Links 3/13/15

Links for you. Science:

Why China’s Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters
Mistrust and meddling unsettles US science agency: National Science Foundation under pressure from lawmakers to revise its agenda.
‘Sizeless science’ and the cult of significance testing
The science of protecting people’s feelings: why we pretend all opinions are equal


Gang of Four on Viet Cong Name Controversy: “Ridiculous”, “Undemocratic”, “Anti-Progressive” (this is ridiculous)
How Not To Improve New Teacher Evaluation Systems (of course, it depends what one means by ‘improve’)
Yes, Education Matters. But It’s Not the Answer to Growing Income Inequality. (Brooks forgot the NEENER-NEENER)
THE CALIBER OF OUR OWN PROFESSORS: Pampered, privileged, overpaid, poor?
Some keep the Sabbath by going to church and, tell you the truth, I get a little jealous sometimes
Better management can transform downtown parks into gems (it’s worth noting that Bryant park has dedicated revenue streams based on surrounding rents; as my Uncle Harry used to say, rich or poor, it’s always good to have money)
Why Economists Cling to Discredited Ideas: Free-market theory may be at odds with reality, but it fits the needs of the rich and the powerful.
Metal Detectors Now Outside Nationals Park
After Years of Incompetence, the New York Fed Is Losing Power to Washington
Defining a piazza, and why it’s not a plaza
Academics Cost Less Than Journalists
People On Food Stamps Make Healthier Grocery Decisions Than Most of Us
Why Is David Brooks So Opposed to Thinking About Policies for Equitable Growth? (because he’s an asshole)
These $40 Artisanal Toothpicks Are Just The Right Size For Eyeball Gouging ($40 for the set, not per toothpick)
“The phone rang. It was my college rapist.”
Frat which declared they’ll never be a nigg*r in SAE recently hazed black pledgee to death
Economics: It’s Much Worse than That!
London’s conservative mayor tells DC to go all in on transit and bikes
Republicans are beginning to act as though Barack Obama isn’t even the president

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