- Spoiler: no spoiler: “What the 2015 Greek debt negotiations tell us about Germany’s negotiating stance on Brexit” (Luuk Molthof on the LSE blog)
- 48% of scientists on Twitter are social scientists? Only 48%?
- Interesting piece in the Atlantic about the AfD parliamentary party in the Bundestag and the Bundestag’s interaction with them.
- If you really, really want to read it, here is a list of racist remarks Donald Trump has made over the last decades.
- Support for Brexit has been slipping at 3/5ths of a percentage point per month
- Gary King came here and gave a very cool talk. He experimentally varied the content of small-ish news outlets (!), and the national conversation on Social Media changed massively. In other news, ethics is overrated 😉
- Germany’s SPD really dislikes the idea of being in power (or at least in a coalition)
- The New Statesman has a rather depressing piece on the alt-right’s internet
- If that is not enought, the New York Times has a long list of Trump’s racist statements and deeds going back to the 1980s
- Chris Hanretty says that public support for Brexit is declining
- One of the best (and most depressing) articles on Trump I’ve read so far: “Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation”
- If you learnt R as a grad student and if that was some time ago (cough), here is help to get you started on the new ways of doing things in R
- To further drive this home, here is a quick and only slightly dirty analysis of the Weinstein effect in newspaper reporting using tidytext
- What remains of the traditional French centre-right after Macron is poaching on the Front National. Art Goldhammer nails it.
- Meanwhile, the Front National is once more in hot water over the misuse of EU funds.
- #Bitcoin an even bigger waste of energy than previously thought. Some people claim that running the currency (if it is one) right now use up as much energy as running Denmark. After careful consideration, I prefer Denmark.
- A long, thoughtful essay on Brexit, written from a semi-Canadian perspective. Well worth your time.
- Another little Brexit gem: “did the SNP’s mixed signals encourage those for independence to vote for #Brexit”? I’m not convinced (have a look at the confidence intervals), but it is an interesting piece.
- An act of sheer (political) beauty: German artists build “Holocaust memorial” outside far-right politician’s house
- Life is stranger than fiction: Former BNP leader Nick Griffin says he hopes to emigrate to Hungary within ’the next six month’. Of course, he will be an ex-pat, not an immigrant there.
- Over at the LSE blog, Eric Kaufman explains why the fear of ’Islamization’ is driving populist right support, and what to do about it. Read that.
- An interesting piece by Kieran Healy on the unfitness of Google Scholar as a tool for assessing scholarly performance. (You would never try this at home, right?)
- From the Monkey Cage: News regarding Trump’s abysmal approval readings are not fake news.
- And one of my own: Why I think that the Schulz effect is real.
- Germany’s top court does not ban the right-wing extremist NPD, because it deems the party irrelevant by now
- On the apparent madness in the White House: A Strategic Lens Won’t Bring Trump into Focus, So Let’s Give Psychology a Shot (Honest Graft)
- A rather different view on Trump: Trump’s lies as a rational choice (Fully Myelinated)
- The AfD is down to 11% in national polls (projection) after Holocaust remarks
- What academics and academic websites could have learned from Discogs and IMDB (but they did not)
- Court battle looms over Brexit legality
- Brexit Britain: British Election Study Insights from the post-EU Referendum wave: https://t.co/sPuOXOkKYX
- British unity shaken by talk of ‘hard Brexit’
- Reality or parody? British tea, jam and biscuits will be at the heart of Britain’s Brexit trade plans
- And this: Brexit triggers 12.5% Marmite price hike
- Support for UKIP has halved after referendum
A reminder of some key points and questions for all those Brexiters moaning about Remainers moaning. pic.twitter.com/zil7xvP3Se
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) October 18, 2016
- Germany’s president is not going to seek a second term. An article in the Economist explains why this matters
- The AfD is using stockphotos to illustrate its nativist message. The models are actually … Romanians
- There was another Brexit referendum 41 years ago. Here are some wonderful vintage photos.
The controversy about how we should refer to the terrorist group known in Western Europe as “ISIS” has been going on for some time (the Americans prefer “ISIL”). If you followed the news after the recent attacks (and who hasn’t), you will have noticed that a third name, “Daesh”, is gaining currency with heads of states and governments, allegedly because it annoys the terrorists.But where there is controversy, there is also confusion in the anglosphere. Thankfully, one translator has come to the fore and decodes Daesh, and the confusion: Decoding Daesh: Why Is the New Name for ISIS so Hard to Understand?
Over at the LSE blog, Terro Karrpi has an interesting piece on how Humans are losing the battle against social media algorithms. Unfortunately, the threat is not some Colossus-Guardian-like superstructure (to which I would secretly love to surrender), but rather an unfortunate coupling of social media and stock trading algorithms.
And finally something that everyone in Higher Education knows: College textbooks are a racket. The same goes for most other forms of academic publishing, by the way.
Why Andre Gelman doesn’t use the terms “fixed” and “random”. If he doesn’t, we shouldn’t. Probably
A couple months ago we discussed this question from Sean de Hoon: In many cross-national comparative studies, mixed effects models are being used in which a number of slopes are fixed and the slopes of one or two variables of interested are allowed to vary across countries. The aim is often then to explain the …
PhD Comics: Overtime
Academic fraud in Political Science
Posters from the Soviet Space Age.
And finally, Fascinating longread on the LaCour affair