Assorted Links (6/18/2014)

Iraq: What a Way To Go

“The Iraqi state in its historic territorial configuration is gone—solid gone, and it ain’t coming back. Time to start thinking hard about next steps.”

The World Ignites on Obama’s Watch

“Yet another sharp shard in a quickly fracturing world: Al-Qaeda has issued a call for Muslims in Kashmir to use Syria and Iraq as a model for fighting India. What’s the plan, Mr. President?”

United States of Secrets – FRONTLINE

“How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans?”

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

“Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material.”

The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom

A wealth of studies on students’ use of computers in the classroom supports the notion of banning…

Tim’s Vermeer (2013)

“Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.”

Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham

“What exactly is the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham? What is the group’s goal? A guide to #ISIS…”

Five Things Facebook Knows About You

“Facebook announced it is adding your web-browsing activity to data that advertisers can make use of to show you targeted ads. Privacy advocates have raised concerns. Just how much does Facebook know about you?”

Why The Supposed Rise Of Mass Shootings Is A Myth

“Gun violence in the U.S. is high, but it’s not as bad as it was 20 years ago.”

Expect Soaring College Costs From the President’s Price-Subsidizing Student Loan Scheme

“Students who resist the temptation of “help” with college costs will be in a much better position when the higher education bubble bursts.”

Putting America’s ridiculously large $17 trillion economy into perspective by comparing US state GDPs to entire countries

“Overall, the US produced 22.7% of world GDP in 2013, with only about 4.4% of the world’s population. Three of America’s states (California, Texas and New York) – as separate countries – would rank in the world’s top 13 largest economies. And one of those states – California – produced more than $2 trillion in economic output in 2013 – and the other two (Texas and New York) produced more than $1.5 trillion and $1.3 trillion of GDP in 2013 respectively.”

11 facts that explain the escalating crisis in Iraq

Quoting from this Vox article, “Iraq has essentially just began another civil war, and it’s totally unclear how long it’s going to last or how it’s going to end. And no one’s sure what to do about it.”

Bowdoin’s Crackdown on Religious Liberty

“Bowdoin simply does not understand religion, and that’s why its non-discriminatory policy is really no surprise. The college cannot understand that what it calls “choices” and “decisions” are… matters of faith, truth, and even love.”

Welcome to the Jihadi Spring

“The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring. Across a huge swath of what, up until recently, had been known as Iraq and Syria, a transnational movement of Sunni Islamic extremists has taken control. “

7 weird and terrible effects of sleep deprivation

“There’s a growing body of research showing that sleep deprivation is related to all sorts of problems — from increased risk of vehicle crashes to health problems like heart disease and anxiety disorders.”

11 maps that explain the US energy system

“Ever wonder what America’s energy infrastructure looks like? All those power plants and coal mines and oil wells and transmission lines?”

Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware

“National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data.”

David Brat: Election victory ‘was basically a miracle’

“Brat: Cantor defeat ‘was basically a miracle'”

Fathers teach risk-taking, boundary-setting; learning from ‘sock wrestling.

“Some scientists are inventing new scales and lab procedures to measure fathers’ special role.”

The guy who beat Eric Cantor penned a scathing, seemingly unpublished book about the economics profession

“There’s a lot you can learn about David Brat’s beliefs by reading his academic research.”


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