Links 6/24/14

Links for you. Science:

Uprooting researchers can drive them out of science (must-read)
I Am So Tempted to Say that These European Crows Are Racists
Ebola In West Africa Is ‘Totally Out Of Control,’ Medical Group Says
23andMe Seeks FDA Approval for Health Report on Single Condition
Anti-Vaccination Movement Strikes Out in Bible Belt States

Other:

Gov. Bobby Jindal Openly Advocates Sedition
The faceless men
Let’s just call them traitors
Where Did Yiddish Come From? An explosive debate erupts from footnotes suggesting that Ashkenazi Jews are Europeans
Using radio signals, Internet startup takes on the cable giants
A Mysterious Sound Is Driving People Insane — And Nobody Knows What’s Causing It
Dear Thom Tillis: How Long Does It Take For a Black Person to Become a Traditional North Carolinian? (related post here)
The Problem With The Environment
Gun nuts are terrorizing America: The watershed moment everyone missed: From Cliven Bundy defeating the cops to “open carry” movement’s menace, the left’s timidity has spawned a nightmare

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1 Response to Links 6/24/14

  1. Jim Sweeney says:

    The article about Yiddish was fascinating and the demographic discussion was disturbing. I was just telling my 7yo nephew that Yiddish was basically German with some Hebrew, and it’s always enjoyable learning that everything I think I know might be wrong.

    I enjoyed Koestler’s “The Thirteenth Tribe”, accept that it’s not taken seriously, and am gratified to find that he was wrestling with a puzzle which still hasn’t been solved. Linguistics would appear to be a weaker approach to the most such questions than genetics, but in this case, who knows?

    The difficult part of the narrative is that during the Middle Ages Jews were generally tolerated and often valued. They certainly weren’t in the British Isles, but they must have been in other places, otherwise they wouldn’t have been such handy targets of Crusades and pogroms.

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