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first link friday of 2015: 2% inflation target, the American military, unconscious biases [Jan. 16th, 2015|02:48 pm]
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Happy new year! I'm short on time, so you'll have to organize these in a logical manner for yourself.

BREAKING NEWS (literally as I was writing this post): Supreme Court to Decide Whether Gays Nationwide Can Marry!!

- A 2% inflation target is pretty universal these days, but I had no idea New Zealand led the way 25 years ago, and the exact amount was pretty arbitrary. Neat!

- The World Is Not Falling Apart - a lot of things have gotten better over the past 50 years, not worse. More along these lines: Paul Krugman points out that the federal government did some really good things in 2014: the CDC contained Ebola without widespread travel bans, the economy is getting stronger, and Obamacare seems to be working pretty well.

- The Tragedy of the American Military - a loooong depressing article from the Atlantic about how our view of the military has changed over time, and the consequences of that.

- As seen on The Daily Show: some Florida counties are no longer performing courthouse weddings so they won't have to perform same-sex ones. That is...pretty spiteful!

- Social Programs that Work - both the Obama and Bush administration have been measuring social programs and only funding those that have an evidence of success that we can measure. What a concept, no?

- Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions - just a reminder that we all have biases, but you can minimize them if you're aware of them. (thanks Emily!)

- Speaking While Female - more unconscious (hopefully!) biases, and ways to deal with them.

- If You Want to Meet That Deadline, Play a Trick on Your Mind - set your deadlines at the end of the month instead of the beginning of the next month, apparently!

- I stumbled across this guide to cold and flu medications to ensure that you get stuff that treats your symptoms without double-dosing on acetaminophen or anything like that.

- Every David Bowie hairstyle from 1964 to 2014 - cool!

- The Game Outcomes Project, Part 3: Game Development Factors - a survey of game developers and how their answers correlate to project outcomes. Man, if I were more interested in game development, I would be reading Gamasutra all the time - almost every article I find there is interesting!

- Man Saves Wife’s Sight by 3D Printing Her Tumor - forget jetpacks, we're living in the future now!

- Why Stopping #GamerGate And 8chan Is Important For Everyone - Including GamerGate - oh man, another depressing article about how GamerGate is terrible. (because seriously, it's really terrible)