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- Libraries, Books, Writers, & Suchlike
- A radical publishing collective: the Journal of Radical Librarianship
- This innkeeper is offering her $900,000 lakeside inn to the writer of the best 200-word essay
- March 30, 1820: Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty, is born Related: How 'Black Beauty' Changed The Way We See Horses
- From Neil Gaiman: The Facts of Death
- Anglo Saxon remedy kills hospital superbug MRSA "The project was born when a microbiologist at the University of Nottingham, UK, got talking to an Anglo Saxon scholar. They decided to test a recipe from an Old English medical compendium called Bald's Leechbook, housed in the British Library....It wouldn't be the first modern drug to be derived from ancient manuscripts – the widely used antimalarial drug artemisinin was discovered by scouring historical Chinese medical texts."
- Cory Doctorow has a different and very thought-provoking take on the Clean Reader controversy: Clean Reader is a Free Speech Issue
- Net & Tech
- How the Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions "Many copyright intensive industries are hostile to the U.S. fair use doctrine and many of the decisions of courts emanating from it. There have been arguments raised from time to time that the doctrine or its applications are contrary to the so-called Berne 3-step test requiring that limitations and exceptions to rights be limited to certain special cases, not conflict with a normal exploitation of the work and not unreasonably prejudice the legitimate interests of the author.... No other country has attempted to sue the U.S. or the nearly dozen other countries around the world that have fair use. But will the content industry be so reticent with such challenges in the future? With the TPP ISDS chapter, they will not have to in 40% of the global economy."
- Health & Science
- Dozens Of Scientific Papers Withdrawn After Peer-Review Fraud Uncovered
- Elon Musk: Burning Fossil Fuels Is the 'Dumbest Experiment in History, By Far' "Elon Musk...says we shouldn't need an environmentally motivated reason to transition to clean energy. We're probably going to run out of oil sometime; why find out if we can destroy the world while we do it, if an alternative exists?"
- Home folk tell Rep. McMorris Rodgers: Don’t mess with Obamacare "She was asking for horror stories about health care, but Rep. Cathy Morris Rodgers, R-Wash., instead found her Facebook page filled with testimonials to the benefits of the Affordable Care Act."
- Sao Paulo Will Fine Anyone $150 who Complains About Mothers Who Breastfeed in Public Good for them! Can we get that here, please?
- Study Of More Than 3,500 Human Brains Reveals The Cause Of Alzheimer's Disease
- Income Inequality: It’s Also Bad for Your Health
- Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous "This dismissal of broad-based learning, however, comes from a fundamental misreading of the facts — and puts America on a dangerously narrow path for the future. The United States has led the world in economic dynamism, innovation and entrepreneurship thanks to exactly the kind of teaching we are now told to defenestrate. A broad general education helps foster critical thinking and creativity. Exposure to a variety of fields produces synergy and cross fertilization. Yes, science and technology are crucial components of this education, but so are English and philosophy. When unveiling a new edition of the iPad, Steve Jobs explained that 'it’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough — that it's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing.'" I don't know why we shouldn't have both. I think it makes a hell of a lot of sense to have everyone learn a tech skill and have a liberal arts education.
- Parents protest Kansas education cuts with 60-mile hike from Merriam to Topeka "This year Governor Brownback and the state of Kansas cut $28 million from public schools and $16 million from state universities."
- Higher ed officials consider ‘doomsday’ funding scenario
- Florida House approves controversial bill to divert district funds to charter schools
- Other (Serious Stuff)
- Out of the Blue "Given his psychosomatic problems, the symbolism of the location he chose, and his calm in the face of death, one wonders whether Lubitz felt he was carrying out a prophetic dream."
- Open Cases: Why One-Third Of Murders In America Go Unresolved
- Boehner: Obama is an 'anti-war president' Does it bother anyone else that Boehner's idea of "American leadership" is warmongering? Why would we want a pro-war president? Seriously, I'm all for trying every available avenue for peace and engaging in war extremely reluctantly, if at all!
- Louisiana's unemployment rate in January was 3rd highest in US
- Some concerned Bobby Jindal's budget designed to finish out term, then 'you're on your own'
- Other (Fun Stuff)
- Happy Birthday, Vincent Van Gogh Related: 10 facts you should know about Vincent van Gogh
- Why Do Maple Syrup Containers Have Tiny Handles? Leading to the Word of the Day (or, rather, "Word of the However Long it Takes to Get to a New Word"): skeuomorph - "An object or feature that imitates the design of a similar artifact made from another material..." Check out some fun examples of other skeuomorphs!