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Crooked Timber — Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made

Crooked Timber — Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made Ross Douthat is something of a punchline in these [arts . But, as I’ve argued here, he’s just about the last member of the once-numerous class of committed Republican intellectuals, all the rest having either defected to the left (Bartlett, Frum, Lind, Ornstein, Sullivan and many others) or descended into hackery (Reynolds, Brooks, the whole of the AEI/Heritage/CEI thinktank network[^1]). And, every now and then he writes something that raises important issues, at the cost of pointing up how hopeless his own program for Republican reform has become. In this piece responding to the election of Bill De Blasio, Douthat tries to make a case that the Democratic Party won’t be able to take even the minimal steps needed to address the problem growing inequality (in both outcomes and opportunity).
Fianna Fáil TD and chair of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness was on Tonight With Vincent Browne, following members of Irish Water and the Department of the Environment appearing before the committee last night. They talked after they saw a clip from the meeting, in which Secretary General of the Department of the Environment, Geraldine Tallon told the PAC she didn’t speak to Environment Minister Phil Hogan ‘in specific terms’ about consultancy costs. Mr McGuinness then spoke about how, during the meeting, it emerged €5.7million was spent on a County Managers’ Group – baffling Vincent and indeed others. Vincent Browne: “John were you impressed by the evidence given [, concerning Phil Hogan not knowing that €50million had been paid to consultants?" John McGuinness: "I think that the performance, in terms of the Department, Irish Water, or indeed the [Energy] Regulator – they were fine. Broadsheet.ie Broadsheet.ie
Statins have no side effects? What our study really found, its fixable flaws, and why trials transparency matters (again). Hi there, sorry to be absent (dayjob!). I was surprised to see a study I’m a co-author on getting some front page media play today, under the headline “Statins ‘have no side effects’”.

Bad Science

Bad Science
Boing Boing Xeni Jardin at 11:21 am Fri, Jan 17, 2014 • 0 Image: Reuters Reuters reports that digital security firm IntelCrawler claims to have uncovered "at least six ongoing attacks at merchants across the United States whose credit card processing systems are infected with the same type of malicious software used to steal data from some 40 million credit cards at Target Inc." The firm has alerted "law enforcement, Visa Inc and intelligence teams at several large banks about the findings."

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What Games Are

What Games Are

As everyone does on New Year's Eve, I look back on the year that was and try to find a theme. With so many things having happened all in a short space of time (new consoles for all, new jobs for me, new realities in mobile, etc) it's hard to find just one theme among the multitude. However the one that strikes me was seeing several games that toyed with the lack of agency.