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Archives for February, 2011

Links 2/28/11

Rain? I thought only snow fell from the sky. Anyway, links for you. Science: Oil-Eating Microbes Have the Appetite for Crude. But They Do Not Have the Stomach! NASA cuts In keeping with the spirit of recent events, I bring you…bats, bats, and lolbats Killer Wasps! The lone huntress Other: I Ruined Everything (& Why…

There’s been so much lunacy these last couple of weeks that it’s hard to keep track of it all. In case you haven’t heard, an assistant attorney general in Indiana (whose state reps have also fled like Wisconsin’s) was fired for tweeting this vile hatemongering: On Saturday night, when Mother Jones staffers tweeted a report…

By way of Bob Somerby, we come across this Brookings Institution report by Tom Loveless, “How Well Are American Students Learning?” There’s a lot in the report, especially since it’s really three studies rolled into one, but part of section I, which debunks the notion that Finland has the best educational system in the world…

Links 2/27/11

Merry Sunday. Links for you. Science: The Effect of Pseudonymity on Blogger Credibility Confirmed: 80 Percent of all antibacterial drugs used on animals, endangering human health Can the electronic medical record contain an entire genome? A drop of treasure, lost in an ocean of debt The best offense is a good defensin Other: Matt Stoller:…

401(k) Plans, Pensions, and Some Tax History

One of the few advantages of getting older is that, as long as the memory remains good, you know where all the bodies are buried. This is sometimes called wisdom. A couple of weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that 401(k) plans wouldn’t provide many soon-to-be retirees the income they needed for retirement: The…

Mike Konczal put together this nice graphic of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s roadmap to a batshitloonitarian paradise: Konczal notes: There’s a three-prong approach in Governor Walker’s plan that highlights a blueprint for conservative governorship after the 2010 election. The first is breaking public sector unions and public sector workers generally. The second is streamlining benefits…

Links 2/26/11

Links for you. Science: How to Wipe Out a Family Animal Domestication The Bayh-Dole Act Sequence Analysis 101: A newbie’s guide to crunching next-generation sequencing data The Mind of a Police Dog Republican Budget Cuts at Heart of Medical Research: Albert Hunt Other: Plutocracy Now: What Wisconsin Is Really About Dear Washington DC: The Public…

Recently, I argued that the widespread ignorance of the most basic elements of U.S. politics should be viewed as an educational failure–an adult educational failure–committed by the political press corps. Basically, the political news media, with some exceptions, are either failing to provide relevant information or actively promoting ‘misinformation’ (also known as propaganda). To give…

For today, anyway. Brad DeLong is the only one out there who is as flummoxed, not to mention frustrated, as I am about the complete lack of responsiveness by the political system to nine percent U3 unemployment, and one out of six U.S. workers being un- or underemployed. DeLong nails it (italics mine): There is…

Links 2/25/11

Rainy today. But that’s better than SNOW. Let’s celebrate with some links. Science: Why You Should Be Jealous of South Korea. Has Ion Torrent Taken A 318-Sized Lead over MiSeq? The Strange Case of Ralph Hall Drying out the cane toad invasion Goodbye academia, I get a life. Other: Standard Washington cowardice Too Bad The…