Monthly Archives: August 2015

Happy Kim

Observed on U Street, between 14th Street and Waverly Terrace, Shaw, D.C.:

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The Original Intent of the Second Amendment

In light of the recent shooting of a news crew, we will, as is always the case, various bleatings about the sacred Second Amendment. One of the most pernicious things in the gun control debate is how the original intent … Continue reading

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Links 8/27/15

Links for you. Science: All The Woo That’s Fit To Print: An Open Letter To The New York Times Public Editor What’s It Like to Get a Ph.D. in Science? Scientists who found gluten sensitivity evidence have now shown it … Continue reading

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Reconciling Calls in D.C. For Vice Squads With Black Lives Matter

Last week, the president of the D.C. Logan Circle area Area Neighborhood Council (‘ANC’), in response to an increase in murders, called for the reinstitution of vice squads. I had some doubts: This works, until an innocent yet somehow suspicious … Continue reading

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The Smartest Thing I’ve Read About the Microbiome In a Long Time

Several years ago, I was part of the Human Microbiome Project, so I’m not someone who’s disgruntled that the microbiomes are getting all the money. On the other hand, that has also led me to have a very skeptical opinion … Continue reading

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Links 8/26/15

Links for you. Science: Without humans, the whole world could look like Serengeti A Beginner’s Guide to Eigenvectors, PCA, Covariance and Entropy Totally Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Our Windows Into Solar Panels White, Black, and Red All Over: What … Continue reading

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The Tragedy Behind the Trump-Related Beating

By now, you might have heard about the two South Boston men, inspired by Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric, who beat a homeless Mexican immigrant. Here’s the heart-breaking part (boldface mine): The 58-year-old victim, who has requested privacy, suffered a broken … Continue reading

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The One Radical Proposal of Campaign Zero/BLM

I’ve discussed previously how many policing decisions are not made through democratic processes, but are made by ‘police fiat.’ In other words, police departments are making unilateral policy decisions about whom to arrest and for which crimes without any meaningful … Continue reading

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Links 8/25/15

Links for you. Science: The forests of the world are in major trouble, scientists report Source of Deadly NYC Legionnaires’ Outbreak Identified Rock of ages A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning (in a few years, the pseudostatical technobrats will be … Continue reading

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Um, No Thanks?

Observed on 18th Street, between P and Q, Dupont Circle, D.C.:

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