Links 10/19/20

Links for you. Science:

How Humans Benefit From a Highway of Trails Created by African Forest Elephants
Scientists have a powerful new tool for controlling the coronavirus: Its own genetic code.
The billionaire backstory of COVID-19 testing done right
How A Science Giant Pivoted To Coronavirus Testing And Helped New England Colleges Salvage On-Campus
‘Near extinction’ of influenza in NZ as numbers drop due to lockdown


COVID-19 Testing & The Danger of a Quick Fix Narrative (important)
White House Opposes Expanded Virus Testing, Complicating Stimulus Talks
Some administration officials say testing Americans with no symptoms of the coronavirus would hurt the economy and restrict civil liberties. Democrats and some prominent experts say it would slow the virus and bolster economic growth. (Atlas is a quack)
Supreme Court Justices Are Politicians, Too. And just like Republican politicians, the conservative justices are dedicated to preserving the right’s minority rule.
Ed Lazere is Well Positioned for Election to the D.C. Council. But Will Critics Stop His Ascent?
Trump’s rage at the NBC town hall exposes an ugly truth about 2020
‘Straight to Gunshots’: How a U.S. Task Force Killed an Antifa Activist
Our Elites Were Addle-Brained Long Before Fox Came Along
Report on killing of Portland antifa shooter by federal officers suggests it was never an arrest
Poverty Is Skyrocketing and Congress Is Doing Nothing
A user on a far-right message board was promoting the NY Post Hunter Biden articles days in advance
FUNDRAISING NOTSOFUNSTRAVAGANZA DAY 3 (good post on how things yoostabee)
Proposal to hasten herd immunity to the coronavirus grabs White House attention but appalls top scientists
Amy Coney Barrett Would Not Say Whether the President Can Postpone the Election
Does Clarence Thomas Now Speak for the Majority of the Supreme Court on L.G.B.T.Q. Rights?
This Is the Week Mitch McConnell’s Senate Came Into Full View
This summer’s Black Lives Matter protesters were overwhelmingly peaceful, our research finds
Watchdog group accuses Amy Coney Barrett of “unconscionable cruelty” in teen rape case
Digging into Trump’s false claim that CDC found that 85% of people who wear masks get the coronavirus
The Town That Went Feral. When a group of libertarians set about scrapping their local government, chaos descended. And then the bears moved in.
Oracle founder donated $250,000 to Graham PAC in final days of TikTok deal. “If TikTok is saved, you can thank me,” Graham said in August

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