Links 10/23/19

Links for you. Science:

Online Map Leads Archaeologist to Maya Discovery
‘There’s no hope for the rest of us.’ Uyghur scientists swept up in China’s massive detentions
It’s Possible to Inherit More DNA From One Parent Than the Other
Study identifies a key reason black scientists are less likely to receive NIH funding (paper here)
In the Sea, Not All Plastic Lasts Forever


The white independent voter, who consumes the imaginations of newspaper columnists and TV talking heads, isn’t culturally conservative, didn’t decide the 2016 election, and isn’t a good demographic to target. (must-read)
The President’s Joint Defense Agreement with the Russian Mob
Confession: I fixed my kids’ admission into top colleges
Apple Told Some Apple TV+ Show Developers Not To Anger China
MSNBC and Daily Beast Feature UAE Lobbyist David Rothkopf With No Disclosure: a Scandalous Media-Wide Practice
‘I don’t think they know we exist’
They helped Trump win Michigan, then his immigration crackdown split their community
The ‘Glass Floor’ Is Keeping America’s Richest Idiots At The Top
It’s about time: Biden, Democratic candidates punch back against shoddy press coverage
This trail-blazing suburb has tried for 60 years to tackle race. What if trying isn’t enough?
Hong Kong Has Weaponized The City’s Subway Against Protesters (related post here)
Why Hong Kong’s secret societies are attacking protesters
Elusive Waste: The Fermi Paradox in US Health Care
Only 28% of Americans still oppose marriage equality. Who cares if Elizabeth Warren offends them?
The Sick Video Played at a Pro-Trump Conference Is a Glimpse of the Dark Energy in American Politics
Why macOS Catalina is breaking so many apps, and what to do about it
Bernie Sanders’s plan to reshape corporate America
You don’t need to update your operating system right away
Bernie Wants You to Own More of the Means of Production
The (Full) Case for Impeachment: A menu of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Why the Democratic candidates need to start talking about the Supreme Court

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2 Responses to Links 10/23/19

  1. RN says:

    Regarding the Boston Globe article, I find it difficult to empathize with the Chaldean-Americans who find their community disrupted by Trump’s crackdown.
    I’ve lived in the Detroit metropolitan area most of my adult life, and due to my work in health care in south Oakland County, I’ve had occasion to deal extensively with the Chaldean population (including very recent immigrants) since the 1980’s. While admittedly anecdotal, my experience has been that no ethnic or racial group (either American or foreign born) more universally avails themselves of our diminishing social safety net than Chaldeans (with the possible exception of the Orthodox Jewish population that’s emigrated from the former USSR). I’m willing to bet not a single Chaldean has arrived from Iraq without landing on public assistance. At the same time, my experience in local politics has been that Chaldeans are generally supportive of the Republican Party, i.e., the people that would eliminate that social safety net entirely.
    While much of local Arab-American community supported the anti-war effort in 2003, Chaldeans were much more supportive of the (illegal) invasion and occupation of Iraq (understandable I suppose, given their hatred of Saddam Hussein, but at the same time I couldn’t help but notice exactly none of the young people I worked with had served in the US military or felt compelled to lend their talents by enlisting).
    My impression is that Chaldeans seem to have been all to willing to effectively ‘pull the ladder up behind them’ by supporting Republicans and Republican policies (something I’ve also witnessed in my own Italian family, although it took several generations for the transition from Democrat to Republican). There’s just something intrinsically hypocritical about people who rely on Medicaid and SNAP voicing full-throated support for Republicans.
    It’s unfortunate it’s taken Trump’s policies to make (some) Chaldeans realize that they’re just another Arab to the white nationalists that are the Republican Party in 2019, but it’s not like this happened overnight- while Trump is definitely a snake of a different order, he’s not a cause- he’s a symptom.

  2. best analysis ever of the alt right

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