I hope you all finish your finals without mental breakdowns and have a wonderful holiday break! We’ll still be posting over break so check back. If you’re interested in writing something during your new found free time, email me at sjfredericks at wisc dot edu
- NPR did a really interesting piece Monday morning about a medicine that can stop a stroke if taken within a certain time frame. The medicine isn’t perfect, but the story itself is incredibly interesting. It always amazes me what science can do. I recommend listening to the audio version. They did some really good editing on the story.
- Google is doing some serious self-promotion with this piece, but it doesn’t change the fact that they’re right. Real time updates on energy usage would be an excellent way to curb energy use. I once heard the issue framed this way: You don’t go to the grocery store, buy the food you need each time and then at the end of the month, get a bill for what you consumed. Energy is one of the only things that you have to pay for, without knowing exactly how much it will cost, beforehand.
- Paul Krugman analyzes why we shouldn’t reduce minimum wage to create jobs. My first thought upon reading that was: Is the problem right now really that there aren’t enough really low paying jobs? But Krugman actually explains (using economics) why it isn’t a good idea.
- Volokh Conspiracy has another awesome guest blogger. Harvey Silverglate is blogging about the findings in his new book Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent. The first installment gives a bit of overview, focusing on financial fraud, wherein Silverglate discusses the unjust nature of unclear or inaccessible laws.