Links 9/3/17

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Links for you. Science:

People believe in evolution, just not for humans
Why You Shouldn’t Try to Catch That Fish in Your Living Room’s Flood Water
Why Do Basketball Shooters Put Spin On The Ball?
Looks like someone got really creative with their gel image. (must-read)
Gilead Bets $11 Billion on New Cancer Therapy

Other:

Soul Snatchers: How the NYPD’s 42nd Precinct, the Bronx DA’s Office, and the City of New York Conspired to Destroy Black and Brown Lives (Part 1)
Google is coming after critics in academia and journalism. It’s time to stop them.
Kamala Harris announces she will co-sponsor single-payer healthcare (Good! And hopefully she doesn’t do for healthcare what Cuomo did for ‘free college tuition’ in New York)
Trump Wants to Re-Militarize the Police. Montana Is Having None of It.
Maybe today’s Navy is just not very good at driving ships
Now Comes the Uncomfortable Question: Who Gets to Rebuild After Harvey?
Trump’s Tax Cut Plan Alienates His Base
I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery.
Actually, We Can Have a Pretty Airtight Mechanism for Taxing Corporate Profits
The Dumb Fact of Google Money: A Beltway scandal that calls into question the independence of a Google-backed think tank strengthens the argument that tech has too much money
Study: a universal basic income would grow the economy (“At some number of millions, even the invisible, digital kind of money takes on a tremendous weight. No matter where it falls, or even could potentially fall, it shapes the structures of power.”)
The Democratic Socialists Are Here to Fix Your Brake Lights
After Hurricane Harvey, Will Houston Public Schools be Charterized?
Houston: Beware of a Post-Harvey Charter Conversion of Your Schools
Yes, Google Uses Its Power to Quash Ideas It Doesn’t Like—I Know Because It Happened to Me
EPA to investigate Scott Pruitt’s frequent trips to Oklahoma at taxpayer expense
How Norway’s State Manages Its Ownership Of Companies
Houston, Bangladesh, and Global Warming
The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students

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One Response to Links 9/3/17

  1. paintedjaguar says:

    “Kamala Harris announces she will co-sponsor single-payer healthcare”

    I’ve been predicting that the next step in the healthcare dance will be for the Dems to cobble together a diversion which can be used to further delay pursuit of any genuine single-payer reform, just as they did with Clintoncare and Obamacare. It will be another scheme which funnels public money to private insurers and providers, rather than a true socialized National Health Service like the VA, but it will not be single-payer like Medicaid either. Rather, it will be modeled on our current Medicare setup, with a “public option” absorbing the pre-existing, and high risk population. This will be sold under the co-opted banner of Medicare-for-All, since that slogan has been gaining traction. There have already been rumors that Bernie’s forthcoming Senate bill will be just such a watered down plan and unfortunately, Kamala Harris’ recent involvement makes the rumors very plausible.

    Just expanding enrollment in the current Medicare program won’t be good enough, as that is NOT a single-payer system and suffers from the problems and vulnerabilities of a mixed system, including co-insurance (80/20 payments), deductibles, limited provider choice (networks), decreased bargaining power, third-party insurers (Medicare Advantage), and for-profit hospitals.

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