Links 10/25/14

Links for you. Science:

“The Hot Zone” and the mythos of Ebola (must-read; accessible to non-scientists)
Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after pioneering surgery (science rocks)
The Ebola Wars: How genomics research can help contain the outbreak.
Misunderstood spiders (funny)
Oh good lord: Sanjay Gupta and personal protective equipment

Other:

Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K. (it’s worth remembering that the original anti-monopoly arguments weren’t about protecting consumers, but small businesses and independent family farmers)
The Great Grift
For battered NFL wives, a message from the cops and the league: Keep quiet
Fighting Ebola, and the Mud
Landlords face crisis of their own in D.C.’s push to house the homeless
How Nigeria stopped Ebola
Why is the Boston Globe Covering Up for Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Baker?
No entry! The ‘haves’ of a wealthy Michigan suburb who built FENCES across the streets to keep out Detroit ‘have-nots’
Five Key Future Boston Transit Investments
A professor’s encounter with two Teach For America recruiters
Bill O’Reilly thinks poor people are greedier than rich people
Tom Cotton’s October Surprise
Russell Brand’s happy hippy horseshit

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The Wealth of Sh-theads

Amidst all of the discussion about Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which describes how inequality will continue to rise, this is an issue I haven’t seen raised, but, snark aside, seems rather important:

This might not be a problem, were it not that capital is increasingly owned by shitheads. No doubt Piketty’s capital/income ratio was on the high side in Tsarist Russia and medieval Florence, and they invented Tolstoy and the renaissance.

But look at these shitheads (Rich kinds of Instagram). What will they invent?

Are such people going to emulate Lorenzo the Magnificent and sponsor artists and scholars? Or is it more likely that they will order up fine wines and pour them over their bell-ends, howling with mirth while the planet goes to hell? Piketty fails to address this question.

It simply isn’t sustainable that so many of the world’s resources are controlled by people with the cultural level of baboons.

Kidding aside, to me anyway, much of the discussion has neglected who has acquired all this wealth. Is the enrichment of the Walton Clan in the national interest, economic and otherwise?

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Murphy’s Law of Vaccines

This, from a family physician, about the ‘law of vaccine supply and demand‘:

Remember the H1N1 epidemic from 2009? The country was obsessed with the bird flu, like they are now with Ebola. My patients were scared to get the bird flu, and they refused the regular flu vaccine because H1N1 was initially not included. Then, a few months later, H1N1 was included. What happened? Suddenly, demand dropped. In the vaccine world, when there is no supply (like the current Ebola non-vaccine) or [limited] supply, the demand goes way up. However, when there is an abundance of flu vaccine (like this year), many patients gladly refuse the vaccine.

We’re doomed.

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Links 10/24/14

Links for you. Science:

White House suspends enhanced pathogen research
From the comments, on a fusion reactor
The evidence on travel bans for diseases like Ebola is clear: they don’t work
Ebola: What Should We Do Now? Epidemiologist Larry Brilliant on why Americans shouldn’t panic, how to stop the current outbreak and lessons for the future
Ebola Wiping Out Gains in Safe Motherhood

Other:

Some thoughts on turning 50
The Next Billion Dollar Sports League Could Be Giant Robots That Fight To The Death
Anita Sarkeesian on GamerGate: ‘We Have a Problem and We’re Going to Fix This’
Of Collaborators and Careerists
IT’S TIME FOR THE PRESS TO START TELLING US WHO DOESN’T HAVE EBOLA
Bill Black: Krugman Bashes Progressives for Criticizing Obama on Grounds that He Criticizes Obama
Don’t Accept Putin’s Version of History: The West didn’t provoke Russia. It gave it more credit than it deserved. (of course, Putin’s version of history, even if ‘wrong’, matters. How many battalions does Applebaum’s have?)
Where Mud Is Archaeological Gold, Russian History Grew on Trees
The Omega Man
Diary: Paul Farmer
Harnessing depression: One Ars writer’s journey
6 Intersection Designs That Actually Prioritize Pedestrians
WPost’s Slimy Assault on Gary Webb (also see this)
An Investigation Into NY’s “Families for Excellent Schools” (reformers lie about everything)

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Rose At Dusk

With all of the New York City Ebola-related madness, here’s a quiet image for you (observed on 16th Street, Northwest D.C.):

Night time rose

And a closeup:

Night time rose

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It’s Not Treason When They Do It

I realize the Secret Service is having a tough time of things lately, but this seems worthy of a personal visit (boldface mine):

In a Facebook post last week, Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds Debbie Dunnegan referred to Obama as “our domestic enemy,” according to a screenshot published by Progress Missouri.

“I have a question for all my friends who have served or are currently serving in our military … having not put on a uniform nor taken any type military oath, there has to be something that I am just not aware of. But I cannot and do not understand why no action is being taken against our domestic enemy. I know he is supposedly the commander in chief, but the constitution gives you the authority,” she wrote in the post. “What am I missing? Thank you for your bravery and may God keep you safe.”

Didn’t know the U.S. military had an electoral veto, though, given our predilection for leaving bodies in the street, the notion that we are a republic of laws, not a satrapy, does seem to be a bit worn.

Constitutional ignorance notwithstanding, it’s worth noting that she is not only a Republican but an elected official–and she called for the armed overthrow of a legally-elected president.

This, not the ‘reformicons’ that inhabit the delicate environs of Washington think tanks, is the heart-and-soul of the Republican Party and the conservative movement.

It would appear that even treason is not beyond them.

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Links 10/23/14

Links for you. Science:

Congressional Ebola debate invokes PLOS paper
Ebola Is Coming. A Travel Ban Won’t Stop Outbreaks
In setback for Ebola vaccine, company says work will take longer than hoped
Jack the Ripper: Scientists who claims to have identified notorious killer has ‘made serious DNA error’ (will the publisher pull the book?)
US hospitals prepare for flood of patients who mistake flu for Ebola

Other:

Probe of silencers leads to web of Pentagon secrets
When Planning for Retirement, Consider Transportation
My Childhood Friend, the ISIS Jihadist
Maine school board puts teacher on leave after she traveled to Dallas (the insanity that will ensue once norovirus and influenza seasons begin is mindboggling)
What really undid the Berlin Wall
Your media guide to the differences between #Ferguson and #pumpkinfest (degeneratesuburban‘ culture in action; also, when will prominent white leaders be called to account for #pumpkinfest?)
The Civic Minimum
A farewell to paws (Loukanikos, the Greek Freedom dog, is dead. Long live Loukanikos).
Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson
Can’t we all just get along?
Ancient Siberian Mummy Had Breast Cancer and Self-Medicated with Marijuana
How Companies Kill Their Employees’ Job Searches
The role of influence
Breaking Up Fortunes

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