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2007 Dozier Internet Law Google Rankings – Week 4

This week’s poll is a tale of stability. Of the top 10 entry, only two are not holds. The biggest gainer is Plagiarism Today, which is apparently enjoying the popularity of a mention on Writing Thoughts. “PT” jumps 7 points to #6, while Blog of M’Gath gives way, falling 13 spaces to #18. Ars Technica is the other mover in the Top 12, jumping one position to #5.

Only one entry fell out of the Top 25: Jown W Dozier Jr’s blog. A discussion thread from Something Awful takes old #23 Dozier’s place and then some, standing tall at #12.

Because there are now only 3 Dozier-affiliated sites in the Top 25 (down from 4 in Weeks 3 and 2, and 7 in Week 1), only three pages are included in the “Others receiving votes” category. Of those three, one had dropped from the rankings last week, while the others received votes in the previous round.

Name This Week Last Time Change
Dozier Internet Law, PC 1 1 holds 2 2 holds
tdaxp 3 3 holds 4 4 holds
Ars Techncia 5 6 +1
Plagiarism Today 6 13 +7
FindLaw 7 7 holds
CLP 8 8 holds
New York Personal Injury Lawyer 9 9 holds
Gamespot 10 10 holds
Accidental Blogger 11 12 +1
Something Awful 12 ( – ) new
Tailrank 13 11 -2
Dozier Internet Law Sucks 14 14 holds
Dreaming 5GW 15 18 +3 16 19 +3
South Dakota Politics 17 17 holds
Blog of M’Gath 5 18 -13
Yahoo! Delicious 19 15 -4
Phatic Communion 20 20 holds 21 16 -5
Jim River Report 22 21 -1 23 22 -1
I Hate Linux 24 24 holds 25 25 holds

Others Receiving Votes: Topix (dropped from rankings), Public Citizen Litigation Group (received votes), Code Prairie (received votes)

Dropped From Rankings: John W Dozier Jr

Giuliani and Thompson Right on Climate Change

Eilperin, J. (Nov. 6, 2007). Climate is a risky issue for democrats: candidates back costly proposals. Washington Post, A1,

Of the major candidates, only Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson have it together on global climate change:

While Democrats are working to outdo each other on climate change — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, for example, supports a 90 percent greenhouse gas reduction by midcentury — GOP presidential candidates remain more skeptical, to say the least. Former senator Fred D. Thompson (Tenn.) stands by his commentary on National Review Online that warming on other planets has led some people “to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air-conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle.”

Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said in the wake of Gore’s Nobel Prize win that when it comes to global warming, “if we try to deal with it at too hysterical a pace, we could create problems.”

Among Republicans, only Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) — who began crusading against climate change after a heckler dressed as a penguin followed him around New Hampshire during his 2000 presidential bid — backs a specific, 60 percent cut in greenhouse gases by 2050. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee endorsed a mandatory carbon cap last month but has not laid out specifics.

(In fairness, Mitt Romney is not mentioned in the article, but the LCV profile is informative.)

Human-caused (“anthropogenic”) climate change may be happening. But if it is, nearly all “solutions” being talked about are worse than the problem. A better approach would be to fight HIV/AIDS, feed the hungry, and grow the economy — if you are concerned about human welfare, and not merely the puritanism of global warming religion.

The Kansas and Nebraska Acts

The new BCS poll is out this week, and the good news is that 3 of the top 6 teams are in the Big 12 (and two of those are from the Big 12 North):

1. Ohio State
2. LSU
3. Oregon
4. Kansas
5. Oklahoma
6. Missouri

The bad news is that Kansas jumped from 8 to 4 on account of our Nebraska Cornhuskers’ record-breakingly bad performance. We have lost more games in a row than ever before, gave up more points in a half than ever before, and gave up more points total than ever before.

The question is should Coach Callahan and Defensive Coordinator Cosgrove be fired now, or stay on so this season is unambiguously theres.

From the Fire Callahan and Cosgrove side:

Coaching: 0 Kansas scored 19 points the last two weeks…they quadrupled that yesterday thanks to Coz’s defense and Callahan completely abandoning the running game to put the game completely in the hands of a first time starter at quarterback. Please guys… don’t damage your careers any more, just resign today.
Overall: F It’s over Bill. Coach Osborne, please call an audible and do what needs to be done now.

From the Let Callahan and Cosgrove hang perspective

Forget the idea that he (or Bill Callahan) should resign or be fired. He shouldn’t. He shouldn’t be let off the hook. At the end of the season, we can write about how this is the worst season in Nebraska’s history and it can be attributed to him without any asterisks attached. This becomes more important as times marches on. Think about that for a minute. When my sons are old enough to have their own kids, they can look in a record book somewhere and Kevin Cosgrove’s name will be attached to this season.

The best summary is from the NU v. KU open thread:

now witnessing the death throes of the Callasham regime.

All links from Corn Nation

Automaticity (Automation of Schemata)

Curtis was kind enough to except some of my thoughts on automaticity over at Dreaming 5GW. The section he highlighted was from OODA Alpha, which is an early draft of an academic paper I am writing on John Boyd’s OODA (Observe-Orient-Decide-Act) loop, applied to educational psychology. Since then, much of the paper has been rewritten. Below are the paragraphs from the current draft that reference automaticity. While the the rest of this post is assembled from different sections of my OODA paper, they serve to put my current thoughts on automaticity, with respect to the latest research. So without further ado, some words on automaticity, or the automation of mental structures:

Within the OODA model, two aspects of decision are most apparent. First, it is slower. While orientation can directly guide action, decision making represents an additional step to this process. However, just as harmful is the dampening of the power of orientation and its related automaticity. Decision can be the distracting result of environmental conditions that make exploiting one’s prior knowledge impossible. A fuller discussion on this phenomenon of disorientation is included below.

One of the sub-processes of orientation is analysis / synthesis, so it is no surprise that System 1 and System 2 activities together lead to a change of orientation. An example of this dual-system approach to learning can be seen in Leahy & Sweller’s investigation into cognitive load theory (Leahy & Sweller, 2005). After defining learning as the creation and automation of the appropriate schemata, the authors conduct two experiments into this reorientation. Their finding is that in processing complex information, directing experienced learners to imagine a correct answer produces better learning than directing them to study the appropriate material. That is, deciding to rely on orientation produces a good reorientation.

The ultimate result of reorientation is automated, effortless, orientation-level control over tasks. This result, and how to get it, is aptly described by Topping, Samuels, & Paul (2007). In experiments focused on improving reading comprehension, both the quantity and quality of practice is shown to matter. Again the interaction between orientation and decision in reorientation is revealed. With each new quality practice, the mental schemata related to a task are reinforced, requiring less decision to execute them. At the beginning of learning, large-scale decisive control over action is required. At the end, decision does not impact the result as actions are implicitly guided and controlled from orientation.

Cognitive overload, leading to disorientation, can be useful in disrupting automaticity. The positive benefits of automaticity are described above as they are the product of orientation, but automaticity also degrades performance in some areas. One negative aspect is that experts have a reduced ability to change automated behavior, precisely because the behavior is automated and not under conscious control (Wheatley & Wegner, 2001). More subtly, the expertise reversal effect may cause experts to perform more poorly than notices in some instructional situations. Specifically, expertise may act as a form of redundancy, forcing a learner to handle both a schema for already learned information as well as another scheme for nearly identical information being processed (Kalyuga, 2007).

Automaticity is often focused on academic knowledge. However, the same process of decisive analysis and synthesis leading to a new orientation occur in social information processing, as well. Gable and Van Acker (2004) describe this perspective at length in their look at the origin and treatment of socially poor behavior. A broader look at the benefits of disorienting social behavior is below, in the section on peer interaction.

The central finding of both the practical and arbitrary programs of experimentation is that orientation level processes are critical components for learning. Effortful decision may be useful in certain classroom tasks, especially at it relates to building automaticity, but learning fundamentally involves building schemata in orientation. To the extent that manipulation on the learner’s orientation achieve educational outcomes better than conscious-level decision making, orientation and not decision is the proper focus of instruction.

As described in the section on disorientation, social learning is similar to academic learning in that it involves the creation and automation of schemata. Access and use of these mental structures becomes increasingly fast and effortless over time, becoming difficult to change. In the context of cheating, harmful cooperative patterns of behavior are learned by students and, the more often executed, the easier to repeat.


Gable, R.A. & Van Acker, R. (2004). Sometimes, practice makes imperfect: Overcoming the aromaticity of challenging behavior by linking intervention to thoughts, feelings, and actions. Education and Treatment of Children, 27(4), 476-489.

Kalyuga, S. (2007). Expertise reversal effect and its implications for learner-tailored instructions. Educational Psychology Review, 19, 509-539.

Leahy, W. & Sweller, J. (2005). Interactions among the imagination, expertise reversal, and interactivity effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 11(4), 266-276.

Topping, K.J., Samuels, J., & Paul, T. (2007). Does practice make perfect? Independent reading quantity, quality, and student achievement. Learning and Instruction, 17(3), 253-264.

Wheatley, T., & Wegner, D. M. (2001). Automaticity of action, Psychology of. In N. J. Smelser & P. B. Baltes (Eds.), International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences, (pp. 991-993). Oxford, UK: Elsevier Science Limited.

All right, who’s first: Africa or the Islamic world?

Tom’s recent post about enaging China on building Africa is a must read. I already commented over at this blog.

The Gap is essentially composed of the African and Islamic states in the world. However, the challenges we face in those theaters are remarkable different. In Africa, we’re essentially building from weak foundations across the board. A difficult job, but a combination of Chinese money and American will can go a long way. In the Islamic world, however, we face intelligent, organized, and modern foes with not just allies, but actual compatriots among the Left.

To me, this implies that we should focus on constructive engagement with Africa , and destructive disengagement with the Islamic world. That is, the flow of labor and capital should increase between the world economy and sub-Saharan Africa, while American and her allies should focus on destabilizing the system of the Islamic belt and otherwise walling ourselves off. This may be “civilizational apartheid,” but it should not serve to increase the positions of either the current regimes or the worst of their opponents.

A film called Treason

Saw Lust, Caution by Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Brokeback Mountain) at “the Ross” on the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s city campus. With no comment on the raciness, it’s the best film on love of other v. love of others v. love of country I can recall.

The central plot, involving a KMT (insurgent cell) plot to kill a “KMT” (Peace Faction / Japanese Collaborator) minister is perfectly executed.

Plus, any film with Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Days of Being Wild; 2046) and Joan Chen (The Last Emperor; Twin Peaks)? Bull’s eye!