Links 5/27/18

Links for you. Science:

10 things you need to know about antibiotic resistance
Polio eradication initiative meets resistance to appeals to destroy samples
Slug Life: About That Injectable Memory Study
Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study
Most of the Mammals On Earth Are Cows Because We’re Addicted to Meat


I was Jordan Peterson’s strongest supporter. Now I think he’s dangerous
The Collapse of Racial Liberalism
1,475 of the over 7,000 children which ICE has seized from their parents are missing and unaccounted for – and will probably never be reunited with their parents.
Booker and Warren fuse faith and politics in appeal to mainline preachers
Woman Says She Was Bound, Gagged and Bullied at Work in Scotland
We Don’t have a Retirement Crisis. We Have a Young People Crisis.
ATLANTIC WRITER: REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING ABSURD THINGS ABOUT GUNS — APPARENTLY FOR THE FIRST TIME! (campus conservative affirmative action programs are getting really tired…)
Spygate: How Right-Wing Media Creates a Conspiracy Theory Out of Thin Air
An Alarming Tip About a Neo-Nazi Marine, Then an Uncertain Response
Reducing barriers for job-seekers (in D.C.)
How a Native Hawaiian Democrat is pushing the party left on his home turf
Cuomo’s So-Called ‘Women’s’ Party (Cuomo is awful)
N.J. Democrats loved the idea of taxing the rich — until they actually could do it (one more reason why this life-long Democrat has trust issues with the Democratic establishment)
Publix halts donations to self-described ‘NRA sellout’ amid boycott, ‘die-in’ protests by David Hogg
Why you’re getting flooded with privacy notifications in your email
There Is Power in a Union
‘Almost No One Agrees With Us’: For Rural Students, Gun Control Can Be a Lonely Cause
Jared Kushner’s tech startup seeking at least $100 million from Saudi-backed fund
Beware the “Reasonable” Take on the Mueller Investigation
Oh No! We’re Running Out of People

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Laughing At Their Base

On the off chance you missed it, Il Trumpe, Stephen Miller, and Jared Kushner had a nice little bigot eruption that was leaked to the press (boldface mine):

The night before Trump delivered his first speech to Congress in February 2017, he huddled with senior adviser Jared Kushner and Miller in the Oval Office to talk immigration. The president reluctantly agreed with suggestions that he strike a gentler tone on immigration in the speech.

Trump reminded them the crowds loved his rhetoric on immigrants along the campaign trail. Acting as if he were at a rally, he recited a few made-up Hispanic names and described potential crimes they could have committed, such as rape or murder. Then, he said, the crowds would roar when the criminals were thrown out of the country — as they did when he highlighted crimes by illegal immigrants at his rallies, according to a person present for the exchange and another briefed on it later. Miller and Kushner laughed.

Pointing out that Il Trumpe is the most racist president since Woodrow Wilson is describing the obvious. But the contempt for their own supporters, while not entirely surprising, is something to behold: they are mocking their own stalwarts. They are more contemptuous of their base than New Democrats are of theirs, and that’s really say something.

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Links 5/26/18

Links for you. Science:

These two lynxes have a lot to say to one another
How a Pyramid Scheme Doomed the World’s Largest Amphibians
Asteroid Impact That Wiped Out The Dinosaurs Also Caused Abrupt Global Warming
Sleeping in on the weekends can compensate for lack of sleep during the week, study suggests
Vaccines Alone Won’t Beat Ebola


8:40am. I’ve signed a risk assessment and promised not to take any photos. WE’RE GOING TO THE SCIENCE MUSEUM (hilarious)
Food: a class issue
Guns and Responsibility
Tripping Over The Bar
Candidate criticized for saying displaced Puerto Ricans shouldn’t be able to vote in Florida
LOL Nothing Matters
Kinda Both But Not Quite Either
Woman says her Amazon device recorded private conversation, sent it out to random contact
US Supreme Court Ordered Desegregation, then Conservatives Worked to Demolish Public Education
Trump 2020: Inside the machine that’s already working to re-elect Trump
The Myth of the Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaire
Cynthia Nixon Takes On the Test-And-Punish Regime
Behind the Consulting Firm Raking In Millions From D.C. Charter Schools
Lawsuit: D.C. policies to attract affluent millennials discriminated against blacks
Why Do Politicians Waste So Much Money on Corporate Incentives?
This Ex-NFL Player Has a Great Suggestion Regarding the League’s New National Anthem Rule
For Porn Actors, It’s Risky To Say #MeToo. Just Ask Nikki Benz.

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In Case You Missed It…

…a week of Mad Biologist posts:

Leaks And Narcissism

We Need A Better Definition of Urban

The Washington Examiner Editorial Board Doesn’t Understand Mass Transit Or Geometry

When Il Trumpe’s Narcissism Hurts Foreign Policy

Wet Rose

Yes, Trump Is Impeachable, If We Keep Our Focus On The Big Picture

Sky Heart

Very Few Sociological Phenomena Are Yes Or No: The Progressive Deplorables Edition

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Links 5/25/18

Links for you. Science:

These white animals are struggling to hide in a world with less snow
Heart Failure: A Houston surgeon’s hidden history of research violations, conflicts of interest and poor outcomes
‘It’s a toxic place.’ How the online world of white nationalists distorts population genetics
On a Fission and Fusion Mission
Man has eradicated the majority of life on Earth


“Affordable Housing”
Roth on Trump
We Are the Original Southerners
The Fraying Ties Between Liberal American Jews and Israel
Why Hopelessness Is Conservative
Smaller Class Sizes and REAL Personalized Learning are Needed for Safer Schools
Salient Economic Characteristics of the Counties that Flipped to Trump, Sorted by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
A Primary Against the Machine: A Bronx Activist Looks to Dethrone Joseph Crowley, the King Of Queens
‘Elitist den of hate’: Silicon Valley pastor decries hypocrisy of area’s rich liberals
Tampa Bay’s “Opener” Experiment Could Spark a Baseball Revolution
How Uber’s Self-Driving System Failed to Brake and Avoid Killing Elaine Herzberg (how is this not criminal?)
Trump isn’t pushing hard for this one popular way to curb illegal immigration
Stop Talking about ‘Norms’
Party Leaders Are Not Strategic Geniuses, They Just Really Like Moderates, New Research Finds
Nine Brilliant Schemes for Slacking Off at Work
Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists
Harley-Davidson took its tax cut, closed a factory, and rewarded shareholders

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Very Few Sociological Phenomena Are Yes Or No: The Progressive Deplorables Edition

There are very few instances where we can say something is truly yes or no. One exception might be ‘the residents of the District of Columbia do not support Bush‘ (only four percent of the city voted for him, and only four precincts had higher than ten percent support). But in most cases, there are plenty of exceptions, with twenty, thirty, forty percent who disprove the rule–a point I’ve been making since the 2016 election regarding the ‘progressive deplorables‘:

But this figure also contains an inconvenient truth (to use a phrase). The most optimistic reading of this is that at least one out of five Democrats are racist–and that estimate includes black people (I’m assuming most don’t believe these things; i.e., the denominator should be smaller). I don’t think it’s unreasonable to assume that one in four Democrats is racist–which admittedly is better than Republicans, especially once the Trumpists are factored in. We, too, have our deplorables.


It is naive, not to mention plain wrong, to think that Democrats ‘don’t appeal to racists’: we already do. But we do so in spite of and in opposition to their racism. Figure out how to do that better and we can take back not just the White House but state and local governments too.

Which brings us to Eduardo Porter (boldface mine):

What’s more, the white voters who subscribed to Mr. Trump’s indictment of trade policies are also cold to the idea of building a safety net that might protect them from the ravages of globalization. Research by Ruy Teixeira and Robert Griffin found that 83 percent of Mr. Trump’s voters — compared with 29 percent of Hillary Clinton’s — argued that in a minority-majority nation, nonwhite groups would demand too many public services

Mr. Greenberg’s pollsters visited Macomb County in 2008, too. Race and immigration didn’t come up nearly as stridently then. Voters’ anger was directed primarily at corporations, so willing to send jobs offshore, rather than at minorities.

Had I administered a test on racism, they would have scored badly,” Mr. Greenberg told me. “I’m sure their racial identity was just as strong in 2008 and 2012, but despite those attitudes they voted for Obama twice.”

To flip around Teixeira and Griffin, 26 percent of people who are pretty racist (those people will take all the money) vote Democratic. They do so, because while they might be bigoted, racism is not enough of an organizing principle for their lives such that they are unwilling to accept other explanations. Democrats need to figure out what motivates them–and “Voters’ anger was directed primarily at corporations, so willing to send jobs offshore, rather than at minorities” seems like a good start–and do more of that if we want to win in places that are heavily white. While most Trump supporters won’t change, a few might. More importantly, there are plenty of people who stayed at home that could be tempted to turn out and vote Democratic. Like it or not, thanks to our archaic system of government, we do have to reach enough of these voters to win elections.

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Links 5/24/18

Links for you. Science:

Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.
Ancient Romans Painted Horrifying Blood-Red Warnings on Wall Across Scotland
Here’s why there are so many coyotes and why they are spreading so fast
Giant predatory worms invaded France, but scientists just noticed them
Age of Enlightenment: The Promise of Circadian Lighting


How Prince George’s County Came To Be ‘Ward 9’ — To Mixed Reviews
Feds Seized a Fortune From #Resistance Icons Accused of Boosting Online ‘Ponzi Schemes’
Hey, Look: More Evidence That Broidy May Have Been Covering for Trump in That Playmate Affair
D.C. Council considers housing amendment
With Lawsuit, Ellington Parents Push Back Against D.C. Accusations Of Residency Fraud At School
D.C. lifts ‘stop work’ order on St. Thomas Church
“That Psychopath Is Going Down”: Inside Trumpworld, a Bizarre Counter-Narrative Takes Hold
Montgomery County doesn’t have enough homes. Will it use public land to help solve the problem?
The Red Phone Box, a British Icon, Stages a Comeback
A man posed for months as an ICE agent. A traffic stop led his girlfriend to unravel the truth.
This story on how Trump team screwed up China negotiations is a textbook case of nearly every single thing you should not do.
The Hawaiian Volcano Is So Bad It Prompted a Bipartisan Bill
Inside the Trump Tweet Machine: Staff-written posts, bad grammar (on purpose), and delight in the chaos
Lousy Grammar Doesn’t Make You a Working-Class Hero
U.S. Government Can’t Get Controversial Kaspersky Lab Software Off Its Networks
The Not-So-Subtle Racism of Trump-Era ‘Welfare Reform’
NFL kneeling isn’t just a protest. It’s a plea.

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