Links 6/25/19

Links for you. Science:

A Global Survey Shows Which Countries Are The World’s Top Vaccine Doubters
Let the Mystery Be? Researchers may soon isolate the genetic roots of homosexuality. As a scientist, that excites me. But as a gay man, I worry about what might happen next.
Potentially deadly valley fever is hitting California farmworkers hard, worrying researchers
Standards Seekers Put the Human Microbiome in Their Sights
The global transition to clean energy, explained in 12 charts


It’s time to push the 2020 Democrats to work for D.C. statehood (yes, it is)
The Revenge of the Poverty-Stricken College Professors Is Underway in Florida. And It’s Big. (one candidate has a plan for that)
Facebook Will Make the Money Now
The United States still spends 10 times as much on fossil fuel subsidies as they do on education
Why Trump Offers Every Possible Answer (narcissists do this all the time)
Right now Donald Trump thinks he’s winning — and he might not be wrong (“He realizes that accountability for his abundant misdeeds isn’t coming and he’s free to do what he wants, with no real danger of facing the consequences.”)
Ghost networks of psychiatrists make money for insurance companies but hinder patients’ access to care
Elizabeth Warren’s Rise Is a Plus for Issue Politics — And a Bad Sign for Billionaires
‘They’re all fighting him’: Trump aides spar with health secretary
Low prices of some lifesaving drugs make them impossible to get
Making sense of Donald Trump’s petulant reign
The Postal Service Wants To Make Deep Cuts To Worker Benefits, Internal Plan Shows
Every question-and-answer period at every Jewish event ever
Hospitals are a missing link in easing the opioid crisis
Concentration Camps Existed Long Before Auschwitz
How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement
Tobacco’s ‘Special Friend’: What Internal Documents Say About Mitch McConnell
Donald Trump could reverse cuts to arts, poor and elderly if he stopped staying at Mar-a-Lago, figures show
If You’ll Forget, David Brooks Will Forgive
The Group That Helped Bring AOC To Congress Has A New Candidate For 2020

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SFO Has a Museum…

…and it’s pretty fun. Enjoy:

SFO 1950s

SFO 1950s

SFO 1950s

SFO 1950s

SFO 1950s
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Links 6/24/19

Links for you. Science:

Top D.C. health official urges principals to help boost measles vaccination rate
The Forgotten Operating System That Keeps the NYC Subway System Alive
Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement
In the face of slow progress, WHO offers a new tool and sets a target to accelerate action against antimicrobial resistance


Universal Rent Control Now
Democrats are seriously tackling the climate crisis: No more half-measures or neoliberal compromises
D.C. wrestles with symbol of past as drug kingpin seeks early release from prison
What Do Tattoo Artists Think About D.C. Flag Tattoos?
Drug Cop Worth $400 Million After Bets on Brooklyn Real Estate
City of Secrets: Estimated 10,000 people in DC are spies
The Price of Insulin Is a National Disgrace
The danger of Tom Cotton
So what happens when Donald Trump refuses to leave office? The nightmare scenario could happen
What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane
On Being Serious
Cities Start to Question an American Ideal: A House With a Yard on Every Lot
Dacha Owners Sued for Fraud and Over $270K in Unpaid Bills
Insulin Insanity
Trump plans to turn the Fourth of July into a political rally in honor of himself
JBG Smith accused of not honoring housing vouchers in Shaw
Boeing Sells 0 Planes on First Day of Paris Air Show v. 123 for Airbus, Yet Boeing Still Pushing for More Weakening of FAA Standards Via Greater Use of Computer Testing
For those with hearing impairments, restaurant noise isn’t just an irritation. It’s discrimination.
Please Stop Thinking This Will Be a Fair Election
Metro Investigation Into Jack Evans ‘Found Evidence of Multiple Violations’

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Dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History

I had a chance to visit the newly refurbished Hall of Fossils at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. It’s pretty good. Lots of interesting information, the fossils are posed well, and it’s not just about big things with teeth (plant and marine specimens too). The dioramas are also very good. The only drawback is that it’s a little crowded in terms of space, and so there isn’t one thing that draws your eye in (such as the whale in the marine life exhibit). That said, it’s really very well done.

Anyway, enough words. Here are a bunch of pictures (since it was crowded, it was hard to get all the photos!):

Dinos June 2019

Dinos June 2019

Dinos June 2019

Dinos June 2019
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Links 6/23/19

Links for you. Science:

Act now on CRISPR babies
Superbug gene that resists “last resort” antibiotics detected in US for the first time
Will climate change kill everyone — or just lots and lots of people?
When English is not your mother tongue
Blood Feasts and Roach Vacuums: The Life of an Urban Pest Scientist


A Terribly Durable Myth
Seeing as how CNN, Newsweek and the New York Times can’t do any decent reporting on the Trumps, here’s my puff piece on Donnie.
Prohibition worked better than you think
Rashida Tlaib wants to give low-income adults $3,000 a year each, no questions asked
It’s not just one gaffe: Joe Biden can’t be counted on to fight for reproductive rights
Some people are trying to defend Jackson’s treatment of Native Americans. Hard to do if you look seriously at the policy of Indian Removal.
“Electability” Is Astrology for Pundits
Trump Views the World Through the Eyes of a Mafia Boss (Package Boy Donnie!)
Joe Biden and the ‘electability’ delusion — and why the media keep making the same mistake
New York City Allocates $250,000 for Abortions, Challenging Conservative States
Democrats Have Bold Ideas For New Social Programs. What About The Old Ones?
GOP in disarray as budget impasse threatens shutdown, deep cuts — and default
U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid
This Is The Longest The Federal Minimum Wage Has Ever Gone Without Being Raised
Nancy Pelosi’s Argument Against Impeachment Doesn’t Make Sense
Trump isn’t a president, he’s a gangster
Has “Homosexual” always been in the Bible?
‘At Least During the Internment …’ Are Words I Thought I’d Never Utter
The One Percent Have Gotten $21 Trillion Richer Since 1989. The Bottom 50% Have Gotten Poorer.

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Mass Transit Is Not Pity Charity

It’s the only way cities can work. Last week, Montgomery County officials (Maryland) spent a week using mass transit instead of driving. That’s a good start, but, if they were to use for months, they would probably get a better feel for what using mass transit is actually like. Well, most of them, anyway (boldface mine):

Council member Craig Rice, whose district includes most of upcounty, said although he didn’t participate in this week’s challenge, he has taken Ride On buses occasionally. His district includes a few Ride On routes and the MARC commuter train, but has no Metro stations.

“Every now and then I’ll ride Ride On to hear from other folks who are doing the challenge, because it’s a great way to understand what’s happening with transit and understand what’s happening in their lives,” he said.

Rice said he used to use MARC to get to his job in the District before he was a council member. He said solving the county’s transit woes “starts with education.” Improving education for minorities, he said, would enable them to get the jobs to have enough credit to purchase cars.

“We want it [transit] to be an option for folks, and not have it be forced upon them,” he said.

I feel a tax-advantaged savings account coming on…

Seriously, there are two points that Rice simply doesn’t get. First, there is a geometry issue. As places become more dense, car driving becomes less and less efficient. Second, the goal, for so many reasons including the environment, is to have everyone drive less, not THE POORS.

This is why I’m not optimistic at all the U.S. will do anything substantial to combat global warming, unless it involves some kind ‘zipless fuck’, such as molten-salt reactors. We just aren’t willing to make the changes, including drops in property values, that a Green New Deal would require.

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Links 6/22/19

Links for you. Science:

What bats, primates and even zebrafish tell us about human aging
New evidence points to possible cause of puzzling paralysis in kids
Confused or worried about antibiotics? This Harvard infectious disease expert has some answers
One dead after poop transplant gone wrong, FDA warns
These Animal Migrations Are Huge — and Invisible


Don’t Believe What They Tell You About The Left (excellent)
Democratic Leaders: This Will NOT Happen
That derailed Red Line car is old enough to join AARP
Masks, cash and apps: How Hong Kong’s protesters find ways to outwit the surveillance state
The myth of the GOP’s golden age
New foreclosure crisis hitting after shady lenders targeted black seniors for reverse mortgages
Saving face: How Donald Trump silenced the people who could expose his business failures
Top 1% Up $21 Trillion. Bottom 50% Down $900 Billion.
The trade war’s unlikely victim: Hollywood
Profiles in Triangulation
‘The American healthcare system has just, quite literally, ruined my future,’ a disabled Georgetown student tweeted. Then she got a reprieve.
Ro Khanna Forces Beltway Bandit to Refund Millions From Price Gouging
End of Rand
Agents for at least 22 foreign governments have spent money at Trump’s properties
Who Told Them The Left Hated Them?
The Plastic Paddy’s Lament
American Sports and the Forever War

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