Category: links

Links for Sept 2019

I now publish #MeToo stories on my blog, for free. Here’s why. by Michael Balter. Academic sex crimes.

I Support Unions, Just Not This On. Liberalism in a nutshell… by Nathan J. Robinson

Come With Us If You Want to Live. Among the apocalyptic libertarians of Silicon Valley by Sam Frank
Designing the perfect society, without any consideration for pesky, disagreeable people.

Hubble finds C
60 in space, helps solve interstellar mystery

The Day One Agenda. The Next Administration: Using Presidential Power for Good by David Dayen

Links for August 2019

Middle Eastern food in Chicago, link

Supercentenarians and the oldest-old are concentrated into regions with no birth certificates and short lifespans by Saul Justin Newman, BioRxiv

Interesting post on C.S. Lewis and Fred Hoyle arguing by writing books at each other. I had never run across Ossian’s Ride. link

The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance. (1993). K. Anders Ericsson, Ralf Th. Krampe, and Clemens Tesch-Romer pdf

“crackpots” who were right: the conclusion

How Life Sciences Actually Work: Findings of a Year-Long Investigation by Alexey Guzey, link. Some insights.

Open Borders Made America Great. For most of U.S. history, all immigrants were undocumented. It’s a fact Democrats should embrace. by Aaron Freedman, link

The three technologies bioinformaticians need to be using right now. by biomickwatson, link
BioConda/Docker/Singularity, SnakeMake/NextFlow, Cloud computing

Encyclopedia of Chicago History, link
Ancient Indian Earthworks in the Chicago Region






Links for July 2019

Republican terrorist threats shut down Oregon legislature, link

Concluding they can’t win the vote, Republicans abandon democracy, link

Grover Cleveland’s Sex Scandal: The Most Despicable in American Political History by Charles Lachman

Some Notes on Chinese Communist Party Internal Resilience by Bill Markle (10 part post on Chinese government)

The Truth About Chlorinated Chicken review – an instant appetite-ruiner
Britain fears low US food standards will come to Britain post-Brexit

Cave debris may be the oldest known example of people eating starch:
Charred material found in South Africa suggests humans digested starch long before farming

Looks like the paleo diet will need to be updated with potatoes

Guantánamo’s Darkest Secret: The U.S. military prison’s leadership considered Mohamedou Salahi to be its highest-value detainee. But his guard suspected otherwise. by Ben Taub
People are imprisoned for decades at Guantánamo Bay because it would be embarrassing to the military to admit there was never a reason to hold them. Also, they were tortured.

GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests. by James Gallagher

Birdbath mosaic, link

Use a teflon spatula to remove warranty sticker without leaving the ‘void’ mark: youtube
Science division of White House office left empty as last staffers depart, link

Slide mounting options, link

“A Tall Tail” by Charles Stross

EquiFax hacking settlement–apply for $125-$425. Affects most US adults. link

Senescent cells exhibit depletion of metabolites from nucleotide synthesis path- ways. Stable isotope tracing with 13C-labeled glucose or glutamine revealed a dramatic blockage of flux of these two metabolites into nucleotide synthesis pathways.  Blocking the pathway in replicative cells induces senescent phenotype.
Inhibition of nucleotide synthesis promotes replicative senescence of human mammary epithelial cells. May28, 2019.  JBC. Alireza Delfarah, Sydney Parrish, Jason A. Junge, Jesse Yang, Frances Seo, Si Li, John Mac, Pin Wang, Scott E. Fraser, and X Nicholas A. Graham. DOI10.1074/jbc.RA118.005806. 





Links for June 2019

Larotrectinib approved for the treatment of metastatic solid tumors with NTRK fusion (inhibitor of TrkA, TrkB, and TrkC).

1 in 5 Cops Had Posted Racist, Violent Content on Facebook

Reminder of a what a shit human Dinesh D’Souza’s is

The Wonderful World of Free Market Drugs by Dean Baker

China Miéville’s rejected Iron Man pitch

Genetic changes to improve humans from George Church’s lab

cǎonímǎ 草泥马 Grass-mud horse tank man. Mascot of Chinese netizens fighting for free expression, symbolizing defiance of Internet censorship.

A teachable moment in why Uber/Lyft can never replace public transportation. That Uber was oblivious enough for this self-goal explains why their stock will soon be worth less than monopoly money. link


Trove of leaks show that Brazil’s “anti-corruption” task force was secretly trying to oust Lula and install a far-right strongman


Links for May 2019

How Single-Family Garages Can Ease California’s Housing Crisis: Given the affordable housing crisis, California cities should encourage single-family homeowners to convert garages into apartments and accessory dwelling units.

How long do vaccines last? The surprising answers may help protect people longer.
Recent studies show vaccines for flu, mumps, pertussis, meningococcal disease, and yellow fever also lose their effectiveness faster than official immunization recommendations suggest.

True Crimes. Why it’s important to name names when discussing the climate catastrophe. by Billy Wilson.

Syphilis Is Spreading Across Rural America.
Back in 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had a plan to eradicate the sexually transmitted disease that totaled over 35,000 cases nationwide that year. While syphilis can cause permanent neurological damage, blindness or even death, it is both treatable and curable. By focusing on the epicenters clustered primarily throughout the South, California and in major urban areas, the plan seemed within reach.

Instead, U.S. cases topped 101,500 in 2017 and are continuing to rise along with other sexually transmitted diseases. Syphilis is back in part because of increasing drug use, but health officials are losing the fight because of a combination of cuts in national and state health funding and crumbling public health infrastructure.

Esther Lederberg and Her Husband Were Both Trailblazing Scientists. Why Have More People Heard of Him? Like many female scientists, Esther Lederberg saw her achievements overshadowed by a man’s. Now there’s a movement to tell their stories. by Katy Steinmetz.

She discovered lambda phage, invented replica plating.

Statistical Guidance on Reporting Results from Studies Evaluating Diagnostic Tests – Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff

Undercover with New York Nazis by Michael McCanneM

Your Gas Stove Is Bad for You and the Planet: To help solve the climate crisis, we need to electrify everything. by Justin Gillis and Bruce Nilles

In 2008, Johns Hopkins scientists urged doctors to advise parents of asthmatic children to get rid of their gas stoves or at least install powerful exhaust hoods.

How Margaret Dayhoff Brought Modern Computing to Biology

To combat rising U.S. prescription drug prices, let’s try competition. by Michael Kades

The Myth of Fingerprints. by Clive Thompson
Nonetheless, the reliability of fingerprinting today is rarely questioned in modern courts. One exception was J. Spencer Letts, a federal judge in California who in 1991 became suspicious of fingerprint analysts who’d testified in a bank robbery trial. Letts was astounded to hear that the standard for declaring that two prints matched varied widely from county to county. Letts threw out the fingerprint evidence from that trial.

Universal Health Care Might Cost You Less Than You Think: We don’t think of the premiums we already pay as taxes, but maybe we should. by Matt Bruenig

2 Rules for Building Comfortable Stairs
rise plus run (r+R) should equal 18 inches.
And twice the rise plus (2r+R) the run should be 25 inches.

From Digby

Wireless LEDs Aren’t A First, But You Can Make Your Own
X-base | Wireless LED Lighting and Display System Kickstarter 2018

Why American Costs Are So High for building transit (4X – 10X rest of world)

The Human Antivenom Project by Kyle Dickman

Understanding the Basics of Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing and its application

The World’s Most Annoying Man: Steven Pinker is selling Reason™, not reason… by Nathan J. Robinson





Links for February 2019

Bizarre Paintings Of Mecha Robots And Werewolves Attacking East European Peasants Of The Early 20th Century by Polish artist Jakub Rozalski
2019 Sequencing Tech Speculations: Will We Actually See New Entrants?

Novel Benzodiazepine-Like Ligands with Various Anxiolytic, Antidepressant, or Pro-Cognitive Profiles, link.
-Improves mood and age-related memory loss.

Under the Boot: Max Boot’s conversion narrative proves one thing—he hasn’t changed a bit. by Lyle Jeremy Rubin

Kompromat: Or, Revelations from the Unpublished Portions of Andrea Manafort’s Hacked Texts. by Maya Gurantz

Is Sunscreen the New Margarine? by Rowan Jacobsen

It was already well established that rates of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and overall mortality all rise the farther you get from the sunny equator, and they all rise in the darker months. Weller put two and two together and had what he calls his “eureka moment”: Could exposing skin to sunlight lower blood pressure?

Sure enough, when he exposed volunteers to the equivalent of 30 minutes of summer sunlight without sunscreen, their nitric oxide levels went up and their blood pressure went down.


A Brad DeLong explains why it’s time to give democratic socialists a chance

“The baton rightly passes to our colleagues on our left.”


Paul Krugman Asked Me About Modern Monetary Theory. Here Are 4 Answers: Deficit levels, interest rates and the tradeoff between fiscal and monetary policy. by Stephanie Kelton

Stephen Wolfram: Seeking the Productive Life: Some Details of My Personal Infrastructure

The MBA Myth and the Cult of the CEO
CEOs don’t play much of a role in driving stock price performance, and the “aligned incentives” of equity incentive pay don’t change behavior in any way that benefits shareholders. The “best and brightest” — those executives with the most dazzling CVs and track records — don’t perform any better than less credentialed executives.

Harmony of Means and Ends: “theory of politics” by Cosma Shalizi

Socialists Win Big in Chicago: In city elections this week, progressive candidates shocked the Democratic machine. by Miles Kampf-Lassin

Review of Whiteshift by Eric Kaufmann
Kaufmann focuses on the “ethno” part [in ethnonationalism], arguing that mainstream politicians need to more openly cater to white concerns about cultural and demographic change if they wish to beat back the far-right tide.

Potluck Economics from Existential Comics


Number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. declined over the past decade

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Conversion of the solar fuel from norbornadiene to quadricyclane uses sunlight, reversed by a catalyst to release heat. ref, news.

Sleep is still a mystery.

Mac OSX Bash Profile

Recent US election results:
2016 President:
Donald J. Trump 63.0 million votes
Hillary R. Clinton 65.8 million votes

In 2018, Americans got some of what they want:
Democratic House candidates 59.0 million votes
Republican House candidates 50.3 million votes

Links for January 2019

Video of house
Gear design: Gearotic
Bike horse clopping
National Association of Watch & Clock
Watchmaking info
Cardboard Dinosaur PuzzleT-Rex Dinosaur Puzzle With Different Sizes and Positions
Bacteria In Worms Make A Mosquito Repellent That Might Beat DEET
How to Close the Democrats’ Rural Gap by Claire Kelloway


How Russian Money Helped Save Trump’s Business. After his financial disasters two decades ago, no U.S. bank would touch him. Then foreign money began flowing in. By Michael Hirsh

Links for Dec 2018

Frank Wilhoit: The Travesty of Liberalism
Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit:
There must be in-groups whom the law protectes but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect.

Silicon Valley’s Chinese Dream: Tech elites, weary of democracy, look to the East by Jacob Silverman
Trump Fans Sink Savings Into ‘Iraqi Dinar’ Scam

An Alternative History of Silicon Valley Disruption

   “Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary’ by Louis Hyman
   “The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy” by Mariana Mazzucato
   “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” by Anand Giridharadas

Create a living will without a lawyer

Interpreting 23andMe, Ancestry SNP array results: Promethease, SNPedia
Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto’s Nouveau Riche by Laurie Penny
How to Convince MAGA Cretins to Fear Climate Change
Paper craft, including two by Haruki Nakamura
Kamikara – Mechanical Origami, book by Haruki Nakamura, in Japanese — Kami no karakuri – Kamikara de Asobo!
Wood clock plans and kits
Clayton Boyer Clock Designs
Aleksandar Hemon: Fascism is Not an Idea to Be Debated, It’s a Set of Actions to Fight
   In the comments: Bertrand Russell’s 1962 letter to fascist Sir Oswald Mosley

LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon 75192 Building Kit (7541 Pieces)
Ramesh Ponnuru: Recession Is a Far Larger Threat Than Inflation
Commented:
We’re in the strange situation where the Fed, Republican economists, and related commentators all want to keep the economy juiced and growing for another year and a half to two years. I expect that will be the unspoken factor in Fed decisions and the wonkosphere, they’ll all sound more reasonable than normal for the period. I expect the Fed will begin to think a Democrat in WH is likely in 2020, and will steer the next recession to 2020-2021.

The Woman Who Cared for Hundreds of Abandoned Gay Men With AIDS by David Koon

Functional medicine: Reams of useless tests in one hand, a huge invoice in the other. by David Gorski


REVIEW ESSAY: Principles for Dummies by Matthew Walther

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

On the first page of his best-selling memoir, Ray Dalio unburdens himself of the opinion that he is “a dumb shit.” Nothing in the ensuing six hundred or so pages convinced me that I should dissent from this verdict.

Links for November 2018

Chicago police search arrests
Chicago Police Department BAIL BOND MANUAL

Shetland sheep

“A Shetland ram was kept by United States President Thomas Jefferson for several years in the early nineteenth century. Unlike modern Shetlands (but like some related breeds) this ram had four horns. He was kept with about 40 other sheep on President’s Square in front of the White House. In the spring of 1808, it attacked several people who had taken shortcuts across the square, injuring some and actually killing a small boy.[8] Having been moved to Jefferson’s private estate at Monticello, the ram was eventually killed after having killed several other rams: it was described by Jefferson as “this abominable animal”.[8] Such aggressive Shetland rams, however, are unusual.[9]”

Candice Delmas, A Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil (2018)
QAnon’s true believers are devastated as the conspiracy theory goes down in flames
How to Stock a Biology/Genetics Lab
Justin Teng’s Personal Go Book Collection and Guide
Timothy Denevi, author of “Freak Kingdom,” details how Hunter S. Thompson “is really good at trying to see what’s necessary and not, in terms of justice.” by Erin Keane