Watch out for the oxycontin, not the heroin

Now this is a really cool infographic— drug overdoses by type or drug:

U.S. drug-related deaths, over time

Short version– watch out for the “legal” pharmaceuticals.

Food’s bad, but at least there’s no shankings

Apparently, you can rate prisons on Yelp.  Interesting story about this in the Post.  Much funner is the link to Buzzfeed’s “12 best prisons on Yelp!”

5. You’ll find religious tolerance and one pretty chill Rabbi over at Riker’s Island (3 Stars)

You'll find religious tolerance and one pretty chill Rabbi over at Riker's Island (3 Stars)

The real problem with American public education

I just found this Atlantic story via FB (as well as the quote I’m about to pull).  If history is any indication, by the time I read it, I’ll fail to blog about it.  So, without actually reading the article yet, I still love this quote:

 The notion that we are “a nation at risk” from underachieving public schools is, as David Berliner asserts, errant “nonsense” and a pack of lies.

Rather, we have a poverty problem. The fact is that kids in resource-rich public school systems perform near the top on international measures. However, asDavid Sirota has reported, “The reason America’s overall scores on such tests are far lower is because high poverty schools produce far worse results — and as the most economically unequal society in the industrialized world, we have far more poverty than our competitors, bringing down our overall scores accordingly.” Addressing poverty and inequality are the keys to serving America’s educational needs.

Great and important points.  Where we do well, we are doing just fine.  Good American schools are not lagging the world.  The problem is that there are too many not good schools concentrated almost entirely in high-poverty environments   And, sadly, the rest of the first world simply does not have the concentration of poverty we do here in America.

Which hurts more?

So, stumbled across this interesting illustrated science video– what hurts more, getting kicked in the testicles over giving birth.  Okay, admittedly, very few people will ever experience both of these, but seriously?  I’ve been around 4 childbirths and surely taken a blow to the manly parts at least that many times (fortunately, it’s been quite a while), and to suggest that they are anywhere equivalent is nuts (just to be clear, it’s childbirth that’s more painful).  Nonetheless, this video is a great little feature on the nature of pain and how we experience it:


Wow, so MSNBC spent a solid 15 minutes today on North Carolina and just how far right the Republicans have tried to take our state.  Alas, no embedding, but part 1 and part 2.  Generally good summary of what’s been going on (though not much new for readers of this blog).  That said, the segments also served as  good reminder as to why I don’t watch MSNBC.  While Art Pope undoubtedly has too much influence, he is far from the puppetmaster portrayed here.  He largely doesn’t have to be, because he has so well insured that like-minded people have been elected.  And, y’all know what I think about voter ID, but it is also true that NC’s law is about as reasonable as could be hoped for (tax on college student parents aside, which I’m not sure if its in the final bill).  Again, not to defend the NC Republicans, but I hate that MSNBC makes me feel like I have to.

Photo of the day

Buzzfeed has a rather entertaining gallery of Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Prince Harry visiting a new Harry Potter world in England:

Image by WPA Pool / Getty Images

Video of the day

Just listened to a recent Planet Money history of the income tax (sadly, they ignore the role of prohibitionists in pushing the Income tax– they knew they would need to replace the revenue from alcohol if we outlawed it), but still pretty cool.  They played a bit of this amazing 1943 government income tax propaganda film featuring Donald Duck:

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