Links 8/15/19

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Links for you. Science:

Murine Genetic Background has a Stronger Impact on the Composition of the Gut Microbiota than Maternal Inoculation or Exposure to Unlike Exogenous Microbiota
Meet ‘Squawkzilla,’ the massive prehistoric parrot scientists say terrorized other birds
Hundreds of USDA employees to be removed from their jobs in September
Sea level rise is combining with other factors to regularly flood Miami
The Tragedy of the Tragedy of the Commons

Other:

The Real Costs of the U.S. Health-Care Mess (important)
The Case for the Slow City
No institution of government is safe from Trump’s corrupting influence
The Main Difference Between Warren and Sanders (a bit overstated, but interesting)
D.C. single family neighborhood density: Ward 3 versus Ward 6 (“…single-family zoning occupies 75 percent of all tax lots in D.C. and 43 percent of all surface area not owned by the federal government.”)
Major Traffic Experiment in N.Y.C.: Cars All but Banned on Major Street
House Sues To Force Don McGahn To Sit There And Not Answer Their Questions
Bernie Sanders Says He Would Legalize Marijuana by Executive Order
It’s not just Donald Trump. Immigration agencies and officials also use language of hate.
Tensions flare as homeless and drug users spread into South End
Safe injection sites are another tool on the path to recovery
Death by deportation
All But 40 Democrats Are Co-Sponsoring The Ban On Assault Weapons. These Are The 40
Here’s the data on white supremacist terrorism the Trump administration has been ‘unable or unwilling’ to give to Congress
Prominent economist wrote op-ed about Amazon’s new headquarters at company’s suggestion (Public Choice theory something something)
This is the most important question Democratic presidential candidates must answer
Some white people don’t want to hear about slavery at plantations built by slaves
Senatitis
You Pushed The Walk Button At An Intersection. So Why Don’t The Cars Stop?
My In-Laws Are Careless About My Deadly Food Allergy! (horrifying)

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2 Responses to Links 8/15/19

  1. Anat says:

    Re: Sanders vs Warren: Sanders proposes better policies, but he is less likely to have an effective relationship with Congress (even if Democrats take both chambers)at she can do and thus will be less likely to make them happen. Warren has a realistic view of what she can do with the powers of the presidency alone, what she can do with a Democratic Congress. And seems to have a better working relationship with other senators.

  2. Zachary Smith says:

    *** Murine Genetic Background has a Stronger Impact on the Composition of the Gut Microbiota than Maternal Inoculation or Exposure to Unlike Exogenous Microbiota ***
    It took me a fair while to puzzle out that “murine models” might mean the experiments were done on lab rats. (??) After looking at the Abstract I cut/pasted it into several online readability calculators . The variation was from 14 to 22, meaning a person needed that many years of education to understand it. Second deduction – these online testers aren’t worth a crap, so next time I’ll do the calculations by hand. Most scientific papers I examine can be generally understood by a layman – excepting any fancy math, of course. Don’t know who the authors of this one were trying to impress.

    *** Meet ‘Squawkzilla,’ the massive prehistoric parrot scientists say terrorized other birds ***
    That parrot would have been a light snack for some of the old-time Terror Birds.
    https://thenaturalhistorian.com/2018/07/05/terror-birds-extreme-flightless-birds-creationism/

    *** The Tragedy of the Tragedy of the Commons ***
    Once upon a time I had a very high regard for Scientific American. This political scientist punk getting published in the journal has changed that situation.
    ^^^ But here are some inconvenient truths: Hardin was a racist, eugenicist, nativist and Islamophobe. ^^^
    Those are some heavy-duty accusations, and there is a single source for them. The SA author doesn’t seem to be aware his ‘source’ has some problems. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2012/08/southern_poverty_law_centers_lucrative_hate_group_label.html It reminds me how the Warmongering Post once publicized the Propornot scam which labelled just about every progressive blog as Russian Propagandists.
    After getting introduced to Garrett Hardin in high school I started buying his books. Eventually I had all of them, though only seven are currently in their proper place in the bookcase. Matto Mildenberger is entitled to his opinions, and SA has the right to publish them. I also have an opinion – that Mr. Mildenberger is an ignorant ass. Also, I won’t be subscribing to the Scientific American magazine again. I’m aware nobody is perfect, but I’ve seen nothing in Hardin’s books which merits such unhinged venom. Reality can be tough, and some Political Scientists may not be aware of that.

    *** All But 40 Democrats Are Co-Sponsoring The Ban On Assault Weapons. These Are The 40 ***
    I’m not going to defend the people who aren’t co-sponsoring this bill, but neither am going to give any Blue Ribbons to the ones who are. To the degree I can understand it, this is simply a “We Did Something” bill which avoids the core problems entirely. The text of the freaking bill is mostly a huge list of named firearms, and IMO that is stupid. The lazy and corrupt congresscritters are wanting rid of the issue, but this bill focusing on firearm cosmetics isn’t worth the trouble. I’m not sympathetic to the gun nuts, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they don’t find some really objectionable things hidden in this word salad.
    “H.R.1296 – Assault Weapons Ban of 2019”

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