Links 12/19/12

Links for you. Science:

When British and Canadians are angrier than Americans
Once-Extinct Toads Reintroduced to Wild
Does Whole Genome Sequencing Circumvent Gene Patents?
A Membracid For All Seasons
One Photo, 126 Frames, 2 Billion Leaves, 247 Feet

Other:

The Silent Treatment: A Day in the Life of a Student in ‘No Excuses’ Land (this borders on child abuse)
Is filibuster reform at risk?
Fuck You, Dudes Who Sit With Their Legs Spread So Wide That They Take Up Two Seats (no mansitting!)
Solar Panels for Every Home
Obama’s trump card on the debt limit
Jim Moran: How Not to Respond to Domestic Violence
Fuck You, Slow Walkers
Justice Antonin Scalia in Hot Water Again Over Homosexual Comments
Could You Survive on $2 a Day?
GOP Threatens To Hold Disaster Relief Hostage To Spending Cuts — Again
Lost Decade Watch
Why Is Obama Ignoring The Platinum Coin Solution To The Debt Limit?

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2 Responses to Links 12/19/12

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    *** One Photo, 126 Frames, 2 Billion Leaves, 247 Feet ***

    I’ve got to get this picture in a higher resolution, even if it means waiting to scan the magazine photograph.

    *** The Silent Treatment: A Day in the Life of a Student in ‘No Excuses’ Land ***

    A person has to wonder what kind of parents would subject their kids to this treatment.

    *** Solar Panels for Every Home ***

    This article LOOKS ok, so maybe it’s kosher. As a general rule of thumb, I consider any story whose author or co-author is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr to be total crap until proven otherwise.

    *** Could You Survive on $2 a Day? ***

    Define “survive”. I could eat for at least a while – until prices go up some more. Shelter? Unless I had something going into this abyss I doubt I could save enough out of the food money to get a reliably dry roof over my head. Maybe a plastic tarp…. And winters would be rough. Safe drinking water? Baths? Clean clothes? I don’t think any of those would be in the budget.

    And forget about getting sick. No money to pay the medics, and no way to get to and from in any case..

    Forty years ago only my most pessimistic futuristic/SF stories had the US in the falling-apart mode that we’re experiencing in The Year of Our Lord 2012. And my clouded crystal ball shows things getting worse, not better.

  2. evilDoug says:

    re Fuck You, Slow Walkers
    Perhaps the evo psych people will undertake a study to try to find out how the hoi polloi has lost its innate ability to sense the approach of Superior Persons of Importance and leap into the gutter in deference, like they used to. My own hypothesis is that is has something to do with mutation in the gene that controls the resonant frequency of the massive ego detector lobe of the liver.

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