Links 10/4/19

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Links for you. Science:

To Pay Attention, the Brain Uses Filters, Not a Spotlight
Want To Reduce Suicides? Follow The Data — To Medical Offices, Motels And Even Animal Shelters
Labradoodle Creator Says the Breed Is His Life’s Regret
At Tech’s Leading Edge, Worry About a Concentration of Power
In her garage lab, a scientist looks for answers about skinny tuna

Other:

Burt’s Bush And XXXTentacion’s Death: Why Facebook Moderators Fail
Bari Weiss’s Unasked Questions
Andrew Yang’s UBI problem
In 2017, Virginia was the bellwether of the blue wave: Will it happen again?
Why Is Bill De Blasio Trying to Kill Me? New York’s Mayor Claims to Be Progressive but Favors Drivers Over Bicyclists.
“I Don’t Think Billionaires Should Exist”: Sanders Proposes Wealth Tax to Slash Fortunes of Ultra-Rich
‘The Enigma of Clarence Thomas’ Makes a Strong Case for Its Provocative Thesis
Is Shame The Antidote To NIMBYism In The Washington Region?
Minimum Wage Impacts along the New York-Pennsylvania Border (there were essentially none)
Attacks on Greta Thunberg expose the stigma autistic girls face
Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories
The Prospect of an Elizabeth Warren Nomination Should Be Very Worrying (as a Warren supporter, I think the case is overstated, but it’s clear Sanders and Warren would prioritize–and abandon–different issues)
The End of Fukuyama and the Last Book
The Moderate Middle Is A Myth
There should be more subsidized housing in wealthy parts of DC, survey takers say
Don’t Overthink It
The Bernie vs. Warren Debate We Need
Who Advocates For Surprise Medical Billing? – Private Equity Hides Behind Physicians’ White Coats
People in D.C.’s Increasingly Dangerous Marijuana Gray Market Want Change
WeWork and Counterfeit Capitalism
Our Criminal Operator-in-Chief
Health Insurance Costs Surpass $20,000 Per Year, Hitting a Record

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1 Response to Links 10/4/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    Who Advocates For Surprise Medical Billing? – Private Equity Hides Behind Physicians’ White Coats
    Like with most essays of this sort, I had to quickly skim it. Raging at a computer monitor does nothing good for anyone.

    This is profiteering at the expense of health. Predatory is too kind a word. This is as evil as the Sacklers creating opioid addicts. Individuals will be saddled with ruinous debt, racked with stress on top of their ailments

    The segments of US society not rotten to the core continue to dwindle.

    The Bernie vs. Warren Debate We Need
    Recalling this author was a shill for Nuclear Power in one of his earlier pieces, I read this one with more care than usual. I’m not at all sure what he is peddling this time, but I noticed the word “climate” was used once while “socialist” was seen 17 times. Still checking, I found the term “radical” 19 times. Just because I’m not clever enough to figure out his ulterior motives doesn’t mean he isn’t up to something. For the record, I regard both Sanders and Warren to be about as socialist/radical as Dwight Eisenhower.

    The End of Fukuyama and the Last Book
    I’ve never read a thing by this person because I somehow had the impression he was sort of a nut. After reading the link I learn “Fukuyama was one of Reagan’s top policy experts” and was also a rabid neoconservative warmonger. So I won’t be checking out any of his books from our public library.

    Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories
    I’ve always been a sucker for topics like this one. Youtube is an invaluable resource for learning about obscure technologies, despite the increasing caprification wrought by Google as it introduces ever more commercials.

    “I Don’t Think Billionaires Should Exist”:
    I’ll be surprised if I hear of any other candidates saying this.

    Why Is Bill De Blasio Trying to Kill Me?
    Opinion time: though bicycles have the same right to the roads as cars, I believe those who try to exercise those rights are suicidal. The link’s first photograph made me shiver. That cyclist has no lights visible to me, and he wore no striking blaze orange or lime-green clothing or vest. The rider is on a vehicle which can be almost invisible in a crowded street and is highly vulnerable to boot. I have never seen a bicycle rider in even moderately sized towns here in Indiana. I hear stories of them, but never in my life have I seen one. Speaking of ‘seeing’, a couple of years ago I was driving down a county road as dusk was coming on. In the distance I saw light in front of me, and as I approached it resolved into a pair of bicycles in my lane – one well lit and the other nearly invisible. Without the warning from the one with a light, I might well have hit the unlit one.

    Want To Reduce Suicides? Follow The Data — To Medical Offices, Motels And Even Animal Shelters
    I’ve been reading about programs to “predict” future crimes. Like with this “pre-suicide” deal, what is going to happen when these reports go into the Big Computer Database? A person could be haunted the rest of his days, for Big Data swaps information. Airports? Federal buildings? Adoptions? All on the basis of a call from a minimum wage person at the animal shelter or motel.

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