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Weekend Reads 2/28/15

Does Anyone Really Know What a Healthy Diet Is Anymore?

Randomized trials are the gold standard of dietary studies, but as I said above, they're really, really hard to conduct properly. You have to find a stable population of people. You have to pick half of them randomly and get them to change their diets. You have to trust them to actually do it. You have to follow them for years, not months. Virtually no trial can ever truly meet this standard.

 

Why are Christian movies so painfully bad?

You get the feeling that Old Fashioned owes its entire existence to Fifty Shades of Grey. It's as if the Christian movie industry pays attention to mainstream cinema just long enough to see what it's up to, before raising funds to do slightly different versions of the same thing, only with less famous actors, more Jesus, and rocking chairs. (There are always rocking chairs.)

 

How the NSA’s Firmware Hacking Works and Why It’s So Unsettling

The Trojanized firmware lets attackers stay on the system even through software updates. If a victim, thinking his or her computer is infected, wipes the computer’s operating system and reinstalls it to eliminate any malicious code, the malicious firmware code remains untouched. It can then reach out to the command server to restore all of the other malicious components that got wiped from the system.

 

How Democrats lost white voters

Two decades later, many Democrats still ask why so many working-class whites "vote against their economic interests." Blogging in The New York Times after November's elections, Tom Edsall said Democrats really should be asking themselves: "What has the Democratic Party done for these voters lately?"

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