Links 8/19/19

Links for you. Science:

Cats understand their names and are probably just choosing to ignore you
Trump’s pick for managing federal lands doesn’t believe the government should have any
Global Genetic Cartography of Urban Metagenomes and Anti-Microbial Resistance
23andMe had devastating news about my health. I wish it hadn’t come by email (some of us warned about this)
This Bread Recipe Starts With 4,000-Year-Old Yeast


Public Transit Projects Cheaper Than Uber’s $5.2 Billion Q2 Losses, Ranked
D.C. to provide free taxi rides to grocery stores for communities east of the Anacostia (how about more and more frequent buses?)
Biden’s Newest Advisor Is a George W. Bush Appointee Who Supported the Iraq War (ugh)
‘Hispanic invasion’: A white nationalist version of Texas that never existed
William Perry Pendley did not have Senate approval. Congress should not stand for it.
Surveillance and the high cost of living have made it harder than it was to just say fuck this job — which I seriously believe is why society is so deranged now.
A Plan to Turn Coal Country Into Coding Country
They were killers with submachine guns. Then the president went after their weapons.
The Right Wing Is Trying to Make It a Crime to Oppose Fascism (step #1: stop calling it ‘antifa’ and starting calling it ‘anti-fascism’)
Top DHS cyber official calls paper ballot backups necessary for 2020 election
Group sex app leaks locations, pics and personal details. Identifies users in White House and Supreme Court
We’re Raising a Generation That Views Mass Murder as Normal
The Unbearable Whiteness of Being Ivanka Trump
It’s Time to Repeal—and Replace—the Second Amendment
Kid Rock, Who Slut-Shamed Taylor Swift, Is a Rich-Kid Poseur Who Grew Up on a $1.3 Million Estate
Fighting Capitalism With Capitalism
‘Separate Programs for Separate Communities’: California School District Agrees to Desegregate
Quillette loves hoaxes that embarrass the left. Here’s how “Archie Carter” hoaxed Quillette.
Who Broke Baltimore? We Did. Baltimore’s decline isn’t an accident. It took decades of government intervention and hundreds of millions of dollars.
The FBI Told Congress Domestic Terror Investigations Led to 90 Recent Arrests. It Wouldn’t Show Us Records of Even One.
How the Supreme Court Is Rebranding Corruption

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We Have Run Out of Good Choices

There is only deciding which choice is worse. From Takoma, in D.C. (boldface mine):

A proposed 200-bed shelter in D.C. to house detained immigrant children is likely to face a number of legal and regulatory obstacles from city officials and residents, including a possible public zoning hearing and legislative attempts to prohibit such a large facility from getting a license to operate to begin with…

The shelter would be one part of the controversial federal effort to handle the influx of immigrants along the nation’s southern border, an effort that has drawn opposition in other jurisdictions — including Northern Virginia.

…while the public could broadly weigh in against President Trump’s immigration policies at a hearing, the board can only consider matters specific to zoning when reaching a decision. For a facility the size of the proposed shelter, that would be traffic, noise, and whether there are other facilities in the city that could better serve the purpose of housing a large number of minors.

Still, BZA hearings — especially hotly contested ones — can result in delays up to 18 months on any proposed project, and even longer if a final decision is appealed.

“It can be a long, drawn-out process,” says Daniel Warwick, an ANC commissioner in Ward 2 who has worked on zoning matters. “And with something as terrible as what’s being proposed, I expect it will be a long, drawn-out process.”

…Nadeau says she’s considering emergency legislation once the Council returns from its summer recess in mid-September, but [Mayor] Bowser — who has also spoken out against proposed shelter — could also issue regulations.

“Our message is clear: reunite the children with their families,” said John Falcicchio, Bowser’s chief of staff. “No more warehouses!”

Takoma residents have largely been speaking against the proposed shelter on their neighborhood listserv, though some have said having one in the city could be better than putting it somewhere else.

This may be naïveté on my part, but if these children are being detained somewhere, I would rather have them next door and try to show them some kindness,” wrote the poster. “Our neighborhood would likely treat them with a lot more warmth and compassion than many other possible locations in our country right now.”

“No, we won’t be able to have a say about how children are treated, nor do we know that we would have any access to communicate with them at all. There’s no such thing as humane child detention,” responded another.

We have reached the point where there are no good choices. What remains is deciding what is the least awful choice: to mitigate the damage Il Trumpe and Republicans would do, or to oppose it completely.

Of course, some of us–those of us who lack statehood in the mainland colony–have no choice at all:

But she also concedes that unlike other parts of the country, D.C. may not have the final say.

“We could do all these things to prevent them from coming, but Congress could still tell us we have to do it,” she says.

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Links 8/18/19

Links for you. Science:

Think 30-50 feral hogs is a joke? Millions more are rampaging across the U.S.
Quantifying the uncultureds
‘It feels like something out of a bad sci-fi movie’. A top climate scientist quit USDA, following others who say Trump has politicized science.
Non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals can enhance the spread of antibiotic resistance via conjugation
Prof who lost emeritus status for views on race and intelligence has paper flagged


Elizabeth Warren Proposes A Public Option For The Internet
Exclusive: We Found Archie Carter
Biden Says ‘Poor Kids’ Are Just as Smart as ‘White Kids’ (between this and means testing Social Security, Biden is going to be an awful nominee. If he wins, that would mean anyone would have been able to win.)
Donald Trump is the immigration problem he rails against
Secretive Christian group at heart of D.C. politics ready for its close-up in Netflix docuseries
Uber and Lyft concede they play role in traffic congestion in the District and other urban areas
Want Safe, Bikeable Streets? Get Rid of Free Parking, as Amsterdam Did
It’s not just Donald Trump. Immigration agencies and officials also use language of hate.
A survey explores how Native Americans feel about the name Washington Redskins. No, it’s not that survey. This one is new.
Tucker Carlson’s claim that white supremacy is a hoax is easy to prove wrong. Just watch his show.
Nation’s largest teachers union threatens Walmart boycott over gun sales
Joaquin Castro publicized Trump’s big San Antonio donors and mainstream reporters had a melt-down. Here’s why that’s so dangerous.
U.S. Deported a Detroit Man to Iraq, Where He’d Never Been and Didn’t Speak the Language. He Died on the Streets.
Logan Express bus ridership from Back Bay doubles due to fare drops, incentives
The Heartland Institute Put Out a Very Stupid M4A Analysis (is there any other kind of Heartland Institute analysis?)
Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials
Denver’s City Council, Led by Democratic Socialist, Stuns For-Profit Prison Operators by Nuking Contracts
Post public editor: The absurd futility of fact-checking Trump
Democrats complain Waters is slow to spread Wall Street wealth (says so much about why we are where we are…)
Salt Lake City May Create Free-Fare Transit

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Forgetting Our History

Paul Krugman made a very good point last week (boldface mine):

It’s true that Trump (breaking all his campaign promises) has indeed cut taxes on the wealthy, and will surely cut them further if re-elected. By contrast, whoever the Democrats nominate is likely to raise those taxes if she or he wins the general election, perhaps substantially.

But let’s get real. If you’re a billionaire, you don’t need the extra money. At that level, purchasing power has nothing to do with the quality of life; having a 45,000-square-foot house instead of just 40,000, or flying to one of your multiple other residences in a bigger private jet, won’t make you significantly happier…

More to the point, Trumpism is about much more than tax cuts: It’s an attempt to end the rule of law and impose an authoritarian, white nationalist regime. And even billionaires should be terrified about what their lives will be like if that attempt succeeds.

This is especially true if you’re a member of a minority, even if your skin happens to be white. Ross is Jewish — and anyone Jewish has to be completely ignorant of history not to know that when bigotry runs free, we’re always next in line for persecution

In fact, the ingredients for an American pogrom are already in place. The El Paso shooting suspect, like many right-wing terrorists, is a believer in “replacement theory” — the claim that immigration is part of a vast conspiracy to replace whites with people of color. And who’s behind that conspiracy? You know who: “Jews will not replace us,” declared the torch-carrying marchers in Charlottesville.

Is Trump a replacement theory guy? The replacement theorists think so.

In any case, billionaires who imagine that their wealth will insulate them from the purges and insecurity of an authoritarian regime are deluding themselves. Look at Vladimir Putin’s Russia, a place Trump surely sees as a role model. Putin certainly coddles an inner circle of oligarchs. But he has shown no hesitation about using a politicized legal system to persecute and ruin his critics, no matter how wealthy.

Something to consider is that Il Trumpe et alia’s incompetence has saved a great many people. He is a very incompetent Palinist. But a President Tom Cotton? That should terrify us. He is precisely the kind of man who would do all of the horrible things (not just some of them like Trump). We stop it now or it gets much worse.

And Ross of all people should know this.

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Links 8/17/19

Links for you. Science:

Deforestation, Agriculture, and Diet Are Fuelling the Climate Crisis
This Land Is the Only Land There Is
The days have been getting shorter since June. So why does the weather keep getting warmer?
The most effective ways to curb climate change might surprise you
Mulvaney Admits To Ulterior Motive For Suspicious Move Of USDA Experts


Elizabeth Warren’s Classroom Strategy: A lifelong teacher, she’s the most professorial presidential candidate ever. But does America want to be taught?
The Candidates’ Policies On Inequality: A No-Bullshit Guide (Max speak. You listen. As the kids used to say.)
For Marianne Williamson and Donald Trump, religion is all about themselves
How Much Can a Candidate’s Family Donate to Their Publicly Funded Campaign? The Campaign Finance Office Isn’t Quite Sure.
The Japanese Architects Who Treated Buildings like Living Organisms
An Anti-Racist Cri De Coeur From A Republican State Senator… In Nebraska
Data-mining reveals that 80% of books published 1924-63 never had their copyrights renewed and are now in the public domain
Why Donald Trump is just following in Ronald Reagan’s footsteps on race
Why does 8chan Exist at All?
The white nationalist plot to destroy America
Numbers Guy Nate Silver Struggling to Read a Chart
How Much Traffic Do Uber and Lyft Cause?
El Paso is the best of America. No wonder a white nationalist terrorist attacked it
If you want to stop white supremacist terrorism, the Republicans must be driven from power
Ted Cruz and the rise of politics’ “video game generation”
This retired doctor spends her time performing abortions and circumcisions. She says her Jewish faith leads her to do both.
Is Donald Trump Actually Just Blind? An Investigation.
Elizabeth Warren unveils $85 billion proposal to guarantee high-speed internet access
There’s nothing the least bit radical about one of the “radical” ideas of Sanders and Warren. If anything, it’s a bit old-fashioned.

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In Case You Missed It…

…a week of Mad Biologist posts:

Going Straight at ‘Em

Trump Is Just an Existential Threat

There Is No Mystery to the NY Times: It’s All About the Money

Dupont Moderne

Racism Is an Ideology

Tears of a Clown?

Too Many Democrats Still Don’t Get an Inconvenient Truth: Thoughts on Sanders and the Rogan Show

Manhattan on Florida

Electability and the Candidate That Shall Not Be Named

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Links 8/16/19

Links for you. Science:

‘No one is immune’: Alaska’s scientists despair over plan to shrink state universities
How Sharks Glow to Each Other Deep in the Ocean
NIH-Funded Study Will Test Seasonal Flu Vaccines With Two Experimental Adjuvants
Jealousy Led Montana Chemist to Taint Colleague’s Water Tests


&Pizza Faces Backlash Over Investor’s Trump Fundraiser
‘If you’re a good worker, papers don’t matter’: How a Trump construction crew has relied on immigrants without legal status
Why I Hate Houses
Should We Revamp the C&O Canal in Georgetown? Why you shouldn’t listen to the NIMBYs.
I Tried Hiding From Silicon Valley in a Pile of Privacy Gadgets
Lithuanian Jews indefinitely shut community center, lone synagogue after threats
Stop Blaming America’s Poor for Their Poverty
Billionaire Trump donor explains he’s in it for the tax cuts, not the racism
Rep. Cheney Accuses Tribes of “Destroying our Western Way of Life” Over Sacred Grizzly Protections
Thursday’s budget deal proves once again Republicans never cared about the deficit
Janeese Lewis George Looks to Unseat Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd
The Eat A Baby Edition: QAnon
Labor Puts Candidates On Notice: ‘Let’s Be Honest About The Democratic Party’s Record’
It’s time for Democrats to get their facts right on Medicare-for-all
The Autonomous Vehicle Industry Would Turn Sidewalks Into Cages If It Could
Cancer patients are being denied drugs, even with doctor prescriptions and good insurance
Cages placed around ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ statue in Boston Public Garden to protest detention centers
GOP senator held up Trump nominee, demanding to see border wall contracts after Army Corps panned construction firm he prefers
Abortion Pills Should Be Everywhere
The Whiter, Richer School District Right Next Door

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