Links 2/1/13

Links for you. Science:

Detroit Biotech Companies, Startups Play Vital Role In City’s Economy
Too Many Science Students?
Competition in science: too much of a good thing.
All the reasons NOT to go to grad school
That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think

Other:

Sell Out: Part One (funny as hell)
Home Depot Syndrome, the Purple Squirrel, and America’s Job Hunt Rabbit Hole (must-read)
The Confederacy Making a Comeback in the South? KKK Grand Wizard Glorified, Civil Rights Heroes Ignored: As Southern whites sink into economic despair, more and more are retreating into a fictional past.
Two Facts
Klallam dictionary opens window into tribal heritage: A three-decade effort to preserve a native language has resulted in the first-ever dictionary of the language, which previously was only spoken.
Quinoa’s quagmire: One-sided Guardian article incites media scare
Bring Back Earmarks!
A Column About Poverty Programs Creates a Stir and Raises Legitimate Questions
Immigration Reform and the English Language
Hell Isle (a bunch of wealthy libertarian assholes crammed into one spot won’t work. Ever)
If No One Mentioned It No One Would Notice (note to Gov. Patrick….)

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1 Response to Links 2/1/13

  1. kaleberg says:

    1) “Sell Out” had a few funny lines, but it didn’t gibe with what I knew about my grandparents who immigrated from Eastern Europe around the start of the 20th century. For one thing, they were all union activists. They were all literate. An awful lot of Jews were literate, even back then. You were either supposed to read Torah or teach your sons how to read Torah. They were not philosophically or politically naive. They were not without introspection. For crying out loud, Isaac Bashevis SInger was writing the agony column.

    2) Living on the Olympic Peninsula, we keep up to date on tribal affairs. It’s good to see the dictionary come out. It’s also interesting to watch the tribes who share a language group, but are in many ways different. The Jamestown S’Klallam were always forward looking. By the mid-19th century, they were known as the “Indians who farmed like white men”. They were the ones who parlayed the casino laws into a major going concern that includes their expanded casino, an art gallery, a golf club and a host of other operations. Of course, some tribes were quite isolated, and are still isolated today.

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