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Political correctness has imposed a terrible burden on wingnuts. First PC demanded that they stop openly treating minorities and women as ignorant savages and children or risk social censure. Then it required them to bake cakes or pizzas for icky gays.
And now it demands that they relieve themselves inside a public restroom facility that may or may not contain a transgender person. That’s a pissoir too far for conservative radio personality and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham, who stands athwart an incontinence pad, yelling PEE-PEE!
Oh we have a new transgender update for you as well. Oh no new transgender news for all of you who are bathroom-goers and public — you use public restrooms? I think a lot of people are going to be walking around with just Depends on from now on. They’re just not going to use the bathroom. Adult diapers, diapers for everybody. No one’s going to be going to the bathroom. You have little kids, there’s going to be no bathrooms. We’re just going to all wear Depends. Everyone will just be happy. Then you’ll be in your own bathroom. Everyone’s bathroom is just their own clothes, OK? So this is what we’re going to go to.
Sounds like an ideal solution to me — let sane people have the bathrooms while deranged bigots like Ingraham and her listeners marinate in their own bodily waste. Not only would this approach be über-convenient for staunch conservatives like “Diaper Dave” Vitter, it would bring a pair of metaphors to life as grownup conservative crybabies skulk around public places developing literal butt-hurt in the form of diaper rash. Win-win!
So, one competition is over (Cope America) and another (Euro 2016) is starting the quarter-finals . Here are a few thoughts.
1.) Leo Messi is getting heat because he wants to quit the international game. I really believe that the anger is misdirected. To begin with, Messi has one title that no Brazilian footballer has: an Olympic gold medal. Bear in mind that Argentina’s trophy drought for titles in competitions without age restrictions goes back to 1993, when Messi was six. Also, there appears to be more to it than that.
2.) Brazil, while Tite has a good record, why not, FFS, consider someone outside of Brazil? I had this discussion with my brother-in-law, who said, “No, we made football great.” I pointed out to him that they keep recycling the same coaches in and out. I also pointed out to him some of the requirements that UEFA has of its coaches to get a license and that CONMEBOL is just starting to implement requirements. He was astonished. Swallow your pride, Brazil. it’s taken a pretty big beating recently anyway.
3.) Speaking of Brazil, how did the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) let Eder slip through their fingers to Italy? He’s been a revelation for the Azurri.
4.) Speaking of the Azurri, Antonio Conte’s tactical wizardry is impressive. I write this and Arsenal fan, but it appears that Chelsea made a good choice.
5.) From 2008 to 2012, what made Spain’s midfield dominant was iniesta AND Xavi, not Iniesta AND Fabregas.
6.) Jürgen Klinsmann is getting heat for Argentina’s whipping of the USA in the Copa America, but did anyone seriously believe that the USA would win? In any case, I believe that Klinsmann deserves credit for this. They will never be great if they don’t have the best teams challenge them.
On a housekeeping note, I will be working during the start of the three games today, tomorrow and Saturday. I will schedule open thread posts, but sometimes they don’t post. I’ll correct it as soon as I can if it happens.
Heading out east to the retirement party of one of my partner’s colleagues. (We will be in Davidson, NC – email me if you want coffee.) We had planned for months to overnight in Beckley, WV, which is in the flood zone. So, inspired partly by John’s fundraising, I decided to solicit donations and see if we could fill the minivan.
Kalamazoo came through nicely. The entire car is loaded with people food, pet food, bottled water, and baby stuff; also, lots and lots of blankets, towels, and bedding. And lots and lots and LOTS of cleaning supplies. (Thanks for the good advice, commenter J R in WV!) We’ve also got (hope no one is bugged by the commercial links; these people did good)…
200 packages of Heilman‘s gourmet nuts in bags poetically labeled, “Nuts for You from Kalamazoo” (BTW they ship.)
A bunch of Dr. Bronner’s hemp-based soap and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts (nutritious and vegan!) from a nice woman who helped organize this year’s local Hemp History Week event. (Hemp is good, right Juicers?)
Fastsigns—there may be one near you!–donated the sweet magnetic car signs. (See below.)
My partner and I probably spent the equivalent of an eight-hour day contacting people, picking up stuff, and filling the car. (He’s a good filler; obviously has the Tetris gene.) You could argue that it would have been more efficient just to write a check, but connecting with people, both in Kzoo and Beckley, has been wonderful; and people really seemed to love and appreciate the opportunity to donate.
It’s an eight-hour trip to Beckley, and I’ll let you all know how things go.
(Now, where did I put my show tunes…)
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 29, 2016
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) June 29, 2016
Holy cats. https://t.co/vleG7PRKRT
— Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) June 29, 2016
Prediction market odds for 2016 via @PredictWise
– Hillary wins: 75% chance
– Dems retake Senate: 59% chance
– Dems retake House: 18% chance
— Bill Deger (@muwxguy) June 29, 2016
Apart from that, what’s on the agenda for the day?
Just in: Obama and Clinton will hold their first campaign rally together on Tuesday. Charlotte, North Carolina.
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) June 29, 2016
Beginning in 2014, we designed a randomized, controlled trial to test the effectiveness of peer review with the food safety staff of King County, where Seattle is located. Half of the inspection staff was randomly assigned to engage in peer review. For sixteen weeks, these inspectors spent one day per week with a randomly selected fellow inspector, taking turns conducting inspections and independently scoring health code violations. We then used information from these peer inspections to identify and train for violations that cause the most confusion.
The results were remarkable. We discovered that, when observing identical conditions in restaurants, health inspectors disagreed nearly 60 percent of the time. Inspectors differed in their assessments of risk magnitude and in interpretations and applications of the health code to particular circumstances, resulting in varying citations for the same condition.
He is very excited to see peer review and peer coaching in the medical realm as a means of transforming the practice of medicine from folk ways informed by science to a more systemic practice. There are significant inconsistencies in treatment methods for the same example patient depending on where the doctor was trained, where he currently practices and what equipment is available (and who has an ownership stake in all of the various billable opportunities).
To some extent, peer review has always been a part of medicine—think here of M&M conferences. And it’s starting to get more attention. As Ho and Elias note, Atul Gawande wrote an important New Yorker article in 2011 about surgical coaching. Here at the University of Michigan, Justin Dimick has landed an NIH grant to investigate surgical coaching more generally.
My first thought was on soccer refereeing.
I’m at the point in my soccer career where I am spending a decent amount of time every year going to clinics, reviewing game film, watching highlighted clips from the MLS and international leagues to see what USSF wants us to do. I also get several formal assessments a year from either USSF or NISOA (the college referee umbrella group). These formal moments of training are valuable as they provide me with a framework of what I should be doing. (As a reminder I am not and never have been on the MLS track — those guys and girls are doing this 20 hours a week or more)
However it is not the best training I receive each year.
The best training is the long car rides home after East Nowhere State beat Palookaville College. This is where extremely strong post-game analysis occur.