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Halloween linked list: nuclear almost-mishap, the House Science Committee, unrealistic tax plans [Oct. 31st, 2015|04:09 pm]
[Current Mood |spooky]

These aren't Halloween-themed, but I'll do my best :-)

- Here's a spooky tale from history: during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a US missile launch site in Okinawa was ordered to launch 32 missiles with nuclear warheads! Thank goodness for the human factor, I guess, but wow...

- Court by Court, Lawyers Fight Policies That Fall Heavily on the Poor - good for the lawyers fighting these, because these policies sound terrible!

- Criminals Should Get Same Leniency as Corporations, Judge Says - this sounds pretty reasonable and a good way to reduce the prison population.

- Why daylight saving time could be even more awesome than you think - wow, daylight saving time reduces crime!

- A spooky thought from Congress - the House science committee is worse than the Benghazi committee! Yuck yuck yuck.

- Can the GOP's Radically Simplified Tax Plans Actually Work? - spoiler alert: no! If you're going to propose a plan that drastically cuts revenue, you should explain what spending you're going to cut or admit that the deficit will increase. Especially pernicious: claiming that your plan will increase GDP so much that it will pay for itself. (this will not happen)

- Streaks Like Daniel Murphy’s Aren’t Necessarily Random - so now there's some evidence that athletes _can_ go on hot streaks, maybe. (this has been previously dismissed after looking at statistical evidence)

- What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong? - seems hard to argue with these results!

- In Defense of Gentrification - there's not as much displacement as people thought, and low income people living in a higher income area tend to do better.

- Google just started this re:Work site that has some guides for making work a better place for employees. Why did they do that? Not really sure! But there are some interesting case studies.

- You should not kill Baby Hitler. Try this instead. - weird and funny (thanks Emily!)