Link Farm and Open Thread, Hand Eye Coordination Edition
- “This is it” is the consensus among some COVID experts. So how should you assess risk for the long term?
““Eradication, meaning complete elimination of this virus from the world, is not going to happen,” said Dr. John Swartzberg, a UC Berkeley infectious disease expert. “We’re going to be living with COVID.””
- Crypto Investors Are Bidding to Touch a 1,784-Pound Tungsten Cube Once a Year
The cube is 14 inches on each side, and weighs 9/10ths of a ton. Bidding starts at a little over $200,000.
- We actually shouldn’t care about local college students | by Katelyn Burns | Oct, 2021 | Medium
“Dozens of mainstream writers and pundits have carved out a career obsessing over the activity of kids at tiny liberal arts schools. It’s a joke.”
- The Firearms Policy Coalition Offers a Simple Way to Resolve the Texas SB 8 Case – Reason.com
Interesting (although it makes sense) to see a gun rights group coming out against Texas’ anti-abortion law – or, rather, against the mechanism.
- Before the Final Frame: When Police Missteps Create Danger – The New York Times
How officers can put themselves in danger, making shootings by police more likely. (Here’s an alternate link, but some of the features of the story – like the videos – won’t work on the alternate link.)
- No, America is Not Experiencing a Version of China’s Cultural Revolution – Nicholas Grossman
An extremely good article. I don’t agree with 100% of anything, but I probably agree with 97% of this.
- How hospitals inflate bills for healthy births by labeling them “emergencies” : NPR
As the story makes clear, this isn’t just one hospital; it’s an increasingly common practice.
- Is “casual sex” unhealthy? – by Cathy Reisenwitz – Sex and the State
Simple answer: No. More nuanced answer: It depends on each person’s values and why they’re having casual sex.
- Stop Calling “Wokeness” a Religion – Heterodox Academy | Heterodox Academy
- “The Liberty Way”: How Liberty University Discourages and Dismisses Students’ Reports of Sexual Assaults — ProPublica
“But two former students did recall being punished after they reported being sexually assaulted. One said that after she reported being raped to school authorities, she was fined $500 for drinking alcohol and told she had to attend counseling.”
- Why Many Police Traffic Stops Turn Deadly – The New York Times (And an alternate link).
“In fact, because the police pull over so many cars and trucks — tens of millions each year — an officer’s chances of being killed at any vehicle stop are less than 1 in 3.6 million… ‘The risk is statistically negligible, but nonetheless it is existentially amplified.’”
- Justice Dept. Sues Penguin Random House Over Proposed Simon & Schuster Acquisition- The New York Times. (And an alternate link.)
Interestingly, the case against the merger is based a lot on potential harms to authors of blockbusters (who would be less likely to benefit from bidding wars if two of the largest publishers merge).
- The Ohio AG says stings rescue trafficking victims. Often that means they’re arrested. | WYSO
“I wasn’t being human trafficked. I was basically soliciting for money to support myself because of my criminal background. I’m not able to get a decent job. Now they’ve added to my criminal record. I didn’t feel rescued.”
- What does COVID-19 transmission have in common with sexism and harassment? As it turns out, quite a bit. | The Clayman Institute for Gender Research
“Of course, this does not necessarily mean that sexism or sexual harassment causes someone to engage in risky behaviors related to COVID-19. However, it does suggest that similar overarching attitudes or beliefs may underly both types of “boundary-crossing” behaviors.” Thanks to Grace for the link.
- Menace Enters the Republican Mainstream – The New York Times (And an alternate link.)
“…historians and those who study democracy say what has changed has been the embrace of violent speech by a sizable portion of one party, including some of its loudest voices inside government and most influential voices outside.”
- Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Is a Threat to the Rule of Law
“Once Rittenhouse fired his first shots, he and his attackers plausibly entered a context in which neither could be held legally liable for killing the other.”
- The Many Trials of Keith Davis Jr.
He’s entering his sixth criminal trial. As far as I can tell, the Baltimore police are claiming that they initially shot him multiple times for one crime, but when that couldn’t be proved, they discovered that luckily he had committed a completely different crime so shooting him was all right. He was the first person shot by Baltimore police after Freddie Gray’s death, which is maybe why the prosecutor (a so-called progressive) is so determined to find some way to find him guilty of something. Meanwhile, he got shot nearly to death and has spent years in prison without ever being convicted, despite five going on six attempts. Police and prosecutors have essentially no accountability, and it’s infuriating.
- Photos by Yahor Urbanovich and Chandler Hilken on Unsplash.
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