Links 10/11/19

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Links for you. Science:

Avocado Toast, Meet Gene Editing
Future of Genetically Modified Babies May Lie in Putin’s Hands
Scientific sinkhole: The pernicious price of formatting
Fungus-Farming Ants Might Hold the Secret to Fighting Drug-Resistant Microbes
Eat Less Red Meat, Scientists Said. Now Some Believe That Was Bad Advice.

Other:

How Bill Clinton and American Financiers Armed China (excellent)
Why Do Black Democrats Usually Prefer Establishment Candidates?
A Former ICE Chief Melts Down
Poll: the Green New Deal is popular in swing House districts
Everyone Deserves Dental Care
The least powerful man in New York
“Get over it”
The night the soldiers came: Allegations of abuse surface in Kashmir
Conservative Kool-Aid Is Powerful Stuff
“No More” to Economic Malpractice on a Grand Scale: Faith Leaders Challenge Larry Summers on MMT
“I Collect People, I Own People, I Can Damage People”: The Curious Sociopathy of Jeffrey Epstein: Epstein was a monster who portrayed himself as a “man of mystery,” says one of his ex-girlfriends. But Epstein also epitomized the larger transactional nature of fin de siècle New York society—the sociopath who proved the rule.
Small-scale clinics bridge the gap in health care east of the Anacostia
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Next Big Effort: Tackling Poverty
Merit Schmerit: No child grows up wanting to be a management consultant
Me and My Whistle-Blower
Mark Meadows and the Undisclosed Dinosaur Property
Tech
Bowser does an end run around D.C. Council, transfers traffic camera program to DDOT (good policy, but she shouldn’t do it this way)
Reserve Army Of The Hungry
The Cult of Rich-Kid Sports
Could a community land trust help solve D.C.’s gentrification crisis?

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3 Responses to Links 10/11/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    Bowser does an end run around D.C. Council, transfers traffic camera program to DDOT
    I suspect there is a lot more to this story than seen in the presentation by the WP. Motives? Corruption? (and if so, by whom?) Is this a safety program or a scheme to raise money? Have they tinkered with the timing of the red lights?

    Conservative Kool-Aid Is Powerful Stuff
    I don’t disagree with this piece, but we need to keep in mind that Republicans aren’t the only Kool-Aid drinkers. RussiaGate was a nasty reminder of that for me.

    Everyone Deserves Dental Care

    There’s only one candidate in the 2020 Democratic primary who’s fighting for dental care to be included in a robust Medicare for All plan: Bernie Sanders.

    That part got my attention. Where is Warren on this issue?

    How Bill Clinton and American Financiers Armed China
    Author Matt Stoller ought to be ashamed of himself.

    “The whole truth” – Lies of omission
    Another type of lie is one where you leave out an important part of information, hence the name lie of omission. In this lies, someone omits an important detail from a statement. These are nasty lies because they’re harder to spot and take less effort from the person who is lying.

    What Clinton actually did was to resume arm sales to China. No doubt Big Finance and Big Weapons wanted this to happen – they were probably worried about their bottom lines after the end of the Cold War.
    Bush Halts Arms Sales Over China Repression
    By James Gerstenzang June 6, 1989

    Future of Genetically Modified Babies May Lie in Putin’s Hands
    We humans are not ready to do this stuff, but I fear it’s going to happen. And I suspect the outcomes will be mostly bad ones.

  2. jmagoun says:

    That Epstein article (Vanity Fair) was the creepiest thing I’ve read in a long time. So he abused teens: a sexual psychopath, OK, go to Hell, Epstein. But that he co-enabled a generation of young women old enough to hold their own, but who still felt compelled to trade their looks and charm for wealth and prestige with a – wait for it – really creepy, very rich, guy who also abused teens, is even more scary. Not a crime in sight with these women, they were adults, but somehow the entire scene of New York’s super-elite fashionati being played by Epstein and his friends (Trump, Clinton, surprise!) for sex and privilege makes me want to throw up, now.

  3. David J. Littleboy says:

    Dental coverage is important. It’s one of the reasons I’m happy to be remaining in Japan.

    I just had to have a crown replaced. Two visits, and I’m all better. And US$50 poorer. Which is to say, the Japanese health insurance covers dental care. And the quality of the work is amazing. (There are too many dentists in Tokyo, so they call you in for a “checkup and cleaning”, which is an hour long torture session, every 3 months. Which is actually sensible medically as well as financially for the dentists)

    But until Bernie fixes the insurance system, there’s no way I can move back to the states. Americans just don’t get how horrifically bad the system is.

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