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No More P-Values in Psychology Journal

They've banned it because of misconception and improper use.  Tough to read any economics without seeing any significance testing.  Science folk collect data that is more usable than economic folk, oin my opinion (I've worked a lot in collecting ecoonmic data and it is not easy, by any stretch).  

You can't throw out using data, but how much do we rely on things that we probablt shouldn't be.
This is perhaps the first real crack in the wall for the almost-universal use of the null hypothesis significance testing procedure (NHSTP). The journal, Basic...
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Smoking Rates by Country

The percent of the adult population that smokes daily varies by country.  I was pleasantly surprised by the low rates in the US and Canada according to these data from the OECD (I expected to see higher rates).  

Kudos to +Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for calling attention to these issues with Jeff.  Maybe all of these rates can be lowered, to the benefit of all, with engagement.

#jeffwecan   #marlboro  

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http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/economics/oecd-factbook-2014_factbook-2014-en
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Renewable Energy Blueprint

By harnessing carbon neutral forms of enery, we can supply power to the planet without environmental side effects.  This blueprint shows one such power source that is, as yet, untapped.

#caturday   #climatechange   #energy  
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Be Prepared

Weather enthusiast +Frankie MacDonald shares words of wisdom about weather events affecting the world over.  Thanks, Frankie!

#canada   #weather  
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Young and Carless

A 'soap opera' about the changing consumer behaviour of younger generations.  Car ownership is less appealing to younger folk for lots of reasons according to this article.  

"Why? The reasons range from the outsized impact of the recession on young people to the rising popularity of car-free urban living. But the biggest factor appears to be the absence of an emotional connection to the growl of a V6 engine or the plastic smell of new upholstery. "
The auto industry has yet to find a way to get young people driving again
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+Bill Igoe I hear you, Bill.  Been #carfree my whole life.  I can afford a car, but choose not to.  There's a whole following of that hashtag that's small, but has a lot fo interesting things to say.
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Volunteers Increase Free Language Offerings

Volunteers continue to contribute to an ever increasing number of languages that one can learn for free on www.duolingo.com.  

Through the incubator program, this grid just keeps getting bigger.  They just announced that a Greek course for English speakers will be under development soon.  

There are lots of organizations out there that want to promote and spread their culture.  If you want to see more language offerings, I recommend seeking them out and asking them to contribute towards building a course.  

For mroe information on +Duolingo 's incubator program, please visit this site:

http://incubator.duolingo.com

#language  
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Multinational Firm

Currently trending around the web from the show +Last Week Tonight with John Oliver .  Multinational corporations threatening lawsuits against very small countries (and big ones) who try to pass health legislation regarding smoking.  Is this the free market, and ought it be allowed to subject sovereign nations to its will?  Sure companies have a right to their intelectual property, but smoking is a known health hazard. 

The clip form the show is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UsHHOCH4q8
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Space News on Google News and Comic Books

I have Google news showing space and scienc news, but their filter have been showing stories about Spiderman a lot recently.  I like reading about Spiderman, too, so it's all good.  Kind of funny though.

#sciencesunday  (well, not quite)
#spiderman  

(Kind of funny the second story is about photos of Titan... maybe Thanos will be in them.)
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Clearly, an unexpected scientific breakthrough/accident is coming soon...
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bye bye iPhoto

Apple replacing iPhoto with 'Photos', which wil be free to download on Yosemite.  It will include more cloud features but cloud will not be required.

This is a good review.  I don't have any use for cloud from any company, myself, but I have noticed iphoto being slow lately.  Hoping this will be an improvement.  
 
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+andreas wheeler I was surprised by that.  Maybe something else more advanced will come along.  
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Alberta and Norway - Two Oil Rich Areas with Different Outcomes

There are major differences between the two, but one big similarity, revenues from oil production.  Alberta tried setting up a 'sovergn wealth fund' in the 70s and has amassed about $17 billion (they stopped paying into it in the 80s).  Norway has been doing so since the late 90s and has almost $1 trillion.  

With the collapse in oil prices, Norway is fine, but the Conference Board of Canada is calling for a recession in Alberta.  Alberta has a flat tax (10% above $15,000) and no sales tax (the gov has hinted that a sales tax may now be coming).  Alberta does have public health care.  Norway has lots of taxation and social programs.  

What's the proper policy for a resource dependant economy subject to price fluctuation?

PS: This is the only time you'll see me post something from the Sun, Canada's answer to Fox News.  This article seems well balanced though.  
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Learning Language in Schools

I can't say enugh nice things about +Duolingo .  This initiative just generates enough praise.  If you haven't ried learning a new language yet, then please try it out.
 
Prepare to have fun in the classroom! Let teachers know about using Duolingo in schools: http://schools.duolingo.com
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Economist who loves good data. It can tell us many things if we choose to listen.
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Am now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  I've worked as an economist for over a decade now and enjoy it a lot.  I know it seems boring, but looking at datasets to get a better understanding of what society has done and what it continues to do is a remartkable thing.  It's remarkable because a good data set has no rhetoric influencing it, there is no ulterior motive to good data, just fact.  Every dataset i've looked at has left me with more questions than answers, but the answers and questions are always fun.

I've seen bad data, too.  Data produced WITH ulterior motives in mind.  That has and will always be my first question when presented with new data.  What was the motive in producing it?  Who produced it and why?  Statistics are not 'damn lies', but when they are used to lie, it is a damnable offense.  People can trust an innocent number and it is very time consuming to prove as a lie, all the while the 'evil doer' can perpetuate the lie contained therein.  

The first clue is the openess of the data.  IF those who produce it give no back up information, then you should immediately have mistrust and be wary...
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