Links 2/24/17

Links for you. Science:

Honeybees let out a ‘whoop’ when they bump into each other
One Thing Congress Agrees On: Vaccines Work
Fed’s “Gold Standard” Produces Fool’s Gold (interesting view of a certain discipline’s use of RCTs)
It took a set of specific circumstances to allow the blue whale to become the largest of all animals
NASA’s longshot bet on a revolutionary rocket may be about to pay off


Move Left, Democrats
Bernie Sanders 3-Point Plan To Move Forward
Can the Left Win? A Q and A With Zephyr Teachout.
A Very Bad, No Good, Terrible Idea
Bank Workers Will Protest to Form Their First US Union — And The Whole World Is Watching
Anti-Trump anger has prompted a surge in resistance to New York’s GOP-enabling IDC ‘Democrats’
Time Is Money, and Drivers Are Going Broke
Automation and Working Class Displacement
For Democrats to win back the House in 2018, the first step is believing they can
Border Wall Would Cleave Tribe, and Its Connection to Ancestral Land
In a Walt Whitman Novel, Lost for 165 Years, Clues to ‘Leaves of Grass’
How Cities Should Take Care of Their Housing Problems
Milo Yiannopoulos Had Some Notable Fans in Tennessee Just 2 Weeks Ago
ExxonMobil Sued Her. Now She’s Suing the President*.
Michigan test score gains worst in nation
Okay, let’s talk about why certain people have this pathological need to paint Europe as some kind of crime-ridden hellscape, shall we?

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In Case You Missed It…

…an abbreviated week of Mad Biologist posts:

It Sure Seems Like A Muslim Ban


Are People Really Going To Move From Clay County, KY To Wash Dishes In D.C.?

Show Me Your Budget, And…

Republican Voters Married The Guy Or Girl You’re Only Supposed To Date

Bogus Voyer

Good And Bad News About D.C.’s Charter Schools and Creationism

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Good And Bad News About D.C.’s Charter Schools and Creationism

First, the good news (boldface mine):

A D.C. public charter school network scrapped plans to award Liberty University a contract to offer online courses to high school students, including a class that would have taught them how to “apply a biblical perspective” to speech writing.

Friendship Public Charter School published a notice about the contract with the evangelical Christian university in a community newspaper and on its website in early February. But after The Washington Post on Tuesday asked about the courses the charter school planned to offer through the university, Friendship said it had nixed the plans altogether….

Charter schools have more autonomy than traditional public schools to decide their curriculum and who they hire to provide courses. But the D.C. Public Charter School Board, which oversees Friendship and other charters in the District, says religious curriculums cannot be offered or taught at charters.

“Public charter schools must follow the same legal requirements regarding religious instruction as traditional public schools,” the charter board states on its website….

The courses under consideration were screenwriting, graphic design and speech. According to Liberty’s website, students enrolled in the speech course learn a foundation for developing communication skills, including speaking before audiences and small groups, and in other conversations.

It also states that the learning outcomes for the course include the ability to “apply a biblical perspective to topics such as the natural world, human identity and relationships, and culture and civilization.”

The sample chapter from the proposed textbooks makes it very clear this is a course in how to argue against evolution (pdf). This is a victory for those who think their tax dollars shouldn’t promote religious beliefs to which they do not adhere.


Dupont Park Adventist School, in the District of Columbia, and has two schools receiving voucher students, says that in science classes, students will “explore and interpret evidences for the Genesis Flood and the Ice Age,” and “distinguish between the basic ideas of and evidence for naturalistic evolution and special creation.”

Maybe instead of exploring and interpreting “evidences”, Dupont Park Adventist should teach its students ‘Englishes.’ Just a thought. This is how ‘teaching the controversy’ is how creationism is taught in publicly-funded schools.

One step forward, one step back…

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Links 2/23/17

Trump_internet traditions
Links for you. Science:

China bans carfentanil, possible ‘game-changer’ in US opioid epidemic
Researchers Use Big-Brother Tech to Spy on Bumblebees
Wearable Fitness Devices Don’t Seem to Make You More Fit
When Canadian Scientists Were Muzzled by Their Government


No. No NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. Just Stop with This. Just Stop.
The return of the MMR charlatan fits with our times
What you need to know about the enemies of the American people the president warned you about
I Was Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court — Because I’m a Journalist
‘I was really needed’: How an Iraqi cardiologist won trust deep in Trump country
The Uses of Populism in the Age of Trump
The Job Cremators
Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget
DeVos criticized teachers at D.C. school she visited — and they are not having it
How the Opposition Can Wound Trump
Trump’s Appeal to the Working Class
Melinda Gates Credits Contraception With Her Personal and Professional Success
Waking the Mexican sleeping giant
Because Black People Are Stupid
Ditching the Deep State
The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness

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Bogus Voyer

Observed at the corner of 14th and S Streets NW, Logan Circle, D.C.:

Bogus voyer

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Republican Voters Married The Guy Or Girl You’re Only Supposed To Date

Years ago, in the 1980s, there was a meeting at Democratic Party fundraiser Pamela Harriman‘s house attended by prominent Democratic officials. They were debating whether Democrats should “let Reagan be Reagan”–that is, let him have his way, allow things to go completely to shit, and then clean up electorally. They decided to oppose Reagan’s policies, and they did curb the worst of his administration’s excesses. I’ve always wondered what would have happened had they just decided to get out of the way, and thrown him an anvil.

Which brings us to a particularly annoying genre of news story, the one that describes a Republican voter who is suddenly surprised Republican officials are planning to do all of the things they said they would do, such as screw up healthcare*. One recent example are the Iowa policemen who are shocked that Iowa Republicans are conducting a frontal assault on public sector unions. Apparently, they believed they could have it both ways: they could indulge their Palinist** impulses and vote for the candidate that represents their values (i.e., Make America White And (a Certain Kind of) Christian Again), while avoiding the awful Republican policies that would nail them in the pocketbook.

A major reason they believe this is that Democratic officials, despite their myriad faults, have attempted to plane off the sharpest edges of Republican policies–and, since the devil typically takes the hindmost, unlike to Democratic voters, who often really need this crap, Republican voters are less likely to be harmed.

Until now.

Republican voters are about to learn what happens when there are no Democrats in a position to protect Republican voters from themselves. They wanted conservative values in government. Now these bozos are going to get conservative values good and hard.

I would enjoy this, except that the rest of us will be fucked too.

*The percentage of Republicans who believe that ‘Obamacare’ and the ACA are different things boggles the mind.

**I would argue that Palinism was just proto-Trumpism and are essentially the same.

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Links 2/22/17

Links for you. Science:

As Obesity Rises, Remote Pacific Islands Plan to Abandon Junk Food
CRISPR pioneer muses about long journey from China to pinnacle of American science
How mammoth cloning became fake news
Ensuring scientific integrity in the Age of Trump
Scientists feel compelled to speak out on Trump


The Opioid Epidemic and the Face of Long-Term Unemployment
Meritocratic Myths
Metro Salaries: Who Earns The Most?
For innovative sidewalk in Dupont Circle, a few stumbles (also wasn’t easy to walk on when covered with light snow)
Always Remember: Every President Works for Us. Even President* Trump.
President Trump’s True Power Over the National Guard, Explained
Trump’s Self-Care Tour Is Costing America Millions
ALEC Embraces Trumpism
Single Payer on The March
Trump Is the Boss From Hell
Bernie Sanders just proposed a law to save millennials’ retirements
Quit calling Donald Trump an isolationist. He’s worse than that.
These California teachers mocked students for skipping school on immigrant boycott day
A Holocaust Historian Explains Why People Believe Trump’s Lies
Anti-Semites Praise Trump For Berating Jewish Reporter And Refusing To Condemn Anti-Semitism In Press Conference

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