Links 10/1/14

Links for you. Science:

What You Need To Know About Misleading Education Graphs, In Two Graphs (“There’s no reason why insisting on proper causal inference can’t be fun.”)
The 5 Biggest Mistakes in the Ebola Outbreak
Are Bees Back Up on Their Knees?
How To Rid the World of Rabies


War without end: The U.S. may still be fighting in Syria in 2024, 2034, 2044… (must-read)
Lies the media repeats about Iraq: Phony patriotism, fake Syrian “moderates” and the very real end of empire (excellent)
Frat brothers rape 300% more. One in 5 women is sexually assaulted on campus. Should we ban frats?
Two People With Nothing To Say About Sean Taylor
The myth of religious violence (one minor but important point is that ‘traditional’ beliefs are often reactions to imposed modernity and not traditional at all)
The most important chart about the American economy you’ll see this year
Why aren’t the British middle-classes staging a revolution?
The War Against Asymmetric Information: The Case of Subprime Auto Lending
The Future Of Design, Imagined Honestly. Invisible losers, VR police states: “A History of the Future in 100 Objects” gets right what most futurist concepts get wrong.
“Homeland” And Other Un-American Words and Ideas
Moonshot thinking
Why Don’t We Have Real Data on Charter Schools? Charters were supposed to be laboratories for innovation. Instead, they are stunningly opaque.

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Plymouth DeLuxe

Observed at 19th and S Streets, Dupont Circle, D.C.:

Plymouth deluxe

The grill:

Plymouth deluxe

The side:
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Fever Swamps of the Wingnut Mind: The North Carolina Edition

So we read this about the Great State of North Carolina:

At Chatham Industrial Supply, a hardware store here, its owner, Richard Kernodle, grumbled recently about what he called the “liberal artists” who have moved to this city of 8,100 — opening galleries, throwing pottery and generally bringing the kind of lifestyle and politics one might expect 45 minutes away in the progressive college town of Chapel Hill.

Your typical hippie punching. Here’s one item from the list of particulars:

Mr. Kernodle, 56, said that some of the newcomers wanted to paint murals on downtown buildings without securing the proper permits.

Agreed. You shouldn’t do that. Second complaint:

They want gay rights taught in the schools.

Are we on the way to the crazy train? Let’s find out!

And he has heard a rumor that some of them tend their gardens in the nude.

I do not understand how anyone credibly believes such nonsense. At this point, conservatism should not be thought of as an ideology, but as a mass communicable psychotic break.

And the congregation responds: This is yet another reason why we can’t have nice things.

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Links 9/30/14

Links for you. Science:

Scientists Find ‘Direct Link’ Between Earthquakes And Process Used For Oil And Gas Drilling
These Stunning Photos of Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You
Bad News for Obama: Fracking May Be Worse Than Burning Coal. New science shows that thanks to methane leaks, gas won’t work as a “bridge fuel.”
Lessons from Nature: Recycle Allies that Stop Being Useful


Ferguson is our “libertarian moment,” but not in the way some libertarians want you to believe (absolute must-read; important point about Radley Balko and Stand Your Ground Laws)
Get Ready for the Great Teacher Exodus (it’s already happening in North Carolina)
Venture capitalists and for-profit firms are salivating over the exploding $788.7 billion market in K-12 education. What does this mean for public school students?
Ferguson reminder
Occupational Hazards of Working on Wall Street
“I’ll fucking cut you.” Behind the scenes of the 1491s’ segment on “The Daily Show”
Bill Clinton Is Right: Storyline Reporting Has Poisoned the Political Press
Republicans Still Having a Hard Time Believing In Racism
Standing No More
Israel’s Bloated War Machine: Prime Minister Netanyahu promotes and sometimes manufactures an endless series of national security crises. The military and settlers win; everyone else loses.
The US Has Spent Tens of Millions of Dollars Fighting Pirates, and It Still Failed: Despite US military efforts, maritime insecurity has been markedly on the rise in the waters off West Africa.
White House Rolls Out “It’s On Us” Campaign

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17th and R

Observed in Dupont Circle:

Corner at night

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Drone Strikes As a Failure of DHS

One of the reasons we are conducting air attacks in Iraq and Syria is because of a group called Khorasan, which is supposed to be planning nefarious evil doings against the ‘homeland.’ Unfortunately, it seems Khorasan might be a bit, erm, aspirational. But I digress.

Digby, as she is wont to do, raises an excellent question:

Can somebody tell me where the hell the trillions of dollars in Homeland Security, beefed up FBI, NSA, CIA and local and state police over the past went? Was it one of those Green Zone boondoggles with a bunch of Heritage Foundation idiots letting money run through their fingers like water? Because if it wasn’t we need a major re-evaluation of where this money has been spent. We’ve got a full fledged panic being raised by right wing media in which we are apparently in such imminent danger of being overrun by ISIS terrorists that we have to invade … the middle east, apparently and bomb everything in sight.

Well, obviously we’re fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them here. To use a phrase. Because that prevented the Boston Marathon bombings…no wait… that was one of the Tsarnaevs’ motivations.

Fortunately, we have a really good internal security system, so it will all work out fine, I’m sure.

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Links 9/29/14

Links for you. Science:

Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium?
STEM Grads Are at a Loss: Those who claim there’s a STEM skills shortage are ignoring the evidence.
To Get More Out of Science, Show the Rejected Research
Peter Thiel’s Uncomplimentary Views of Big Pharma
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?


Will Obama’s ISIS Strategy Actually Worsen the Terror Threat?
Sparing the Rod Won’t Spoil the Racism
Who’s Going to Pay For the Latest Iraq War?
Bloomberg: Beyond the Billions (the greatest lie supposed technocrats ever told is that they are competent managers)
Disillusioned Parent Pulled Daughter from Girls Prep Charter – another hedge funded scam
What Is India? Why India’s boom years have been a bust.
The US Has Been the World’s Sole Superpower for the Last 13 Years—Why Hasn’t It Done Anything Good? Now, across a vast and growing swath of the planet, the main force at work seems not to be the concentration of power, but its fragmentation. (related thoughts here)
Why Liberians Thought Ebola Was a Government Scam to Attract Western Aid
Why Paul Krugman Is Wrong about the Cost of Climate Protection, and Why it Matters
I turned my apartment into a smart home… and all I got was bored
So What Do We Do After We Destroy ISIS?
The War Nerd: Bombs away in the Middle East! But why is Israel so quiet?
The Show-Off Society

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