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Powerful new intervention study causally linking lead and crime http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/06/powerful-study-lead-crime-hypothesis/

Story told by cat DNA https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/cat-domination/530685/

murky story told by dog DNA https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/06/the-origin-of-dogs/484976/

Social power causes brain damage https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/07/power-causes-brain-damage/528711/

America's rising class society https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/06/the-hoarding-of-the-american-dream/530481/?utm_source=atlfb

Tattooine's future moisture farms https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/04/new-solar-powered-device-can-pull-water-straight-desert-air

India cuts back on new coal, solar is eating its lunch: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/world/asia/india-coal-green-energy-climate.html?_r=0

Comparative advertising in the Middle East: http://www.boredpanda.com/saudi-arabia-middle-east-censorship/

The Dutch approach to global warming https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/15/world/europe/climate-change-rotterdam.html?_r=0

Growing YIMBY movements in SF http://www.beyondchron.org/rising-rents-green-activism-spur-pro-housing-movement/ and Toronto http://torontoist.com/2017/06/yimby-movement-taking-off/

Southern Baptists embrace a gender-neutral bible https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/southern-baptists-embrace-gender-inclusive-language-in-the-bible/529935/
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Macron's out of nowhere party seems set to win legislative landslide in France. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/06/11/macron_wins_landslide_in_french_legislative_elections_ends_french_party.html

Meanwhile, in US elections, hacking can't change votes (yet) but could screw with turnout: https://www.vox.com/new-money/2017/6/6/15745888/russia-election-hacking-leak

Puerto Rico had another referendum, with a whopping 97% voting to become a US state -- but with 20-something% turnout.

Someone's roadd trip through Trump America https://qz.com/1000690/im-a-minority-my-son-is-disabled-its-an-unsettling-time-for-people-like-us-in-trump-country/

School buses 8x safer for kids than being driven by their parents. https://one.nhtsa.gov/Research/Crashworthiness/School-Bus-Crashworthiness-Research
This is roughly consistent with http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/risks_of_travel.htm but https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CE42rp_XIAAfhao.jpg has more extreme risk ratios. Both agree that motorcycling is deadly. But speaking for that: risk gaps: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2014/7/14/texting-in-your-risk-gap.html

"End traffic stops!" https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2016/7/24/the-routine-traffic-stop

Interactive vote simulation. "I've said it before, and I'll say it again: IRV sucks." http://ncase.me/ballot/ Cool fireflies simulation from the same source: http://ncase.me/fireflies/

UberPool kind of reinventing fixed route buses: http://humantransit.org/2017/05/the-receding-fantasy-of-affordable-urban-transit-to-your-door.html

Conservatives despise fact-checkers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/06/09/study-conservatives-despise-the-fact-checking-industry/?utm_term=.ac97e946288b

links

2016-Oct-01, Saturday 22:46
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Perspective of an ex-neo-Confederate.

Weekly church attendance by state.

Barcelona's plans for superblocks.  And Barcelona transit: crazy trains but hyperrational bus grid, with lines labeled as H2 or V5 ,for Horizontal or Vertical.

Paris turns the bus stop into major transit infrastructure.

Save a biker, use the Dutch reach in opening car doors.

Not sure if this is correct or just plausible, but words on why Europe, or cold climates in general, doesn't have many venomous animals.

The mythology of "Irish slavery".

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Discussion of urban taxes, which introduces me to the idea of frontage taxes. My new love, along with land tax. http://urbankchoze.blogspot.com/2016/07/city-taxes-as-urban-growth-policies.html?m=1

GE drops annual employee ratings
http://www.wsj.com/articles/ge-does-away-with-employee-ratings-1469541602?mod=e2fb

Massachusetts bans employers asking for salary history
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2016/08/01/3803836/massachusetts-equal-pay/

Evolution of urban animals is rapid
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/opinion/sunday/evolution-is-happening-faster-than-we-thought.html

evolution of Europeans and white skin
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/04/how-europeans-evolved-white-skin

Some friends got really excited by this: library furniture maker http://www.wcheller.com/index.html

convention bumps may be due to changing willingness to talk to pollsters, rather than actual changing opinion. Though I wonder if this year is an exception. http://www.vox.com/2016/8/1/12341802/polling-clinton-trump-winning

Advocacy of backing into perpendicular parking spaces http://www.vox.com/2016/8/1/11926596/safer-back-into-parking-spaces

Feynman wrong about Faraday cages?
https://sinews.siam.org/DetailsPage/TabId/900/ArtMID/2243/ArticleID/757/Surprises-of-the-Faraday-Cage.aspx


(PDF) 21 page article on Greek voting, acclamation vs. counting: https://melissaschwartzberg.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/schwartzberg_shoutsmurmurs.pdf

links

2016-Jul-30, Saturday 14:08
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Time for another dump.

Israel's massive desalination project.

Messing with prices works: 5 cent charge cuts UK plastic bag use by 85%.

Smoking gun found in North Carolina: voter ID laws are explicitly racist in their intent, aimed at disenfranchising black voters.

Long piece on Hillary's climate policy.  The DNC pro-gay rights platform.

Houston Chronicle endorses Hillary, way early. They went for Romney last time.

Story on how Hillary helped a constituent with cancer.

Trump claims a tax exemption for people with income <$500,000.  Bit odd for an alleged billionaire.

Apollo http://observer.com/2016/07/space-radiation-devastated-the-lives-of-apollo-astronauts/observer.com/2016/07/space-radiation-devastated-the-lives-of-apollo-astronauts/ dying off of heart disease.

GOP thinker thinks modern GOP is doomed, by its original sin of Goldwater and racism.

Trump blames GOP for RNC ratings.  What a leader.  Such responsibility.  Wow.

Trump talks about a http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/politics/trump-may-have-just-leaked-classified-info-on-his-first-day-getting-intelligence-briefings/www.ifyouonlynews.com/politics/trump-may-have-just-leaked-classified-info-on-his-first-day-getting-intelligence-briefings/ or secret base in Saudi Arabia.  Neither one reflects well on him.

Hillary's DNC speech, annotated.  Trump's speech, annotated.

Another article arguing dieting doesn't work.

Hillary's paid speeches in context.

"Why should I *like* Hillary, rather than fearing Trump?"  A list.  A similar list -- haven't checked to see if they're kept in sync.  Not included: what she did for trans people.

America's gridlock. "What if D's won every place w/ electorate less than 75% white, lost everywhere else? D's would win 292 EV's but just 36 Sen/191 House seats."

Green Party platform calls for something that was done in 2009.  Such updating.

"what if Hillary accepted the nomination with 5 children by three different men, like Trump?"

links

2016-May-01, Sunday 16:53
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Allergies suck. Job hunting sucks. Let me dig up saved links that aren't live politics or RPGs.

Maps of store zones in cities https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/26/what-your-city-looks-like-when-nearly-every-store-is-mapped/?postshare=5051461732762915&tid=ss_fb

Origins of modern racism https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/4gzfbf/how_true_is_the_statement_race_is_a_modern_idea/d2m2zri

WWII production numbers https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/4h4c7w/could_the_soviet_union_have_defeated_nazi_germany/d2nfhkd

Clinton role in Irish peace process http://irishamerica.com/2015/03/when-it-comes-to-irish-peace-hillary-and-history-rhyme/

on worker co-op productivity http://www.thenation.com/article/worker-cooperatives-are-more-productive-than-normal-companies/
https://www.reddit.com/r/CapitalismVSocialism/comments/4h8lip/why_do_cooperatives_work_why_dont_they/d2ofrr8

why exit polls mislead http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/05/upshot/exit-polls-why-they-so-often-mislead.html?_r=0

Klingon and copyright https://www.publicknowledge.org/news-blog/blogs/in-a-lawsuit-over-copyright-in-klingon-here-come-the-klingon-speakers/

feminist season of GoT? https://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?780808-Game-of-Thrones-Show-Book-SPECULATION-and-SPOILERS-Episode-6x1-quot-The-Red-Woman-quot&p=20027961#post20027961

Krugman on the importance of models http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/04/25/economics-and-self-awareness/?_r=0
and tax progressivity not being the end-all: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/04/25/a-note-on-the-soda-tax-controversy/
mindstalk: (juggleone)
I'm tired and lazy. Here's some things I found interesting.

Nacreous clouds seen in UK.

Couple pieces on "Bernie bros" and sexist attacks on Hillary.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/the-bernie-bros?utm_term=.ir8KRbEOo#.vl4DeMR27
http://www.vox.com/2016/2/4/10918710/berniebro-bernie-bro
And is Bernie ready for Republican attacks? For being asked unfair questions like why he wants to destroy the economy and turn us into Venezuela, or why he thought socialism was cool during the Cold War? http://www.vox.com/2016/2/3/10903404/gop-campaign-against-sanders
Speaking of Venezuela, the rationing is so bad even lines are being rationed. And the economy czar doesn't believe in inflation. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/01/29/venezuela-is-on-the-brink-of-a-complete-collapse/?tid=pm_business_pop_b
But to be positive: Bernie's Fed agenda http://www.vox.com/2016/1/26/10829888/bernie-sanders-federal-reserve

Harry Reid saved the renewable energy revolution.

How Houston improved bus ridership "for free": sparser network of higher frequency buses, in a grid rather than radial pattern. http://www.vox.com/2016/1/28/10852884/houston-bus-ridership

How Likud won the 2015 election in Israel. http://www.vox.com/2016/1/28/10861560/israel-election-amit-channel-2

From last April, one article on how taxi medallions prices have dropped due to Lyft and Uber. http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2015/04/07/as-uber-lyft-hire-more-drivers-taxicab-medallion-values-tank.html

A trippy 9 minute history of Japan. The Reddit comments linked to by Vox are good glosses. http://www.vox.com/2016/2/3/10905274/japan-history-video

Purported evolution of fairy tales. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35358487

Memoization in Python https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1988804/what-is-memoization-and-how-can-i-use-it-in-python

Thread on previews of a new edition of the Blue Rose RPG http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?775100-Blue-Rose-previews

Obama's reform of federal solitary confinement http://www.vox.com/2016/1/26/10834770/obama-solitary-confinement-changes
mindstalk: (Mami)
Some articles on democracy (pluralist and feminist) among Syrian Kurds: NYTimes, FT, scribd copy of FT.

If we kept DST all year, or got rid of it.

A Madoka fanfic I'm reading. It's like Starship Troopers or Old Man's War crossed with Madoka crossed with transhumanism and Culture ship Minds. Kyubey said we'd go to the stars, and we did. Many fans think magical girls are potentially immortal, and here they are. I've been enjoying it a lot. Could have used some more editing passes, but generally fun to read, often funny, I'm engaged with the show characters and the original one. Downside: it's longer than Lord of the Rings and still ongoing, last update Oct 6.  I've read 34 chapters out of 44 and am thinking I should pace myself, maybe go read Ancillary Mercy while I still sort of remember what happened in Ancillary Sword.

Funny panel from the Fate/zero manga.

Japan is actually doing quite well per capita: low unemployment, very high employment to working-age-population ratio, inflation is back.  Abenomics, and Keynesianism, works.  GDP is shriking... because the population is, especially the working-age population.

James notes that Heinlein's first story is closer to Dickens' last novel than it is to us.  This will be more interesting when his *last* book is closer to Dickens than to us, but still.

Polio is judged to be even closer to eradication.

Portugal's Left Bloc, a party run by women.

Secret gardens and numinous fantasy

SF written in 1666 by Margaret Cavendish

links

2015-Sep-13, Sunday 17:31
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Dzungarian Gate, possibly Herodotus's Gate of Winds, with China as Hyperborea. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzungarian_Gate

For my Ars Magica game, I tried looking up medieval church services, which turned up this interesting thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/2dc68y/in_medieval_england_how_mandatory_was_it_for/

The Emishi, apparently a people of northern Honshu, transitional between the Jomon period and the Ainu; the Japanese learned horse archery tactics from them. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emishi

Ryukyuan religion: similar to Japan and Shinto in some ways, but with a much stronger role for women, with women priests and even priest-queens. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryukyuan_religion

Benedict Arnold apparently said he betrayed the US because we were too friendly with Catholic France. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americas-true-history-of-religious-tolerance-61312684/?all

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Turkey apparently had banned some letters of the alphabet, for their association with Kurdish names. http://www.dw.com/en/turkish-pm-unveils-reforms-to-increase-rights-of-kurdish-minority/a-17128423
Turkey, ISIS, and the Kurds http://www.vox.com/2015/9/12/9312137/turkey-pkk-conflict

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Jeremy Corbyn, UK Labour's new leader http://www.vox.com/2015/9/12/9314779/jeremy-corbyn-labour-leader


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Bernie Sanders vs. Black Lives Matter, leftism vs. liberalism on race and class
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/08/bernie-sanders-black-lives-matter-civil-rights-movement/
The black organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and
Freedom (it is telling that “Jobs and Freedom” are no longer part of
collective reflections of the march)

Sanders socialism
http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/27/434872755/exactly-what-kind-of-socialist-is-bernie-sanders

links

2015-Aug-30, Sunday 14:29
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Why the Red Line didn't go to Arlington, by a native http://tuftsobserver.org/red-tape-why-the-red-line-stopped-short/

Why US tuition costs have risen so much. The toy model for public colleges is particularly interesting. 25% rise in costs and fall in state funding can lead to 200% rise in what students pay. http://dvschroeder.blogspot.com/2015/08/why-cost-of-college-has-tripled.html

oldest stone tools, 3.x million years
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-10938453
http://www.archaeology.org/news/3303-150520-oldest-stone-tools
http://www.archaeology.org/news/3604-150814-ethiopia-butchered-bones

Vox piece on nerd stupidity and politics. A friend noted that it's not clear nerds are any dumber than average. Maybe true, though we think we're supposed to be smarter than average... http://www.vox.com/2015/8/27/9214015/tech-nerds-politics

solar boom in Texas http://www.wsj.com/articles/next-texas-energy-boom-solar-1440149400

bike share safety outside of NYC http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/05/01/bike-share-has-a-great-safety-record-in-cities-more-dangerous-than-nyc/

Kudzu: not that big a deal http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9207203/kudzu-invasive-species

why airline wifi costs so much hhttp://www.vox.com/2015/4/7/8361503/in-flight-wifi

wage subsidies vs. EITC http://www.vox.com/2015/8/25/9206571/wage-subsidies-poverty-rubio

links

2015-Aug-15, Saturday 18:47
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Oil state prudence and sovereign wealth funds: Norway vs. Alberta, also a look at how Norway's fund invests. I liked the Albertan complaining that Norway is a relatively small country: yes, but it has more people than Alberta... http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/european-business/norways-sovereign-wealth-fund/article25973060/?click=sf_globefb

Debunking the fear about EMPs http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/05/24/the-empire-strikes-back/

Portugal, optimal currency area, and labor mobility: fiscal union trumps labor mobility in importance. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/14/the-downside-of-labor-mobility/
Who cares about reserve currency status? http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/12/international-money-mania/

First we export pollution to China via outsourcing, now they export it back to us via air movements: http://www.sgvtribune.com/environment-and-nature/20150810/air-pollution-from-china-undermining-gains-in-california-western-states

Trees and bus stop waiting time perception http://www.citylab.com/commute/2015/08/trees-can-make-waiting-for-the-bus-feel-shorter/401135/?utm_source=atlanticFB

How the US 'justice' system abuses bail: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/magazine/the-bail-trap.html?smid=tw-nytmag&_r=0

Vampire squid: not a squid. (Or vampire, durr.) http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/06/23/vampire-squids-arent-vampires-or-squids/

Real paleo diet might have evolved around carbs. Oops! http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/13/science/for-evolving-brains-a-paleo-diet-full-of-carbs.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

Privacy Badger, an EFF alternative to the supposedly more commercial Ghostery browser plug-in. https://www.eff.org/press/releases/privacy-badger-10-blocks-sneakiest-kinds-online-tracking

random stuff

2015-Mar-14, Saturday 23:48
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A riddle! Not mine:

We are little airy creatures,
All of different voice and features;
One of us in glass is set,
One of us you'll find in jet,
T'other you may see in tin,
And the fourth a box within;
If the fifth you should pursue,
It can never fly from you.

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I've sometimes seen "lady/princess in the streets, hooker/slut/??? in the sheets". Today I saw "Senpai in the streets, Hentai in the sheets."

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links:

Swiss fines wealth based fines
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8446545.stm
Finland fines day fines
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/03/finland-home-of-the-103000-speeding-ticket/387484/
Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, France, and Switzerland also have
some sliding-scale fines

bike lanes don't hurt businesses bike lanes and businesses
http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2015/03/the-complete-business-case-for-converting-street-parking-into-bike-lanes/387595/?utm_source=SFFB

Thomas Piketty on Greece, eurozone monster
http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/thomas-piketty-interview-about-the-european-financial-crisis-a-1022629.html

getting RPGs on the same page tool
https://bankuei.wordpress.com/2010/03/27/the-same-page-tool/

links

2015-Jan-12, Monday 13:52
mindstalk: (YoukoYouma)
Economics profession swings left http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-01-07/economics-stars-swing-left

Cracked on prostitution myths. Anecdotal, but consistent with studies I've read and possibly linked to in the past. http://www.cracked.com/article_21862_5-ways-life-as-prostitute-nothing-like-you-expect.html

Pew on the religions of Asian-Americans. Christian 42%, 26% none, 14% Buddhist, 10% Hindu. http://www.pewforum.org/2012/07/19/asian-americans-a-mosaic-of-faiths-overview/
As a group, they range from the least religious unaffiliated to the most evangelical Protestants. Majority of Korean-Americans are Protestant; I think back in South Korea only 25% are Christian, with 50% having no religion.

Idea on why Charlie Hebdo was attacked:
http://www.juancole.com/2015/01/sharpening-contradictions-satirists.html
"France is a country of 66 million, of which about 5 million is of Muslim heritage. But in polling, only a third, less than 2 million, say that they are interested in religion. French Muslims may be the most secular Muslim-heritage population in the world (ex-Soviet ethnic Muslims often also have low rates of belief and observance). Many Muslim immigrants in the post-war period to France came as laborers and were not literate people, and their grandchildren are rather distant from Middle Eastern fundamentalism, pursuing urban cosmopolitan culture such as rap and rai. In Paris, where Muslims tend to be better educated and more religious, the vast majority reject violence and say they are loyal to France.

Al-Qaeda wants to mentally colonize French Muslims, but faces a wall of disinterest. But if it can get non-Muslim French to be beastly to ethnic Muslims on the grounds that they are Muslims, it can start creating a common political identity around grievance against discrimination."

Westeros-world map updated for Worlds of Ice and Fire http://awoiaf.westeros.org/images/1/10/WorldofIceandFire.png
GRRM deconstructing war, dark Daenerys (spoiles for whole series https://meereeneseblot.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/untangling-the-meereenese-knot-part-iv-a-darker-daenerys/ )
Dornish vengeance (ditto) https://meereeneseblot.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/water-gardens-and-blood-oranges-part-iv-it-ends-in-blood/

no to Boston Olympics
http://m.thenation.com/blog/194529-dear-boston-its-protest-time-say-hell-no-olympic-games
http://www.nobostonolympics.org/

experience of black atheists http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/12/black-atheists-representation/

Attack on Titan/Frozen AMV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXR0WIbubB0

Saudi Arabia and 9/11 http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/new-questions-raised-about-u-s-saudi-relationship-1.2890528

America's poor vs. those in other rich countries http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2015/01/05/america_s_poor_vs_the_rest_of_the_world.html
mindstalk: (atheist)
Overwhelmingly male characters, speaking and non-, and the girls don't get to do much. http://slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/2011/05/reading-dr-seuss-can-be-dangerous.html

'Nel notes that it was pointed out to Geisel that there was a line from ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street’ that was sexist (“Say – anyone could think of that, Jack or Fred or Joe or Nat – Say, even Jane could think of that.”) and when asked to change that line, he called the request “beyond contempt”.'


Sample of Republican predictions about Obama's administration. Not exactly accurate. http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/01/01/3607416/4-things-2015-obama-reelected/

(FB warning) description by a black Harvard attorney of how he's treated as a black man. Not well. https://www.facebook.com/yani.copas/posts/10152921411817114


I hadn't noticed before that the Nandor knew about hobbits. http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?745784-LotR-What-s-the-relationship-between-Rivendell-Mirkwood-and-Lothlorien&p=18612060#post18612060


men with guns feel like victims http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/30/opinion/police-respect-squandered-in-attacks-on-de-blasio.html
and go on effective strike http://nypost.com/2014/12/29/arrests-plummet-following-execution-of-two-cops/
union leader calls mayor an accomplice to murder http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/opinion/when-new-york-city-police-walk-off-the-job.html
NYPD "will only make arrests when it has to". As opposed to... when it feels like? http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-nypds-work-stoppage-is-surreal-20141231


why do women menstruate? http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-evolutionary-benefit-or-purpose-of-having-periods

links

2014-Dec-24, Wednesday 23:09

Drive-by doctoring

2014-Dec-17, Wednesday 18:21
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US healthcare: #1 in legalized medical fraud. "Drive-by doctoring" by out of network doctors, while you're lying there groggy on the operating table.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/21/us/drive-by-doctoring-surprise-medical-bills.html

Medicare for all now plz
mindstalk: (Default)
Of all the political groups in the US, "steadfast conservatives" are the least willing to compromise. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/27/5847190/one-graph-that-explains-the-republican-schism

GPS electronic monitoring could help house arrest replace or greatly reduce prisons. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/27/5845484/prisons-are-terrible-and-there-is-finally-a-way-to-get-rid-of-them

Vox.com picks up Shoup's parking story, summarizes the arguments http://www.vox.com/2014/6/27/5849280/why-free-parking-is-bad-for-everyone

2009 article on New England's triple-deckers being under threat. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/20/us/20triple.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
'Modern zoning laws, Ms. Friedman said, would never allow three units on such small lots. "So it's very important to us to sustain them."' Maybe you should fix the zoning, then? See above about parking, too...

'Zillionaire' Nick Hanauer warns his fellow plutocrats about inequality and pitchforks, backs things like a higher minimum wage and investing in the middle-class, attributes his success to luck and says rich people aren't job creators. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-pitchforks-are-coming-for-us-plutocrats-108014.html#.U61_BBDO98E

Some people are assholes: http://www.vocativ.com/culture/society/dicks-pick-trucks-meme-rollin-coal/

If this article is accurate, San Francisco has horribly inept if not corrupt government: http://www.sfweekly.com/2009-12-16/news/the-worst-run-big-city-in-the-u-s/full/ OTOH the city is trying smart parking.

give the poor money: Mexico finds it works well, is cheaper than giving food. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/26/5845258/mexico-tried-giving-poor-people-cash-instead-of-food-it-worked
2.4% overhead for cash, 20% for food.
San Francisco went the other way with "Care Not Cash", providing shelters in return for an 80% reduction in general assistance. Disaster.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Proposition_N_%282002%29
http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2011/06/23/fixing-care-not-cash

Boston Globe weighs in on Uber vs. obsolete taxi regulations http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2014/06/22/uber-isn-problem-taxi-regulations-are/5tBvAe8rcnGFcDYDT0jx3N/story.html

Dire warnings about Obamacare: 0 for 6 http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/26/zero-for-six/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

If Congress doesn't legislate, bureaucrats and judges will. If you run into anyone praising gridlock while denouncing judicial activism, remind him of that. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/26/5842960/the-broken-congress-has-given-us-a-hyper-empowered-judiciary

US politics links

2014-Jun-14, Saturday 13:48
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http://www.vox.com/2014/6/13/5803768/pew-most-important-fact-american-politics on polarization in US politics. Three kinds: R vs D, liberal vs. conservative, engaged vs non-engaged. Yes, it's increasing. Notes that polarization doesn't mean extremism, it means consistency. Parties used to be mucked up, such that a 1940s poll question was "should we replace the parties with Liberal and Conservative parties?" Now they're not, and the engaged wings are definitely not, and people more view the other party as a threat to the country. Also

'Pew finds that the stereotypes are true: 75 percent of consistent
conservative want a community where "the houses are larger and farther
apart, but schools, stores and restaurants are several miles away".
Liberals were just the opposite: 77 percent wanted to live where "the
houses are smaller and closer to each other, but schools, stores and
restaurants are within walking distance."'

A related question also finds that conservatives say they want to live in rural or small town areas, while liberals want to live in cities. [Gloss: pity that liberals don't make it easy for cities to build more housing and tend to view developers as the devil.]

And yes, a bunch of people with liberal positions call themselves moderate or even conservative.


Can conservatives govern? The second DW-NOMINATE axis looks like "insider/outsider" these days, and the conservatives seem hostile to the idea of compromise. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/13/5804254/the-conservative-base-has-a-crippling-aversion-to-governing

CBO isn't rescoring Obamacare, same way they don't rescore things after they've passed, because scoring is comparing real world to hypothetical law, not real law to some unspecified hypothetical world. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/13/5805004/the-real-reason-cbo-wont-re-score-obamacare

Democrats unified across several important positions. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/14/5802564/democrats-are-more-unified-than-ever

Even the CEO of Goldman-Sachs thinks US inequality is a problem. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/12/5804034/even-goldman-sachs-ceo-is-now-worrying-about-income-inequality

Not quite politics, but maps of US population change. Houston keeps doing well. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/13/5807402/two-maps-that-show-where-the-us-population-is-exploding Easy to build housing there...
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Whoever maintains this is a master of Venn Diagrams: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Supranational_European_Bodies

Ever wonder about Nobel prizes per capita? Wikipedia provides https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Nobel_laureates_per_capita
Switzerland once again kicks ass, followed by the Nordics and Austria. And, at less statistical significance... East Timor.
Relatedly, a map of Nobels by continent: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10/15/the-amazing-history-of-the-nobel-prize-told-in-maps-and-charts/

Speaking of Switzerland and the Nordics, I may have linked to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employment-to-population_ratio before.
...why am I studying Spanish, again? German or Norwegian seems more ratonal...

There's a proposed new inequality metric, Palma ratio: ratio of the income of the top 10% to that of the bottom 40%; apparently the middle 40-90% almost always get 45-55% of the income. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/26/wonkabroad/
Related map http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/09/27/map-how-the-worlds-countries-compare-on-income-inequality-the-u-s-ranks-below-nigeria/

Terrible street-road hybrids, called stroads: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2014/01/dangerous-street-design-spreading-through-suburbs/8033/

If you read the webcomic Freefall, I have some links putting Friday's strip in context: http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?701166-General-Webcomic-Discussion-Thread-II-quot-I-have-no-reaction-to-the-current-page-quot&p=17673946#post17673946

Repealing the 17th amendment (direct election of Senators) has been a big conservative cry. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/02/conservatives_17th_amendment_repeal_effort_why_their_plan_will_backfire.html points out that if you actually believe in federalism it's a terrible idea: state legislators choosing Senators doesn't make Senators beholden to state governments, it makes state elections all about the Senate. The famous Lincoln-Douglas debates? Those were about the Senate -- but there was no popular election in those days; instead those debates were trying to sway the state legislative elections, that would in turn choose the Senator.