How to judge a debate and determine who wins

As someone who has judged many competitive debate rounds and competed in many more, I have a fairly good idea of what is necessary to win a debate. The very first thing that needs considering is the burden of proof of each debater, on the highest …

How the Pandemic Has Tested Behavioral Science – Truths So Romantic

How the Pandemic Has Tested Behavioral Science – Truths So Romantic

In the interplay between behavioral science and policy, puffs of smoke abound.Photo illustration by metamorworks / ShutterstockIn March the United Kingdom curiously declined to impose significant social distancing measures in response to the global pandemic. The government was taking advice from the so-called “Nudge Unit,” a private company called Behavioral Insights Team, which uses behavioral…

How to win a debate

There are two main differences between a debate and a debate competition. In a debate, at the end, you can concede to your opponent’s points if you feel they make sense. In a debate competition, don’t even think about it, unless you feel he deserv…

The Coronavirus and the Right’s Scientific Counterrevolution

The Coronavirus and the Right’s Scientific Counterrevolution

If one takes Donald Trump and his administration to embody modern conservatism, it is easy to see in their response to the coronavirus pandemic the right’s final divorce from science and expertise. There was the case of Rick Bright, the Health and Human Services scientist who claims that the Trump administration retaliated against him when…

A Vision of Our Post-Lockdown Future – Problem 85: Reopening

A Vision of Our Post-Lockdown Future – Problem 85: Reopening

Xu Jiao was anxious to get back in the gym. Living in Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, she had gone through two months of lockdown. The pandemic hadn’t been particularly bad in the city. To date there have been 144 confirmed cases and three deaths, according to official statistics. Still, as with much…

Real Evaluated CBD Brand Spotlight– Charlotte’s Web

Real Evaluated CBD Brand Spotlight– Charlotte’s Web

Boing Boing welcomes Real Tested CBD as a sponsor! Real Tested CBD is known for efforts in bringing information about the CBD products for not only established brands, but the budding brands in the niche. We fuel our passion through the zest of our clients, asking us for updates on what is happening in the…

What Is CBD? What to Know Before You Buy

What Is CBD? What to Know Before You Buy

Despite the rise in popularity of CBD in the health and wellness industry over the past few years, there are still more questions than answers surrounding the product. It’s derived from cannabis, but it won’t get you high. It’s advertised as a cure for all types of medical conditions, but there’s only one CBD drug…

The Bizarre Case Of A Death Allegedly Caused By CBD Oil

The Bizarre Case Of A Death Allegedly Caused By CBD Oil

Two days after trying a new CBD oil extract to treat her chronic pain, a 56-year-old woman developed an awful rash. Her primary care physician prescribed antihistamines and prednisone, a common steroid used to treat inflammation. She went home. The rash got worse. From a local emergency room, she went to a hospital burn unit.…

Leaked Trump order is an extensive attack on Twitter and facebook

Leaked Trump order is an extensive attack on Twitter and facebook

Time to lawyer up — Draft executive order claims that technology giants have “dangerous power.” Timothy B. Lee – May 28, 2020 2:46 pm UTC Aurich Lawson / Getty The Trump administration is putting the final touches on a sweeping executive order designed to punish online platforms for perceived anti-conservative bias. Legal scholar Kate Klonick…

Facebook staff members take to Twitter to criticize Zuckerberg’s ‘no fact-check’ position on Trump’s tweets

Facebook staff members take to Twitter to criticize Zuckerberg’s ‘no fact-check’ position on Trump’s tweets

Last week, referring to the protests in Minnesota over the murder of George Floyd by police, US President Donald Trump threatened that military forces would open fire if the situation was not brought under control, in a tweet. Within hours, Twitter hid the tweet citing that it “glorified violence.” However, Facebook decided to remain on the fence and not…