Links 12/8/19

Links for you. Science:

China Uses DNA to Map Faces, With Help From the West
Tainted Data Can Teach Algorithms the Wrong Lessons
How Peru’s potato museum could stave off world food crisis
OK SO let’s say it’s 1962 and you’re lucky enough to be a programmer working somewhere that has an IBM 7090. This is a top of the line transistorized revision of the IBM 709, capable of 100,000 floating point operations per second. But how do you code for it?
Dunno if this will pass review but here’s the most parsimonious phylogeny of baked goods I made for some reason.


We scorned addicts when they were black. It is different now that they are white.
The Ohio abortion bill is a terrifying sign of things to come
Many Americans are ready for a black woman president. Just not Kamala Harris (I think we are overestimating the role misogyny and bigotry played and underestimating how her campaign’s lack of a theme or focus hurt her)
‘The Best Thing You Can Do Is Not Buy More Stuff,’ Says ‘Secondhand’ Expert
What the C.I.A.’s Torture Program Looked Like to the Tortured
Republican Complaints about Phone Records Back Democratic Impeachment Case
Park It, Trucks: Here Come New York’s Cargo Bikes
Wall-to-wall impeachment coverage is not changing any minds. Here’s how journalists can reach the undecided.
The French Fries Are Doing Just Fine
What the Gentrification of Baltimore’s Chinatown Means
Inside The World of Interiors, Condé Nast’s Secret Weapon
Bernie Sanders isn’t polling in first place. His caucus organization may mean that doesn’t matter
What Is Voters’ Highest Priority? There’s a Way to Find Out (interesting method, though I’m not entirely convinced this is exactly right)
State legislators, stop being cowards. Mandate state funerals for all spermatozoa.
All of Jack Evans’ Colleagues Recommend Expelling Him from the Council
How Red States Are Steamrolling Blue Cities
What the U.K. Election Tells Us About Universal Health Care
San Francisco has nearly five empty homes per homeless resident
Joe Biden’s “No Malarkey” bus is smarter than you think
Life Under the Algorithm: How a relentless speedup is reshaping the working class

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