Links 7/8/13

Links for you. Science:

How to Make a Scientific Argument
So Science…Might Have Gotten It Wrong. Now What?
A Disease Without a Cure Spreads Quietly in the West
Why Are There Not More STEM Majors?
“Pig MRSA” Carried by Workers from North Carolina Intensive Hog Farms

Other:

Did liberals really stay home and cause the 2010 rout? (must-read)
On Jews and Justice (if I make it to 96 and am this cogent, I’ll be thrilled)
The Secret Sixty Prepare to Write Standards for 50 Million
NSA Rejecting Every FOIA Request Made by U.S. Citizens
Jonah Goldberg Has a Good Point, If You Leave Out the Assasinations, Acid Attacks, and Firebombings
Reconciling Modern Monetary Theory with the Wisdom of Mark Thoma
It is always about Ralph Nader
Breaking News in Rules Governing Abortion-Rights Debate Civility!
“Treat us like dogs,” coach passengers beg
The Straight, White Dudes’ Guide to Discussing Diversity
Esquire finds reasons to doubt Proof of Heaven.
There’s a reason why liberals insist on separation of church and state
What do the corporate capture of America, voter suppression and NSA spying have in common?
An “ungodly stupid” get-rich scheme: The real border security story

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1 Response to Links 7/8/13

  1. Jason F. says:

    Mike,

    The “must read” DailyKos post about the 2010 midterms is terribly superficial. It merely looks at the percentage of the electorate that self-identified as “liberal”, compared it to 2006, and concluded that since the percentages were the same, liberal turnout wasn’t a significant factor in the 2010 results.

    However, a lot of younger voters don’t self-identify as “liberal” or “conservative” and instead refer to themselves as “independent”. With that understanding, take a look at the following paper:

    http://elections.gmu.edu/Classes/GOVT311/Voter%20Turnout%20in%20the%202010%20Midterm%20Election.pdf

    It shows that the youth vote, particularly those who support Democratic candidates, was quite different in 2010. It concludes: “The lower turnout rate among young people was thus a contributing factor to Republican successes in winning a net 63 seats to the House of Representatives”.

    That parallels my personal experience, where many of the young voters I know who enthusiastically supported and voted for Obama in 2008, became disillusioned and ended up staying home in 2010. Not because they were young and weren’t planning on voting in a midterm, but because specifically because they were disappointed in Obama. None of them described themselves as “liberal” either.

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