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Independence Open Thread

The Scottish independence vote is Thursday. Elections guru Sam Wang estimates: "“yes” has an outside chance, maybe 1 out of 4, of winning. This will be a nailbiter" 

 

I favor independence. Scotland can solve its currency problems, it can't solve an English government bent on slashing and privatizing its institutions.

 

Education Open Thread

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A few themes, starting with why I love Steven Pinker, and Tiger moms.  Its all about exams, stupid.  My emphases.

Astronomy = We're Hicks Open Thread

Astronomy has a special way of puncturing a guy's sense of importance. First you find out the sun is a smallish star. Then that we're on the outskirts of our galaxy. 

 

Now it turns out our galaxy is on the last subway stop to the most distant suburb of some super galaxy cluster called Laniakea: 

We're hicks, astronomy, OK? We get it.

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Wired reports the icloud/nude celebrity photo hacks relied on law enforcement surveillance technology: 

Tonight is the Best Night for Meteors Open Thread

Tonight is peak of the best meteor shower of the year.

 

Watch it on Wired's Live cam if you're viewing is obstructed because of clouds or because of ...

What're the 2014 midterms about? -Open Thread

It's August already and I'm wondering whether either party has defined one or more central issues on which the 2014 election is being run. If so, I haven't noticed. What do y'all think?

 

Also, here's a summer jazz album by the inestimable Art Blakey:

 

Weekend Open Thread

Hope y'all are enjoying the summer as best you can.

 

Can summer evening chill jazz increase your enjoyment? Only one way to find out:

(This is an early "fusion jazz" album from '69 -- overshadowed by Miles's other fusion albums around the time, "Miles Ahead" ('68) and "Bitches Brew" ('70). It's my fav. among the 3.)

Weekend Open Thread

Leave any thoughts below, and here's some very chill jazz music for a relaxing summer weekend:

 

Global Temps Continue to Sizzle...Welcome to Hot....Open Thread

 

The average temperature of Earth’s surface last month exceeded all other Mays before it, since recordkeeping began in 1880, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

 

The monthly temperature was 1.33 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the average May. That may not seem like much, but on a planetary scale, it’s huge. It ties the highest departure from average for any single month, in weather records that predate electric lights in Manhattan.

 

Junk DNA and The Sting Open Thread

Most non-coding human DNA has no biological function, so don't buy into the common "modern science has discovered junk DNA probably isn't junk after all" narrative.

 

Around the World Open Thread

In Italy, a new law allows prisoners to reduce their sentences by reading books.

 

In the UK, a new law forbids family and friends from sending books to prisoners.

 

In Iran, women are posting pics of themselves on facebook sans headscarves.

 

Scottish Independence and Texan Wild Boars Open Thread

Scottish Independence is losing ground despite Chomsky's support. The latest poll shows momentum swinging to "No" on the referendum, 51 to 37.

 

Texans actually aren't eating enough bacon and ham:

Open Thread!

Income inequality is a hot topic among intellectuals. You've got Thomas Piketty's new book this month. You've got a new think tank this year, The Washington Center for Equitable Growthfounded to accelerate cutting-edge analysis into whether and how structural changes in the U.S. economy, particularly related to economic inequality, affect economic growth.

 

Open Thread (with a bit of trade deficit)

February's trade deficit widened to 42.3 billion, with about half due to trade with China.

 

Dean Baker, economic prognosticator extraordinaire at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, identifies the US trade deficit as the biggest obstacle to full employment. 

 

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