Monthly Archives: December 2013

The exception that proves the rule

This is more about logic than language, though the two are entwined. Felix Salmon, the financial writer for Reuters, is a treasure so I quote him only to suggest that even writers of his talent and accomplishment often make this … Continue reading

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Colombia’s murder rate in context

Really interesting article in the Washington Post on U.S. involvement in the Colombian government’s war with the rebel FARC and ELN, and how the Colombian murder rate has declined dramatically over the last 10 years. But this quote is a … Continue reading

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The myth of the white, male friend crisis

You may have seen this article in Salon on “American men’s hidden crisis: They need more friends!” Slate picked up on the same theme as well. It is a juicy article, but I got tripped up on the first sentence: … Continue reading

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How do we assess the harm of yelling at your kids? Part 2

Last week we took a look at a report in Slate on a new academic study on the relationship between parental yelling and adolescent misbehavior. One finding of the study was a correlation between “harsh verbal discipline” from  parents and … Continue reading

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NFL Scoring Differentials Tell an Odd Story about the Vaunted “Half-time Adjustment”

Half-time adjustments in the NFL. The coaching staff huddle in a side office looking at black-and-white still-photos of first half plays. Wry observations are made, leading to a flash of inspiration. The coaches rush into the locker room, and a … Continue reading

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