Links for you. Science:

Could a Newly Developed RNA-Based Vaccine Offer Lifelong Protection From Flu?
Representative Dan Burton’s last antivaccine hurrah is scheduled for November 29
Ecologists need to do a better job of prediction – part I – the insidious evils of ANOVA
Thorium To Be Tested in a Working Nuclear Reactor
How Can Big Pharma Restore A Reputation?


He Felt Threatened (must-read)
Is Taxing Capital OK? (Yes, see the second half)
“UFOs” Over Denver Bug Me
Fracking Our Food Supply
The Insourcing Boom (though see this)
Should YOU Go to Grad School? A Guide
Skittish Democrats putting filibuster reform in peril
Class Wars of 2012
White House Makes Aggressive Opening Bid in Fiscal Slope Negotiations
Democrats dig Big Bird; Republicans not so much
Ed Rendell Is on the Wrong Side of the Class War: What you need to know about his “Fix the Debt” cabal.
Susan Rice’s Conflict of Interest – Major Holdings in Tar Sands Oil, Keystone XL Pipeline, and Canadian Financiers

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2 Responses to 12/1/12

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    “Thorium To Be Tested in a Working Nuclear Reactor”

    It would be interesting to know what the dickens they’re trying to do. So far as I can tell (a person doesn’t dare do many searches about nuclear ‘anything’) the reactor in question wasn’t a bad choice – it’s pretty deep down under solid rock.


    From what little I know, one of the few things thorium has going for it is that it’s lots more common than uranium. Wouldn’t matter much to me if some evildoer slagged a nearby Th reactor instead of a U one. Of if I get vaporized by a U-233 weapon rather than one of the ‘regular’ types. But some of the propaganda has thorium right up there with free beer.


    I don’t buy it.

    “Fracking Our Food Supply”

    Depressing read. I’m running into a lot of that type of article lately. Another one of this sort was from the Counterpunch site.


    Makes me wish I could raise my own meat animals. But given how fracking is contaminating both soil and water, where could I keep them? And what would I feed them?

  2. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    ““UFOs” Over Denver Bug Me”
    Plait points out some of the major issues, notably that you can’t be sure of speed or size if you don’t know the distance. A few other red flags:
    # If it shows up as something mysterious in video, but you can’t see anything strange in person while at the site, that’s a red flag. We have a pretty good idea how vision works, both in human eyes and in cameras. They see the same wavelengths.
    # If your video tells you UFOs are landing frequently at a particular intersection, but you go to the intersection and don’t see anything unusual, that’s a red flag. This is not rocket science.

    Stereo 3D video cameras are not that rare or expensive any more. They should be easily within the range of a dedicated hobbyist, let alone a TV news department.

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