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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Links and Miscellany – September 22

Points in Space Critically acclaimed collaboration for the screen by choreographer Merce Cunningham, composer John Cage, and filmmaker Elliot Caplan. If you have any affinity at all for modern dance, this is a must-see. And if you do not, this just may change your mind.

Philosophers at work Tenth graders in Madison, Wisconsin were asked to make drawings of a philosopher at work.

Antibacterial products fuel resistant bacteria in streams and rivers Corollary evidence for the hygiene theory of disease.

Antibiotic resistance threats in the US 2013 Centers for Disease Control (pdf) "...the potentially catastrophic consequences of inaction... Estimates vary but have ranged as high as $20 billion in excess direct healthcare costs, with additional costs to society for lost productivity as high as $35 billion a year... The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world... up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed. Antibiotics are also commonly used in food animals to prevent, control, and treat disease, and to promote the growth of food-producing animals. The use of antibiotics for promoting growth is not necessary, and the practice should be phased out..."

US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina in 1961 "Using freedom of information, Schlosser discovered that at least 700 'significant' accidents and incidents involving 1,250 nuclear weapons were recorded between 1950 and 1968 alone."

Robert Heinlein Imagines the Year 2000 in 1949, and Gets it Mostly Wrong The perils of prognostication.

Isaac Asimov’s 1964 Predictions About What the World Will Look 50 Years Later — in 2014 On the other hand...

A recent discovery for me, this remarkable progressive rock concept album from 1971 by Serge Gainsbourg. As Josh, my partner in The Main Sequence, said, "I love the contrast between the cool acid rock and Gainsbourg's louche recitations." Some additional context here.

What they're sailing in the America's Cup this year. The very rich have some nice toys.

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