Links 8/29/19

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Links for you. Science:

Rain-resistant wheat variety developed using genome editing
Marsh Mud Hides a Key Ingredient for “Anti-Greenhouse Gas”
How “Useless” Science Unraveled an Amphibian Apocalypse
How to Survive a Hurricane as a Spider: Be Aggressive
She Studies Sea Snakes by the Seafloor

Other:

How Much Damage Have Republicans Done in the States?
‘The Next Flint,’ and America’s Problem with Lead in Its Water
American cities need to phase out cars
White Supremacy Is Terrorism, Not a Difference of Opinion
I was skeptical of unions. Then I joined one.
Sonny Jurgensen’s Retirement Severs the Washington Football Team’s Link to Its Glory Days
The conservative “1619”: Right-wingers set the slavery record straight!
‘Absolutely Appalling’: Jack Evans Reportedly Berated Metro Officials To Prevent Release Of Ethics Investigation
In the 1970s, the National Mall was a literal parking lot
Is Israel a vassal state now?
Jack Evans threatened Metro officials to keep his corruption secret, and two board members helped him
Trump ditches Barrack because he didn’t get his cut
The size of city blocks can vary widely. Have you ever wondered why?
2020 Democratic Electorate Shows Broad Agreement on Priorities
Trump, QAnon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times
A vast wealth gap, driven by segregation, redlining, evictions and exclusion, separates black and white America.
The Longer Trump Stays in Office, the More Americans Oppose His Views
If we burn, you burn with us
Someone’s Gotta Lead

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1 Response to Links 8/29/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    *** Someone’s Gotta Lead ***
    Duncan Black asks why the famous editorial boards aren’t calling for a Trump resignation, and it’s a fair question. My reply is that they mostly like what he is doing. I’ll also take this opportunity to predict that if he doesn’t try a “president-for-life” coup, Trump will resign all by his lonesome. All the Important Democrats pretend his real crimes are invisible, and endlessly harp on the likes of “Russiagate”. As soon as the man leaves office, those genuine instances of lawlessness are going to bite him on the ass – unless he has arranged for some immunity.
    https://thehill.com/homenews/media/420510-conservative-columnist-predicts-trump-will-resign-10-minutes-before-pence-so
    also
    https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-resign-2019-family-immunity-1276990

    Unless Trump has truly jumped the rails, he’ll want to get out while he can still claim he would have won in 2020 if he had stayed. (the oversized ego issue…) That window is gradually closing, IMO.

    *** If we burn, you burn with us ***
    Just a gut feeling, but I suspect the Chinese have some other options besides doing nothing or engineering a bloodbath.

    *** Trump, QAnon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times ***
    I don’t do social media, so I’m not surprised I’ve never heard of “Epoch Times”. A few years ago I was dragged to see one of the touring dance groups of the Falun Gong cult. The ticket prices were astronomical, the dancing was just O.K., and the propaganda was over the top. Even the person who lassoed me to go agreed it was all vastly overrated.

    *** Is Israel a vassal state now? ***
    Awful. I checked the author and he isn’t a young kid. Gotta wonder if he really believes the BS he put into that piece.

    *** The conservative “1619”: Right-wingers set the slavery record straight! ***
    I’ll say one thing about that Byron York guy – he’s one of the best blowhards I’ve seen for a while. Oodles and oodles of words, and the only coherent theme I saw was “they want to hurt our Trump”.

    *** How “Useless” Science Unraveled an Amphibian Apocalypse ***
    Anticipated Trumpie response: “So some frogs might have died. Who cares about dead frogs? All that money they wasted could have bought some more F-35s. Or increased our tax cuts.”

    *** Marsh Mud Hides a Key Ingredient for “Anti-Greenhouse Gas” ***
    Too risky to bet the farm on some marsh bacteria. We don’t know how they’ll react to warming themselves, nor how other organisms in their ecosystems will behave when their environment changes. Anyhow:
    ^^^ Dimethylsulfide, also known as DMS, is a sweet-smelling gas, produced by plankton, that has an influence in creating clouds above the ocean [1]. This Gas Is Short Lived. In theory, DMS can be used to create clouds in the morning, while during night, the gas would have disintegrated, allowing heat to escape into space. ^^^
    I think we’re going to have to save ourselves. Counting on friendly space aliens or mud bacteria to do the job probably isn’t going to work out well. IMO those are a lot like basing your retirement planning on winning the Power Ball.

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