Links for you. Science:
Sharks aren’t always the top of the food chain
In The Maine Woods, A Towering Giant Could Help Save Chestnuts
Dinosaur scales: some thoughts for artists
How Poop Made the World Go ‘Round
Gonorrhoea ‘could become untreatable’
School Finance Reality vs. the Money Doesn’t Matter Echo Chamber
Homeless people not welcome in airports as officials tighten rules
Bernie Sanders Proposes Major Federal Reserve Reform
New Study Says Raising Restaurant Wages Won’t Lead to Job Losses
Murder Is Up, But Don’t Blame Ferguson Yet
Hillary Clinton and the School Accountability “Conversation”
Why the Republican Candidates Are Obsessed With “Political Correctness”
Anxiety Aside, New York Sees Drop in Crime
Ed Ruscha: L.A.’s artist
$250,000 a Year Is Not Middle Class
Good Lord, Look What They Asked Bernie Sanders on Meet The Press
Hello Cupcake Says Goodbye to Dupont Neighborhood
Clinton, Sanders, and the “Progressive Give-Up” Formula (with Clinton’s Warning of a “Grand Bargain” to Come)
Can right-wing populism be stopped?
Paranoid: North Korea’s computer operating system mirrors its political one
Americans are just about the safest people in the world, but we’re more frightened than ever
Yet Another American Military Mission Is Failing
Obama Doesn’t Watch TV News. Good.
Federal judge: Drinking tea, shopping at a gardening store is probable cause for a SWAT raid on your home
So I click through to the animal poop article and a little pop-up pops up in the corner of my screen, “The Investor’s Guide to Climate Change” – http://www.theatlantic.com/sponsored/morgan-stanley/the-investors-guide-to-climate-change/696/ I know I shouldn’t be surprised that there are people putting more effort into working angles to cash in than on solving the problem but the directness of the advertisement caught me off-guard.
Re American chestnuts: A friend gave me a few seeds a few years back. I planted a couple and gave one to my father-in-law. He’s a retired forester who knows more about forest ecology as anyone I know so I figured he’d have a better chance of getting a tree out of a nut than I would. That was an accurate assessment. About a week later an enterprising squirrel (or other critter) appropriated the seeds I planted but my in-laws now have a 2-3 ft seedling on their property. We’ll see if it lives.
I was aware of the American-Chinese hybridization program. I hope it pans out. For what it’s worth, there’s a mail order nursery which advertises seedlings from what the claim are blight-resistant seeds – https://www.chiefrivernursery.com/store/American-Chestnut-Seedlings-6-12.html