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Links 12/12/19

Links for you. Science: We Need A Blue New Deal For Our Oceans The bizarre and ecologically important hidden lives of mosquitoes How Herpes Became a Sexual Boogeyman How to Permanently End Diseases Among U.S. States, New York’s Suicide Rate … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding the Opposition–and Your Supporters

Democratic candidate Joe Biden said something very disturbing this week (boldface mine): “It’s not like there’s going to be some great epiphany and people are going to wake up and go, ‘Oh my god, I’m now a Democrat.’ And if … Continue reading

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Links 12/11/19

Links for you. Science: Measles Cripples Immune System For Years After Infection ‘AI Farms’ Are at the Forefront of China’s Global Ambitions When did societies become modern? ‘Big history’ dashes popular idea of Axial Age How a closed-door meeting shows … Continue reading

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PAYGO Is Killing Us

In the ongoing saga in the U.S. to try to limit drug prices, we come across this little vignette about how our obsession with good Congressional Budget Office scores is killing us (boldface mine): Perhaps the strangest odyssey about the … Continue reading

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Links 12/10/19

Links for you. Science: New research investigates intriguing approach to Alzheimer’s—and potential that it can be reversed Why the huge surge in EEE cases? Federal rules requiring quick sample disposal mean we may never know For sea turtles, Cape Cod … Continue reading

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Voters Often Do Not Behave Linearly, and They View National Elections Like Local Elections

Having done canvassing in the old days when we had to canvass neighborhoods both ways uphill identifying voters wasn’t very sophisticated, I learned that many voters don’t really organize candidates along a left-right axis–they don’t think linearly. One corollary of … Continue reading

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Links 12/9/19

Links for you. Science: Samoa shuts down in unprecedented battle against measles crisis (anti-vaccinationism is self-correcting, though the promulgators of this idiocy rarely pay the price) What’s behind the spike in death rates among young adults in Minnesota? China’s Genetic … Continue reading

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