Links 10/16/19

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Links for you. Science:

University emails reveal breadth of FBI campaign against researchers’ ‘wholesale theft’ of trade secrets for China
Publish houses of brick, not mansions of straw (by Nobel recipient, before he received the prize)
Allergies, rashes and sinus headaches: U-Md. professors have been dealing with mold for years
ProphET, prophage estimation tool: A stand-alone prophage sequence prediction tool with self-updating reference database
Gene editing could help save the planet — if scientists can avoid the typos

Other:

Official Who Heard Call Says Trump Got ‘Rolled’ By Turkey and ‘Has No Spine’ (“The U.S. national security has entered a state of increased danger for decades to come because the president has no spine and that’s the bottom line.”)
The myth of green cars
Net neutrality is alive and well after this week’s crushing court defeat
The Teacher-Shortage Crisis Is Upon Us
Bernie Sanders’ Wealth Tax Is Wonkier Than Elizabeth Warren’s
We Don’t Need More “Choice” — We Need Medicare for All
Most Deepfakes Are Used for Creating Non-Consensual Porn, Not Fake News
The United States Officially Sells Out the Kurds
Top Military Officers Unload on Trump: The commander in chief is impulsive, disdains expertise, and gets his intelligence briefings from Fox News. What does this mean for those on the front lines?
Elizabeth Warren Has Many Plans, But on Health Care, She’s ‘With Bernie’
How Hong Kong’s female protesters are reclaiming the “basic bitch” stereotype
Why We Should Ban SUVs in Cities
Will the military do what Trump said they would do back in 2016? (Break the law if he orders them to?)
The NBA Should Leave China
Trump Talks tough with Journalists but Lets Real Strongmen like Turkey’s Erdogan Walk all over Him
This Election Was Always Going to Be a Mudfight. If Joe Biden Can’t See That, He Should Get Out of the Way.
Announcing the First Winner of the Archie McCardell Award for Truly Horrendous Management: WeWork
Grappling with the climate crisis, DC’s preservation board rejects front-facing solar panels (the one actual historian voted for the panels. Everyone else should be removed.)
Eric Holder is the Official Missing from Discussions of the Bidens’ Ukrainian Efforts
Everything Is Private Equity Now
High finance is wrecking the economy and the planet—but it won’t reform itself

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1 Response to Links 10/16/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    Grappling with the climate crisis, DC’s preservation board rejects front-facing solar panels
    I can sympathize with both sides on this issue. If you buy a “historic” house, you’re basically hooking up with a ‘homeowner’s association’ on steroids. If I were playing Solomon on the issue, I think I’d make the homeowner agree his installation would be be such that it could eventually be removed without a trace.
    Opinion time: I don’t approve of rooftop residential solar. You’re taking what is probably a perfectly good roof and punching holes in the waterproof surfaces. Repairs and general upkeep are going to be expensive and even dangerous. If city dwellers must feel virtuous, I’d suggest they form a co-op to put racks of solar cells on top of the big box stores and other places with flat roofs. Piping in electricity from dedicated solar farms makes more economic sense to me.
    Afterthought: why couldn’t an architect be hired to arrange for the most harmonious installation possible? Google “Beyond Bulky Panels: Attractive Options in Solar Power” and “Solar panels in disguise”

    Trump Talks tough with Journalists but Lets Real Strongmen like Turkey’s Erdogan Walk all over Him
    This headline caused me to make a quick search to see if Juan Cole made any objections back in 2017 when Erdogan visited the US and his security goons beat up a bunch of protestors. That ‘google’ search found nothing. Last I heard, Obama let Erdogan get away with it. Yet Trump is the sissy?
    The dreadful article reminds me why I haven’t bookmarked the Informed Consent site. This piece is so full of crap I just wanted to gag. The Kurds are not our ally. They have been delusional at every turn. The internet tubes were full of warnings they were setting themselves up for a huge fall – they ignored all those warnings. They have committed ethnic cleansing of Syrian Arabs. The Apartheid state is broken-hearted about recent events in Syria, and Cole is engaged in Hasbara Lite in sympathy. For a much more realistic description of the goings-on in Syria, try this article: How The Win-Win-Win-Win Plan For Syria’s Northeast Succeeds

    Will the military do what Trump said they would do back in 2016? (Break the law if he orders them to?)
    Some would. This is a recipe for extreme violence here in the US. Trump as a laughingstock is one thing, but him as a Caligula or Jim Jones is quite another.

    Top Military Officers Unload on Trump:
    The author does a fine job demonstrating Trump is a generic idiot and quite unqualified to serve as Commander In Chief. But what am I to make of remarks like this:

    At that moment, however, American troops were in the final stages of crushing the Islamic State, which, contrary to Trump’s assertion, was collapsing but had not yet been defeated. Its brutal caliphate, which had briefly stretched from eastern Iraq to western Syria, had been painstakingly dismantled over the previous five years by an American-led global coalition, which was close to finishing the job. Now they were to stop and come home?

    So far as I know that is pure BS. Obama used ISIS to destabilize Iraq and in an attempt to destroy Syria. The US has always regarded Assad as the enemy, and has actively protected ISIS when that organization was following orders. It’s true that some Generals often have insight worth seeking out, but others are merely suckups with several stars on their uniform. I’m going to be extremely leery of Mr. Bowden’s output in the future, and doubly so of anything I see in The Atlantic.

    The myth of green cars
    I like the way this non-driving author thinks. Very solid article!

    University emails reveal breadth of FBI campaign against researchers’ ‘wholesale theft’ of trade secrets for China
    The link had nothing, so I made a search for “FBI” and “trade” and “secrets” and “China”. Same result – nothing except for some hyperventilation about unspecified dirty dealings by evil China. The basis of it all seems to be a speech the Orange Potus made at the UN, so the FBI must have been given the mission of finding something to back him up. Will the Chinese publish the secret formula for Coca-Cola? (I think the invention of the gas chromatograph already took care of that.) What about Colonel Sanders’ secret mix of herbs and spices? Be afraid, be very afraid!

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