Links 9/1/19

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Links for you. Science:

Cruise ship nightmare: After measles, norovirus outbreaks, why does anyone still set sail?
Two women from St. Petersburg like to hunt pythons in the Everglades. We went with them.
Is Quillette Right? Are Scientists Afraid to Discuss Race? (Spoiler: No)
The Push to Replace Journal Supplements with Repositories
Closing in on a century-old mystery, scientists are figuring out what the body’s ‘tuft cells’ do

Other:

‘This will be catastrophic’: Maine families face elder boom, worker shortage in preview of nation’s future
Jack Evans Resigned From The Metro Board In A Cloud Of Scandal. Is D.C.’s Other Representative Next? (“Price donated $2,000 to Bowser’s 2014 mayoral campaign and $10,000 to her inaugural committee…” Full confidence!)
The Holocaust survivor, 87, facing eviction in California: ‘Will they throw me to the ground?’
What Trump Gets Wrong About Antifa
Three life skills your kid’s college professor wishes you taught them
Amy McGrath’s Senate Campaign Manager Helped Get Her Potential Primary Opponent Fired
I lost my job for keeping Charlottesville police accountable. I’d do it again (but someone was mean to Bret Stephens argle bargle bargle…)
What Sanders’ political revolution looks like in real life: He’s enlisting his massive volunteer base to pressure companies to change their labor practices — and joining several protests himself.
The “Quaker Comet” Was the Greatest Abolitionist You’ve Never Heard Of
Why Are There So Many Weird Tech Patents?
How China used Facebook and Twitter to spread disinformation about the Hong Kong protests
Mia Khalifa is among the world’s most-watched women. Yet the porn industry is keeping the profits.
What’s Wrong With This Picture?
Bernie Sanders’s ambitious plan to double union membership, explained
A vast wealth gap, driven by segregation, redlining, evictions and exclusion, separates black and white America.
Flawed Algorithms Are Grading Millions of Students’ Essays
Bernie Sanders Wants To Give Federal Workers The Right To Strike
How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon
Bernie Sanders Unveils Sweeping Labor Plan With Sectorwide Bargaining

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2 Responses to Links 9/1/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    *** How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon ***
    I don’t believe information storage for the Pentagon ought to be privatized. Lots of other things in this story gave me the creeps, as well.

    *** The “Quaker Comet” Was the Greatest Abolitionist You’ve Never Heard Of ***
    Fascinating story. I’ve got to see if I can locate this man’s book and pamphlets in versions which use our modern alphabet.

    *** The Holocaust survivor, 87, facing eviction in California: ‘Will they throw me to the ground?’ ***
    First the “landlord” part. Yesterday I saw a story about a Florida woman whose possessions had all been tossed off a balcony into an ally behind her apartment.
    https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-beach-resident-and-cats-evicted-from-apartment-before-hurricane-dorian-11256812
    Then this headline showed up from a search: “102-year-old woman evicted so landlord’s daughter can move into home”

    So the California guy is merely experiencing Life In the US of A. How would he have fared in the Apartheid state?
    ^^^ In Israel, almost a quarter of all holocaust survivors live in extreme poverty ^^^
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3418861/Persecuted-Nazi-Europe-left-die-squalor-Israel-Holocaust-survivors-left-poverty-Jewish-state-make-plea-help-world-remembers-slaughter-six-million.html

    *** ‘This will be catastrophic’: Maine families face elder boom, worker shortage in preview of nation’s future ***
    I can’t keep up with Indiana politics, so Maine is out of the question. BUT, while reading the link it suddenly occurred to me Maine was the state with the most right-wing Governor in the nation from 2011 – 2019. Asshole governs state for 8 years, state goes to hell in a handbasket. Yep, there just might be a connection here.

    *** The Push to Replace Journal Supplements with Repositories ***
    This is a problem I didn’t know existed. Something I have noticed is how some recent PDF files I download are structured so even a fast computer may take several seconds to render the next page. So I can understand how file formats could become a problem.

    *** Is Quillette Right? Are Scientists Afraid to Discuss Race? (Spoiler: No) ***
    I’d never heard of this outfit so I made some searches. I found a very long article where the author totally trashed the false science and lying advocates of Climate Change. At the bottom of the page the reader learns he is an English Professor. (but it was very well written with lots of gloating about his superior intellect) Another author spoke approvingly of Julian Simon, an economist who preached that Population Growth was always a great thing and you just can’t have too many people. From the Quillette story:
    ^^^ In his 1981 book The Ultimate Resource, Simon argued that humans are intelligent beings, capable of innovating their way out of shortages through greater efficiency, increased supply, or development of substitutes. Humans, with their inventive potential, are themselves, in Simon’s phrase, “The Ultimate Resource.” A growing population produces more ideas. More ideas lead to more innovations and more innovations can improve productivity. That higher productivity then translates into more resources to go around and better standards of living. ^^^

    The author of this one is closely involved with Wingnut Welfare, and graduated with honors in Government and English. A few keyword searches convinced me the site is extremely neocon. Gotta wonder who is playing sugar-daddy for this place.

    *** Cruise ship nightmare: After measles, norovirus outbreaks, why does anyone still set sail? ***
    Once upon a time I had a romantic view of long ocean cruises. Not anymore! These days I wouldn’t pay to take a cruise, and I wouldn’t even accept a free ticket. Two mentions of norovirus (those “tuft” cells) and no vaccine. I’ve also read too many non-food horror stories about those boats, and recently sat through a long slide show of a relative’s trip. Cramped cabin, flimsy everything. No, thanks.

    • David T says:

      Re: Quillette. I left a comment on that altrightorigins essay to note that of the dozen or so essays on Quillette that I have read over the past couple of years, a strangely large number have been written by students. I also noted one or two written by people waaaay out of their area of expertise, as you comment on the climate change essay.

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