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Two Epidemics in Three Chinas

Emperor Renzong, Xi Jinping’s ‘Party-State,’ and democratic Taiwan

As the coronavirus pandemic that began in China makes its way among us, with a modest cough and a friendly handshake,  it brings to my bookish mind another epidemic in that Silvrback blog imagecountry, the one that sets in motion the classic Chinese novel “The Outlaws of the Marsh.” That was in the reign of Emperor Renzong (AD 1022-1063), the . . .

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April 05, 2020

Twitter Suggests...

No political bias here, you think?

The other day I at last forced back my terror and signed up for Twitter. I reckon if I stay quiet, lie low, and wag my tail submissively I won't be "doxxed," humiliated, have my life destroyed; get hunted down, disemboweled and eaten on the hot, asphalt pavement by a pack of mad dog SJWs. 

To help me on my way, Twitter kindly offered . . .

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July 21, 2019

The strange birth and death of "Fake News"

Do you wonder why you'd never heard about 'fake news' till late in the 2016 election campaign, when, suddenly, apparently overnight, the American big media pack took up the danger that 'fake news' poses for American democracy?

How did that happen? Here is a Ted Talk by investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson on the carefully . . .

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February 26, 2018

Personal explorations in price discrimination - 'that's how they getcha!'

Silvrback blog imageThe other day I had a post on the growing ability of online businesses to charge customers different prices according to their ability to pay – perfect price discrimination in economists’ jargon.  Which led naturally to the question: am I being screwed, and, if so, how badly? 

Here are the results of a small . . .

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January 15, 2018

“Plutocratic Insurgency Note No. 7 – Profit Optimization Beyond ‘the Invisible Hand’”

Silvrback blog imageThere is an enjoyably agitated article in the online ‘Small Wars Journal,’ with the title “Plutocratic Insurgency Note No. 7: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Pricing Software - Profit Optimization Beyond ‘the Invisible Hand.’”  The subject is the growing ability of corporations to squeeze more profit out . . .

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January 09, 2018

“19 Things We Learned from the 2016 Election” – I am scared

Silvrback blog imageStatistician Andrew Gelman and political scientist Julia Azari have an interesting discussion paper on “19 Things We Learned from the 2016 Election”.  The 19 things are grouped under Nominations and Campaigning, Polling and the News Media, How Voters Make Decisions, and The US Political Environment.  Here are a few that . . .

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December 25, 2017

Silicon Valley bosses prostrate before China's closed internet plans

Silvrback blog imageThe invaluable, acidic "China Uncensored" comments on the surprise, first-time attendance by big-time Silicon valley bosses - Apple, Google, Facebook - at China's sardonically named 4th World Internet Conference: Developing Digital Economy for Openness and Shared Benefits, which promotes China's highly censored, government-run internet as a . . .

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December 10, 2017

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