Links 10/12/19

Links for you. Science: (seems interesting)
In a New Study on Bird Loss, Some Scientists Say Subtlety Is Lost, Too
Did North America really lose 3 billion birds? What does it mean?
New ‘reverse genomics’ method brings previously hidden bacteria to life
USDA relocation has delayed key studies and millions in funding, employees say


The FDA tried to ban flavors years before the vaping outbreak. Top Obama officials rejected the plan (between this and opioids, the Obama administration really was mediocre on public health)
Darkness on the Edge of Cougartown
Sanders Raises $25.3 Million in Third Quarter: Campaign Update (the second paragraph is very interesting)
Trump Attacked the Women of Color Who Led the Push for Impeachment. Then CNN Erased Them.
Chicago Public Library to eliminate late fees, erase debt and begin automatic renewals for up to 45 weeks
‘At What Point Does Malfeasance Become Fraud?’: NYU Biz-School Professor Scott Galloway on WeWork
The Guy Who Wrote the Book on Impeachment Says Trump Clears the Bar for Removal from Office
The President Is a Corrupt, Bloodthirsty Tyrant, Reports Suggest
IRS: Sorry, but It’s Just Easier and Cheaper to Audit the Poor
I Worked at Capital One for Five Years. This Is How We Justified Piling Debt on Poor Customers.
Wealth Identity Politics: Billionaires Acting Like A Persecuted Minority Is Peak Capitalism
The Harvard Ruling Misses the Point
Unfit for Office: Donald Trump’s narcissism makes it impossible for him to carry out the duties of the presidency in the way the Constitution requires.
We asked Ward 2 council candidates about transportation. Here’s what they had to say. (Kennedy’s answers are the best)
The Supreme Court showdown over LGBTQ discrimination, explained
Proximity to a Metro Rail Station and Its Impact on Washington, DC Metropolitan House Prices: Amenity or Not?
Understanding Why the Green New Deal Won’t Really Work
There’s Another Whistleblower Complaint. It’s About Trump’s Tax Returns.
After Hospitals’ Donation to New York Democrats, a $140 Million Payout
U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants

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5 Responses to Links 10/12/19

  1. Mike L says:

    Regarding Green New Deal
    1. Even if we could burn every last Btu of fossil fuel without consequence all of the above would eventually apply when they were gone. This would not be significantly longer (1-2 generations) than now because increasing rates of fossil fuel use depletes them much faster than expected. See Albert Bartlett’s work on this.
    2. An article like this is important but proceeds from the assumption that a changeover to a green economy will allow our “convenience-as-usual” lifestyle to continue. We of the industrialized world will need to learn live in harmony with the important seasonal rhythms of nature again.
    3. I believe that the current population size of every country in the world is propped up by fossil fuel use beyond just light and heat production so there will either have to be (a) a reduction in population or (b) a reduction in resource use per person. If we do (b) first we can minimize how much of (a) occurs but I don’t have high hopes that we have the kind of leadership we need to pull it off.

  2. Mike L says:

    Here is a link to Bartlett’s Forgotten Fundamentals of the Energy Crisis (

    • Zachary Smith says:

      Your link is a bit dated, but Professor Bartlett sure wasn’t. Even in his late Eighties he was still writing about how population has been the major driver behind our climate crisis. So many old scientists experience a hardening of the gray matter into concrete. Not him!

      • Mike L says:

        The article was mainly for the table showing how quickly fossil fuels deplete when used at increasing rates.

  3. Zachary Smith says:

    There’s Another Whistleblower Complaint. It’s About Trump’s Tax Returns.
    At some point we’re going to find out if the Big Democrats are serious or just messing around with us. This most certainly needs to be investigated.

    Understanding Why the Green New Deal Won’t Really Work
    A person would have to go to a Denier site to find a worse analysis. The owner of the Naked Capitalism site is good at some things, but as this piece shows, she is as dumb as a post on others. Unfortunately the ‘moderation’ at NC is done with an iron fist, and the people who know BS when they see it have to tiptoe around the foolishness.

    Skip Intro
    October 3, 2019 at 4:31 pm
    Basing the cost of storage on Tesla Li-Ion storage is not a reasonable way to estimate storage costs. Large, fixed installations have many better options.
    This laundry list of problems is glib and somewhat incoherent, complaining about cost at one point, other pollutants at another, when the issue is the absolute necessity of eliminating CO2 and CH4 emissions.

    Amen, brother. There are other kinds of batteries which are suitable for the “large” and “fixed” installations he mentions.
    Nowhere in the author’s piece was there any mention of power transmission. The US and the rest of the world will have to create a web of electrical transmission lines to make the necessity of local storage a rare event. Yes, there are transmission losses. SO WHAT! The author endlessly harps on the need for overcapacity – as if that was some kind of a problem!

    My analysis suggests that to reliably bridge the gap between production and consumption (see Figure 4), approximately six times as much wind and solar would need to be added (making 7 = 6 +1 times as much generation in total), as was in place on June 30 , 2019. With this arrangement, there would be a huge amount of wind and solar whose production would need to be curtailed during the summer months.

    I suspect her “analysis” is nonsense, but for the sake of discussion I’ll assume it’s accurate. Doesn’t she understand that besides going “cold turkey” on fossil fuels we must start removing the CO2 already in the atmosphere. Every speck of that 6X extra capacity would be used to tackle current CO2 levels by removing it, then breaking it down into carbon and oxygen, and finally to transport the carbon in solid blocks to a safe place. Somewhere like a deep ocean trench. Alternative uses would be to desalinize water – the coming climate is going to get increasingly chaotic and I suspect such plants will be useful.

    [10] Wind, solar, and hydroelectric have pollution problems themselves.

    After that are a list of stupid talking points straight from the likes of Exxon’s Propagandists. Did that organization loan her some of their “experts”. Dumb, dumb, and dumb.

    From a standing start (with nothing!) in about 1940 the Manhattan Project was producing a couple of atomic bombs every month by late 1945. By the end of Eisenhower’s term the US had many thousands. Yet Webber imagines using a KNOWN and simple technology is going to take 150 years? My suggestion would be for her to delete that imbecilic post and pretend it never happened.

    I Worked at Capital One for Five Years. This Is How We Justified Piling Debt on Poor Customers.
    Painful reading, and I’m surprised the author didn’t mention the term “cognitive dissonance”. When we’ve previously done something horrible, are misbehaving right now, or must do something shameful in the future, we humans have to do a mental workaround as justification. It’s not one of our finer points as a species.

    IRS: Sorry, but It’s Just Easier and Cheaper to Audit the Poor
    Another example of our horrible, horrible Congress. It’s no accident the Rich are getting a free IRS ride and the Poor are getting gored.

    The President Is a Corrupt, Bloodthirsty Tyrant, Reports Suggest
    Baloney. Not because the claim isn’t true, but the author neglected to make any kind of comparison with Obama or Bush. They were also corrupt, and I challenge anyone to make body count of all three individuals, and to tell me who currently has the lowest number of dead people to his credit. I’m not saying Trump is in any way OK, but merely that he’s not in a class by himself in terms of being a monster.

    USDA relocation has delayed key studies and millions in funding, employees say

    Trump’s destruction of the US Government continues. Not that Pelosi cares…

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