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The Congressional Retirement Plan™ Meets The TPP

Long before the cool kids were doing it, I described the de facto Congressional Retirement Plan™ (boldface added): …it’s not about the campaign contributions. If their reluctance to support a public option were based solely on the electoral calculus of … Continue reading

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Links 8/21/16

Links for you. Science: Why There’s New Hope About Ending Blindness (as usual, David Dobbs is worth the read) Obama administration to shift $81 million to fight Zika Nearly two decades of data reinforce concerns that pesticides are really bad … Continue reading

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Links 8/18/16

Links for you. Science: Rare Arabian sand cat spotted by scientists after ten year search (IT THEN PROCEEDED TO KNOCK THE BREAKABLE THING OFF THE TABLE BECAUSE IT FUCKING COULD) Health officials say lack of Zika funding will stymie vaccine … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On SER-209 And The ‘Twitchyness’ Of Biology

Full disclosure: I know two senior people at Seres Therapeutics from previous positions; however, I have no ties with the company whatsoever, nor do I have any ‘insider’ information. Last week, the prospect of altering the microbiome–those microorganisms that live … Continue reading

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Links 7/29/16

Links for you. Science: First mammal shown to have gone extinct as a direct result of climate change Colombia declares its Zika epidemic over A Dam Pushes A Great American Fish Toward Extinction How Women Are Harassed Out of Science … Continue reading

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Just When I Thought The Republican Platform Was Boring

Some previous Republican Party platforms have been pretty nutty, but 2016’s, while containing the same warmed-over failed policies and slogans, is pretty dull (pdf). Fortunately, this section, “Protection Against an Electromagnetic Pulse”, brings the crazy: A single nuclear weapon detonated … Continue reading

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Unionized Teachers Are Better Teachers

The author of this paper (pdf) observes (boldface mine): By demanding higher salaries for teachers, unions give school districts a strong incentive to dismiss ineffective teachers before they get tenure. Highly unionized districts dismiss more bad teachers because it costs … Continue reading

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