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Pseudo-Random Thoughts

"So Why No Backlash Against The Pulitzers?"  Asks Jack Shafer.
Why does Pulitzer worship persist in a culture that promotes skepticism?  The annual nature of journalism prizes suggests an answer.  Most religions mark their calendars with a sacred new year, which celebrates the previous year and provides a reflective starting point the next.  The annual Pulitzers, not so coincidentally announced at the time of the spring equinox, consecrate the past and mark journalism’s limitless rebirth.  New Year’s celebrations are often marked by prayer, raucous merriment, solemn ceremony, or a bit of all three.  The Pulitzers satisfy this yearning, distributed as they are at a swank luncheon on the Columbia campus that is indistinguishable from a religious investiture.
So the awards are like a religious rite — for journalists.

But not for most of their audience, who, at least in the United States, trust journalists less and less.  I suspect more than a few Americans would agree with my half joke that the journalism prizes should be thought of as reprimands, and, in a just world, would come with fines, rather than prizes.

Here's a 2005 example of that argument.

(Shafer does not discuss the most serious mistake made by a Pulitzer committee, the awarding of a prize to Walter Duranty in 1932.  Duranty's reporting on the Soviet Union was dishonest; he transmitted Stalinist propaganda, and covered up immense crimes.  Amazingly, the New York Times, for whom he worked in 1932, did not ask that his prize be revoked, and the Pulitzer committee did not do so on its own.)
- 9:34 AM, 21 April 2015   [link]


Here's A Pretty Good Joke:  

cat that identifes as a German Shepherd

Naturally, it caused a fuss.

But I think it is more interesting to ask whether a cat could identify as a German Shepherd.  My tentative answer is yes.  We know that many birds can identify as all kinds of animals and even inanimate objects, through imprinting.

And I believe that, to some extent, cats can, too.  Years ago, I read of a cat that was adopted by a young woman — before the cat's eyes opened.  The young woman loved salads and showers, and so did her cat, as it grew up and imitated its substitute mother.

So, if a kitten was adopted by a German Shepherd mother very early, the kitten would probably grow up thinking of itself as a German Shepherd.  (It's early in the day for me, so I won't make any political points out of that observation.)
- 8:57 AM, 21 April 2015   [link]


Cartoonist Gary Trudeau Commits Serious Factual Mistakes — And A Logical Fallacy:  His Polk Awards acceptance speech drew considerable attention for its attack on the murdered Charlie Hebdo cartoonists.
Traditionally, satire has comforted the afflicted while afflicting the comfortable.  Satire punches up, against authority of all kinds, the little guy against the powerful.  Great French satirists like Molière and Daumier always punched up, holding up the self-satisfied and hypocritical to ridicule.  Ridiculing the non-privileged is almost never funny—it’s just mean.

By punching downward, by attacking a powerless, disenfranchised minority with crude, vulgar drawings closer to graffiti than cartoons, Charlie wandered into the realm of hate speech, which in France is only illegal if it directly incites violence.  Well, voila—the 7 million copies that were published following the killings did exactly that, triggering violent protests across the Muslim world, including one in Niger, in which ten people died.   Meanwhile, the French government kept busy rounding up and arresting over 100 Muslims who had foolishly used their freedom of speech to express their support of the attacks.
Trudeau's remarks drew a thoughtful reply from David Frum. and an angry reply from Mark Steyn.  (Read one or both for essential background, and some interesting history.)

Actually, satire has traditionally been directed at the tastes of the target audience, for obvious reasons.  If, for instance, you wanted to entertain a group of teachers with some light satire, you could probably get laughs by satirizing principals — or students, by directing your humor up, or down.  Nor is it true that the playright Molière or the artist and caricaturist Daumier "always punched up".

The Muslims in France are mostly French citizens, and are neither "disenfranchised", nor "powerless".  That is even more true of Muslims, world wide.  They are more often victimizers than victims.  Moreover, a violent minority of Muslims has gained considerable power in the West by their willingness to attack and kill those they believe have insulted their faith.

But, even were Trudeau right about the facts, he would still be committing a logical fallacy, one that I described, and even attempted to name, in 2004.

The ad subcanem fallacy was, I said, an appeal to the underdog.  For many in the West, especially on the left, once you knew who the underdog was in a conflict, you knew who to sympathize with, who, in Trudeau's formulation, must not be punched.

It is trivial to think of examples where we should not sympathize with the underdog.   That so many refuse to take those few minutes to examine their beliefs should not surprise you, but, if you are like me, will sadden you, just a little.

(Younger readers may wonder whether Trudeau was ever funny.  He was, sometimes, early in his career.  For instance, in one strip, he drew Mike Doonesbury sitting on a wall watching Mark the radical rant.  When Mark finishes, Mike says to him, wonderingly, "You actually believe that stuff, don't you."  Or something similar.

The first part of Trudeau's speech will give you some hints, I think, about how and why Trudeau lost his ability to be funny.)
- 4:33 PM, 20 April 2015   [link]


"The Surreal World Of Venezuela's Queues"  The BBC shows us what price and currency controls have done to Venezuela, first with a summary:
A combination of woeful economic management - or mismanagement - and the steep fall in oil prices has left the government with a serious cash flow problem.  And it's left the people of Venezuela standing in queues across the country every single day, often for hours at a time.
. . .
The government regulates the price of these [basic] goods.  It doesn't subsidise them - it tells the producer what they can charge.  That might just about make sense in a buoyant economy but with inflation running at over sixty percent and the value of the currency plummeting, it appears producers are not only failing to make a profit but are operating at a loss.   Similarly companies who export food to Venezuela have given up waiting to be paid by a government that's down on its luck and are now selling their goods elsewhere.
. . .
[The Maduro government has] told shopkeepers to move the queues underground, into basements and subterranean car parks - apparently to protect their customers from getting sunburnt.   Journalists are prevented from filming empty shelves.  Shoppers have also been given instructions.  You can only buy scarce goods on certain days of the week depending on what number your ID card ends in.  So, for example - if it ends in a zero or a one then you can stand in line on Monday.  However that doesn't necessarily mean that the milk or soap you want to buy will be available on Monday.
And then with a four minute video showing their reporter attempting to buy eight basic items: corn flour, milk, coffee, cooking oil, dish soap, detergent, shampoo, and toilet paper.  He begins at nine in the morning, shops until almost three in the afternoon, and finds just three: corn flour, dish soap, and detergent.

(The BBC is careful to give the government's side in that story.  That surprised me a little because in their coverage of the United States, the BBC very often produces completely one-sided stories, stories without even a token attempt at balance.  They may be trying to protect their reporters in Venezuela.)
- 7:45 AM, 20 April 2015   [link]


When I read this story, . . .
Prostitutes at the legal Bunny Ranch brothel in Nevada are supporting Hillary Clinton with a “Hookers 4 Hillary” campaign.
. .. I found it almost impossible to resist making some jokes.  But I try to keep the site family friendly, so I won't make any of the obvious jokes.  Or even some of the less obvious jokes.

Not on the site, anyway.
- 7:26 PM, 19 April 2015   [link]


Governor Inslee Challenges Reporter To A Fight:  No, seriously.
Gov. Jay Inslee grew testy Wednesday after reporters questioned his response to allegations surrounding embattled State Auditor Troy Kelley.

The usually jovial Democrat snapped at one reporter, suggesting they “go out in the alleyway” to settle the matter.  No fisticuffs ensued.
(The reporter, John Stang, doesn't appear to have written about the challenge.)

As I said two weeks ago, a Republican partisan will want this to drag on until some time next year.  There's a good chance that will happen, since Kelley has hired some expensive lawyers, and is promising a court fight.

So I am not surprised that Democratic partisan Inslee is a little "testy" these days.  And he may be especially so now, since the indictment came with just two weeks to go in the legislature's regular session, making it even harder for Inslee to get attention for his proposals.

As I understand it, there are three ways Kelley could be forced to leave office.  He could be recalled by the people, which would require a big signature campaign and a special election, he could be impeached and convicted by the legislature, or he could be forced to leave if he is convicted of a crime.  A few legislators are already talking about the second.

You'll notice that the governor doesn't control any of those.

(If you are wondering who would win that fight, the answer is probably Inslee, who was a pretty good athlete in high school, and who appears to be in reasonable condition.)
- 7:03 AM, 17 April 2015   [link]


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