Links 8/19/17

Links for you. Science:

A Simple Move to Save Thousands of Lives From Overdose
Beards and Gore-Tex: does palaeontology have an image problem?
White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests. Some don’t like what they find
Zika has all but disappeared in the Americas. Why?
Thousand-year-old Viking fortress reveals a technologically advanced society


Most Americans want universal healthcare. What are we waiting for?
The ‘Many Sides’ of Trump’s Moral Rot
From a Cville Resident: This crisis had been brewing for a long time
Letter: Family denounces Tefft’s racist rhetoric and actions
“The Changing of the Guard:” the prescient 1980 book that foretold neoliberalism
The Cost of Trump’s Security and the Generous Donation of His Presidential Salary
We Need To Talk About The Anti-Semitism At The Charlottesville Protest
Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism
Pathetic Moment from Kos on Twitter (Heather Heyer, who was a Sanders supporter, hadn’t even been dead for 24 hours)
With No Place To Charge, D.C.’s Electric Cab Drivers Ask For Help (a problem most technophiles don’t mention)
The Worst Person In America
It’s No Longer About Southern Heritage. In Fact, It Never Was.
Charlottesville car attack suspect has a history of domestic violence, like so many other terrorists
‘Freedmen,’ an alternative to HBO’s alternative history, ‘Confederate’
The President* Should Be in Charlottesville. Period.
Are Local Races Important? Are You Kidding? Karen Keys-Gamarra – Fairfax County VA School Board
Why did the statue go down so easy? Many “Lost Cause” era C monuments were mass-produced in the cheapest way possible for mass distribution.
The Statues of Unliberty: Eight Confederate leaders are honored with sculptures in the halls of Congress (South Carolina should replace one of theirs with James Longstreet)
Teen tackled by bystanders after vandalizing Boston Holocaust memorial (twenty years without any incidents until Trump was elected)

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It’s Hard Out There For A Trump Administration Official

This, from the Washington D.C. reddit, has been cracking me up:


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In Case You Missed It…

…a week of Mad Biologist posts:

Some Thoughts On Charlottesville

Again, What Do Democrats Plan To Do?

We Used To Understand This

Joy Reid Misses The Lede About Corporate Donations

Green And Purple

Not A Good Day For A Jewish Charlottesville Congregation


If Companies Won’t Pay Your For Your Data…

Original Old Time Flavor

Is Women’s Healthcare A Purity Issue? On The Colorado Gubernatorial Race

Pale Ears

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Links 8/18/17

Links for you. Science:

Mourning writer Lizzie Grossman: The Pump Handle readers will miss her
Artificial intelligence identifies plant species for science
It is time to replace genotyping arrays with sequencing
4 questions about Trump’s emergency declaration on opioids (points #1 and #2 are critical)
New FDA security rules will bar agency from hiring some foreign nationals (this will bring back jobs to coal mining country…)


‘Jews will not replace us’: Why white supremacists go after Jews
Alex Jones: A lot of KKK protesters are “Jewish actors” who look like the “cast of Seinfeld” with their hoods off
Springfield police officer mocks protesters run down by car in Charlottesville on Facebook post
A Few Things Got Left Out of The Daily Caller’s Report on Confederate Monument Rally
America is hooked on the drug of white supremacy. We’re paying for that today
Don’t praise the GOP for calling out Trump’s appalling Charlottesville comments
Angry Dupont Circle Neighbors Plan Town Hall Over ‘Soviet’ Safeway Liquor License (if the Soviet Safeway weren’t so awful, no one would care)
In 1939, I didn’t hear war coming. Now its thundering approach can’t be ignored
New D.C. Policy Center Data Suggests D.C.’s Restaurant Bubble is Bursting
I went to medical school in Charlottesville. I know white anger well
Reductive anti-Semitism
Toward the Next Jewish Rebellion: Facing Anti-Semitism and Assimilation in the Movement
These Are Donald Trump’s Racist Troops (“The truth is in fact far worse. Trump and many of his closest advisers aren’t making common cause with vile racists for political advantage. They are the vile racists, and are supporting fellow racists at substantial political risk because they want the racist vision to prevail.”)
Rich CEOs are the big winners of Trump’s race war
Amid all the craziness, don’t forget: Trump is using the presidency to enrich his family
The Trump Tango is tiresome and pointless
Sinclair Broadcast Is Steadily Expanding the Reach of Right-Wing Media

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Pale Ears

Observed on S Street NW, between 18th and 19th, Dupont Circle, D.C.:

Pale elephant ears

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Is Women’s Healthcare A Purity Issue? On The Colorado Gubernatorial Race

With all of the brouhaha about ‘purity tests’ for Democrats, it’s worth looking at one possible Democratic candidate for governor of Colorado, current lieutenant governor Donna Lynne. She’s a former healthcare executive–which arguably is not a good look. She’s also opposed the single-payer healthcare referendum (as did most Coloradans).

So maybe I’m being puritanical? Well, this is interesting (boldface mine):

Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, a Democrat, announced Tuesday she is considering a run for the state’s highest office. Lynne, an outspoken critic of single-payer health care, was appointed lieutenant governor in 2016, coming straight into state government from her job as a vice president for health insurance conglomerate Kaiser Permanente. Lynne’s former employer has been raising premiums in the state, has faced regulatory punishments, and has led the fight to stop single-payer initiatives in Colorado and California. Just as Lynne was being confirmed for her state government job, her company successfully lobbied against a Democratic measure in Colorado that would have strengthened requirements for health insurers to cover annual breast cancer screenings….

While Lynne was running the company in 2009, Kaiser faced $367,000 in state fines. Colorado regulators’ report documented what it said were periodic failures by the company to “provide mandated coverage for maternity care”; “provide accurate information regarding coverage for emergency services”; and “correctly adjudicate claims resulting in erroneous denials” of claims.

In 2014, with Lynne still running the company, Colorado sanctioned Kaiser for periodic failures “to reflect correct and complete coverage for preventive health care services,” “to correctly reflect information concerning the extended length of a newborn hospital stay” and “to pay, deny or settle claims within the time periods required under Colorado insurance law.” Regulators said the latter “was a systemic issue that extended over a long period of time.” The company faced penalties of $78,000, but the total was reduced to $4,400 after Kaiser took corrective action…

In 2016, as Lynne’s lieutenant governor nomination was being reviewed by state lawmakers, her company opposed a House bill that would have required insurers to cover the specific breast cancer screening tests ordered by doctors, so that physicians could determine the proper test for individual patients. The lobbying was successful: The bill did not pass.

You don’t have to be an anti-corporate purity BERNIEBROCIALIST BOOGA! BOOGA! to realize a candidate that will have to defend short-changing possible breast cancer patients and mothers who have just given birth isn’t a smart move politically, especially in a year where rank-and-file Democrats have led the opposition to Republicans based on healthcare policy.

Yet the Coloradan Democratic establishment, including the current governor, seems to be lining up behind her.

I guess Madeline Albright’s aphorism “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other” doesn’t apply to former healthcare executives. Doesn’t seem very intersectional. Regardless, I’m pretty certain it would be really stupid politics. Though if your primary goal (pun intended) is to maintain power within the Democratic Party, at the expense of victory, it makes a certain sense.

And the congregation responds: This is yet another reason why we can’t have nice things.

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Links 8/17/17

Links for you. Science:

What do scientists think about the biological claims made in the anti-diversity document written by a Google employee in August 2017?
Merck CEO quits Trump panel in ‘stand against violence and extremism’
FDA puts new restrictions on hiring of foreign scientists, documents show
Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs
Why do stars like Adele keep losing their voice?


Recipe for Coalition: 1. Add Recognition, At Least Half a Cup.
The Welfare State Should Be More Than Just A Safety Net
North Korea and the Carnival of Stupid
Republicans, Remove This Madman From Power
Actually, Bad Things Are Good
Turkey’s Great Terror
No, the United States won’t invade Venezuela, but here’s what it could do to help
Marmotberg 6
What price is affordable? Luxury apartments at a discount — sort of
There Is No “Political Center” in Modern America
As Black-Owned Banks Struggle, Community Sounds Alarm
The Trump NLRB Will Smash the Google Guy
A new low: Texas Democrats don’t have candidate for governor
Employer-Sponsored Insurance Rips People’s Insurance Away
Japan Might Be What Equality in Education Looks Like
Gender quotas and the crisis of the mediocre man
Elizabeth Warren fires back at centrist Democrats
From a logical point of view …
Imagine if these people ever faced actual oppression.

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