Dec 19, 2012
commented on Savage Love
@25, EMDR is a placebo. I'm glad that you're doing better, that's awesome. But there is absolutely no evidence that EMDR itself is beneficial, and the theory behind it makes no sense at all. EMDR does not "help your brain process traumatic memories."
Nov 1, 2012
commented on God Said, "Hey"
That self-mocking stance is really just a way of saying "It's okay that I'm a neurotic who makes bad life decisions, because I'm confessing to it!", winking at the reader as if we're all like that, right? I don't know if she started it, but it is definitely part of a dreadful trend in personal essays these days.
Oct 6, 2012
commented on That's a Lot of Goddamned Money
I had to admit to myself that the *only* reason I haven't donated is that I don't want to be pestered once they have my contact information. I decided it's a small price to pay, and I can just thow out all the fliers and delete all the e-mails. So I just made my first ever Obama contribution.
Sep 21, 2012
commented on What Would Happen if Mitt Romney Dropped Out Now?
@18: "Obama will win by several points. (NY Times currently gives him a 76% chance of winning.)"
I think you're confusing "chance of winning" with "margin of support." 76% sounds huge, it sounds like a landslide number, but it's not a measure of Obama's support, it's a measure of how likely it is that things will flip one way or the other, given how razor-close the race is.
Let's say I'm going to flip a coin twice, and if it comes up tails twice I'm going to shoot you in the head. You have a 75% chance of not getting shot. How comfortable would you feel?