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Weekend link dump for March 12

Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on TV 20 years ago. Yes, we are old.

“Scientists announced on March 1, 2017 that they’ve identified the remains of 3,770-million-year-old microorganisms, now the oldest known microfossils on Earth. The discovery is in the form of tiny filaments and tubes – formed by bacteria – that lived on iron. They were found encased in quartz layers in what scientists call the Nuvvuagittuq Supracrustal Belt, on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay, in Quebec, Canada. This region was already known to contain some of Earth’s oldest rocks.”

Google just cracked one of the building blocks of web encryption. Thankfully, it was already mostly obsolete.

This is the future liberals want.

“Alas, the Gospel writers didn’t realize that their words would also be read, thousands of years later, in translation, by stiff-necked greedheads on another continent whose culture, religious practice, and prideful obstinance would conspire to prevent them from ever noticing this massive, central theme in Jesus’ teachings.”

“But as lawyers at the Justice Department and attorneys in private practice who have represented individuals accused in such cases, we can state with assurance: Federal prosecutors have brought charges in cases involving far more trivial misstatements and situations far less consequential than whether a nominee to be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer misled fellow senators during his confirmation hearings.”

Mapping belief in climate change in America.

“To accomplish this, traditional media needs to reorient, not by developing better viral content and clickbait to compete in the social media environment, but by recognizing that it is operating in a propaganda and disinformation-rich environment. This, not Macedonian teenagers or Facebook, is the real challenge of the coming years.”

Speaking as someone who has always had a facility for numbers and a good understanding of how it all works, I too like the Common Core method for teaching math. If nothing else, I can help my kids with their math homework in a way that makes sense to me.

Happy 80th birthday to Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.

“Is this the dawn of a new, robust interpretation of the Sixth Amendment? I don’t know, but I LOVE IT when the Court does exactly what conservatives always bitch about: adopting a new interpretation of an old standard because it’s just the right thing to do.”

The story of Fanny Meiselman, who escaped an arranged marriage and crossed the ocean for a new life in America, at the age of 13. The author of this lovely tale is a high school classmate of mine.

“The power of Sauron is but one vector in the network of power relations in Middle Earth. The institutions of the elves both predate and surpass Sauron in their scope and magnitude.”

“In considering the Affordable Care Act in 2009 and 2010, the House held 79 hearings over the course of a year, heard from 181 witnesses and accepted 121 amendments. The current House leadership hopes to get the repeal and replacement legislation through the House in three weeks. The Senate adopted the Affordable Care Act only after approximately 100 hearings, roundtables, walkthroughs and other meetings, and after 25 consecutive days in continuous session debating the bill. It is expected that the current House bill will go directly to the floor of the Senate for a vote.”

Health care costs way, way more than iPhones.

RIP, Captain William “Iron Bill” Dowling, beloved former Houston fire captain who lost both his legs battling a five-alarm blaze that killed four firefighters in 2013.

This is what happens when a woman tries to mansplain something.

What the cast of The Americans thinks about our current political situation with Russia.

The single biggest difference between the Obamacare rollout and the Trump/Ryan/YouLoseYourCare rollout.

“The people who stand to lose the most in tax credits under the House Republican health plan tended to support Donald J. Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election”.

“Trump ran and won promising to cover everyone, avoid Medicaid cuts, and boost funding for opioid abuse treatment. He is now lobbying Congress to pass a bill that does none of those things. Instead, millions will lose insurance and Medicaid spending will be sacrificed on the altar of tax cuts for the rich.”

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