NY Times: Impact of recession on jobs and wages

Recent New York Times article (Sunday business) on the impact of the recession on jobs, wages, etc. Data are national, but there are state breakdowns, as well as US maps with what appears to be county level data. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/14/business/this-side-of-the-recession.html?ref=business&_r=1

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Heroes of Uncertainty – Today’s Op-Ed from David Brooks

This morning op-ed from David Brooks deals with the fundamental difference from between social and physical sciences, and their application in the real world. It is useful in helping people think through what the social sciences can help us discern about problem-solving in the world. The snippet and link from The New York Times… Heroes […]

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How social networks are like carbon-Christakis video

Click here for a link to an 11-minute crash course in social networks by Nickolas Christakis at Harvard Univeristy as part of its Harvard Thinks Big series. Christakis is a professor of sociology, medical sociology, and medicine at Harvard Univeristy and Medical School. David Kittredge at UMass sent me the video link.

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NY TImes OP-ED: Our Hidden Government Benefits: What we don’t know…

Our Hidden Government Benefits: The threat to democracy today is not the size of government but rather the hidden form that so much of its growth has taken. This op-ed by Suzanne Mettler suggest that the size and scope of government (regardless of what you think of that) are masked by the ways in which government delivers services […]

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Comments on What does a trillion dollars look like? | zero hedge

Visualizing data is an important aspect of science communication. This post at zero hedge [link gone] scales up from a “mere” $100 bill (coming from PA, Ben has a soft spot in my heart) to a trillion–obviously the “real money” of the federal budget. It works, but it might work better if the visualization was manipulated […]

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Bad apples: Their implications (Jeff Nunberg, NPR’s Fresh Air)

While I am not a huge fan of NPR’s Terry Gross and Fresh Air, I’ve always appreciated Jeff Nunberg, a linguist with a frequent column. This evening, he shares his insights on bad apples and their implications for lot–it might not be what you think. As I listened, I wondered what my father (now deceased) […]

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