Links 9/21/19

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Links for you. Science:

New Electric Eel Is Most Shocking Yet
Why The Measles Surge Could Open The Door To A Host Of Other Diseases
Weather Agencies See Risk to Future Storm Forecasting From 5G
This astronaut raised geese to study their hearts. The birds stole hers.
‘Paralysed by anxiety’: researchers speak about life in troubled ancient-DNA lab

Other:

Why Schools Should End Active Shooter Drills Immediately
I’ve known about Epstein’s involvement with the MIT Media Lab and Joi Ito from the moment Joi shared his public apology. I joined the Media Lab as faculty before Joi joined as director.
The Woman Who Wore a T-Rex Costume to Her Sister’s Wedding Is the Best Person in America
The Scourge of Worker Wellness Programs
Restaurant Owners Should Embrace — and Pay Above — the $15 Minimum Wage
Banana docks, New York, 1900s.
The Moral Rot of the MIT Media Lab
Open your wallet. Trump demands tribute.
Student Debt Is Transforming the American Family
Want to Make Your City Safe? The Data Points To Prioritizing ‘Vision Zero’ To Cut Crime (interesting, but not sure this is just a correlation)
To Understand the Surge of Surprise Medical Bills, Get to Know Private Equity
The wild corruption of Trump’s golf courses deserves more scrutiny
The Secret Files of the Master of Modern Republican Gerrymandering
How Not to Fight Anti-Semitism
Why Can’t Republicans Deal With Hurricanes?
Is This the World’s Most Accessible Museum?
The Wrong Way to Contrast With Trump on Trade
The Art Handler Who Saved the Emancipation Proclamation From Drowning in Mountain Dew
The Democratic Party’s Addiction to Dirty Money
I read every 2020 frontrunner’s labor platform so you didn’t have to
The Historical Amnesia of Joe Biden’s Candidacy

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2 Responses to Links 9/21/19

  1. David T says:

    Thanks for the link to article on the role of private equity firms in out-of-network physician billing. As a physician myself, I am acutely aware of this issue, and tale steps to protect my own patients from abuse. And, when I was a patient myself a couple of weeks ago, I added a note to my general consent form: “No services will be accepted from out-of-network providers.” It might not have legal weight, but it put people on alert that I would at least contest any excessive charges from drive-by consults.

    David T, MD, PhD

  2. Zachary Smith says:

    The Wrong Way to Contrast With Trump on Trade
    The author is an economist, and that’s one strike against her. From a couple of searches I got the impression she was in favor of the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty, and also for lowering corporate taxes. I don’t expect to become a reader of her book.

    How Not to Fight Anti-Semitism
    I’ve never heard anything good about this woman. Example:
    NYT’s Bari Weiss Falsely Denies Her Years of Attacks on the Academic Freedom of Arab Scholars Who Criticize Israel

    Need I point out she is another of the great employees of the Neocon York Times?

    Want to Make Your City Safe? The Data Points To Prioritizing ‘Vision Zero’ To Cut Crime
    Anymore when I see something in Forbes I flip into a mental state where I begin the article in a critical frame of mind. I left this piece with the same attitude – the author takes seriously the high correlation between traffic crashes and violent crime? Why not skirt lengths and the Stock Market? Or from a book titled Spurious Correlations:

    US crude oil imports from Norway correlates with Drivers killed in collision with railway train ….. Correlation: 95.45% (r=0.954509)

    I’d have thought he would have considered “unemployment” as one of his variables.

    The wild corruption of Trump’s golf courses deserves more scrutiny
    Open your wallet. Trump demands tribute.

    Every time I see one of these crazy stories the first thing which pops into my head is the name “Nancy Pelosi”.

    Banana docks, New York, 1900s.
    Stunning. I wish I had that kind of skill.

    Restaurant Owners Should Embrace — and Pay Above — the $15 Minimum Wage
    A mini education here!

    The Scourge of Worker Wellness Programs

    How much sexual activity do you perform in a week? Is it vigorous?” Anyone who refused to participate was charged an additional $25 per month—up to a $300 yearly burden for workers who were often making less than $47,000 annually, the fifth-lowest salary rate for teachers in the country.

    My vocabulary just isn’t adequate for what I feel about these nosy Corporate Assholes. Oh, it’s a money-saving scheme too, but they also want to know every! single! thing! about everything and everybody.

    The Woman Who Wore a T-Rex Costume to Her Sister’s Wedding Is the Best Person in America
    Wonderful. I have a theory that US girls are indoctrinated from infancy to want/demand as fancy a wedding as they can get. A relative recently married, and she spent more than she could really afford. All the people who participated also had to cough up some big bucks to buy special dresses and shoes. Never mind the extra costs for those coming from out-of-state and paying for accommodations.

    Why Schools Should End Active Shooter Drills Immediately</B
    A definite exception to my “Forbes” rule of thumb. This guy had his act together. If some American schoolchildren must be sacrificed to the holy idol of the Second Amendment, at least stop constantly twisting the knife in many millions of the rest.

    New Electric Eel Is Most Shocking Yet</B
    Twice in my life I’ve grabbed live 440 wires. It’s not something I’d recommend, but the eels have over 800 volts! I wondered how the critters manage to avoid shocking themselves and learned some interesting things about them.
    9 Shocking Facts About Electric Eels

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