Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Green Energy, White Terrorists (Link Round-Up 8/14/12)

[via NPR

Several Obama Administration investments in solar energy companies that have failed
For those who have misunderstood my point and concluded that the goal of this post was to claim that Green Energy as a whole is not worth investing in: I make no claims to have investigated all Green Energy companies, only those which I have found that received stimulus loans, grants and/or tax breaks, so I would not feel comfortable in making any such claim. My purpose is also not to convince people to vote for Mitt Romney (which is a pretty laughable accusation to make about me, seeing as how I agree more with Obama than I do with Mitt Romney), but rather to criticize where criticism is due.

Obama can do better.
Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others
10. There is nothing you can do about white terrorists. Gun control won’t stop them. No policy you could make, no government program, could possibly have an impact on them. But hundreds of billions of dollars must be spent on police and on the Department of Defense, and on TSA, which must virtually strip search 60 million people a year, to deal with other terrorists.
What went wrong with European unity? The Euro.
The costs of failed economic policies extend well beyond the statistics of unemployment, real income, and poverty (important as they are). The grand vision of a union with a cementing sense of European unity is itself threatened by what is taking place in the economic arena. Those who advocated the “unity of a European currency” as a “first step” toward a united Europe have in fact pushed much of Europe into an entirely counterproductive direction for achieving European unity. There is, of course, no danger of a return to 1939, but, to use Auden’s analogy of the “dogs of Europe,” barking from sequestered regional bases of resentment and contempt does immense harm to the cause of cultivating European amity and unity.
Signs that your journalism has been compromised
Here's one you wouldn't think a journalist should even need to ask (but you'd be wrong): are there any public figures you refuse to honestly, objectively, publicly criticize? If yes… it's worse than bad. You're already suborned. You're not even a journalist.
Yes, there are people who care about the violence in Chicago
Jefferson has something of a point when he writes that "we as a nation care less when it's Chicagoans dying in their neighborhoods instead of Batman fans in a movie theater," but it sort of depends on what you mean by caring. The Aurora shooting may get more column inches and air time, but mass shootings haven't been as intensively studied, over time, as homicide in Chicago has—our city has been one of the most intensively studied in the country over the past century, and its ongoing crime problem has generated reams of academic and journalistic work, from Robert Sampson and Andrew Papachristos to Alex Kotlowitz and Steve Bogira. Just because it's not on CNN every day doesn't mean we don't know a lot about "wherever and why-ever and whomever is doing these shootings," and the problem's historical origins.
How India's favorite TV show uses data to change the world
All this feedback has an impact, both on the show itself and on India. Satyamev Jayate’s voting process, in particular, has yielded some impressive results. After the first episode about female feticide, or the selective abortion of female fetuses, 99.8 percent of viewers said they agreed with the idea of a fast-track court to prosecute doctors who perform such operations. When Khan presented the results to the Indian government, officials agreed almost immediately to amend the court system accordingly, the producer told me.

Sometimes, though, the results simply present an interesting — if not troubling — view into the Indian subconscious. Almost 32 percent of respondents, for example, voted in favor of the right of families to use force preventing the marriage of two willing adults (subsequent analysis uncovered some reasons why, including continuing opposition to inter-caste marriage), while almost 14 percent of respondents one week said that beating a woman is a sign of masculinity. And although women comprise only about 32 percent of the show’s audience, they have accounted for the majority of responses on shows addressing issues important to them.
The rise of the use of "-ome"
Generally, the new terms in scientific literature are meant to highlight the study of a comprehensive collection of data—such as all proteins in a cell (the proteome), all patent law rulings (the patentome) or all human culture (the culturome). Researchers hope to attract attention—and perhaps funding—by giving their topic a name brand that echoes the broader scientific advances of genomics.
Some scientists roll their eyes at this speedily spreading suffix. "It's a language parasite," said evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen at the University of California, Davis.

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