Monthly Archives: July 2015

Capital Checkers

Observed on S Street, between 8th and 9th, Shaw, D.C.: Typo? We report, you decide:

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Police Violence As a Failure of Representative Democracy

Unfortunately, given the number of police-related killings, it’s always a good time to discuss police violence. A while ago, in the context of a jaywalking crackdown in Los Angeles, I noted: What I do not understand is who exactly decided … Continue reading

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Links 7/28/15

Links for you. Science: One big myth about medicine: We know how drugs work When the Cat Comes Back, With Prey Why it is misleading to compare exoplanet Kepler-452b to Earth Discovery in Israel pushes back dawn of agriculture to … Continue reading

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Boston Dodges the Olympics

It appears, given Mayor Walsh’s refusal to guarantee cost overruns with tax dollars, that Boston has managed to dodge hosting the Olympics. Not only didn’t Boston ‘need’ the Olympics, but hosting the Olympics for a city like Boston would have … Continue reading

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How to Make a Bad Idea Worse: Privatize It!

The science bloggysphere is all atwitter–in a bad way–about the proposal by two House Republicans to give out prizes instead of grants for research to the tune of $80 million per year. Steven Salzberg lays out all of the reasons … Continue reading

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Links 7/27/15

Links for you. Science: Torturing rats in the name of acupuncture pseudoscience A Common Hospital Infection May be Coming To Us From Food (open access paper here) Is the Amazon rainforest MAN-MADE? At least 8 MILLION humans may have lived … Continue reading

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A Clear And Present Danger…D.C.’s Funk Parade?

File under security state run amok (boldface mine): The documents, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination, indicate that the department frequently collects information, including location data, on Black Lives Matter activities from public social media … Continue reading

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