13 July 2016

How the other side thinks

Moral Foundations Theory holds that people have 6 fundamental principles (or “foundations”) which they use to support their moral beliefs: Care for others Fairness Liberty Loyalty to your group Obedience to authority Moral sanctity or purity Conservatives tend to believe in 5 or more pillars, but are particularly strong in their belief in loyalty, obedience and moral purity. Liberals (like me) tend to have little or no belief in obedience or sanctity, and very little concern for loyalty. ... Read more

9 July 2016

Brexit update for 9 July

Michael Gove dropped out, so it’s now Theresa May vs Andrea Leadsom to be the next UK Prime Minister. Both are committed to brexit, so barring some miracle, expect the process to begin this fall. The British pound overtook the Argentinian peso to become the worst performing currency of 2016. Analysts are predicting it could reach dollar parity later this year. Job advertisements dropped by 47% as companies froze UK hiring. ... Read more

8 July 2016

The signs were there

PPP poll, 2013: Facing low approval ratings after a historically unproductive 112th session and a series of last-minute showdowns over fiscal matters, Congress is now less popular than root canals, NFL replacement referees, head lice, the rock band Nickelback, colonoscopies, carnies, traffic jams, cockroaches, Donald Trump, France, Genghis Khan, used-car salesmen and Brussel sprouts. …colonoscopies, carnies, traffic jams, cockroaches, Donald Trump, France, Genghis Khan… …cockroaches, Donald Trump…

4 July 2016

Brexit the 4th

Now that he’s done his bit to destroy the UK, Nigel Farage has resigned. It seems absolutely nobody involved has the balls to stand up and lead the UK in completing the EU exit they campaigned for. Meanwhile, Nick Clegg wants a general election. Presumably since the Liberal Democrats are now the only party with functioning leadership, he smells opportunity, but I expect the only reason why the LibDem leader hasn’t resigned is that nobody knows who he is. ... Read more

1 July 2016

House of Cards as a LARP

It’s nearly a week since the UK referendum on leaving the European Union, but many are still stuck in the denial phase, trying to argue that brexit is in some way unlawful, or will be prevented by Scotland. Maybe it’s true that Parliament will be required to pass an Act to leave the EU, but I’m not sure that means much. As I see it, there are basically two options here: ... Read more

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