The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago On Wednesday, the country will observe a national day of mourning on the passing of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. While he is best remembered for his impact on America’s foreign policy, President Bush also played an important role in the passing of some key housing legislation that hasf left a lasting impact on the industry.As a young Congressman from Texas in 1968, he voted for the passage of the Fair Housing Act in a reversal on his earlier position on the Civil Rights Act, which he had famously opposed at that time.In an article that touched upon the event, Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post’s nonfiction book critic wrote, “He suffered through boos at a rally back home but insisted that “a man should not have a door slammed in his face because he is a Negro or speaks with a Latin American accent.” At the end of the event, he received a standing ovation, and nearly two decades later, he wrote that nothing else he’d experienced in public life matched the feeling from that evening.”After taking over the reins as President, Bush signed the Financial Institutions Reforms Act of 1989, which aimed to reform, recapitalize, and consolidate the Federal Deposit Insurance system, to enhance the regulatory and enforcement powers of federal financial institutions and regulatory agencies.His efforts for the housing industry also included the creation of an advisory commission under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for affordable housing to reduce regulations and red tape that added to the cost of housing, as well as privatization proposals for the public housing sector.President Bush and his son, President George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, are the second father-son pair to serve as president, following John Adams and John Quincy Adams.All federal agencies will be closed on Wednesday to observe it as a national day of mourning in remembrance of the 41st President.”The President has issued an Executive order to close Federal offices and excuse all Federal employees from duty for the scheduled workday on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, except those who, in the judgment of the head of the agency, cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense, or other essential public business,” a statement by the U.S. Office of Personnel said. Print This Post Previous: Gauging the GSEs’ NPL Performance Next: A Closer Look at Hispanic Homeownership The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Affordable Housing George Bush HOUSING HUD 2018-12-04 Radhika Ojha Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save In Memoriam: President George H.W. Bush Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Home / Daily Dose / In Memoriam: President George H.W. Bush About Author: Radhika Ojha Tagged with: Affordable Housing George Bush HOUSING HUD Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. December 4, 2018 2,017 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe
Creative thinking pays dividendsOn 9 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. As the judges for this year’s RAD Awards draw up their shortlist of winners, Richard Staines reports on the judging process and what the judges thought of the general standard of entriesEmployers will have to become increasingly creative to lure people into their companies in today’s hugely competitive recruitment market – that was the final verdict of judges at this year’s Recruitment Advertising Awards.Some companies used multi-pronged advertising campaigns involving the Internet, mailshots and traditional press advertising, making them eligible for several categories.Companies invested heavily in web sites, which reinforced company branding and values, rather than using single job adverts.But some judges claimed corporate vanity is preventing companies realising their true recruitment potential. Tracey Yates, head of recruitment at One to One, said, “I think having creativity in recruitment adverts is critical, given the conditions in the industry.“But sometimes this has been choked by corporate messages, which is a shame because more creativity would give them a better chance of winning an award – and, of course, recruiting more staff.”This year there were 20 categories and more than 700 entries. The judges were particularly impressed by the Sales and Creative Marketing categories and the Professional Services category. The category for Best Campaign also proved to be a source of fresh and vibrant ideas.But judges said they found many categories contained entries that were easily superior to those around them. Maxine Packer, graduate recruitment manager for Logica, said, “In many categories there were entries that stood out from the others by a very clear margin.“There has been a great deal of creativity but it has been hard to differentiate between most adverts with only a few standing out as being really good.”Packer said the intensity of the recruitment market has caused companies in the IT sector to become disenchanted with traditional single job adverts. The favoured approach is to use a web site to attract people with expertise in the field to contact the company directly, rather than through the traditional CV application process.She said, “As we all know, the industry is facing a very severe skills shortage and is using more innovative techniques to find staff. “Also, IT adverts don’t tend to quote salaries, and it seems much more common to sell the job rather than the pay package. You don’t see that so much in the sales category, where it is much more in your face, with single job adverts quoting salaries and benefits.”Emma McCarthy, business partner at the Royal Bank of Scotland, said the standard has been patchy in places. “The standard has varied between categories. There have been some stars which have risen above the rest,” she said.“What we have seen is a huge range of innovative schemes to recruit people. Companies are not just relying on traditional adverts – they are using post cards and delivering leaflets to try to recruit people.”McCarthy urged companies to choose carefully if they decide not to have their recruitment process in-house.She said, “It is important that, if you choose to use someone outside the organisation to do your recruiting, you choose an agency which is interested in results. It must take responsibility for its actions in getting people into the company.”Simon Minty was judging adverts according to their portrayal of disabled people, and was slightly disappointed by some of the results. He said he found the representation of disabled people by a major car maker in its Internet campaign to be “patronising”.He said, “I am looking for positives rather than negatives and I think that a lot of what I have seen is very good. There are a lot of companies who now take diversity very seriously but there is still work to be done.”Carol Brown, resourcing manager at Connex Trains, said companies in the rail industry have borne the brunt of the skills shortage.She said, “It is very difficult to recruit train drivers because there are only a few people who have the skills necessary to do the job. We are also having to put a lot of effort into looking at new ways of recruiting people.“But we have managed to recruit more train drivers in the country, partly because of our training scheme and partly by raising the profile of the profession using adverts.”Connex has used a series of adverts comparing the job of train driver to that of pilots to attract prospective candidates.Sarah Jordan, recruitment services consultant for Virgin Atlantic, said the Internet has provided companies with new opportunities for creative advertising. “We have seen a huge increase in the number of companies using the Web to attract recruits and there has been a lot of innovation in this area,” she said.The Judges Chairman Pauline Edgar, Chairman, Scott Edgar GroupColin Gilby, Client services director, TMP Worldwide Sara Hornby, Director, Lawton Ware Advertising Emma McCarthy, Business partner, The Royal Bank of Scotland Maxine Packer, Graduate recruitment manager, Logica Francesca Okosi, Director of human resources, London Borough of Brent Gavin Anderson, Creative director, Thirty Three Limited Mark Rice, Creative partner, And Advertising Tracey Yates, Head of recruitment, One 2 One Simon Minty, Diversity trainer and consultantBronwen Jones, Regional director, Barkers Lesley Chalbot, Graphic designer, Computer FuturesSimon David, Design manager, Reed Creative Neil Wiseman, Group account director, Stafford Long & PartnersSarah Jordan, Recruitment services consultant, Virgin AtlanticCarol Brown, Resourcing manager, Connex.
AS preparations continue for the historic hosting of the 13th edition of the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships under the auspices of the Caribbean Cycling Federation (CCF), Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) has been boosted by the support of another corporate partner.On Friday afternoon, GCF president Horace Burrowes was presented with 30 cones that would be used to mark the turn back point of the race route in Bartica, which would be hosting the event from August 10 to 11 next, in association with the Mayor and Town Council (M&TC) and National Sports Commission.Crystal Kallu, Administrative Assistant of Industrial Safety Supplies Inc., in handing over the items to Burrowes stated that they have been very supportive of sports and the development of young people and they had no hesitation in partnering with the GCF to bring off this event – the first time Guyana would be hosting same.“It is an absolute pleasure for Industrial Safety Supplies to be making this contribution to this championship which we are told would be attracting about 20 nations. The safety of the riders is of importance and therefore we trust that our contribution would go some distance in ensuring a safe and enjoyable championship for all the cyclists, male and female.”President Burrowes in response, thanked Ms Kallu and Manager of Industrial Safety Supplies, Hemant Narine, for coming on board without hesitation and promised that the cones would not only serve to ensure a well-run Junior Caribbean Championship but that the items would also help to enhance races that would be held locally.“The GCF would like to express sincere gratitude to you for this contribution. It is true that Guyana would be hosting thos championship for the first time in our history and we therefore want it to be the best ever in the history of the CCF. We can assure you that your partnership has taken us a step closer in achieving this objective.”
Published on January 19, 2016 at 2:45 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Riley is ranked with three stars and as the 22nd best “all-purpose back” in the 2016 class according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. He was a threat for Narbonne both as a runner and a pass-catcher, compiling 1,518 rushing yards and 424 receiving yards as a senior, according to MaxPreps.com. Riley also held offers from Utah, Wyoming and San Diego State.Devon ClarkeClarke committed to the Orange while on his official visit. He originally tried pledging to SU in July, but his commitment was turned down by the previous coaching staff. The Osceola (Florida) High School safety had never taken a visit to Syracuse and then-tight ends and tackles coach Jake Moreland told him he’d have to visit before committing. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Zachary (Louisiana) High School signal-caller was named Louisiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year. He is ranked with three stars and as the 28th best dual-threat quarterback in the 2016 class according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. Rex Culpepper, who is enrolled for the spring semester, is the only other quarterback currently in the 2016 class.Scott also has offers from Tulane and Rutgers among others. On Monday, he tweeted that he’s also received an offer from Maryland, where Shafer is now the defensive coordinator. Four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins flipped his commitment on Monday from Maryland to Ohio State, potentially opening up a spot for Scott.Evan FosterSafety Evan Foster received an in-home visit from Syracuse secondary coach Nick Monroe on Monday. Foster decommitted from Bowling Green following Babers’ move from the Falcons to the Orange. He is also still being recruited by BGSU and received an in-home visit from their coaches on Monday, too. As of Jan. 6, he hadn’t heard from the new staff. But then he was invited to SU and was offered a scholarship on Sunday night. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Clarke joins cornerback Carl Jones and safety Scoop Bradshaw as the third member of the secondary in the 2016 recruiting class.Lindsey ScottAbout an hour after Clarke committed to Syracuse on Sunday night, quarterback Lindsey Scott decommitted. He originally chose SU on Oct. 5 while Scott Shafer was still head coach. Despite the coaching change, Scott stayed on with the Orange, at least until Sunday. On Friday, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Sean Lewis visited Scott. Jo-El ShawThree-star running back Jo-El Shaw tweeted that Syracuse is one of his top three options along with Pittsburgh and Western Michigan. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Shaw is ranked with three stars and as the 76th best running back in the 2016 class by 247Sports’ composite rankings. He received an in-home visit from Lewis and running backs coach Mike Hart. Jawon HamiltonRunning back target Jawon Hamilton verbally committed to Central Florida on Sunday. He previously reportedly had an official visit to Syracuse set up for this upcoming weekend. Comments With just over two weeks until National Signing Day, Syracuse’s 2016 recruiting class continued taking shape this weekend. The Orange’s current class sits at 13, seven of which verbally committed since head coach Dino Babers’ hiring on Dec. 5. Nine players have left the class since then.The weekend was highlighted by Sean Riley and Devon Clarke’s commitments and Lindsey Scott’s decommitment.Here’s a breakdown of what’s transpired recently in the world of Syracuse football recruiting.Sean RileyRiley, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound athlete from Narbonne (California) High School, flipped his pledge to the Orange on Sunday afternoon after previously being committed to Arizona. He took an official visit to SU this weekend along with two other Narbonne teammates Cedric Byrd and Devaughn Cooper, who are both wide receivers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: 2016 athlete Sean Riley flips from Arizona to SyracuseSyracuse football recruiting: Safety Devon Clarke joins Orange’s 2016 class after initial commitment in July wasn’t acceptedSyracuse football recruiting: Quarterback Lindsey Scott’s decommitment makes him 9th player to leave 2016 classSyracuse football recruiting: 3-star 2016 DE Kendall Coleman flips commitment from Western Michigan to SyracuseSyracuse football hires Asil Mulbah as director of recruiting Facebook Twitter Google+
Submit Betsson strengthens diversity commitment with AIDP membership May 7, 2020 Payment Expert brings together industry leaders to conclude Digital Summit Payments track April 29, 2020 Share David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon The creators of betting and gaming brand MoPlay, Addison Global, has strengthened its commitment to boosting diversity in the gambling industry after joining a Steering Group to build out PAS 1948: 2020 Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the workplace: A code of practice. The invitation, which came from BSI and the All-in Diversity Project (AIDP), will see Addison Global work towards building a global diversity, equality, and inclusion standard. Nyreen Llamas, Chief Strategy Officer at Addison Global, commented: “From the very beginning, Addison Global has been a proud founding member of the All-In Diversity Project. We are committed to advancing a diversity, inclusion and equity agenda, not just internally, but within the industry as a whole. “We also strongly believe that the creation of the code of practice PAS 1948: 2020 Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the workplace will assist all businesses with their implementation of tangible changes that will move the dial in a positive direction. “Andrew Gonzalez’s expertise in this field, combined with his academic background and previous work experience, will no doubt provide invaluable guidance in the creation of PAS 1948.” In implementing the strengthened standards of inclusion, Addison Global’s HR Business Partner Andrew Gonzalez is set to play an integral part. The new standard will cover corporate governance and reputation; internal policies, processes, and practices; recruitment, retention and development; under-represented groups; and concepts such as ‘diversity of thought’ and ‘intercultural competence.’“I’ve always been passionate about engraining diversity, inclusion and equity into the company cultures of the organisations I partner with. I believe the creation of PAS 1948: 2020 will assist organisations, both big and small, in creating a diversity and inclusion strategy that can be easily implemented, in order to create positive change,” added Andrew Gonzalez, HRBP, Addison Global.The Code of Practice is planned for publication by BSI in June 2020, and will be utilised by the Steering Group to provide a flexible toolset for voluntarily adopting workplace equality practices, assessing the impact of those activities, measuring the progress of these initiatives, and developing strategies for continuous improvement.The Steering Group’s goal is to develop the standard through a consensus-building process that includes public consultation and will be facilitated by BSI.Kelly Kehn, Co-Founder of All-in Diversity Project, explained: “Andrew brings a global perspective and a truly human touch to the steering group that we believe will benefit all businesses who adopt this code of practice. He’s worked tirelessly on the subject matter in industries where recruiting and retaining diverse talent isn’t the easiest thing.”David Fatscher, Head of Environment, Social and Governance Standards at BSI, concluded: “It is recognized that diversity is critical for an organization’s ability to thrive and adapt in a fast-changing environment. “The variety of perspectives that diversity brings makes it the crucial ingredient for the innovation that drives business growth. PAS 1948:2020 aims to help build a Code of Practice that will provide recommendations for businesses and organizations across the world to develop and sustain a workplace that supports diversity, equality, and inclusion.”
Florida’s emergency management chief said Sunday the state would be able to meet the need for critical-care hospital space and ventilators.He added that the state has a dedicated team of people who are assigned to plan for how Florida should deal with the threat of a hurricane during the coronavirus pandemic.The Atlantic hurricane season begins June. 1“I have full confidence that we’ll be able to meet the ICU capacity,” state Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said in an interview with Miami television station WPLG. “We feel that we’ll be able to meet the capacity as far as the beds, or the potential bed issue, or the potential issue with ventilators.”When he was asked about a projected peak need in early May of 2,500 beds and a current capacity of less than 1,700, Moskowitz said the state has already purchased and received 4,300 hospital beds to meet the need.Moskowitz also explained that field hospitals have been established in Broward and Miami-Dade counties; field hospitals are pre-positioned for Jacksonville and the Orlando area; there is capacity for a 400-bed hospital to be set up at the Miami Beach Convention Center; and work is being completed to reopen two closed facilities in Miami-Dade County.According to Moskowitz, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services “have been fantastic” about responding to Florida’s requests for ventilators from the national supply, and the state has already received four shipments.There are currently more than 4,000 ventilators available in the state, and Emergency Management is working with places such as ambulatory surgery centers to relocate some of their equipment.“We are gathering up those resources, pre-positioning them, just like we would do in a hurricane” so they can be used in hospitals when needed.In terms of emergency managers planning for hurricane season during the coronavirus outbreak, “Even with this pandemic, I’m not planning for tomorrow or planning for next week. I’m planning for the month after that and the month after that,” Moskowitz emphasized said.To that end, a “planning cell” has been separated from operations at the state Emergency Operations Center in order to focus on hurricane planning. Among the questions it is considering are: How shelters will be operated? Will there be evacuations out of, or into, “hot zones,” depending on where a storm is headed? Will schools be used as shelters?“These are all the things that we’re developing plans and procedures around with COVID-19,” Moskowitz said. “We have to do that in the emergency management space.”
Submitted by The Port Of OlympiaTugboats return to the southern tip of Puget Sound for three days of entertainment, food, art, history, and a last farewell to summer during Harbor Days, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, on the Olympia waterfront.See more than 30 working, vintage and retired tugs along with the historic Lotus and the Virginia V Steamship at Percival Landing. Experience rowing a Dragon Boat. And cheer on your favorite vessel during the annual tugboat races at noon on Sunday!Port Plaza will be a gathering spot for musical entertainment, more than 150 arts and crafts and commercial booths, Port of Olympia’s giant Lego building blocks, model tugboat demonstrations, maritime history, plenty of food and other activities for children.Port of Olympia is proud to be a sponsor of the 40th Annual Harbor Days Maritime Festival and Tugboat Races which is brought to you by the Kiwanis Club of Olympia. Facebook60Tweet0Pin0
Rovers goalkeeper Rory Kelly had a super game. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Letterkenny Rovers FC News: Pride is the feeling within the club this week as our seniors put in two super displays against Athlone Town in the FAI Senior Cup 2nd round but unfortunately lost out 1-0 to a late extra time winner in Tuesday evenings replay after a 0-0 draw in the Midlands on Saturday last.It finishes a phenomenal run of 12 games in national competitions which has really captured the imagination of everyone associated with the club and the wider public and we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all those who have joined us on the journey over the last number of months and who have contributed in a number of different ways.to support the boys in what has been a fantastic time for us all. We still have a cup final to look forward to against Cockhill Celtic which has been confirmed for this Sunday at Dry Arch Park with a 6pm kickoff..Other on-field action is minimal this week as our u14s were due in action on Wednesday against Bonagee Utd in the u14s Champions League semi final 2nd leg.Please note our annual schoolboy’s presentation night will take place in the Station House Hotel on Sunday, 5th June at 6pm.This is always a big night in the underage and schoolboys season and we would encourage everyone to make a special effort to attend.The Donegal Youth League presentation night takes place in the Mount Errigal Hotel this Sunday at 7pm and we would also encourage our u18 Youth players to attend.Mini Lotto numbers this week are 11-14-20 and 23.3 with 3 correct win €25.Lucky winners being Jim Callaghan, John Dillon and Adam Moore.Next weeks jackpot is €3700.Bingo continues every Thursday night in the Station House Hotel at 830pm sharp.Snowball is €1425 euro on 45 numbers or less.LETTERKENNY ROVERS FC NOTES: SENIORS DENIED IN EPIC FAI CUP REPLAY AT LECKVIEW was last modified: May 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Rovers FCsoccerSport
(Visited 95 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scientism sounds appealing in theory. In practice, human scientists fall short of its ideals of enlightenment, progress and understanding.The new Ioannidis study. John P. A. Ioannidis has made waves with his studies of scientific bias (see 1/11/17). In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences March 20, his team published results after they “probed for multiple bias-related patterns in a large random sample of meta-analyses taken from all disciplines,” in order to address the widely-reported ‘reproducibility crisis’ in science. Their findings are partly encouraging, but point out factors that contribute to lack of trust:The magnitude of these biases varied widely across fields and was on average relatively small. However, we consistently observed that small, early, highly cited studies published in peer-reviewed journals were likely to overestimate effects. We found little evidence that these biases were related to scientific productivity, and we found no difference between biases in male and female researchers. However, a scientist’s early-career status, isolation, and lack of scientific integrity might be significant risk factors for producing unreliable results. The team found “Systematic differences in the risk of bias between physical, biological, and social sciences,” with the latter being worse. But it’s not clear this “bird’s-eye view” found all the bias that exists; “future research will need to determine whether and to what extent these trends might reflect changes in meta-analytical methods, rather than an actual worsening of research practices.”Reproducibility crisis redux. In plain English, three analysts discuss “The science ‘reproducibility crisis’ – and what can be done about it” at The Conversation. Danny Kingsley thinks that the move toward ‘open research’ will help reduce some of the personality factors that rush scientists to publish, such as the desire to have priority. Jim Grange, a psychologist, says “To me, it is clear that there is a reproducibility crisis in psychological science, and across all sciences.” He thinks his field is getting better at removing bias, but is not ‘out of the woods’ yet. Ottoline Leyser thinks that publication practices should take a lot of the blame for the “current destructive culture” that rushes bad science to print.Cancer care. “Remember why we work on cancer,” Levi Garraway pleades in Nature. He knows from experience how the motivation to publish “high-impact papers” can go awry if a researcher does not consider whether the results are reproducible. Often, when they are not, other factors come to light, to the embarrassment of the researcher, the publisher, and the reputation of science. He wouldn’t be writing about the need to follow the 3 R’s, “Rigor, Reproducibility and Robustness,” if there weren’t a problem.Opening the Gates. Speaking of open research, the Gates Foundation, the global health charity founded by Bill and Melissa Gates (Microsoft), has announced its own open-access publishing venture. Unable to get their thousands of research papers published in conventional channels because of the Gates Foundation’s stringent open-access policy, they are going to publish their own. They’ll be going about peer review in a different way: “Papers are peer-reviewed after publication, and the reviews and the names of their authors are published alongside.” Nature doesn’t seem to have a problem with this, showing that scientific practices are not set in stone. Indeed, fossilized tradition is blameworthy. “We believe that published research resulting from our funding should be promptly and broadly disseminated,” says Callahan. “Our research saves lives.” That says something disturbing about conventional practices up till now.Open science revolution. When institutions are pushing for ‘open science’, is that not presupposing that science has been closed for decades? In Nature‘s comment article, “Five ways consortia can catalyse open science,” 19 academicians make the case for disinfecting scientific practice with the transparency of sunshine. To do this, they will have to break open encrusted habits about ownership, and get into sharing mode. But it won’t be easy. Believers in scientism need to read this: “As philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn documented more than 50 years ago, the scientific community resists challenges to its orthodoxy.” And you thought only religious institutions used that word. It’s time to expand the role of stakeholders in science, they say, and – imagine this – get the public involved. “Conduct outreach so stakeholders explicitly voice goals and identities,” they advise.Political cluelessness. Polls supposedly use ‘scientific’ methods to assess the state of the country, but the 2016 election proved they were way off. Why? One statistician, according to Phys.org, faults “conventional wisdom, not data,’ for the mistake. The experts in Big Media were simply out of touch with the mood of the country they were measuring. “If you look at public opinion, people weren’t actually all that confident in Clinton’s chances,” Nate Silver said in an interview. “It was the media who were very confident in Clinton’s chances.” Even his polling site, FiveThirtyEight.com, “gave Donald Trump a less than 1 in 3 chance of winning.” News sites don’t understand the relationship between polls and probability, he said, and so they relaxed into non-rigorous, ad hoc reasoning to reinforce their own biases that Clinton would be a shoe-in for election. The data weren’t dead; the fault was in conventional wisdom that was not so wise.The second part is that there is a certain amount of groupthink. People looking at the polls are mostly in newsrooms in Washington and Boston and New York. These are liberal cities, and so people tend to see evidence (in our view, it was kind of conflicting polling data) as pointing toward a certain thing. People have trouble taking different information about, for example, signs of decline in African-American turnout and reconciling that against supposedly good numbers among Hispanic turnout for Clinton. People weren’t using the more thoughtful sides of their brains; they were using the more emotional sides of their brains.Leftist science. Speaking of liberal locations, academic institutions are known to be hothouses for liberal bias. Gavin Bailey and Chris O’Leary admit it, but then say it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Their headline in The Conversation states, “Yes, academics tend to be left wing – but let’s not exaggerate it.” Nobody is concerned that bankers tend to be right-wing, they argue, but that’s different. Bankers aren’t teaching science. They are not deciding what science is. Aren’t Bailey and O’Leary concerned that the ‘conventional wisdom’ in academia can lead to the same non-rigorous, ad hoc reasoning that shamed the pundits on the election results? Apparently not. They deny that academics tend to fall on deep political divides; “it is unlikely that most academics are extremists, and many won’t be all that politically minded; much like the rest of society,” they conclude. They’re basically rationalizing a very lopsided situation within the ivied walls. Maybe they need to get out of the echo chamber and meet some real folks. The worst bias is not recognizing one’s own bias.Fake news hall of mirrors. A week prior to April Fool’s Day, National Geographic posted some examples of how gullible people can have their brains tricked by fake news. First example: “How many animals of each kind did Moses put on the ark?” Obviously it was Noah, not Moses. People often accept the first answer that comes to mind, Alexandra Petri writes. But does this kind of gullibility affect scientists? Why would Petri jump to a conclusion about what presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway meant in a widely-misinterpreted quote?We live in a world with many “alternative facts,” which means verifying and fact-checking ourselves and those in our community plays an important role in determining what is real and what is fake.Petri relies on the reputations of psychologists and sociologists, whom Ioannidis reported are often the most guilty of scientific bias. She even exonerates them for running a study in which they lied to participants (see 3/15/17). Nowhere in this article does National Geographic look in the mirror and say, “Are we perhaps purveyors of fake news ourselves?”Offended humans in the Petri dish. Evolutionary anthropologists sometimes think they can just move into a tribal community and treat the people like lab rats, writing up their behaviors as evolutionary adaptations. But all people have human rights and deserve respect. Can the tribespeople reverse roles? Nature says that a certain tribe in South Africa, the Sans people who have developed a ‘click language,’ decided they’ve had enough of researchers coming in and running roughshod over their feelings and traditions: taking their genomes, calling them ‘Bushmen’ (an offensive name in their culture), and the like. They are the first tribe to draw up a code of ethics for researchers. One can imagine some researchers being shocked at finding out they have been offenders, despite their beliefs about ‘social justice.’ If they really believed in social justice, they would allow the Sans people to conduct research on scientists, wouldn’t they? One can imagine a possible research paper: “A study on manifestations of the Yoda Complex among western sociologists.”Lies, damned lies, and statistics. Winnifred Lewis and Cassandra Chapman inform the rest of us how to avoid the “seven deadly sins of statistical misinterpretation” in The Conversation. It’s a good piece with good advice. But nowhere do they indicate that scientists commit these sins, too. Confusing correlation with causation, putting a thumb on the outlier, exaggerating small differences, neglecting outside factors — these are not unknown problems in published science papers. Just look at the typical paper on phylogeny (example: 130 years of error).Sorry science. We end with some quotes from Nature‘s review of Richard Harris’s new book, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions. Just the title should jolt those who love science and trust its credibility. Reviewer Marcus Munafò begins,As scientists, we are supposed to be objective and disinterested, careful sifters of evidence. The reality is messier. Our training can give us only so much protection from natural tendencies to see patterns in randomness, respond unconsciously to incentives, and argue forcefully in defence of our own positions, even in the face of mounting contrary evidence. In the competitive crucible of modern science, various perverse incentives conspire to undermine the scientific method, leading to a literature littered with unreliable findings.This is the conclusion of Rigor Mortis, a wide-ranging critique of the modern biomedical research ecosystem by science journalist Richard Harris. He describes how a growing number of claims over the past decade that many published research findings are false, or at least not as robust as they should be, has led to calls for change, and the birth of a new discipline of metascience.Metascience is “the scientific study of science itself,” or just philosophy of science. Though Harris focuses on biomedical research, the problems he reports should concern all science. Even if there is a ‘scientific method’, which some philosophers of science doubt, it does no good unless it is followed honestly. So unless and until scientists clean up their act, why should the public listen to the proponents of scientism who exalt science as the most reliable path to enlightenment? Scientists are only human, and humans are biased. Overcoming bias is not a matter of science. It’s a matter of character.Character requires a moral foundation. A moral foundation must be solid; it cannot evolve. Scientists: you need a solid moral foundation. You need an eternal, unchanging, righteous, just, holy God. There’s only one of those.
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