Links 11/30/12

Links for you. Science:

Asperger’s un-diagnosed
Impact of sequestration on Alabama
Good to Know: Where Intestinal Gas Comes From
Starving to be Social: The Odd Life of Dictyostelium Slime Molds
TriHealth fires 150 employees for not getting flu shots


Bowles and Simpson Rake In $40,000 Per Speaking Engagement (you really can’t understand modern Washington without understanding speaking fees)
Everyone Hates the Idea of Raising the Medicare Age
Hilariously Clueless Shit Andrew Sullivan Says, Ctd.
Of Course D.C. Should Be A State
Pro-Life Activists Conveniently Ignore the Abortion Drop
Creating A Valid Process For Using Teacher Value-Added Measures
Use the recess appointment
Inequality is not just about taxes and education
Grover Norquist is winning
Misconceptions 101: Why College Costs Aren’t Soaring
I also kick men in the shins when they try to hold the door for me
Norris-LeBlanc ’13: Rape happens here, too (this is no better than it was 25 years ago. Shameful)
Twilight of the EdReformers
5 Ways Speeding and Red Lights Cameras Are Causing Political Outrage (the way these are set up in many places is not discourage dangerous driving because they’re hidden, it’s to generate revenue without have to raise taxes)

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1 Response to Links 11/30/12

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    “Good to Know: Where Intestinal Gas Comes From”

    I found this one to be a really queer little story. The blogger references precisely one source, and it’s 14 years old. Worse, it doesn’t even support his claim that sulfur is THE cause of intestinal gas. From the study in question:

    “Conclusion—Sulphur-containing gases are the major, but not the only, malodorous components of human flatus. The charcoal lined cushion eVectively limits the escape of these sulphur-containing gases into the environment.”

    Now I haven’t had a chemistry class for upwards of 45 years, but it’s long been my impression that the problem with bean flatus is an indigestible sugar. Beano and its generics have an enzyme called alpha-galactosidase which breaks down those sugars. Take two-three tablets, and there is zero gas and associated indigestion. My conclusion is that the absence or presence of sulfur in those legumes has nothing to do with gas from THAT food.

    “5 Ways Speeding and Red Lights Cameras Are Causing Political Outrage”

    My first take on this article was that the author was a loony libertarian, but after an examination of her other articles I don’t believe that’s the case. IMO she was just having a bad day when she posted this one.

    Her 2-5 points are true enough, though I’d say #5 is irrelevant. Cities are greedy, corporations which supply the devices and also get a ‘cut’ from the proceeds are dishonest, and voters don’t like to be nicked for greed or corruption. But they also dislike obeying traffic laws relating to red lights.

    Point #1 is where Ms. Gottesdiener is seriously in error. Give me a choice between getting T-Boned at an intersection by a lawless idiot and rear-ended by somebody who is following too closely at my rear, I’ll take the rear-ender any day. This isn’t an apples/oranges comparison, it’s more like BB vs Cannon Ball. The chance of getting seriously injured or even killed in a side impact is vastly higher than a thump on a rear bumper.

    I’d like to see cities have ownership of the cameras and laws which would forbid tinkering with the yellow light timing. That way complaints would be muted, and all the monies would be retained.

    An alternative would be to use the cameras to record all the lawbreakers – both driver’s face and license number. This information would sit quietly in a database until X number of offenses occurred. Half a dozen – a dozen; pick a number. At THAT time they’d be invited to court and somebody in a lawyer’s robe would throw the book at them.

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