Link love

There are a lot of links this week about Trump’s policy of separating children, including infants and toddlers, from their parents for unknown periods of time.  I have grouped them all together and have also included some things that you can do if you’re an American citizen.  Of all the things the Trump administration has done, so far this one is the worst, IMO, although there are a lot of contenders for most lives destroyed among their many policy decisions.  Every day that they delay in fixing this more children are torn from their parents.  As of Friday, the number is 2000.

What is going on at the border is horrifying, but we can’t go numb and turn away.  We have to keep fighting this until it stops.  We must.

What can you do? 5Calls has scripts you can use.  The bill in the senate is the Keep Families Together Act.  The bill in the House is the HELP for Separated Children Act.  Do not be fooled by Cornyn’s “Humane Act”– it is anything but.  Here are some scripts you can use from Celeste Pewter, along with additional activism items you can do.  Note that if you live in Texas near the border, she suggests talking to your local city/county/state legislative staff.  Donate to Raices Texas to help keep track of families and to help with bail for adults.  There’s probably other places to donate, but I’m not linking the others I’ve seen because I’m not sure how legitimate they are.  Feel free to post any you know about and trust in the comments.

Trump administration has selected a US border facility near El Paso to build a tent city with 450 beds for migrant children.  This facility, unlike the (now overcrowded) one that has been in the news that was originally designated as a temporary place for unattended minor to stay while their cases were being sorted out, will not have to be a licensed daycare facility.  That means a whole lot of regulations they they will not be having to follow.  It strikes terror in my heart and got me to call again on Friday.  More info— they hope to hold up to 5,000 children in tent cities.

We don’t know where the babies and toddlers are going.  WE DON’T KNOW.  They took a baby who was nursing from its mother’s breast.  They separated a child with severe epilepsy and autism from his grandmother.

We did this back in the 1930s too.  This woman’s grandfather never truly healed from that separation, even though he was reunited with his family.

I can’t even with this story about a 4 month old whose father was deported.

ICE captures and detains legal resident

Long but very important post from Captain Awkward on how you can help people with depression

Also not satire:  Nobody wants to work at the white house so it had a job fair.

Also not satire:  Meet the guys who tape Trump’s papers back together

Florida stopped background checks on concealed weapon permits for a year

If you live in a state that is doing one of these frivolous lawsuits against the ACA that the justice department has decided not to defend against, figure out if your attorney general is elected or appointed– if elected, see who the challenger is and support them!  There’s also more actions you can do, including those from 5calls.

Sexual harassment is rife in the sciences finds landmark US study

In case you didn’t catch what Fridging was the first time Anita Sarkenseen explained it, here’s a link.  Also, here’s a bunch of pieces on being told to smile which is super irritating.

Existing only in relation to someone else.  I don’t really find much identity from being a wife or a mother… I feel like those are things I do (though I also see the wife thing as a bit of armor, since my DH looks scary and like he could protect me from harassment).  But I do have a lot of identity tied up in my career and training– being an economist really is what I *am*.  The poster tweet in the comments is really amazing.

Intersectionality or GTFO

Why Diversity programs fail

Two types of diversity training that really work.

Books not guns

How linkedin made this failmom into a socialist

Here’s what you can do to save net neutrality.

How to remove your information from Spokeo, Mylife, PeopleSmart, Intelius and other people finder sites.

Looks like I won’t be getting PG&E dividends for quite some time

Congrats to yet another pf blog!

Check out delagar’s big idea!

Leigh adjusts her family’s giving strategy.

Does sunlight help you against the flu?

Does weed help you focus?

I feel attacked

This seems like work but also delicious

I’m into this

An excellent musical sketch about the NYTimes OpEd…


6 Responses to “Link love”

  1. Rose Says:

    Thank you. Educational as always. How do you ever find so many links and all the information.
    I understand that in ‘pro-Trump’ circles, as well as in the White House and the majority party of Congress, the blame and responsibility for separation of parent and child is being placed on Democrats, Obama, and the adults involved in arriving with children. The governmental decisions are blameless. I have not heard any intention or plan that returns the child(ren) to the adult who brought them if the adult is returned across the border. How much money is being spent on services/facilities for these children and who by person and company is profiting and how much money is being made by them?

  2. nicoleandmaggie Says:

  3. becca Says:

    I’ve seen some astonishingly good studies on droplet size as a function of temperature/moisture and the spread of flu. I am not impressed with any approach that looks at sunlight in that particular fashion, because there’s no control for other environmental conditions that likely co-vary with sunlight.

    That said, the vitamin-D-receptor toll-like-receptor signaling interaction as a basis for the connection between tuberculosis and sunlight is REALLY interesting. Similar factors could be at work with flu. From a quick pubmed, I think there’s a lot of work being done here and if vitamin D supplementation could help we would know by now (note that there’s a new study on high-dose vitamin D in infants which looks promising; infants might be a special case though).

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      It’s an Econ paper and the authors do good work so they will have done everything in their power to address omitted variables bias concerns. The longer summary of the paper I read discusses the vit D supplements literature.

      • becca Says:

        I checked, and they do some of the important controls of temp and humidity. They don’t look at the interaction between them, nor do they appear to set cutoffs based on empirically validated numbers, but it’s a reasonable starting point.
        The trouble is, there is a pretty extensive literature on vitamin D supplements at the individual level, and it’s not super compelling as evidence they will be effective. The econ paper is consistent with:
        1) when it’s sunny, people spend more time outside and less indoors spreading the flu, and thus on population levels nice weather reduces the expense of illness. Flu researchers are well aware of this objection, it’s a StockCritique in grantland, I’m pretty sure.
        2) vitamin D actively helps people reduce viral titers to the point where it doesn’t spread as effectively, but plays no direct role in how someone who has diagnosable flu recovers. This seems like what the authors of the paper would likely support, if they agreed with the biomed literature and we operate under the assumption that supplements are effective at raising active vitamin D.
        3) vitamin D actively makes people with the flu sicker, and thus they take more time off of work and transmission is reduced under high sunlight conditions (I don’t buy that, but it’s a logical possibility).
        4) Sunlight is healthy for individuals and groups as far as flu, but vitamin D supplements don’t mimic it (either because UV damage activates more repair mechanisms that modulate the immune system, or because vitamin D supplements aren’t the most effective at raising active vitamin D form in the body- we know some of the limitations with them). This is the possibility I worry about most actually.

        As an immunologist, I would at some point like to develop a rapid diagnostic test that not only measures antibody titer, and not only measures whether that antibody has good affinity/avidity, but also gives us a hint at whether that antibody is useful at reducing illness, transmission, both or neither. I’ll let you know when I’ve got it so you can nominate me for my Nobel.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        You should send them an email! Slusky in particular is a good guy. (The paper isn’t published yet, so they will appreciate knowing things they need to be more careful about.)

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