Links 9/28/19

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Links for you. Science:

Sunday’s Google Doodle Honors Botanist Ynés Mexía
The Problem With Sugar-Daddy Science
Can we really know what animals are thinking?
Today’s special: Grilled salmon laced with plastic
The evolution of antibiotic resistance (good roundup, not new for experts though)

Other:

Barack Obama’s Biggest Mistake
Joe Walsh Is Running for “Morning Joe”
Today in Corgis in Backpacks on Metro*
There Are No Nazi Memorials
We’re arguing about court packing because we’re already knee-deep into a slow-motion crisis of democratic legitimacy.
The Climate Crisis Is Poised to Make Huge Swaths of America Totally Uninsurable
Restoring Black Cowboys to the Range
Bernie won’t win the 2020 primary, but we must support him anyway (don’t agree with take on Warren, but interesting)

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1 Response to Links 9/28/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    Bernie won’t win the 2020 primary, but we must support him anyway

    I think the reason for this apparent decline is that his level of support in the 2016 primary was inflated.

    That quote set the tone for me with the rest of the link. My guess is that he is preparing a specific set of excuses for the coming sandbagging of Sanders.

    The Climate Crisis Is Poised to Make Huge Swaths of America Totally Uninsurable

    “They used to ask if you’re in a good school zone,” Keenan said. “Now they want to know if you’re in an insurable zone.”

    For people without the resources to start with a blank slate that will be an important issue. An alternative would be to go “cold turkey” and ditch insurance payments. One possibility would be to build what would amount to a disposable house with some kind of stout shelter for violent windstorms. Another is to consider building a fortress house. A compromise is the basement house with a blowaway top featured in the link. These kinds of reinforcement might be quite affordable if the house is downsized a bit.

    We’re arguing about court packing because we’re already knee-deep into a slow-motion crisis of democratic legitimacy.
    A recent link here made the point that even if President Warren or Sanders wins in a landslide, their programs are going nowhere against the current court system. Especially the Supremes. They’ll either fold or move quickly to expand the court.

    There Are No Nazi Memorials
    At some point while trying to research the author I realized I’d seen her before in an earlier story (September 6) titled “”Working Off the Past, from Atlanta to Berlin”. This time around I’m less inclined to cut her some slack. Because she was born in Atlanta, Georgia she imagines she is some kind of expert on the Civil War era and its aftermath. She isn’t. Because she’s Jewish she believes she is equally able to capably pontificate about Nazi Germany. She isn’t up to that, either. What I saw was a smug rant imposing collective guilt on every single soldier, sailor, and airman who fought for Nazi Germany in WW2. As of now I’m not inclined to put the author in the “clueless ignoramus” category. Given the repeated howlers in her piece I’m now favoring “slick propagandist”. I’d like to see the woman say if she is willing to use the “collective guilt” club against the Most Moral Army In The World, the IDF of the Apartheid state. “Average” citizens recruited into that army zestfully murder the ‘original inhabitant’ Palestinians in exactly the same fashion as some “average” German soldiers murdered European Jews. Yet for some odd reason none of the searches I made for her name turned up any kind of condemnation for the latter situation.

    The evolution of antibiotic resistance
    The little piece may be baby talk for experts, but it’s too dense for us laymen. Sort of a reverse ‘sweet spot’, in my opinion. I’d summarize the situation by saying some humans learned they could sometimes locate/discover bacteria which produced chemicals useful for treating infections. At the time it wasn’t understood that bacteria have been doing chemical warfare for billions of years, and are very, very good at it. Lots better than us. That advantage continues to this day.

    Today’s special: Grilled salmon laced with plastic
    For some reason I’ve never liked salmon, so skipping it is no problem. Unfortunately I believe the same contamination issue is true for other fish. These days if quietly bypassing the fish dish is acceptable that’s what I do. If I must take some I’ll go for the smallest piece with no seconds. Only recently did I learn about the water bottles. From here on out I’ll be drinking from the stainless bottles I’ve been accumulating. They fit in the car’s drink holders just fine.

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