Links 10/2/19

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Links for you. Science:

Viking berserkers may have used henbane to induce trance-like state
A Russian lab containing smallpox and Ebola exploded
Artificial Intelligence Takes On Earthquake Prediction
Beyond the Jeffrey Epstein scandal: MIT Media Lab has a new problem
This Remote Bolivian Tribe Does Not Hear Pitch The Same Way Most People Do

Other:

Trump’s Going to Manipulate the Government to Stay in Power
As cities gentrify and schools diversify, PTOs grapple to ensure all parent voices are heard
Bernie Sanders Wants to Alleviate Senior Loneliness
There’s been a lot of talk, much of it from people who should really know better, to the effect that Bernie Sanders is a stronger candidate than Elizabeth Warren because he attracts more working class support, while her appeal is concentrated among college-educated voters.
A Green Homes Guarantee Is Popular
How the GM workers strike makes Bernie Sanders’s case for Medicare-for-all
Most People Spend 43 Minutes Commuting, Plus 9 Other Facts From ‘The State Of The Commute’
Defeat will not change the Republican Party
On Teachers & Teacher Bashing
Here’s why an endorsement of Elizabeth Warren drove leftists mad
Anti-Semites Are Using a Popular Chat App to Compile a List of Jewish People
Every Group Except Older Republicans Is Concerned About Climate Change
Handcuffed to History: ‘The Mekons Rock ’N’ Roll’ Is 30 Years Old
Convention center expansion plan is a trifecta
Good grief, New York Times—Trump is not a ‘populist’ like Warren
There’s Only One Way to End Gridlock in Washington
The Misconception About Baby Boomers and the Sixties
Young Black Voters to Their Biden-Supporting Parents: ‘Is This Your King?’
Bernie Sanders Proposes Reparations—for Defrauded Homeowners
Trump keeps slashing asylum-seeking. Now asylum workers are fighting back.

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2 Responses to Links 10/2/19

  1. David says:

    “Most people spend 43 minutes commuting…” can’t be right. Surely they’re confusing mode with median, or mean.

  2. Zachary Smith says:

    There’s Only One Way to End Gridlock in Washington

    Democrats agree that climate change poses the existential crisis of our lifetimes and have various plans to address it.

    What the author glosses over is that most of the Democratic plans are as bad as doing nothing. Obama was in office 8 years. When he left, were we the least bit better off on climate change than when he moved into the White House? No. Electing Democrats is necessary, but it isn’t sufficient for solving any of our problems. Sanders is the only one I know of who appears to take the problem seriously. Unfortunately his recent medical issues remind everybody of his age. Warren remains a big ‘unknown’ with me, but she seems to be getting a lot of favorable attention recently.

    Anti-Semites Are Using a Popular Chat App to Compile a List of Jewish People
    I found nothing here except a long and very vague whine. No details about the group who made the “list”. Nothing about the size of that list. Should people who post every detail of their lives on Twitter and Facebook have any reasonable expectation nobody else will use that information? I don’t think so.

    Here’s why an endorsement of Elizabeth Warren drove leftists mad
    A group cheated for Warren. The author thinks it’s ok. I say he’s full of crap. (whoever put that “leftists” in the headline is too.)

    Artificial Intelligence Takes On Earthquake Prediction
    Something may eventually come of this, but I don’t expect anything soon.

    A Russian lab containing smallpox and Ebola exploded
    The headline was grossly misleading, but the article wasn’t all that bad. The bioweapons are dangerous, and instances of carelessness in the US, Britain, and Russia were noted. Couldn’t help but notice they left out the anthrax release in the US which was so useful in getting Bush’s destruction of Iraq. Considering how nobody tried very hard to track down the evildoers in that episode, a person has to look at the “actors” who had a motive. Just who was it who desperately wanted that war? It’s a real mystery!

    Viking berserkers may have used henbane to induce trance-like state
    I’ve always had the notion Viking warriors were larger than most men of the period. This could be nothing more than the casting of them in old movies I’ve seen, but in an age where muscle power reined supreme, being larger ought to have been an advantage. Did their endless warfare cause a selection for size and muscle mass? Only thing I know for sure is that some of the modern northmen are pretty darned big.

    Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
    Height 206 cm (6 ft 9 in)
    Weight 180–200 kg (397–441 lb)

    His father, Björn, stands at 202 cm (6 ft 7 1⁄2 in), and his mother, Ragnheiður, is of similarly tall stature. Hafþór’s grandfather, Reynir, is 202 cm (6 ft 7 1⁄2 in) and “just as broad across the chest”.

    If people this size took genuine “berserker” drugs, who would want to be anywhere close by? Unless an army could fill the berserkers with arrows, I’d say the Vikings would usually win in ordinary battles.

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