Links I liked

Publication bias in drug trials

Surveys: What happens when we provide incentives for right answers?

Dani Rodrik, revolutionary

Highs and lows of advising graduate students

Rumor mill: Are Kenyan runners stoking the post-election violence?

Interesting but a bit cold: Using Indian bus accidents to understand health and economics

Oops, don’t call your blog academic

Nation Of Andorra Not In Africa, Shocked U.S. State Dept. Reports

Some interesting articles on the Bush visit to Africa: Bush and Geldof in Africa, Liberia is safe, and Bush and Butt Naked

And finally, some comic relief from the Foreign Policy blog:

Playmobil has a security checkpoint on Amazon.com:

Here are a few customer reviews:

“I think this was good. I use it with my Playmobil getaway car al the time. I hope that they make a Playmobil Enemy Combatant Detention Center soon. That would be great!”

“One little oddity to point out is that the xray monitor displaying the bag contents shows what appears to be a fire extinguisher, a duck and several brown poo-shaped objects.”

“I was a little disappointed when I first bought this item, because the functionality is limited. My 5 year old son pointed out that the passenger’s shoes cannot be removed. Then, we placed a deadly fingernail file underneath the passenger’s scarf, and neither the detector doorway nor the security wand picked it up.”

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  1. Not to be a complete downer, but in the Andorra video, as part of the joke the anchor mentions that it receives $3 billion per year in aid money. This is in line with the general attitude in the U.S. where most citizens assume we are spending some massive amount on foreign aid, but in reality USAID has an annual budget of about $7 billion (not including Iraq).

    Any chance you know where to locate surveys that highlight those responses? If I remember correctly, the average American thinks the U.S. spends 3-4% of GDP on foreign aid (hundreds of billions of USD).