Links 10/25/23

Links for you. Science:

Crocodile sex frenzy triggered by Chinook helicopters and thunder in central Queensland
What Went Wrong with a Highly Publicized COVID Mask Analysis? The Cochrane Library, a trusted source of health information, misled the public by prioritizing rigor over reality
DNA shows poorly understood empire was multiethnic with strong female leadership
How ChatGPT and other AI tools could disrupt scientific publishing: A world of AI-assisted writing and reviewing might transform the nature of the scientific paper.
Argentina election: front runner vows to slash science funding
Don’t ask “When is it coevolution?” — ask “How is it coevolution?”


Why can’t our tech billionaires learn anything new? On Marc Andreessen’s “techno-optimist manifesto” (excellent)
Beyond the Myth of Rural America: Its inhabitants are as much creatures of state power and industrial capitalism as their city-dwelling counterparts.
In Defense of Homeownership: It’s been blamed for everything from NIMBYism to urban sprawl. So why do I still want in?
‘I Couldn’t Shift Anything’: Senior State Department Official Resigns Over Biden’s Gaza Policy
Even Netanyahu Loyalists Are Turning Their Backs: ‘After the War, He Has to Go’
Is X (Formerly Twitter) Worth $1?
I was able to visit the huge makeshift morgue where the hundreds of bodies of the victims of the attack of 7 October were piled up.
The secret life of Jimmy Zhong, who stole – and lost – more than $3 billion
Minnesota leaders to fight court ruling that restoring voting rights for felons was unconstitutional
The True Story Behind ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Is Being Erased From Oklahoma Classrooms
Israel’s Dead: The Names of Those Killed in Hamas Attacks, Massacres and the Israel-Hamas War
Either 59% or 22% of Republicans want a speaker loyal to Trump. Which is it? The same pollster yields wildly different responses by changing the question format.
Some quick thoughts on why large parts of the mainstream media keep slipping up on Gaza/Israel
Overwhelmed By People Seeking Help, D.C. Cuts Off Rental Assistance After 10 Days (Bowser is incompetent)
Elon Musk talks Tesla: “We dug our own grave with the Cybertruck”
The Annoyance Economy: Data alone don’t capture how frustrating and stressful it is to be a consumer right now.
Everything Looks Like A Nail
Bowser’s RFK Stadium Campaign Got Off to an Uneven Start Before Skeptical Kingman Park Neighbors: Bowser remains committed to a new Commanders’ stadium. But her path to getting one is far from clear. (we need housing there, not a football stadium)
Self-Checkout Is a Failed Experiment: Please, not another “unexpected item in the bagging area.” (for a few, ‘simple’ items, it’s fine)
Texas installing concertina wire along New Mexico border
What Hamas Wants: The straightforward explanation that the experts missed
Greene requests Capitol Police preserve footage, police reports from House protest demanding Israel-Hamas cease-fire (of course, Greene completely misses the point–the Jan. 6 events were designed to stop the transition of power, not interfere with a proceeding per se)
Silvio Berlusconi heirs weigh up fate of his mostly worthless art collection
DSA’s existential crisis
They can and will ruin everything you love
‘Mutiny Brewing’ Inside State Department Over Israel-Palestine Policy
Inside Israel’s intelligence fiasco
Buck says he’s being evicted from Windsor office after voting against Jordan (face meet leopards)

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