Links 10/14/19

Links for you. Science:

Scientists booted from EPA panel form their own group
The biggest likely source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Our car tires (and electric vehicles won’t stop this)
The Real Problem With Beef
The CIA, World War II Bombs, and 8 Million Dead Fish: A True Story
Brain-shrinking killer fungus that cannot be touched is found in Australia


Cars Are Death Machines. Self-Driving Tech Won’t Change That.
It’s Time For Everyone To Join The Impeachment Fight
Trump Has Disqualified Himself From Running in 2020 (good but I don’t think this is true at all: “But the American people, Democrats and Republicans alike, do care [about Trump’s malfeasance].”)
Frustrated IRS whistleblower, Democrats speak: Treasury tried to interfere in Trump or Pence audits
Impeachment whine: Trump thinks Republicans weren’t tough on Obama. Believe me, we were.
Trump tweeted ‘billions of dollars’ would be saved on military contracts. Then the Pentagon fired the official doing that.
US Customs Officer Harasses Defense One Journalist at Dulles Airport (though see the previous link)
How the US could afford ‘Medicare for all’
There Was a Solution to the Corruption of Bond Rating Agencies: Timothy Geithner Killed It
Republicans have nothing to fear from removing Trump
A video of rats swarming in a D.C. pizza shop went viral. The owner is crying foul.
The real reason for Trump’s meltdowns
Holding Ukraine hostage: How the president and his allies, chasing 2020 ammunition, fanned a political storm (every paragraph in this story contains a doozy)
Cars with high-tech safety systems are still really bad at not running people over
Why Secretary of State Mike Pompeo should resign
The Vanishing: Trump’s authoritarian scheme to disappear the homeless (my take here)
A Royal Car Crash
A strange Twitter glitch is censoring the left — and no one knows if it’s a bug or a feature: Twitter is mum about a well-documented “bug” that seems to prevent verified accounts from getting ratioed
A glimmer of hope as ridership rebounds for Metro and other transit systems (though weekend Metro service still sucks)
Elizabeth Warren’s New Labor Plan Is Good. Bernie Sanders’ Is Better. The Sanders campaign tackles one critical labor issue that Warren leaves untouched: at-will employment.
D.C. ethics agency failed to probe prominent whistleblower complaint, audit says
Why we want to restore the vote to everyone in the District

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1 Response to Links 10/14/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    The real reason for Trump’s meltdowns
    I’ve seen this before, but it was worth re-reading.

    Republicans have nothing to fear from removing Trump
    Except for wondering if the author appreciates the “awfulness” of Pence, I’d say this was very good.

    How the US could afford ‘Medicare for all’

    On the high end, a full-scale single-payer heath care system would come at a steep price: I estimate about US$40 trillion over 10 years.

    The US has by far the most expensive medical system in the world, yet single payer is going to make it worse? I don’t believe it. As I understand things, “medicare-for-all” would be a vast improvement over what we have now, but it would leave in place most of the overpricing in every part of the US medical arena. I might be wrong about that, but I’d still like to see this economist demonstrate how all the other single payer nation had up-front expenses in the trillions for their systems. I doubt if he can.

    Trump Has Disqualified Himself From Running in 2020
    Tinfoil hat time: The NYT clearly wants Trump impeached. With DJT gone, Pence would become President. Perhaps the NYT editors have credible reports Pence would do the bidding of the Apartheid state. That pissant nation needs a more reliable friend in the White House because Syria is recovering and Iran remains un-smashed. Pence may be somewhat better behaved and appears to avoid the raving tweets, but the man is at least as dangerous as Trump. So far as I know, Trump hasn’t been on any kind of a jihad to put Jesus in a hammerlock and force the Second Coming.

    The Real Problem With Beef – this is a lousy headline. The REAL problem is feedlot beef. Grass-fed beef is better than pork, and better than chickens. It might cost a little more, and it might not. Why give the Deniers another weapon when it’s not necessary. Change the tax laws to either force the feedlots out of business or to level the playing field. Cows can eat grass. We can’t!

    The biggest likely source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Our car tires
    So far as I can tell, this article is a plea for research into the nano-particles washed into the ocean. Good idea, but the results of a few searches told me this notion has never occurred to anybody in years past. (and this is the first time I’ve ever heard of rubber being a ‘plastic’)
    If we make the necessary changes for surviving climate change, IMO the rubber nano-particle issue will basically disappear. No way can interstate highway systems compete with high-speed electrified trains in either efficiency or comfort. Wheeled vehicles may survive to transport people and goods from the rail stations to local destinations, but that’s not a lead-pipe cinch. Extremely light rail like the old interurbans could surface again. And in some cases electric-engine ground effect vehicles would require only reasonably level and clear pathways, and could waltz across creeks and small rivers without expensive bridges.

    Off-topic mini-rant: Firefox is my basic browser, but a few sites it won’t open. So I have to fire up Chrome. If I forget I’m using it and open more than a few windows, Chrome makes my harddrive sound like a threshing machine and locks the computer to the point I have to turn it off. Why does Google screw up everything they touch these days?

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