Here’s some links for your Thursday reading pleasure, and an open thread in which to talk about them!
There’s no point in Bracing Ourselves for the Climate Tipping Point, as the majority of climate scientists agree, we’ve already passed it. If we’re going to be realistic, we need to concentrate on not making worse, and how we’re going to survive as a species, and what species we need to survive, so we can!
Hillary Clinton betrays women, again. Now that fresh allegations of rape against her husband have surfaced, not to mention the continuing child abuse rumors, Hillary Clinton has scrubbed the section of her website where she declared to rape victims, “You have the right to be believed, and we’re with you.”
Now that Aetna has decided it doesn’t want to take Barack Obama’s corporate welfare program, Bernie Sanders has decided to illustrate apocryphal Einstein meme about doing the same thing over and over again, and again revealing his credulousness towards right-wingers, by making another big push for a classically Neoliberal policy.
For those who have been noticing a lack of access to Russia’s English-language service “RT.com,” it’s not your ISP that causing it, RT has been under attack by a “well-planned series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks one week after the Atlantic Council wrote an article suggesting preemptive cyber terrorism against RT and the Moscow Metro.” Who’s launching these attacks is left as a problem for the student, but if this kind of policy keep up, or even ramps up under a Clinton administration, you may find this map useful.
In “There’s Hope yet” news, Iceland’s Pirate Party starting to look like it will become the new ruling party in Iceland. Founded in 2013 by a group of hackers and protesters against the copyright laws, the party remains strictly anti-EU and promotes freedom of expression and free access to information, among it’s many other legislative goals.
Researchers have published a paper on a new opioid painkiller, that obviates the risk of respiratory failure that is the most common cause of Overdoses with morphine. This could reduce Overdoses, in clinical settings, by as many as 30,000 deaths annually. The compound was discovered using new computational methods that selected it from an initial pool of over 3 million candidates.
Feel free to contribute any links you think we’ll find interesting, funny, etc.