Links 12/8/20

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Links for you. Science:

World’s oldest known, banded wild bird returns to nest at Midway Atoll
The Great Barrier Reef Is Now Officially in ‘Critical’ Condition
The Wings of Insects Might Have Evolved From The Legs of Crustaceans
Face masks considerably reduce COVID-19 cases in Germany
Danish mayfly, a prolific but short-lived insect species, named Insect of the Year by entomology group

Other:

The new macro: “Give people money”: This time around, theory has taken a back seat (“There’s no DSGE model that tells you how to balance public anger against the risk of a future rise in interest rates!”)
CDC recommends people wear masks indoors when not at home
With limited Boston homeless shelter beds this winter, could taking private property be a solution?
The coronavirus has come roaring back into Brazil, shattering illusions it wouldn’t
The country’s affordable housing plans are woefully inadequate: Rental assistance programs tailored for COVID-19 relief will ultimately fail if they’re not coupled with an ambitious long-term plan to build and invest in equitable and affordable housing.
During the pandemic holidays, be aware of the limits of what the coronavirus tests can do
7 Nursing Home Residents Die From COVID-19 After Staff Attends Massive Wedding
Trump sued by N.Y. apartment tenants alleging years-old rent scheme
Facing up to the maskless
Pandemic challenge: Keeping ex-gang members out of trouble
Despite efforts by Bowser and D.C. Council, opioid deaths hit record this year
How Melbourne eradicated Covid-19
A fight for forest equity in Southeast D.C. takes on new urgency amid pandemic
The story behind a Boston police detective who benefited from two police coverups
As China nears a coronavirus vaccine, bribery cloud hangs over drugmaker Sinovac
Report points to microwave ‘attack’ as likely source of mystery illnesses that hit diplomats and spies
Germany was held up as an example of how to do the pandemic. Now it’s struggling.
Student Loan Horror Stories: Borrowed: $79,000. Paid: $190,000. Now Owes? $236,000
The forever grievance: Conservatives have traded periodic revolts for a permanent revolution
How Biden Can Raise Some Wages Even if Congress Won’t
Neera Tanden, Biden’s pick for budget chief, runs a think tank backed by corporate and foreign interests

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