Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
An interesting take: society cultivates a sense of indebtedness and gratitude so that we act civilly toward one another. It means that campaign contributions are inevitably asking for something in return.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
In a story about Republican plans to extend (again) tax cuts for the super rich, the NYTimes lets the #3 House Republican say this in print:
“The president said if you pass the stimulus, unemployment would never go above 8 percent,” said Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the No. 3 House Republican. “We’ve had a 41-month experience that that is not true and hasn’t been effective. One thing Republicans have always said is that they want a form of accountability.”
But if they had just Googled that first sentence (without quotes), they would have found this Politifact coverage of that statement, ruling it MOSTLY FALSE.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
A good lesson that not all scientific goals can be achieved with a “moon shot”
This is really interesting article on the philosophy of eco-design versus consumerism. On the one hand, Apple’s devices are harder to separate into their component parts, but on the other hand, they have higher-quality materials (like metal) and their users keep them longer.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
- Economist’s View: Bigger is Not Always Better
Monday, July 16, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
"the process of polarization is not symmetrical. The parties have not become equally ideologically..."
- The left’s gone left but the right’s gone nuts: Asymmetrical polarization in action | Grist