Links 7/7/12

I’ve discovered a new particle: the Higgs Moron. Let’s celebrate with some links. Science:

Discovering my microbiome: “You, my friend, are a wonderland”
“That’s Not a Beer Bong, It’s a Breast Pump!” Representations of Breastfeeding in Prime-Time Fictional Television.
It looks like a giant eel! Photographer captures rare moment world’s weirdest whale breaches the ocean surface
Why the Higgs boson wasn’t discovered in America
Why the Higgs Particle Matters

Other:

Infringements on Worker’s Rights: Not Imaginary (must-read)
Republican lawmaker tells worker wanting higher minimum wage to ‘get a job’ (this is what happens when the creationist mindset is applied to a real-life situation)
The ObamaCare Tax on the Middle Class
Federal Government Can Restore Full Employment –If Only it Wanted to Do So
The Data Are Speaking
Nobody Takes Conservative Wingnuttery at Face Value
Racism Against White People
This is what online harassment looks like (“One woman stands on a soapbox and expresses an idea. She is instantly surrounded by an army of 5,000 angry people yelling the worst kind of abuse at her in an attempt to shut her up. Yes, there’s a free speech issue there. But not the one you think.”)
The Conservative Misinformation Campaign About Obamacare Has Worked Really, Really Well
Markets and Freedom: Common Mistakes
Dear GOP: Entitlements are no free ride
Why Welfare-to-Work Fails (of course, it was designed to reduce the rolls, not help people get jobs, so one could argue it’s working quite well…)
Bob Diamond Performs “Je Ne Regrette Rien”
Today in Sucky Methodology

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2 Responses to Links 7/7/12

  1. Misaki says:

    >Republican lawmaker tells worker wanting higher minimum wage to ‘get a job’ (this is what happens when the creationist mindset is applied to a real-life situation)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_wage#Surveys_of_economists

    Surveys of labor economists have found a sharp split on the minimum wage. Fuchs et al. (1998) polled labor economists at the top 40 research universities in the United States on a variety of questions in the summer of 1996. Their 65 respondents were nearly evenly divided when asked if the minimum wage should be increased. They argued that the different policy views were not related to views on whether raising the minimum wage would reduce teen employment (the median economist said there would be a reduction of 1%), but on value differences such as income redistribution.

  2. Misaki says:

    Also… “Federal Government Can Restore Full Employment –If Only it Wanted to Do So”
    Quotes:
    1) The right says we can’t borrow and spend our way to full employment, but there is no economic basis for their arguments.
    2) If you pick any country with as high a life expectancy as ours, and plug their health care costs per person into our budget, our long-term budget deficit will disappear. So we just need to have normal health care costs – not budget cuts.

    The article writer needs to make up their mind, less spending or more. High health costs may not be the most efficient way to spend but it is spending.

    3) The problem is not a lack of solutions, but a lack of political will.

    The “solutions” given in the article all consist of higher government spending.

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