Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Coffee and Provocation

Donald Rumsfeld Would Have Water-boarded Him
Minimum number of times that Frederick Douglass was beaten in what is now Donald Rumsfeld’s vacation home: 25

Pig Sex is Becoming a Thing of the Past
Apparently, 90 percent of pigs in the US are a product of artificial insemination because real sex was too inefficient.

Lady Bird Will Tranform the Potomac River
A colossal machine called the ‘Lady Bird’ is boring a huge tunnel under Washington, D.C. to channel storm water for treatment, keeping runoff out of the Annacostia River which, in turn, dumps into the Potomac. The $30 million tunnel-boring machine is named for Lady Bird Johnson, who, as First Lady, advocated for cleaner rivers around the nation’s capital.

Kids Adopted by Gay Parents
Do great.

Mortality, Relative Risk, and Behavior
From the Calculated Risk blog:  "Imagine if you were born in 1900. You'd have a 23% chance of dying before age 20 (a 13% change before age 1). You'd have a 38% chance of dying before age 45...Compare that to kids born recently. You'd have about a 1% chance of dying before age 20, and about a 4% chance of dying before age 45. A dramatic change over the last century."

Amount of Money Raised on Kickstarter to "Make Potato Salad"
Over $63,000 so far.

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