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Junk Science

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On June 23, 2004
The Hardball Times evaluates the “Productive Outs” stat now being used by ESPN–expect to get the hard sell from your local broadcaster soon. Anyway, a team’s tendency to make “productive outs” has a strong negative correlation with both scoring runs and winning. Apparently, getting on base and hitting for power are more effective ways of scoring […]

Why 2004 Matters

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On June 22, 2004

Jack Balkin, in a must-read post, provides another reason to be skeptical about Jon Chait’s claim that the 2004 election won’t be important. Balkin notes the potentially disastrous consequ

Death is Not an Option

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On June 21, 2004
The Poor Man watched David Brooks’s appearance on Dennis Miller. I’m glad it wasn’t me. My problem is occasionally that I watch The Daily Show without a remote handy, while forgetting the abject terror awaiting at 11:30. So here’s a question, what’s worse: the new Dennis Miller thing, orTough Crowd with Rupert Pupkin? It’s a tough […]
Since this question was brought up in comments as well, I thought I’d add my two cents about Klein/Chafetz/Frank: 1)I haven’t read Frank’s book, but I have read the Harper’s essay. I will concede that Frank sometimes has a false consciousness problem, assuming that people who disagree with him are therefore irrational. On the other hand, […]

Annals of Whoredom

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On June 19, 2004
It’s not exactly news that Garfield is a commercial and critical bomb (and I thought Bill Murray was slumming when he did that elephant thing!) Apparently the film rights to Hi and Lois were too expensive. I can understand why a lot of terrible movies get made, but what the hell was the perceived market for this? […]

Nada Hatin’

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On June 18, 2004

With respect to my recent post on conservative vanity candidate Ralph Nader, some response to the many intelligent comments are in order. First, fine commentary from The Poor Man and Nathan Newman.

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