Elsewhere for July 6, 2019

You should read this for 7/6/2019:

Books, Writing, and Language

The Rise of Junk Science “Fake publications are corrupting the world of research—and influencing real news”

The new online model created an opportunity for profits: the more papers publishers accepted, the more money they generated from authors who paid to be included—$150 to $2,000 per paper, if not more, and often with the support of government grants. Researchers also saw substantial benefits: the more studies they posted, the more positions, promotions, job security, and grant money they received from universities and agencies. Junk publishers—companies that masquerade as real publishers but accept almost every submission and skip quality editing—elbowed their way in.

A recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek revealed that Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences, and Merck regularly use junk journals to communicate about their drugs for chronic back pain, diabetes, arthritis, hiv, and other conditions.

Food and Drink

Sam Adams Summer Ale I’m clearly in the minority, but I genuinely look forward to this seasonal release; it arrives in April and disappears in August.

History and Archaeology

The Moon Landings Have a Nazi Problem

Science and Nature

Oyster Shells Inspire Scientists To Create Glass That’s Much Harder to Shatter
The Latest Insanely Beautiful Image of Jupiter Captured by Juno


The rent’s less damned high: rents falling in most of America’s most expensive cities
EverQuest’s long, strange 20-year trip still has no end in sight “A game born in an era of dial-up Internet is still doing well after all this time—how?!”



YOUR ITUNES MOVIES, your Kindle books—they’re not really yours. You don’t own them. You’ve just bought a license that allows you to access them, one that can be revoked at any time. And while a handful of incidents have brought that reality into sharp relief over the years, none has quite the punch of Microsoft disappearing every single ebook from every one of its customers.

“The Linux of social media”—How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging

Women’s Work

From Hurricane Katrina to Hilltop Golf Course, Card answers the call

“I like to fix broken things,” she explains. “I can see clearly when there’s something I can help.”

Star Trek’s Nichelle “Uhura” Nichols checks out the Space Shuttle Enterprise (1977)

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

Trump poll numbers went up each time Russian Internet Research Agency Twitter accounts became active: Study
Trump praises 1775 revolutionary army, claims they ‘took over airports.’

“In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified army out of the revolutionary forces encamped around Boston and New York . . . Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory.”

Fort McHenry was important in the War of 1812 and not the Revolutionary War. Fort McHenry wasn’t built until 1798; airports, like air planes are 19th century.

Pay It Forward and Make It Better

Could Planting Tons of Trees Solve Climate Change?

“Our study shows clearly that forest restoration is the best climate change solution available today and it provides hard evidence to justify investment. If we act now, this could cut carbon dioxide in the atmosphere … to levels last seen almost a century ago.”

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