Links 12/20/18

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Links for you. Science:

May I borrow a cup of catalase? Prochlorococcus and its helpful neighbors.
Don’t touch that movie popcorn! Avoid these six germy situations this holiday season.
‘It’s a sad reality’: a troubling trend sees a 97% decline in monarch butterflies
Eels Are Returning To Rock Creek! But Don’t Get Too Excited
More Crap from the Trump Administration: The U.S. Geological Survey Can’t Figure Out that Pig Poop Is Fouling Arkansas’s Scenic Buffalo River

Other:

Why Your Subway Train Might Start Moving Faster
I agree the yellow vest protests in Paris are more about a backlash to Macron than a backlash to climate taxes alone, but I think proponents of climate action dismiss them at their peril.
Jared Kushner did what? (this is not normal)
The Trump Scandals Were Inevitable
The Trump-era threat to democracy is the opposite of populism
The Jim Hightower Column They Don’t Want You to Read
Democrats’ 2020 battle royale is going to be brutal, dirty, and totally worthwhile
Beto O’Rourke is like Obama. That’s not necessarily a good thing.
The Flatiron Evening. New York, 1906.
A Veteran Supreme Court Justice Cited a Debunked Planned Parenthood Smear in an Opinion
‘Panama Papers’ and Colombian government demonstrate how to decrease tax evasion by the wealthy
The Q-Anon Conspiracy Theory is Still Destroying Lives and Families
I see George H.W. Bush through my Panamanian eyes, and the deaths he caused were unforgivable
John Podesta Is Ready to Talk About Pizzagate
The Historical Profession is Committing Slow-Motion Suicide
If you want Medicare-for-all, prepare for a long and bloody fight
Best Option For Funding Medicare For All May Be Employer Mandate
A groundbreaking antitrust lawsuit is ensnaring the generic drug industry
My Car

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1 Response to Links 12/20/18

  1. zero says:

    your first link is giving a 404 right now.

    Atrios’s car post is interesting, but unfortunately comments are disabled. The ‘worked example’ is that there is not enough curb space in front of Willis Tower for self-driving cars to bring everyone to and from work. That’s probably true, so how are they getting there now? The places people leave their cars right now are the places with more than enough capacity for pickup and drop-off. Self-driving cars are not going to replace mass transit, so people taking a bus or train and then walking a few blocks will keep doing that.
    The problems they cite with car loading areas being congested (schools in particular) are real, and they happen because most of the available space is used for parking. If there was more space allocated to loading then there would be fewer delays.

    A self-driving car doesn’t automatically mean one can’t own their car and store their stuff in it. What it does mean is your car can drop you off at the office (or a loading zone nearby) and then drive to a parking structure somewhere inconvenient (and less expensive) to charge up. That means people who can afford to own their cars outright can do just that, while people who want to use an autonomous carshare service will adapt to not storing stuff in those cars just like people who take the bus, the train or existing carshares like zipcar.

    As a frequent pedestrian, I can’t wait for autonomous vehicles to start cutting our fatality rates from inattentive and impaired drivers. Bring on the robopocalypse. Just don’t forget to invest in mass transit along the way, because we really need more of it and to treat it as a first-class transportation option instead of an afterthought for ‘the poors’.

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