- Avik Roy, whose columns I recommend if you’re interested in health care policy, debunks the myth that Americans have a poor life expectancy. As he notes, this claim is often used to argue in favor of socialized medicine, but it’s false.
- The New York Times published a piece according to which support for gender equality in the household among millennials was significantly lower than among people the same age 20 years ago. Interestingly, it has increased in Europe during the same period, which the author of that piece attributes to the absence of family-friendly work policies in the US. This may or may not be the case, I haven’t checked the studies she cites, but in any case this is interesting.
- For April 1, the Russian Foreign Ministry posted a fake automated message on its Facebook page, supposed to be for Russian embassies:
“To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1,” the recording begins, in Russian and English. Press 2 “to use the services of Russian hackers,” and 3 “to request election interference.”
I personally think it’s pretty funny, but journalists are so stupid that I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if some of them actually took that seriously. I have been thinking to comment more on the Russia/Trump nonsense, which has gotten even more nonsensical, but 1) I really don’t have time to write another 16,000 words post to debunk the media’s narrative on this and 2) at this point it’s becoming increasingly clear that people who take this seriously are so lacking in critical thinking that nothing I could say would change their mind.
- On the same topic, Michael Tracey from The Young Turks (a well-known fascist news organization), explained the recipe for every shocking Trump/Russia “revelation” after the non-story about Sessions’s meeting with Kislyak. I wish my friends on Facebook would read this, when they’re not busy being manipulated.
- In case you missed it, Joseph Heath published a very good post on what he call’s “me” studies a while ago, in which he gives what I take to be a very good explanation in terms of ideological uniformity of the poor quality of so much of the scholarship that focuses on gender/race and various forms of “oppression”. He also wrote a follow-up which I also recommend.