Links 2/4/15

Links for you. Science:

‘How to be Bird Poop For Dummies’ by This Moth Fly Mimic
The way we use antibiotics is broken. Blame nearly a century of drug marketing.
‘Moonshot’ Medicine Will Let Us Down (though it’s worth noting that few small grants amount to anything either)
11 Things Everyone Needs To Know About Microbes
Charles H. Townes, Who Paved Way for the Laser in Daily Life, Dies at 99

Other:

What Washington State Can Teach Us About Gridlock In ‘The Other Washington’
The New Republic’s Legacy on Race
Jonathan Chait and the New PC
“They could have retreated”: Why it’s time for police to adopt this new tactic
Bad Assumptions
San Francisco, where “Eviction = Death”
The myth of the American love affair with cars: A historian skeptical of the future of cars reconsiders the story of how we became so attached to them.
Democratic Congressman: A Lot Of Strong GOP Support For Israel “Has To Do With Fundraising”: “You know, I’m a Jewish member of Congress, I’m a strong supporter of Israel, but my first obligation is to the Constitution of the United States, not to the Constitution of Israel.”
Political Correctness Is Not What You Think It Is
Is Declining Violence Only A Good Thing?
A Chance to Salvage a Master’s Creation: Paul Rudolph Building in Goshen, N.Y., Faces Threat
It’s Official: Boston 2024 isn’t going to tell us the costs until after the final IOC decision // if we want to develop, let’s develop
The Gutting of Dayton: Why My City Is Gone
Yes, There Were Black Confederates. Here’s Why: Evidence points to who they were and what their motivations were for fighting on the side of slave owners.
Stop Trying to Make Financial Literacy Happen: It’s a noble distraction from actual consumer protection. That’s why the financial services industry loves it

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2 Responses to Links 2/4/15

  1. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    Charles H. Townes, Who Paved Way for the Laser in Daily Life, Dies at 99

    They don’t go into much detail on his religious zealotry. He accepted a Templeton prize and went around lecturing on alleged scientific evidence for God. When I saw him speak (maybe ten years ago) he was touting fine-tuning, and a study of the healing effect of prayer. I’m not sure which prayer study he was running on about, but that was before the Columbia prayer study turned into a quagmire.

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