Sunday Links

  •  Yes, it was only two students that put a noose around the neck of the James Meredith statue at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. Still. Nice graf from the story: ““If you bill yourself as Ole Miss and you call yourself the Rebels and the first thing a visitor to the campus sees is a Confederate monument, whether intentionally or not, it conveys an image,” said Charles W. Eagles, a history professor. “And that image is an image tied to the past, not a 21st-century image.””
  • One word which isn’t used in this op-ed, by the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections: torture (but it is a very good and important op-ed, and certainly he’s constrained professionally from outright disowning his state’s policies. It’s totally understandable)
  • It’s gated, but another excellent TIME article: childhood obesity may actually be biologically reducing the period of childhood. That’s surprising, certainly, but the rest of the article is more important
  • Reihan Salam with a smart look at WhatsApp and what the non-tech economy can learn from it
  • Why do med students burn out? As an aside: it’s an entirely reasonable article, except for this sentence (emphasis mine): “Such stressors are compounded by exploding rates of change in medical science and technology and the general cloud of socioeconomic uncertainty hanging over the profession of medicine.” Real talk: there is no “socioeconomic uncertainty.” American physicians are very well-paid individuals and that won’t change; the lowest-paid speciality, HIV/ID, still made an average of $173,000 in 2012. There is income uncertainty, of course, in that physicians may make less than they expected, or wanted, or believe they deserve. But socioeconomically, they’re rich compared to most other workers – and are likely to stay that way, at least in America. (yes, I know: loans. But loans are fixed, living expenses aren’t, etc. etc.)
  • This is important to keep in mind: almost everyone – liberal or conservative, religious or not – can easily slip into the realm of non-scientific/anti-scientific/willful ignorance to science belief. Even at Whole Foods. Especially at Whole Foods, actually

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