Links 1/30/14 and Programming Note

A family emergency has summoned me away, so now I have a legitimate excuse for not responding to people. That doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t have links for you. Science:

An guide to white-anting climate science
The $1000 human genome: A reality check
On Quilt Plots, and the need for editorial consistency
You Can Get Placebo Sleep: Simply thinking you got better sleep makes your brain work better
Washington Post acquires climate-conspiracy blog


The Macintosh Is 30, and I Was There for Its Birth (amazingly, my Classic still boots up, 25 years later)
Publishers to Ezra Klein: Good Luck! You’ll Need it!
Hope In Iran
A nation of redistributionists and class warriors
In defense of militant anti-Google protests: Activists in the Bay Area have raised the stakes and targeted Google employees. Good for them (hoo-boy; it’s the choices presented by this column that explain why a functional political system is critical)
USF study makes it harder to claim red light cameras are safety measure
The Queen of Steampunk Speaks: An Interview with Cherie Priest
Mike Huckabee used to be a contraception coverage ‘Uncle Sugar’
Less Affluent Americans More Likely to Bike for Transportation
Many Syrians still see Assad as indispensable in saving their country
Smart Students From Poor Families Are Harder to Find (don’t entirely agree)
Wall Street’s Frightening New Plan To Become America’s Landlord (wrote about this here)
Apple’s Macintosh 30 years ago

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5 Responses to Links 1/30/14 and Programming Note

  1. realthog says:

    A family emergency has summoned me away

    All hopes that this resolves itself well. Best wishes to you.

  2. Min says:

    The problem with the “Smart Students” headline on the Yale Alumni Magazine is the assumption that poor students who do not have high standardized scores or high grades are not smart. It is painfully obvious, and has been for a long time, that the failure to educate poor students rests with our secondary schools. Uneducated does not mean dumb. Without saying so, the headline offers support to the notion that poverty is largely the result of genetics.

    The headline also offers an excuse for Yale not to admit poor students. When I was there, Yale was proud of admitting poor students, and it made an effort to do so. It is hard for me to imagine such a Yale headline in those days. Gee, we wish we could find more poor students to admit, but gosh, there are just too many who are not smart enough. Darn it!

    I cannot comment on the article, because when I saw the headline, I threw my issue into the trash.

    • Min says:

      I see I was too hard on the secondary schools. Things are not so simple.

    • Min says:

      Another thing. Poor students are relatively better educated these days in secondary schools than they were in my day, so they have become easier to find. Yale’s bitching is completely inappropriate.

  3. albanaeon says:

    Best wishes for you, Mike

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