Links 9/13/09

Ancient ‘smell of death’ revealed BBC

Opinion: The unspoken truth about managing geeks Jeff Ello, ComputerWorld (hat tip reader Skippy)

Scientists discover surprise in Earth’s upper atmosphere UCLA Newsroom

You Can Start Up, But You Can Never Leave … Rwanda Paul Kedrosky

How Does the NYT Know that Republicans Are Opposed to a Public Health Insurance Option: “Because They Are Worried About the Costly Commitments Undertaken by the Government to Stave Off Economic Collapse?” Dean Baker

New York Faces Dramatic Consequences of Crisis Der Spiegel. This strikes me as a tad overdone, but then again, some American and British writers like saying how awful things in Europe are, so what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

Obama’s Squandered Summer Frank Rich, New York Times. Today’s must read.

Antidote du jour (hat tip DoctoRx, background here):

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  1. DoctoRx

    Re the Dean Baker article, I am reminded of what Charlie Rangel said roughly 15 years ago when he joined a small dinner party in progress in Miami at which I and the head of the local large hospital were seated. He said, there’s going to be socialized medicine, it’s just a matter of when they could find the couple of hundred billions of dollars a year to fund it. (I forget if this was before or after “Hillarycare” foundered.) Mr. Rangel was not joking.

    I had a similar conversation in the ’90s with Pete Stark’s top staffer.

    Perhaps the saddest part of the health care reform effort is how tied into the powers that be the Dems are. A true reform effort would not involve getting in bed early and often with Big Pharma. Talk about an unnatural act!

  2. ndk

    The j.ello article in Computerworld is brilliant. I work in one of those meritocracies, and frankly, I’m not sure why I’m as trusted or accepted in it as I am. I’m heavy on the people skills and light on the geek, relatively speaking.

    So after sharing the article with one one of the best brains in the bunch — who had already ready it, of course — he opined, “you’re not an idiot, and you honestly try to work to improve things. it’s not about pure code, it’s about the goal of improving a situation through the use of reason”. As the article says, I guess that’s the highest form of praise in these circles.

    Thanks, Skippy & Yves, for the best insight I’ve seen all month.

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