Links 10/26/20

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Links for you. Science:

How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories
A Disturbing Twinkie That Has, So Far, Defied Science
Universal mask use could save 130,000 U.S. lives by the end of February, new study estimates
Recently, I’ve come to think we are quite LUCKY, in fact, with COVID-19 – because, although it’s quite transmissible, it could indeed have been much deadlier. There’s no reason it couldn’t have been more… Medieval. Imagine if COVID-19 had been deadlier.
Behold the giant pecan scale

Other:

Dianne Feinstein Demonstrates Why Democratic Challenges to Democratic Incumbents Are Necessary (related thoughts here)
A Thorough Debunking of COVID-19 Contrarianism
EVERYTHING MOVED AROUND US
Democrats Cannot Cave to the Republican Death Cult on the Stimulus Bill. Liability protection might not sound like an issue worth fighting for, but lives literally depend on whether Democrats hold the line during stimulus negotiations.
The beginning of the end of machine politics in Rhode Island
It’s ‘Court Reform,’ Not Court Packing
Artists are irked by Twitter’s change to retweets
Military Flyovers at NFL Games Are Ridiculous. Troy Aikman and Joe Buck would be right to call them out for what they are: outrageously wasteful publicity stunts.
How Straight Talk Helped One State Control COVID
How an Aversion to Masks Stems From ‘Toxic Masculinity’
Amazon workers threaten to shut down warehouses if employees don’t get a day off to vote.
We Shouldn’t Have to Work So Damn Much
The Service Industry and its Discontents
As the White House’s white nationalist ties are exposed further, its defenders go on the attack
Inside the campaign to ‘pizzagate’ Hunter Biden
Trump Official Brought Hate Connections to the White House
Jennifer Lawrence Stopped Being a Republican Because of Trump (“I could see the fiscal benefits of some of the Republican policies, and I could also see that the social issues weren’t in line with my views.” This is why Dems need to strike fast and hard–she’ll return to being a Republican when there’s a candidate who doesn’t say the quiet parts out loud)
How email became work
Study finds no crime increase in cities that adopted ‘sanctuary’ policies, despite Trump claims
Progressive lawmakers call on congressional leaders to prepare for next pandemic
She Used to Clean City Hall. Now, She Runs It.
Why geothermal energy should be Biden’s easy answer to the fracking question

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