Random links

Singapore’s founding father thought air conditioning was the secret to his country’s success
"Air conditioning. Air conditioning was a most important invention for us, perhaps one of the signal inventions of history. It changed the nature of civilization by making development possible in the tropics. Without air conditioning you can work only in the cool early-morning hours or at dusk. The first thing I did upon becoming prime minister was to install air conditioners in buildings where the civil service worked. This was key to public efficiency."
Association between sexually transmitted disease and church membership. A retrospective cohort study of two Danish religious minorities
"For the entire cohort, we expected a total of 32.4 events of STD, and observed only 9."
Western newsletter: Consent, consensus and the complicated business of Indigenous land
"Each Wet’suwet’en clan is governed by a hereditary chief, as is each house. ... The clan chiefs have opposed the natural gas pipeline. The Wet’suwet’en are also governed by five elected band chiefs. Each of those chiefs have supported the pipeline"

On politics

The newspaper vs the paper on gender bias in pain assessment

The headline:

Figure from the paper in question:

ADDENDUM: tweet from first author of the paper on how headlines may mislead

Latinos, border walls, and racism.

There's the whole US government shutdown over a border wall and, e.g., CityLab:

At the same point in time:

If you're curious here's the poll results ... and that's a 19 point increase in Latino approval of Trump over last month's poll. (Yes I think the employment figures have quite a bit to do with this but I also think they aren't the only reason).


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