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Genomic study brings us closer to precision medicine for type 2 diabetes

Most patients with type 2 diabetes are treated with a 'one-size-fits-all' protocol, but this approach can leave many cases inadequately managed. New work indicates that inherited genetic changes may underlie the variability seen among diabetes patients, with

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Conservative ideology is based in the belief white people are the true victims in American society

Tom Wolfe’s 1987 novel The Bonfire of the Vanities has been called “the quintessential novel of the 80s” in satirizing the racial and class politics of New York City during the era, which saw the city severely divided after multiple incidents where w
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Conservative ideology is based in the belief white people are the true victims in American society

Tom Wolfe’s 1987 novel The Bonfire of the Vanities has been called “the quintessential novel of the 80s” in satirizing the racial and class politics of New York City during the era, which saw the city severely divided after multiple incidents where white and black people had different perspectives about what was right and what was wrong. The novel, which depicts a clusterfuck of awful people using a car accident involving a wealthy, white bond trader and a young African-American in the Bronx to advance their various agendas, both hits upon ideas about white fears of being around black people and the exploitation of that racism for wealth and fame.  Bonfire also reiterates similar themes present in a lot of Wolfe’s work as a journalist and writer, mainly the idea of appearing concerned about an issue while really using it for personal gratification. Wolfe coined the term “radical chic” after composer Leonard Bernstein and his wife Felicia hosted a fundraiser for the Black Panthers in the Bernsteins’ Park Avenue apartment, implying the assorted group of rich, white liberals cared more about looking “fashionable” in their association with Black Panthers than actually doing something about the underlying causes which created the group. Wolfe, who passed away last year, became more vocal in these conservative sentiments as he got older, stating in 2004 he supported George W. Bush because of “resentment” against a liberal elite who want to impose their “East-Coast pretensions” on the rest of society. Whether Wolfe’s writing or The Bonfire of the Vanities are worthy of the acclaim they’ve gotten over the years is a question I’ll leave for another time. But what I’ve found interesting is how the views surrounding the novel speak to the current mindset of conservatives and alt-right fascism about the impact of racism, progressive ideology, and objective truth. I’ve written in the past about how the most vocal Republican voters are presenting themselves as the true victims of American society.  The essential nature of the past 50 years of the conservative movement is predicated on re-purposing white people as the victims of liberal agendas who need to be saved by Jesus and freedom to be made great again. The reason manufacturing jobs have disappeared is not mismanagement or corporate greed, but “libtard” regulations which care more about unions and spotted owls than «working people.» The problem with public schools or why one’s kid couldn’t get into a good college has nothing to do with shitty parenting or the subjective merits of the academic system, but Title IX taking Jr.’s football dreams away to give funds to little girls, and affirmative action and its “reverse-racism” against whites wrongly valuing diversity as a strength. And racism is bad, but liberals are just so “mean” for saying it. All of these are rationalizations for why it’s okay to be an asshole and not give a shit. This leads to people claiming all the sides suck and are out to fuck everyone, so why should anyone care about anything? And it all becomes a big joke. Because, if there’s anything conservative trash excels at, it’s the ability to devalue people into concepts and things, even when their value is self-evident, because we can rationalize being terrible to “things” with little to no moral consequence. This leads to some interesting observations about the current controversy surrounding actor/musician Jussie Smollet, and whether the alleged racist and homophobic attack against him by Trump supporters is actually a hoax.

Open thread for night owls: Gov't shutdown didn't stop Trump regime from processing drilling permits

E. A. Crunden at Think Progress writes—Trump administration accepted 260 oil and gas drilling applications during shutdown: New data analysis shows that the government accepted 260 oil and gas drilling permit applications during the partial government shu
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Open thread for night owls: Gov't shutdown didn't stop Trump regime from processing drilling permits

E. A. Crunden at Think Progress writes—Trump administration accepted 260 oil and gas drilling applications during shutdown: New data analysis shows that the government accepted 260 oil and gas drilling permit applications during the partial government shutdown last month, even as federal agencies suffered severe staffing shortages at all levels. Those findings shed more light on the extent to which the Interior Department (DOI)  favored the oil and gas industry over public lands protection during the longest government shutdown in history — a decision House Democrats now plan to probe. The research published by the Colorado-based nonpartisan nonprofit Center for Western Priorities (CWP) was based on data published on government databases. The analysis found that of the 260 applications for drilling permits accepted during the shutdown across the country, 40 permits were approved by the shutdown’s end, along with 15 oil and gas leases. An additional 162 nominations of public lands parcels were accepted with the intent of leasing for oil and gas development. These findings come at the same time as reporting by local New Mexico news outlet, Carlsbad Current Argus, which found the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s Carlsbad Field Office processed around 80 applications to drill on public lands between Dec. 22, 2018 and Jan. 25, 2019, when the shutdown ended. In fact, drilling applications never ceased during the more than four weeks when the government remained partially closed according to the oil and gas shutdown trackermaintained by CWP. Meanwhile around 800,000 federal employees were furloughed or working without pay during the shutdown across agencies. Indivisible’s list of Resistance Events & Groups TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “The history of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.”           ~~Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own  (1929)           TWEET OF THE DAY xFor those of you who loath doing expense reports...how about doing one for your trip to the Moon!? 🚀😁🌛 A whopping $33.31! pic.twitter.com/Eu1u6WUNEl— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) February 19, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2009—Troop Surge in Afghanistan Means No Progressive Consensus: President Barack Obama's Tuesday announcement that the U.S. will be adding 17,000 fresh troops to those already fighting in Afghanistan upended hopes among some progressives that the 60-day policy review he announced February 10 would be completed before any such surge. As has been becoming publicly clear for a while now, progressives themselves are split on the issue. A few have complained that those who are objecting to Obama's course should have spoken up during his election campaign. This, delivered with a straight face in spite of the fact that there was broad progressive consensus that getting into a fight over Afghanistan would not help Obama's chances against McCain. So progressives who opposed a troop escalation in Afghanistan kept mostly silent. Back then, their perspective was simply that there would be time after November 4 to persuade Obama that expanding the U.S. military presence was a bad idea. But since they shut up then in the interests of the greater good, they are told they should shut up now because they didn't speak up then. Catch-22, subsection 3. What was a campaign is now an administration. And while diplomacy and rebuilding efforts will surely be getting more attention, there is now every possibility that U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan will double, bringing the total NATO and American armed forces in that country close to 100,000. The NATO contingents are iffy in the long run, but the hints from generals like Petraeus, Odierno and McKiernan indicate that Americans could remain there for five years or more. In the view of some, including progressives, why not? After all, the U.S. still has tens of thousands of troops in Germany and Japan, and look how that turned out. Others see: quagmire. The split among progressives became pronounced today in the form of a letter soon to be sent by the Get Afghanistan Right coalition to the President, his most powerful Cabinet members and the chief of the Afghanistan policy review team, ex-CIA employee Bruce Riedel. The letter, which argues that it is misguided to escalate U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, comes in response to efforts by the National Security Network to present a progressive consensus statement on the situation. LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Sanders in, pie fights on. McConnell, Chao & a hmm emoji. Stone gets into yet more trouble. Trump judges' bizarre problems with Brown. Gaslighting separated families. The hedge fund that loves to hate newspapers. Surprised by Trump’s tax flop? How? x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)

The press keeps gaslighting us about Trump's signature Mexico lie

You can't tell the story of Trump's irrational border wall obsession without including the central, humiliating fact that he regularly promised that Mexico would pay for the 2,000-mile barrier. Yet that's exactly what the press is doing today: omitting that
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The press keeps gaslighting us about Trump's signature Mexico lie

You can't tell the story of Trump's irrational border wall obsession without including the central, humiliating fact that he regularly promised that Mexico would pay for the 2,000-mile barrier. Yet that's exactly what the press is doing today: omitting that defining lie about the border wall. I know this because I recently examined 16 articles that were published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN in the immediate wake of Trump's border “emergency” announcement. Combined, the pieces totaled nearly 20,000 words. How many of those 16 news articles mentioned that Mexico was supposed to pay for the wall? Only two, and those references totaled just 60 words. That's astonishing. The entire reason for the unfolding constitutional showdown is that Trump couldn't get Mexico to pay for the border wall, and then couldn't get Congress to pay for it, either. Yet in the news coverage today, there's often no mention of the origins of the controversy. Many in the press are turning a collective blind eye to the absurd genesis of the border wall story, and that helps Trump. The breakdown: I cast a wide net and collected 16 articles that were all published either Feb. 15 or Feb. 16, immediately following Trump's announcement, as news organizations flooded the zone for the big news. I looked at six dispatches from the Times, six from the Post, and four from CNN. A total of 34 reporter bylines were part of the “national emergency” reports, which included straight-up news pieces, news analysis stories, and fact-checking posts. When I first collected the stories, I had no idea how many did or did not mention Mexico paying for the wall. My hunch was the number would be low, but I was shocked when the number turned out to be two—and the two references were fleeting at best.

Steve King asks for divine intervention to get his committee assignments back

Iowa Republican Steve King’s God is apparently the same God of all those people who are certain He (and it's always «He» for those people) is responsible for the performance of their favorite sports teams. Rep. King is hoping he reaches that le
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Steve King asks for divine intervention to get his committee assignments back

Iowa Republican Steve King’s God is apparently the same God of all those people who are certain He (and it's always «He» for those people) is responsible for the performance of their favorite sports teams. Rep. King is hoping he reaches that level of fandom among his constituents, and God, and Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The Congress member and known racist has asked his constituents to pray for divine intervention to make McCarthy give him his committee assignments back. No, this is not from The Onion. At a town meeting at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids, Iowa, King actually pleaded with the crowd to pray for McCarthy to «separate his ego from this issue and look at it objectively» and restore his committee assignments. Those assignments were removed when King's racism finally became too big of a national headache for Republicans to continue to ignore. That's when he wondered out loud to the The New York Times about why «White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?» No word from God yet on whether He's going to take time out of his busy schedule overseeing high school basketball tournaments to talk to McCarthy.

West Virginia teachers win: State House tables education bill teachers went on strike to protest

That was fast. West Virginia teachers went on strike Tuesday to protest an education bill that would have promoted charter schools and private schools … and within hours, the state House tabled the bill. The state Senate had already passed the bill, but
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West Virginia teachers win: State House tables education bill teachers went on strike to protest

That was fast. West Virginia teachers went on strike Tuesday to protest an education bill that would have promoted charter schools and private schools … and within hours, the state House tabled the bill. The state Senate had already passed the bill, but with schools across the state closed and teachers crowding the capitol, the Republican-controlled state House voted 53-45 to table the bill indefinitely. There’s still plenty to fix in West Virginia’s public education system, but at least this attack won’t be weakening it. Check out these cheering teachers. Winning is great. Winning through organizing and movement power is especially great.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to leave Justice Department next month

It was only a matter of time before Donald Trump grasped the full implications of the 25th Amendment chatter early in his administration and wanted someone's head on a platter. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein already dodged that bullet once before, aft
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to leave Justice Department next month

It was only a matter of time before Donald Trump grasped the full implications of the 25th Amendment chatter early in his administration and wanted someone's head on a platter. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein already dodged that bullet once before, after initial reports surfaced last fall suggesting he had raised the idea of wearing a wire to document Trump's insanity. But the new book tour of former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe has rung that bell again, and Rosenstein is reportedly headed for the Justice Department’s exit door in mid-March. Rosenstein, who both appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and has overseen his investigation into Russia's election interference, had been expected to leave once a new attorney general was appointed who would presumably take the lead on the Mueller probe going forward. That new attorney general, William Barr, was sworn in last week. And while Rosenstein doesn’t appear to have been forced out, he may as well git while the gittin’ is good. McCabe has gotten very clear in recent interviews about exactly what Rosenstein was implying when he spoke of wearing a wire to record Trump in the White House. He has said Rosenstein's comments were related to discussions of potentially using the 25th Amendment to topple Trump in the early days of his administration.  “[Rosenstein] said, ‘I never get searched when I go into the White House. I could easily wear a recording device. They wouldn’t know it was there,’” McCabe told CBS's 60 Minutes of a conversation he had with Rosenstein. “He was not joking,” McCabe added, noting that Rosenstein mentioned the prospect more than once. McCabe also said that he «never actually considered» following through with it, though he did discuss it with team members and the general counsel at the FBI. We’re probably not finished hearing about this episode. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said he plans to investigate McCabe's claim. 

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Gold prices hold at 10-month highs; markets await Fed minutes

Under new rules, ventures that have raised up to 250 million rupees and registered with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade will be completely exempt.
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Gold prices hold at 10-month highs; markets await Fed minutes

Under new rules, ventures that have raised up to 250 million rupees and registered with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade will be completely exempt.

Trade talks with China going very well, says Donald Trump

Earlier, during a summit meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Trump had agreed to give temporary pause to their trade war and negotiate a trade deal by March 1.
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Trade talks with China going very well, says Donald Trump

Earlier, during a summit meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Trump had agreed to give temporary pause to their trade war and negotiate a trade deal by March 1.

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Netflix says new episodes of “Arrested Development” will debut on March 15

It’s time for another hit off the juice box. Netflix announced today that it will release the remaining eight episodes of “Arrested Development’s” fifth season on March 5, ten months after the first half premiered. In the intervening time, how
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Netflix says new episodes of “Arrested Development” will debut on March 15

It’s time for another hit off the juice box. Netflix announced today that it will release the remaining eight episodes of “Arrested Development’s” fifth season on March 5, ten months after the first half premiered. In the intervening time, however, the show has dealt with several controversies revolving around accusations of abusive behavior from star […]

Porsche Taycan production forecast may be ‘conservative’

Porsche’s production forecast for its first all-electric vehicle may be too conservative, the company’s head of production said this week. Porsche has targeted 20,000 Taycan electric vehicles for the first year of production. But interest in the v
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Porsche Taycan production forecast may be ‘conservative’

Porsche’s production forecast for its first all-electric vehicle may be too conservative, the company’s head of production said this week. Porsche has targeted 20,000 Taycan electric vehicles for the first year of production. But interest in the vehicle could push those estimates higher, Albrecht Reimold, Porsche’s board member in charge of production, said in an internally […]

These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon

The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that's not half as good as what they're seeing. This new
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These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon

The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that's not half as good as what they're seeing. This new design from Insolight could be the one that changes all that.

How to block new antibiotic resistance gene

A new antimicrobial-resistance gene, VCC-1, a beta-lactamase gene, has been discovered in benign close relatives of virulent Vibrio cholerae, which causes cholera. Now, a team of Canadian researchers has found a way to block the VCC-1 enzyme, which disables t
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How to block new antibiotic resistance gene

A new antimicrobial-resistance gene, VCC-1, a beta-lactamase gene, has been discovered in benign close relatives of virulent Vibrio cholerae, which causes cholera. Now, a team of Canadian researchers has found a way to block the VCC-1 enzyme, which disables that resistance gene.

The SEC is looking to make it easier for any company to test the IPO waters

Under the leadership of its newest chairman, Jay Clayton, the SEC has for the last two years made it clear that it wants more companies to go public already. A new proposal, revealed today, may get it closer to that objective. Specifically, the agency has pro
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The SEC is looking to make it easier for any company to test the IPO waters

Under the leadership of its newest chairman, Jay Clayton, the SEC has for the last two years made it clear that it wants more companies to go public already. A new proposal, revealed today, may get it closer to that objective. Specifically, the agency has proposed giving any company that’s exploring a potential IPO to […]

FDA warning brings controversial young blood transfusion company to a halt

On Tuesday, the FDA issued a warning to anyone who might be inclined to give their old bones a jolt with fresh blood harvested from the young. The idea is pretty far from mainstream, even in Silicon Valley, where the ultra-wealthy have a keen interest in the
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FDA warning brings controversial young blood transfusion company to a halt

On Tuesday, the FDA issued a warning to anyone who might be inclined to give their old bones a jolt with fresh blood harvested from the young. The idea is pretty far from mainstream, even in Silicon Valley, where the ultra-wealthy have a keen interest in the cutting edge of life-extension science. Still, there’s apparently […]

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The Latest: California governor accuses Trump of retribution

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on the Trump administration calling for California to return federal money from its high-speed rail project (all times local): 4:35 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the Trump administration is engaging in «poli
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The Latest: California governor accuses Trump of retribution

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on the Trump administration calling for California to return federal money from its high-speed rail project (all times local): 4:35 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the Trump administration is engaging in «political retribution» by trying to take back $3.5 billion granted for the ...

Trump administration plans to cancel $929 million for California high-speed rail and wants state to

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Trump administration plans to cancel $929 million for California high-speed rail and wants state to return $2.5 billion.
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Trump administration plans to cancel $929 million for California high-speed rail and wants state to

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Trump administration plans to cancel $929 million for California high-speed rail and wants state to return $2.5 billion.

Trump wants California to pay back billions for bullet train

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Trump administration said Tuesday that it plans to cancel $929 million awarded to California's high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion that it has already spent. The U.S. Department of Tra
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Trump wants California to pay back billions for bullet train

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Trump administration said Tuesday that it plans to cancel $929 million awarded to California's high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion that it has already spent. The U.S. Department of Transportation announcement follows through on President Donald Trump's threats ...

UK expands no-fly zone for drones around airports

LONDON (AP) - The no-fly zone for drones around British airports is being extended to 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) in an attempt to avert disruptions like the December groundings of flights at Gatwick Airport, officials said Wednesday. The Department for Transpor
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UK expands no-fly zone for drones around airports

LONDON (AP) - The no-fly zone for drones around British airports is being extended to 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) in an attempt to avert disruptions like the December groundings of flights at Gatwick Airport, officials said Wednesday. The Department for Transport said the zone will widen on March 13 from ...

Denver airport renovation project faces possible delay

DENVER (AP) - A new report says the ongoing renovation project at Denver International Airport could be delayed up to 10 months after tests show weaker-than-expected concrete in the main floor of the airport's terminal. The Denver Post reports that airport sp
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Denver airport renovation project faces possible delay

DENVER (AP) - A new report says the ongoing renovation project at Denver International Airport could be delayed up to 10 months after tests show weaker-than-expected concrete in the main floor of the airport's terminal. The Denver Post reports that airport spokeswoman Stacey Stegman says the extent of the delay ...

Grand Canyon looking into possible radiation exposure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Grand Canyon says it's investigating whether anyone was exposed to radiation at unsafe levels while samples of uranium ore sat in plastic buckets in a park research building. National Park Service spokeswoman Vanessa Lacayo says th
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Grand Canyon looking into possible radiation exposure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Grand Canyon says it's investigating whether anyone was exposed to radiation at unsafe levels while samples of uranium ore sat in plastic buckets in a park research building. National Park Service spokeswoman Vanessa Lacayo says the three 5-gallon buckets have been removed from the building ...

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Penske not ruling out 2019 Super2 programme

The squad has already confirmed an unchanged enduro line-up for the third year running, with Alex Premat returning to partner Scott McLaughlin and Tony D'Alberto lining up with Fabian Coulthard.Neither Premat nor D'Alberto are locked in to full-time programme
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Penske not ruling out 2019 Super2 programme

The squad has already confirmed an unchanged enduro line-up for the third year running, with Alex Premat returning to partner Scott McLaughlin and Tony D'Alberto lining up with Fabian Coulthard.Neither Premat nor D'Alberto are locked in to full-time programmes for 2019, while Premat is rarely available for testing or ride days due to his Las Vegas base.That means both could potentially ...Keep reading

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