"Between 1999 and 2012, 69 zettajoules of heat (that is, 69 x 1021 joules—a huge amount of energy) have been sequestered in the oceans between 300 metres and 1,500 metres down."

— What’s going to happen when the ocean can longer absorb the heat? Can’t say exactly but it’s a frightening thought.

(Source: economist.com)

A new Census report today on wealth inequality (2000-2011) and the good news is…uh, only for those already toward the top.

A new Census report today on wealth inequality (2000-2011) and the good news is…uh, only for those already toward the top.

newyorker:

A cartoon by P. C. Vey. For more cartoons from the magazine this week: http://nyr.kr/1pAm6nz

I know the feeling.

newyorker:

A cartoon by P. C. Vey. For more cartoons from the magazine this week: http://nyr.kr/1pAm6nz

I know the feeling.

(Source: newyorker.com)

pewresearch:

Republicans hold a clear advantage in voter engagement in this fall’s midterm elections, but it is more modest than it was in 2010. And anti-incumbent sentiment remains high.

This is why the House Republicans don’t want to start impeachment proceedings, even to end President Obama’s so-called tyrrany. It would fire up the Democratic base for the midterm election. 

pewresearch:

Republicans hold a clear advantage in voter engagement in this fall’s midterm elections, but it is more modest than it was in 2010. And anti-incumbent sentiment remains high.

This is why the House Republicans don’t want to start impeachment proceedings, even to end President Obama’s so-called tyrrany. It would fire up the Democratic base for the midterm election. 

Being Convinced Is Not The Same As Being Right

Wittgenstein’s last work, On Certainty, is a meandering examination of how we come to be certain about things. In it, he writes, “[I do philosophy now like an old woman who is always mislaying something and having to look for it again: now her spectacles, now her keys.]” That certainly speaks to the wandering nature of the book.

But he also makes this more substantial point:

Certainty is as it were a tone of voice in which one declares how things are, but one does not infer from the tone of voice that one is justified.

One can say “He believes it, but it isn’t so”, but not “He knows it, but it isn’t so”. Does this stem from the difference between the mental states of belief and knowledge? No.—One may for example call “mental state” what is expressed by tone of voice in speaking, by gestures etc. It would thus be possible to speak of a mental state of conviction, and that may be the same whether it is knowledge or false belief.

In our public sphere, there are far too many people who state their disingenuously-held views with that tone of certainty. The people who spread this disinformation with their authority are far worse than those who are convinced by their lies and state them with honest conviction.

But it’s difficult to tell those two types apart.

think-progress:

"NO ILLEAGLES"
How a proposed shelter for migrant children was defaced.

Aren’t eagles our national emblem? Why wouldn’t someone want ill ones nursed back to health?
Or use the building to house unaccompanied children who crossed the border to flee violence and seek opportunity in the US?

think-progress:

"NO ILLEAGLES"

How a proposed shelter for migrant children was defaced.

Aren’t eagles our national emblem? Why wouldn’t someone want ill ones nursed back to health?

Or use the building to house unaccompanied children who crossed the border to flee violence and seek opportunity in the US?

futurejournalismproject:

The News is Stressing Us Out
A new study suggests that following the news stresses Americans out.
The study, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health and National Public Radio, looks at stress in American lives and found that 25% of those polled said they experienced a “great deal” of stress in the previous month.
According to NPR, “[T]hese stressed-out people said one of the biggest contributors to their day-to-day stress was watching, reading or listening to the news.”
In an interview with NPR, Mary McNaughton-Cassill, a psychologist at the University of Texas at San Antonio, said one of the biggest stress drivers is sensationalist coverage of traumatic events, disturbing imagery used in such coverage and the endless looping of such imagery in newscasts.
You can read the study here and listen to an NPR segment on the study here.

Reality is often a bummer.

futurejournalismproject:

The News is Stressing Us Out

A new study suggests that following the news stresses Americans out.

The study, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health and National Public Radio, looks at stress in American lives and found that 25% of those polled said they experienced a “great deal” of stress in the previous month.

According to NPR, “[T]hese stressed-out people said one of the biggest contributors to their day-to-day stress was watching, reading or listening to the news.”

In an interview with NPR, Mary McNaughton-Cassill, a psychologist at the University of Texas at San Antonio, said one of the biggest stress drivers is sensationalist coverage of traumatic events, disturbing imagery used in such coverage and the endless looping of such imagery in newscasts.

You can read the study here and listen to an NPR segment on the study here.

Reality is often a bummer.