Links 7/6/11

Links for you. Science:
Fisheries: How Much Damage Can One Hook Do?
Spiders Fleeing Pakistan’s Floodwater Take to the Trees
Assassin Bugs, the Insect World’s Most Cunning Killers
Trusting your instincts: Conservatives may actually be natural liberals at heart (the key part has to do with the role of fear)
Other:
Buy Lohan, Sell High: Why is Lindsay Lohan tweeting about the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy?
Ron Paul’s Surprisingly Lucid Solution to the Debt Ceiling Impasse
The Corrupt Corporate Incarceration Complex
New York’s AG Takes on the Banks
Boston.com: Now free of pop-unders (it was a great way to alienate users)
The New Class War: Child poverty in U.S. nears 25 percent
The Militarized Surrealism of Barack Obama
A bipartisan enemy of the people
Spiked Cities
The Dick Dialogues

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4 Responses to Links 7/6/11

  1. Jeffrey says:

    The article about assassin bugs is pretty cool. It kind of reminds of that Monster Bug Wars show on Science Channel.

  2. chris y says:

    If I wanted lots of people to do something, anything, in any field, I might consider paying Lindsay Lohan a shedload of money to loudly advocate for doing the exact opposite. Am I reading too much into this?

  3. Katharine says:

    The one on conservatives, liberals, and the ‘five moral instincts’ is a little weird.
    There is no problem in harm reduction and equity, but ‘in-group loyalty’, ‘respecting authority’, and ‘purity’ can be quite heavily corrupted, as we see in cases where, for example, religious people disown gay children or blindly follow leaders who preach ridiculous crap.
    Especially ‘purity’. That crap is just infantile.

  4. Kaleberg says:

    re: Liberals and Conservatives
    Gareth Cook seems to have read a different article than the one I read. Conservatives are not ambivalent about all five moral principles. They distinctly favor authority, purity and in group loyalty over avoiding harm and fairness. See Jonathan Haidt’s article in Science http://www.sciencemag.org/content/316/5827/998.full or my take on it at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/05/31/341285/-The-Morality-Gap. Yes, fear is definitely a prominent characteristic of conservatives who are much more likely to be creeped out than liberals, but there is no evidence that conservatives are concerned with fairness or avoiding harm as far as I can tell. Do you have a citation?

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