Links 8/17/20

Links for you. Science:

Identification of SARS-CoV-2 recombinant genomes
Modeling SARS-CoV-2 Outbreaks in workplaces, universities, and other congregate settings
Integron activity accelerates the evolution of antibiotic resistance
Contrafreeloading and Cats
The Chemistry of the Beirut Tragedy


David Brooks: After Total War Can Come Total Living
The NYPD Banged On A Black Lives Matter Organizer’s Door, Shut Down His Street, Stayed For 5 Hours, Then Left
What Have You Learned about Math Today?
David Brooks Wants a Nicer, More Competent Form of Trumpism
A new gentrification crisis: The coronavirus recession could wipe out minority-owned businesses, fueling displacement from historic ethnic neighborhoods
If You Love Your Family, Stay the Hell Away From Them. People are letting their guards down while visiting loved ones, and it’s putting them—and everyone else around them—at risk.
The U.S. hid Hiroshima’s human suffering. Then John Hersey went to Japan.
A Pickle-Shaped Void (I’ve talked to relatives who fled the shtetl; they hated it, so I find the revisionism truly bizarre)
Who’s Playing Whom? Trump’s Unrequited Kim Jong-Un Obsession Is About One Thing
The ‘Blue Shift’ Will Decide the Election: Something fundamental has changed about the ways Americans vote.
More Housing Could Increase Affordability—But Only If You Build It in the Right Places
Europe Said It Was Pandemic-Ready. Pride Was Its Downfall.
How Much Worse Will It Get for New York’s Restaurants?
Late street poet and publishing scourge Crad Kilodney left behind a surprising legacy
If the Republican Party Gets Wiped Out in November, It’s Going to Lose What’s Left of Its Mind. I don’t think the response to a thumping Trump-inflicted wipeout is going to be a Kasichian return to simple Reaganaut extremism.
Retail Chains Abandon Manhattan: ‘It’s Unsustainable’
If You’re Looking for an ‘October Surprise,’ This Is a Pretty Good Bet. Expect the crew at Camp Runamuck to make a vaccine announcement, regardless of whether one has been proven safe and effective.
OurStreets is shuttering its business operations following COVID-19 blows
The President Is Now Lauding QAnon Believers as Future Republican Stars. And he’s probably right.
Hospitals Bankroll The Democrat Who Lets Them Send Patients Surprise Bills. The American Hospital Association is boosting its “friend in Washington” Rep. Richie Neal — as he blocks surprise billing reform.
Kamala Harris is the choice Joe Biden needed to win over Silicon Valley

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2 Responses to Links 8/17/20

  1. David Brooks is beneath your (or anybody’s) notice.

  2. kaleberg says:

    I’m glad others were bothered by the same things that bothered me in that American Pickle story / movie. When I read the original novella, I was annoyed. It whitewashed way too much of my grandparents’ reality, and it ignored the realities of modern NYC. One of the reasons my father’s father left Poland was that his brother was arrested for being a socialist. My grandfather was a Workman’s Circle man. Back then, an immigrant had to be political whether they were fleeing politics or just looking for a better job.

    One of the nice things growing up in NYC in the 1960s and 1970s was that it was full of immigrants who brought all sorts of great stuff to the city. One of my friends was the child of two judges who escaped Mao’s China and another a Cuban refugee fleeing Castro. NYC was a safe place fo a lot of people back then.

    The Jewish Currents article was good enough, but it seems focused only on certain aspects of Jewish history and too worried about cultural change. It’s not like the biblical patriarchs were monogamous. That was something they likely picked up from the Greeks. It’s not like they kept Kosher. That took some work by the Babylonians. Religions that can’t change die.

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