Links 12/17/12

Links for you. Science:

U.K. Unveils Plan to Sequence Whole Genomes of 100,000 Patients
αEP: The fundamental failure of the evolutionary psychology premise (my discussion of neutral theory is here)
Rebuilding the National Weather Service
Coming out of the scientific closet: unapologetic about basic research
Animal Rights Bill Under Consideration in the Senate

Other:

The misleading framing of ‘right-to-work’
Obama finally admits cuts to Medicare, Social Security are on the table
Eric Holder Might Be Worried About Voter Rights (so who’s worse: Geithner or Holder?)
Finnish police have police reindeer
Kathyrn Bigelow, Torture Apologist?
Don’t Cut Social Security—Double It
Wall Street Journal latest to bungle the NAEP
How Big Finance Won the American Revolution
Correcting the Record: The Facts about SSI for Children with Disabilities
New Test Shows Severe Shortcomings in Nation’s Press Corps
Raising the Medicare age is the worst idea ever
Washington’s Definition of Middle Class
Americans For Prosperity Fake an Attack On Their Tent at Michigan Right to Work Rally

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2 Responses to Links 12/17/12

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    *** Kathyrn Bigelow, Torture Apologist? ***

    I have a list of actors whose movies I won’t watch. Mel Gibson. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Tom Cruise. O. J. Simpson. I will never spend a dime which could even possibly make its way back to any of these people. Now a female joins the list – Kathryn Bigelow.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/14/zero-dark-thirty-cia-propaganda

    Bitch.

  2. Zachary Smith says:

    *** Animal Rights Bill Under Consideration in the Senate ***

    It must have been the torture movie readings which got me in the mood I’m in right now – not at all a good one!

    I can’t make heads or tails out of this bill, nor the motives of either the “pros” or the “antis”.

    http://speakingofresearch.com/2012/12/11/animal-rights-bill-under-consideration-in-the-senate/

    “First, the bill requires that any invasive research be conducted “in an ethologically appropriate physical and social environment; or the great ape’s natural habitat.” Research that involves studying new emergent infectious diseases would be nearly impossible to carry out in such conditions.

    Second, the bill never defines “ethologically appropiate,” which leaves a door for animal rights opponents of medical research to claim that any proposed laboratory conditions are unacceptable. Indeed, the Humane Society of the Unites States already says that “Chimpanzees are magnificent, intelligent, and social animals capable of a wide range of emotions. Their complex social and emotional needs simply cannot be met in a laboratory environment.”

    Third, the bill requires HHS to find that forgoing the use of apes in proposed research “will significantly slow or prevent advancements” in the proposed area of research, which is scientifically impossible to determine.”

    Why do they have to be so vague about their bill? Given the numbers of staffers these congresscritters have working for them, I’ve got to suspect it’s deliberate. But why?

    The proponents claim this is going to save taxpayers tons of money. Is this true? Is it the reason they’re writing the bill? If so, is this an underhanded scheme to “pull a Reagan” – like he did to empty the mental institutions by dumping people on the street? And if not, what ARE they trying to do?

    And I’ve got to wonder why Maria Cantwell is so obsessed by the welfare of other “great apes” when she clearly doesn’t give a damn about the mistreatment of humans.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/09/25/249784/-Maria-Cantwell-and-torture

    Frankly, I don’t trust either the lady Senator or her little bill.

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