An oft told story tells us, that in the Nixon versus Kennedy debates those who watched on TV gave victory to Kennedy, while those who listened on radio gave victory to Nixon. I had a slightly similar experience of the recent Romney versus Obama debate.
It has always been a source of angst to those on the Left that the workers of the world were not so eager to join them in the search for the worker’s paradise.
Some of this has to do with that fact that expecting utopia to work in the real world is something only smart and highly educated people could believe in.
However, I think there is more to it than working class distrust of grand plans from academics.
I have had this post (or at least the idea for it) in my mind for a while now. It seems that due to my procrastination, I have been trumped by The Daily Caller’s latest reporter. In a recent post (and some earlier ones) Chuck Rudd (GL Piggy) expresses his distaste for White-nationalists and “anti-Semites” sparking a discussion on those terms. I figured if I did not start the parade, at least I can join it, so here is my two (fiat currency) cents worth. [at least give me credit for cramming so many clichés into one sentence.]
To all those who feared the huge audience for 1997′s eponymous movie would believe it a factual representation of events, I have some good news and some bad news.
There is nothing to this post other than to wish my readers (a small but select group) a great 2012. While in some ways January 1 is a rather arbitrary date (it is New Year’s day because it is designated as New Year’s day), it offers a convenient way to mark the passage of time.
It is likely a bit late for most, but I do have a suggestion for removing one of the stresses of Christmastime: Declare a gift giving truce.
The placebo effect, the ability of an inert substance to deliver a cure, is an oft-remarked part of hypothesis testing. Such results are dismissed with a cursory “that is just the placebo effect.”
Rarely mentioned is just how amazing such a thing is.