- Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is Science Stuff:
- These are the Sunday essays you missed:
White hoods, dunce caps and Paul Ryan, by Jon Perr
Charles Koch whines as the Harry Reid Kochtopia pushback begins, by Egberto Willies
Does your state get an 'F' for how it teaches the civil rights movement?, by Denise Oliver-Velez
Some country for rich old white men, by Dante Atkins
Liberals are the intolerant ones?, by Mark E Andersen
Daily Kos Elections Senate Power Rankings: Inaugural April edition, by Steve Singiser
- Economists should measure happiness:
When discussing media, the philosopher Marshall McLuhan once said, "We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." Much the same principle applies to economic indicators; once they have been developed they begin to shape our experience and perceptions in ways we rarely realize. Most of us accept numbers as devoid of ideology, as accurate and unbiased descriptions of the world we inhabit — this is their allure.
In his new book The Leading Indicators, the economist Zachary Karabell takes the opposite tack, arguing that "the world these statistics say we are living in and the world we are actually living in often diverge." Like Freud, Karabell investigates the unconscious assumptions that permeate our lives, in his case focusing on our dependence on statistics.
- Chili's cancels fund-raiser for anti-vaccine group:
Chili’s Grill & Bar recently announced that, in an effort to mark Autism Awareness Month, hundreds of its locations across the country would donate 10 percent of customers’ checks on April 7 to the National Autism Association. But thanks to that particular group’s stance on vaccines, that move sparked considerable controversy. [...]
In response, pro-vaccine groups started calling for a boycott of the restaurant chain. Angry comments flooded Chili’s official Facebook page. “Hosting a fundraiser for an organization that encourages parents not to vaccinate their children is not only irresponsible, but also unforgivable,” one comment reads. “Come for dinner, stay for pertussis,” another jokes.
It didn’t take Chili’s long to address the controversy. On Sunday, the company canceled the fundraiser.
- One simple graph explains the reach of vaccines.
- Hello and goodbye:
It’s a story we all know—Christopher Columbus discovers America, his European buddies follow him, they meet the indigenous people living there, they indigenous people die from smallpox and guns and other unknown diseases, and the Europeans get gold, land, and so on.
It’s still happening today in Brazil, where 238 indigenous tribes have been contacted in the last several decades, and where between 23 and 70 uncontacted tribes are still living. A just-published report that takes a look at what happens after the modern world comes into contact with indigenous peoples isn’t pretty: Of those contacted, three quarters went extinct. Those that survived saw mortality rates up over 80 percent. This is grim stuff.
- Ann Coulter wants Romney to run again: Coulter made her desires known in an interview with radio host Howie Carr.
CARR: Yeah, but people are saying, ‘No, Ann, no. No more RINOs.’
COULTER: Well, that’s just the mob taking over—you may not have the tribe wanting to run Romney again, but the idea the he’s a RINO, as opposed to what, Rick Perry, who gave illegal aliens in-state tuition. The same thing with Chris Christie. And, as I say, Ted Cruz is a disaster on illegal immigration.
- Mickey Rooney, 93, R.I.P.:
One interviewer encapsulated a repeated criticism of Rooney—that he was always acting—by describing a conversation with him as "one long monologue punctuated by pauses for applause."
When he was in his early 70s, Rooney joked about the fallout from a life lived in the spotlight: "When I open a refrigerator door and the light goes on, I want to perform."
- The less Americans know about Ukraine, the more eager to invade:
On March 28-31, 2014, we asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International Inc. (SSI), what action they wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine, but with a twist: In addition to measuring standard demographic characteristics and general foreign policy attitudes, we also asked our survey respondents to locate Ukraine on a map as part of a larger, ongoing project to study foreign policy knowledge. We wanted to see where Americans think Ukraine is and to learn if this knowledge (or lack thereof) is related to their foreign policy views. We found that only one out of six Americans can find Ukraine on a map, and that this lack of knowledge is related to preferences: The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up ACA & 2016 news. BiPM's Cheers & Jeers updates us on OK. The Mozilla mess. Are we still tip-toeing around torture? Fire hydrants shut down by water co. because water's "for farms & homes, not fires."
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