Linky Friday #40
[S1] Seems obvious to say that anti-fat bias correlates with a pro-thin preference, but the always-great Pacific Standard nonetheless made an interesting story out of it.
[S2] I don’t even know how to begin to describe this article on Occupy and anarchism. But if the subjects of Occupy and anarchism interest you, I think you’ll really like it.
Science & Progress:
[P1] I get giddy at the thought of what the future might hold in traffic management innovation. Waze has proven to be a pretty cool app.
[P2] As I have previously mentioned, I think solutions like carbon farms may be our only hope, as far as global warming is concerned. Otherwise, if projections and predictions are right, it could get expensive and messy.
[P3] Tuberculosis really, really hates us. Or maybe it just thinks we’re awesome.
[P4] In 2005, Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt argue that kid-carseat-mania is misguided.
[B1] I love these motivational posters from the 20’s. My funny-favorite is “Criticism is necessary” and my straight-favorite is “Step up!”
[B2] Hanna Rosin points out what most people should already know: the “Women make 77 cents on the dollar for the same job as men” isn’t true. A couple caveats, of course: Even if it’s not 23%, 9% is significant. And second, not all of the reasons for the other 14% are benign.
[E1] Are online/MOOC courses transforming Duke University?
[E2] For the longest time, the US only had three colleges.
[E3] Are colleges finally becoming concerned with tuition rates?
[E4] I hereby resolve to try using 13 of these 18 obsolete words that deserve a comeback.
[E5] Vocabulary Builder is a pretty awesome feature on the Kindle. it takes words that users look up and gives you flash cards to see if you know them.
[E6] There are more to the “young people living with their parents” stories and statistics than we think.
[A1] Sprawling metropolii like Dallas and Atlanta are less segregated than traditional cities like Boston and New York.
[A2] North Dakota has been one of the economic bright spots of the country. If visits are any indication, Obama isn’t very interested, as he has yet to visit the state.
[A3] One of the limitations of federalism is that wind does not recognize state borders.
[A4] Connecticut needs a shotgun marriage to Rhode Island.
[A5] Map: The many, many rivers of the United States.
[A6] Judicial elections are a crock. Even some elected judges say so.
[W2] The UK and Ireland are having serious problems with the sale of illicit tobacco, complete with fears of trade funding terrorism.
[W3] The chimp mascot of a Russian casino has alcohol and nicotine problems. Fortunately, he’s going to get help.
[W5] According to the Financial Times, Germany’s obsession with exports is causing it problems.