What We Don’t Say
- November 09, 2016
This week, we talk about doublespeak and political scandals that make sense, but also don’t.
We also discuss the Great Barrier Reef’s obituary, the response to it, and what this says about what we say, what we don’t say, and why we either say or do not say these things.
- Doublethink & Doublespeak (and some examples of doublespeak)
- Cognitive dissonance
- The Doublespeak Award
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- Why Hillary Clinton’s Abraham Lincoln Defense of Her Wall Street Comments Falls Flat via The Washington Post (and another article about the same, containing a clip of her mentioning this scandal at the second debate)
- Here’s that Lincoln movie, by the way
- Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (25 Million BC—2016) via Outside Online
- Great Barrier Reef Obituary Goes Viral, To The Horror of Scientists via The Huffington Post
- Here’s another response piece from Vox
- Here’s a piece from The Guardian that has some pretty disconcerting photos of the bleaching taking place along the Great Barrier Reef
- The grim Copenhagen Diagnosis, from whence a lot of the pessimistic views on what happens next in terms of climate change are derived
- When it Comes to Climate Change, It’s Too Late Now to Say Sorry
- UN Climate Change Chief says it’s not too late, but the costs of changing trajectory would be astronomical
- Have We Passed the Point of No Return? via Scientific American
- And The Magic Number, a piece by The Washington Post about why we talk about 2 degrees Celsius when we talk about climate change
- What’s Ultimate Frisbee, you ask? (plus: the Wikipedia article for Ultimate)
- What Bernie Sanders Has Won via Slate
- Some books about climate change that don’t focus on the (perhaps impossible) goals evoked by many politicians, focusing instead on building a better world, despite the changes that are impending
- On the same topic: What’s Next?
- Here’s a good book about an asteroid hitting the planet
- The question of whether officials would tell the public about an impending asteroid strike, as answered on Quora
- Some investigation as to how NASA is planning for such an eventuality
- All of the Things Women Are Supposed to Do to Prevent Rape
- John Kasich victim-blamed with his advice to women about not going to parties where there is alcohol
- Movements like this raise awareness about the ideal situation we’d like to see, while tips like these might be more practical in the reality we live in today
- What is journalism?
- This is one of the better non-profits out there, by the way, if you value freedom of thought and action
- ProPublica is also pretty great
- Some Pew data about favorite media sources by political leaning
- Media bias in the United States
- Journalistic objectivity
- How do you tell when news is biased?
- And a wonderful summary of media & political bias via Rhetorica
- Blue Feed, Red Feed
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