Things I do and don’t hear

In the category of “signs of mood affiliation” here is a short list of things I do an don’t hear:

1. Do hear: “Who funded that study showing GMOs weren’t that bad?”

Don’t hear: “Who funded that study showing climate change is a serious problem to future human health?”

2. Do hear: “Are you aware of the methodological and measurement problems of GDP?”

Don’t hear: “Are you aware of the methodological and measurement problems of the inequality data?”

3. Do hear: “That scathing op-ed in the New York Times by the ex-Wall Street executive really hit the nail on the head.”

Don’t hear: “That scathing op-ed in the New York Times by the ex-Wall Street executive was an ‘n’ of 1.”

Do hear: “That interview with the Iraqi teenager who supported America’s invasion was an ‘n’ of 1. Surely, there are many other contrary opinions among Iraqis.”

4. Do hear: “You can’t trust the Coors executive’s argument about alcohol consumption. He works for a brewing company, he’s totally biased!”

Don’t hear: “You can’t trust the MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Driving) spokesperson’s word about alcohol consumption, her son was killed by a drunk driver, she’s totally biased!”

5. Do hear: “We need to learn from and honor the traditional practices of the Tanzanian farmer.”

Don’t hear: “We need to learn from and honor the scientific techniques of the modern American farmer.”

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