Links: Vaccines work, legalizing drugs, energy progress, prosecutors and prostitutes, and more!

* “Vaccine Has Sharply Reduced HPV in Teenage Girls, Study Says.” This one verges on the obvious, but it’s worth reiterating. Vaccines really are a public health free lunch. FQHCs take note.

* I don’t know if this story is on the level, but: “How schools around the country are turning dead Microsoft PCs into speedy Chromebooks.” See also our post on Geek Heresy and how technology is not going to magically save schools.

* Scientists are floored by what’s happening in the Arctic right now.

* Good signs in the fight against pointless drug prohibition: Mayor wants to open supervised injection facility for heroin in NY city.

* “A Long Game:” How California cities became as screwed up as they are, and how to fix them.

* “Here’s How Electric Cars Will Cause the Next Oil Crisis;” one hopes so!

* “There is a better way to parent than the nuclear family” should be obvious; see also The Anthropology of Childhood.

* “The rechargeable revolution: A better battery: Chemists are reinventing rechargeable cells to drive down costs and boost capacity.”

* Why America abandoned nuclear power (and what we can learn from South Korea); could also be titled, “How to reduce the cost of nuclear power.”

* “Can NATO and the EU survive Donald Trump, French nationalists, and a ‘Brexit?’” A scarier article than I ever imagined reading. We are our own worst enemies.

* The headline is too polite, but: Left-Leaning Economists Question Cost of Bernie Sanders’s Plans. This is likely to be of particular interest to FQHCs.

* Kofi Annan on why it’s time to legalize drugs.

* “The forgotten survivors of AIDS,” a shocking and moving story, or rather set of stories, that you should probably not read if you’re at work.

* “After Cash: All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses a Bank Account.” The drive towards cashless societies baffles me, since it further concentrates an enormous amount of power in the hands of unaccountable, indifferent, power-mad bureaucrats, while enabling already pervasive government and big business snooping.

* “Prosecutor known for fighting prostitution charged with paying for sex hundreds of times;” the phrase “victimless crime” comes to mind.

* Good news (well, the bringing-killers-to-justice part is good, the death part is not): “A toddler got meningitis. His anti-vac parents gave him an herbal remedy. The toddler died. Now his parents are on trial.”

* Self-driving cars may still be decades out.

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