump Tower meeting. It was a potential smoking gun, until one of those sources — Lanny Davis, attorney for Michael Cohen — recanted.

Beyond that headache for CNN, there was another. The original article had claimed, "Contacted by CNN, one of Cohen's attorneys, Lanny Davis, declined to comment." Depending on how you understand the word "comment," and depending your general disposition, that claim could be technically true or woefully, mendaciously disingenuous. Bob spoke with Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi about the implications — and dangers — of this latest media mishap.

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🎧 Fallout: Apocalypse now, then, and later | On the Media

Listened Fallout: Apocalypse now, then, and later from On The Media | WNYC Studios

End-of-times narratives themselves are nothing new; only the means have changed. While once a few horsemen and a river of blood were enough to signal the dusk of man, apocalypse now requires the imaginations of entire atomic laboratories — or roving squads of special effects crews. This week we look through a few recent highlights from the genre: from a 1980's made-for-TV spectacle, to a new piece of speculative fiction documenting a hypothetical nuclear conflict with North Korea.

1. Jeffrey Lewis [@ArmsControlWonk], author of "The 2020 Commission Report," on what we might say to ourselves after a devastating war with North Korea. Listen.

2. Marsha Gordon [@MarshaGGordon], film studies professor at North Carolina State University, on the 1983 film "The Day After," which imagines a massive nuclear strike in the Midwestern U.S. Listen.

3. Anne Washburn, playwright, on "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play," in which she imagines American cultural life after a devastating nuclear event. Listen.

4. Andrew Fitzgerald [@magicandrew], chief digital content officer at Hearst TV, on what journalists, seven years ago, thought about the prospect of covering the end of the world. Listen.

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📺 "I Feel Bad" I Get Sick of Being Needed | NBC

Watched "I Feel Bad" I Get Sick of Being Needed from NBC
Directed by Tristram Shapeero. With Paul Adelstein, Aisling Bea, Sarayu Blue, Rahm Braslaw. Emet finds a way to get a break when her parents temporarily move in.

I do kind of worry that I’m getting to that age where I’m identifying with the parent characters a bit too much…

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📺 "I Feel Bad" Pilot | NBC

Watched "I Feel Bad" Pilot from NBC
Directed by Julie Anne Robinson. With Sarayu Blue, Paul Adelstein, Christopher Avila, Aisling Bea. Emmet tries not to be like her judgmental mother when her daughter joins a provocative dance group.

This is hilariously awesome. I’m not quite sure I like the geek tech group at her workplace, but they do make a curious “Greek chorus”.

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📺 "Modern Family" The Escape | ABC

Watched "Modern Family" The Escape from ABC
Directed by Steven Levitan. With Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell. Haley meets Arvin's parents but when things don't go as planned, fate leads to an unexpected reunion with all of her ex-boyfriends. Meanwhile, the family seizes on a nursing home visit with Jay's mean sister, Becky, to settle old scores. But as Jay, Claire and Mitchell compete for her time, Phil, Cam and Gloria end up getting trapped in the home's basement with no way out.
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📺 "Modern Family" Mother! | ABC

Watched "Modern Family" Mother! from ABC
Directed by Eric Dean Seaton. With Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell. When DeDe arrives for a surprise visit, Mitchel and Cam come to an understanding regarding her influence on their lives. Phil, Luke, Alex and Haley have bad news for Clair and compete for the right timing to tell her.

This episode was awesome in so many ways. I think it’s also the third time I’ve seen it.

Mitchell and Cam using their laptops to cover up the kitchen sign only to have it spell “M-O-M” was just awesome.

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📺 "Suits" Managing Partner | USA Network

Watched "Suits" Managing Partner from USA Network
With Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty, Amanda Schull. When Harvey and Zane can't stay on the sidelines, Donna does what's best for the firm.

I have to say I don’t really miss the “Mike” lead character very much. They’ve done a good job of moving on and changing some of the dynamic and characters of the show while rejuvenating it all at the same time.

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🔖 [1703.04184v2] A Theory for Gender Differences in Variability by Theodore P. Hill and Sergei Tabachnikov

Bookmarked [1703.04184v2] A Theory for Gender Differences in Variability by Theodore P. Hill, Sergei Tabachnikov (arxiv.org)
A selectivity theory is proposed to help explain how one gender of a species might tend to evolve with greater variability than the other gender. Briefly, the theory says that if one sex is relatively selective, then more variable subpopulations of the opposite sex will tend to prevail over those with lesser variability; and conversely, if one sex is relatively non-selective, then less variable subpopulations of the opposite sex will tend to prevail over those with greater variability. This theory makes no assumptions about differences in means between the sexes, nor does it presume that one sex is selective and the other non-selective. Two mathematical models are presented: a statistical analysis using normally distributed fitness values, and a deterministic analysis using a standard system of coupled ordinary differential equations with exponentially distributed fitness levels. The theory is applied to the classical greater male variability hypothesis.
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🔖 Updated Appendix of Supporting Documents Sep14, 2018 | RetractionWatch

Read Updated Appendix of Supporting Documents by Ted Hill (retractionwatch.com)
41 pages of supporting emails relating to Ted Hill's retracted paper
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