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The US had Reagonomics, the UK had Thatcherism, while New Zealand had Rogernomics and Ruthanasia....

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Jim Bolger, who presided over the acceleration of 'neo-liberal' policies in the 1990s, recently repudiated them saying that "The world has sat silent as they have pursued what's called neo-liberal economic policies, and in fact they have failed." This spurred some heated debate on twitter amongst the pundits, he drew criticism from the left and the right, but found support from new Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern.

John Carlaw's documentary series Revolution (1996) mapped the social and economic changes in New Zealand society in the 1980s and early 1990s. Alister Berry has made a trio of documentaries critical of the neoliberal revolution: Bryan Bruce (Red Sky Film & Television) has made a series of documentaries exploring the far-reaching consequences of NZ's deregulation and privatisation and its impact on child poverty, the gap between rich and poor, the education system, and the housing crisis: Defences of privatisation and deregulation: Crtitiques of privatisation and deregulation:
posted by Start with Dessert at Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:43:34 GMT


John Dunsworth, who played park supervisor Jim Lahey in the long running Canadian series The Trailer Park Boys, has died at the age of 71.
posted by lkc at Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:00:26 GMT


How we feel about Freud: Susie Orbach and Frederick Crews debate his legacy [The Guardian] "For a century or more, Sigmund Freud has cast a long shadow not just over the field of psychoanalysis but over the entire way we think of ourselves as human beings. His theory of the unconscious and his work on dreams, in particular, retain a firm grip on the western imagination, shaping the realms of literature and art, politics and everyday conversation, as well as the way patients are analysed in the consulting room. Since Freud's death in 1939, however, a growing number of dissenting voices have questioned his legacy and distanced themselves from his ideas. Now Freud is viewed less as a great medical scientist than as a powerful storyteller of the human mind whose texts, though lacking in empirical evidence, should be celebrated for their literary value. The following debate, conducted through emails, was prompted by the forthcoming publication of Frederick Crews's book Freud: The Making of an Illusion, which draws on new research materials to raise fresh questions about Freud's competence and integrity." [Previously.]

• The Curious Conundrum of Freud's Persistent Influence [The New York Times]
"Frederick Crews, the eminent literary critic and perennial Freud censor, opens his new study with an important question: "If Freud's career and its impact are so well understood, what justification could there be for another lengthy biographical tract?" This question is especially pertinent since, as Crews goes on to note, Freud's scientific reputation has plummeted over the past generation. Medical authorities have broadly recognized the faulty empirical scaffolding of psychoanalysis and its reliance on outmoded biological models. Mainstream American psychologists moved on decades ago. Yet, confoundingly, Freud "is destined to remain among us as the most influential of 20th-century sages," Crews writes, claiming that the attention bestowed on him by contemporary scholars and commentators ranks with that accorded Shakespeare and Jesus. Here is a fascinating conundrum: The creator of a scientifically delegitimized blueprint of the human mind and of a largely discontinued psychotherapeutic discipline retains the cultural capital of history's greatest playwright and the erstwhile Son of God."
• Why Freud Survives: He's been debunked again and again—and yet we still can't give him up. [The New Yorker]
"The arc of Freud's American reputation tracks the arc of Crews's career. Psychoanalytic theory reached the peak of its impact in the late fifties, when Crews was switching from history-of-ideas criticism to psychoanalytic criticism, and it began to fade in the late sixties, when Crews was starting to notice a certain circularity in his graduate students' papers. Part of the decline had to do with social change. Freudianism was a big target for writers associated with the women's movement; it was attacked as sexist (justifiably) by Betty Friedan in "The Feminine Mystique" and by Kate Millett in "Sexual Politics," as it had been, more than a decade earlier, by Simone de Beauvoir in "The Second Sex." Psychoanalysis was also taking a hit within the medical community. Studies suggesting that psychoanalysis had a low cure rate had been around for a while. But the realization that depression and anxiety can be regulated by medication made a mode of therapy whose treatment times reached into the hundreds of billable hours seem, at a minimum, inefficient, and, at worst, a scam."
• Freud's Clay Feet [The New York Review of Books]
"He portrays Freud as "aroused" by "envy" of the well-connected young French psychologist Pierre Janet, and claims that Freud simply borrowed Janet's conceptions of the unconscious and symptom formation. But the Standard Edition of Freud's writings has sixty references to Janet and his ideas, tracing a sustained argument with him between 1888 and 1925. Freud may want to win the debate, but there is nothing to indicate that he thought his own ideas came to him ex nihilo—as his own notes and countless references to literature ancient and modern suggest. Crews brings a great many, if highly selective, facts to his case. His early Freud is not only a sloppy neurologist but a deluded cocaine addict, a betrayer of friends, homoerotic in his desires (though he may have committed adultery with his sister-in-law), and a doctor who had very few patients on whom to base his ever-changing theories. Those he did have he let down or harmed or falsely suggested ailments to. His only patient was himself. When he didn't steal his ideas from others, he provided no verifiable evidence for any of his own. He was also neurotic, depressive, and sex-obsessed. The rest is all a giant con. The whole edifice of psychoanalysis, Freud's insights over many volumes, is a sham—as must, by deduction, be the worldwide institution of psychoanalysis from Brazil to China and its offshoot therapies."
• Cutting 'Em Down to Size [Slate]
"Crews goes gunning for two distinct Freuds: the doctor/scientist and the man. The former, as Crews acknowledges, has suffered a steep fall in reputation over the past 45 years. The biological model on which psychoanalysis was based has been superseded by newer discoveries, particularly in neurochemistry. Freud published the works that would establish his reputation as a savant of humanity's unacknowledged inner life in the early 1900s; over the subsequent century, it has become ever harder to ignore the lack of empirical evidence for the effectiveness of psychoanalysis as a therapy. Our growing understanding of the complexity of consciousness and the dizzying variety of human experience makes Freud's rigidly universal model of the unconscious and its drives—from the Oedipus complex to penis envy—seem laughable, blinkered by his background as a patriarchal, bourgeois 19th-century Viennese. But to Crews' annoyance, these erosions haven't done enough to wear down Freud's reputation as a bold, original thinker who revolutionized our understanding of the human mind. "
• Finding Freud: Can the founder of psychoanalysis still be relevant today? [The National Post]
"Harsh criticism of Freud has become its own intellectual tradition. Long ago, Karl Popper, the great philosopher of science, questioned Freud's status as a scientist: Experiments that cannot be replicated do not fall in the category of science, Popper quietly pointed out. After enjoying a great vogue in the middle of the 20th century, psychoanalysis lost its popularity among psychiatrists and their patients. It proved too unreliable and far too expensive. As psychotropic drugs developed, they often proved more efficient. [...] But Freud persists as a great figure not for what he learned in the consulting room but for the insights he drew from life, literature and his patients. By the power of his imagination he became, as W.H. Auden declared in his elegy, "a whole climate of opinion" in which we conduct our lives. Freud told us that sometimes love and hate co-exist. He made us believe that sometimes childhood experiences echo through life. He knew (as few did, or admitted they did) that female sexual desire is as powerful as male. He gave legitimacy to sexual desires that were hated or dealt with in the criminal courts. He taught us that sometimes part of our mental life exists in ways mysterious to us. Even after Crews has done his worst, that legacy remains, still vibrant, still full of meaning, still a challenge to all our most sacred thoughts."
posted by Fizz at Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:01:29 GMT


Bennett Foddy, he who made exquisite torture games QWOP (MeFi), CLOP (MeFi) and GIRP (MeFi), released a new game as part of the October Humble Monthly, called Getting Over It. It'll be available on Steam on December 6, but in the meantime you can watch this trailer. It is a surprisingly realistic model of a guy in a cauldron with a pick trying to climb a mountain.
posted by JHarris at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:24:36 GMT


Day 270: Season of war. [this is the U.S. politics thread.]

Lowlights:
Trump stops ACA payments, 18 states sue
Bannon threatens GOP primary challenges
Tillerson is "still intact"
Mueller has interviewed Priebus
Manafort Had $60 Million Relationship With a Russian Oligarch

Corker goes off
posted by lalex at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:32:26 GMT


The new trailer for Marvel's "Black Panther" is here (SLYT).
posted by Ipsifendus at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:30:08 GMT


Richard Wilbur, poet, translator, and lyricist, has died. He was 96.

Some links:

-Wilbur's lyrics for Candide, together with revisions, collaborations, and alternate songs by Leonard Bernstein, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, Stephen Sondheim, and others.

-"Get Happy," Adam Kirsch's 2004 New Yorker profile on Wilbur. ("If Wilbur's essentially hopeful temperament leaves him ill-equipped for certain kinds of moral inquiry, however, it is also the source of his enormous poetic gifts. No other twentieth-century American poet, with the possible exception of James Merrill, demonstrates such a Mozartean felicity in the writing of verse.")

-Commentary, essays, and interviews collected by the University of Illinois.

and some poems:
"Epistemology"

I.
Kick at the rock, Sam Johnson, break your bones:
But cloudy, cloudy is the stuff of stones.

II.
We milk the cow of the world, and as we do
We whisper in her ear, 'You are not true.'
_

"Year's End"

Now winter downs the dying of the year,
And night is all a settlement of snow;
From the soft street the rooms of houses show
A gathered light, a shapen atmosphere,
Like frozen-over lakes whose ice is thin
And still allows some stirring down within.

I've known the wind by water banks to shake
The late leaves down, which frozen where they fell
And held in ice as dancers in a spell
Fluttered all winter long into a lake;
Graved on the dark in gestures of descent,
They seemed their own most perfect monument.

There was perfection in the death of ferns
Which laid their fragile cheeks against the stone
A million years. Great mammoths overthrown
Composedly have made their long sojourns,
Like palaces of patience, in the gray
And changeless lands of ice. And at Pompeii

The little dog lay curled and did not rise
But slept the deeper as the ashes rose
And found the people incomplete, and froze
The random hands, the loose unready eyes
Of men expecting yet another sun
To do the shapely thing they had not done.

These sudden ends of time must give us pause.
We fray into the future, rarely wrought
Save in the tapestries of afterthought.
More time, more time. Barrages of applause
Come muffled from a buried radio.
The New-year bells are wrangling with the snow.
_

From a translation of Baudelaire's "L'Invitation au voyage"

See, sheltered from the swells
There in the still canals
Those drowsy ships that dream of sailing forth;
It is to satisfy
Your least desire, they ply
Hither through all the waters of the earth.
The sun at close of day
Clothes the fields of hay,
Then the canals, at last the town entire
In hyacinth and gold:
Slowly the land is rolled
Sleepward under a sea of gentle fire.

There, there is nothing else but grace and measure,
Richness, quietness, and pleasure.
posted by Iridic at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:18:09 GMT


Callum Donovan-Grujicich is an twelve year-old artist who lives in Whitby, Ontario with his parents, his younger brother and his beloved dog Jiggs. From about the time he was learning to walk, Callum showed a strong inclination towards expressing himself through art, preferably in three dimensions. At the age of ten he began experimenting with the creation of art dolls and has been passionately constructing them ever since. They are made from a variety of materials, including paper clay, wire armature, acrylic paint, fabric, stuffing and various found objects. He hand sews all the clothes.
posted by Room 641-A at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:13:02 GMT


When cartoonist Brian Fies's house burned down, he started drawing.
It's much less polished than my usual work, but that's part of the point. Writing, penciling and inking an 18-page comic like this would normally take me a few weeks. I did this over parts of four days using a bad brush pen and art supplies from Target--Sharpie pens, highlighters and crummy paper--because Target was the only open store I could find within 20 miles.

It's a first-person report from the front line. They're not always pretty.

Page 9 has some profanity. Actually, it has nothing but profanity. Sorry. I wrestled with that, but that's exactly the way it happened and I am an honest reporter.
Brian Fies previously on MetaFilter.
posted by Lexica at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:22:08 GMT


What Sewing Samplers Tell Us About Women's Lives from the 17th to 19th Centuries.
The Fitzwilliam Museum's exhibit Sampled Lives exhibition shows how samplers (needlework training and practice) hold hidden messages in symbolism and contain clues of the lives of women and girls who made them.

You can even buy reproduction kits.

American Needlework in the Eighteenth Century
A Brief History of Embroidery Samplers
A stitch in time: Research looks at old samplers in new ways

Six Samplers in the National Archives, Part 1
Martha Earl is my/ name
Hackensack is/ my station
Heaven/ is my dwelling [place]/
And Christ is my [sal/v]ation
When I [am]/ dead and in my grav/
- e and all my bones/ are rotten
For/ this you sea remem/ber me
That I are/ not forgottin/
She was born August/ 1 AD 1781
ABCDEFGHI
posted by the man of twists and turns at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:24:42 GMT


If every person who has been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. Me too is sweeping across facebook and Twitter. Note: this is a post about sexual harassment and assault.
posted by theora55 at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:30:27 GMT


Designer and man-about-Internet shares his personal history of Twitter.
posted by nerdfish at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:50:39 GMT


Surviving a 15,000-feet fall. One very bad day over, in, and on the Pacific Ocean. (via)

Previously.
posted by doctornemo at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:42:55 GMT


Economics for a changing world - "An open-access platform for anyone who wants to understand the economics of innovation, inequality, environmental sustainability, and more..."

The teaching of economics gets an overdue overhaul - "Yet the standard curriculum is hardly calibrated to impart these lessons."
The CORE project (for Curriculum Open-access Resources in Economics) seeks to change all this. It sprang from student protests in Chile in 2011 over the perceived shortcomings of their lessons. A Chilean professor, Oscar Landerretche, worked with other economists to design a new curriculum. He, Sam Bowles, of the Santa Fe Institute, Wendy Carlin, of University College London (UCL), and Margaret Stevens, of Oxford University, painstakingly knitted contributions from economists around the world into a text that is free, online and offers interactive charts and videos of star economists. That text is the basis of economics modules taught by a small but growing number of instructors.

"The Economy", as the book is economically titled, covers the usual subjects, but in a very different way. It begins with the biggest of big pictures, explaining how capitalism and industrialisation transformed the world, inviting students to contemplate how it arrived at where it is today. Messy complications, from environmental damage to inequality, are placed firmly in the foreground. It explains cost curves, as other introductory texts do, but in the context of the Industrial Revolution, thus exposing students to debates about why industrialisation kicked off when and where it did. Thomas Malthus's ideas are used to teach students the uses and limitations of economic models, combining technical instruction with a valuable lesson from the history of economic thought. "The Economy" does not dumb down economics; it uses maths readily, keeping students engaged through the topicality of the material. Quite early on, students have lessons in the weirdness in economics—from game theory to power dynamics within firms—that makes the subject fascinating and useful but are skimmed over in most introductory courses.

Teaching the CORE curriculum feels like doing honest work, says Rajiv Sethi, of Barnard College, who contributed to the CORE textbook. Academic economists do not hide from students the complications they grapple with in their own research.
A New Way to Learn Economics - "The CORE approach isn't particularly radical. (Students looking for expositions of Marxian economics or Modern Monetary Theory will have to look elsewhere.) ... The CORE curriculum also takes economic history seriously... The text stresses that technical progress is the primary force driving economic growth. Citing the Yale economist William Nordhaus's famous study of the development of electric lighting, it illustrates how standard economic statistics, such as the gross domestic product, sometimes fail to fully account for this progress. Befitting a twenty-first-century text, sections devoted to the causes and consequences of technological innovation recur throughout the e-book, and the information economy receives its own chapter." Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems - "This introductory course, taught by Raj Chetty, shows how 'big data' can be used to understand and solve some of the most important social and economic problems of our time. The course gives students an introduction to frontier research in applied economics and social science that does not require prior coursework in Economics or Statistics. Topics include equality of opportunity, education, health, the environment, and criminal justice. In the context of these topics, the course provides an introduction to basic statistical methods and data analysis techniques, including regression analysis, causal inference, quasi-experimental methods, and machine learning." Adjusting to Trade... and Innovation - "Beyond the overly simplistic framing of trade as 'good' or 'bad' — by politicians, by Econ 101 — why is the topic of trade (or rather, economies and people adjusting to trade) so damn hard? A big part of it has to do with not seeing the human side of trade, let alone the big picture across time and place... as is true for many tech innovations, too... And where does China come in — and out — of this picture?"

Tyler Cowen's stubborn attachments - "Economist and polymathic author Tyler Cowen talks to Cardiff about his essay, 'Stubborn Attachments', in which he shares his vision for a free and prosperous society - and the philosophical foundations necessary to build it." Dan Drezner on the economics of ideas - "Dan Drezner, writer and professor of international politics, joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss his latest book, 'The Ideas Industry: how pessimists, partisans and plutocrats are transforming the marketplace of ideas'. They also talk about the global populist wave, identity-based politics, and how to resist the temptation to say yes to everything."

The inventor of microfinance has an idea for fixing capitalism - "The belief that money and wealth are the ultimate good has, Yunus thinks, given rise to three great societal ills: Unemployment, as competition for a set number of jobs; environmental destruction, which is accepted as a side-effect of economic growth; and poverty, an inevitable consequence of wealth concentration."

Does Finance Benefit Society? - "That the financial sector has made rent-seeking and the purchase of politicians into a fine art should come as no surprise."

The Financialization Of America... And Its Discontents - "Labor's share of the national income is in freefall as a direct result of the optimization of financialization."
The explanations include automation, globalization/offshoring, the high cost of housing, a decline of corporate competition (i.e. the dominance of cartels and quasi-monopolies), a failure of our educational complex to keep pace, stagnating gains in productivity, and so on.

Each of these dynamics may well exacerbate the trend, but they all dodge the dominant driver of wage stagnation and rise income-wealth inequality: our economy is optimized for financialization, not labor/earned income... capital and profits flow to the scarcities created by asymmetric access to information, leverage and cheap credit — the engines of financialization.

Financialization funnels the economy's rewards to those with access to opaque financial processes and information flows, cheap central bank credit and private banking leverage.

Together, these enable financiers and corporations to get the borrowed capital needed to acquire and consolidate the productive assets of the economy, and commoditize those productive assets, i.e. turn them into financial instruments that can be bought and sold on the global marketplace...
The 5 Steps to World Domination - "You don't need an army to achieve World Domination; all you need is enough cheap credit to buy up everything that generates the highest value and/or income."
posted by kliuless at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:43:50 GMT


Inward.Audio Real time streaming video mashups paired with the Fnoob techno stream. (Warnings: Blinking, flashing lights, potentially NSFW imagery, widely varying loud techno.)
posted by loquacious at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:23:09 GMT


Another merrily morbid meme for your Monday: you are already dead. What started with a ridiculous anime/ kung fu trope-tastic delayed death from various attacks by Kenshiro in Fist of the North Star (previously) expanded online, as memes tend to do, mostly in silly sorts of ways.

While the delayed death via attack on pressure points or poison is also a trope of its own, though named on TV Tropes for Kenshiro's stoic statement, "omae wa mou shindeiru" or "you are already dead" from Fist of the North Star is the most parodied and meme-ified image and phrase, if you're searching for general foolishness.
posted by filthy light thief at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:28:25 GMT


Apparently there is a new, valid nonce reuse attack for WPA2... Well, it looks like one of the last reasonable bastions of IT security is breached. It appears you can bypass WPA2 using an attack forcing key reinstallation by manipulating modding and replaying crypto packets to get WPA2 to reset keys.

They haven't made the formal announcement yet, but the site is currently up and the paper is here.
posted by Samizdata at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:23:07 GMT