Links 6/24/17

Links for you. Science:

Collecting Biosamples for Research Is Important. So Are the People From Whom They Are Taken.
EPA just gave notice to dozens of scientific advisory board members that their time is up
Australian scientists went looking for deep sea creatures and pulled up your nightmares instead
Gangs of aggressive killer whales are shaking down Alaska fishing boats for their fish
Is it really 99.9% drivel, and how do you know what the other 0.1% is?


Scott Pruitt vows to speed the nation’s Superfund cleanups. Communities wonder how.
Lefty Cities Say They Want to Fight Climate Change but Won’t Take the Most Obvious Step to Do It
Soon, Trump Will Have to Handle a Real Disaster
Increasing Voter Turnout for 2018 and Beyond
It’s Not (Just) the Working Class. It’s the Service Class
End of SafeTrack Brings Little Relief to D.C. Nightlife As Shorter Operating Hours Become Permanent
“I’m A Working Person. That’s My Life”: A Q&A with Paul Ryan Challenger Randy Bryce
In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates
New Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy: ‘I Was Not Elected The Mayor’ Of D.C.
Sanders sent $100,000 to DNC in May
Ironworker Randy Bryce Announces Bid to Unseat Paul Ryan
Election Hackers Altered Voter Rolls, Stole Private Data, Officials Say
Tough restrictions on short-term rentals could curb gentrification and high rent
“There are people who would rather have 1st Class seats on the Titanic than change the course of the ship”
Add This to the List: The Dangers of Canvassing While Black in Ga.’s 6th District
The Latest ‘Warhammer 40K’ Edition Is a Triumphant Expression of the New Games Workshop
The Constitution Simply Was Not Built for This
New D.C. Bill Would Tighten Tenant-Friendly Law
Turns Out People Still Buy Trump’s Bullsh*t
Not A Debating Club

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In Case You Missed It…

…a week of Mad Biologist links:

Sunday Sermon: Both Sides Don’t Agree On Common Goals

WMATA/Metro’s Worst Idea Yet

Morning After

Not Feeling So Good About Ossoff’s Chances

Politics in New Orleans

‘Because I Don’t Want Republicans To Kill My Mom’ Is A Compelling Reason To Run For Office

We Need Better Liberal/Left Pundits

The Republican War On Standards

Leave Nancy Pelosi ALOOOONE!

The Last Thing Metro Needs Is Privatization

American Shame

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Links 6/23/17

Links for you. Science:

Why Are Bird Eggs Egg-Shaped? An Eggsplainer
A massive and unprecedented coral bleaching event may finally be coming to an end
A Scientist Didn’t Disclose Important Data—and Let Everyone Believe a Popular Weedkiller Causes Cancer
In Defectors From the North, Doctors in South Korea Find Hope — and Data
Joshua Gordon Wants to Remake Mental Health Care, on a Budget


Is This The Life We Really Want?
It’s My Party: The Democrats struggle to rise from the ashes (very good)
Lyft Isn’t Reinventing City Buses. It’s Undermining Them.
Why The FBI Investigated ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Players in the 1990s
Middle Class White People Are Racists
Governor Bowser, Of Douglass Commonwealth? Name Changes Could Happen Under New Bill
The Ossoff-Parnell Lesson: Stop Chasing Romney Voters
Trump, Russia and a Shadowy Business Partnership
Trump seeks sharp cuts to housing aid, except for program that brings him millions
As Yet Another Rep. Takes Aim At D.C. Gun Laws, Our Actual Leaders Would Like A Word
Why So Many Critics Hate the New Obama Biography
Lori E. Parker seeks Ward 1 D.C. Council seat (seems interesting, but always be careful when someone says, “I’m an X-generation Washingtonian.” This native son thinks we need new blood that’s live extensively in other cities)
Mayor Bowser on Beating of U.S. Protesters by Turkish Security
Newt Gingrich, Hypocrisy Pioneer
MS-13: How a deadly gang gained strength in the DC area

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American Shame

A disabled protestor opposed to the Republican AHCA after being detained by Congressional security forces:


Because people don’t want to be killed by Republicans.

History will condemn Republicans and God will damn them.

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The Last Thing Metro Needs Is Privatization

Once again, we see the complete lack of political oversight–which is to say, failure by D.C. area politicians–on the Metro system. This time, it’s privatization (boldface mine):

Metro needs to be fixed fast — daily ridership is plummeting, contributing to a projected $125 million revenue shortfall this year.

But we have to draw a line in the sand: don’t privatize Metro.

Last week, Metro’s board — made up of representatives from D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and the federal government — endorsed a plan to do just that. General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s latest proposal has a number of issues, but most alarming is his call for outsourcing services like maintenance and parking.

All he has to do is look in his own backyard to see that privatization could make things even worse. Both the D.C. Circulator and Streetcar, paid for by D.C. taxpayers but operated by global corporations, are glaring examples of why we shouldn’t hand control of public goods and services to corporations.

Last year, an audit of the D.C. Circulator bus service, operated by First Transit, exposed a high number of broken safety equipment, faulty driver controls and brakes, and loose lug nuts. In May, officials determined First Transit is still cutting corners on maintenance, leaving buses even less safe.

When it comes to the unpopular Streetcar, mismanagement by operator RATP Dev, which is owned by the French government, has run up costs to taxpayers and slowed development. Streetcars have caught on fire, clipped cars, and scratched the platform. On top of that, private operation has hurt the city’s economy: Streetcar driver wages are a third less than those of drivers operating public buses on the same routes….

Metro needs stable and dedicated funding, and there are progressive ways to do that.

Privatization is just another word for more of the same: underinvestment.

The problem Metro faces is that the one political entity that would be–and has been–willing to spend money, D.C., can’t force the other regions to pony up the money. And there are too many people in the suburbs who don’t realize that they are the traffic. That is, if most Metro riders (train and bus) took cars, current drivers’ commutes would be far worse than they already are. But by the time that effect would be felt, it’s too late for a functional Metro system that has slowly been degraded.

Somehow Metro needs to find a dedicated funding source, and then rip up that stupid funding compact–which limits how much money D.C. itself can put into the system.

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Links 6/22/17

Links for you. Science:

The great myth of the global warming ‘pause’
The botanists’ last stand: The daring work of saving the last samples of dying species
Long before they conquered the Internet, cats took over the world
Researchers sample a DC swamp to study a spineless creature (Rock Creek isn’t a swamp)
‘Wtf’? A gene that poisons its own host


There’s No Way to Know How Compromised U.S. Elections Are
Systemic Racism Couldn’t Care Less About Your Respectability Politics (the first paragraph is That Which Shall Not Be Named)
Bernie Sanders Is a Russian Agent, and Other Things I Learned This Week (Zornick calls out people by name, which is important)
Bigoted Homophobe Steve Scalise’s Life Was Saved by a Queer Black Woman
To Win in 2018, Democrats Need to Go on the Offensive in the Voting Wars
Infighting Is Good for the Democratic Party
The British Ruling Class Is in Full Panic Mode
Amazon has a patent to keep you from comparison shopping while you’re in its stores
How Did We Get Here
17-year-old Muslim girl assaulted and killed after leaving Virginia mosque
GA-6: If Everyone Else Has a Take, I Guess I Should Too
“Julius Caesar” Unleashes Right-wing Rage at Art, Liberals, and NYC
It’s official: Washington D.C. is the most anti-bama city in America
Using Texts as Lures, Government Spyware Targets Mexican Journalists and Their Families
The Car Was Repossessed, but the Debt Remains
GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters (“None of these motherfuckers were ever Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, they don’t pack out what they pack in.”)
The Republican Thieves Who Stole Health Care

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Leave Nancy Pelosi ALOOOONE!

As the kids used to say. Look, she’s not awesome–her brand of liberalism is ‘pity politics’, not about helping workers (though that’s far better than anything Republicans ever have to offer). But she’s pretty good at running the caucus and all that parliamentary stuff. More importantly, any of the substitutes on offer are going to be appalling. Anti-abortion Tim Ryan? New Democrat Steny Hoyer? Joe Crowley isn’t awesome either, and he’s arguably the best of the bunch.

Finally, don’t kid yourself: the Republicans will find a way to slime whomever the Democrats’ House leader is. It’s what they do.

Democrats have far more serious problems, like their entire loser consultant and professional Democrat class. This is just a sucker play by people who don’t have rank-and-file Democrats’ best interests at heart.

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