Links 4/20/15

Links for you. Science:

We can and should improve reproducibility. But it’s not a crisis, so can do it without panic.
Genes Don’t Cause Racial-Health Disparities, Society Does. Researchers are looking in the wrong place: White people live longer not because of their DNA but because of inequality. (headline notwithstanding, it’s pretty good)
Our literature isn’t a big pile of facts
Grant writing: don’t apply unless you are above average?
Baby octopuses hatching


What Happens When You Build a Town Around a Prison?
DDOT’s newest performance parking program will be its best
The Real Problem With That Chart
Vincent Orange Introduces Resolution Honoring…Comcast (still an asshole!)
One Company’s New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year
Jeb Bush’s Administration Steered Florida Pension Money to George W. Bush’s Fundraisers
Economists Still Think Economics Is the Best
Redistribution Can Involve Less Government Rather than More
How Boston embraced the Booth brothers
The Celebrity Illusion: Why does America invest so much in the idea of fame?
What school waitlists tell us about the demand for public schools
Would You Let the I.R.S. Prepare Your Taxes?
Nearly One in Five D.C. Houses Now Costs More Than $1 Million
Republicans push for a permanent aristocracy (when Dana Milbank sounds like an Occupy supporter, something’s happening here…)
Congress Considers Bill to Help Domestic Violence Victims Escape With Their Pets

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1 Response to Links 4/20/15

  1. anthrosciguy says:

    The IRS basically does your taxes now. They just aren’t allowed to show you the results until you submit yours. That’s silly. I’m for having them do it Europe-style; they do them and you have the option of accepting their result (check it as much as you want) signing it and sending it in. Or you can DIY if you want to.

    BTW, Canada has become far easier to do and file simple taxes than the US. Back in the 1990s when I first started helping a Canadian friend with her taxes, they were foolishly hard, involving math with fractions instead of using a tax table. Now they’re easy, and this year even easier as they eliminated a step between finishing the online return and submitting it to Revenue Canada.

    Americans have long been suckers for the “make them use private businesses” game. It should stop.

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