Links 9/13/19

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Links for you. Science:

We’re Running Out of Helium, and Two Geologists Might Have a Fix
Hail biodiversity! Weird mushroom cranks out a chemical that neutralizes the odor of skunk spray
The Trump Administration Has a Multi-Pronged Strategy to Make the Planet Uninhabitable
Manta rays form close friendships, shattering misconceptions
The science of senolytics: how a new pill could spell the end of ageing (IN MICE)

Other:

Boston’s middle class is getting crushed — does anyone care?
Tanya Gersh Was the Target of a Neo-Nazi ‘Troll Storm.’ Then She Fought Back—and Was Awarded $14 Million.
‘Hey, Google! Let me talk to my departed father.’
Amazon’s Next-Day Delivery System Has Brought Chaos And Carnage To America’s Streets — But The World’s Biggest Retailer Has A System To Escape The Blame
This hidden mural on South Ashland Avenue tells the story of one of the most radical labor unions
Andrew Yang’s speaking fees, including from JPMorgan, raise campaign finance questions
Biden Had Said He Worked the Coal Mines, Was Shot at in Iraq, and Marched in the Civil Rights Movement. He Has Not Done Those Things
A Bill in California Has Split the Democratic Party
‘Robots’ Are Not ‘Coming for Your Job’—Management Is
Why Taylor Swift Really Scares Trump On LGBTQ Rights
It’s not acceptable for a presidential candidate to lie, or be in a delusional state, about his role in supporting a catastrophic war
How elite failure landed us in our disastrous current mess
Joe Manchin is staying in the Senate. Democrats shouldn’t cheer too much. (Kirsten Sinema will disappoint as well…)
Minnesota was mentioned just once in the Mueller report. Here’s why it matters
Beware More Parking Tickets Coming Your Way This Fall in D.C.
DC 911 took 4 minutes to dispatch firefighters to fire that killed two & then made absurd excuses (well, they used to get lost en route to the hospital…)
Bret Stephens is not the problem. The New York Times is
Trump’s 2020 polling numbers are a disaster. Why doesn’t his press coverage reflect that?
Valerie Harper, Star Of ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ And ‘Rhoda,’ Dead At 80
The KKK came to my town. But hate has no home here.
Homes for Citizens
The spy in your wallet: Credit cards have a privacy problem

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1 Response to Links 9/13/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    *** Trump’s 2020 polling numbers are a disaster. Why doesn’t his press coverage reflect that? ***
    The link author does a fine job of describing the situation, but shies away from even speculating about the “why” of it. I’m not the type to let my ignorance of the situation stand in the way of guessing about that “why”. 🙂
    1) Some of the reluctance to point out Trump is a lead-pipe cinch to lose may be about money. Political advertisements may be a big chunk of revenue for some of the remaining news outlets. Years ago I heard many retail stores just puttered around most of the year waiting for Christmas – that was when the money rolled in. Perhaps it’s the same for Big News.
    2) The political consultants stand to rake in huge piles of money if they can convince gullible rich people there is a contest. “Trump Might Still Win – Send Money” – that’s a pitch which ought to work for billionaires of either party.
    3) If the word gets out the 2020 election is being determined in the Democratic Primary, the DNC is going to lose control of the schemes they have in place to put a pair of their pet poodles on the DEM national ballot. The moneybags who they cozy up to won’t like that either.
    4) If the word gets out the 2020 election is being determined in the Democratic Primary, the nation’s Republican voters are going to stop sitting on their thumbs and (temporarily) register as Democrats. Keeping very quiet about the real situation until deadlines for changing from one party to another is extremely desirable. There is Nobody of any stature on the horizon to challenge Trump in the Primaries, so let’s just not talk about that party-change stuff! Who would Republican Joe Sixpack vote for? I suspect it might be Gabbard or Sanders. Both are Untouchables in the Democratic Party. So “Shhh” is the word.

    The vibrations in my tinfoil hat tell me there might be another reason or two, but for now they’re just suspicions.

    *** Bret Stephens is not the problem. The New York Times is ***
    Wow! I can’t think of anything to say which would be better than the link author. OK, maybe Wow again.

    *** Minnesota was mentioned just once in the Mueller report. Here’s why it matters ***
    After two good links to the Kos site I guess it was time for a dud. This one is a flop for everybody not a devoted fan of Rachel Maddow.

    *** It’s not acceptable for a presidential candidate to lie, or be in a delusional state… ***
    It’s either one or the other, and as the link author says, whichever one it is isn’t acceptable.

    *** Why Taylor Swift Really Scares Trump On LGBTQ Rights ***
    I don’t pay any attention to Taylor Swift so this was sort of a revelation. Fascinating stuff, though.

    *** A Bill in California Has Split the Democratic Party ***
    Maybe, but I smell some fake drama here. Screw Obama and his fellow travellers.

    *** Amazon’s Next-Day Delivery System Has Brought Chaos And Carnage To America’s Streets … ***
    ^^^ Amazon goes further than gig economy companies such as Uber, which insist its drivers are independent contractors with no rights as employees. By contracting instead with third-party companies, which in turn employ drivers, Amazon divorces itself from the people delivering its packages. ^^^
    I think I’ve just found another reason Bezo’s Blog (aka Washington Post) is working so hard to keep Sanders out of the White House.

    *** ‘Hey, Google! Let me talk to my departed father.’ ***
    In several of Poul Anderson’s novels he had an intelligent computer use everything known about a historical individual and allow a human to interact with the personality it (the computer) had created. In his novel Cosmos Carl Sagan took this a step further – friendly aliens copied memories from an individual and used those to facilitate the interaction.

    *** Tanya Gersh Was the Target of a Neo-Nazi ‘Troll Storm.’ ***
    Opinion time: kicking Nazis with heavy steel-toed boots is always a good thing.

    *** Boston’s middle class is getting crushed — does anyone care? ***
    Short answer – no. The top 1% pretty much have us where they want us. If they can pry those borders open on “humanitarian” grounds, so much the better.

    *** The Trump Administration Has a Multi-Pronged Strategy to Make the Planet Uninhabitable ***
    Trump is a bit worse than Obama, Bush, and Clinton, but they were doing the same things. Just in slightly slower motion. Time is running out though. That’s the happy case, the hoping the planet can still be salvaged. Destroying Planet Earth just to make giga bucks for humongous companies and the filthy rich should not be happening. But it is happening.

    *** Hail biodiversity! Weird mushroom cranks out a chemical that neutralizes the odor of skunk spray ***
    Down in the comments of the piece they mention part of the solution for deodorizing skunk spray. Here is the formula: One quart 3% peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 teaspoon liquid sink detergent. Spray it on the landscape or clothing or pet. It works! If I was using this on a dog I might try replacing the liquid soap with a bigger dab of baby shampoo. Just try to keep out of the animal’s eyes.

    *** We’re Running Out of Helium, and Two Geologists Might Have a Fix ***
    The stupidity of the US Congress was beyond belief. We can always pull helium out of the Earth’s atmosphere, but the cost of doing that would be very high.

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