23 Matching Annotations
  1. Jan 2019
  2. Oct 2018
    1. A winning strategy is to go directly to the self-interest of a majority that is being hurt by Republican policies. The two biggest political thrusts of the Party of Trump — a tax cut for the rich that opened a tsunami of debt, and trying to take away health care from millions — are widely unpopular. This election should be no more complicated than that.

      Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes!

    2. After attending the Democratic National Convention two years ago, Kellyanne Conway offered this summary of what she heard: “Their message is Donald Trump is bad, and we’re not Donald Trump. The rest of the message was race, gender, L.G.B.T.”

      She had a pretty astute grasp of the message that reached the ears of many undecided voters.

    1. The repair of the PSLF could be a strong issue for any politician who seeks to help. It was a bipartisan, and it is has bipartisan support (outside of the Trump administration) for a fix.

    2. The Trump administration set up Mick Mulvaney to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (who has called for the elimination of the CFPB) with the intention of gutting consumer protections in favor of big business. This article shows how this policy if specifically affecting the educational loan business.

    1. Choice. The Democratic Party stands behind the right of every woman to choose, consistent with Roe v. Wade, and regardless of ability to pay. President Clinton took executive action to make sure that the right to make such decisions is protected for all Americans. Over the last four years, we have taken action to end the gag rule and ensure safety at family planning and women's health clinics. We believe it is a fundamental constitutional liberty that individual Americans -- not government -- can best take responsibility for making the most difficult and intensely personal decisions regarding reproduction. The Democratic Party is a party of inclusion. We respect the individual conscience of each American on this difficult issue, and we welcome all our members to participate at every level of our party. Our goal is to make abortion less necessary and more rare, not more difficult and more dangerous. We support contraceptive research, family planning, comprehensive family life education, and policies that support healthy childbearing. For four years in a row, we have increased support for family planning. The abortion rate is dropping. Now we must continue to support efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, and we call on all Americans to take personal responsibility to meet this important goal.
  3. Sep 2018
    1. I don’t agree with critics who say that capitalism is fundamentally incompatible with democracy—but unregulated, predatory capitalism certainly is.

      Why did it take the threat of Bernie Sanders to the Democratic establishment to finally hear this from the party?

    2. Over many years, our defenses were worn down by a small group of right-wing billionaires—people like the Mercer family and Charles and David Koch—who spent a lot of time and money building an alternative reality where science is denied, lies masquerade as truth, and paranoia flourishes.

      The role of Fox News and social media in this effort should not be overlooked.

    3. Think of our body politic like a human body, with our constitutional checks and balances, democratic norms and institutions, and well-informed citizenry all acting as an immune system protecting us from the disease of authoritarianism.

      Excellent use of metaphor, building on the the symptom vs. cause argument.

  4. Aug 2018
    1. Three originally negative samples retested positive; 2 were highly positive, which indicated a technical error

      Does this suggest that the Ab tests are less prone to false negatives due to operator error?

    2. Oral swab samples for the RAMP and VecTest were collected with 2 sterile, polyester fiber-tipped plastic applicators held together and moved around the oral cavity and proximal esophagus. One swab sample was twirled in 1.0 mL of VecTest buffer solution in a 5-mL plastic tube. The second swab sample was either twirled in 1.0 mL of RAMP buffer solution in a separate 5-mL plastic tube or placed in an empty 5-mL plastic tube, capped, and frozen at –20°C for later testing. RAMP tests were run the same day on fresh material or later on frozen samples. Before being tested, all frozen samples were thawed at room temperature; swabs not previously mixed in solution and swabs from thawed carcasses were then mixed in RAMP buffer solution.

      Quite a bit of variation in how samples were collected.

    3. RNA is more stable than infectious virus in tissues

      Surprising that RNA is not rapidly degraded. Perhaps it is less immunogenic than the virus particle, therefore cleared as quickly.

  5. Jun 2018
  6. Mar 2018
    1. Outnumbered is a word that came up often when I talked with white residents of this eastern Pennsylvania town.

      This is only possible if we view people who look or speak differently as others, not of our tribe.

    1. Only one person had ever crossed the Atlantic in a kayak using solely muscle power, and he traveled island to island, from Newfoundland to Ireland.

      Who was this?

    2. Doba maintains that his need to cross the Atlantic in a kayak did not originate within him. “With my hand on my heart, it wasn’t my idea,” Doba told me when I met him in Poland in January.

      Now this is an annotation.

    1. Large-scale depopulation and facility disinfection were not possible given the need to continue sponsored research and support facility users, so instead we implemented a plan for managing and reducing the impact of the pathogenic mycobacterium.

      It looks like the facility was not shut down for a year, as suggested.

  7. Jan 2018
    1. The migration issue can only be understood in a political framework that balances individual rights and collective interests.

      If this is true, then why does the individual right to emigration supercede any collective interests to prevent it? The author's argument that migration policy should be determined by a balance of individual rights and collective interests seems like it could defend the collective interest of authoritarian states to prevent the emigration of their citizens. How can emigration be a universal right, if the emigrant has no right to immigrate anywhere?

  8. Oct 2017
    1. “When it comes to research culture and academic integrity, it all depends on self-discipline,”

      So, why is this self-discipline apparently less common in Chinese science? Is it solely due to the reduced risks and increased rewards of fraud, as the article implies?

  9. Sep 2017
  10. Aug 2017