Links 8/5/19

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Links for you. Science:

Unlike D.C.’s Rivers, Rock Creek Is Nowhere Near Swimmable
I’ve Stayed Silent for Too Long: Opossums Deserve Our Love
Boar wars: how wild hogs are trashing European cities
No, Lyme disease is not an escaped military bioweapon, despite what conspiracy theorists say
Social life working out for bird with artificial beak, zoo says

Other:

If Democrats Want to Win in 2020, They Have to Give Detroit a Reason to Vote
America’s dual housing crisis and what Democrats plan to do about it, explained
Conservative Democratic Ringleader Josh Gottheimer Gets A Progressive Challenger
False: Washington, D.C., has no ‘J’ Street because city designer Pierre L’Enfant bore a grudge against Chief Justice John Jay.
How the urban legend of Georgetown residents halting a Metro stop came to be
Mapping Projects Show Lasting Impact Of Redlining, Racial Covenants In Virginia
‘Leaving billions of dollars on the table‘: Rural hospitals foundering in states that declined Obamacare
New York Times editor lays out who gets to be Midwestern or Southern. Spoiler: It’s racist (and most people in those regions live in metropolitan areas, not in the rural hinterlands)
With Metro Stations Shut Down, Traffic Is Slower And More People Are Biking In Alexandria
D.C.’s Sole Representative On Capitol Hill Now Backs Impeachment Inquiries
Once A Year, This Arlington Sculpture Puts On A Light And Shadow Show
Jonathan Weisman, Deputy Washington Editor for the New York Times, Reveals His Own Toxic Political Geography
Democrats Can Win by Running Against Trump’s Racism
Report: $132K in income is needed to comfortably rent a two-bedroom in D.C.
Freeway widening was a bad idea in 1969, and it’s a bad idea now
Democrats tried to win over working-class voters. But they ignored their biggest worry. (in fairness, lowering healthcare costs does raise effective wages)
No, Professors Aren’t Discriminating Against Conservative Students
Hong Kong protests: ‘I’m in Australia but I feel censored by Chinese students’
It’s Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren v the ‘No We Can’t’ Democrats

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1 Response to Links 8/5/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    *** Unlike D.C.’s Rivers, Rock Creek Is Nowhere Near Swimmable ***
    From the link: “(People are already swimming in the Potomac over on the Maryland side, where it’s legal.)” Contrast that with this from a search I made: “Just last month, a Stafford, Va. man almost lost his leg after he swam in the Potomac River and contracted the bacteria through a scratch on his leg.” (2014) Until somebody creates a vaccine for those “flesh eating bacteria”, I wouldn’t swim in any US body of water these days. Not even the coastal oceans.

    *** No, Lyme disease is not an escaped military bioweapon, despite what conspiracy theorists say ***
    The 1994 Science paper describing finding Lyme in 1896 ticks was convincing. The one about 1945 – not so much so. The history of Plum Island gets awfully vague around the WW2 era, and the US was definitely involved with bioweapons for possible use in Japan. I believe the next step ought to be checking to see if the ancient Lyme bacteria are the same as the types running loose today. And I’d still like a definitive statement from the Army about whether or not they’ve been tinkering with ticks on their little island playground.

    *** Freeway widening was a bad idea in 1969, and it’s a bad idea now ***
    This is also happening in rural areas, and it’s an equally bad idea there. North-South I-75 is gradually getting three lanes – just in time for the End of the Gasoline Car age. I don’t believe highways can compete with high-speed rail. Maybe the US Elites will address that issue by refusing to rebuild the passenger railroads, but this still leaves the problem of paying for maintaining the Interstates without revenues from the gasoline tax. Only solution I can see is to turn them all into expensive Toll Roads. The super-rich get even richer? Ought to work!

    *** Democrats tried to win over working-class voters. But they ignored their biggest worry. ***
    I doubt if their Donors will permit their talking about income, or lack thereof.

    *** No, Professors Aren’t Discriminating Against Conservative Students ***
    This sort of thing happens, at least on a small scale. Years ago I was told by the very Liberal Professor if I didn’t grovel and hail his stance on Multicultural Education issues, he’d flunk me. After my first paper netted a “25/100”, I dropped out and re-enrolled in a nearby University where I got a very solid A. BTW, this fellow had announced to the class that though he wasn’t perfect, he was closer to that ideal than anyone he knew. So it’s not just the rightingwingnuts who are Holier Than Thou jerks.

    *** Hong Kong protests: ‘I’m in Australia but I feel censored by Chinese students’ ***
    Gut feeling: this is an artificial and manufactured crisis. These riots could be from tinkering by the addlebrained Trumpies. It might be the Chinese themselves are wanting to put Hong Kong under firm Mainland control and have been creating an excuse to move in with troops and finally nail the place down. Whatever the root cause, there are probably going to be some rough times ahead for the people living in HK.

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