Links 1/28/19

Links for you. Science:

How corruption in forensic science is harming the criminal justice system
A diver’s extremely close visit with a giant great white shark went viral. Marine biologists say don’t copy her.
Experts warned this floating garbage collector wouldn’t work. The ocean proved them right.
Is Trump Trying To Politicize Agricultural Data? Some Former USDA Officials Suspect Yes.
Trump Reportedly Demanded That NASA Fly a Manned Mission to Mars by 2020 (Bring me cold fusion, servants!)


The Green New Deal: How We Will Pay For It Isn’t ‘A Thing’ – And Inflation Isn’t Either
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 70% Tax Proposal Is a Great Start—But We Need to Abolish the Ultra-Rich
Drug maker payments to doctors are linked to higher opioid overdose deaths
Progressives Don’t Face False Choices In Strengthening the Labor Movement
Wellcome Trust could become first big employer to launch four-day week
How China Is Using “Social Credit Scores” to Reward and Punish Its Citizens
The Malign Incompetence of the British Ruling Class
BuzzFeed’s Controversial Cohen Story Raises Question: Did Trump Want to Be President?
If you follow MMT, you’ve probably heard the latest critique from mainstreamers, which is that raising taxes is politically difficult, and so we can’t rely on it to stop inflation. Of course taxes aren’t the only MMT tool against inflation. But even so, the view is wrong.
Ball of Confusion
I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I Loved Facebook. But I Can’t Stay Silent About What’s Happening.
The Future of the Supreme Court in the Liberal Imagination
The Recent Strike Wave
Massive new study traces how corporations use charitable donations to tilt regulations in their favor
The new elite’s phoney crusade to save the world – without changing anything
Dems love to talk about Citizens United but it’s an earlier decision that’s the real problem: Buckley v. Valeo. Buckley held that spending money was a protected form of speech under the First Amendment. The ruling enabled unlimited independent expenditures by individuals.
There’s really no place like Boston’s ‘Uptown’

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