Links 8/27/19

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Links for you. Science:

Scientists Discover New Cure for the Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis
A Tissue Sample From 1966 Held Traces of Early HIV
How Life Sciences Actually Work: Findings of a Year-Long Investigation (much of this is rediscovering what many science bloggers have been saying for years; still worth reading)
Modern science has delivered the world powerful tools to defeat Ebola. It is not enough
Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease

Other:

The Dow Drops
‘A heavy lift’: SC’s religious black voters weigh Pete Buttigieg’s bid
Democrats Have an Open Senate Seat in New Mexico. Will They Elect a Progressive, or the Former Head of the DCCC?
In God’s country: Evangelicals view Trump as their protector. Will they stand by him in 2020?
Massachusetts Democratic Politics Lost Its Mind Over the Weekend (Markey really is one of the good ones)
Give No Heed to the Walking Dead
If I Were Still Conservative
Congressional Black Caucus Institute Takes CoreCivic Cash, Boosts Policies That Help Private Prisons
The Myth of American Military Dominance
D.C. media’s dirty little secret: It has no idea what’s happening inside Trump’s White House
How a trooper’s alleged racist remark ignited the State Police overtime scandal
How Do You Actually Change Things?
‘We lost something special’: The women’s hospital in D.C. that became a Trader Joe’s
Girls today are seemingly the fiercest America has ever produced. Why can’t we protect them?
The Hong Kong protests are the inevitable effect of an impossible system
Jay-Z Helped the NFL Banish Colin Kaepernick
Justice and Safety for All (Sanders’ criminal justice program–it’s very good and implicitly recognizes that a Democratic president might not be able to convince Congress to do anything useful)
“Dirtbag,” “Savages,” “Subhuman”: A Border Agent’s Hateful Career and the Crime That Finally Ended It
California Is Headed Toward a Titanic Battle Over Raising Property Taxes
I might be biased, but I think we have the coolest shower in the world. (story here)

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1 Response to Links 8/27/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    *** The Hong Kong protests are the inevitable effect of an impossible system ***
    According to an online distance calculator I’m 8,000 miles from Hong Kong. I don’t know Chinese, and I most definitely don’t trust neocon media like the Warmongering Post. That’s because just about the only outbreaks of “freedom” of interest to the neocons are in places related to Imperial US ambitions. Or of course where they’re obstacles to Apartheid State Expansion.
    My link is to a quirky site which isn’t entirely trustworthy. In my opinion the author’s views of Mao and the current Chinese government are too rosy. But I’d maintain the piece provides a nice counterbalance to the WP pablum. I’ve used a tinyurl instead of the proper link because the forum software nanny probably wouldn’t like one of the words in the ‘official’ link.
    https://tinyurl.com/y6fw7mtm

    *** The Myth of American Military Dominance ***
    I looked up the author and found he is a graduate of West Point. So when he writes something like this I’ve got to question a bit of what they’ve been teaching there lately.

    ^^^ The United States played a valuable role in World War I and World War II, but was not the primary combatant in either conflict. ^^^
    “Primary Combatant”. It’s true that others did most of the fighting and dying in both those wars. I believe I could make quite a strong case that without the presence of US troops in France in 1918 the Allies of WW1 would have lost. The US troops were not well trained, not well armed, and rather badly led, but they were very brave, and there was an awful lot of them. Like with the Russian situation in the next war, their presence in the conflict area was a substantial psychological boost for the British and French troops. And they DID fight.

    WW2 is rather more clearcut in my mind. I firmly believe the USSR would have had to drop out of the war without the help they hoped for and eventually received. The US started sending Lend Lease as soon as it could, and this turned into a flood. The US/UK offensive in Africa ended by either killing or capturing a lot of German and Italian troops who might have done some harmful things in Eastern Europe. The bomber offensive forced the Nazis to retain large numbers of airplanes which could not be sent to the Eastern Front. Ditto for the masses of anti-air artillery and all the shells fired straight up into the sky instead of at Soviet soldiers.
    ^^^ During World War II, the United States played a major role in North Africa, Italy, France, and the Pacific, but the Soviet Union destroyed the largest portion of the Nazi military and defeated the Army of Manchuria, Japan’s strongest ground force. ^^^
    If the Wiki numbers are to believed, the Soviets overran or bypassed over 700,000 Japanese troops in Manchuria. This was on a front at least a thousand miles long. At Okinawa the US fought and won against a Japanese army of over 100,000 – on a 10-15 mile front. Well dug in too, and with more US battle deaths than reported by the Soviets in all their northern fighting. One other point about Manchuria – the Japanese had toy tanks, and very little fuel for their airplanes at the end. They’d also been removing their best troops for battles in the South and to defend the main homeland islands.
    Mostly this is a very good essay about a genuinely overrated US military, but I do feel the author got carried away at the points I’ve highlighted.

    *** Give No Heed to the Walking Dead ***
    A most interesting read. I’ve got to give the Chinese a lot of credit for noticing the rise of the US Imperium – and preparing for it. Lots of places would have wallowed in the new wealth and would have been easy pickings for the new US Tactics of Destruction.

    *** ‘A heavy lift’: SC’s religious black voters weigh Pete Buttigieg’s bid ***
    This was all about the “gay” stuff. Even if Buttigieg was married to a small blond woman, I’d truly like to know what SC blacks (or anyone else) sees as noteworthy in the man.

    *** Scientists Discover New Cure for the Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis ***
    ^^^ The drug regimen tested on Ms. Msimango has shown a 90 percent success rate against a deadly plague, extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis. ^^^
    A 90% success rate does not count as a “cure” in my book. I looked in vain in the story for any mention of innoculation against the disease and found not a hint. The only TB vaccine was created in 1921. Antibiotics came along 25 years later and that seemed to end the threat of TB – for a while. But we’ve known of antibiotic resistance for years now.
    WHY NO VACCINE RESEARCH?
    IMO that can be answered by a reference to the Benjamins. The drug companes have no interest at all in a small one-time profit when there is the prospect of treating a TB (or any other) patient for many years and raking in humongous profits from the overpriced medications.

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