Links 6/27/11

Because you can never get too much hemolytic uremic syndrome. Erm, that didn’t come out right. Look over there! Links! Science:
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in history–part 4: the bigger picture
Epidemiology and social media: conference fail
E. coli: Some Answers, Many Questions Still
Low-calorie diet offers hope of cure for type 2 diabetes
Social Security and Medicare Cuts: Washington’s War on the Young
Why being vegetarian can kill more animals than eating meat
Development Roundup: demand for high-end housing is leading Boston developers to propose new apartment buildings. Now they just need to be built.
Michele Bachmann’s Many Conversions
Human beings are the best/worst species of all time.
Gene Weingarten: How ‘branding’ is ruining journalism (and not just journalism)
Demos on Credit Reporting and Employment; Surveillance, Inequalities and the Labor Market
CEPR: New Report Suggests Work Sharing as Best Means of Preventing Layoffs and Lowering the Unemployment Rate
The Difference Between Testing and Test-Based Accountability

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3 Responses to Links 6/27/11

  1. Willow says:

    Mike, I’m surprised you had no comment about the link “Why being vegetarian can kill more animals than eating meat.”
    The author is obviously unfamiliar with actual farm animals. For example, yield of eggs per life is divided by 2 because “approximately one male chick is killed for each laying hen,” but the same treatment isn’t given to dairy… even thought only female cattle (i.e. cows) can produce milk!
    Further, in my experience, someone who is vegetarian because of animal welfare issues is much more likely to purchase eggs and milk from farms that treat their livestock better. No mention of this in her rant, just the assumption that *all* meat and dairy and eggs is produced in an industrial agriculture system. False!
    These and other poor assumptions in her argument leave me feelig rather skeptical of her conclusions.

  2. Julia Galef says:

    Willow, thanks for reading.
    I don’t understand why you think I should have multiplied the # of cows-per-calorie by two. The reason I did so for chickens was that male chicks of the laying breed are killed upon hatching. But are bulls killed when they are born? I don’t think so. I believe they are farmed for meat, and would therefore be included in the “beef” line of the chart. (But notice that if you are right about this, it would strengthen, not weaken, my overall argument.)
    Also, you say that vegetarians are more likely to buy from humane farms. I’m sure that’s true, but I also know for a fact that many vegetarians (I suspect most) buy regular eggs and dairy. And as even the title of my post makes clear, my argument was not that being vegetarian always kills more animals than being omnivore, just that it CAN.

  3. Ross says:

    Hey, thanks for the link about diabetes. Shame the article didn’t cover how to actually *implement* this treatment. (It’s not just about willpower; for most people with type 2 diabetes, that kind of extreme diet would cause *serious* short-term problems; if I tried it, I’d need to take a sabbatical from my job because reducing my calorie intake by even half that causes me serious mental impairment to the point where it’s unsafe for me to drive)

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