Friday, February 28, 2014

Weekend Links

"Would you bet your paycheck on the weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should this country (US) bet billions on global warming predictions that have even less foundation?"

"A dominant voice in victim-advocacy and research on domestic violence stands accused of flatly fabricating data."  Superb, but scary, must-read article.  Alas, this kind of episode is way more common than the public realizes.  Our society has become so political over the last 100 years that it invades virtually every area of human behavior, even science which, in many ways is the process of trying to avoid politics while learning about reality. 

And, alas, related to the item above: Whole Foods as "America's Temple of Pseudoscience".

How LBJ's "War on Poverty" stopped, dead in its tracks, a nearly 20-year long stretch of post-war decline in poverty.  

[ht: carpe diem;]