Interesting Links, November 2009

Here are links I found interesting in November 2009:

  • Refusing Flu Shots? Maybe You’re A ‘Denialist’ – “Nearly 20 percent of the families in Vashon Island, Wash., aren’t getting their children vaccinated against childhood diseases. At the Ocean Charter School near Marina del Rey, Calif., 40 percent of the 2008 kindergarten class received vaccination exemptions. Author Michael Specter says the parents in these upscale enclaves are prime examples of what he calls denialism.” Read more on NPR.org. Thanks to @DJGrothe on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Alien abduction flick The Fourth Kind is dangerous twaddle | Chris French | Science | guardian.co.uk – Psychologist Chris French explains why he believes The Fourth Kind is dangerously misleading twaddle. On the Guardian.co.uk. Thanks to @TheSkepticMag for sharing the link.
  • Why Retweet works the way it does – A complete explanation of retweeting on Twitter and the Retweet feature currently being tested. Must-read for any active Twitter user. By Evan Williams on Evhead.com. Thanks to @mdy on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • His Facebook Status Now? ‘Charges Dropped’ – I’m wondering if this is going to lead to an increase of “status” posts on social networking sites by people hoping to establish alibis. On NYTimes.com. Thanks to @Jodene for sharing the link.
  • Green eggs & spam: a Twitter poem – This is too hysterically funny. Thanks to @PattyHankins on Twitter for sharing the link. On Beg to Differ.
  • RyanGarns.com – ‘Google Purchases God’ – Google Inc. (stock symbol GOOG) announced today that it has acquired God (stock symbol GOD) for an estimated $8.2 billion. On RyanGarns.com. Thanks to @DonPerreault on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Palin Booed By Book Tour Crowd – Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” book tour just went rogue on some unhappy fans. Thanks to @jencorreia on Twitter for sharing the link. On HuffingtonPost.com.
  • New Right-Wing Craze Prays That Obama’s ‘Days Be Few’ – The newest far-right craze is an anti-Obama slogan that is making its way onto t-shirts, bumper stickers, mugs, and even teddy bears: “Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8,” which reads, “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” And they call themselves “Christians”? Thanks to @MikeTRose on Twitter for sharing the link. On Think Progress.
  • No, Ladies, the New Breast Cancer Guidelines Aren’t Patronizing – Before you get all worked up about guidelines, read this. On Skepchick. Thanks to @gglockner on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Where Should I Eat? Fast Food Edition (Flowchart) | Eating The Road – Have you ever been driving around and couldn’t decide where to stop to fill the belly of the beast? Worry no longer my friend. With this simple to follow flowchart you will never have to decide which to listen to, your brain or your stomach. Thanks to @MikeTRose on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Who’s Flying This Thing? – It’s time to put to rest the idea that planes fly themselves. And who wants a pilotless jetliner anyway? On Salon.com. Thanks to @jenniferwhitley on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Wordiness, Wordiness, Wordiness List – “The world has only so much space. When you write, your job is to use that space carefully. I can offer some quick tips: find the right word and use it; when in doubt, cut it out; edit your work like it was written by someone you don’t like. But in the end, the general principle is simple: if you’ve heard a phrase more than a couple of times, and it isn’t key wording, essential in carrying meaning, or a definitive phrase, try to get rid of it.” Thanks to @EstherSchindler on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • The Pit Bull in the China Shop – AT last the American right and left have one issue they unequivocally agree on: You don’t actually have to read Sarah Palin’s book to have an opinion about it. Frank Rich in The NY Times. Thanks to @Jodene on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Airventure 2009 – Excellent AirVenture 2009 video on YouTube. Thanks to @DonPerreault on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • 7 False Acronyms – “Sure, everyone knows that SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. And right, most of us know that AWOL stands for Absent Without Leave. But what about all those supposed acronyms, like Golf and Posh, that aren’t really acronyms at all. Here are seven false ones you need to know… at least to be able to impress friends at parties.” Read more on Mental Floss. Thanks to @jencorreia on Twitter for sharing the link.
  • Microsoft Office’s Last Stand – Microsoft Office 2010 reviewed. By Farhad Manjoo in Slate Magazine.
  • A Price War Brews Between Amazon and Wal-Mart – NYTimes.com – Ali had Frazier. Coke has Pepsi. The Yankees have the Red Sox. Now Wal-Mart, the mightiest retail giant in history, may have met its own worthy adversary: Amazon.com. Read more on NYTimes.com. Thanks to @WeberBooks for the link.
  • IHST Releases Recommendations to Reduce U.S. Helicopter Accidents – U.S. helicopter accidents can be drastically reduced, and we have the fact-based recommendations to do it: That was the message at the International Helicopter Safety Symposium, held from Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Montreal, Canada. In Rotor & Wing.
  • Can These Parents Be Saved: The Growing Backlash Against Over-Parenting – Hoping this marks the beginning of the end for “helicopter parents.” In Time Magazine.
  • Hiring Tweeters and Bloggers to Send Ads – This is bad news. The folks you follow on Twitter might be paid to tweet for an advertiser. Read more on NYTimes.com. Thanks to @Jodene for sharing this link.
  • 10 things you need to stop tweeting about – I wish everyone could read and remember this list.
  • Screaming kids and airplanes: Mayday! Mayday! – Parents don’t have a right to get on a jet with unruly children. In fact, they’re stealing from the rest of us. On the LA Times Web site. Thanks to @knowacki for sharing the link.
  • IPSO FACTOID: Of Mice and Men– Sensationalized ‘journalism’ has got it all wrong – An example of how journalists mislead the public with sensationalized headlines and one-sided reporting. Believe it or not, this example isn’t from USAToday, which uses this practice daily.
  • Behind the Headlines – A great site for folks interested in the truth behind sensationalist headlines and news stories.

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