Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Month of Tabs, Summer 2014

It's been a while since I did a Too Many Tabs post. Not because there haven't been tabs sitting open, unfortunately. Just a lack of time to process them mentally.

Here goes.

Strong Female Protagonist is a web comic by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag. What happens when a teenaged super hero gives up the job and tries to be a regular college student?

New report reveals 'excessive' militarization of U.S. police. From the ACLU, on Mashable. Here's a direct link to the ACLU post about their report.

What happened when we gave our daughter my last name. Predictable comments, I suppose ("Why did your husband let you do that?"), but I found them pretty different from my experience doing the same thing 20 years ago.

One in 10 premature deaths in U.S. is linked to alcohol. By Susan Perry on MinnPost. (Here's a previous post of mine on premature deaths.)

Forget red state, blue state: Is your state "tight" or "loose"? From Mother Jones, more on the cultural aspects of our political divide.

When all the jobs belong to robots, do we still need jobs? Cory Doctorow, writing on Boing Boing, about the "problem" of abundance.

Wall Street as cause and beneficiary of skyrocketing university tuition.

How does IQ relate to personality? Openness to experience was the most strongly related. "Eight [other] dimensions of personality ... were positively related to IQ, including organization, toughness, provocativeness, leadership, self-disclosure, emotional stability, moderation, and happiness– although the correlations were much smaller than with intellectual engagement and mental quickness. IQ was negatively related to orderliness, morality, nurturance, tenderness, and sociability, but again, the negative correlations were much smaller than the relationships among IQ, intellectual engagement, and mental quickness." (Emphasis added.) From Scientific American.

Also from Scientific American, what does introversion really mean?

Should we stop teaching calculus in high school? From Forbes. I've given my thoughts on high school math curriculum before... so this article should come as no surprise.

Red meat isn't very green: Study finds beef pollutes far more than pork, poultry, dairy, eggs. Twice as much, in fact. And note that the study didn't look at the levels for fish or plants, so beef was only being compared to its closest competitors in the pollution/green house gas derby.

Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless. From Vox.

You probably already saw this one, but just in case not: The pitchforks are coming… for us plutocrats. Billionaire Nick Hanauer explains why it may be in the interest of the 1% to share just a bit.

As a follow-up to Hanauer's piece, and in the context of recent news of American corporations merging with European companies to dodge taxes, an IPS journalist wonders whether there a connection between CEOs’ narcissism and corporate tax-dodging.

And this from Matt Bruenig: The totally doable slate of economic reforms that conservatives are losing their minds over. (Universal basic income, land taxes, sovereign wealth funds, and public banks -- from an article in Rolling Stone.) Related to his work on how to cut the poverty rate in half.

After a black woman professor, crossing a street on her college campus, was assaulted by police for jaywalking (despite the fact that lots of white pedestrians did the same thing), For Harriet asks, Should black professors hide their credentials from the police?

Why wars always end up hurting the most vulnerable Americans. "The centennial of World War I is a chance to remember naive predictions about how it and other fights would improve society—and the awful abuses those wars actually enabled." From The Atlantic.

Dos and don’ts to combat online sexism. And this link,, which you can send to anyone who insists that acting against an aspect of oppression is itself a form of oppression.

GMOs, Silver Bullets and the Trap of Reductionist Thinking. "The biggest problem with GMOs isn’t technology. It’s when technology is used as a silver bullet, without considering the broader context within which it operates." Jonathan Foley writing on

How home health-care aides are a microcosm of the jobs crisis. From Demos.

For boys, moving to a wealthier neighborhood is as traumatic as going to war: Leaving poverty is more complicated than you think. From the New Republic.

The good news of what's happening around the world: Four data visualizations on global violence, prosperity, health, and hunger/food access.

Steven Pinker visited Science Friday a while back to discuss the origins of human violence.

The case against patents, from NPR's Planet Money.

Why poor schools can’t win at standardized testing. The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them. From The Atlantic.

How the sweetener industry sugar-coats science. From Mother Jones.

The progressive case for ending the minimum wage. From The Week.

Small lifestyle changes could have a big impact on Alzheimer's risk, study finds. More from Susan Perry at MinnPost.

Finally, a nice grouping of bike and street design articles:

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