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Jon Erik Kingstad

Afton, MN
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4 years 19 weeks

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Posted on 11/03/14 at 02:43 pm in response to Does the field of social psychology have an anti-conservative bias?

A study in 2009 sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council concluded that confirmation bias, the tendency of research to be undermined by subjective influence, is a problem in the so-called forensic sciences. It made this conclusion from the model of scientific research which assumes that such bias exists but then designed experiments and studies to factor out the bias. One of the biggest problems for the "forensic sciences" was the resistance among the...

Posted on 11/03/14 at 12:27 pm in response to The big question: Is our election system working?

Eric writes: "But public opinion, filtered through the political process, may be preventing public policy from moving in a direction that either camp opposes."

I'm not sure I understand that comment. Shouldn't it have been written" "preventing public policy from moving in a direction that either camp wishes"? Or "preventing public policy from moving in a direction that both camps oppose"?

I think it is true that "pubic opinion, filtered through the political process, IS...

Posted on 11/03/14 at 02:45 pm in response to The big question: Is our election system working?

"We got a President who allowed the Bush tax cuts, which were a demonstrably abysmal failure, to continue."

Minnesota's Thorstein Veblen once wrote that it is the job of the editor (if not the publisher) to know and tell the public what they like to believe. A lot of people, including some MinnPost readers and commenters, like to believe that a bunch of empty suits, like Mills, Paulson and Kline, will be elected on Tuesday and that it will be a good thing, never mind why. These people would prefer that newspapers like the Star Tribune keep the facts under raps because it tends to confuse them....

Posted on 10/30/14 at 08:22 am in response to Big money in the 7th Congressional District race

Just in case someone tuning might be wondering what does Strib endorsement of John Kline have to do with for-profit private schools and student loans: John Kline is one of the leading recipients of campaign funds from private for-profit colleges. The ones which have been raking in borrowed tuition using federally subsidized student loans. Our tax dollars at work getting a twofer: keeping useless for-profit schools alive and useless John Kline in Congress.

Posted on 10/29/14 at 02:28 pm in response to Four lingering thoughts about U.S. elections

Let's see, over the past six years, the right wing- mostly GOP but also with plenty of DINO support- blocked truly progressive health insurance reform like single payer or even a public option; blocked any progressive reform of the financial industry or the mortgage lending and banking industry; any reform of student lending; and blocked scores of judicial appointments and appointments to other government positions requiring Senate approval. Plus, no one has undone any of the disasters which...

Posted on 10/28/14 at 07:53 pm in response to In (weak) defense of political ads

I'd argue that lawn signs convey more information about candidates than TV and radio campaign ads. Lawn signs tell you who is running and for what office. If you know your neighbor who has the lawn sign and you know something about that neighbor, you might have an idea how that candidate leans and whether you might also want to lean that way or not.

Phone calls used to be good way of getting the vote out. A few days ago, I had a phone call from the wife of the person running for...

Mr. Magrino is in favor of compelling Met Council members to use the Met Transit at least once during their term. I'd second that and suggest a friendly amendment that one route be taking a non-express route from downtown Minneapolis to St. Paul or vice-versa.

I wonder how many Met. Council members there are who have ever been aware that the Met. Council has approved a number of comprehensive land use plans like the 1978 Woodbury Comprehensive Plan, assumed 85% of the transportation...

Posted on 10/22/14 at 08:07 am in response to The dirty secret behind attack ads

I've heard from many people over the years that politicians use negative campaign advertising because "it works", don't ya know. As if it were a something everybody knows. Now we know from this article that this slimy campaign strategy is purposeful and actually has a slimy purpose. My only question is: has there been any independent survey that it actually does work as intended? Because negative campaign ads might be seen also as a way of morale building for a candidate's supporters.

Posted on 10/18/14 at 08:59 am in response to GOP targets Met Council as campaign issue

Mr. Schoch has well summed up my thoughts as well.

One more thing though: the Met Council retains legal and fiscal control over local municipal land use planning through approval of comprehensive plans and sewer and water extensions. The law has never tied these things to expansion of public transit, especially light rail. The suburbs today were specifically designed around automobile ownership and "automobility" . Virtually no consideration was given to walking, biking or bus use,...