Links 4/23/20

Links for you. Science:

Who Is Immune to the Coronavirus? Important decisions about this question are being made, as they must be, based on only glimmers of data.
John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician
A taxonomic note on the genus Lactobacillus: Description of 23 novel genera, emended description of the genus Lactobacillus Beijerinck 1901, and union of Lactobacillaceae and Leuconostocaceae
Shrewd water use helped South America’s first empire thrive. So why did a drought destroy it?
Optimizing Open Data to Support One Health: Best Practices to Ensure Interoperability of Genomic Data from Microbial Pathogens


The Times Can’t Stop Pretending Trump Is a Normal President (must-read)
Former Labradoodle breeder tapped to lead U.S. pandemic task force
The Sheer Awe Inspiring American Clusterfuck
Doctor in charge of U.S. COVID-19 vaccine says he was fired for questioning Trump’s favorite drug
When Will Democrats Stop Fighting Battles on Mitch McConnell’s Ground? (when Pelosi and Schumer aren’t running things)
The Media’s Coronavirus Coverage Exposes Its Ignorance About the Working Class
Contempt of Congress Is an Essential Part of This Administration*’s Strategy
The Moral and Strategic Calculus of Voting for Joe Biden to Defeat Trump — or Not
Trump’s new immigration ban is a scam. Don’t pretend otherwise.
The coming GOP plot to sabotage a Biden presidency
On the Frontlines of Retail There Are No Heroes, Only Victims
Why Your Favorite Neighborhood Restaurants Were Shut Out of Critical Government Aid
The Washington Post’s Debt Cult
Nothing About New York’s Outbreak Was Inevitable: Politicians and pundits are acting like the city was destined for a tragedy. They’re wrong.
The world’s dominant ideology is breaking. What will replace it?
Coronavirus: Are hospital cleaners forgotten heroes in this crisis?
What people called parts of Prince George’s in colonial times
Coronavirus Pandemic is Paving the Way for an Increase in Superbugs (I’ll probably have to write about quaternary ammonium compounds…)
Mitch McConnell to State Pension Funds: Drop Dead
Governor’s decision to reopen businesses is political murder (“If there’s no state order calling for businesses to be closed, the people who are unemployed can no longer claim that their unemployment is involuntary, even if it would be utter idiocy for them to return to work.”)
See what the candidates for Ward 8 DC Council have to say about these urbanist issues

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