Links 8/22/20

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Links for you. Science:

Millions of Beetles Are Wiping Out Forests All Across the World
California under counted COVID-19 cases after certificate expired (related post here)
The pandemic stilled human activity. What did this ‘anthropause’ mean for wildlife?
How the World’s Largest Garbage Dump Evolved Into a Green Oasis
Politics slows flow of US virus funds to local public health

Other:

Why the Media Is Uniquely Terrible at Covering the U.S. Postal Service
Iowa’s COVID-19 website has backdated some cases for months
How the GOP Became the Party of Resentment. Have historians of the conservative movement focused too much on its intellectuals?
Killing the Truth: The murder of Seth Rich was a family tragedy. Fox News helped make it a national spectacle that has haunted his loved ones for years
Monetary Myth-Busting: An Interview With Stephanie Kelton. The author of The Deficit Myth on why national debt is not an obstacle to progress—and why the government can afford to fund its priorities.
The ‘Slam’ of Your Car Door Is Fake: Car doors are engineered to sound much sturdier than they really are. Welcome to the science of automobile psychoacoustics.
Mary Trump: ‘He Understands He Is Not The Person He Pretends To Be’
Police struggle to enforce social distancing, mask orders as mass gatherings flout rules
U.S. senators lay out framework for future college sports legislation
Dems Begin Signaling A Post-Election Surrender On Health Care. Biden and every Dem Senate challenger is running on a public option, but party Hill aides quickly start promising a retreat after the health care industry begins attacks.
I Asked Bernie Sanders if It Was All Over. ‘No,’ He Groaned. The senator from Vermont explains why the left still has a fighting chance.
COVID’s true toll in Texas is higher than reported, data shows
This Case Gives Your Phone Robotic Legs So It Can Crawl to a Wireless Charging Pad
Trump’s latest Social Security con
Teachers Should Do Their Jobs? I Can Assure You, We’re Doing More
Is QAnon the shape of the Republican backlash to come?
A Few Questions for the Reporter Who Asked Trump If He Regrets “All the Lying”: HuffPost’s S.V. Dáte explains the thinking behind his question, which sparked a viral moment.
Massachusetts State Party Leader Told College Democrats to Destroy Communication Records
Keeping Up With the Millers: Stephen Miller and His Wife, Katie, Found Love in a Hateful Place
How To Vote In The 2020 Election: A state-by-state guide to voting in the age of COVID-19

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