Christmas Hangover Links
* I knew there was a loophole! Pope says atheists are OK with Jesus, so long as they “do good.”
* Folks, we need to talk: The Creepy Surveillance of Elf on a Shelf.
* That Christmas Spirit: US emergency food providers brace as $5bn food stamp cuts set in.
* Adjunct Nate Silver has been studying the academic job market in German since 2007: who posts jobs, and who gets jobs. Part 1.
* Why we’re doomed: what Obama reads.
Obama does reserve a certain respect for opinion writers such as Tom Friedman and David Brooks of The New York Times, Jerry Seib of The Wall Street Journal, E. J. Dionne of The Washington Post, and Joe Klein of Time. “My impression is that he reads a lot of columnists,” says Brooks, “and therefore he sort of cares about what they say.”
* And then Amazon ate everything, Someday it might even make a profit!
* The Tumblr of forever: sffworthy.tumblr.com.
* …even though the Obama administration has called on Western buyers to use their purchasing power to push for improved industry working conditions after several workplace disasters over the last 14 months, the American government has done little to adjust its own shopping habits.
* “Choice” is the illusion of power. Vouchers were not dreamed up to provide choice, but to deny it. We need to avoid confusing a justification with an explanation.
* Carbon Footprint Of Best Conserving Americans Is Still Double Global Average. Inevitable Milwaukee-based “wait, maybe this isn’t so bad” joke.
* The selective disappearance of large animals marks this period out from other extinction episodes, and was the start of what Estes and his fellow authors suggested “is arguably humankind’s most pervasive influence on the natural world”. For Estes, it was the beginning of the sixth mass extinction.
* Democrats are over (if you want it): Democrats desperately want war with Iran.
* And the BBC has a Sherlock season three minisode. God bless us, every one!
Written by gerrycanavan
December 26, 2013 at 10:51 am
Posted in Look at what I found on the Internet
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