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Links 12/20/14

Links for you. Science: aRrgh: a newcomer’s (angry) guide to R NIH ends longitudinal children’s study: Budget and management problems sink plan to follow 100,000 children from birth to adulthood. The flu shot isn’t a good match this year. Is … Continue reading

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A Floriana Christmas

Observed outside Floriana, on 17th Street between Q and Corcoran Streets, Dupont Circle:

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Does WMATA Serve Its City’s Needs Better Than the MBTA?

While reading Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism by Benjamin Ross (it’s a very good book), I came across this (boldface mine): As much as the subways of the seventies were a reaction against urban expressways, … Continue reading

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Links 12/19/14

Links for you. Science: Deep Intellect: Inside the mind of the octopus The Raw-Milk Deal: Pure-food worshippers put their health at risk—especially when they drink unpasteurized milk Oversold prenatal tests spur some to choose abortions (but any FDA regulation of … Continue reading

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Torture and the Limits of Political Civility

Outsourced to Athenae, who is appropriately angry that discussion of torture is being viewed as “old arguments” (boldface mine): Right. That’s all that’s at stake here. Old arguments. We don’t want to have old arguments. Actually, I don’t want to … Continue reading

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People Still Seem Confused About What Affordable Means

I’ve discussed many times how the term affordable is misused when describing Obamacare–there is a difference between a good healthcare system and one that is simply better than. Unfortunately, there seem to be quite a few moderate Democratic pundits who … Continue reading

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Links 12/18/14

A Guide to the Perplexed about Hanukah. Now, some links for you. Science: The “whole point” of Supplementary Data Three Cheers for the Pom Pom Crab! An Evolutionary Battle Against Bacteria New research reveals how orcas attack baleen whales, and … Continue reading

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