Links 2/21/14

Links for you. Science:

A million ways to connect R and Excel
More Proof The Flu Vaccine Works
Research Shows New Flu Viruses Often Arise In Domestic Animals
Evolution in real time: 59,000 generations of bacteria, plus freezer, yield startling results
When and for how long is a cold contagious?

Other:

What Are The Gobshites Saying These Days? (absolute must-read)
The Crushingly Expensive Mistake Killing Your Retirement: 401(k) fees are costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars over your lifetime. (why, yes, they are. Inconceivable!)
The CBO Whiffs on the Minimum Wage (then again, I’ve never been a fan of CBO estimates)
Jaina Davis’ whimsical Potrero Hill home is artist’s utopia
Inequality By Design: It’s Not Just Talent and Hard Work
Bringing the Olympics to Boston? No way
The party of gridlock
Liberals: stop apologizing
It’s the guns (related thoughts here)
The Rich Aren’t Rich Because They Work Harder. They Work Harder Because They’re Rich!
Nicholas Kristof: Why Professors Suck! (really funny satire)
Before Blaming the Robots, Let’s Get the Policy Right
He’s A Bird
Ireland, Europe, and the U.S. and the Financial Crooks: Interview with Michael Hudson
National clown shortage may be approaching, trade organizations fear (you can’t make this up)
Is This Really Someone Gun Advocates Want On Their Side?

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2 Responses to Links 2/21/14

  1. Robert L Bell says:

    White People’s Problems.

    Yeah, 401(k) fees are a drag but the disappearance of defined contribution pensions is a bigger problem and the continuing forty year stagnation in compensation is the more bigger problem of them all.

  2. The clown shortage story is kind of funny. Clowns are the worst paid, least respected performers in the circus, and pretty much no one in their right mind would do it. (My juggling partner when I was in grad school at Yale in the early 80s did the Ringling Bros. Clown College and then did the clown gig for a while, and then retired from that to drive a mail delivery truck. (He was a smart kid (and ridiculously talented juggler) who got caught in the crossfire of his parents’ divorce and missed out on college.)) Basically, everyone else in the show has a talent/expertise and their own act (e.g. animal trainer, juggler). Except the clowns.

    Anyway, they closed down the Clown College in 1997, so there haven’t been any more trained clowns coming through and it’s not particularly surprising a shortage would appear.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringling_Bros._and_Barnum_%26_Bailey_Clown_College

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