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Professor at Georgetown, Visiting Prof at Oxford & Aarhus. Immigrant. Views my own. Administrative burdens guy:…
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Sep 22, 2018 14 tweets 5 min read
This is, in effect, discrimination against poverty As I've pointed out before, there is dark history of the use of these sorts of policies 2/
Sep 21, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Is there some sort of Hall of Fame for tweets that did not age well? Whats interesting about the Whelan tagging another person for the alleged assault is how sure a number of people were that this was a game changer
Sep 20, 2018 10 tweets 5 min read
Worth your time: New report by @beccalew & @datasociety that examines the links between members of the intellectual dark web praised in the NY Times, and more extreme white supremacist views. 1/… The most substantive point is that social media business models are pushing people on to more and more extreme content. Others have made this point - below - but report also shows how some people have become skilled at taking advantage of this problem. 2/
Sep 17, 2018 12 tweets 4 min read
Scott Walker's Lt Governor claims that her black opponent knelt during the national anthem. Its a lie. How do I know its a lie? She said it happened at the opening of the WI State Fair. 1/ … So the scenario: @TheOtherMandela is at the opening of the WI State Fair meeting voters, surrounded by paraphernalia like t-shirts, stickers, posters, identifying who he is. Anthem comes on. He drops a knee. And not a single person in the WI State Fair takes a pic/vid 🤔 2/
Sep 16, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
I get the concerns that students are being coddled on campus (though don't really agree).
I understand the claim that there are increased mental health issues among students.
Just cannot see the argument for why there is a causal connection between the two. Someone help me out folks: what am I missing here? Haidt & Lukianioff are connecting free speech policies to mental health (see thread below). This seems really...out there.
Sep 13, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
The US was holding immigrant 2,400 kids in May of 2017
Now they are detaining 12,800.
Thats more than a 500% increase, and the highest level ever. Lesson: Trump admin goal of signaling harsh policies has backfired disastrously. Kids keep coming. Those policies are, however, discouraging relatives of friends from coming forward to sponsor those kids. So we end up with more kid jails. 2/
Aug 20, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
Never want to hear another piece about free speech on campus that does not mention how religious universities limit political speech. @JerryFalwellJr was literally reviewing student newspaper pieces on Trump & killed op-eds he disliked. Here is the difference between @JerryFalwellJr's university & a real university. At a real university, no President would strong-arm students into writing articles that only portrayed the university & the his preferred political candidate positively.…
Aug 15, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
Some thoughts on Paul Light's latest piece at Brookings: TLDR - survey items on "government" are not terribly useful as a policymaking guide 1/ First, asking broad questions about government are really broad barometers about peoples trust in government, which in turn are shaped by ideology. 2/
Aug 15, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
Ok, lets do this one more time for those in the back. Political preferences for those who select into a science are not a basis for assuming that affects how they do science. Most of us spent 6-7 years learning to put aside our priors 1/ For most of higher ed, their political preferences are irrelevant, since there is no direct political implications to how to design a bridge. Which is why STEM gets a partial pass from conservative attacks on universities 2/
Aug 15, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Seems safe to say that in the big WI races tonight, Tony Evers will be the Dem nominee for Governor, and Leah Vukmir will be the GOP nominee for Senate (for updates:…) Ok, gonna jazz it up a bit: With 23% of the vote in, i sez Tony Evers wins the Democratic nomination for Governor of Wisconsin.
Aug 11, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
People dedicated to the ideals of free speech and open debate being gulled into giving a platform to those who don't believe in your rights. Bannon & his followers will not be dissuaded though a polite panel exchange. Instead, he will use @TheEconomist to legitimate his movement. In the 1920s the Klan strategically used public events and subsequent media coverage as a way to expand their membership. Any reason to believe white nationalists are not using the same playbook? (thread)
Aug 7, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
Hate to make comparisons to the 1930s, but an aggressive interpretation that immigrants not be a "public charge" is exactly how the US govt blocked Jewish refugees from entering the US before WWII. Stephen Miller wants to do it again. 1/… We know that programs like WIC and SNAP have positive long-term health and educational outcomes for the kids that have access to them. But the Trump administration now wants to force immigrant families to choose between those benefits and a green card 2/…
Aug 1, 2018 9 tweets 4 min read
The Koch Foundation comes out swinging against radical right groups that are harassing professors and attacking higher education. Great. One problem is they have been funding some of those groups. 1/… Koch Foundation officials specifically spoke out against Charlie Kirk's Turning Point organization, which created the McCarthyite Professor Watchlist. Turning Point is shady enough that other very conservative orgs like YAF disavow it. 2/…
Jul 30, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
So, two problems with this study.
1/ It excluded people reporting prior trauma, the standard audience for trigger warnings.
2/ The results can be explained by demand effects. People told about trigger warnings adjust their response to reflect what they think the researcher wants The authors address demand effects, but their explanation for why it should not be a concern is both confusing and unpersuasive, since it assumes the authors can separate sincere versus insincere beliefs. 2/
Jul 30, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Classic Tapper move: say something petty, and then blame the people who are mad at him for not getting the big picture ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Tapper spotted with creepy doll even as trust in media is at an all-time low ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
(People get mad at me)
Oh, I guess some people don't care about the how declining media credibility is hurting out democracy ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Jul 28, 2018 13 tweets 5 min read
There is an effort to make the case that work requirements "work": they are largely wrong, selectively using evidence and misrepresenting the goals of social programs. Long and wonky thread to follow 1/… Let me start by noting the author of the WaPo piece, Ron Haskins, is broadly respected and preaches the virtues of evidence in policymaking. But the declaratory headline simply does not match the more nuanced content 2/
Jul 27, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
New Pew survey: Republicans have negative view of higher education because they think professors are brainwashing the kids and protecting them from controversial view 1/ The belief that students are snowflakes and professors are Marxists is held most strongly by older adults, i.e. people whose information does not come from direct experience, but from Fox News 2/
Jul 16, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
Russian National Mariia Butina arrested by DoJ for "infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics, for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation."
Here is a pic of her with Gov Scott Walker.… Butina is the protege of Alexander Torshin, a Putin ally. All it took for them to win access high level GOP politicians was to present themselves as pro-gun advocates anxious to help the NRA…
Jul 16, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Trump made plain in public what we already know: he will side with Putin over his own intelligence agencies and Senate on election meddling.
This is a giant, flashing green light to Russia to continue to attack US democracy. If you showed an alien viewing this presser they would conclude that Democrats and witches - and not Russia - are the primary threat to the United States.
Jul 16, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
By his actions, not only has Trump made clear that he does not hold Russia accountable, but he will do what he can to block efforts by others to do so (Mueller probe, Congressional sanctions) In public, Trump not only gave up on the idea of holding people who interfered in our election accountable (let Russia take care of them) but also wants to extend Russians the opportunity to participate in interrogation of US officials.
Jul 13, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
One of the best public-private partnerships has been to allow people to use EBT cards at farmers markets. Tackles obesity, helps farmers, good for food stamp users. But a USDA policy change is going to mean that this will no longer be possible for many.… This public-private partnership drew in large non-profit and public dollars to subsidize both the small farmers and SNAP beneficiaries. That will also be hurt. 2/