Links 12/20/14

Links for you. Science:

aRrgh: a newcomer’s (angry) guide to R
NIH ends longitudinal children’s study: Budget and management problems sink plan to follow 100,000 children from birth to adulthood.
The flu shot isn’t a good match this year. Is it ever?
How One Woman’s Discovery Shook the Foundations of Geology
On the Front Lines of the Vaccine Debate, Pediatricians Play Both Sides (interesting how vaccination rates are lower in the conservative parts of Massachusetts…)

Other:

“Teach For America” Trojan Horse Among Ferguson Activists
Why are torturers being given “balance” in the press?
Cromnibus Pension Provisions Gut Forty Years of Policy, Allow Existing Pensions to Be Slashed
The Myth That Mass Transit Attracts Crime Is Alive in Atlanta
Breaking the Cycle of Deficit Fetishism
Police Officially Refuse To Hire Applicants With High IQ Scores
The Complicity of Psychologists in CIA Torture
Torture Is Not a Hard Concept
‘Gift’ Is Not a Verb
How Superstar Companies Like Apple Are Killing America’s High-Tech Future
Wilson’s principal gets the axe even though test scores are up. Here’s a likely explanation
DOG GONE: 40-YEAR-OLD FANEUIL HALL DIVE GETTING THE HEAVE-HO
WATCH: Dog frightened by pineapple
Climate Change, Evolution, and Now Abortion: Why Conservatives Mislead About Facts (nothing in movement conservatism makes sense except in the light of creationism)
The wrestler and the rape victim
Dick Cheney’s grotesque legacy: Why the record is so much worse than reported

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