Links 12/7/15

Links for you. Science:

For Researchers, Risk Is a Vanishing Luxury
Data Storage on DNA Can Keep It Safe for Centuries
Pregnant scientist booted from conference lineup
What Can You Actually Do With Your Fancy Gene-Editing Technology?
Ebola Crisis Passes, but Questions on Quarantines Persist (what questions? They’re fucking stupid)

Other:

Carly Fiorina OK With Terrorists Buying Guns As Long As They Use Them Responsibly
Hungry, Homeless and in College
Republicans’ Climate Change Denial Denial
Boom
Members of Congress Have $68 Million of Their Own Cash Riding on This Industry
An Invitation to Collective Suicide
The vital Bernie Sanders proposal that no one’s talking about — including Bernie
Top NSA Whistleblower: “Every Time There Is a Terrorist Attack, What We Really Need to Do Is Demand that They CUT the Budgets of All the Intelligence Agencies”
Chris Matthews slams Donald Trump & tells supporters ‘You should be ashamed’
The GOP’s long, fruitless courtship of Jewish voters
Rahm Emanuel’s Next Scandal? Chicago’s Public Housing
Missouri Firearms Bill Would Make Guns As Difficult to Access As Abortions
A Few Words About ‘Prayer-Shaming’: If it helps break the stranglehold of the religious right—and the various charlatans and fools that cater to them—on our politics, it will be worth it.
The Dubious Ethics Of Twitter Mining
IF YOU ENJOY DAYS LIKE TODAY, DON’T WORRY, WE’LL HAVE MORE
No, let’s not go easier on white collar criminals
Mark Zuckerberg’s $45 Billion Loophole
“Prayer Shaming”? Jesus — and Isaiah — Wept
Walsh taking heat over school agenda

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2 Responses to Links 12/7/15

  1. ryanmjean says:

    From one of the links: “So, every time there is a terrorist attack, what we really need to do is demand that they cut the budgets of all the intelligence agencies. And, if they still keep failing, then we need to get rid of them and start the process again with new agencies and new managers.”

    Question: how is this meaningfully different from No Child Left Behind? School, you’ve failed, and as punishment we’ll take away what little hope of success you may have left. I’d be worried that cutting funding in that manner would simply encourage more growth in the cottage industry of private companies doing public functions, like all the contracts Alexander’s new company got after he left the NSA. And to me, that seems to be an equivalent to the charter school movement — even *less* accountable and far more questionable.

    That’s not a defense of the Intelligence Agencies’ work to date or budget, but merely an observation of the warped logic behind “It’s failing so let’s hobble it” when it seems the appropriate response should be “It’s failing so let’s apply root-cause analysis and apply the budget to fixing that problem.”

  2. Gingerbaker says:

    Quarantines are stupid? Healthcare professionals caught this disease when treating patients because the transmission characteristics were not appreciated. They are still not completely elucidated. Ebola is a contagious disease and has a high fatality rate. How are quarantines “fucking stupid”?

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