Weekly Link Roundup #5

It’s that time of the week again! You know that time where I share this week’s haul in cool internet locations. I read a lot of articles on a weekly basis, so I’ve been encouraged to start putting them up on my blog for everyone else to read. We’ve finally made it to Week #5, but if you need yet more links and you haven’t fully explored this blog, feel free to check out Week #4, Week #3, Week #2, and Week #1.

This version also contains a new requested feature: for those that don’t have the time to read sixteen different articles, I’ve ordered the list in descending order of favouritism, so the relatively best ones are on top. (But of course, all the links are great, or they wouldn’t be here.)

  • Sam, Janet, and Debt: “One of the common arguments against fiscal policy in the current situation – one that sounds sensible – is that debt is the problem, so how can debt be the solution? Households borrowed too much; now you want the government to borrow even more?”
  • Why S.&P.’s Ratings Are Substandard and Porous: “A more cynical view is that S.&P. is playing the role of the schoolmarm, looking for excuses to reward or punish countries based on good behavior — and that this is getting in the way of their objectivity.”
  • Standard & Poor’s has been wrong before. But they’re right now.: “After Republicans in Congress spent three months weighing whether or not to default on our debt and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that paying our bills would never again be a foregone conclusion, can anyone really argue with that?”
  • Two moons above Earth may have collided to create one, study says: “Scientists say such a collision could explain why the moon is lopsided and why its far side is covered with mountains.”
  • Lizards Rapidly Evolve After Introduction to Island: “Italian wall lizards introduced to a tiny island off the coast of Croatia are evolving in ways that would normally take millions of years to play out, new research shows.”
  • How to Respond to Rick Perry’s Response: “To hold that elected officials can’t publicly invoke their religion won’t help a country of believers, agnostics and atheists reach any kind of consensus. It will only impoverish the conversation, depriving many citizens of the ability to make, and judge, arguments that reflect their most cherished views.”
  • Truly Part of You: “The same experiences that lead us to formulate a belief, connect that belief to other knowledge and sensory input and motor output. If you see a beaver chewing a log, then you know what this thing-that-chews-through-logs looks like, and you will be able to recognize it on future occasions whether it is called a ‘beaver’ or not. But if you acquire your beliefs about beavers by someone else telling you facts about ‘beaver’”, you may not be able to recognize a beaver when you see one.”
  • The Early Prediction Rant: ” DON’T EVEN TRY TO PREDICT THE 2012 ELECTION WITH CURRENT (July, 2011) UNEMPLOYMENT DATA! (Sorry for shouting). There is hardly any relationship (r-squared=.07), and slight pattern that does exist is nonsensical, indicating that Obama’s best strategy would be to increase unemployment as much as possible.”
  • 4 Things Most People Get Wrong About Memory: “Here are four common incorrect assumptions about memory, held by some of the survey subjects, that experts say should be forgotten”
  • How to use dice to stop people from lying on surveys: “A toss of the dice allows people to confess things on surveys that they otherwise wouldn’t.”
  • Evangelicals Question the Existence of Adam and Eve: “But now some conservative scholars are saying publicly that they can no longer believe the Genesis account.”
  • The Mad Scientist: “Biologist and blogger PZ Myers speaks out on the war on science, intelligent design, and the sexual habits of giant squid”
  • Pokemon’s Ten Most Disturbing Pokedex Entries: “ComicsAlliance is wandering through the tall grass to bring you the Ten Most Disturbing (and Completely Official) Entries in the Pokedex!”
  • Divided Government: “In fact, few voters ever “choose” divided government, and those voters are never a majority. The majority always wants united government. Some voters want it united under Republican auspices, some want it under Democratic auspices. Almost no one wants divided government”
  • If the Earth Stood Still: “What would happen if the earth stopped spinning? ArcGIS was used to perform complex raster analysis and volumetric computations and generate maps that visualize these results.”
  • The quest to build the perfect lie detector: “Since 9/11, researchers have been racing to replace the polygraph. Now they’re getting close — and it’s scary”


I now blog at EverydayUtilitarian.com. I hope you'll join me at my new blog! This page has been left as an archive.

On 12 Aug 2011 in All, Link Roundup. No Comments.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.