Links 8/12/19

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Links for you. Science:

You’ve swum with one, stepped on one, maybe swallowed one. This unsung invertebrate could teach us about aging
This arrow by mathematician and sculptor Kokichi Sugihara can’t point left.
The vaccine whisperers: Counselors gently engage new parents before their doubts harden into certainty
Seeking a Culprit When Bumblebee Carcasses Pile Up
Wild Pups Romp Again in an African Paradise

Other:

Here’s why even good health insurance still sucks
The El Paso and Dayton Shootings Remind Us That Americans in Public Feel Like Targets
FBI faces skepticism over its efforts against domestic terrorism (“There’s some reluctance among agents to bring forth an investigation that targets what the president perceives as his base. It’s a no-win situation for the FBI agent or supervisor.”)
Graduate students are mounting degrees of protest over ‘hidden fees’
Another front in the tensions between the U.S. and China: Space
I assure you, medieval people bathed.
Neoliberalism: Political Success, Economic Failure
There are no lone wolves
The El Paso Shooting and the Virality of Evil
On guns and white nationalism, one side is right and one is wrong
Government regulations aren’t popular, but we will miss them
An alternative to US world dominance
Gentrification Did Not Displace NYC’s Most Vulnerable Children
The Long and Surprising History of Roller Derby
Trump winning re-election is obviously the worst outcome of 2020. But even if he loses, I don’t think people realize what the next Democratic President is going to be up against.
The externality lens
Marianne Williamson’s Democratic debate performance raised eyebrows. But she’s no friend of the left.
Don’t fear the immigration debate, Democrats
Trump considers an innovative plan to cut taxes on the rich. Again.
Why Private Equity Should Not Exist

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3 Responses to Links 8/12/19

  1. Cary says:

    Be careful with those rotifers…
    The Rotifers by Robert Abernathy
    https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/35879

  2. Zachary Smith says:

    *** Seeking a Culprit When Bumblebee Carcasses Pile Up ***
    ^^^ The Oregon Department of Agriculture later determined that a pesticide used against aphids had poisoned the bees. They banned its use on lindens. But still more reports surfaced of mass bumblebee deaths around Oregon. Explaining them wasn’t as simple. ^^^
    A pesticide gets banned, yet the bees still die. Of course that means it wasn’t the pesticide! Has this author ever heard of ILLEGAL use of pesticides? The great mystery story she weaves must be pleasant reading for Big Chemicals. Just like with Climate Change, we’ll just have to keep on researching the problem.

    *** There are no lone wolves ***
    First thing I thought of when reading that headline was the name “Theodore Kaczynski”. Following that lead turned up a regular wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lone_wolf_terrorist_attacks
    What is the Warmongering Post peddling now?

    *** Trump winning re-election is obviously the worst outcome of 2020. But even if he loses, I don’t think people realize what the next Democratic President is going to be up against. ***
    This fellow lists a bunch of problems for the new 2020 Democratic president, and at first glance they look reasonable. When I found he supported Hillary over Sanders in 2016, I changed my mind about his motives. I now suspect this guy is reviving the theme used by the fans of Obama – those Republican meanies won’t let us do the wonderful things we promised. For now I’ll put him into the category of DNC Hack.

    *** Don’t fear the immigration debate, Democrats ***
    From the Logical Fallacy wiki:
    ^^^ False Dilemma
    Also called false dichotomy, fallacy of bifurcation, black-or-white fallacy, the false delamma presents two alternative states as the only possibilities when more possibilities may exist. ^^^

    The poll the author is waving around gave people two choices – Mistreat ‘immigrants’ and let them stay in the US, or turn them loose and let them stay in the US. There ARE other options which the Warmongering/Big Corporate Post doesn’t want to be discussed. Things like requiring all employers to verify job applicants are US citizens. I have a Social Security Number. So does every other citizen of employment age. Sending in this number to The Government Agency would verify it is being used only by a single person. And that it IS a valid SSN.
    I do not believe in abusing illegals in this country. That is a very different thing from encouraging them to come here to work in craphole industries which treat them as disposable humans to prevent/destroy unions and keep US wages down, Another WP hack was the author of this one.

  3. jrkrideau says:

    Here’s why even good health insurance still sucks
    I am Canadian. Reading this and some of the attached comments convinces me the US health care industry is mad.

    We do not have the best health care system in the world but the US insanity is mind-boggling.

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