Agency Hid Tesla Crash Data for Two Years ; Portland Police Colluded With Right-Wing Extremists ; and More Picks 2/18

Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think (Tom)

From Nautilus: “We cannot understand changes in our political situation by focusing only on individuals. We also need to understand how our networks of social interaction have changed, and why those changes have affected our ability, as a group, to form reliable beliefs.”

Time to Panic (Russ)

The author writes, “We are all living in delusion, unable to really process the news from science that climate change amounts to an all-encompassing threat. Indeed, a threat the size of life itself.”

Oregon Official: Texts Show Police-Extremist Collusion (Chris)

The author writes, “Councilwoman Jo Ann Hardesty said the reporting in Willamette Week on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, confirms there are members of the Portland police force who work in collusion with right-wing extremists.”

An Agency Hid Tesla Crash Data for Two Years (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “[A 2017 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] study violated basic principles of standard research methodology to the point where no conclusion of any kind could be justified.”

How the Trump Administration Pulled Back on Regulating Toxic Chemicals (Reader Scott)

From Yale Enivironment 360: “The Trump administration has halted bans on toxic chemicals that are known to cause serious health threats. These moves, led by an ex-industry group executive now at the EPA, have allowed the continued use of products found to cause cancer, birth defects, and other ailments.”