Links 9/23/19

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Links for you. Science:

Textile archaeologists use ancient tools to weave a tapestry of the past
A Tomato Grows in the East River
Switzerland was sent into scientific exile. No deal could mean the same for Britain
Improved metagenomic analysis with Kraken 2
Bug smuggling is big business

Other:

Yes, Democrats Should Impeach Trump—and Make Mitch McConnell Defend His Acquittal
Democrats Are Past the Point of No Return on Impeachment
Who will tell the stories of old D.C. when everyone’s new?
Going Anti-Trump Would Cost Bolton His Access to the World of Rightwing Grift
‘Growing sense of despair’: A wealthy, diversifying school system in suburban D.C. confronts racism and hate in schools
The Heir: Ivanka was always Trump’s favorite. But Don Jr. is emerging as his natural successor.
On Shaun King
The future is four wheels, cyclists be damned: Cars are pushing out bikes and pedestrians to the applause of the influential and powerful.
Don’t let the mass shooters win
Will Schumer’s Attempt To Destroy The Primary System Protect The GOP Senate Majority?
Post 9/11 thread for people to post the wildest shit they remember from 2001 to 2006
A nonprofit promoting dairy pays leaders millions — while farmers funding it go out of business (another Obama alum strikes it rich, in a very scammy way)
Joe Biden Is A Doddering Old Mummy With A Skull Full Of Dumpster Juice
The Oligarch Threat
The Epstein scandal at MIT shows the moral bankruptcy of techno-elites
Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges
How State Races Starting This Fall Will Shape Congress for the Next Decade
How the bizarre tale of the ‘Oregon standoff’ explains what happened to America in 2016
Democrats: To Beat Trump, You Need to Buck Your Leadership
There’s No Get Out of Trump Free Card

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2 Responses to Links 9/23/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    A nonprofit promoting dairy pays leaders millions — while farmers funding it go out of business
    This is a scam I’d never heard of. Didn’t recognize but one of the names.

    Former U.S. secretary of agriculture Thomas Vilsack, the group’s executive vice president, was paid $800,557 in 2017.

    This is the Profile In Courage who fired Shirley Sherrod. I expect most of Trump’s boys will fail upwards in the same fashion. Always a big job market for goons.

    Post 9/11 thread for people to post the wildest shit they remember from 2001 to 2006
    How about this one from a prominent Texan: “Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting taxes” from 2003.

    The Heir: Ivanka was always Trump’s favorite. But Don Jr. is emerging as his natural successor.
    For over a year I’ve been nagged by a feeling Trump might engineer a coup to smooth the way for President Ivanka. Hadn’t occurred to me it could also happen for Don.

    Going Anti-Trump Would Cost Bolton His Access to the World of Rightwing Grift
    I doubt this is entirely correct. I’m thinking of the ZS version of John 14:2 –

    In Wingnut Welfare there are many hog troughs: if it were not so, I would have told you.

    Democrats Are Past the Point of No Return on Impeachment
    I understand Winston Churchill’s feelings about the Allied invasion at Normandy – he didn’t want to do it! Unfortunately I also see Roosevelt’s point of view – there was no alternative. Continuing to let Trump edge into ever more criminality and creeping dictatorship will not end well.

    Yes, Democrats Should Impeach Trump—and Make Mitch McConnell Defend His Acquittal
    I have an elderly relative in Kentucky who freely admits McConnell is a genuine POS. But what can she do about it? To replace him means voting for a Democrat, and that’s not something she can imagine doing. Trump’s crimes are a hell of a lot worse than lying about a blow job. That’s something to keep in front of his defenders whenever they surface.

    Improved metagenomic analysis with Kraken 2
    Link doesn’t work. Googling the title found me the site, and their link doesn’t work either.

    Switzerland was sent into scientific exile. No deal could mean the same for Britain
    The EU is playing bully-boy in this one. An internal link to another article describes how both the Swiss Government and Swiss Big Business are with the EU in wanting open Swiss borders. The Swiss people voted “no”. What a novelty – this allowing of the peasants to have a say in things highly relevant to their lives.
    Swiss scientists still have North and South America, Africa, and Asia to look for scientific partners. Guess they’ll have to make do with them for a while.

  2. jmagoun says:

    I had the oddest experience reading the article you linked to, “On Shaun King”. The more I read, the less I understood what was going on. Who is Shaun King? Why does the writer dislike him and want to discredit him? What organization or organizations, what cause and group and issue do these people represent? The writer knew, and assumed his readers knew as well, so why provide unnecessary background. I gave up in the end.

    Now, clearly, I could have used Google and researched the heck out of the issue, and the mysterious (and evidently devious and treacherous) Shaun King. But that’s not how I approach your list of links, generally. I try to keep up, and usually the stories you give us comment or expand on topics that a liberal public would be expected to already know something about. I click and read and learn more than I knew before, because I knew a little about it already. That just wasn’t the case here. Is there some news thread besides the NY Times, the AP, and CNN that I missed, such that I should already have know who these people in mortal left-political-fringe combat were?

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