Links 9/23/14

Links for you. Science:

How This Clinical Trial Went Terribly Wrong
Biology Major Bobby Jindal Pleads Ignorance On Evolution And Climate Science (related post here)
CVS: One In 12 Hepatitis C Patients Not Adhering To $1,000/Day Pill
5 Things You Didn’t Know about the Gamergate Controversy
Top Scientists Suggest A Few Fixes For Medical Funding Crisis (lame fixes, but they suggested them!)

Other:

All Hail Vulvatron, GWAR’s Unlikely New Frontwoman
If ISIS Were Really a Movie
Finishing School: Why the hazing rituals of graduate school aren’t worth the trouble
How Crisis Pregnancy Centers Trick Women
Wingnuts’ crippling Ebola fury: Why they’re enraged about fighting a disease
The End Of Debbie Wasserman Schultz
How D.C. churches defied the Reagan administration and helped Central American refugees flee repression in the ’80s
‘Security Moms’ Are Back—and That’s Bad News for Democrats: In a time of national anxiety, women voters are again turning to Republicans to protect the country.
WHATEVER THE CALENDAR SAYS, FOR DEMOCRATS IT’S ALWAYS 1972 EVENTUALLY
CAN’T WE ALL JUST PEDAL ON? THE CASE FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS TO WORK TOGETHER
After Ferguson, Some Black Academics Wonder: Does Pursuing a Ph.D. Matter?
Why I Hope to Die at 75: An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly (though I think he should get vaccinated to protect other people–vaccines usually aren’t limiting)

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4 Responses to Links 9/23/14

  1. Chez Pazienza says:

    Jesus, Mike, give a guy some warning. FireDogLake bleats out such a concentrated bolus of stupid that you lose ten IQ points just by opening the window.

  2. jemand says:

    Ugh the 75 year guy again. Why is this so appealing? It seems a brittle arrogance to me, a rejection of the tides of life and interdependency. Implicitly devaluing any disabled person, as well as rejecting the quiet but powerful end of life stage that basically every generation has embraced until the baby boomers came along. Is it because they put their own parents in nursing homes? When did that trend start? Is it because a generation born during boom times can’t handle economic downturn towards it’s end? Is it because they bought into the cult of technological progress and mortgaged their ideology only to find climate change is going to catch up with them eventually, and the wealth is fleeting and nearly gone?

    I just. don’t. get. it. I expect to care for my parents in my own apartment eventually, house if wildly lucky, with what resources are available at that time, which will almost certainly be far less than common before. But people have lived through times before, such as the depression in the 30s. People in wheelchairs now: valuable. People with learning disabilities: valuable. Things in life not money or career: valuable. I just do not resonate with his message and I don’t know why I’ve seen it shared several times now. Does it have something to do with the sharp uptick in suicides by people his age? I hope some of what I fear is driving this article is less common than I’m afraid of. I don’t want to be right about this, it is just too horrible and heartbreaking.

    I can understand not wanting heroics medically, I have seen doctors argue this based on the pain of interventions they see every day. But that is something entirely apart from what bleeds through so many paragraphs in this article, which is just an inability to see value in life itself, an unhealthy fixation on career as identity, and an inability to consider human inter-dependency.

  3. Min says:

    If life expectancy at age 60 has increased, it is because people are healthier. Not because they are artificially kept alive in a state of decrepitude.

    I can’t be bothered to read the article, but I suspect that it is part of the attack on Social Security, or influenced by it. Darn those old geezers, anyway. Just sucking the life out of the rest of us.

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