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  • What's your biggest grammatical pet peeve?: My students' weird idea that a semi-colon turns a shitastic sentence into something worth reading.
  • What do you like to read when you poop?: Slog. It's a fitting place to read it.
  • What piece of art would you steal?: A Chagall painting, but I'd probably break it in the get-away. The one at the UN is nice.
  • What song or movie makes you cry?: Your Funny Uncle
  • If you could bring one dead person back to life, who would it be?: Joe Strummer, naturally.
Aug 14, 2013 Madasshatter commented on Vegan Destiny.
(Even as a vegetarian) I've never, ever understood the love for Plum. Went there half a dozen times, every single time had horrible service and mediocre-at-best food.
Aug 13, 2013 Madasshatter commented on Should America's Olympic Athletes Wave Gay Pride Flags in Russia?.
I don't get the argument. Wouldn't the historical analogy be if everyone showed up in Berlin in '36 waving flags with the Star of David?
May 23, 2013 Madasshatter commented on The Pope Doesn't Understand the Point of Atheists.
Seriously, taken the context of the larger homily (i.e. the 2-3 sentences preceding the quote), rather than completely stripped of context, the sentiment is one of understanding and acceptance. This atheist says: chill the fuck out, Paul.
May 7, 2013 Madasshatter commented on Natural Communism.
Ummm... since when is communism a synonym for altruism? Talk about moving the goalposts.
Apr 3, 2013 Madasshatter commented on The Right to Bear an Arsenal.
Huh. Didn't know Paul Constant was an originalist.
Mar 29, 2013 Madasshatter commented on Michelle Shocked-gate Update!.
@2 which is why Britney has to win this contest: one had celebrity cache, the other is... who again?
Mar 7, 2013 Madasshatter commented on Hugo Chavez, R.I.P..
@91 Right. "Data might be leaked" is your argument. By whom, exactly? Of what sort? I ask because the data you questioned is just a principal components analysis (fancy version of aggregation) of between 60-120 different data points, all of which influence the final score a country gets.

But I guess the scholars who created the metrics before Chavez took power could have foreseen this and created it in a way to bias results against Venezuela!
Mar 7, 2013 Madasshatter commented on Hugo Chavez, R.I.P..
@93 Who would say that? Given that the countries listed for long periods of time (or ever) in no way followed Chavez's policies, that would be curious. As would the fact that we've seen significant global poverty reduction in the last fifteen years that has no reference to Latin America. Again: give me a plausible counterfactual.

As for data: don't like the Bank data? Get off your ass and look at the data created by Maddison for the Penn World Tables, by the UN, or by someone else. It really only takes a few minutes on google. I provided you with reference to data that is widely used in both the policy and academic realms. You suggest it might be flawed and that you'd like some other data. No one's stopping you from doing some googling. But until you do so, don't pretend "I'd like to see some other data" is anything resembling an argument.

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