Links 7/24/14

Links for you. Science:

You’re not allowed bioinformatics anymore (must-read; accessible to non-specialists)
Hell yes: Komodo dragons!!!
Great Barrier Reef ‘in worst state since records began’: Scientists say reef will be ‘pretty ugly’ within 40 years, with large swathes of seaweed where complex coral structures once thrived
This one statistic about peer review will shock and surprise you


Tom Engelhardt: Requiem for the American Century – Paragraph by Paragraph (very good)
Quashing Jewish Dissent on Israel
When Lockheed Gives You Lemons
Why not worker control?
Exclusive: High-Level NSA Whistleblower Says Blackmail Is a Huge – Unreported – Part of Mass Surveillance
Busy Doctors, Wasteful Spending (how is a primary care physician supposed to manage your care if she sees you for ten minutes every year? This isn’t medical care at all)
Smile For The Aliens
Hong Kong at night
From Inside and Outside the Iron Dome, Once Again: “If you continue looking up to the sky, you will not notice that the house is already burning from within.” A reader in Jerusalem on the real threat to his country.
Mission Finance: why money matters
The Ultimate Banksy Gallery (127 photos)
Officials expect Silver Line parking demand to outstrip supply (a commuter rail without parking. Fucking brilliant. Ugh)
Tel Aviv Is Under Red Alert — In Many Ways. Why Are Peace Activists Getting Beat Up?

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1 Response to Links 7/24/14

  1. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    Smile For The Aliens:

    I concluded that the most likely explanation for the phenomenon was that US military and intelligence agencies invented it out of whole cloth after the Second World War, as protective camouflage for an assortment of then-secret aerospace technologies.

    Connoisseurs of UFO history know that the Scandinavian countries went through a series of major “flaps”—periods in which many UFO sightings occured in a short time—in the 1950s and 1960s. The latest round of declassified data confirmed that these were sightings of US spyplanes snooping on the Soviet Union. The disclosures didn’t happen to mention whether CIA assets also spread lurid accounts of flying saucer sightings and alien visitations to help muddy the waters. My hypothesis is that that’s what was going on all the way through the history of the UFO phenomenon: fake stories and, where necessary, faked sightings kept public attention fixated on a manufactured mythology of flying saucers from outer space, so that the signal of what was actually happening never made it through the noise.

    In other words, his conclusion was unjustified. Invention of a cover story by military/intelligence agencies is not the same thing thing as failing to refute public-generated stories because you will not release classified explanations. He is too eager to pat himself on the back.

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