Links 1/8/17

Links for you. Science:

How Trump’s White House Could Mess With Government Data
Dreaded ‘stomach flu’ wreaks havoc on families — and it’s only going to get worse
Baker should veto naturopath licensing bill
The Health Data Conundrum
Are We Ready for a Flu Pandemic?

Other:

If You’re a Federal Employee and Congress Doesn’t Like You, They Can Slash Your Pay to a Dollar
Life in Soft Authoritarian Regimes (important)
Congressman Who Keeps Trying To Gut D.C. Guns Laws Is Now Leading Second Amendment Caucus
The Age of Fake Policy
How Democrats can defeat the repeal of Obamacare
Some Louisiana Water Is So Contaminated That Pastors Are Suspending Baptisms
Democrats Denounced Sanders’ Ideas as “Impossible,” Now Many are Starting to Materialize
The center has fallen, and white nationalism is filling the vacuum
Tom Perriello Is A Progressive? Who Says So? And Why?
Why is U.S. Public Transportation Woefully Inadequate? (this ignores the urban–urban and ‘urban’–and non-urban divide, but lays out the problem)
How nostalgia for white Christian America drove so many Americans to vote for Trump
Republican-led Congress denies D.C. delegate a vote. Again.
The Historical Evolution of the Wealth Distribution: A Quantitative-Theoretic Investigation (“…by far the most important driver [of income inequality] is the significant drop in tax progressivity that started in the late 1970s, intensified during the Reagan years, and then subsequently flattened out… The sharp observed increases in earnings inequality, the falling labor share over the recent decades, and potential mechanisms underlying changes in the gap between the interest rate and the growth rate (Piketty’s r-g story) all fall far short of accounting for the data.”)
The Republican Wing Of The Democratic Party Shows Its Hand
Trump Is Signaling a Trade War, but It’s Not as Disastrous as You May Think
Tower project might cast shadow on Boston development
How Donald Trump Will Make America White Again
WikiLeaks proposes tracking verified Twitter users’ homes, families and finances (Assange is getting really tired of living in the embassy, isn’t he?)
Why Workers Everywhere Should Be Scared by Kentucky’s Assault on Unions
Answer Man remembers the ‘temporary’ office buildings that once blighted D.C. (now we have lots of permanent buildings that blight D.C.!)
Public Transportation Is a Necessity. Why Does New York Price It Like a Luxury?

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