Links 8/20/12

Links for you. Science:

Fruit-and-Vegetable Consumption May Not be Inadequate
US Astronomy Facing Severe Budget Cuts and Facility Closures
Court Reaffirms Right of Myriad Genetics to Patent Genes (this is like patenting the sun; someone need to see if the judges involved attended one of those ‘legal seminars’ put on by private companies or ALEC-like groups)
Velociraptor spider discovered in Oregon cave
Complete Genomics is Bleeding to Death, $272 at a time
Johnson & Johnson to Remove Formaldehyde From Products

Other:

When Putin Becomes Religion (good take on large significance of Pussy Riot)
Romney’s Private Equity Magic Trick–equity manager’s gain, taxpayers’ losses
THE WEEK IN GREED #11: THE AYN RAND PROGRAM
How Malcolm Gladwell Shilled for the Health Care Lobby … and Got Away with It (have I ever mentioned what a horrible person Gladwell is?)
UBER BACK IN BUSINESS AFTER LEGAL BATTLE
Pro-Gun Group Floods Public Library With Armed Protesters, Compares Gun Regulation To Jim Crow (this sort of idiocy happens quite frequently in Virginia–I grew up there; even so, this is pretty idiotic)
Obama’s Decisions re: Bin Laden Prevented Another Desert One Disaster (I don’t think this was a brilliant decision, but it was the right one)
Peter Van Buren: Imperial Reconstruction and Its Discontents
The Recession for College Grads
Poverty and Policy in the NYT Magazine
How Obama Created the Greatest Threat to His Presidency (of course, Klein’s early insistence that Ryan was serious had nothing to do it. Nice revisionism asshole)
The ugly presidential campaign (squirrel finds a nut!)

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1 Response to Links 8/20/12

  1. argh says:

    I’m skeptical about the “fruit-and-vegetable” claim, simply because it lumps them together. Fruits and vegetables have very different nutrients in them- fruits are mostly just sugar, with vitamin C and maybe trace amounts of other vitamins. Vegetables have… basically every other kind of vitamin and hardly any sugar. I think a lot of Americans think that they’re leading a “healthy” diet by making up for their lack of vegetables by drinking tons of fruit juice, and it just doesn’t work that way.

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