Merry Sunday! Here are some links for you. Sciencey stuff:
- Is the fitness cost of some antibiotic resistances the signal peptide?
- MRSA and pigs: lots of both, and it’s very confusing.
- Amanda at Pandagon reviews Chris Mooney‘s Storm World.
- ScienceBlogling Mark has problems with a ‘Christian’ math curriculum.
The other stuff:
- I’ve argued before that merit pay doesn’t actually fix anything. Edubabbler agrees, calling merit pay a “smokescreen.”
- On a related note, Bob Somerby reminds us that testing doesn’t tell you how to fix the problem.
- Matt Yglesias has a great insight into what motivates Serious Foreign Policy Scholars: trying to land their next political gig.
- Maha says we need to get off the moral clarity train. The Mad Biologist agrees.
- Jameson Foser tells us what’s wrong with political reporting that focuses on anecdotes: the people who do the telling.
- There’s a difference between public works programs and public employment programs.
- Sara Robinson details how the theopolitical right confuses discrimination with political opposition.
- Atrios reminds us of the obvious: after no serious opposition to how they prosecuted Operation Iraqi Clusterfuck, this screwup is the Republicans’ fault, not the opposition’s.