Worthwhile intertubez finds

User avatar
JD
Posts: 10406
Joined: 05 May 2010, 15:26

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by JD » 16 Aug 2018, 10:15

An interesting article about a serial killer in China active from 1988 to 2002. Not surprisingly, closed societies deal worse with the existence of serial killers, from refusing to admit that they even have them, to refusing to discuss them externally because it would besmirch the country's reputation, to refusing to discuss them internally because it would cause a panic. According to one researcher
There are only 62 known serial killers in China, according to Dr. Aamodt’s latest statistics, which must rely on “Internet and English media sources” rather than public documents and court records. That’s to be compared to 3,376 known serial killers in the U.S., a population of over 325 million. “Estimating how many actual serial killers there have been in China is impossible,” Dr. Aamodt admits. “I would not be surprised if the actual rate is similar to the rate in the United States.” If it were, a population like China’s, over four times that of the U.S., could expect over ten thousand serial killers—not 62.
and they were certainly out there:
Gao was one of many “disorganized” murderers now roaming the country, with some amassing startling body counts: There was “Monster Killer” Yang Xinhai, who broke into farmhouses and killed all occupants, totaling 65 victims; Peng Maiji who used a meat cleaver to murder 77; Wu Jianchen, who killed 15; and Wang Qian, with 45 known victims.
"Millennials are lazy. They'd rather have avocado toast than cave in a man's skull with a tire iron!" -FFF

User avatar
Ellie
Posts: 11538
Joined: 21 Apr 2010, 18:34

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Ellie » 21 Aug 2018, 18:34

This entire subreddit is so richly satisfying to me.

https://www.reddit.com/r/powerwashingporn/top/?t=all
"NB stands for nota bene do not @ me" - nicole

User avatar
Aresen
Posts: 14620
Joined: 26 Apr 2010, 20:18
Location: Great White Pacific Northwest

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Aresen » 21 Aug 2018, 18:55

Ellie wrote:
21 Aug 2018, 18:34
This entire subreddit is so richly satisfying to me.

https://www.reddit.com/r/powerwashingporn/top/?t=all
I loved the priest powerwashing his congregation of their sins.
If Trump supporters wanted a tough guy, why did they elect such a whiny bitch? - Mo

Those who know history are doomed to deja vu. - the innominate one

Never bring a knife to a joke fight" - dhex

User avatar
Ellie
Posts: 11538
Joined: 21 Apr 2010, 18:34

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Ellie » 21 Aug 2018, 20:30

This one is pretty satisfying too, in a different way.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Perfectfit/top/?t=all
"NB stands for nota bene do not @ me" - nicole

User avatar
Andrew
Posts: 6215
Joined: 26 Apr 2010, 21:52
Location: Vale of Eternal Fire

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Andrew » 31 Aug 2018, 21:45

Posters for Twin Peaks: the Return. One poster for each episode. Some mild spoilers. A sample:

Image
We live in the fucked age. Get used to it. - dhex

The sun only shines when a woman is being sexually abused. - Warren

User avatar
thoreau
Posts: 26415
Joined: 06 May 2010, 12:56
Location: Back to the lab again

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by thoreau » 02 Sep 2018, 13:46

Social scientists recently subjected a large number of high-profile research findings to replication efforts. They also used prediction markets to see if people could predict which ones would or wouldn't replicate.

Take this quiz to see if you can predict:

https://80000hours.org/psychology-replication-quiz/

I got a near-perfect score on the quiz because I just assumed that people often respond to incentives and that there are no simple, magic tricks.
"ike Wile E. Coyote salivating over a "4000 Ways To Prepare Roadrunner" cookbook without watching his surroundings, the Road Runner of Societal Inertia snuck up on them both and beepbeeped them off the mesa."
--Shem

User avatar
Warren
Posts: 24637
Joined: 26 Apr 2010, 17:03
Location: Goat Rope MO
Contact:

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Warren » 02 Sep 2018, 14:12

thoreau wrote:
02 Sep 2018, 13:46
Social scientists recently subjected a large number of high-profile research findings to replication efforts. They also used prediction markets to see if people could predict which ones would or wouldn't replicate.

Take this quiz to see if you can predict:

https://80000hours.org/psychology-replication-quiz/

I got a near-perfect score on the quiz because I just assumed that people often respond to incentives and that there are no simple, magic tricks.
I was worried because I missed the first two right off the bat. 17 out of 21 by the end
The value of peer review lies substantially in the nature of one's peers. - that Ridgely guy

User avatar
thoreau
Posts: 26415
Joined: 06 May 2010, 12:56
Location: Back to the lab again

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by thoreau » 02 Sep 2018, 14:20

Just assume two things:
1) If people have information they'll try to use it, and at least some of them will use it somewhat productively.
2) If it sounds too good to be true, there's probably a reason...
"ike Wile E. Coyote salivating over a "4000 Ways To Prepare Roadrunner" cookbook without watching his surroundings, the Road Runner of Societal Inertia snuck up on them both and beepbeeped them off the mesa."
--Shem

User avatar
Painboy
Posts: 3716
Joined: 18 Feb 2013, 11:33
Location: Seattle

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Painboy » 03 Sep 2018, 21:47

An interesting analysis of why the 18th amendment was passed despite not having either major party's support.
Traditional accounts of the Eighteenth and Twenty-first Amendments to the U.S. Constitution largely ignore the role of the major political parties. We argue that partisan politics was an integral part of the constitutional politics of this period. The need to manage divisions within both parties’ electoral coalitions during the transition from the third to the fourth-party systems led to the enactment of the Eighteenth Amendment without support from either national party. While most accounts trace prohibition’s demise to widespread noncompliance and the graft it generated, we argue that elite congressional support for prohibition gave way when civil service reforms removed federal prohibition agents as patronage resources. We also argue that by giving states control of designing state conventions, and thereby risking state malapportionment of conventions, Democrats succeeded in overcoming the traditional fissures that divided their southern and northern wings.

User avatar
dhex
Posts: 15456
Joined: 05 May 2010, 16:05
Location: 'murica

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by dhex » 05 Sep 2018, 21:46

https://www.cjr.org/the_profile/tucker-carlson.php

Tldr tucker Carlson is Jon Stewart and good fucking Christ they're the space shuttle and booster rocket respectively of our current stupidity.
"I do wear my New Balance tennis shoes when I'm wearing cargo shorts, though, because truth in advertising." - lunch

User avatar
Eric the .5b
Posts: 12432
Joined: 26 Apr 2010, 16:29

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Eric the .5b » 05 Sep 2018, 22:33

dhex wrote:
05 Sep 2018, 21:46
https://www.cjr.org/the_profile/tucker-carlson.php

Tldr tucker Carlson is Jon Stewart and good fucking Christ they're the space shuttle and booster rocket respectively of our current stupidity.
There's nothing wrong with being a blatant whore.

Pretending you're not a blatant whore while you're doing it, that's the problem.
"Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."
"Cyberpunk never really gave the government enough credit for their ability to secure a favorable prenup during the Corporate-State wedding." - Shem

User avatar
dhex
Posts: 15456
Joined: 05 May 2010, 16:05
Location: 'murica

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by dhex » 06 Sep 2018, 06:21

that's most of why i want to pummel stewart with a toaster. the rest is helping create this shitshow.
"I do wear my New Balance tennis shoes when I'm wearing cargo shorts, though, because truth in advertising." - lunch

User avatar
Warren
Posts: 24637
Joined: 26 Apr 2010, 17:03
Location: Goat Rope MO
Contact:

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Warren » 06 Sep 2018, 11:14

Eric the .5b wrote:
05 Sep 2018, 22:33
dhex wrote:
05 Sep 2018, 21:46
https://www.cjr.org/the_profile/tucker-carlson.php

Tldr tucker Carlson is Jon Stewart and good fucking Christ they're the space shuttle and booster rocket respectively of our current stupidity.
There's nothing wrong with being a blatant whore.

Pretending you're not a blatant whore while you're doing it, that's the problem.
Nuh uh. Om nah uckin ur ick
The value of peer review lies substantially in the nature of one's peers. - that Ridgely guy

User avatar
Eric the .5b
Posts: 12432
Joined: 26 Apr 2010, 16:29

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Eric the .5b » 06 Sep 2018, 16:13

dhex wrote:
06 Sep 2018, 06:21
that's most of why i want to pummel stewart with a toaster. the rest is helping create this shitshow.
Honestly, that time Jon Stewart rode his high horse onto Crossfire and barked at Carlson, "I'm not your monkey!"? I wish that little weasel had had the self-possession to respond, "No, you're still a monkey."
"Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."
"Cyberpunk never really gave the government enough credit for their ability to secure a favorable prenup during the Corporate-State wedding." - Shem

User avatar
JasonL
Posts: 22644
Joined: 05 May 2010, 17:22

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by JasonL » 06 Sep 2018, 16:21

Can’t say monkey

User avatar
Eric the .5b
Posts: 12432
Joined: 26 Apr 2010, 16:29

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Eric the .5b » 06 Sep 2018, 16:23

JasonL wrote:
06 Sep 2018, 16:21
Can’t say monkey
Stewart had already said it.
"Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."
"Cyberpunk never really gave the government enough credit for their ability to secure a favorable prenup during the Corporate-State wedding." - Shem

User avatar
nicole
Posts: 9040
Joined: 12 Jan 2013, 16:28

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by nicole » 06 Sep 2018, 16:53

I read that piece yesterday and even though I'm one of the people who's like wtf happened to tucker, I was very quickly like man fuck this bitch I still like tucker even if he's a fucking whore who sold himself to the worst people in the world, at least he's not all "ooh i nobly do journalism instead of marketing even though i also whine about being fucking poor."
"Fucking qualia." -Hugh Akston

"This is why I carry a shoehorn.” -jadagul

User avatar
Ellie
Posts: 11538
Joined: 21 Apr 2010, 18:34

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Ellie » 06 Sep 2018, 16:53

JasonL wrote:
06 Sep 2018, 16:21
Can’t say monkey
:lol:
"NB stands for nota bene do not @ me" - nicole

User avatar
Mo
Posts: 23109
Joined: 26 Apr 2010, 17:08

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Mo » 07 Sep 2018, 11:22

nicole wrote:
06 Sep 2018, 16:53
I still like tucker
I'm so confused. Both by 'still' and 'like'. He's David Spade from PCU.

Image
his voice is so soothing, but why do conspiracy nuts always sound like Batman and Robin solving one of Riddler's puzzles out loud? - fod

no one ever yells worldstar when a pet gets fucked up - dhex

User avatar
Mo
Posts: 23109
Joined: 26 Apr 2010, 17:08

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Mo » 10 Sep 2018, 08:52

This is a new, awesome spin on the 'broken windows' theory. The Nazi bombing of London was economically good because it destroyed a lot of old buildings and led to less historical preservation and more development than would have otherwise have happened.

http://spatial-economics.blogspot.com/2 ... y.html?m=1
his voice is so soothing, but why do conspiracy nuts always sound like Batman and Robin solving one of Riddler's puzzles out loud? - fod

no one ever yells worldstar when a pet gets fucked up - dhex

User avatar
Warren
Posts: 24637
Joined: 26 Apr 2010, 17:03
Location: Goat Rope MO
Contact:

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Warren » 10 Sep 2018, 09:03

Mo wrote:
10 Sep 2018, 08:52
This is a new, awesome spin on the 'broken windows' theory. The Nazi bombing of London was economically good because it destroyed a lot of old buildings and led to less historical preservation and more development than would have otherwise have happened.

http://spatial-economics.blogspot.com/2 ... y.html?m=1
Broken windows are bad economics. That said, historical preservation can be as well.
The value of peer review lies substantially in the nature of one's peers. - that Ridgely guy

User avatar
thoreau
Posts: 26415
Joined: 06 May 2010, 12:56
Location: Back to the lab again

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by thoreau » 10 Sep 2018, 10:39

Mo wrote:This is a new, awesome spin on the 'broken windows' theory. The Nazi bombing of London was economically good because it destroyed a lot of old buildings and led to less historical preservation and more development than would have otherwise have happened.

http://spatial-economics.blogspot.com/2 ... y.html?m=1
So when Nazi hatemongers destroyed heritage, economic development took off? Man, Confederate apologists can't even do hate correctly!
"ike Wile E. Coyote salivating over a "4000 Ways To Prepare Roadrunner" cookbook without watching his surroundings, the Road Runner of Societal Inertia snuck up on them both and beepbeeped them off the mesa."
--Shem

User avatar
Eric the .5b
Posts: 12432
Joined: 26 Apr 2010, 16:29

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Eric the .5b » 10 Sep 2018, 18:30

Still doesn't beat the "Black Plague was a great benefit to Europe" argument.
"Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."
"Cyberpunk never really gave the government enough credit for their ability to secure a favorable prenup during the Corporate-State wedding." - Shem

User avatar
thoreau
Posts: 26415
Joined: 06 May 2010, 12:56
Location: Back to the lab again

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by thoreau » 11 Sep 2018, 20:26

I like this article dissecting the concepts of privilege and diversity, and the way that diversity has replaced equality as the concept most in tension with privilege:

https://iasc-culture.org/THR/THR_articl ... awford.php

TL;DR Another essay on how privilege rhetoric has been used to shut down discussions of social and economic class. But a particularly good one, IMHO.
"ike Wile E. Coyote salivating over a "4000 Ways To Prepare Roadrunner" cookbook without watching his surroundings, the Road Runner of Societal Inertia snuck up on them both and beepbeeped them off the mesa."
--Shem

User avatar
Eric the .5b
Posts: 12432
Joined: 26 Apr 2010, 16:29

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Eric the .5b » 12 Sep 2018, 02:56

thoreau wrote:
11 Sep 2018, 20:26
I like this article dissecting the concepts of privilege and diversity, and the way that diversity has replaced equality as the concept most in tension with privilege:

https://iasc-culture.org/THR/THR_articl ... awford.php

TL;DR Another essay on how privilege rhetoric has been used to shut down discussions of social and economic class. But a particularly good one, IMHO.
Yeah, but with more than a whiff of how all this social justice stuff is just cover that protects the classically liberal social order...and I dunno about anyone else, but I like the classically liberal social order.

But then, the lefties who tend to take umbrage against social justice types always seem to be annoyed that those women and minorities, with all their petty concerns about oppression and equality, are distracting people away from progress toward The Revolution.
"Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."
"Cyberpunk never really gave the government enough credit for their ability to secure a favorable prenup during the Corporate-State wedding." - Shem

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Majestic-12 [Bot] and 5 guests