A biotech company has been offering payments to academic researchers who cite them in scientific papers.
Used to be the US attracted the best and brightest to our shores while other nations complained about brain drain. Now we cultivate the best and brightest, but force them to leave once they're ready to contribute. Is that good, bad or does it make no difference?
30-40% of forest firefighters battling California blazes are prison inmates.
Have you noticed that the war on Christmas begins earlier and earlier every year?
I missed this story about a survivor of ISIS sex-slavery, published by the NY Times in June. The details testify to the ability of human beings to rationalize absolutely anything they do as morally acceptable.
And today, The Times has another story about the religious enshrinement of rape by ISIS.
Here's a stepmother's disturbing account of dealing with middle school bullying of her stepson. I certainly have a some criticisms of how the situation was handled, but I wasn't there, and I don't doubt that this stepmom was doing the best she could. Meantime, her stepson had two legal parents who were perhaps too slow to engage, according to her telling of the story.
Much is being made of Sesame Street airing on HBO with delayed broadcast of episodes on PBS. I see the freakout over this development as much ado about nothing. In his post on the subject, Cory Doctorow suggests that the ability to charge a premium price for early viewing on HBO indicates that early viewers have an advantage that matters. I think he confuses the notion of market value with other notions of value that are more relevant in this case, for example, developmental value to children. Keep in mind, there are all sorts of premium purchases that people make that don't matter to their well-being or best interests.