Links 7/29/16

Links for you. Science:

First mammal shown to have gone extinct as a direct result of climate change
Colombia declares its Zika epidemic over
A Dam Pushes A Great American Fish Toward Extinction
How Women Are Harassed Out of Science
Peru Scrambles to Drive Out Illegal Gold Mining and Save Precious Land

Other:

What a Hillary Clinton economy might look like (the problem is that she’s a deficit hawk, and what we need is deficit spending)
Clinton Confidant Verbalizes Sanders Supporters’ Worst Nightmares
D.C. mayor pushes statehood issue at Democratic National Convention
Bill Clinton’s Lapse Into Trumpism
Frank Oglesby, the ‘Voice of the MBTA,’ Is Retiring
Dischord Records Is Now On Bandcamp
The U.S. Has Been Meddling In Other Countries Elections For A Century. It Doesn’t Feel Good.
Jill Stein’s Ideas Are Terrible. She Is Not the Savior the Left Is Looking For.
Why Did WikiLeaks Help Dox Most of Turkey’s Adult Female Population?
How Marginalized Families Are Pushed Out of PTAs
Partying with the Germs and drinking with X: A new book about Slash magazine captures L.A.’s early punk scene
Clinton friend McAuliffe says Clinton will flip on TPP, then walks it back
The Supreme Court Smacked Down This Draconian Anti-Abortion Law, But Texas Has Other Plans

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One Response to Links 7/29/16

  1. Net Denizen says:

    Re: Jill Stein and voting for 3rd parties — People like myself are voting 3rd party because we want there to be more choices on the ballot every election cycle. This requires a series of voting reforms in addition to allowing more than the major two parties to participate. Because of the various laws governing who can and cannot participate in debates and gain access to the ballot, most states allow for 3rd party ballot status to be gained by earning enough votes to be an arbitrary percentage of the biggest state- or federal-wide race on the ballot that year. Usually this is Senator but every four years it’s President.

    The biggest obstacle is that both parties have rigged the laws so that they can do whatever they feel like — including (a) having their nominating convention AFTER the deadline to qualify for the ballot and still make it (McCain/Obama 2008) and also (b) not submitting their paperwork in time or with enough signatures but finding their name placed on the ballot anyway. But, in Texas for example, 3rd parties have to gather 100s of thousands of signatures from people who are registered to vote but did not vote in the last primary election. And if they succeed in submitting enough signatures, they are immediately taken to court by one of the major parties to prevent them from gaining ballot status. We don’t have a democracy or a republic, we have more of an oligarchy with the two major political parties controlling the apparatus rather than a cabal of billionaires (not that the cabal of billionaires isn’t also doing their part….)

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