Links 4/4/15

Links for you. Science:

Subwoofers Make Surprisingly Effective Fire Extinguishers
Climate change? Nothing to worry about. At least, if you’re happy to ignore what we know about physics
The rapid rise of human language
1,000-year-old onion and garlic eye remedy kills MRSA (also see this)
Why you’ll never see a dirty gecko

Other:

Were We Too Hard on Jonah Lehrer? A new book says yes. The facts say no. (and Engber left lots of stuff out, like college plagarism; if you defend a serial plagarist/confabulist, you’re probably going to have to do some lying yourself)
Why More Education Won’t Fix Economic Inequality
Karl Rove Jr.
A simple way testing companies shirk transparency
US Military Will Train Neo-Nazis In Ukraine (related post here)
“Smoking Doesn’t Kill” And Other Great Old Op-Eds From Mike Pence
Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think
Guess What Happened When JPMorgan’s CEO Visited Elizabeth Warren’s Office
I Followed My Stolen iPhone Across The World, Became A Celebrity In China, And Found A Friend For Life
MBTA learns from other cities after rough winter
Making a living as a street performer in Boston
In State of The District, Bowser Touches on Housing, Homelessness, and the Streetcar
The Heart of the Matter: I can’t access the data generated by my implanted defibrillator. That’s absurd.
Indiana’s anti-gay law isn’t fooling anyone because we’ve seen this dance before
The perfect birth control for men is here. Why can’t we use it?
The False Hope of a Limited Government, Built on Tax Breaks (I hate tax expenditures with a white hot fury)

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1 Response to Links 4/4/15

  1. RE: Ronson’s shame book

    Haven’t read it yet. However, judging by another book of his, if he’s running the same kind of angle, I would expect his shame book would be not so much about the people & what they’re shamed for, but what happened to them, in the shaming.

    And if it’s about what happened to people who were shamed on the internet, I don’t think that undermines his work.
    In that I think we all know that the internet is rather a lot like the old angry villagers with flaming torches. And criticizing or commenting on how what happens is often irrational, sometimes uncivilized, and in many cases out of proportion to whatever situation at hand, would not necessarily be a defense of whoever got shamed for whatever reason.
    I got no impression he thought psychopaths who committed crimes should be let off free after reading that book, for example.

    I don’t think that every documentary that points out the problematic nature the U.S. prison system is advocating that criminals should never be imprisoned. Just sayin’.

    OTOH, I’m sure Ronson, in seeking subjects willing to talk to him, wound up unwittingly playing into Lehrer’s publicity seeking. But I’m sure Ronson also knew that. He seemed very aware of that potential problem in his psychopath book. Probably an unavoidable hazard of the subjects he picks to write about.

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