Links 9/26/15

Links for you. Science:

The Human Cost of a Misleading Drug-Safety Study
Availability of lab space in Boston area falls to all-time low
“We’re still dealing with autism like it’s this wacky historical aberration”: Steve Silberman on the truth about autism
Do Humans Have a Future in Deep Sea Exploration?
Vaccines Are Not to Blame: A decade before the measles vaccine panic, parents feared this vaccine could harm their children.


The New Holy Grail of Republican Primaries
Revisiting Seattle and Its New Minimum Wage
CBO: Defunding Planned Parenthood Increases Government Spending ( Republican-style stimulus!….)
Are the Poor Better Off Than King Louis XIV?
Hit Charade: Meet the bald Norwegians and other unknowns who actually create the songs that top the charts.
Multi-tasking: how to survive in the 21st century
This week in pro-lifers
Carly Fiorina’s false pitch
Edward Snowden has a really good theory as to why we’ve never heard from aliens
Lying Doesn’t Matter In A Republican Primary… In Fact An Ability To Make Things Up And Get Away With It, Is A Plus For These People
Six D.C. schools had ‘critical’ testing violations, 11 others had irregularities (absolutely predictable–and predicted)
For my professor & librarian friends

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1 Response to Links 9/26/15

  1. jrkrideau says:

    I am impressed by the Are the poor better off than Louis IV”. Both the original article and the response seem to be remarkably ignorant of actual history.

    Original Article
    One hundred years ago, John D. Rockefeller was the richest man in the world. He did have bathrooms but still no air conditioning.

    the first large-scale electrical air conditioning was invented and used in 1902 by American inventor Willis Carrier.

    So If John D did not have air-conditioning I guess it was because he didn’t want it.
    Oh, and there were refrigerated freight cars importing fruits, vegs and meats in the USA in the 1880s or earlier. So maybe old John D had a more varied died than the author imagines. We’re talking 1915 here not 1815.

    Let me remind you of the Dark Ages, the centuries of intellectual and economic regression that came after the collapse of the Roman Empire. It was the Church that wouldn’t allow knowledge to be disseminated, fought scientific inquiry and limited literacy.

    I am too lazy to hunt down refs but anyone who actually knows anything about the period knows this is nonsense, mainly invented, AFAICS, a bunch of religious fanatics in 19th C USA as anti-Catholic propaganda, just like the silly flat earth meme. Hint: The diameter of the earth was measured in the 3rd century BC. Not all well but measured.

    Why don’t authors actually check a couple of reliable references before spouting all sorts of silliness.

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