Links 8/24/19

Links for you. Science:

Citing ‘nerd tunnel vision,’ biologist George Church apologizes for contacts with Jeffrey Epstein
Bees Swarm Berlin, Where Beekeeping Is Booming
Air Pollution Cuts Are Saving Lives in New York State
The desert gets a biocrust skin graft
EPA dropped salmon protection after Trump met with Alaska governor


The Case against Obama
Cuccinelli’s Statue of Liberty poem: Give me your rich, entitled masses
The yield curve inversion panic, explained
Julián Castro: Cities like Des Moines should encourage more affordable housing, not less
Federal Anti-Poverty Programs Primarily Help the GOP’s Base
Epstein’s Death Demands Investigation, Not Conspiracy Theories
Workers Defense Project Founder Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez Is the Latest Democrat to Take on John Cornyn
Assessment of Out-of-Network Billing for Privately Insured Patients Receiving Care in In-Network Hospitals
Any Thinking Person Could See This Coming as Soon as Stephen Miller Got Hold of Power
New York Times examining editor’s ‘poor judgment’ on social media
“We’re Not Gonna Be a Part of the Resistance”: How Trump Aggravates the Times’s Long-Running Identity Crisis
In the future, only the rich will be able to escape the unbearable heat from climate change. In Iraq, it’s already happening
Let’s learn yiddish!
Truck drives into row of Jewish protesters at ICE detention center in Rhode Island
College Football’s Real Evil Villain
Jeffrey Epstein’s Jailhouse Suicide Is More Feasible Than You Think
Ossian’s Ride
Because We Agree With Them
The Department of Justice Is Being Politicized From Top to Bottom
The Next Generation of Soldiers: Inside One Recruit’s Pursuit of the Forever War
Feds had probable cause to arrest plant management in Mississippi immigration raids, but didn’t
Election officials’ concerns turn to information warfare as hackers gather in Vegas

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1 Response to Links 8/24/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    *** In the future, only the rich will be able to escape the unbearable heat from climate change. In Iraq, it’s already happening ***
    Focusing in on the “only the rich” part, here is a conspiracy notion of why India is making a big grab for Kashmir. The author remarks how the much higher and cooler lands of Kashmir may cause a bidding war among the wealthy Hindu elites. Oddly enough, the name of the Apartheid state comes up as well. Egypt isn’t making much noise about the new capital it proposes to build on higher ground. I’d say most governments are making plans, and those plans involve somebody else feeling the pain.

    *** Cuccinelli’s Statue of Liberty poem: Give me your rich, entitled masses ***
    In my opinion this is PC baloney. The Statue of Liberty was given to the US to celebrate the end of black slavery, which explains the broken shackles at the feet of Liberty. Emma Lazarus
    was by most accounts a nice person. She was deeply into helping impoverished New York Jews, and had trouble raising money for their cause. Somebody proposed a poem to be auctioned off. The scheme didn’t raise much money. Years after both her death and the building of the Statue somebody put up a plaque with the poem, and for years it was ignored.

    *** The Case against Obama ***
    Not bad, but not good either. IMO the author goes to considerable lengths to downplay Obama’s sins, and comes very close to lying outright at times.

    *** The desert gets a biocrust skin graft ***
    For another view of ‘biocrust’ in a desert environment:
    IMO the link article is not a very good one. I’d wager chaotic weather is arriving in desert environments, same as everywhere else. That “astonishing” erosion rate of 8,900 pounds of soil per year didn’t happen from periodic .3 inch rains. And the 4+ tons of soil loss can be compared to 100+ tons in badly handled temperate fields where farmers have been careless.

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