Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Second City or Third-Rate? (Link Round-Up 6/19/12)

[via BoingBoing]

Chicago: The Second- (or Third-) Rate City
Chicago also needs something even harder to achieve: wholesale cultural change. It needs to end its obsession with being solely a global city, look for ways to reinvigorate its role as capital of the Midwest, and provide opportunities for its neglected middle and working classes, not just the elites. This means more focus on the basics of good governance and less focus on glamour. Chicago must also forge a culture of greater civic participation and debate. You can't address your problems if everyone is terrified of stepping out of line and admitting that they exist. Here, at least, Emanuel can set the tone. In March, he publicly admitted that Chicago had suffered a "lost decade," a promisingly candid assessment, and he has tapped former D.C. transportation chief Gabe Klein to run Chicago's transportation department, rather than picking a Chicago insider. Continuing to welcome outsiders and dissident voices will help dilute the culture of clout.
Asians surpass Hispanics as fastest-growing immigrant group in the US
More than six in 10 people between the ages of 25 and 64 who came from Asia in recent years have at least a bachelor's degree, twice as much as recent non-Asian immigrants. And they are three times more likely than other immigrants to get green cards because of their employer rather than their family ties.
Sorry, there's no alien spaceship at the bottom of the Baltic Sea
Even more odd for a seemingly natural formation, the main object is disc-shaped and “appears to have construction lines and boxes drawn on it,” Lindberg said. “There are also straight edges.”
The new age of dinosaur research: new answers with new questions
And now we’re in what paleontologist Thomas Holtz has called the “Dinosaur Enlightenment.” While the Dinosaur Renaissance was mostly an image change that raised a slew of questions about dinosaur biology, the Dinosaur Enlightenment is employing new techniques and ideas to approach long-standing questions about dinosaur biology. We’re finally starting to understand how dinosaurs grew up, how they might have mated and even what colors some dinosaurs were. But even the most basic aspects of dinosaur biology are open to revision—for example, paleontologists are trying to find ever-more-accurate and precise ways to estimate how heavy dinosaurs actually were.
The Louisiana schools using textbooks written by Fundamentalists
Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. 
Have you heard of the `Loch Ness Monster' in Scotland? `Nessie,' for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur. 
Could a fish have developed into a dinosaur? As astonishing as it may seem, many evolutionists theorize that fish evolved into amphibians and amphibians into reptiles. This gradual change from fish to reptiles has no scientific basis. No transitional fossils have been or ever will be discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian, and reptile as separate, unique animals. Any similarities that exist among them are due to the fact that one Master Craftsmen fashioned them all." 
Extract from Biology 1099, Accelerated Christian Education Inc. (1995)
Indiana First State to Allow Citizens to Shoot Law Enforcement Officers
The first of its kind in the United States, the law was adopted after the state Supreme Court went too far in one of its rulings last year, according to supporters. The case in question involved a man who assaulted an officer during a domestic violence call. The court ruled that there was “no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.” 
The National Rifle Association lobbied for the new law, arguing that the court decision had legalized police to commit unjustified entries.

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