January, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

The people who will really decide whether health-care reform succeeds or fails

Ezra Klein: "We don't really know if his success can be replicated. But somebody's can be."

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

everyone has a right to their beliefs

Manifest Density: "It’s disrespectful to let writing’s constituent elements bleed into one another through imprecise demarcations. If you see me ‘making mistakes with comma placement’, please rest assured that I’m doing it deliberately."

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Bad News for Tattoos

Stuck on Lou: "Those people understandably assumed that their zodiac signs would remain consistent for the rest of their lives. Other announcements that could render seemingly timeless tattoos embarrassingly outdated [...]"

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Interior of Moon imaged using 40-year-old data

ars technica: "One interpretation of the data is that the deepest interior regions of the Moon have similar structure to the inner regions of the Earth."

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Friday, January 07, 2011

Exactly!

Giles Bowkett: "It's simply impossible to come up with status updates that make sense to every group. For instance, my parents recently encountered rattlesnakes on their property, and I proposed a system for preventing this which they rejected for, as far as I can tell, being too logical and too likely to succeed. If this was a topic of discussion on my Facebook page, my programmer friends would focus on the system, my actor friends would focus on the experience of encountering rattlesnakes - as well as the experience of attempting to talk sense into crazy people - while my high school friends would tell me what was going on with their own parents, and my raver friends would go off on a crazy tangent and start making jokes about peyote. These are all pretty great ways to deal with this kind of news, but not at the same time."

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Google's decreasingly useful, spam-filled web search

Marco: "Part of what exacerbates this is the apparent explosion recently of cheap-‘content’ sites that try to answer every search query ever asked. Like affiliate-marketing spam, much of it seems to be generated by humans (technically — I wouldn’t classify them as such), but it’s functionally useless: sites like About.com, eHow, and countless clones with .info domain names that promise to address every niche question and informational topic, but whose content lacks all quality and substance."

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Monday, January 03, 2011

Poll: Tax the rich to balance the budget

msnbc.com: "The next most popular way -- chosen by 20 percent -- was to cut defense spending."

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Sunday, January 02, 2011

Future Shock

Yglesias: "The US, the Eurozone, and Japan are so terrified that real growth might lead to growth-imperiling inflation that we’ve just decided to live without the growth in the first place."

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The world is socialist

Scripting News: "Another thing that's socialist is sickness. Like snow, it's universal. Everyone gets sick, sooner or later."

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