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Archives for July, 2009

Friday Links

Happy Weekend! (in a few hours, anyway). Here are some links for you.

Should Housing Prices Be Rising?

There’s been a recent spate of articles describing how a minor uptick in the Case-Shiller housing price index means that the recession is nearing a close. Leaving aside some outstanding issues such as the looming ARM recasts (which might roll on for five years), it’s remarkable that a slight uptick is being heralded as a…

…for pedestrians? The Boston Globe reports that Boston is trying to implement a citywide bike sharing program:

Because ScienceBlogs borked this post yesterday, I’m reposting it here. ‘Upgrade’ is a four-letter word as far as I’m concerned. Anyway… Retiring Republican Senator George Voinovich lashed out recently at the Southern influence on the GOP. As Steve Benen noted, while Voinovich didn’t make the point very tactfully, the GOP has become a regional party.…

I just finished reading Methland by Nick Reding. While the book focuses on the relationship between methamphetamines and the socioeconomic disintegration of rural areas*, this section about the interplay between lobbying and the failure to develop and produce an amphetamine that has decongestant activity but doesn’t raise heart rate or possess addictive side effects was…

Retiring Republican Senator George Voinovich lashed out recently at the Southern influence on the GOP. As Steve Benen noted, while Voinovich didn’t make the point very tactfully, the GOP has become a regional party. Where I think Benen goes wrong is this (italics mine): Voinovich will no doubt get slammed for his remarks, but it’s…

Tuesday Links

Happy Tuesday! Here are some links for you. Science:

One of the things that I’ve long suspected about charter schools is that they’re an unsustainable model: they rely on incredibly motivated teachers (who I think are a pretty motivated lot to begin with) who are willing to work even longer hours for essentially the same pay (or sometimes less). I’m not sure how to…

It never ceases to amaze me just how little some people actually understand about taxes, given how het up we get about taxes. We saw this before, when Obama unveiled his tax plan. Now, Mitch Albom gets into the act, incorrectly calling the increase in taxes on the wealthiest Americans a 5.4% increase:

On Work and Time in Science

Dr. Mom raises an interesting point about the amount of time she spends working as a scientist: I work about 40 hours a week every week. I rarely work at home. It seems like most of my colleagues (women and men) work crazy 10, 12+ hour days. Often you hear people comparing the academic version…