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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…

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…

WPP PR giant Hill + Knowlton Strategies was starting to revive its US business. Now the pandemic threatens to unwind those efforts.

WPP PR giant Hill + Knowlton Strategies was starting to revive its US business. Now the pandemic threatens to unwind those efforts.

Hill + Knowlton is trying to rebuild its business after a series of losses over the past decade.The WPP-owned public relations agency has been changing how it charges clients, investing in creative and digital work, and shaking up its leadership.It folded one of its best-known subsidiaries, Blanc & Otus.But morale problems and internal divisions linger…