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Interesting Statistics from 60 Minutes

I can’t embed the videos here at this point, but here are a series of videos from recent 60 Minutes episodes that reference statistics in the news. First, on a recent case of forged credentials and misrepresented data at Duke University. The main piece can be found here. A bit about the researcher and his overstated […]

The Danger of the Single Story

This is a great TED talk about Africa, and all of us. There is a danger in having only one story about any place or person. As the speaker  Chimamanda Adichie, says, the danger in a stereotype is not that it is wrong. Often, there is a seed of truth, but the problem is that the […]

I Knew Him Way Back When

I don’t usually turn to CBN or the 700 Club for my news, but they had a nice piece on microfinance  yesterday that featured my college friend Peter Greer and the microfinance organization he founded, HOPE International. We were in an outreach group together back in those days at Messiah College, but I don’t think […]

Writers at The Onion Must Be Jealous!

I bet that they wish that they could have come up with this one, but this is apparently entirely legitimate. The headline alone is worth the post, but I’ll include part of the article just to back it up (there are more specifics in the full piece, found here). (HT: Jesse Thouin) CCTV police officer […]

On Fracking, the Science is Clear

Unfortunately, while the science on natural gas fracking is clear, the public debate does not reflect this fact. Why? Here is a take from an op-ed piece in the NY Post by Jon Entine: The academic face of the anti-fracking movement — Cornell marine ecologist Robert Howarth — increasingly looks like he’s willing to turn science […]

Demography: Predicting the Downfall of China?

A very interesting look at where all of the earth’s billions of people are now, and where the population is heading. Projections place the occurrence of the world population of humans passing 7 billion at some point between 31 Oct 2011 (UN estimate) and March 2012 (US Census Bureau estimate). The most interesting piece of […]

For Those Against Occupy Wall Street

Here is a perspective from someone clearly opposed to the Occupy Wall Street movement (making the rounds on Facebook these days): Personally, I think that this minimizes what might be a difference of opinion on philosophy and economics, at least among some of the protestors. I’m sure many of them have just latched on to […]