Links 3/4/15

Links for you. Science:

New Mexico museum scuttles Darwin events after creationists demand ‘intelligent design’ coverage (is it me, or do engineers seem disproportionately involved in this kind of stupidity?)
Scientists reveal the real reason you have eyelashes
A Clownish Way to Make Outdoor Cats Less Deadly
In 2013, measles killed more kids than car accidents or AIDS
No one could see the color blue until modern times (interesting, but the idea that blue is a rare color in nature is bizarre)

Other:

Ending the Creditor’s Paradise (excellent)
Waiting for a Super Man: Who will be the next superintendent of the Boston Public Schools (and who really gets to decide???)–very good analysis
White Nationalists, Sarah Palin, and the Slow Death of the Right-Wing Fringe
Americans are making a big mistake about health care
“Stranger Danger” to children vastly overstated: Oft-cited stats about child abduction puts kidnappers behind every bush. But the numbers are old and frequently mangled, distorting our understanding of genuine risks to children.
Nice try Republicans, but marriage isn’t the solution to poverty
A City Braces for Its Ballpark to Go the Way of Its Mills: Through Years of Change, Pawtucket, R.I., Always Had McCoy Stadium
QOTD[ecades]: John Kerry
Relatively cheap free publicity (Note to The Economist: your class bias is showing!)
Smothered by a Boom in Banking
What you think about millennials is wrong
The Broader Net Neutrality Narrative
All-American terrorists
After Boris Nemtsov’s Assassination, ‘There Are No Longer Any Limits’

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4 Responses to Links 3/4/15

  1. onkelbob says:

    “is it me, or do engineers seem disproportionately involved in this kind of stupidity?”
    It appears that these particular ones suffer from is an inflated sense of breadth of knowledge. They believe that because they are knowledgeable on one subject, that their skills and wisdom extend to all subjects. While not uncommon among engineers it is not universal or restricted to them. (I was a QA manager, so managed many RD engineers who never wrote bad code, just ask them. I also knew many Marketing types who could defy the laws of physics with a brochure.)

  2. Jim Sweeney says:

    It’s known as the Salem Hypothesis

  3. David J. Littleboy says:

    That article on blue is inane. Detailed discussion here:
    http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=17970

    (Note that the RGB values for the green pinwheel indicate the different patch in the wrong position.)

  4. TheBrummell says:

    The Economist article is *supposed* to be for rich people to read – that’s their target audience. Why criticize them for writing for their readers?
    But it’s also really weird. I’ve never stayed in hotel that charged for internet access, either through a wire or Wi-Fi. But I’ve never stayed at a high-end hotel, always the 2-star motels that put advertisements on the exit signs on the interstate (or the equivalent in other countries). Either I had free internet, or there was no internet access at all. Maybe Hilton is just clueless? Or more honest – presumably the “free” access I’ve had in a Best Western was actually something included in the cost of the room.

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