February 14, 2015 4 Comments
1) Are liberals just as anti-science as conservatives, just on different issues? Thanks to motivated reasoning, anybody will be anti-anything they are not disposed to agree with, regardless of what science says. So, yes. But degree matters:
However, the negative reaction of conservatives when they read about climate change and evolution was four times greater than that of liberals who read about nuclear power and fracking. Both liberals and conservatives showed evidence of motivated resistance against the facts related to the science topics that challenged their political beliefs.
But again, conservatives reacted more strongly than liberals, probably because the issues were hot buttons for conservatives.
Explain it away all you want (as the article) does, but this difference matters.
2) Great satire of anti-vaxxers– I’m an anti-braker.
3) It really bothers me that in a very wealthy county, many think it is the job of parents, not the state/county, to pay for full-day Kindergarten.
4) Very thoughtful piece from Amanda Hess on the incredibly blurry line of where drunk sex becomes sexual assault.
5) Fred Hiatt on the anti-science beliefs of believing that GM foods are bad for you.
6) Seth Masket on the long-term strategic (and successful!) campaign of the Federalist Society to turn the federal judiciary substantially more conservative.
8) Cannot say I’m surprised to learn that Wall Street firms secretly pay their employees to work in government.
9) How Louisiana’s refusal to expand Medicaid is leading to very real harm in the form of closed ER’s.
10) North Carolina’s Innocence Commission is awesome. I really wish more states would do something similar (and I’m grateful that the current powers in Raleigh have not tried to eliminate it).
11) Pretty amazing how bad the vaccination rates are for the kids of America’s most famous Silicon Valley tech companies.
12) Obviously, I’m no expert on foreign affairs, but I found both these pieces really compelling. They both argue that the solution is not military, but doing what we can to help improve Ukrainian society and government.
What Putin fears most in this whole confrontation isn’t the introduction of some Western tanks or rockets; it’s a thriving, prosperous Ukraine—it’s an example to the rest of the former Soviet republics (and to the people of eastern Ukraine, and for that matter Russia) that a better, richer life can be had under Western styles of governance and economics than under Putin’s dream of a resuscitated USSR…
Ukraine needs a massive infusion of aid and, even more, investment, along with expansive political ties with the West.
13) Is Scott Walker too far right to win the Republican nomination? I don’t think so, because I think he’s really good at coming across as far less extreme than he actually is.
14) Love this Aaron Carroll piece on the best way to prioritize young lives (more focus on suicide reduction, for example, would be great). It’s a great argument that we ignore the opportunity costs when we focus on some approaches (for very rare, but scary, causes of death) and ignore other, far more common, causes.
15) Jon Chait on how Democrats have become the child care party.
16) I found this totally fascinating (and I think my wife will too if she makes it this far into quick hits) on how brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage are all actually the same plant. Really! (Thanks, Vox!)
17) It really is crazy how communities are expected to massively subsidize the sports stadiums that enrich millionaires and billionaires.