Links 8/4/19

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Links for you. Science:

Lemurs at Duke may aid Alzheimer’s research. But first they need your old phone.
How Science Got Trampled in the Rush to Drill in the Arctic
That’s not a storm over Las Vegas. It’s a grasshopper invasion.
How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer
Deforestation in the Amazon is shooting up, but Brazil’s president calls the data ‘a lie’

Other:

US soldiers now stationed inside migrant detention camp as ‘prison guards’
Metro shutdown slows traffic on several Alexandria corridors
Trump calls Baltimore ‘infested.’ Some Maryland politicians just call it ‘not cost-effective.’
Tokyo subway’s humble duct-tape typographer
Jay Inslee: Climate Change Is a Winning Campaign Issue — and President Trump Knows It
Kamala Harris’ Useless Medicare for All Compromise
The Real Problem With Trump’s Rallies
A Luxury Box at Citi Field, an M.T.A. Contract and $188,000 for Cuomo
Does Anyone Take the B.D.S. Movement Seriously?
Far Right Proud Boys Attempt to Menace Critic With Late-Night Threat
Becoming Full Professor While Black
Montgomery Co. Public Schools have a dropout problem — here’s why
Worried delivery drivers are eating orders? You have good reason.
Stolen Valor
Kushner owns lots of Baltimore-area apartments. Some are infested with mice.
The Fiercest Democratic Debate in 2020 Is About Barack Obama
Bernie Sanders: As a child, rent control kept a roof over my head
When I joined my father on the building site, I saw a different side to him
How ‘Developer’ Became Such a Dirty Word
Perversity! Futility! Jeopardy!

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1 Response to Links 8/4/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    *** How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer ***
    I did a big “Uh Oh” when I got to this part: “The drug giant Novartis licensed the CAR-T technology from the University of Pennsylvania.” My fears were validated when I read this a bit later:
    ^^^ At the moment each of these bespoke one-time infusions cost $475,000. When hospital charges are added, the total cost approaches $1 million per patient. ^^^

    If the gouging by Big Pharma can somehow be halted, this seems like a promising approach. Targeting an individual’s cancer cells! Still, I worry about the other applications for this. Back in the Sixties the US put a real fear into the Soviets when it announced it was working on Ethnic Weapons. The idea was to attack not an individual’s bio-mechanism, but of his entire ethnic group. Given the advanced status of the cancer work in 2019, a person has to worry what progress against “ethnics” has been made since 1998.
    https://www.wired.com/1998/11/israels-ethnic-weapon/

    *** Kamala Harris’ Useless Medicare for All Compromise ***
    I expect Biden to falter, and predict Harris is the backup Business As Usual candidate. If Pelosi and the others can prevent Sanders from getting a first ballot victory, the Superdelegates and the delegates picked up by the small fry candidates ought to make her the Candidate for the Dems. Unless the woman unveils a top-notch Climate stance, I doubt if I’d bother voting for her. Six of one, half dozen of another – why bother?

    *** Does Anyone Take the B.D.S. Movement Seriously? ***
    I hadn’t known till now Alterman was a cheap shill for the Apartheid state because I’d never previously had any reason to look into his old writings. Now I know the fellow is a genuine POS, and the Neocon York Times is even worse than I thought.

    *** The Fiercest Democratic Debate in 2020 Is About Barack Obama ***
    They can fight it out. So far as I’m concerned Obama was a totally Worthless POTUS. Biggest mistake of my life was voting for the bastard in 2008. I ought to have stayed home that election day, same as I figuratively did in 2016 when Jill Stein got my thrown-away vote.

    *** Worried delivery drivers are eating orders? You have good reason. ***
    ^^^ Overall, the research uncovered a wariness on the part of consumers about the drivers who cart their meals. More than 4 out of 5 (85%) said they would like restaurants to adopt tamper-proof packaging. ^^^
    I had thought of several solutions before getting to that part of the essay, and a quick search found solutions already on the market. Tamper-proof seals would cost a few cents, so it’s “ixnay” to any security for food deliveries.

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