Links 9/30/19

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Links for you. Science:

Bacterial predator-prey coevolution accelerates genome evolution and selects on virulence-associated prey defences
Stuart Levy, microbiologist who sounded alarm on antibiotic resistance, dies at 80
The Environmental Left Is Softening on Carbon-Capture Technology. Maybe That’s OK.
Something strange is happening to Greenland’s ice sheet
What kind of researcher did sex offender Jeffrey Epstein like to fund? He told Science before he died

Other:

Democracy Means Doing What You’re Told
‘Trump Is Having His Own Brexit’: The Race to Prepare for a Potential U.S. Exit From the World’s Mail System
While Issues Remain at the Park 7 Apartments, Vince Gray Sends a List of Demands (this is the mayor’s job, not the Council’s. Yet another failure of governance)
DC can’t have statehood because… of parking?
Metallic B.O.: I never thought it’d come to this, baby (“Kirstjen, when you were at Homeland Security, did you suffer much from the anti-Semitism of Democratic politicians?” Then Edroso gets mean…)
Trump’s Moscow Deal Is Exactly What the Framers Worried About
Pete Buttigieg’s Health Care Plan Is the Worst Yet
Social Security: Warren’s “Plan for That” Enjoys Majority Support Across the Electorate
Pelosi: Whistleblower complaint is ‘grave, urgent.’ So maybe it’s time to finally use the ‘I’ word?
The Worst Environmentalists in the World
Democrats Keep Letting Ego Get In The Way Of Oversight
Walking Around Has Gotten a Lot More Dangerous Over the Past Decade
Martin Wolf: why rigged capitalism is damaging liberal democracy
Getting Andy Ngo and His Fascist Friends Off Our Streets
Our Lethal Air
The Only Way to End ‘Endless War’
The time a president deported 1 million Mexican Americans for supposedly stealing U.S. jobs
Welding Won’t Make You Rich
Trump’s Going to Manipulate the Government to Stay in Power
To Balance the Scales of Justice, Don’t Be Afraid to Pack the Court

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3 Responses to Links 9/30/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    Trump’s Going to Manipulate the Government to Stay in Power
    Disappointing. I fear the author doesn’t have nearly as much imagination as the Republicans might about illegally ‘staying in power’.

    Welding Won’t Make You Rich
    Good. I get tired of people finding some niche job like piano tuning and waving around the salary numbers with the implications everybody ought to become piano tuners and live happily ever after.

    The time a president deported 1 million Mexican Americans for supposedly stealing U.S. jobs
    Stories like this really aggravate me. I managed to get through high school, college, and years of independent reading without having learned a thing about this incident. I’ve known for a long time Herbert Hoover was a genuine POS, but I had no idea at all he was this bad. Note how Roosevelt wasn’t exactly Mr. Wonderful either. Also, is it any surprise the good people of California had no problems with the round-up of the Japanese and their placement into concentration camps? BTW, something on this scale might be one of Trump’s options if he goes for a president-for-life power grab.

    The Only Way to End ‘Endless War’
    I want it understood I’m not necessarily knocking the author when I say this piece is really, really shallow. He is writing for the Neocon York Times, and surely has a realistic idea what will and will not get published there. That said, how in hell can you write about America’s Endless Wars and not once mention the name of the Apartheid state? From the link:

    It has launched far more military interventions since the Cold War than during the “twilight struggle” itself. Of all its interventions since 1946, roughly 80 percent have taken place after 1991.

    What is so significant about the 1991 date? By sheer chance I earlier found a connection in a story originally published at the Mondoweiss site. The Apartheid state had done very well as a stronghold against Communism in the mideast. All of a sudden Communism collapsed, and they had to go hunting for a new reason to be “indispensible” – to keep the US pouring in billions of taxpayer dollars and to continue closing DC eyes to the murdering and thieving. So they invented a new problem – Radical Islam. The same Iran they’d been playing footsie with suddenly became pure evil. As this change occurred the US started smashing little nations designated as targets by the pissant state. A wonderful thing happened on September 11, 2001 which greatly helped with the process.

    When the once and future Israeli Prime Minister was asked about his reaction to 9/11, he said: “It’s very good!” Then, catching himself, he added that while it wasn’t exactly good, it was certainly good for Israel.”

    The Mondoweiss story goes into a LOT more detail than the NYT about the hows and whys of the US Endless Wars.

    Our Lethal Air
    Good. I felt mighty foolish for not having figured out for myself that smoke is what they now call ‘nanoparticles’.

    Getting Andy Ngo and His Fascist Friends Off Our Streets
    This might happen if Nancy Pelosi turns out to be doing something other than posturing or stalling.

    Democrats Keep Letting Ego Get In The Way Of Oversight
    By attributing the Democrat’s flaccidity to “ego”, the author shows himself to be a lot more charitable than I would be.

    Trump’s Moscow Deal Is Exactly What the Framers Worried About

    Candidate Trump’s secret attempt to enrich himself through a business deal with a hostile foreign adversary is the embodiment of the twin evils the Constitution seeks to prevent.

    When I got to that part of the Politico piece I realized I was wading in BS. The man was a freaking CANDIDATE. One who didn’t expect to win. The single issue where Trump is almost certainly innocent is the one these morons want to become the focus of Impeachment Hearings. This could be Vindication For Hillary. Or Pelosi’s Playing to Lose. Even a Trumpian “win” strategy. No matter, dragging out Russiagate at this stage in the game is beyond-belief stupid. Impeach the bastard for his actual crimes!

    Metallic B.O.: I never thought it’d come to this, baby
    Clicked on the link, found at the beginning this: “BARI WEISS: Hi, everybody.” Clicked out. Whatever they’re selling, I’m not interested.

    ‘Trump Is Having His Own Brexit’: The Race to Prepare for a Potential U.S. Exit From the World’s Mail System
    I’ve known about this, so for the link story I first made a word search for “Pelosi”. Nothing. Then “Democrats”. Again, nothing. The gutless Dems are just letting him run amok and break everything in sight.

    Something strange is happening to Greenland’s ice sheet
    I’ve often griped about authors who are unqualified to write about the topic to which they’ve been assigned. In this case I found a situation where the author was supremely qualified, but her output was strangely muffled. I suspect because she is writing for a Big Company wanting to downplay warming, she found it necessary to settle for strong hints – stuff she had to sneak into the piece. Highlights:

    … scientists are seeing the ice start to melt in new and alarming ways.

    As the ice slabs continue to spread, the study’s authors predict more and more of Greenland’s surface will become a “runoff zone,” boosting the ice sheet’s contribution to global sea level rise and, perhaps, causing unexpected changes.

    “We’re watching an ice sheet rapidly transform its state in front of our eyes, which is terrifying,”

    She worries about how it could seep into the large crevasses that exist at lower elevations on the ice sheet. From there, the runoff could, potentially, flow all the way down to bedrock, lubricating the zone where the ice makes contact with it.

    “That could make the ice sheet flow faster,” Das says, which could cause glaciers to spill their contents into the ocean more quickly, like ice cream sliding off a piece of cake.

    At the same time, the study highlights the fact that the more carbon we spew into the atmosphere, the more we’re likely to transform Earth’s northern ice sheet in insidious and unexpected ways. And that could have consequences that are difficult to anticipate.

    “We have never observed an ice sheet behaving this way before,” Poinar says. “It’s unprecedented in human scientific history.”

    Ms. Stone has PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences, and probably has an excellent understanding of how bad things are getting to be.

    The Environmental Left Is Softening on Carbon-Capture Technology. Maybe That’s OK.
    And maybe it’s not. Consider this headline from the oilprice site from two days ago:
    Solar, Wind Are Now Cheaper Than Coal In Most Of The World

    Take an already expensive product and add a complicated technology which makes it less efficient and even more expensive – this is not going to work in the real world without massive and wasteful subsidies. But hey, isn’t that the way the nuclear industry is now? US politicians may be corrupt/stupid enough to do the same with Carbon Capture.

  2. David J. Littleboy says:

    The welding article is good. Someone, somewhere (Crocked Timber, probably) pointed out that philosophy teachers on average make more than welders (although that ignores the problem that most people who study philosophy won’t find a teaching gig).

    Also, a lot of welding is done by machines nowadays, so the idea of becoming a “welder” is itself somewhat anachronistic.

  3. JDM says:

    Re welding. Mostly, I think, these arguments are from people stuck in the past. At the time I was growing up, you could make a good middle class living via welding, or being an electrician, plumber, or truck driver. The training wasn’t too expensive or overly difficult (welding at that time was mostly unexotic materials) but that has changed radically, and the pay rates have changed radically too. Plus there were structural changes, for instance with trucking where more and more of what were employers expenses offloaded onto drivers. It’s been decades since these were good opportunities, except for occasional brief periods in usually far off places, which doesn’t make for any long term opportunities.

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