Links 4/28/12

Links for you. Science:

If Harvard Can’t Afford Academic Journal Subscriptions, Maybe It’s Time for an Open Access Model
‘Bird of prey twice swooped on my handbag dog and tried to snatch it in Berkshire park,’ claims model (more of this, please)
Vote Solar to Tortoises: Drop Dead (if people realized that deserts are as unique as tropical rainforests or coral reefs, where we put solar panels would be very different)
Why ‘the sex life of the screwworm’ deserves taxpayer dollars
A Lonely Tree Far From Home Brings New Life to the Ocean Deep: A Narrative in Five Acts

Other:

Government-Run Healthcare is More Efficient Than Private Healthcare
Innovation, elevation, and space travel
Brooks Does the Big Lie on Stimulus (with no shame)
When Handling Precious Scrolls, Torah Lifters Pray for Successful Hoist
The Guilty Consciences of Peter Beinart’s Critics — April 27, 2012 (but why is no one talking about Gershom Gorenberg’s The Unmaking of Israel, which is a much better book, by someone who didn’t support the fucking Iraq War?)
“How to Lie with Statistics” guy worked for the tobacco industry to mock studies of the risks of smoking statistics
Farmed Out
What Teachers Want
The Self-Made Myth: Debunking Conservatives’ Favorite — And Most Dangerous — Fiction
The Pander Games: Obama Administration Sells Out Kids Doing Dangerous Agricultural Work, Breaks Pledge to Ensure Welfare of Youngest Workers
ALEC Has Special Exemption In South Carolina’s Lobbying Law
How America Came To Torture Its Prisoners

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2 Responses to Links 4/28/12

  1. Gingerbaker – Vermont – Trying to think independently about renewable energy and ending the burning of fossil fuels. I am a photographer, a drummer, a husband, a Dad, a GrandPa, a brother, a son, a friend.
    Roger Lambert says:

    “Vote Solar to Tortoises: Drop Dead (if people realized that deserts are as unique as tropical rainforests or coral reefs, where we put solar panels would be very different)”

    Not to worry.

    We are going to have more new desert space than we know what to do with in about 100 years or so anyway. Places like Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas; the Amazon Basin; huge additional stretches of China. You know – where we grow most of our food now. Lots of room for tortoises then.

  2. Gingerbaker – Vermont – Trying to think independently about renewable energy and ending the burning of fossil fuels. I am a photographer, a drummer, a husband, a Dad, a GrandPa, a brother, a son, a friend.
    Roger Lambert says:

    re “Farmed Out”

    In this article, the Obama administration announces that, due to public outcry about financial need, they are, in effect, going to allow farms to circumvent child labor laws which prohibit children under 16 years of age to work in the fields more than a certain number of hours, even though ( I assume) these regualtions were passed by Congress. Says the administration:

    “To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration.”

    My question is, why doesn’t the administration – due to public outcry about financial need – drop the regulation that Medicare coverage be restricted to people older than 65 years of age?

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