Links 8/11/19

Links for you. Science:

Recursive language and modern imagination were acquired simultaneously 70,000 years ago
Fossil Records Indicate Early Humans Hunted 25-Foot Giant Paramecium And Other Mega-Protista To Extinction
The “Girls” Were Always Around: What it was like to be a scientist in Jeffrey Epstein’s circle.
The untold story of the ‘circle of trust’ behind the world’s first gene-edited babies
Everything you thought you knew about gravity is wrong


Yes, Democrats should criticize Barack Obama. Here’s why.
Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes
Trade—On Our Terms (Warren’s plan)
The Trump Strain in American History
A mother died shielding her infant in El Paso. The father died shielding them both, family says.
22 percent of millennials say they have “no friends”
The Military-Industrial Jobs Scam
Where Taking the Concerns of Racists Seriously Has Gotten Us
How news organizations should cover white supremacist shootings, according to a media expert
How Trump’s biggest broken promise will make white supremacist terrorism even worse
Shut The Fuck You Stupid Assholes
Gun Culture Has Always Been About White Supremacy
Ron Moten Would Get $2 Million for Anacostia Land Deal Under Council Bill (we need more general policies to help local businesses, not individual pieces of legislation for each business)
The media must do better
Thank You, Beto O’Rourke
Can algorithms be racist? Trump’s housing department says no
Drugmakers Master Rolling Out Their Own Generics To Stifle Competition
After the El Paso Massacre, the Choice Is Green Socialism or Eco-Fascism
Elizabeth Warren is building the future of progressive trade policy
The old Democratic trade paradigm is collapsing. Good riddance.

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1 Response to Links 8/11/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    *** Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes ***
    Baloney. Any powerful politician can create (or hire the creation of) a “memo” legally justifying anything he wants to do. Just because it exists doesn’t mean it is based on sound law. Lawyers are especially notable for their ‘flexibility.’ John Yoo wrote a bunch of Torture Memos. Did the work of this vicious hack overturn all US and International Law? Only if the Power Elites wanted it to, and they did.

    *** The “Girls” Were Always Around: What it was like to be a scientist in Jeffrey Epstein’s circle. ***
    I’ve got to wonder if the author typed this with one hand while the other one was holding his nose. Just a feeling, but somehow I got the impression he found this ‘stuff’ to be as unbelievable as I did.
    ^^^ “Epstein walks into the conference with two girls on his arm,” said Schank. The scientists were holding their discussions in a small room, and as they talked, “[Epstein] was in the back, on a couch, hugging and kissing these girls.” ^^^
    A bunch of computer scientists fly to an isolated place filled with nubile young women and spend all their time discussing their work “in a small room” while their host is hugging and kissing a couple of those young women. Yeah, Right. And at the end: the same fellow says “He was a good guy.” I’m just positive all those earnest scientists would agree that they saw nothing strange going on at the meeting place. And like Dershowitz, they kept their underwear on at all times.

    *** The Trump Strain in American History ***
    This was quite an interesting little essay and I’ve saved it for future reference. I hope the author didn’t write the headline, for that part makes no sense at all in connection with the rest of the piece.

    *** Gun Culture Has Always Been About White Supremacy ***
    *** How Trump’s biggest broken promise will make white supremacist terrorism even worse ***
    I’m going to label these two “must reads”. From the first:
    ^^^ Guns, for them, are not about hunting or self-defense or the frontier spirit or any of the other fig leaves that are brandished every time their true agenda starts to show. It is about asserting the primacy of a group identity, protecting it from threats both real (inexorable demographic change) and imagined (invasions of Hispanic rapists and murders). ^^^
    With a few alterations that could be changed to a pre-Civil War defense of black Slavery. Back then the Southern propagandists turned the institution into a Positive And Wonderful Good, and with the help of the Supreme Court and Right-Wing politicians have done the same with firearms. I’ve seen otherwise reasonable people fly off the handle when any mention of restricting their Holy Right to unrestricted access to gunpowder weapons. Like with the antebellum Southerners, this has become an article of faith – and that’s in the sense of a Religious Belief. And as the second link says, these Missionaries of White Supremacy are increasingly willing to resort to massive violence. In any group there will be a few willing martyrs, and this one is no exception.
    ^^^ We are not heading toward that point, because we’re already there. And what happens if Trump loses in 2020? Then the most radical and murderous on the far right will know that the political project truly failed, and they may decide there is no option but violence until the America they want is born out of the carnage. ^^^
    I fear author Waldman is correct – Trump has opened his own version of Pandora’s Box, and the crazies with guns are now feeling their Cheerios. The sense of white gun-nut empowerment Mr. Waldman describes has some other ugly consequences he didn’t mention. I believe a very high percentage of the true gun nuts are fundamentalists of the Evangelical persuasion. A lot of these people are just waiting for a Sign – at which time they will add Christ Killers to their target lists. Until then, they’re earnestly on the side of Holy Israel – until it’s Time for them not to be. The Apartheid state is really playing with fire when it releases clickbait stories about Red Heifers and Foxes on the Temple Mount. The trigger could be something as simple as a nuke going off in the mideast. Then if a TV preacher said It’s Time, watch out!
    My advice to both Republican and Democrat candidates is to start talking about Personal Responsibility. As a start, legislate that any firearm not a Single Shot would have to carry full liability insurance for those times it is out of secure lockdown. It would be sad to turn a few scofflaws into near-homeless people, but doing so might prevent some far worse events later on.

    IMO the alternative to some limited national disarmament is a small and bloody little rerun of the Civil War. If the politicians keep permitting Trump’s Peckerhead Empowerment, it could come to that.

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