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Thoughts Left Lying Around

May 22, 2013

1. The idea of a bubble, while not true, is useful because it creates caution. If it weren’t for the idea of bubbles, people would be bidding up the price of gold like crazy right now. People naturally think that if a price has gone up recently, it will go up forever. When you talk about bubbles you remind them that what goes up can go down.

2. It is likely cops beat innocent people to death before, it’s just that now they are getting caught more often. That’s kind of scary to think that in all likelihood, the problem was much worse a decade ago and now we are only seeing the cops who don’t mind killing on camera.

3. Disallowing immigrants because of low IQ doesn’t just imply no immigration – it implies deporting low IQ natives also. Is any immigration restrictionist willing to stand up and support a policy to mass IQ test Americans and ship those who fail off to Australia?

4. Value of lives, as measured by media coverage and policy reaction varies tremendously. The Media cares about: white people, pretty people, people killed by bombs, people killed by Muslims.
The Media doesn’t care about: people killed in boring ways, brown people, people killed by the government.

The position that “all life is precious” is extremely rare in practice, yet most people pay lip service to it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2013 7:48 pm

    4. I was a little surprised the New Orleans parade shooting disappeared from national news so quickly, but I figured it was because no one died. Mass deaths seem to attribute more attention than mass injuries. Trayvon Martin is a strong counter example to the notion that the media doesn’t care about non-white deaths, though I haven’t thought or looked at enough evidence to say there is or isn’t a general bias.

    • May 25, 2013 9:10 pm

      Yeah, the media isn’t all that anti-black I suppose. It’s really hard for me to figure out what they’re going to react to.

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