Links 9/20/19

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Links for you. Science:

The Racist Origins of Computer Technology
Theorists Debate How ‘Neutral’ Evolution Really Is
The first and most important thing to note is that you should NOT get your medical advice from the Federalist.
As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains
A beginner’s guide to the debate over nuclear power and climate change

Other:

In an Age of Policy Boldness, Think Tanks Have Become Timid
Elizabeth Warren Couldn’t Have Asked for a Better Campaign Ad Than This CNBC Segment
Media coverage of Trump rallies is completely broken
Trump’s People Tried to Rush This Judge Through the Senate. I Can See Why.
Open carry activists were not asked to leave Walmarts when they tested the retailer’s request
No, You Don’t Get to Keep 100 Billion Dollars for Yourself
Remembering the war criminals
Pro-Trump Parents Panic Over Hoax Claiming Antifa Will Report Them to Child Protective Services
‘Why Are You Pissing In Our Face?’: Inside Warren’s War With the Obama Team
Stop Calling John Bolton a ‘Hawk’
Warren Proposes the Biggest Expansion of Social Security in 50 Years
How The Post’s analysis compares to other studies of school segregation
Why Angry Librarians Are Going to War With Publishers Over E-Books
Everything Must Go
Bernie Sanders’s Enduring Appeal to the Youth Vote in Iowa
You Are So D.C. If…
Sotomayor’s brutal dissent unmasks an ugly truth about Trump
D.C. Laws Strip Thousands of Criminal Defendants of Their Right to a Jury Trial. One D.C. Judge Has Suggested That Should Change.
What we get wrong about the Southern strategy
California Approves Statewide Rent Control to Ease Housing Crisis
Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden Will Duel Over the Obama Legacy

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1 Response to Links 9/20/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    What we get wrong about the Southern strategy
    The woman seems to have her head screwed on right, and the link article doesn’t contradict anything I thought I knew.
    So – *sigh* – another book to buy. And of course it’s a new one. My preference is to scoop them up after Grandpa or Aunt Minnie gift their copies to somebody who resells them.

    Sotomayor’s brutal dissent unmasks an ugly truth about Trump
    In my humble opinion it also says something or other about some other Supreme Court judges.

    Everything Must Go
    This is a ‘dump on Trump’ piece, and I can’t deny the man deserves all the kicking around he gets. The lead paragraph describes a bridge collapse which happened in 2007, and that’s a wee bit before Trump grabbed his ‘wreck government’ sledge hammer. Whether the flub was intentional or not, this next one surely vexed me:

    That’s been the mantra under Presidents Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and, at first, Obama.

    They left out one of the Bushes, and Daddy was as bad as the rest of them. In fact, worse in some ways because he had not only supervised/managed the dotage of Saint Reagan, but took office knowing he could get away with A Lot!
    Quibbling aside, this is a long but very good article. The conversion of the US into a giant piggy bank for the super-rich proceeds. Down at Louisville is a new toll bridge on the Interstate crossing into Indiana which replaces the formerly free one. I expect to see more and more of this.

    Warren Proposes the Biggest Expansion of Social Security in 50 Years
    Warren has a lot going for her. I hope she will eventually match or exceed Sanders on the Climate issue. Because she’s a neocon to the core, the Palestinians will be screwed, but maybe Iran will come to pick up some of the slack on that particular issue.

    Stop Calling John Bolton a ‘Hawk’
    Remembering the war criminals

    This is an open sore, and one which needs to be tended to. George “codpiece commander” Bush needs to spend at least a token month or two in Federal Prison for his torture. Even if he’s 86 and they have to make wheelchair arrangements. Ditto for a lot of others.

    Open carry activists were not asked to leave Walmarts when they tested the retailer’s request
    Deduction: the store managers made a calculation that if they kept quiet a reprimand would be the worst they’d get. If they ejected the hooligans, they’d likely lose their jobs. I’ve not yet seen that nonsense here in Mississippi North, but if I do I’ll march to the Service Desk and tell the people there if it EVER happens again, I’m done with them. And it won’t be a bluff.

    A beginner’s guide to the debate over nuclear power and climate change
    Couldn’t find whether the author was a music major or a rocket scientist – he has covered his tracks well. What I did find is that he sometimes poses as an environmentalist, and is very pro-nuclear. IMO Mr. Roberts isn’t nearly as clever as he believes himself to be, and he also has a very mean streak:

    The guy who invented Ethyl, the lead-based additive to gasoline, also invented chlorofluorocarbons, which just about destroyed the ozone layer. Mild-mannered chemist Thomas Midgley is basically history’s greatest monster. Luckily, he got polio, invented a wire-and-pulley system to get himself out of bed, and then ended up being strangled by it. Seriously!

    As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains
    At the risk of being unkind, I’m going to call that a “master of the obvious” headline.

    The first and most important thing to note is that you should NOT get your medical advice from the Federalist.
    I made a search to see if Georgi Boorman is still in the employ of the Federalist site. Google News said nothing of her fate, so I assume she’s still on wingnut welfare. If another search found the correct person, she is very, very, very Christian. Homeschooled. BA in cultural anthropology. And giving medical advice. Somebody must have whispered something in her ear about the wisdom of that, for at the beginning of the article is now this:

    UPDATE: The author has publicly apologized for this article, which no longer expresses her opinion after more consultation with medical doctors and research. Please read her apology here.

    I’m not going to link to the abominable piece – people who want to wallow in ignorance and immoral muck can find it themselves. Fact is, the contemptible Federalist site published her worthless and dangerous BS. Also, the first ‘result’ from the Google News search was a Vox article defending it. After the nuclear crap and now this, I think Vox is probably not a reliable site.

    Theorists Debate How ‘Neutral’ Evolution Really Is
    My first dip into this one made me wonder if they were peddling Lysenkoism. After some more thought I’m now leaning towards Creationism. The Creation Wiki has a brief entry for Motoo Kimura, and the Rational Wiki has a rather long entry for “Non-Darwinian evolution”. Needless to say, the Creationists are delighted to highlight anything appearing to dump on Darwin. I have only a tyro’s knowledge of evolution, but this “theorist” debate made me remember stories of how religious highbrows supposedly argued about how many angels could dance on the head of a pin.

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