Saturday Link Roundup

I wanted this roundup to be science-themed, but there’s been too few linkworthy science posts and too many political posts. Still, starting with the science, GrrlScientist reports about how sulfur particles cause some global cooling, which can be exploited to mitigate global warming. The only thing I have to say about that is to recall the Futurama episode where Fry says at a ski resort, “It’s a good thing global warming never happened.” Leela retorts, “It did, but the nuclear winter balanced it out.”

Orac writes about the dilemma of whether to allow individuals access to experimental drugs. He comes down strongly on the side of not allowing, explaining that,

The entire ruling also seems to rest on a misperception that there are “miracle drugs” out there that we will have to wait years for because the FDA is too slow to approve them. However, if there really were such a “miracle drug” that was amazingly effective compared to anything we have now, a large randomized phase III trial would not be necessary to detect its efficacy. Indeed, its efficacy would almost certainly show up in even a small phase I trial. There’d be examples of amazing tumor shrinkage or even outright cures. In reality, we don’t see these things in Phase I trials, because there are no miracle drugs, at least not yet. Because the effects of most new drugs against various tumors tends to be less than miraculous, we need Phase III trials to determine safety and efficacy.

Kevin Alexander Gray of Black Agenda Report skewers Obama as a bland, white-identified politician who’s not listening to the black community’s concerns. Obama happens to be black, but he’s not the black voters’ candidate; black voters prefer Clinton, who they’re backing by several percentage points more than whites do, while supporting Obama by no greater numbers than whites do. It could be due to unfamiliarity, but it could also be due to Obama’s failure to tap into traditional sources of black support.

Matthew Yglesias turns his attention to Iran. Scott McLemee has an entirely misguided column on Inside Higher Ed that accuses liberals of not caring about Iranian democracy. Matt Yglesias notes that he has no idea what he’s talking about. After all, American conservatives want to bomb Iran, a surefire way to cement support for the regime, while the liberals are letting the regime crumble under its own weight.

Via Ars Mathematica I found a long article in the New York Magazine about praise and self-esteem. The two-line conclusion is that praising children’s intelligence will only hurt them by making them complacent and causing them to view failures as embarrassments, while praising their effort will make them work harder. In addition, praise needs to be specific – e.g. “It’s good that you can concentrate for so long” – or else it will be perceived as disingenuous. Draw your own conclusions about education.

11 Responses to Saturday Link Roundup

  1. muppt says:

    The mossad just wants to get you.

  2. muppt says:

    The evil zionist Nancy Pelosi will advocate war on Iran!

  3. SLC says:

    Re Muppt

    Mr. Muppt has yet to support his tirades against Nancy Pelosi relative to her being a hardcore evil Zionist. I would suggest that Mr. Muppt put up or shut up.

  4. SLC says:

    The attached link will not be to Mr. Levys’ liking as it is considerable variance with his views on the Iranian threat.

    http://web.israelinsider.com/Views/10704.htm

  5. SLC says:

    Mr. Levy will undoubtedly put the author of the article in the attached link in the same catagory as he places Mr. Halprin.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3366241,00.html

  6. muppt says:

    There’s no doubt she’s a hardcore evil zionist, she’s like Joe Lieberman’s twin sister.

    http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/85

  7. SLC says:

    Re Muppt

    In support of his contention concerning Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Muppt gives us a link to an anti-semitic fascist c***sucking web site which has all the credibility of Der Sturmer, which undoubtedly would have been Mr. Muppts’ favorite source of information had he been alive in the 1930s and 1940s. Incidently, I would hardly call Joe Lieberman a hardcore evil Zionist. He is a consumate Arab lover who favors a Palestinian State. No evil hardcore Zionist would possibly be caught dead supporting such a monstrosity.

  8. muppt says:

    Joe Lieberman’s an arab lover? what have you been smoking? Lieberman is considered by most democrats to be a neocon now.

  9. SLC says:

    Re muppt

    Anybody who favors an independent Palestinian State on the West Bank and Gaza Strip is an Arab lover. The Palestinian State is in Amman!

  10. yahoo icon says:

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  11. That is a great blogpost, Looking forward to some of your other posts.

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