Links 12/4/12

Links for you. Science:

A “not insignificant” defense of gleeful scientists
How to sequence a bacterial genome at the end of 2012
Predatory katydids
How is prenatal sequencing selling?
Neuroscience Fiction

Other:

Muddling Towards the Next Crisis: James Kenneth Galbraith in conversation with The Straddler (must-read. Key point is that you have to tell people how this helps them)

Towns seek limits on medical marijuana
(implementation matters)
Another case of ‘black blindness’?
NYT: $80 Billion in State and Local Subsidies Annually (Kenneth Thomas is an expert in this area)
Deer Attacks NH Hunter After Being Shot
Norwegian Fox Steals Smartphone, Sends Text
Old South Church Votes Yes On Selling Church Artifacts
Cory Doctorow: The Internet of the Dead
The Sports Tax That Everyone Pays
J. D. Alt: 2020
This was burlesque
Being There
Jefferson’s Race Obsession is a Response to Emancipation, not Slavery
Public Schools Denounced at Tea Party Rally in Tampa, Blamed for Election of Barack Obama

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1 Response to Links 12/4/12

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    *** Jefferson’s Race Obsession is a Response to Emancipation, not Slavery ***

    The gentleman had penned a wonderful essay a couple of days before, then felt compelled to revisit it on account of somebody’s carping about the title of the previous one. This latest one isn’t the least bit convincing and also weakens the earlier case he’d made, so I’m going to say the new one amounts to ‘pissing in the soup’.

    http://crookedtimber.org/2012/12/02/thomas-jefferson-american-fascist/

    Can’t remember where I got the link on the first piece – it might well have been here, but IT is the one you want to examine.

    Thomas Jefferson has been on the US nickel coin for longer than I’ve been alive. All though school I was told he was one of the presidential Greats; good enough to make it to Mt. Rushmore. Since I’d never studied his life, I had no reason to doubt the claims – they were simply facts of life. Quite recently I’ve had a major attitude change. First there was the Smithsonian piece.

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Little-Known-Dark-Side-of-Thomas-Jefferson-169780996.html

    That one rattled my cage good and proper! Next was an old magazine article (it’s here in the house somewhere, but where…) which described his ‘service’ during the American Revolution. About the best slant on that his contribution to that conflict was that it combined incompetence with cowardice.

    I can no longer give him any credit for the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves of 1807. IMO it was just a vehicle to protect the profits from his slave breeding schemes – to do away with the outside competition. And his attitude towards the blacks in Haiti was beyond despicable.

    *** Another case of ‘black blindness’? ***

    My mood was already pretty foul when I clicked on this story, and my first thought was that it was one Mr. Jefferson would have read with relish. Damned uppity nigras being kept in their place was The Way Things Ought To Be. Just make sure the law is seldom used against the Superior White Folks. Which is just how Georgia is managing matters.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/07/ga-stand-your-ground/1617785/

    *** Public Schools Denounced at Tea Party Rally in Tampa, Blamed for Election of Barack Obama ***

    It cannot be denied that Government Schools produce a certain percentage of loud-mouthed fools. For example, Mr. Neal Boortz graduated from Pensacola High School, then attended a Government Land Grant school – Texas A&M.

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