Worthwhile intertubez finds

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Post by thoreau » 10 Jan 2019, 13:45

"They were basically like D&D min maxers, but instead of pissing off their DM, they destroyed the global economy. Also, instead of their DM making a level 7 paladin fight a beholder as punishment, he got a +3 sword of turning."
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Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by JD » 05 Feb 2019, 09:48

This is a very interesting article on the spread of Amanita phalloides, the death cap mushroom: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/arc ... da/581602/
It seems that humans have unwittingly helped them spread across the world, as with so many other species. Apparently they actually taste quite good too.
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Post by thoreau » 10 Feb 2019, 15:55

Nice take on how public health crusaders have expanded their remit beyond reasonable limits.

https://www.the-american-interest.com/2 ... -advocacy/
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Post by thoreau » 01 Mar 2019, 11:16

A video by Coleman Hughes, discussing Bayard Rustin, one of the less remembered Civil Rights activists.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/28/opin ... ntity.html
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Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by JasonL » 01 Mar 2019, 12:14

thoreau wrote:
10 Feb 2019, 15:55
Nice take on how public health crusaders have expanded their remit beyond reasonable limits.

https://www.the-american-interest.com/2 ... -advocacy/
I make arguments that go very much like this when people do the "the CDC has a mandate to study and prevent gun deaths" thing. Ugh. Public health is a scary set of views in this age. They just hand-wave away all risk taking as irrational and ergo subject to proper correction.

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Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by JD » 06 Mar 2019, 09:46

An interesting piece on exactly why and how Amazon pays zero in federal taxes: https://www.vox.com/2019/2/20/18231742/ ... ate-income

tl;dr version: they take advantage of tax credits and incentives, and "a policy initiative from the early 1990s that was meant to constrain CEO pay has totally backfired" - WHUT? THINGS ACTUALLY HAVE SIDE EFFECTS? SENATOR CANUTE CAN'T JUST ORDER THE ECONOMY TO BE THE WAY HE WOULD LIKE?
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Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by JD » 19 Mar 2019, 10:18

Here's a piece on NYC basement apartments, which are largely illegal, and a city initiative to legalize them and bring them up to code, which actually sounds like a rare good thing from the city government: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html

However, some of the residents of the apartments are actually not fans of the plan, because being illegal is part of what keeps these apartments cheap; if they're up to code and on the open market, the price will go up.
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Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Kwix » 20 Mar 2019, 22:22

JD wrote:
19 Mar 2019, 10:18
Here's a piece on NYC basement apartments, which are largely illegal, and a city initiative to legalize them and bring them up to code, which actually sounds like a rare good thing from the city government: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny ... story.html

However, some of the residents of the apartments are actually not fans of the plan, because being illegal is part of what keeps these apartments cheap; if they're up to code and on the open market, the price will go up.
There is no law on the books making basement apartments illegal, the fact that they are not code compliant makes them so, yes? The bill is for grant/loan money to help people convert unused/illegal apartments into code compliant ones. I'm not sure how this is different than a "neighborhood beautification" program.
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