- Visualizing data with Hans Rosling, founder of GapMinder.
- Republicans want to cut the National Science Foundation budget to
save moneystop scientists from contradicting their beliefs. Pathetic. Want to save money? The DoD + DHS = $600 billion (National Security Intelligence [wow -- triple oxymoron!] is secret). NSF's budget is $7 billion, or about 1.2 percent of those other agencies. U.S. military now has more people in its marching bands than the State Department has in its foreign service. Need to reset priorities here.
- Speaking of academics, Arnold Kling points out that academics may restrain competition via their guild business model of limiting the supply of positions. The Economist covers the demand side -- too many spend too much time and money to get bad jobs, but there are other benefits.
- "Being sane in insane places" -- people are not objective and rational as much as biased and myopic. That leads us to...
- The scientific guide to global warming skeptics. Skeptics should read this, of course, by they may be too biased to either click, read or understand. OTOH, People who want to limit environmental pollution, you will want to see this comic explaining how green taxes work.
- If taxes go up, then people will want to know that they can save energy by turning down the thermostat at night (vs. leaving it on, to avoid a morning surge). Same logic applies to idling your car...