5 Trump Climate Rollbacks You Might Have Missed ; Why Cats Always Land on Their Feet ; and More Picks 12/26

5 Major Trump Climate Rollbacks You Might Have Missed in 2019 (Mili) 

From CNBC: “Major actions in 2019 include loosening regulation on methane emissions, repealing the Obama-era clean water rule, weakening the Endangered Species Act and rolling back offshore drilling safety regulations.”

Despised Private Prison Companies Rebrand as Prison Real Estate Companies (Reader Pat)

The author writes, “The two largest private prison companies, are pushing lawmakers to ditch municipal bonds and the [‘lease revenue bond’] loophole to strike privately financed, publicly run deals with them instead. … The private prison company fronts money or finances debt to build a facility for the government. Then the government has the option of managing the prison and makes payments to the company for a specified amount of time, usually for decades.”

What About Centrist Bias? (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “Centrist bias, as I see it, confuses the idea of centrism (which is very much an ideology) with objectivity and fairness.”

These Toxic Chemicals Need to Be Banned in the Next 10 Years (Chris)

“The author writes, Dangerous, toxic chemicals are everywhere: in your furniture, on your walls, and even on your dinner plate. These harmful substances should’ve been banned long before they made it into anyone’s home.”

The Surprisingly Complicated Physics of Why Cats Always Land on Their Feet (Chris)

From Ars Technica: “A professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, [Greg] Gbur gives a lively, entertaining account of [the history of scientists studying ‘cat-turning’] in his recent book, Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics.”