Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Second Most Frustrating Thing About Anti-Vaxxers

There are quite a few things in our political discourse which are frustrating because we have to fight like hell, and, when it’s all said and done, we end up right back where we started. And the price we pay … Continue reading

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Are High-Tech Workers Also Like “Milk Cartons”?

Anthropologist Ashley Mears decided to learn more about the fashion industry and how it treats models by becoming one. Here’s one thing she learned: The catch is that there simply isn’t much time to invest; the older a model gets, … Continue reading

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Links 9/21/11

Links for you. Science: Goodbye to Scienceblogs The importance of failure in graduate student training Flesh-eating bacteria’s rise tied to antibiotic cream (maybe) Feathers Trapped in Amber Reveal a More Colorful Dinosaur Age Other: Tax Frenzies and How to Hose … Continue reading

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‘Heartland’ Values Meet the Internet

Apparently, the blessed heartland isn’t acting so heartlandly on the intertoobz: But of late, more people in this hardscrabble town of 5,000 have shifted from sharing the latest news and rumors over eggs and coffee to the Mountain Grove Forum … Continue reading

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How Would a Consumption Tax Be a Good Thing?

I’ll probably have to pick up a copy of Robert Frank’s The Darwinian Economy simply for the title. But Frank has a New York Times op-ed where he argues for a consumption tax to replace the income tax. A consumption … Continue reading

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Links 9/20/11

Links for you. Science: Are yours crusty or wet? The truth behind eye boogers (ew) New ‘superbug’ strain of gonorrhea resistant to all available antibiotics; researchers fear global outbreak Poor pub hygiene link to rise in gastric infections Bandwagons in … Continue reading

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ZeroHedge.com Is So Punk Rock, and…

…your financial website is not. I found this sticker on a bench while waiting at Park Street (Boston, MA) for the Red Line: I’ve checked out the ZeroHedge.com website, and stickers aren’t part of their merch. Is this a case … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With Running a Generic Democratic Campaign? (On the Failure of Utopianism Masquerading as Pragmatism)

Ezra Klein notes the following about the Obama administration’s declaration that it will veto any legislation that cuts Medicare and that doesn’t contain tax hikes on the wealthy (good for them by the way. At least on the tax hikes … Continue reading

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Links 9/19/11

Links for you. Science: David Graeber: On the Invention of Money – Notes on Sex, Adventure, Monomaniacal Sociopathy and the True Function of Economics (some really interesting anthrological economics) Why the Anti-Science Creationist Movement Is So Dangerous: They want to … Continue reading

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A Quick Thought on the Netflix-Quickster Split

Netflix announced that it will spin off its DVD rental service into a company called Qwikster. I realize we’re all supposed to be Steve Jobs and imagine where the market will be and so forth, but I’m not sure this … Continue reading

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