Links 4/15/15

Links for you. Science:

A new Stock Criticism for NIH Grants
Private Eyes in the Grocery Aisles
Why do we have allergies? (I’ve kind of suspected this hypothesis, since I get ‘allergy-like symptoms’ in really dry, dusty places)
How I Discovered 30 New Species of Flies in Los Angeles
Anti-vaxx mom abandons movement — after all seven her of her kids get whooping cough

Other:

Is the future of America a crummy service job stamping on a human face, forever?
Apple and the Self-Surveillance State
Senate Republicans Vote To Sell Off Our National Parks To Private Industry (all but three, no Dems–but ‘there are no differences between the parties’…)
Michael Slager Is Not Going to Prison for Killing Walter Scott: Here’s Why (I hope he’s wrong)
Matter Over Mind
White Millennials are products of a failed lesson in colorblindness
American cities are designed for cars—which makes life worse for everyone
Freddy Martinez Is Exposing Chicago Cops’ NSA-Style Surveillance Gear
Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all
A Day in the Life of an Inner City High School Teacher
The Continuing Adventures Of Florida Man: When Cops Go Bad
A lot of people who say they support gender equality just don’t
Watching Scotty Blow, Cont’d: When Being Unprincipled Is Being Clever
The War Nerd: The Confederates who should’ve been hanged
The rich get government handouts just like the poor. Here are 10 of them.
The quiet Social Security revolution: How Democrats learned to stop loving benefit cuts. For the first time in decades, dangerous myths about “insolvency” are fading away. Here’s how it happened
The Biggest Outrage in Atlanta’s Crazy Teacher Cheating Case
Remains From Lincoln’s Last Day

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1 Response to Links 4/15/15

  1. Clonal Antibody says:

    Mike, the question I have for you on the allergies issue is – “Why do only some people suffer from allergies to a particular allergen?” Is it because the non allergy sufferers already have defenses against the allergen?
    IMO, that would make sense. One easy allergen to test out is papain. Topical application of the simple cysteine protease can cause intense allergy symptoms in a few people. mice experiments show that the allergy is triggered by the protease attacking cell junctions. Do these people who suffer these allergies have an insufficient production of protease inhibitors? If this was not the case, then everybody would have an allergic reaction to papain, and that is just not so. but would the allergic reaction stimulate the body to find an antigen to the protease? After all proteases are very common in the body.
    Just food for thought.

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