Quote of the day

“I have built a confirmation bias so strongly into my own fabric that it’s hard to imagine a fact that could wonk me,” . . . . “At some level, the news has become a vast apparatus for continually proving me right in my pre-existing prejudices about the world.”Jesse Armstrong

2 Responses to Quote of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    We are all guilty of that of course, it is a very human thing

    As is parochialism, which maybe the same thing in different clothes

    So even though the story is grim, the sort of headline an lead paragraphs posted below always amuses me.
    No Kiwis among 150 dead in horror French plane crash

    No New Zealand passport holders were amongst the 150 people killed aboard a passenger jet that crashed in the French Alps overnight.

  2. Andrei says:

    It is a grim story indeed

    Schoolchildren in the German town of Haltern wept openly and lit candles for 16 students and two teachers who died when their plane crashed in the Alps on Tuesday. They were returning from an exchange trip to Spain.

    “It’s the darkest day in this town’s history,” said Bodo Klimpel, mayor of the town of less than 40,000 people, as he tried to fight back tears. “We’re in a state of shock. It’s the worst thing ever imaginable.”

    The 10th grade students – aged 15 and 16 – from Josef Konig Gymnasium were due to return through Dusseldorf airport on Tuesday afternoon after a Spanish-language exchange trip to Barcelona, where they had spent the past week. Rumors began to spread throughout classrooms, and children attempted to contact their classmates.

    Nothing controversial, just very sad

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