Links 9/2/19

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Links for you. Science:

Myths about physical racial differences were used to justify slavery — and are still believed by doctors today.
Seven basic questions about quantum technology, answered
Why a Promising, Potent Cancer Therapy Isn’t Used in the US
Scientists Are Discovering Long-Lost Rules for Ancient Board Games
Should we use genetic engineering to prevent Lyme disease?

Other:

The Adults In The Room (excellent, must-read)
Trump sees all U.S. Jews as Israelis because his Christian Zionist allies do, too
China’s Belt and Road Plan Is Destroying the World
Jeffrey Epstein’s Intellectual Enabler
A prosecutor won’t do her job so bigots are getting away with hate crimes in D.C. (D.C. statehood isn’t just about Congressional representation)
America Moved On From Its Gay-Rights Moment—And Left a Legal Mess Behind
If Trump Were an Airline Pilot
‘It’s going to be tough’: House Democrats appear less likely to get Trump’s tax returns before 2020 election (Richard Neal is horrible. And he has a primary challenger who seems pretty good on policy.)
Television shopping in 1974.
The great university con: how the British degree lost its value
Cheerleading for Austerity
Why does “save historic Alexandria” mean stopping scooters but not curbing cars?
The Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Aren’t What You Think (for once, someone distinguishes between metro areas and actual cities. Well, I do this, but…)
Waze Hijacked L.A. in the Name of Convenience. Can Anyone Put the Genie Back in the Bottle?
Leaning on the Land
Innocent man spent months in jail for bringing honey back to United States
Ilhan Omar Is Already Changing Washington
In a Devastated Town, Sanders Explains His Plan for a Climate Revolution
What I Saw on Rounds Made Me Sick
We’re Turning Stranger: The sad, revealing fate of the randomized chat app

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4 Responses to Links 9/2/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    *** Innocent man spent months in jail for bringing honey back to United States ***
    Every single person involved in persecuting Leon Haughton will get away with it. I predict no firings, no demotions, and not even any reprimands.

    *** Leaning on the Land ***
    Mostly I didn’t understand this piece, and disliked it to the small extent I could make it out.
    ^^^ But the biggest victim of all was the state’s school system. Prop. 13 constricted the main source for school revenue. The largest state in the nation, with by far the largest economy, fell to 41st in per pupil spending. Recently, some school districts in the state have turned to a revenue scheme almost akin to George’s land value tax. They are placing a flat tax on each parcel of land within a school district boundary, regardless of the improvements made on the land. The city of Oakland began imposing a vacant land tax earlier this year. It taxes owners of vacant lots $6,000 per year, and vacant condominiums $3,000 per year. ^^^

    I know of a number of properties where the owners have multiple lots. Typically the house sits on one of the lots and the “vacant” one is a pretty lawn, or a vegetable garden. IMO it’s BS to speak of doubling the property tax on the “vacant” one. A “Flat Tax” on property? This is wet dream stuff for the Top .1% – like the “flat” consumption taxes their “Libertarians” have long demanded. The “Libertarians” are a recently created political party just as Scientology is a new “religion”. The link site (governing . com) has a note up that it is going to cease operations. When I typed their owner’s name e.Republic into a search window the very first “suggestion” was ‘e.republic scientology’.
    I’ve no idea what’s going on with these crazy tax suggestions, but until proven otherwise I’ll go with the opinion the Wealthy are scheming to dodge their share of funding of local governments.

    *** Cheerleading for Austerity ***
    Why is “austerity” always assumed to be for we-the-people? Why not start putting the US Defense Department on a diet? Hundreds of overseas bases. An occupation of Afghanistan which is approaching a $1,000 billion dollars in cost. Ford-class aircraft carriers which do not work, and even if they worked perfectly will be increasingly useless. B-21 bombers which will cost half a billion dollars each.

    *** ‘It’s going to be tough’: House Democrats appear less likely to get Trump’s tax returns before 2020 election ***
    From that link: “House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), whose panel is leading the pursuit of Trump’s returns, has also thus far opted not to pursue Trump’s state returns despite a new law in New York giving them the authority to do so.”
    I don’t think they’re really trying to get the tax forms. Probably this is just a DNC foot-dragging exercise. The Big Brass Democrats aren’t all that unhappy with Trump.

    *** China’s Belt and Road Plan Is Destroying the World ***
    This appears to be a dumb article on several levels. Quote:
    ^^^ At the same time as the first forum, Chinese companies were building an estimated 140 coal plants abroad, including in countries like Egypt and Pakistan that previously burned little to no coal. ^^^

    I made a search for the number of coal power plants in the world which provided a (suspiciously) round number of 50,000. Another 140 is chicken feed. I suspect some Chinese companies are playing a few poor and desperate nations for suckers. But the real zinger was at the bottom when the author wanted Trump’s Government (!) to badger China about harmful coal and clean energy. Has this woman been living in a cave? Trump claims to love coal, and none of his actions would cause a person to doubt it.

    *** Should we use genetic engineering to prevent Lyme disease? ***
    I’d counter that headline with “Should we encourage tick predators in the wild?” or “Should we research higher quality tick repellents?”

    *** Why a Promising, Potent Cancer Therapy Isn’t Used in the US ***
    My tinfoil hat says this is the reason:
    ^^^ Today, 31 US proton centers offer treatment for cancers in areas where radiation damage to surrounding normal tissue could be dangerous or even deadly, such as tumors at the base of the skull or tumors in young children. ^^^
    Thirty one facilities! A paper I downloaded give costs of individual treatments as ranging from $11,000 to $57,000. We’re talking billions of dollars of income!. Does anybody suppose a new competitor isn’t going to have to jump through some mighty high hoops? Especially when the new guy is rumored to be better. Chant “safety”/”effectiveness” and pass some Benjamins under the table.

    *** Seven basic questions about quantum technology, answered ***
    The article ended with this:
    ^^^ However, the machines may also be able to crack all existing forms of encryption, which is a major worry for militaries, governments and businesses that handle sensitive data. ^^^

    Unless I’ve been misinformed the One-Time Pad system is unbreakable if done right. So I’m really leery of everything else in that piece.

  2. Zachary Smith says:

    Some idle thoughts I’ve had concerning this link:
    *** Trump sees all U.S. Jews as Israelis because his Christian Zionist allies do, too ***

    This story is dated August 22, and reports on Trump’s August 21 claim “he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world”. Here is sort of a timeline for some interesting events after that.

    August 24: The Apartheid state kills two Hezbollah men in Syria
    August 25: Another attack – this time by a pair of drones in Beruit.
    August 28: A propaganda site for the Apartheid state gloatingly makes this declaration: “Israel to Hizballah: A crushing Israeli response will come – even for a “limited reprisal” (we can attack you, but you can’t retaliate)

    At this point a person needs their tinfoil hat, for a couple of strange and unexplained things happened next.

    August 29: An air strike in Yemen by the “coalition” killed many dozens of prisoners held by the Houthis. Those Houthis claimed many were POWs scheduled to be released later. Why would the “coalition” execute its own men? BTW, I’ve read that the US supplies coordinates to Saudi pilots during these raids.
    https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2019/09/02/yemen-prison-bombed-scores-killed/
    August 30: US bombs terrorists in Syrian Idlib province and kills dozens.

    That last one has mystified everybody because ever since the early days of Obama the US has been actively on the side of these same terrorists. They got the best of US weapons. These ‘good terrorists’ were seldom bombed, and only then if they were not following instructions. My first thought was this particular attack was to tweak Erdogan’s nose, but I’m now wondering if it wasn’t meant for another audience.

    As of now I’m thinking Netanyahu saw Trump’s tweet and decided it was a message granting hm a free hand to do whatever he wanted. Whereupon, he and his murdering and thieving buddies celebrated by poking Hezbollah in the eye with a sharp stick. That’s something which hasn’t happened for years! Then they dared Hezbollah to do anything about it. Conceivably those two attacks (where the Apartheid state’s little terrorist buddies got slaughered) were a signal to stand down. That Washington didn’t have any intention of spending another Trillion Dollars to expand the borders of the Apartheid state yet again. Even after Hezbollah blew up the military vehicle 4 km behind the border the little pissant state has been very quiet. A blogger’s take on the situation:

    https://ejmagnier.com/2019/09/02/hezbollahs-response-strategy-was-imposed-by-netanyahus-bad-luck/

    Afterthought: has Trump put a sock in it since that ‘American Jews traitors’ tweet? If he has made any really moronic or outrageous rermarks since then I’ve missed hearing of them.

  3. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    Whatever happened to…
    Bad “Cold Fusion” Investment Contributes to Woodford Fund Collapse
    June 2019 – More victims of Andrea Rossi.

  4. Zachary Smith says:

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    Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party

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