a ton o’ links: government moneyball, disliking Ken Cuccinelli, fake vaccinations are a bad idea

(wow, this might be my longest link post ever? I think I’m less choosy about links when I’m tired…)

– Just another reminder to donate so KIPP high-schoolers can have laptops at school – they’re over 50% funded now, but could use your help!

Can Government Play Moneyball? – hey, maybe government should try to be more data-driven and only spend money on things that work! What a concept… (written by government officials who worked under Obama and George W. Bush)

Virginia governor GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli launches website that pushes for reinstatement of state’s anti-sodomy law – he wants to make consensual oral or anal sex felonies, even between married couples in their own homes. Although he says the law would only be applied “to sodomy committed against minors, against non-consenting adults, or in public,” that’s not what the law says and how hard would it be to write a law that says that? (not hard at all, say 49 other states) And this guy is neck-and-neck in the Virginia governor race…

Texas is not Pro-Life – a reminder that while Texas is “pro-life” if you mean “trying to make abortion illegal”, we’re not so much for “trying to make abortion rarer” or in a myriad of other ways.

Pakistan Battles Polio, and Its People’s Mistrust – who would have predicted that having the CIA running a fake vaccination campaign (when they were trying to get Osama bin Laden’s DNA) would hurt real vaccination campaigns? (hopefully everyone)

Why Men Need Women – ignoring the somewhat provocative (and misleading) title, the study seems to show that proximity to baby girls makes men more generous.

‘Crack baby’ study ends with unexpected but clear result – I’ll spoil it for you: poverty is a stronger effect on children than the mother using cocaine while pregnant.

The Unprecedented, Contemptible GOP Quest to Sabotage Obamacare – see also this Tom Toles cartoon (thanks David!)

The Rise of the Christian Left in America – here’s hoping!

It can be terrible to be a creative person on the Internet, as people are terribly abusive. This seems like a big problem and I’m not sure what you can do about it, other than cut yourself off from any feedback at all.

Yet another good article by Atul Gawande about why some innovations spread faster than others

The Huge Threat to Capitalism That Republicans Are Ignoring – the New York Times story the article talks about is a great example of a market failure. When your only metric is “how much money am I making?” (and not “how much value am I adding?” or something like that), that opens the door to abuses like exploiting weird regulations to move around aluminum for no purpose. Really, at that point, why not just counterfeit hundred dollar bills?

In Lieu of Money, Toyota Donates Efficiency to New York Charity – very cool story. Yay efficiency!

– A good interview with Michael Sandel, who wrote “What Money Can’t Buy”, which I loved to death.

Can You Name These Cities by Their Starbucks Locations? – fun but tough; I got 10 right with a few lucky guesses.

Don’t Be Alarmed by the Drone Blimps Hovering Over D.C. They’re Here to Stop Cruise Missiles – this is a real thing?

– A helpful reminder from Wired to check your application permissions on Facebook, Twitter, etc. with handy links. I had built up a lot of cruft!

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