Monthly Archives: February 2012

Links 2/26/12

Links for you. Science: Hey Funding Agencies, Stop Scamming My Shit! The Pill “Pig MRSA” Came From Humans, Evolved Via Farm Drugs I see your 8K and raise you a million…. Also Receiving Antibiotics On Factory Farms: Shrimp Other: Deniergate: … Continue reading

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If You Live in Boston and Are Tired of Early Morning Garbage Collection…

…you’ll want to attend this meeting: Trash Pickup Hearing It has come to our attention that the City of Boston has taken notice of the many complaints they have received from constituents throughout the City who are awakened at 2, … Continue reading

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More Reports From the Batshitloonitarian Front: The Tenth Amendment Issue

In a previous post about the conservative activists who believe that energy efficiency is a secret government plot aka ‘Agenda 21’ (yeah, I know), I noted a historical parallel: For those of you old enough to remember the Clinton era … Continue reading

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Links 2/25/12

Links for you. Science: Smoking Causes the Body to Turn Against its Own Beneficial Bacteria This is the worst reproductive strategy in the animal kingdom The Future of Science Publishing A group of European Bee-eaters on a branch on a … Continue reading

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This Patient Is Not Following Orders

So these were the doctor’s orders: And so what does the patient do? Well: Swimming all around the tank? Back and forth, back and forth? Is that what you call rest? Get with the program, pal. I guess balloonfish are … Continue reading

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But Most People Don’t Know How Banks Work–And Are Shocked When They Learn

Peter Dorman, one of my favorite economics bloggers, responds to the incredible hostility towards economics (personally, I find it no more corrupt than certain areas of medical science). He offers an example: Check out the Uneconomics initiative and its “exposé” … Continue reading

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Links 2/24/12

Links for you. Science: How to run a successful research lab without having a lab (I’m not sure why this is a radical model: you’re simply outsourcing your lab tech work on an as-need basis to people who are probably … Continue reading

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The Failure of the Charter School Hypothesis

A key motivation for charter schools is that, if we can liberate schools from bureaucracy and teachers unions, students will do better. This is a very testable hypothesis, as I’ve discussed before. And here’s what we find in the Great … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding Bain Capital: It Is Not “Efficient”

Last weekend, Barry Schwartz had this to say about Bain Capital, the firm founded by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (boldface mine): What Bain Capital, and firms like it, do is try to increase the efficiency of the companies they … Continue reading

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Links 2/23/12

Links for you. Science: Indian scientists nail New Delhi superbug lie (anybody have know what paper this refers to?) Raising the Dead: New Species of Life Resurrected from Ancient Andean Tomb Time to bring human genome sequencing into the clinic … Continue reading

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