Links 10/29/13

Links for you. Science:

Sleep spindles in midday naps enhance learning in preschool children
The Roma have multitudes
Pesticide makes invading ants suicidally aggressive
The Oxford Nanopore Golden Ticket
Gulf Ecosystem in Crisis Three Years After BP Spill
Michael Pollan as GMO ‘denialist’ dupes credulous New York Times


Maryville, Missouri Is a Lawless Hellhole: And other things you can’t say about small towns (excellent; you also can’t point out that this is degeneratesuburban‘ culture at work)
The Scholars Who Shill for Wall Street: Academics get paid by financial firms to testify against Dodd-Frank regulations. What’s wrong with this picture? (they should be viewed consultants who are adjunct teachers)
City to look at taxi surcharge at peak times to improve service
Author calls for fight to prevent extinction of the college prof
Confessions of a Drone Warrior
And Then I Saw The Light
Politicians’ Extortion Racket
A Tale of Two Drugs
Contraception Extremism and the Right-Wing Bubble
Hidden City: New York has more homeless than it has in decades. What should the next mayor do?
The Fed Versus the People
Jeepers, Creepers: What Does Sexual Harassment Look Like?
A Revenge Scenario For Student Loan Borrowers
Silicon Valley’s Secessionist Movement Is Growing

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1 Response to Links 10/29/13

  1. RE: Politicians’ Extortion Racket

    I thought of that before… BUT. I just have a hard time seeing it that way at all.

    1) the people with the money to GIVE (pay) would seem to me to usually be the ones that have the upper hand, from the people who are asking for (needing) money. There are only certain situations where I’d think there’s a viable power of “extortionist” ability.
    (For example, in a situation where a blackmailer has really damaging goods that are a sure-fire direct threat. And even in that situation, the victim of the blackmail, can just choose to take the damage to take away the blackmailer’s power… so even in that situation, the blackmailer’s power is still easily taken away – ie: the victim actually has the potential upper hand in that relationship.)

    2) the bills, that are supposedly a means of extortion, are often not written by these politicians, but are actually written by the lobbyists… which again, would seem to put the lobbyists in a position of greater control (power)

    I wouldn’t mind someone addressing these ideas of mine, if there’s an argument against them.

    I also am not arguing that it’s “not extortion” that’s going on, so much as I am arguing the relevance that it could be.

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