DailyDirt: NYC Subways Filled With Unknown Species

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No one would want to lick a handrail on the New York City subway because it’s just gross — and who knows what kind of germs and stuff are living in the urban grime? Well, now we have a better idea. Thousands of samples have been analysed, and the results are published. A city-wide metagenomic profile of NYC could tell us demographic data and confirm census polls, and a map of the data is available online. Follow a few of the links below for a bit more info.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Of corse your going to hate this but this is important Big Data to collect in order to begin to estabish a baseline we can then use to detect for and surveil against biological attacks. It would be good for everyone at techdirt , and your readers, to read an upcoming book ‘future crimes’, which pretty much gives the rationale, although perhaps not explicitly, for the actual as opposed to paranoid motivations behind Big Surveillance. Pretty much also explains why a Constitutional scholar would nevertheless surprise the nation and himself by being so , er, flexible about things like the 4th Amendment….

Reality always holds all the cards that matter and determines the outcome of every battle. Best first, therefore, know what it looks like. Only after that can you safely set about the business of calibrating your moral compass, your sense of outrage, etc. etc.

If too much of what you agitate for turns out to be factually and catastrophically wrong, and the discredited bulk ends up taking the rest of your voice down with it.

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