Links 12/2/12

Links for you. Science:

In which I am not a science cheerleader (must-read)
The Scientific Tide: Using Research to Drive Alabama’s Economy
First we get proof of heaven; now the secret of immortality.
Republicans Give SOPA Architect Power Over Science Committee. Goodbye, Geek Supporters
Is the NIH a cult? (funny)


Norquist admits: I wrote GOP Pledge when he was 12yrs old – GOP so dumb they sign it
The Benefits of the Safety Net
Rupert Murdoch and the ‘Jewish Owned Press’
Shuler enriches Duke Energy, Duke enriches Shuler
New York City’s Murder Rate Was Zero Last Monday (though this doesn’t rule out country-specific phenomena as well)
Against the Grand Bargain: A long-term deficit deal is impossible, and the quest for one is hurting the country.
Robert Lucas and the Sorry State of (Macro) Economic Science
This Photo Turns NYPD Cop Into Hero
Code used by R.I. founding father is finally cracked
Fiscal Cliff Fictions: Let’s All Agree to Pretend the GOP Isn’t Full of It
Myths Come From Values, Not From Ignorance
Shame on the Red Cross: How the Relief Group Failed on Sandy Relief
Pat Robertson: “If you fight science, you are going to lose your children”
Notes on Epistemic Closure

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1 Response to Links 12/2/12

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    “First we get proof of heaven; now the secret of immortality.”

    Every time I think the New York Times has bottomed out, they publish something like this lunacy by Nathaniel Rich. I’m a Biology genius compared to this “American novelist and essayist”, and I don’t know squat about the subject.

    “Against the Grand Bargain: A long-term deficit deal is impossible, and the quest for one is hurting the country.”

    I don’t read Matthew Yglesias, and don’t much like him. Perhaps he was one of the Codpiece Commander’s cheerleaders for the Iraq war. Or maybe it’s something else I can’t quite pin down.

    Take this piece of his – there’s nothing obviously ‘wrong’ with it, but even so I found myself bristling. The thing is wordy: he could have made his point in an article 1/3 the size. And how in the dickens do you write about BHO’s Grand Bargain without mentioning Social Security even once?

    I’d advise Mr. Yglesias to start shadowing the blogger at Eschaton. That fellow knows how to get it right in a single brief paragraph.

    “They’re all the same, but I don’t think there’s been a deficit scare group as transparently fraudulent before. Regular reminder: Fix the Debt are rich people who want to cut their taxes and steal your Social Security money.”

    The propaganda the rich creeps use is shameless, and people need to be aware of what they’re trying to do with it.

    Key points: thirty years ago I started paying higher Social Security taxes, and that extra revenue allowed the Rich Folks to get tax cuts. Now that it’s payback time, they’re doing everything they can to avoid keeping their end of the deal.

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