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Category: Health and Science

Tuesday links

  • Before Uber put on the street a car that couldn’t brake in an emergency, the unit responsible, you will not be surprised to learn, was highly dysfunctional.
  • Turns out it’s actually possible to ask stupid questions. Bear Bussjaeger says the mayor of Toledo, OH, has succeeded.
  • LOL! It had to happen. The Vagina Monologues — so edgy just a few years ago — won’t be playing at Eastern Michigan University. Because all those new women-with-penises would be offended. (H/T MtK) 3 Comments
  • Monday links

  • Limited time only: Get your entire genome sequenced for $200. Today and tomorrow — and only for the first 1,000 to apply. This is not the same as a 23andMe screening. This is the whole enchilada. Billions and billions …
  • In that wonderful, sensible land of the UK, dogs have been accused of hate crimes — along with opened envelopes, disputed tennis calls, and a man supporting Brexit. (H/T MtK)
  • “Greater financial discipline” is needed, says deputy secretary of defense after the Pentagon fails its first-ever audit. From $600 toilet seats to $1,300 coffee cups and you’re just figuring that out? Let’s all shout a joint “I told you so!” as nothing improves. 5 Comments
  • Weekend links

  • Job opportunity! The federal government is hiring professional joint rollers. As in blunts, doobies, pre-roll, and reefer. (Really. Although the job does entail a bit more than that.)
  • SAF and the NRA, who haven’t been fond of each other recently, have teamed up to bring suit against I-1639, Washington state’s evil, stupid, illegal, and draconian new gun law. Many more suits will follow.
  • In Mexico, two innocent men are beaten and burned to death on the basis of an unfounded rumor spread on WhatsApp. 7 Comments
  • Midweek links

  • Good lord. A brave security guard stops a mass shooting. Police show up after he’s subdued the perp — and and shoot the hero dead. The details are even more appalling than the bare facts. There’s a GoFundMe for the young victim, a churchgoer and father of an infant.
  • Was Amazon’s long search for a second HQ a total scam? (Is anybody the teeniest bit surprised that they ended up choosing to locate in the nation’s two capitals of money and political power after running the tax-paid bids into large numbers of zeros?)
  • Did you know Congress created something called the United States Preventive Services Taskforce (that tries very hard to pretend it’s not a government tool)? Well, it wants each and every one of us to be screened for alcohol abuse when we visit our doctors. I guess if our government already considers us all criminals, we might as well be considered drug addicts, too. OTOH, treating us as actual free and responsible adults would be nice for a change. 18 Comments
  • Thursday links

    What Joel (and Leslie Fish) wrote was sadly moving, and we can know that willfully naive souls will repeat the same fatal mistakes, world without end, amen. But thank G-d, some in the American Jewish community are awakening and taking up arms in defense of themselves and their faith. Sigh. Dutch police decrypt hundreds of thousands of messages from IronChat, a supposedly rock-solid, end-to-end encrypted messaging app praised by Edward Snowden. Six questions about the sloppy and insecure CIA communications that got 70 U.S. spies killed. Meanwhile, as Sharyl Attkisson notes, the Central Lack-of-Intelligence Agency deepens its spying on everybody…

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    Friday links

  • A “pro-gun” president now wants more federal gun control. Which gun groups are fighting Trump’s ineffective, obnoxious, and camel-nose-in-the-tent bump-stock ban?
  • Sad if true: Why medical students are having a strangely hard time mastering surgery.
  • Signal, the privacy-focused messaging app, has a new way of protecting users’ identity. (I still wouldn’t trust any app, but Signal seems to be the best of the real deals.) 13 Comments
  • Tuesday links

  • Hillary drops an incredibly racist “joke” that that would get anybody to the right of her pilloried.
  • An Iranian immigrant starts a GoFundMe for victims of the Tree of Life massacre and raises nearly a million dollars in three days. Remember, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
  • OTOH, some prominent but twitterpated Jews think it’s somehow possible to fight anti-Semitism by shunning and banning from worship fellow Jews who happen not to share their political opinions. Is there no end to the hatred oozing from people who imagine themselves to be against hate? 8 Comments