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Miscellaneous Rambling

I think I've watched that Weather Channel video ten times now. Cracks me up every time. Whatta fraud. TWC said it wasn't fraudulent: the anchor (ironic name) was standing on wet grass and was tired. Ha. Derisible stuff. The video triggers an epistemology discussion at the new Weekly Eudemon podcast, which you can find here.

Meanwhile, a cohort in the media, NPR, downplays the effect that exaggerated reporting has one evacuations. I and others have maintained that exaggerated/hyped forecasting contributes to people declining to evacuate ("fool me once, shame on you . . ."), but NPR doesn't even mention that as a factor in this piece: Why They Chose To Stay In The Path Of Hurricane Florence.

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Boy, I'm really shocked: "More Yale Freshmen Identify As LGBTQ Than Conservative, Survey Finds." Link. Depending on the poll, anywhere from 2% to 5% identify as LGBTQUITXYandZ; 40% identify as "conservative." And then you have Yale . . . and pretty much every other elite university in America, I'm guessing. That and galloping inflation on costs. We really need a harsh backlash against higher education, but it's going to be hard to pull off since the other udges--big government, big business--have higher education's back. Hudge, Gudge, and Dudge.

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I've been crazy busy, but I can't believe I missed this: "The Vatican is preparing the “necessary clarifications” about accusations that top Vatican officials including Pope Francis covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American ex-cardinal, Francis' top advisers said Monday." Link. He can't respond during an airplane interview, in a Tweet, or during a session with an atheistic reporter? Wow. It's almost like he thinks such modes of communication might not be entirely appropriate for important things. It's better to use such things to muddy the waters and throw the faithful into confusion. When clarity is sought . . .