100 years ago: Soldiers greet the “enemy”

There’s a half-full and a half-empty way to read the Christmas Truce of 1914.

Half-full: Soldiers are capable of retaining their humanity.

Half-empty: Why do nations make such fine people kill each other?

Another WWI story that supports the mutual respect of the fighting men: Allies gave the fallen “Red Baron,” Manfred von Richthofen, a dignified military funeral.

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Fact-checking, academia-style

Academics have peer review and other mechanisms to lessen the likelihood of error. These folks seem to be putting in a missing step: publicizing retractions so more people know when a study turns out to be flawed.

Seems worthwhile.

Retraction Watch is growing, thanks to a $400,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation – Retraction Watch at Retraction Watch.

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The Original “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”

I had no idea this wasn’t a They Might Be Giants original. The original recording was in 1953.

The Original “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” | Mental Floss.

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At last, the media are the good guys

Andrew Sullivan rounds up a few good takes firing back at Ferguson prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s griping about the media.

Journalists — and people on social media — are imperfect. But when someone in power starts griping about their watchdog power, that’s someone in power who should consider giving it up.

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Title IX and the Virginia rape shocker

Title IX is an important law, but a rewrite is long overdue:

The question I have been asked a hundred times since the Rolling Stone piece appeared is: How is it possible that a crime as serious as an aggravated, premeditated gang rape can be funneled into an internal disciplinary process? …

The simple answer is that the law requires it. Title IX mandates that universities use administrative conduct processes to address sexual harassment and sexual violence.

via University of Virginia gang rape investigation: Rolling Stone reveals limits of Title IX system..

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No, moving from NBC to Netflix is NOT good news for all of us

Splitsider, my go-to comedy blog, indirectly shows how fragmented our viewing habits are.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a show I’ve been anticipating for a while. It’s from Tina Fey (good), it’s about a women who leaves a cult and tries to make it in the real world (unique, promising) and stars Ellie Kemper (OK, I’m in).

But the show won’t debut on NBC as planned. It’s going to be on Netflix.

Splitsider casts this as good news.

For people who’ve cut the cord from cable and do all their viewing online, I suppose it is. But what about those of us who like comedy and sports? We can’t cut that cord. And we’re getting a little annoyed that we have to subscribe to something ELSE to watch comedy.

In my day, it was all on something called “TV.” And we LIKED it!

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How not to respond to just criticism, Pointergate edition

A grumpy old cop upset that the Minneapolis mayor is holding cops accountable griped to a gullible reporter that the mayor was “flashing a gang sign” when she pointed to a guy helping her on a charitable endeavor. MPR News has the best recap.

It happens. We all make mistakes. We all believe that one grumpy old source too much. You apologize and move on.

You don’t double down on the mistake of talking to Grumpy Old Cop again and calling him “Law Enforcement” in the headline: Law Enforcement: Criticism of Mayor Hodges’ Photo Report Misses the Point | KSTP TV – Minneapolis and St. Paul.

I think the mayor should get out at her next public event and flash the sign for The Van Buren Boys. Maybe that’ll incite people to get out and act out Seinfeld episodes.

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