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Joining The Club?

Dan Nexon argues that efforts to have Ukraine join NATO could be self defeating: Moscow’s greatest fear is that Ukraine winds up a member of NATO. The more that NATO suggests it views Ukraine as worthy of military confrontation, the more Moscow will become convinced...

Cutting arms and tying hands?

Post by Steven Ward and Paul Musgrave The Obama administration’s plans to shrink the U.S. military attracted intense media attention yesterday. The plan is being described as a maneuver to shift the United States’s defense posture away from protracted occupations,...

Why I Left Academia

I left academia because I wanted to make a difference. I went to graduate school for the normal reasons: I’d done well in school, I didn’t really want to get a job, and I needed to learn how to free my mother from the eternal torments of the demon Mephisto. For a...

The Greeks Had a Word For It

How do you spell heteros*edasticity? Economist Alfredo R. Paloyo surveys the evidence and shows that the variant "heteroskedasticity" overtook its rival, "heteroscedasticity", several years ago. Oddly, "homoscedastic", "heteroscedastic", and "homoscedasticity"...

Wednesday Addams Linkage

Brief but important interview with Andrew Gelman. Here's one thing regarding "great applied work": Ask yourself the question: What makes a statistician look like a hero? You might think that the answer would be, Extracting a small faint signal from noise. But I don't...

Wednesday Addams Linkage

There's linkage! Allies release details of alleged Syrian chemical attacks. There have been many of them and they have killed a lot of people. [The New York Times] As Charli mentioned yesterday, congressional debate on Syria shows new support for an attack. Poignant:...

Wednesday Addams Linkage

I guess most folks are on the way to APSA. Have fun in Chicago if you're going--and if you're a member of the APSA council, please consider moving the convention to some weekend besides the first week of school. (Also, #SeattleEveryYear. Just saying! Especially if...