Links 2/16/14

Links for you. Science:

Scientific method: Statistical errors. P values, the ‘gold standard’ of statistical validity, are not as reliable as many scientists assume.
Patterns of widespread decline in North American bumble bees
A Grizzly Answer for Obesity
Ten Fossil Mammals as Awesome as Any Dinosaur
The Rise of the Crazy Ants (related post here)

Other:

The Wolf of Sesame Street: Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division (I think the other issue is that many of the people involved with this don’t think it’s corrupt)
So Now What Do We Do About Military Rape?
What happened when Boloco founder John Pepper became an Uber driver
The Completely Baffling Tale Of The Tennessee Autoworkers
What You Need to Know About the Government Center Closing (for the Bostonians)
South Boston restaurant would feature food trucks that never move (I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often)
Copley Square, February 1941 (more images here)
Recovering One Of The Midwest’s Best Ideas
Mayor Walsh makes use of the infamous Curley desk
Weather Fatigue: When You Have No Fucks Left to Give
The ‘hot hand’ might be real after all
Great pic by street photographer Matt Weber, L.A., 1992.

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2 Responses to Links 2/16/14

  1. Joe Shelby says:

    It would be nice if people stopped associating “Sesame Street” and anything (well, everything) else that happens to be broadcast on PBS (or even one particular PBS programming production company).

    Sesame Street is a production of Sesame Workshop (formerly Childrens Television Workshop) who is solely responsible for its content. PBS stations purchase the rights to broadcast it (or don’t) from them.

    PBS stations are also free to purchase (or not) NOVA, or any number of other programs, from the stations that produce them like WNET and WGBH (and WETA here in DC). There is no magically agreement that purchasing any one show requires getting others unless they really are bundled as a package. I know of no case where an adult show is bundled with a children’s package.

    What happens in the news programs that are available for PBS stations to purchase has NOTHING AT ALL to do with Sesame Street, so tainting Sesame Street, or individual PBS stations, for the actions of a news broadcast package they likely knew nothing about, is bad headline writing and there solely for sensationalism.

    And it 1) pissed me off when I first read it and saw the inflammatory cartoons created for it, and 2) annoys me that you’ll repeat it without a comment that this has nothing to do with Sesame Street or Sesame Workshop (or anything else related to the children’s programming at PBS) at all.

    BTW, WNET supposedly has already returned the 3.5 million grant, though likely the show will still go up for broadcast sale in some form.

  2. Gingerbaker says:

    “$290,000 to buy the liquor license from the defunct Remington’s on Boylston Street for his restaurant”

    WTF?!?

    Why should a license a new entrepreneur needs to run a small business cost so much money? Why are these not easy to get and reasonably priced? Why is there a death auction system going on, if this is supposed to be about health and alcohol control, and not about blatant corruption?

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